Hindu Council to support Alliance of Religions

By: Surinder Jain.
 
Hindu Council is supporting the world peace at International level  and anti-conversion efforts of Heavenly Culture, World Peace (hwpl.kr) an organization originated from South Korea with offices in over a hundred countries. Their main peace initiative are :
 
Law for Peace – Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to eradicate structural causes of war. It aims for this declaration to be adopted by UN and then legislated by various countries, somewhat akin to Human Rights.
Alliance of Religions – An interfaith alliance through discussions based on scriptures. It is now taking up an anti-coercion conversion to stop people being forced to change their religion.
Women & Youth Empowerment
Peace Education – 169 educational institutes have agreed to design peace programs and courses.
 
Hindus strive for peace and continue to be a victim of forced conversion. Hindu Council is lending its support to Law for Peace and anti-coercion conversion initiatives of HWPL.
 

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Hindu Council supports UN World Harmony Week 2019 in Melbourne

By: Hindu Council Melbourne Chapter.

The Melbourne chapter of Hindu Council participated in and supported 2019 UN World Harmony Week. The event was attended by Mr Makarand Bhagwat.

World Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan. The World Interfaith Harmony Week falls in the first week of February of every year[1][2] and aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. 

The basis for the World Interfaith Harmony Week is the A Common Word Initiative which was authored by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and released in 2007. The A Common Word Initiative and the World Interfaith Harmony Week stem from the idea that humanity is bound together by the two shared commandments of ‘Love of God and Love of the Neighbor’ or ‘Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor’.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly, Prince Ghazi of Jordan stated that the aim of the Interfaith Harmony Week would be fulfilled by:

permanently and regularly encouraging the silent majority of preachers to declare themselves for peace and harmony and providing a ready-made vehicle for them to do so … if preachers and teachers commit themselves on the record once a year to peace and harmony, this means that when the next interreligious crisis or provocation occurs, they cannot then relapse into parochial fear and mistrust, and will be more likely to resist the winds of popular demagoguery[6]

The UN resolution on the World Interfaith Harmony Week states:[7]

The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolutions 53/243 of 6 October 1999 on the declaration and programme of action relating to a culture of peace; 57/6 of November 2002 concerning the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence; 58/128 of 19 December 2003 on the promotion of religious and cultural understanding, harmony and cooperation; 64/164 of 18 December 2009 on the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief;
64/81 of 7 December 2009 on the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, and 64/14 of 10 November 2009 on the Alliance of Civilizations. Recognising the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions in enhancing mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people. Recalling with appreciation various global, regional and sub-regional initiatives on mutual understanding and interfaith harmony including, inter alia, the Tripartite Forum for Interfaith Cooperation for Peace, and the “A Common Word”.
Recognising that the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions, and beliefs call for peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding:
  1. Reaffirms that mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.
  2. Proclaims the first week of February of every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs.
  3. Encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week based on Love of God and Love of the Neighbour, or based on Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbour, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions.
  4. Requests the secretary general to keep the General Assembly informed of the implementation of the present resolution.
Melbourne UN 2019 WIHW A4 Flyer Final print 3

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Hindu Council writes to Archbishop of Perth about Nose Stud

Hindu Council of Australia writes to the Principal of Aranmore Catholic College and Archbishop Perth to recognize Nose Piercing and Bindi as acceptable Hindu religious symbols in Catholic schools.

Hindu Council has expressed its willingness to work with the school and others to resolve the issue resulting from ignorance i.e. lack of knowledge about Hindu icons. It is ready to work with Catholic organizations to help Catholic schools to become more friendly to non-christian students of Hindu faith studying in their schools.

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Winner of the Gargi Woman 2019 Awards are …..

Hindu Council of Australia awards Gargi Woman Award to outstanding women in Australia who make a good role model for growing up Hindu girls and women. The award consists of a commendation letter and is awarded in multiple categories.

On International Women’s Day the winners will be announced for 2019 Gargi Woman Award. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of these outstanding women.

Date : 9th March 2019 – 5pm to 8:30pm

Venue :  Grevillea Room , Wentworthville Community Hub

Come and join an evening filled with great events – Award ceremony, Guest presentation, cultural events and dinner.

THIS IS A PRIVATE INVITE ONLY EVENT

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Hindu Council director awarded Parvasi Bhartiya Award

Dr Nihal Singh Agar, one of the eminent directors and ex-president of Hindu Council of Australia was awarded Parvasi Bhartiye Award by the President of India at 2019 Parvasi Bhartiye Sammelan in Varanasi India. The award is given to NRIs (People of Indian descent from overseas, non-resident Indians).

Professor Agar came to Australia as a young PhD student in 1960’s, became in Professor in University at regional city of Armidale. After his retirement he spent many years as Emeritus Professor at University of Sydney. He has helped Hindu and Indian community in Australia through many organizations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad of Australia, Hindu Council of Australia, Ekal Vidyalay (one teacher school for remote villages), Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh (imparting Hindu values and culture to youth) and Hindu Education Centre.

While accepting the award, Agar Ji (as he is affectionately known among the community in Sydney) thanked all those who worked with him during the years and sought their blessings.

 

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Australia Day celebrated

By: Surinder Jain.

Both, India the land of Janma Bhumi of Hindus and Australia the karma bhumi of Australian Hindus, share 26th January as a very special day. India became a republic with its own constitution on 26th January. 26th January also marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove.

In present-day Australia, celebrations of Australia Day reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.[1]

In keeping with the spirit of multicultural Australia, The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales invited various communities including Hindu Council to take part in Australia Day celebrations at Western Sydney Community Reception in Penrith.

Jay Raman, Premier, Surinder Jain and Ashwani Jain

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Hindu/Cultural schools should avail $100 Creative Kids program

Are you running a school or an organization in the state of NSW that is teaching Hindu languages, Hindu drama, Hindu arts etc to children. If you are, then state government may subsidize fees paid by your students.
 
Find out more on how to register your school to avail of this $100 for each of your students.
 
https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-creative-kids-provider

 

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New Creative Kids program
New Creative Kids program
Parents of NSW school-aged children can apply for a $100 voucher each year to put towards the cost of registration, participation or tuition costs with approved Creative Kids providers.
 
The voucher may be used for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literary, music and other eligible creative and cultural activities.
 
Register to become a provider>>
 
Or, to find out more visit service.nsw.gov.au/creativekids, call 13 77 88 or visit your local Service Centre.

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Multicultural NSW is now recruiting experienced telephone interpreters Australia-wide

Multicultural NSW is currently seeking expressions of interest from highly motivated and experienced Telephone Interpreters from all over Australia in all languages for our new telephone interpreting service.

 

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Walking God walks away from earth

By: Surinder Jain.

Sri Sri Sri Shivakumara Swamiji [1] a Hindu spiritual leader, revered saint, humanitarian and educator, religious figure and head of the Siddaganga Matha in Karnataka,[5] founder of the Sri Siddaganga Education Society,[6] also known as Nadedaaduva Devaru (walking God)[2] passed away at the age of 111 on Monday 21st January 2019.

Swamiji founded a total of 132 institutions for education and training, that range from nursery to colleges for engineering, science, arts and management as well as vocational training.[18] He established educational institutions which offer courses in traditional learning of Sanskrit as well as modern science and technology. He was widely respected by all communities for his philanthropic work.[19]

In 2015, he was awarded by the Government of India the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award.[2]

Swamiji’s gurukula houses more than 10,000 children from ages five to sixteen years at any point in time and is open to children from all religions, castes, and creeds who are provided free food, education, and shelter (Trivida Dasohi).[18][3] The pilgrims and visitors to the mutt also receive free meals.[18] Under the pontiff’s guidance, an annual agricultural fair is held for the benefit of the local population. The Government of Karnataka announced the institution of Shivakumara Swamiji Prashasti from 2007, the centennial birth anniversary of Swamiji.[19] A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, visited him at Tumkur and praised the initiatives of Swamiji in education and humanitarian work.[19]

In recognition of his humanitarian work, Swamiji was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Karnataka University in 1965.[34] On his centenary in 2007, the Government of Karnataka awarded him the prestigious Karnataka Ratna award, the highest civilian award of the state.[4] In 2015 the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan.[2]

In 2017, the Government of Karnataka and his followers sought Bharat Ratna for him for his social service.[35][4]

Swami Ji’s demise and irreplaceable loss has immersed the whole of Hindu Community into deep sorrow.

Swami Ji headed the Sri Siddaganga math since 1941. Under his watch the math run institutes students have excelled in education and are working all over the world.

 

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Have your say on Cumberland Council’s children and families strategy

An opportunity for Hindu families to have a say in framing a policy that affects children and families.

Council is developing Cumberland’s first ever Children and Families Strategy with Mayor Greg Cummings calling for community input to help make Cumberland a great place for children and families. The Children and Families Strategy will give residents the chance to share their views on the issues that impact children and families as well as help outline Council’s role in providing future services and programs.

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