Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: “Hinduism holds in its fold a voice of tolerance and compassion born out of a reverence of the divine within all beings and all things. This voice is needed to help guide humanity through these violent, perilous times, said Satguru Bodhinatha Veylan Swami, 163rd Jagadacharya of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s Kailasa Parampara at Kauai Aadheenam Guru Sannidhanam, Hawaii, U.S.

Bodhinatha Veylan Swami was delivering the keynote address at the 96th Ayroor-Cherukolpuzha Hindumatha Parishad on the sandbed of the Pampa at Cherukolpuzha, near Kozhencherry, on Monday.

“The social, political power of the family of faiths which we call Hinduism is based on its spiritual, mystical power, which abides in its many individual sects and ‘sampradayas,’ each with its enlightened guru lineage, dynamic temples, noble traditions and profound scriptural canons. This sectarian diversity is the real power of the Hindu faith and it should be preserved,” he said.

“Hinduism’s ability to accept and encourage diversity is a strength, not a weakness and it is a model of tolerance and understanding for the world, which is in desperate search of ways to accept the differences of those who follow other faiths,” he said.

The American sanyasi, who is also president of the Himalayan Academy, said the greatness of Hinduism was that it was experience-oriented rather than belief-oriented. “Here, the goal is not to simply believe in God but to experience God.”

He said Hinduism looked at evil as internal to man and not external. Evil related to man’s instinctive nature, which was capable of wrong actions based on anger and violence. According to him, man’s nature is three-fold: instinctive, intellectual and spiritual. “The goal is to subdue the instincts, direct the intellect, harness the ego and manifest the spiritual nature,” he said.

G.K. Nair, noted journalist, introduced the religious leader from the U.S. to the congregation. Prof. Hareendranatha Kurup translated his speech.

The swami also inaugurated the Vidyadhiraja Cultural Centre, earlier.