of Hindu Religion
Comprehensive Study of the
Ancient Tradition and
the Perennial Philosophy
by: Dr. K. M. Munshi
Box No. 2946
East Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004 Central
S. V. Narasimhan
Dear Dr. Bala Aiyer:
Book on "Principles and Practice of Hindu Religion" is a treasure to be preserved
in one's library. Of the Indians residing abroad, normally it is said, being away
from one's own motherland and not being in regular touch with its tradition and
cultural values, they would find it hard to accredit themselves with the finer
values of Hinduism.
after my several visits abroad, my own personal experience is that the overseas
Hindus take such care and pain in the pursuit of understanding the cardinal principles
of Hinduism and practice it, nay, also preach it to our brethren in large number.
The young and the old, despite their tight schedule and long hours of work from
Monday through Friday, still find some time to think of the Almighty in the early
mornings before embarking on their schedule. What is more interesting is that
during the week ends, Saturdays and Sundays, the Hindus do not merely look forward
to picnics and carnivals, but to more important congregation of the community
as a whole in places of religious worship.
various temples in United States attract such large gatherings that one is really
amazed at the turn out; the volunteers assisting the devotees are drawn from men
and women of high positions who wish to do real selfless work and in so doing
they really enjoy the same.
learn that the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing, New York as
well as Sri Meenakshi Temple in Houston, Texas and Sri Venkateswara Temple in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have recently put up Kalyana Mandapams, with all amenities
attached to it, at a cost over one to five million US dollars each. The New York
Temple in Flushing is nearing its silver Jubilee now and the other two Temples
are nearly 15 to 20 years old. I am pleased to note that there are one or two
Hindu temples in every major city in USA and Canada including Chicago, Washington,
Boston, Los Angeles and Toranto. The priests in almost all these temples in the
United States and Canada are the ones from India, well qualified in their professional
pursuits, also English speaking and doing wonderful job of propagating the Sanathana
Dharma and the cardinal principles of Hinduism.
In the context
of the above, your book "Principles and Practice of Hindu Religion" is such a
welcome addition enriching one's knowledge in deeper measures. What pleases me
most is that a medical professional of your high caliber could yet find so much
time to author the book and it only shows your fathom less interest in propagating
all the virtues and virtuous things enshrining Sanathana Dharma. While I wish
the volume all the success, I consider it indeed a privilege that the Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan celebrating its Diamond Jubilee next year will involve itself in
S. V. Narasimhan.
C. P. Ramaswamy Iyer Road,
Chennai - 600 018
& Practice of Hindu Religion"