Hindus seek “decent” new home for Meditation Center at University of North Dakota [PRESS RELEASE]
Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed, is urging the University of North Dakota (UND), a public research university at Grand Forks, USA to provide its Lotus Meditation Center (LMC) a befitting new home on the campus when the existing one is reportedly taken down over the summer.
In a statement in Nevada today, Zed said that meditation was quite helpful in combating stress that challenges faced by university students brought, and to increase the powers of their minds. So it was quite important that the meditation center be housed in an appropriate setting.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, explained that meditation was a condition of profound internal wakefulness; and added that the ancient Hindu scripture Taittiriya Upanishad stated: “Meditation is Brahman (the supreme being)”.
He further said that Lord Krishna told in Bhagavad-Gita:
“With mind and senses disciplined through meditation, bonded with the Self within, the seeker achieves tranquility and nirvana, the state of permanent peace and joy in me.”
Zed noted that Hinduism had been associated with meditation for ages; and there were various aspects of it, including pratyahara, upasana, samadhi, manana, dhyana, and dharana.
According to the university website, The Lotus Meditation Center was established as a sacred space of peace and quiet where members of the University and the Greater Grand Forks community are welcome to leave their shoes at the door as is the tradition, sit quietly and relax. As an inclusive place, persons of all faiths – or none – are equally welcome. LMC is dedicated to contemplation and traditional meditative practices… some of which may be religious in nature.
The University of North Dakota is the State’s oldest, established in 1883. It serves nearly 15,000 students from 50 states and 85 countries in over 225 fields of study. Mark Kennedy is the current President.