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Navya Shastra confers the title of Acharya Vidyasagar on Professor V.V. Raman

Troy, Michigan--May, 28, 2007--On May 18, 2007, Navya Shastra, the international Hindu reform organization, honored Professor V.V. Raman by conferring on him the title "Acharya Vidyasagar" in recognition of his many contributions to Hinduism. Dr. Jaishree Gopal, Chairman of Navya Shastra, presented a citation to Dr. Raman along with congratulatory letters from many of the organization's leading advisors, including Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, Chairman of the Religion Department at St. Olaf College and Dr. Ramdas Lamb, Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The text of Dr. Gopal's speech follows:

Navya Shastra, the international Hindu reform organization founded in 2002, has been blessed to know Professor V.V. Raman from its inception. He has guided our endeavors as an advisor and friend. His sagacious interpretations of Hindu culture are profoundly attuned to a timeless spiritual sensibility. At the same time, he unapologetically rejects outmoded practices that have no place in the modern world.

Professor Raman has navigated us through many a treacherous situation, providing us always with advice that has kept us a credible voice for modern Hinduism. This has been especially important since the Hindu world is in transition, and several competing views of the religion are coming into conflict. He has also acted as spiritual mentor to many of us, helping us answer for ourselves questions about our heritage and the perplexing situations life throws us into.

In ancient India , a man like Professor Raman was called an acharya, a teacher of profound truths, a guide on the spiritual path, and someone an entire community looked up to. We at Navya Shastra are honored to proclaim Professor Raman -- Acharya Vidyasagar-- an embodiment of the ocean of wisdom.

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