Indo American Cultural Center & Temple
Temple Calendar 2014 available for download
March Newsletter available for download
SPELLING BEE, VOCABULARY BEE, MATH BEE, and SCIENCE
competition for K- 12th grade has been co-sponsored by IACCT AND
Sambodh Society for the last nine years. This year, it will be held on Sunday,
April 27, 2014 at the Engineering Campus – Western Michigan University.
Registration for all contests ends on April 13, 2014. Please register your
children as soon as possible to minimize the number of conflicts for those who
participate in more than one contest. For the first time here, Geography Bee is
going to be conducted as well. A complete schedule for the day of the contest is
available at www.northsouth.org with contestants check-in starting at 9:30 AM.
For complete information, please go to www.northsouth.org to register your
children or contact Tarun Gupta (email@example.com or 269-352-3021).
Per NSF rules, on-site registration is not allowed.
IACCT CALENDAR FOR 2014
he New Year Calendar with a new deity picture and with all of the regularly scheduled events listed, were mailed out to over 600 families in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor,
Holland and other nearby communities. You can pick one up from Panditji in case you did not receive it or would like an extra copy.
IACCT is grateful to all those who have supported the calendars in part by inserting an advertisement. Please patronize our advertisers.
Hindu Dharma, a Presentation by Pradip Sagdeo at the Portage United Church of Christ
The Portage United Church of
Christ has initiated a program of introducing their congregation to other religions by a series of presentations of religious faiths
practiced in the United States. For the inaugural presentation, they invited the IACCT to present the Hindu Dharma and the
challenges of practicing the religion in the United States. Kailash Bafna requested Pradip Sagdeo to make the presentation, held
on January 8, 2014. It was a well-attended event, despite the inclement weather, with Reverend Dr. David Moffett-Moore,
Pastor, and Reverend Dr. Deborah Kohler, Acting Associate Pastor in attendance.
Pradip’s presentation began with the peace invocation “Om sahana vavatu..” Pradip described the “Sanatana Dharma” (Eternal
Religion), that is the Hindu Dharma, from its origin about ten thousand years ago, without a single unique book, single prophet,
or son of God, or messenger. Explaining that the term Dharma has more profound connotation than the commonly understood
meaning of the word religion, he quoted from the ancient treatise Manusmriti, as well as the 1995 acceptance by the Supreme
Court of India of who is a Hindu, as defined by Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The concepts of “Ekam sat vipra bahudha
vadanti,” (the truth is one, the wise call it by many names), the Hindu code of conduct (commandments of Yama and Niyama)
that parallels the ten commandments, and the concepts of shraddha (faith), bhakti (devotion), karma (action) and reincarnation
(cycle of life and death) were discussed by Pradip. The Hindu concept of division of the society in four types, Chaturvarna, of
people (not castes) of Brahman (Spiritual), Kshatriya (warrior, administrator), Vaishya (Business) and Shoodra (Service) was
also discussed along with its degeneration into the caste system.
Turning to the practice of the religion the United States, it was noted that there are Hindu Temples in at least 45 of the 50 states,
with at least 12 listed in Michigan. Pradip mentioned IACCT and the Sambodh Center as the Hindu centers of worship and
spiritual study in Kalamazoo area. He noted that, because of its unique concept of total tolerance of other religions and attitude
of non-proselytization, the Hindu religion can coexist with other faiths without any conflict. Hindus in the United States
practiced their religion at home, in small groups at homes, and in rented facilities before temples were built. Now there are
temples in the U.S. that compare very well with some of the temples in the India in terms of the authenticity of their architecture
and practices followed.
The hour-long presentation was a very lively event with many questions by the attendees on various aspects and misconceptions
about the Hindu religion, particularly on the concepts of karma and reincarnation. The presentation ended with the recitation of
the Eikamatya Sukta, the Unity Hymn, the last Sukta of the Rigveda. The hymn is a prayer for the unity of all mankind in
thought, speech and action. On behalf of IACCT, we offer our thanks to Pradip Sagdeo for making the presentation.
IN MEMORIAM; SADANANDA C.M. GOUD (1937 – 2014)
We regret to inform that Sadananda Goud suddenly passed away on January 11, 2014. We
offer our deepest condolence and sympathy to his family. Sadananda Goud was a long time
resident of Kalamazoo for over 40 years. Many of us in Kalamazoo community had the
privilege of knowing him as a great friend with pleasant and helpful personality. He was a
good supporter of Indo-American Cultural Center and Temple since its inception.
Sadananda was born in Chigateri, a small village in India. He followed his dream to become a
doctor and his life journey found him eventually settling in the USA becoming an
Obstetrics/Gynecology doctor in Kalamazoo area. Sadananda dedicated his career to
protecting and promoting the health of women. During his 40 years of medical practice, he
delivered more than 2,000 babies and also helped improve the lives of numerous patients in need of surgery. Following
his retirement in 2002, he and his wife, Shobha spent most of their time visiting their kids and traveling the world - they
visited numerous countries including Peru, The Galapagos Islands, Cambodia, China, Argentina, Italy, Thailand and
Costa Rica. Among his most cherished accomplishments was his successful summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya at the
age of 62. He was an energetic and adventurous man and always lived life to the fullest. His sweet and gentle spirit will be
missed by all who knew and loved him.
Sadananda is survived by his wife, Shobha and five children and their families. He was the loving husband of Shobha
Kesaree Goud and beloved father of Kishore (Veena) Goud of Portland, OR, Veena (Tim) Bricker of Denver, CO, Sheela
(Jim) Zemlin of San Francisco, CA, Suneel (Natasha) Goud of Seattle, WA and Chetan Goud of Sacramento, CA. He is
also survived by six grandchildren that adored him and brought him endless joy... Anjali and Chethan Bricker, Sejal
Goud, Nisha Zemlin, and Zaden and Daxon Goud. On behalf of IACCT and Kalamazoo area community, we offer our
heartfelt sympathy and condolence to his family. A "Celebration of his Life" is planned by his family for early May 2014.
who are interested in participating in Gita Study led by Mr. Sunder
Hattangadi and Mr. Pradip Sagdeo can send an email to Sunderh@yahoo.com
and you will be informed about the schedule. Usually Gita Class is on a
Sunday from 10.30 am to 11.20 am in the Temple.
For information on Temple Fund Raising Initiative please contact:
Brij Bhargava: (269) 375-6474
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