Acharya Sone Rao
 Swadhyaya means studiousness, which is the study of oneself. Swa means self and Adhyayana means study. It also includes the study of Vedas and other scriptures. It is important to understand the meaning of the mantras. A word can be picked up from the mantra and its meaning understood and put into practice. This can improve one's life.
Unlike animals man has intelligence and he should use this for good deeds. This will keep his soul (atma) happy..
 Bhagwan Krishna was a man with many attributes. He had a humble beginning. He studied Vedas and Upnashids and wrote his master piece: Bhagavad Gita. He was reffered to as Yogeshwar (Lord of Yoga). He was also Rajeswar (Lord of Kings). He did not want to become king. He destroyed the cruel kings of India who troubled the common man.
Bhagwan Krishna was a perfect man.He worked for the welare of the whole of human race. He was of the opinion that happiness and peace came with spiritual development. The great enemies of mankind are: anger, jealousy, greed and pride and these must be conquered. These teachings are contained in Bhagavad Gita.
 Acharyaji recited a part of mantra from Atharav Veda (19.58.3) and explained that a man must acquire true knowledge. He should sincerely pray to God and lead a virtuous life. This will make him happy and he would not become violent or abusive. He would respect all and always help the needy.
Happiness and sorrow or pain are part and parcel of life. One has to accept this and react moderately to these episodes in one’s life. Hindus believe in “karmas” or deeds. Good deeds are rewarded and punishment is given for evil deeds. Punishment may be given in this life or the next. One cannot escape from the punishment.
Karmas are categorised into (a) “Sanchita” past deeds which are static, (b) “Prarabdha” dynamic past actions and (c) “Kriyamana” actions that are being performed now. Unlike animals man has brain and intelligence. He should think and always do good deeds.
Dr Madan R Bahl
India became an Independent Nation on 15th August 1947. At the stroke of midnight Pandit Jawhar Lal Nehru (Prime Minister) said “the world is sleeping and India is waking up as an independent nation. We have to do lot of work for our people: remove poverty, ignorance, diseases and caste system”. Over the last 70 years India has made progress in many sectors. The progress is seen in big cities and a lot more needs to be done for millions of people living in villages. They need to be provided with clean water,electricity, sanitation services and health services. Many people cannpt afford health services and therefore deaths and disabilities are high from preventable diseases. Caste system is still rife and many people are either abused or killed because they are of “low caste”. Those committing these crimes should be apprehended and punished.
Mr Narendra Modi, the Prime Ministerf has promised cleaner and better India by 2022. Our best wishes are with the people of India. We salute the soldiers and braves who guard the borders of India from aggressors and hostile forces everyday for 24hours all the year round.
 Religion & Dharma: Religion and Dharma are not the same thing. Religion is a faith or belief in God and the method of worship of God. Dharma is righteousness and a way of living. Dharma includes: control of senses, truth, courage, learning, firmness, forgiveness, self-restraint, honesty and no desire to steal and non irritability. A person of any religion can follow Dharma.
Follow the path of dharma for the betterment of self and society.
Pandit Yajna Mitra
The festival of Sravani Paurnamasi is celebrated in the month called Sravana. This festival is associated with the study of Vedas and other scriptures by the sages, preachers and sadhus. During the rainy season and flooding roads and paths were blocked and travel was impossible. The sages and the preachers stayed indoors and studied various scriptures and held discourses and debates for four months. They practised yoga and studied science as well. This practice was known as Rsi tarpana.
Mr Rattan Pal
 Mr Rattan Pal recited a mantra from Atarva Veda (3.30.7) and explained that the mantra is about unity and importance of mutually helping one another. All tasks can be completed when people work together co-operatively and mutually helping each other. Prior to undertaking any task there should be proper planning and aims and objectives defined. All should work as a team to achieve their targets. The moral of the mantra is people should work together mutually helping one another.
 Mr Rattan Pal recited a mantra from Yajur Veda (3.33) and explained that earth, matter, air, sun and water are essential for life. These vital agents protect mankind from misery and overcome difficulties and physical infirnities.
Earth has many resources like precious metals and coal. Crops are grown on the land which feed both animals and mankind. Water and air are essential for health and sun provides both light and heat Man should use these resources with care.