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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT PT. SURESH N. SUGRIM

By admin / Posted on 01 September 2010

Taken from the Arya Swaranjali Souvenir Magazine

Dear Brothers & Sisters:

Namaste!

On behalf of myself and my family, The Board of Trustees, Executives, and Members of The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. let me take this opportunity to welcome each and everyone of you who have graced us this evening at our fund raising event, “The Arya Swaranjali” in our humanitarian mission to help the less fortunate children in Guyana.

I am honored to be counted among those who have led the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. as its President. This Samaj is dedicated to advancing the mission and values begun 131 years ago by the Mahaa Rishi Swami Dayananda Saraswati. As I try to emulate other pioneers of the Arya Samaj, I meet many challenges and opportunities of the times; fulfilling one’s destiny calls for a bold vision, fueled by faith and a passion for a purpose. The Rishi and other distinguished leaders of the Arya Samaj understood such discipline. With faith, passion and hard work, they broke new ground in providing a better standard of living for the less fortunate and unrecognizable others. As we face the turn of the new century, the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. is equipped with the same enthusiasm, faith and determination and because of this, our humanitarian mission is growing.

In addition, a commitment to impart a special sense of leadership to the Arya-Hindu community remains a central part of the organization’s mission. This leadership is not driven by power but by a spirit of togetherness, selfless service, and social responsibility for others in its humanitarian mission. I see it emerge in our members during their attendance here and in their lives and accomplishments as they lead their families and friends in a life of humbleness and contentment.

The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. is not only committed to realizing the Third Principle of the Arya Samaj, i.e., to learn to teach and to preach the Veda, but I am committed in making positive changes in my life and those of the Arya/Hindu immigrants. With the burgeoning immigrant populace suddenly thrust into the American landscape, we experience a kaleidoscope of thoughts, feelings and actions. The human organism is uniquely capable of adapting to new environs, however, oftentimes our choices are limited and our resources are inadequate. Consequently, we are bombarded with a new culture and, rather naively, succumb to peer- pressures. This can result in a myriad of societal problems, such as AIDS, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, truancy, child abuse; criminal activities like vandalism, theft and mugging and emotional problems like domestic violence and abuse, sibling rivalry and separation of loved ones. All of these place an undue burden on the children and their families. The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. recognizes this dilemma and is in the process of implementing programs to combat these deficiencies in our society.

I am optimistic that mankind will prevail. And in furtherance of this belief, I am committed to the spiritual, moral and cultural upliftment of all- through our most prized asset, our children. I firmly believe that our children are the custodians of our religion, the torchbearers of our great values, and the ambassadors of our culture and tradition. It gives me great pleasure to see the children in the Mandir willing and wanting to participate in the activities and I want to encourage the parents to continue sending their children to the Mandir so that they will have a sense of belonging and the same time obtain a religious education.

For the past few years, I have met with so many members, friends, well-wishers, and supporters of the Samaj who have given life to the organization’s mission. Our congregation comes to Mandir with courage, determination, and hope, seeking opportunities for spiritual development, moral enhancement and personal fulfillment. They understand that the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. will help them build the ethical, moral and religious framework they need to succeed on their own terms here in the United States.

In closing, I would like to extend a very special thank you to all our members, supporters, friends, contributors, and well-wishers who have worked continuously to bring our Mandir to what it is today. I would also like to thank the numerous blessed caregivers for their kind and generous donations-whose names are too many to mention. Last but not least, my deepest gratitude goes out to Shri Pandit Prakash Gossai, Pandit Ramdular Singh, Pt. Rajin Balgobin, Davendra Pooran, Dr. Ramesh Sugrim, Ravin Durgapersad, Dropatie Durgapersaud, Rishi Durgapersad, Sandhya Sugrim, Savita Singh, The Natraj Performing Center of Arts, Kishore Sewnauth, Seeta Rai, and all our talented musicians and you for making this event possible. I must also offer a special thanks to Dr. Shailendra Sugrim of Guyana for all his help and skills in designing all the artwork and layout for Arya Swaranjali.

Thank you all again for your continued faith and support.

 

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