Strengthening the Bond between Bharat and Israel
Day-long symposium at Kodagu to strengthen people to people engagement between Bharat and Israel
• RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Mukunda CR speaking at the symposium
Kodagu: “Effort to bring like-minded and like-hearted people from across the world is possible only through sheer dedication and effort. It is through such efforts that we can face common challenges and extend as well as strengthen our bonding,” said RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Mukunda CR, while inaugurating a symposium held by Diya-Minorah Foundation as part of the death anniversary of Narada Muni at his samadhi at Gonikoppa, Karnataka, on April 26. The symposium discussed Bharat-Israel relations. It was attended by dignitaries from various parts of Bharat along with a team of nearly 20 devotees of Narada Muni from Israel.
Narad Muni was born as Itamar Oren in 1945 in Yemen. He was raised as a Jew. He visited Bharat and was impressed by its culture and traditions. Consequently, he took deeksha from Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri near Vashind on Mumbai Nasik Road. After deeksha, he took Hindu name ‘Narad Muni’. He returned to Israel but led the life of a Sanyasi. He breathed his last on April 24, 2012. However, he is popular among the Israelis even today for forging the everlasting ties between the two countries.
Shri Mukunda further said India and Israel could counter Islamic terrorism collectively. “Israel has been helping Bharat with technology and know-how in countering terrorism. Today, Bharat has grown economically and its influence in the world has increased. Israel also considers India its key partner. However, apart from the official engagement between the two governments, the people to people engagement, which is more cultural and spiritual, is long-lasting and stands the test of time. Initiatives like this will enhance the people to people connect through sharing values. There are several commonalities in our traditions. The guru-shishya Parampara of Bharat and master-disciple relation in Israel and many other similarities strengthen our bonds,” he said.
• Swami Vigyananand and others during a panel discussion 
Moderating a panel discussion on “Strong Relationship between Bharat and Israel: Responding to the Common Challenges” Swami Vigyanananda, said Bharat and Israel had ties since time immemorial. Former Governor of Chhattisgarh Shri Shekar Dutta stressed on using technology to reach remote areas to understand whatever is happening. Shri Dayanand Maharaj from Israel said the ancient wisdom provide answers to all questions. If we raise our consciousness, as said in the Gita, we will know how to live with anyone. We should highlight whatever is common between us and work on it to bring people together. Chairman of VRL group Shri Vijay Sankeshwar said the messages that invigorate people to fight terror should be spread widely. Prof Emmanuel from Israel said a young population can help in growth and we must engage them properly. Smt. Rachael, an economist from Israel, spoke about the late Narada Muni and Diyah Minorah Foundation.
The second panel discussion on ‘Bharat and Israel further extending the bond through culture and economy’ was moderated by Prof Itimar Theodar. He highlighted the impact of Indian culture on Israel and several commonalities. Israel expert Shri Ravi Iyer said strong ties between Bharat and Israel runs 2000 years. Shri Tapan Ghosh from Hindu Samhati spoke about the Hindu resistance against Islamic aggression. Former CEO of Barclays Wealth, Satya Bansal said there are a lot of economic opportunities in India and we should learn innovation from Israel. Dr. Michelle Harrison, founder of Shishur Sevay also spoke. Invocation by Israeli devotees in Sanskrit was applauded by all. A monograph by Satya Bansal, ‘What is our true Wealth’, was also released on the occasion.