New Zealanders who can read and write Hindi will be able to understand a number of Hindu scriptures and teachings of Hinduism with the help of a Book that had its official release in Auckland on Sunday, August 10, 2014.
Acharya Pandit Ajay Tiwari, well known to devotees visiting various Temples in Auckland has written the Book, called ‘Sanatan Dharam Ke Vidhi Vidhaan’ after several years of study and research. It explains the meaning of slokas (written first in Sanskrit) and explains the meaning and practice of Hindu rituals.
The event was organised by the North Shore Satsang Ramayan Mandli in conjunction with the Sanskrit Yoga and Jyotish Trust at the Radha Krishna Temple (11 Pleasant View road) Panmure, Auckland.
Launching the book, Judge Dr Ajit Swaran Singh said that the Hindu scriptures and the Four Vedas emphasised the need for peaceful coexistence, fostering goodwill and understanding.
“As the world’s oldest religion, Hinduism underscores the importance of harmonious living and promotion of violence-free life. While the Mantras, religious hymns and Slokas have stood the test of time, credit should be given to scholars and teachers such as Pandit Tiwari for successfully completing such an illuminating narration of our religious hymns and practices,” he said.
Labour MP Phil Goff said that people should follow the Hindu belief that the world is one family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) and all children are brothers and sisters.
“We must commit ourselves to mutual respect and esteem to help bring about a peaceful and fraternal coexistence between individuals and among peoples. As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘An eye for an eye would make the whole world go blind.’ While Pandit Tiwari has done a commendable job in writing the book in Sanskrit, I hope that the English version of the Book will be available soon,” he said.
Individuals and groups presented a number of dance items.
Pandit Tiwari is a triple postgraduate in Sanskrit, Astrology and Philosophy from the internationally renowned St Stevens College in Delhi. Following his migration to New Zealand in 2004, he has been associated with Temples and has conducted several religious ceremonies for people of Indian origin,” he said.
Among the other speakers were Priyanca Radhakrishnan (Labour) Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Dr Parmjeet Parmar (National).
Praveen Deo, Secretary of the Organising Committee and North Shore Satsang Ramayan Mandala Praveen Deo was the Master of Ceremonies.
Details of the book can be obtained from Pandit Acharya Ajay Tiwari 0210347956. Email: email@example.com