The French hallmark of liberté, égalité, fraternité is being expressed in a new light through the Vedic Federation of France. MARIE CLAVE CAILLAUD, Secretary of the Federation that was launched on the 2nd of October 2015, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and also declared as international day of non-violence by the UN, introduces us to their vision and inspirations.
In response to the growing interest of the French people and authorities in Yoga, Vedic wisdom, and related disciplines, eight major organizations have joined together to form a representative voice of Vedic traditions.
The common inspiration of the members of the Vedic Federation of France is drawn from the Vedas, the eternal values of India, that are part of the oldest literature in the world.
With the intent of honoring the spirit and core values of the Vedas, the Federation will be responsible for sharing this knowledge and studying it in greater depth, including developing a website, organizing conferences and seminars on yoga practices and meditation, and the publication of articles, books and research works.
Other texts also throw light or complete these teachings, such as the Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, the Puranas, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, etc.
These sacred texts are the foundation of the Federation’s philosophy. With their diversity, their practices of each member organization find their source in these noble teachings, whose aim is to guide human beings in daily life and in the quest for self-realization. Within the Federation, its members acknowledge the diversity in their approaches and commit to act in ways that respect their differences.
In the Federation’s charter, its members declare that they will share the following values, without barrier to religion, language, color, sex or nationality:
– Tolerance, cooperation, respect for life,
– Compassion, generosity and love,
– Sense of responsibility and service,
– Sharing of universal values,
– Inclination for intellectual, moral and spiritual growth, in order to create an environment of nonviolence, harmony, peace and joy.
I am heartened by the work that is done among the members
in an atmosphere of total tolerance and fraternity.
We are learning to get to know one another
and understand our different practices better,
of which meditation is a common base.
The members met with the government authorities during an interview at the Ministry of Interior, shortly after the Federation was formed.
I am heartened by the work that is done among the members in an atmosphere of total tolerance and fraternity. We are learning to get to know one another and understand our different practices better, of which meditation is a common base.
If your organization fits the membership criteria and you are interested to join the group, you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article by MARIE CLAVE CAILLAUD