Many pathways to God under Hinduism, says MP Rambally
Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West, Dinesh Rambally MP, has said there are many paths on the road of worshipping God.
At the time, the Chaguanas West MP was delivering the feature address at Divali Nagar Celebrations on Monday 17 October 2022.
“I invite you to explore with me the implications of, and reasoning behind, the idea that The Many are Simply Appearances of the One,” he told those gathered at the event.
The theme of this year’s Nagar is “Hindu Panths”. “Panth”, also known as “Panthan”, is the Sanskrit word for “Path”.
Kutchipudi dancer Sunil Ramnath performs at the Divali Nagar on Monday 17 October 2022. [Image by SHASTRI BOODAN]
According to MP Rambally, Panth denotes a sect or a particular path of Hinduism, and there are many such paths.
“These differing sects, therefore, must be understood as simply different methods that have been engineered, all with the goal of embracing the One Supreme Reality,” he said.
“Our scriptures declare, ‘Ekam Sat Vipra Bahuda Vadanti’. This means the Truth is One, and the Wise call it by different names,” he observed. “We immediately get the sense that Hinduism does not demand a one-size-fits-all kind of approach. That is why it is an Eternal Religion—it caters to all types and for all times, and I daresay, into for all Eternity.”
Members of the Radha Krishna Dance Group perform at the Divali Nagar on Monday 17 October 2022. [Image by SHASTRI BOODAN]
“Hinduism, or Sanatan Dharma, can never be described as a singular system of belief and practice. Rather, it is eclectic. It is a chaotic, yet beautiful song, much like birds singing in competition, each singing with a fullness of personal expression. Each singing in its own self-derived glory. Each celebrating life. Each celebrating Creation and Creator,” MP Rambally declared.
He added: “This choir, like Sanatan Dharma, lifts your spirit like nothing else, simply because you know there is always a place in it for you. This Great Religion caters for the likes of you and me, and just about every type of human being that exists in this Universe.”
His wheelchair did not prevent vocalist Bhudram Holass from mesmerising the audience during his performance of a classical Taan song, at the Divali Nagar on Monday 17 October 2022. [Image by SHASTRI BOODAN]
Rambally also paid tribute to Dr Deokienanan Sharma, the outgoing president of the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC), for his dedication towards the NCIC and the growth of the Divali Nagar.
The evening featured the talents of Akash Kissoon & Group, Charlie Boys Tassa Group, folksinger Rookminee Beepath, Budhram Holas, Kutchipudi Dancer Sunil Ramnath, and the Radha Krishna Dance Group.