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raksha bandhan

Today (29th july 2010) is raksha bandhan mahotsav in our vidhyarthi shakha, where we tie ‘rakhi’s on each others hands, the ‘rakhi’ of protection, the ‘rakhi’ which will bind us toether, and the ‘rakhi’ which will remind us of the duties we have to this motherland and our brothers and sisters.
Lot has been said about protection and raksha, but the questions does arise why and who we should protect and from whom? Is it just a one day program or is it a life time duty ? following are my observations on these whys and hows ?
What do we mean by raksha bandhan ?
‘Raksha’ means protection, ‘bandhan’ means ‘knot’. By raksha bandhan we vow to protect each other whenever there is need for it. Here we tie ‘rakhi’ on each others hands as a token of this pledge.
Protection from whom ?
Today the hindu community as a whole is facing threats from many sides, islamic terrorism on one side and christian evangelists on the other. Both does their harm on hindu community taking advantage from our disorganised structure. Its high time that we the hindus unite for the welfare of our motherland, else the fall of hindus will lead to fall of this great nation. We are to unite not against anybody, but for welfare of ourselves, our nation and hence the world. So the protection is from anti Hindu aggression by political parties and religions.
How to protect ?
As I said earlier the main cause of attack on hindus is due to the disorganised structure. We are divided among many castes and languages, and the unity in diversity which existed was exploited by political parties for electrol gains. So by protection we mean to unite inspite of any differences we may have. All hindus of an area should have a brotherly/sisterly relations with each other, they should develop the confidence in each other so that they can contact each other when any problem arise.
सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे भवन्तु निरामयाः
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद दुखमाप्नुयात्
Let all remain happy, let all remain healthy, let all attain success, let no one be worried. This shlokah should be our mission , we have to work for this goal as specified by our upanishads.

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