Hyderabad: Vivekananda Institute of Human excellence, Ramakrishna math Hyderabad organized a Webinar on building a resurgent India through Vedic agriculture on 18th October 2020.
The Webinar basically focussed on Vedic literature which is focussed on agriculture, farming, food and nutritional science and animal husbandry.
In this Webinar the guest speakers were kautilya krishnan, founder of Krishi Bharatam who is constantly working about Vedic ways of farming. And Balaji Sukumar, who is a farmer working on organic farming.
The Webinar is started by the welcome address and brief introduction by swami bodhamayananda ji maharaj, director Vivekananda Institute of Human excellence. He explained about the importance of Vedic texts and swami Vivekananda’s insights on vedas.then there is a welcome song on sharada maa by Karthik Raman, a musician from Bangalore. Then the guest speaker Koutilya Krishnan addressed the audience about Vedic agriculture.
He mainly concentrated on the descriptions of sages in Vedic,upanishad, purana and ithihasa times about different aspects of farming such as Bija rakshanam, the protection of the seeds Bija sthapanam, the introduction of seed into the land which were mentioned in ancient Vedic texts. He explained about Sage parashara who had written Krishi parasharam, vrikshayurvedam, and those books contain knowledge about when to plant a seed, how to plant a seed, different animals used in agriculture by farmers such as ducks, bulls and cows.
Characteristics of a plantAnotomy and physiology of plants What are the environment which is required for the growth of the plant which is now accepted by modern researchers.
There are many suktas in Vedas which are required for farming. There many parts regarding eating habits, sleeping habits etc. Basically, bhojana kutuhala is the book which is concentrated on food habits. Shatapatha Brahmana which described farming methods, how to plant a seed and so on
Kautilya ji explained plants require love, music and peaceful atmosphere to grow, and these points mentioned in vedas.
Even Ramayana and Mahabharata also mentioned about agriculture and methods.
Kautilya ji explained about his own experiences in different villages while organizing vrishabhotsavam, a festival done during kartika maasa and his journey to different parts of the country.
He explained about assamis and their way of agriculture as they are performing Vedic agriculture as still they do agriculture with the help of ducks.
He advised youth to study Vedic literature and not to follow western culture blindly as Vedic wisdom given by sages is more profound and eco friendly.
Then he explained about practical experiences such as Agni hotra and its impact on environment.which is being experimented by different universities all over the world. Because the Agni hotra will kill pathogenic bacteria.
He showed krishna vrihi which means black rice, it is being done in the fields and it has wonderful nutritional impact on human body.
He advised youth to think about villages of India and try to choose agriculture as profession as we have much more things to do in future.
Then there was a musical performance by Anirudh sharma, a musician and volunteer of VIHE on mother Kali.
Next, another guest speaker Balaji Sukumar Sir who had spoken about organic farming and its impact on life, he explained his own experiences from his life by choosing farming as a career from a graduate of civil engineer. He explained how to modify our behavior towards farmers and farming. And how to avoid chemicals in farming by choosing Vedic and organic farming. He explained youth to choose agriculture as profession.
And the speakers answered some questions from the participants and this wonderful Webinar is concluded by the concluding song
“Bhuvana mangale ” a song on swami Vivekananda by volunteers of VIHE, sri charita and Deepshika.
The Webinar is inspired all to follow the path of Vedic wisdom with modern applications.
-N. Sai prashanthi, Rk Math volunteer.