President’s Corner

A BIG THANK YOU

It gives me immense pleasure in thanking all the participants, performers, organizers and associates who helped making our Fund Raiser held on September 11, 2015 a great success.

Your generous contributions shall immensely  help Arya Samaj Chicagoland in spreading the message of Vedas, Indian Culture and Ethical values which we all cherish.

I also hope that we shall keep on persuading Next Gen which is under tremendous pressure to face  new challenges in this highly competitive world to spare a thought and spend sometime in imbibing those values  in their lives.

I also hope and request you all that do spare tome on Sunday mornings and attend the weekly Satsang which, not only satisfies our souls but also is a unique occasion to socialize and exchange views.

Thanking you all once again.

Dr. Sukhdev Soni

 

Dear Friends,

It gives me great pleasure in informing you that the highly learned scholar of Vedas Acharya Sh. Om Prakash ji Samvedi has flown specially from Holland to enrich the lives of the people of the Hindu and aryan community by spreading the knowledge of Vedas.

I request all to participate in our Weekly Satsang held on every Sunday from 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM follwed by Lunch. Come to participate , come to enrich your life, come to pass on the great thoughts and values to the next generation.

It is also an opportunity when you can ask Acharya ji to perform Havan at your residence followed by his thought sharing with the members of the family and neighbors.

Dr. Sukhdev Soni

President

 

 

President’s Message on “Vishwa Chetna Mahayajna”

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We shall be meeting this Saturday and Sunday, July the 27th and 28th of 2013 to celebrate “Vishwa Chetna Mahayajana” graced by Vedic Scholars from India and other places of the world.

It gives me great pleasure in inviting you all to this occasion when we shall sit together with a few of the renowned Vedic scholars, specially flown from India and Holland to enlighten us with the true knowledge of Vedas and other related scriptures.

 In 2012 we celebrated “ Vishwa Kalyan Mahayajna” in the spirit of the Sutra “  सर्वेभवन्तुसुखिनःसर्वेसन्तुनिरामयाःसर्वेभद्राणिपश्यन्तुमाकश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत्” “ praying for the welfare of all the living beings known or un-known to us and thus sent the message of universal brotherhood. We all know that such a philosophy can only come from Vedas as they were given by the almighty without fear or favor and for the benefit of all.

 

A year has since rolled. We lost Mr. Mrs. Bhagat ji, a sincere and committed couple whose presence gave us the strength to continue with this mission. They shall always live in our hearts.

 

We are however pleased to put on record that Arya Samaj has been able to successfully continue with its mission of spreading the message of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati by reminding the people regularly of Ten Principles of Arya Samaj that guide us towards living a good life not for ourselves alone but for the common good of society and a passion to help others.

 

The name “Vishwa Chetna Mahayajna”  has been very aptly given to this year’s event as the human race as whole is rushing at a frantic speed to achieve materialistic goals with a self centered attention.These goals however have not been able to enhance the happiness index for which we all internally strive for.

We hope the occasion of “Vishwa Chetna Mahayajna” shall help us in conducting introspection and thus making us aware of the right path and philosophy to be followed for true happiness in life.

I repeat my request that I made last year on the occasion of Vishwa kalyan Mahayajna, to all who shall read my message, to involve their next generations, to partake in learning and spreading the teaching of Arya Samaj in order to make their lives more fulfilling and happy.

Your presence shall be  our privilege as we shall all sit together and  listen to great Vedic Scholars and enrich our lives by sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Thanking you.

Dr. Sukhdev Soni,

President

Arya Samaj Chicagoland

 

DR. SUKHDEV SONI,
CANCER SPECIALIST AND
PRESIDENT, ARYA SAMAJ OF CHICAGOLAND
My family and I came to Chicago from Burma in
June, 1968 with my wife, Saroj, our young son and
daughter. At that time, there were very few Indians
in Chicago, let alone temples or mandirs.
Professionally, I completed my MBBS in 1962 from Burma and practiced as a surgeon in Burma
before emigrating to the United States. Over the last 50 years I have practiced as an
Oncologist/Cancer Specialist in the Chicagoland area. The US provided me with diverse
opportunities and unique experiences! As a young American immigrant, I was drafted by the US
Army during the Vietnam War and given the rank of captain for being a doctor. In the end, I was
not required to go to war, as the war ended soon after I was drafted, but I joined the US army
reserves. Years later, I retired as a Lt Col of the US Army. I have had the opportunity to be a
founding member and senior-most executive in the leadership of the East West University in
Chicago. On the personal front, our home was open to over 300 families from Burma who we
helped as we could over the years as they emigrated to the US.
Over the years, I have supported hindu initiatives in the Chicagoland area in many capacities. As
a devout hindu, I am a Sanchalak of RSS, an association I have held for over 40 years. I have
served as President of Hari Om Mandir and other various posts across different organizations
including the United Punjabis of America. I am grateful for the trust and faith that the
Chicagoland community places in me. This past Spring, Saroj and I were invited by President
Modi during his visit to the US to meet Indian leaders across the US.
As President of Arya Samaj of Chicagoland, my wife Saroj and I have been promoting Vedic
philosophy in the Chicagoland area over the last 30 years, in a cause closest to our hearts.
Initially, with a young family, we kept havan kunds and vedic books in our car trunks, driving
long distances to do havans for special occasions. To allow more people to come together, we
started monthly havan services in Oak Park with the Hindu Society until the early 80s. Around
this time, we started havans at the Hari Om Mandir every month. In the early 90s, we got the
opportunity to buy and convert an old church in West Chicago to be the current Arya Samaj as it
stands today. Mr. & Mrs. K. B. Rai were the main pandits followed by Acharya Om Dutt. In
1993, Pandit Dilip Vedalankar ji joined us from Houston until his recent passing three years ago,
growing the Arya Samaj community to a strong network in the Chicagoland area. This year we
sponsored Acharya Hari Prasad Kotta, head priest at the Arya Samaj, who emigrated to the US
with his family.
I am proud to receive this honor and award by the United Punjabis of America and grateful for
the opportunities and friends that have enriched my life in so many ways during this journey of
the last, almost 60 years. I look forward to continuing to support families and Indian
communities retain our rich cultural heritage through the Arya Samaj of Chicagoland as they
progress even further across the US today; as well as continue to serve the broader Chicagoland
community through my services as an active cancer specialist.