7th Annual World Peace Prayer at Atlanta Vedic Temple
"Peace and Unity" were the electrifying message of the day at the Atlanta Vedic Temple on the 7th Annual Samveda Mahayagna on April 22, 2007. A large gathering, representing multiple South East Asian Communities (Indians, Nepalese, Guyanese), had gathered to perform the unique ceremony. 28 Havans (agnihotras) were performed under one roof. The essence of agnihotra is a personal sacrifice to bring peace in the world. It also raises the health of mind, body and soul.
The day started early at 8:00 AM with the emotional vedic songs and prabhat pheri (sunrise march) followed by the Aum flag hoisting by Arya Veer Dal (children) and Chief Guest Mr. Brant Jackson, president of Atlanta Theosophical Society.
The main yagna started under the guidance of visiting Acharya Shridhar Premchand from Houston and Atlanta Vedic Temple Acharyas Naresh Vachaspati and Shri Vishnu Arya. The Vedic Hymns started with dainic mantras, followed by samved mantras. The Acharyas explained their meaning connection with the message of peace and unity.
Premchandji, in his discourse, said, "Be proud of being a Hindu, which stands for Humanity, Integrity, Nobility, Divinity, and Unity. Unless, there is unity, there is no peace. Stand united for peace. Unity is life. Division is death.
Chief Guest, Dr. Brant Jackson, explained the powers of mind. He spoke of the quantum field, which is hypothesized to be the source of energy, information, form and consciousness. "The consciousness has the amazing power on another subject at any distance. The human consciousness, similar to the quantum field, has the ability to focus on another person and aid the healing process mentally or physically." he said to the gathered.
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