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Call to draw inspiration from Ramayana

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUMALA, AUG. 22. The three-day 20th international Ramayana conference began at the TTD Asthana mandapam here on Sunday.

Delivering the presidential address, Lallan Prasad Vyas, president of the conference, said that ethical values being illustrated in the Ramayana play a key role in achieving `Vasudhaika Kutumbam -- The world, a family'. Nature also comes to the rescue of mankind only when man respects human values and develops religious thoughts.

Recalling the services of great personalities like Raja Rammohan Roy, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swamy Vivekananda, Subramanyam Bharathi, Mr. Vyas said their efforts in accelerating social awakening among Indian masses was significant.

Protecting `dharma'

Speaking on the occasion, the TTD Executive Officer, Ajeya Kallam, said one should not forget the principles and values laid down in the Ramayana. He said one needed to protect `dharma' which in turn would protect mankind. Later, he released two books -- Aalaya Vasthu Deepika and Upanishad Deepika -- authored by Vedantam Vishnu Bhattacharyulu of R. S. Vidyapeeth, Tirupati.

Prominent among others who spoke on the occasion include the former judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Kodanda Ramaiah, the TTD Dharma Prachara Parishad secretary, H. S. Brahmanandam, the Special Officer, Bhagavatam Project, Samudrala Lakshmaiah, the Oriental Research Institute, Director, Venkataramana Reddy, and others.

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