East to West Dharma Connect: Seers, Scientists, and Swamis Convene to Discuss Global Harmony while Technology Executives Rev Up to Meet with Indian Prime Minister Modi in Silicon Valley

NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Attendees of Global Dharma Conference have greater insight into the
philosophy of “Dharma” for a conflict free and pluralistic world as well
as the ancient spiritual roots of yoga and the social issues impacting
Hindus. The largest Hindu students’ organization in North America, the HINDU
, brought together over 40 scientists, theologians,
academics, and spiritual leaders from a dozen countries to explore
multiple applications of Dharma beyond religion as well as the need to
preserve the holistic nature of yoga beyond exercises.

The conference convened with students chanting the sacred symbol Om,
followed by a moment of silence for the victims of the September 11th
terrorist attacks. Organizers honored Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, who will be in the U.S. this month, along with Sri Sri Ravi
Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation, Swami Dayananda Saraswati and
Dr. HR Nagendra, with the Light
of Yoga Award
. The first Hindu-American Miss America Nina
served as the MC for the awards and renowned artists from
India, Bali, and the U.S. mesmerized the audience with a spectacular
international concert.

American business executive R. David Moon who has worked for decades in
the Silicon Valley and elsewhere with large teams of Indian technology
professionals said: “The conference was part of Hindu culture finally
finding its voice. The value of Dharma is important as a philosophy
aligned with 21st century pluralistic society, and the basis
of the far reaching contributions of Hindu culture in science and

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar provided insights on how the principles of Dharma
can help develop a conflict free society, while Dr. David Frawley, the
winner of Government of India’s prestigious Padma Bhusan Award said that
yoga was a gift of the ancient Hindu sages and should not be cut-off
from its roots and holistic benefits.

“Who’s Who of Hindus converged on Edison, New Jersey from across the
U.S. and far corners of the world to impart their knowledge and wisdom
to mark the 25th year anniversary,” said HSC Chairman and
Conference Chair Nikunj Trivedi.

2014 Field
Medalist Dr. Manjul Bhargava
along with University of Notre Dame physicist
Dr. GNR Tripathi
, computer scientist and Indology researcher Dr.
Subhash Kak and New York professor Alok Kumar, discussed the need to
recognize the significant contributions of ancient Hindus in the field
of science and mathematics. Dr. Bhargava, a Princeton University
mathematics professor, explained why the number system ought to be
renamed the “Hindu Number System” rather than “Arabic Number System,”
among other things.

On a panel on women’s empowerment, a female monk, a female yogi and a
female professor challenged western feminism, which often does not take
into account transnational and spiritual concerns, and proposed ways in
which females can find strength in understandings of gender found within
the Indic traditions. Another panel on Human Rights spoke passionately
about the persecution of Hindus around the world and implored the global
community to take action to protect the rights of Hindus where they are
minorities and are denied religious freedom.

An inter-faith panel, moderated by noted public intellectual and writer
Rajiv Malhotra, discussed a framework for a pluralistic world order. It
included Rabbi Justus N. Baird, Dean of Auburn Theological Seminary in
New York, Pastor David Davis of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in
Princeton, Buddhist monk Venerable Bhante Kondanna, Jain monk Venerable
Amrinder Muni, noted Sikh speaker Ratanjit Sondhe and Hindu leader Dr.
Mahesh Mehta.

“What you see here is youth taking charge of Dharma and moving it
forward in a bold and holistic way”, remarked Ravindra Jaishankar, HSC
President and Conference Program Chair. “The conference, while epic in
its scale, also marks a new beginning for the American Hindu youth and
their engagement with the community and the greater society.”

The Hindu Students Council hopes that future conferences produce an even
greater impact regarding Dharma’s potential to guide and support a
sustainable society throughout the world. www.DharmaConference.com


Hindu Students Council
Nikunj Trivedi, 732-599-1561