In his welcoming address, Pt Ram Hardowar, Spiritual Leader of Shri Surya Narayan Mandir, emphasized the fact that the Ramayan is factual (itihasa) and not just a story. The places cited are still there for all to see today. He reiterated the Ramayan belongs to the entire world (all humanity) and we all should claim it as it sets a standard of codes and values for all irrespective of creed, color or race.
The children of Surya Veer Sang stole the evening when the Shank was blown by many of the young boys and then a parade of little girls followed with lighted diyas. Garlands were placed on Dr Lallan Vyas, patron and founder of the International Ramayan Conference. Also garlanded and present was Dharmacharya, Pt. Rammlall. The crowd was serenaded with a classical dance by the world renowned katha dancer, Sumita Mukherjee. The program was moderated by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, President of Shri Trimurti Bhavan Mandir.
Dr. Loknauth Tiwari presented on Shri Hanumanji and followed by Pdt. Rudra Upadhayaya. They both stressed the importance on the worship of Shri Hanumanji.
Bhai Bhoj Dindiyal spoke of the divinity of the Shri Ram, lord of the universe.
Questions were asked and answers were given methodically by each presenter.
Shri Surya Narayan Mandirs own son Dr. Anand Hardowar presented on the changing values in society and how applicable the values of Ramayan are today. Dr. Anandji indicated that studying the scriptures (Ramayan) is one way to remind ourselves of our values.
He compared values in todays society and highlighted:
- The role and duty of a son in the Ramayan, where Lord Ram upholds his fathers promise Kaikehis request.
- The role of a brother no jealousy existed between the brothers (half-brothers) only humility and nobleness.
He also stated that the foundation of a family is love, mutual respect and affection. It is parents role to lay a strong foundation and to mold the minds of children so that they can approach the world with the right attitude and set of values.
Dr. Anandji concluded with believing that mothers should impart the scriptures to infants even while the child is in the womb.
All Devotees of Shri Surya Narayan cooperated and made this event another successful presentation.