Archives for June 2018

What Does Yoga Have to Do with Hinduism?

By: Hindu Human Rights

Yoga is a deep science revealed by Mahadeva Himself in the Agamas. It is not just moving your arms and legs! Yoga is deeply rooted in Hinduism, sourced in Hinduism, and includes all aspects of Hinduism. It is not a “spiritual” practice alone, but is a sacred Hindu RITUAL. Any yoga teachers, gurus who promote yoga as a mere spiritual practice are diluting and misrepresenting yoga, and pose danger to the ones practicing it. Beer yoga, chicken yoga are not only NOT yoga, they are dangerous, and unscientific. They do damage to those who practice it. It is important for every yoga practitioner & teacher to understand that yoga is a SCIENCE to realize, experience bliss and divinity. It is divinity expressing through you, not you trying to reach divinity. You need to set the sankalpa, chant the mantras, do the pranayama & achamaneeyam, mudras and invoke Bhagwan before doing asanas.

 

 

Hindu Chaplaincy course in Melbourne

Hindu Council of Australia, Victoria chapter is conducting a refresher course for Hindu Chaplaincy on 23 and 30 June in Melbourne. This course is a part of an ongoing commitment by Hindu Council of Australia to increase the number of trained Hindu Chaplains in Australia. Hindu Council offers scholarships for practicing Hindus to train as Hindu Chaplains. Further information about the scholarship can be obtained at http://hinducouncil.com.au/new/hindu-chaplaincy/

Location: Sankat Mochan Temple –  1289A North Rd, Huntingdale VIC 3166 Map Link
Time : 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Dates : Saturday 23 June and 30 June
There will be a short break in both the sessions where light refreshments will be served.
 
If you would like to join this course and become a chaplain, please contact Mr Makarand Bhagwat.

International Yoga Day celebrated in Sydney

By: Jay Raman

IYD 2018 event continues to be successful across Australia. The day started with a sunrise yoga session at Melbourne Cricket Ground, followed by a Yoga session in the noon at Royal Adelaide Hospital. In Sydney, the event was organised at Indian Cultural Centre.

The event witnessed numerous speakers/presenters touching upon various aspects of Yoga, including Mantra chanting, Keertans and Q&A on Yoga as a Profession. We had an attendance of 80 yoga enthusiasts. 

Please click on the link below to watch the video.

 

Take a quiz on Hindu Rituals

Is your knowledge about Hinduism and Hindu rituals is as good as you think it is? Take this simple five minute quiz to find out.

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1. Every Hindu must perform Rituals? Yes/No

 
 

2. Kumbhmela held at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna rivers is attended by a hand full of people? Yes/No

 
 

3. Which of the following paths can lead to Moksha (salvation)?

 
 
 
 

4. A Hindu pilgrimage can only be done by visiting a holy place? Yes/No

 
 

5. Puja (worship) can only be performed by a Brahmin priest only? Yes/No

 
 

6. Darshan of a Hindu God is an act of devotee seeing the Lord as well as Lord seeing the devotee? Yes/No

 
 

7. There are only 4 rites of passage and every Hindu must follow them? Yes/No

 
 

8. Puja should have either mantra or bhajans sung in the praise of the Lord? Yes/No

 
 

9. Hindus in ancient time used to carry Ganga water with them for drinking when travelling overseas? Yes/No

 
 

10. Those following the path of Gnan (knowledge) do not have to do any Yajna? Yes/No

 
 

11. An aarti can be done to multiple Gods at the same time? Yes/No

 
 

12. Japa requires you repeat a mantra over and over?

 
 

13. Samskara (rites of passage) celebrate major life events? Yes/No

 
 

14. Food offered to God in a puja worship is only meant for God and cant be consumed by devotees? Yes/No

 
 

15. A Hindu Arti must have a lamp or a flame? Yes/No

 
 

16. Each festival has some story and rituals associated with it? Yes/No

 
 

17. In most Hindu temples, deity is woken up in the morning and set to sleep in the evening? Yes/No

 
 

18. A Hindu aarti always has song accompanying the waving of a flame or a light?

 
 

19. Which of the following are places of pilgrimage?

 
 
 
 

20. Which of the following are samskars (rites of passage)?

 
 
 
 
 
 

21. A Hindu must do all the rituals inside a temple only? Yes/No

 
 

22. In a Yajna, oblations are offered into the fire? Yes/No

 
 

23. Yajna (fire-oblation) can only be performed during a marriage ceremony? Yes/No

 
 
What is the color of the snow?

Why sprinkle water around food before eating

Have you ever wondered why did your grand parents sprinkle water around their food before eating. Well, here is an explanation. Watch the video.

 

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Take a Quiz on Hindu Scriptures

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International Yoga Day celebrations by Hindu Council

Hindu Council of Australia is celebrating International Yoga day in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Details of the events are given in the brochures below.

 

 

 

Thailand evolves its own mix of Budhist and Brahmin rituals

The new Brahmins

The relevance of mixing Hinduism with Buddhism and folk beliefs in Thai history

12 Oct 2015 at 03:46 WRITER: MELALIN MAHAVONGTRAKUL 

A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people’s lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden tray was engulfed in a cloud of white smoke…. 

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Ram Sita Kalyanam Vivah in Parramatta 3rd November 2018

Hindu Council of Australia is celebrating Deepavali festival on 3rd and 4th of November 2018 in Parramatta Park this year also.

A special attraction of this year is likely to be an elaborate performance of Rama Sita Kalyanam or Ram Sita Vivah (marriage of Ram and Sita) being planned for 3rd November in Parramatta park location.

Ram Sita Kalyanam volunteers team meets to plan the event

Ram Sita Kalyanam volunteers team meets to plan the event

This is going to be a huge event and the planning has already started. Our Sai Ji is leading the initiative. A team of volunteers has already started preparations for this grand occasion. Some of the suggestions circulating among the team is to 

  • perform Rama Pattabishekam
  • procession/kolatam to carry idols to the mandapam in a palaki
  • Kalyanam or Vivhah before sunset.

We welcome your suggestions about this event and encourage you to come and join the volunteers team and shape this event.

To participate in making the event happen, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. You can also visit Hindu Council web site and sign up as a volunteer specifying your interest in Ram Sita Kalyanam event.

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