Dr. Kalam Launches Book on Hinduism
Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi
Friday, 1 July 2011



Around 250 distinguished invited guests graced the national book launch of, ‘Hinduism, An Introduction’ in the presence of the former president of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, at Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi on 1 July 2011.
The evening function began at 7.30 with an inspiring session of devotional and patriotic bhajans by Shri Jaydip Swadia. Thereafter, Vivekjivan Swami, the author of this book published by Swaminarayan Aksharpith, spoke about the salient features of the various beliefs, traditions, festivals, divine incarnations, holy places and sacred texts in Hinduism.

Dr. Kalam praised the content of the book saying, “Hinduism is indeed a natural religion. It’s virtues of tolerance and righteousness have produced a civilized race. When I studied the book, I really found that Hinduism is like a great river that tenaciously moves like a great river. The book brings out the underlying and universal concepts of Hinduism. All religions preach common values.” 

On behalf of Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami blessed the assembly by saying, “The traditions of Hinduism are alive today, even after thousands of years. Bhagwan Swaminarayan continued the heritage on the soil of Gujarat and today Pramukh Swami Maharaj has reflected the messages of Indian culture by creating cultural complexes like Swaminarayan Akshardham that promote a value-based and peaceful life.”  
Finally, Pramukh Swami Maharaj blessings were read out, “May all be blessed with righteousness, peace and faith in life, which represent the essential principles of Hinduism. Hinduism is a comprehensive dharma that strives for the good of all.”

Pujya Atmaswarup Swami, the head of Akshardham delivered the vote of thanks.

The event was a collaborative effort of one month, organized and executed by Pujya Atmaswarup Swami  and other sadhus and BAPS Volunteers.
The event concluded at 10.00 p.m. and mahaprasad was served to all.

Opinions of Guest

Shri R.C. Lahoti
Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India
“Anyone who reads the book would be able to clear the cobwebs of misgivings and confusions about Hinduism, and will learn what real Hinduism is, what it really means.”

Dr. W. Selvamurthy
Chief Controller, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Govt. of India
“I consider this book, Hinduism, An Introduction, is a major milestone to spread the message of Hinduism which gives the philosophy of life, which gives the way to moksha and also the salvation for mankind. I feel that this is a very important milestone from Akshardham to spread the message of global peace and harmony.”

Prof. K.M. Singh
Former Member of National Disaster Management Authority
“It was indeed a very enlightening experience to attend the function today. As far as the book is concerned I would say that Hinduism is the mother of all religions. There is so little known about this religion among the people so I think that a book like this can go a long way in enlightening not only Hindus but people from all religions all over the world. And to that extent it is a great contribution to humanity.”

Prof. L.P. Singh
Former Professor of Philosophy, Delhi University
“In this book you have tried to cover the whole gamut of philosophical, religious and moral aspects of Hinduism.”