ONTARIO, CA - The Organization of Hindu Malayalees (OHM) in Los Angeles hosted the 5th Biennial four day Convention at the Double Tree Hotel here, starting July 10 and ending on the morning of July 13. Hundreds of Hindu Keralites descended on the city in a sign of unity for an event labeled as the best of all held thus far by many of the speakers who had attended previous such gatherings in other cities of the country. What heartened organizers was the huge turnout from not only the US, but Canada, Mexico and India, at a time when the world continues to struggle to recover from the economic meltdown.
The greatest show of numbers was on July 11 when followers thronged to hear one of India’s leading spiritual leaders today, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Unity and cultural identity was front and center at the public darshan he gave. Lauding the Keralite gathering, he said that it was deserving of commendation as the strength of a community made the entire society strong. He said it was often believed that to be secular one had to forfeit one’s identity, but in reality one could be a good member of the community, a good U.S. citizen and a caring world citizen. He said it was imperative that groups come together not out of fear of being marginalized but with the aim of love of humanity and progress. He exhorted all to remember the meaning of Vasudeva Kutumbakam.
The spiritual leader took several questions from the audience who packed the hall. In his endearing and intelligent manner, he alternately answered, had a quick repartee, encouraged and dismissed queries put to him. God, he said was not to be understood and sought, for the simple reason, god is always with you. He urged all to stop worrying and live in the now. The examples he gave to enumerate his points were simple and clear for all. Read More