PROMINENT leaders from the Indian community gathered last Sunday (17) to inaugurate the World Vedas Conference in New Delhi.

The three-day conference included discussions led by the vice-president of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, among others, on bringing world peace, ensuring human rights and working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, based on messages from the Vedic ancient scriptures.

A fire ceremony initiated each event; women and girls from the Hindu and Muslim faiths chanted Vedic hymns, highlighting that the ancient scriptures are available for everyone to benefit from.

The Vedas are the earliest works of ancient knowledge and philosophy in India. They are regarded as a source of knowledge and guidance to advance in economic, social, educational and political fields and also in maintaining high moral and ethical standards.
Pujya Swami Agniveshji, who attended the event at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, said: “All the major religions of the world have been inspired by the core spiritual values of the Vedas – one God, one Universe, one human family.

“We Indians should be proud of the fact that the efforts of our prime minister Narendra Modi and his government has succeeded in making Yoga an international household buzzword and practice. Our new mission should be to make Vedas and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam a global mission.”

Interfaith and inter-caste marriages were also facilitated during the ceremonies to ensure ‘inclusivity of all of humanity regardless of caste, colour, creed, race, religion and region’. His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji of Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, north India, said: “We must not just read and know the Vedas but we must live the Vedas.
“India is a country where knowledge from the web can be combined with wisdom from the Vedas. This will ensure that our speed and growth have a direction and are truly sustainable.”