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The Hindu Speaks On Religious Values

Preface

While the world is shrinking, the distance between the hearts is widening gradually. From the middle of this century people have been witnessing a steady decline in ethical values and are seized by an inexplicable insecurity. The only way to get rid of gloom and fear psychosis and derive some amount of solace is to depend on the grace of the Divine. People have come to feel that upholding the moral principles contained in various religions is the way to live peacefully. The role of religion hence seems paramount in the present day conflicts.

It is in this context that Mr. Kasturi Gopalan, the late Publisher of THE HINDU thought it fit in 1964 to allot some space in his newspaper each day projecting some profound religious thoughts and make people contemplate on them. The morals in the discourses by eminent scholars were carried as brief reports daily.

In this volume 500 selective lectures over a period of 33 years have been presented in 25 Chapters dedicating to individual subjects and sources. We hope this will cater to the interests of all sections of society from all religions.

The services rendered by Mr. D.V. Vasudevan, Senior Reporter (Retd.) who has been associated with this Religion column since its inception, Mr. H.R. Mohan, Chief Systems Manager, Mr. M.P. Govindaraj, Library Consultant, Mr. K.R. Venkatesan, Chief Librarian, Mr. K. Rajendrababu, Deputy Chief Librarian and their colleagues in the compilation of this publication need special mention and we are thankful to them. Our thanks are also due to the Printers - MGS Printer, Chennai.

We trust this publication will enlighten the readers and the contents will be of immense benefit.

FEBRUARY, 1999 N. RAVI
CHENNAI EDITOR



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