Washington: To meet the increasing level of interest in Sanskrit language and traditional Indian knowledge, the Swaminaryan Sanstha has launched, a first of its kind research institute in United States.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Research Institute in New Jersey was formally inaugurated by Mahant Swami Maharaj, who joined the ceremony virtually from Ahmedabad, with the lighting of the inaugural lamp, symbolizing the spreading of the light of knowledge throughout the world, a release said.
This institute is based in Robbinsville, New Jersey, and through its religious teaching of Sanskrit, Vedic and classical literature as well as Hindu beliefs, values and practices, will strive to foster social harmony, interfaith dialogue, public engagement and academic discourse, the release added.
Mahamahopadhyaya Pujya Bhadreshdas Swami, (scholar and author), presided the inaugural ceremony. The event had 115 representatives, including guest and scholars of more than 50 Hindu temples and organizations. Mahant Swami Maharaj remarked that “Yogiji Maharaj had envisioned such an institute and was passionate about youths learning and discoursing in Sanskrit. The research institute has fulfilled his vision. May students excel in their studies and work together to serve society, expanding the circle of unity across the world. In the spirit of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', meaning the world is one family; let's reach out to extend the circle of global harmony,” he said.