News of of a international Veda conference 1-3 nov Trinidad West Indies. Published in national newspaper today. Trinidad Guardian.

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From left, Sadhvi Ananda, Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon, Suzy Camelia and Brahma Swarupananda.

Luminaries shine knowledge at International Veda Conference


Sadhvi Ananda, Dharmacharya Pundit Dr Rampersad Parasram and Swamiji.

The Third International Veda Conference, held from November 1 to 3, on the Application of Modern Science and Vedic Science is being hailed as a success. The conference was held at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel, Portof-Spain, and was organised by Brahma Vidya Peetham International, in collaboration with the Maharishi Vedic University, Netherlands and the Global Country of World Peace.

This year’s theme was “Creating a Peaceful, Prosperous Society: Vedic Technologies for Social Improvement.” Over the twoday period, world renowned experts in the fields of science, medicine, spirituality, business, politics, engineering, and a host of other academic and religious fields addressed and introduced a number of topics. The goal of the conference was to create an awareness on how such topics discussed can be applied to society. Speakers revealed how Vedic technology can be implemented for practical use in modern society as it affects every aspect of human life.

Many of the speakers have studied and follow the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

President Paula-Mae Weekes inaugurated the opening night of the conference on November 1. In her speech, President Weekes said she was “struck by how something that seemed foreign to my experience lined up significantly with matters with which I am much more familiar. The more I examined Vedic philosophy, the more apparent were the parallels between Christian and Vedic thought.” She added that that society can benefit from the application of Vedic concepts and the, “principles found in the Vedas and other Hindu scriptural texts may well present a blueprint for the creation of a better, fairer world.

“From time immemorial, scientists, philosophers and global leaders alike have spared no expense in attempting to solve the world’s most pressing societal problems and to achieve more peaceful and prosperous societies.”

Brahma Vidya Peetham International secretary general Sadhvi Anandamaiyee Giri Ji presented President Weekes with a blessed shawl, brought especially for her from India, which she gladly accepted. President Weekes wished the conference to be insightful and fruitful and to produce the peace and prosperity that will improve the lives of the people of the nation and the rest of the world.

Founder of the Brahma Vidya Peetham International Swami Brahma Swarupananda Ji was honoured by the Maharishi Vedic University of Switzerland with an honorary doctorate, presented to him at the Inaugural Ceremony.

In presenting Swamiji with the plaque, Dr Graham De Freitas (USA), administrator of Global Country of World Peace from T&T, praised him for his continued service and dedication in uplifting others, creating peace and spreading the message of consciousness to others worldwide.

The first day of the conference opened with the welcome address done by president of the conference and head of UWI’s Department of clinical surgical sciences Professor Dilip Dan, followed by greetings from Swami Brahma Swarupananda Ji who spoke on Modern Science and Vedic Science. Swamji quoted noted physicist Albert Einstein who suggested that science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind.

Noted molecular biologist Dr John Fagan delivered an insightful discourse on the history and impact of Maharishi Vedic science in the world-from then to now—and on Vedic agriculture. He said that humanity is recognising that using toxic chemicals in food production harms one’s health and the environment.

Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture (MVOA) not only eliminates the negative impacts of GMOs, pesticides and factory farming, but integrates regenerative agro-ecological practices which combine deep principles of biology, agronomy, entomology, microbiology and soil science with ancient, scientific technologies that utilise cycles, orientation, timing and sound values, to enliven nutrient density and the deepest intelligence in the plants.

By adopting MVOA, T&T has a great cutting-edge marketing opportunity — integrating Vedic and organic technologies will not only elevate organic agriculture to premium quality and nutrition but will also serve as a powerful branding element, lifting it above the ordinary, he said.

Physician and scientist Dr Robert Schneider delivered two presentations. He spoke on “The role of Transcendental Meditation in Mental Health” and there being clinical evidence that showed how meditation can affect one’s health in a positive manner. He said that meditation has been used in the military to help soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr Schneider expanded on his previous day’s topic “Heart Health, Transcendental Meditation and Ayurveda.”

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Sadhvi presents a blessed shawl to President Paula-Mae Weekes.

He said that the use of meditation and its links to risk reduction of cardiovascular conditions have been scientifically researched and documented to have success. He added that the use of transcendental meditation can also impact hypertensive patients, reduce blood pressure and have a positive effect in creating healthier lifestyle.

Minister of Health, Environment and Nature of Curacao, Susanne Camelia-Romer, discussed the application of Vedic Science in the public health care system in Curacao and how the use of Ayurveda is being currently used as part of the country’s wellness approach to health. She explored the positive results gained from trials in her country and implored that T&T adopt such methods within its own medical system.

Indian politician and economist Dr Subramanian Swamy touched on the topics of “National Identity and the Vedas” and “Vedas and Economics,” and their relevance in today’s society.

Archbishop of Port-of-Spain Bishop Charles Jason Gordon spoke about building a civilisation of love, spirituality and sustainable livelihood and how love shown to another can transform the nature of people.

Father Gabriel Mejia of Colombia, in a video message, talked about the use of Vedic Science in Christianity for eliminating violence and showed its success with groups he worked with in his country.

Former President of the Republic of T&T Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona spoke on the topic of “In pursuit of a peaceful society.” He talked about how creating a peaceful society can create a positive impact on the lives of everyone and that uplifting women and fighting for women’s rights is integral to this.

Pujya Swami Paramatmananda Sarawati of India addressed the topic of the, “Relevance of Vedic culture in the modern age.” Swamiji in his address said: “Dharma doesn’t mean religion, dharma means commitment to one’s duty. That lifestyle to the commitment of duty one grows emotionally. And it is duty beginning from parents.”

Dharmacharya of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Pundit Dr Rampersad Parasram brought opening remarks on day two of the conference.

He spoke about the Vedas and the importance it plays.

Javier Humberto Ortiz Cabrejos of Peru spoke on Vedic Architecture. He said in city planning according to the solar, lunar and planetary influences on the earth with references to the north and south poles and equator connects individual life with cosmic life, individual intelligence with cosmic intelligence.

He added that people dwelling in these structures think more clearly, have a better health, have more harmonious relations, are more creative and feel more inner development as this Vedic architectural types of houses allow for improvement in all areas of life.

The lecture series culminated with local female sannyasi, Sadhvi Anandmaiyee Giri Ji, who addressed the topic of “The foundation of motherhood in Vedas.” She spoke about women having played a pivotal role in history and laid the foundation to many aspects in life and in developing the world.

On the third day, 13 schools and over 120 students participated in the consciousness-based education workshop.

These schools were Naparima Girls High School, Maple Leaf International School, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Gasparillo Secondary, Naparima College, Holy Faith Convent-Penal, Presentation College-San Fernando, Unicef Living Waters, Renaissance Preparatory, Tabaquite Secondary, Param Dhaam Ashram, St Francois Girls College and Upper Level Educational Institute.

One of the master plans from the conference in the near future is to implement the Techniques of Consciousness-based Education in schools throughout the country to deal with issues of bullying, crime and violence, peer pressure, drug abuse, lifting self-esteem and personal self-development.