Liverpool police community engagement

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By:Somesh Sibal

Liverpool police community engagement program was attended by Somesh Sibal of the Hindu Council of Australia’s Chaplaincy team along with members of about 15 different cultural and religious groups in the area. The program was organised on 29th March 2018 to meet the new Liverpool area commander Superintendent Paul Albury. Paul addressed the attendees. Among the topic discussed how to have healthy community engagement with police with respect to both police and community. 

Liverpool police is currently working on improving protocols to:
 
Greetings:   What are the protocols with greetings each other within the culture (physical proximity and touching)
 
Cultural Influence in Interaction: Are there any religious/cultural practices which may influence the way people interact with police?

 Protocol for entering church/temple: Are there any special considerations when entering church/temple.
 
Protocols in Searching temple/Church:  Is there any protocol to follow in case police need to search the temple/Church, including religious objects such as statues, altar, tabernacle etc.

Role of Religious and community leaders: What is the role of religious and community leaders in case community protests, demonstrations or any other circumstances involving police and community confrontation.
 
Providing Specimens:  Does providing blood samples, body fluid or any other specimens for investigative purposes present problems? Are there any dates or religious significance when we should not approach an individual for an interview?

APPEAL to help Flood/Cyclone victims in FIJI

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You may be aware of natural disaster that hit Fiji two consecutive weekends and many people are without homes, food and water. Situation is still worse and again Category 3 cyclone likely to hit. The floods have washed away all domestic belongings. Worst affected area is the Western Division of Fiji which has almost half of FIJI’s population and the main cane growing area.

The immediate need is to replenish the homes with their food, clothing and shelter. Food requirements are by way of rice, flour, cooking oils, dhall etc. however there will be a need for what to cook on and cook under including clothes and footwear.Many organizations have mobilized locally in Fiji and overseas to provide necessary relief.   

Hindu Council of Australia along with Hindu Benevolent fund and Karma Kitchen are making an appeal for your extending your helping hand to Cyclone Victims of FIJI.

We are collecting donations both in cash and kind for breakfast cereals, rice, flour, cooking oils, dhall etc. There is need for cooking utensils, clothes and foot ware.  

HCA is working with Fiji High commission in Canberra and Fiji Consulate in Sydney.

Collection Point in Sydney

Karma Kitchen

C/O Café Gateway

8 Wethril Street South, Lidcome

NSW 2141

Contact – Sai Pravastu – 0402 449 524.

Cash can be deposited at Hindu Benevolent fund

Name of Account- HCA Benevolent fund

BSE 062 004

A/C -1044 7020

For inquires please contact either of the followings:

Sanjeev Bhakri – 0414 971 122   Sai Pravastu – 0402 449 52  Ajay Khanna- 0412 399 164

Kind Regards

HCA Team

Pad Yatra A pilgrimage walk to temples in NSW Australia

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By Sai Pravastu

Paada.yatra, pilgrimage to the temple by foot has started this time on auspicious #Chaitra #Purnima (full moon day), also known as Chait Purnima, its the Purnima in the #Hindu month of Chaitra. Chaitra Purnima is the first Purnima of the new year after #Ugadi, #Yugadi #GudiPadwa. This day is dedicated to Lord #Chitragupt, the assistant of #Yamaraj, who maintains the records of births and deaths of the whole world.Yatris (walkers) started turning up to Sydney Murugan Temple as early as 5:00 AM and took the #darsana of the deities and offering their prayers in the temple before commencing on the yatra (walk), we begun the yatra at 6:15 AM. brisky #walkers passed through the quite streets of City of Parramatta, Auburn, New South Wales, Homebush, New South Wales, Australia to Strathfield, New South Wales Sai Mandir Sydney. We joined the #Aarthi to #SaiBaba , had a scrumptious breakfast made by Sujatha Koneru and Ravi Bale family. From here a group of 50+ walkers soldiered on towards Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh, NSW, many of us had the good fortune of participating in the #SriSaiChitraYatra before continuing the walk / before dispersed back home.

We had walkers joining from interstate as usual (1 each from Canberra and Melbourne) It was quite a hot day , as temperatures soared to 35 degrees , but that could not slow down anyone in their pilgrimage , #yatris reached the #como park on banks of King George River around 2PM for lunch , were we had been served a home cooked lunch prepared by Uma Devi Abbineni garu and her friends and some back up provided by Raja Shekar Reddy his famous veggie biryani, after a tough walk , we rested and filled up ourselves and continued the walk towards Heathcote, New South Wales, Australia. #Weather has affected a few walkers who could not complete a portion of the walk in the afternoon and were looked after by our volunteer crew.

Sujatha garu, Santosh Vanka and their family has looked after the yatris with scrumptious dinner which made us all forget the challenges of the walk and sleep well. Sujatha garu and their family has been looking after the dietary needs of this #April PAADA YATRA – walking group since it has begun in April 2011. As a matter of fact , Uma Devi Abbineni garu, Shakunthala gar and their group of #sakis (sorry for not being able to name them all here) but they are always ready for the task to cook #breakfast for hundreds of us coming to Sri Sai Mandir in the morning. They cater for all who come to the temple, Raja Shekar Reddy as always preparing backup food whenever we are short of , at a short notice. blessed are these selfless volunteers without whom we would stumble in the whole process, we would like to addresses these people #Annapuranas and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of all. That brings me to the next important group of volunteers who are always around us during every step of the walk, hydrating, energizing, nursing and motivating all along the way. Pavan Joshi lead the group in the morning, supported by Narasimha Rao Yerramsetty for the first leg of the walk, the experience of Bimal H Joshi, Nehru and Ravin Reddy has made sure they have motivated every new walker in finishing the #yatra to Sai Mandir Sydney. The afternoon charge was lead by Nehru and Ravinder. They distributed over 700 bottles of water , 200 packs of coconut water and one kind walker has sponsored mango lassi and salted lassi (yougurt drink) and another volunteer provide. We are blessed to have such a wonderful team with us who not only support in this initiative, but help it to grow stronger each year, and passing it on to the younger generations.

Another Successful Event… We couldn’t have done it without you #yatris. Despite being a long weekend, early start on a hot day, we had a good strength of #yatris, many new faces young and old. We are growing in numbers year after year, this walk was named as #WalkforEquality and #WomensDay and this year it also covered Sri Sai Chitra Yatra 100th year #Shathabdi of Sai Baba’s #Mahasamadhi. Rao Abbineni and Murali Krishna Koneru have organised a #Chitra #Yatra starting last year on #Vijayadashami (Dussehra) and will be completing this year on #Vijayadasham i.e. in October

Letsgive Hope organises this #walk with all formalities, under the auspice of Hindu Council Australia We would like to thank event registration team at NSW Premier’s department, RMS for Road Occupancy, Approval’s from various Councils, and NSW Police.

Samir Vyas Sanjeev Bhakri ISKCON Temple, North Sydney Minto Temple Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh-Sydney Shoba Deshikan Ramyavaran Vasu Manju Mittal Sameer Pandey Neelima Paravastu Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple Sri Mandir Jay Raman Renga Rajan Jyothi Reddy Arshanapalli Susai Benjamin Indu Harikrishna Anagan Babu Ramia Janardhanan Jyothi Ma Little Musicians Australia Paul McKenzie Akila Ramarathinam Aruna Chandrala
We hope to see you all again in our next walk!
Team @ paada yatra

Call for Artists to produce Diwali art work

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Do you know of a good artist who can produce an art painting or other art work based on Diwali theme. Hindu Council wants such artists to produce a special art for a Diwali exhibition.

(Click here for an introduction to Diwali festival of lights)

Strathfield’s High Street Library has offered Hindu Council of Australia to source local artists and create a Diwali theme based art exhibition in their art space.

The Diwali art space exhibition will be inaugurated by the Mayor of Strathfiled on 8th November 2018 with catering and flyers provided by the Library. The exhibition will continue until 20th November 2018. The library will be advertising the art exhibition with flyers, on its website and on other art exhibition platforms.

The idea is to promote Diwali theme art work so that art buyers can see the art work and purchase it directly from the artists. Entire proceeds of the art work will go directly to the artist as neither Hindu Council nor the Library will charge any commission. The space will also be provided free of cost. All that the artists have to do is, bring their art work paintings, display them and wait for it to be appreciated and sometimes sold.

It is expected that artists will produce original art work based on Diwali theme and a catalogue of all paintings and other art work will be produced much before the event to be publicised and will be distributed far and wide.

There is space for about 50 pieces of art work which can be in the form of framed paintings or other sculptures. Thin sculptures and paintings can be hung on the state of art hanging system with D hooks on the art space walls. There is a limit of 7 Kg for art work with a single hook and up to 14 Kg for an art work with one hook on each side left and right. Heavier sculptures can be placed on table space. There will be space for artists to do live painting and Rangoli also.

D hook, wire and hanging provided by Library

Library has offered an award of $100 for the best viewers pick award. Hindu Council will also offer awards for second and third place holders which will cover the cost of framing the two painting.

If you know an artist or are an artist then please contact Hindu Council of Australia using the form below so that you can produce an original art work and participate in this art exhibition.

Your Name* :
Your Email* :
Your phone* :
Your Address* :

State* :

Please tick the kind of art work you would produce for this exhibition :
Framed PaintingUnframed PaintingSculpture less than 3 inches thickSculpture more than 3 inches thickOther

Number of paintings you will display* :

Please describe your art work* (Size, type, genre etc.) :

Please describe your self as an artist* :

Please upload up to 3 photos of your previous art work* (Only jpeg files less than 300k each):

I understand that I have to produce original art work which has to be completed by 30th September 2018. Upon completion, I will send a picture of my art work to Hindu Council so that it can be included in a catalogue and/or used to publicize the art space exhibition.

I give you permission to use the information on this form for promotion and management of the event.

HBF team consoles a deceased Indian’s family

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By: Ashwani Sharma

A Hindu hailing from India and living in the suburb of Wentworthville, Sydney, NSW had a sudden heart attack and passed away leaving his wife and a three month old baby. Hindu Benovolent Fund (HBF) team was alerted through our network of well wishers. Ashwani Sharma, one of the field workers of HBF went and met community leaders and concerned neighbors. They assured him that the family is being looked after and Indian Consulate Office is making arrangements for transferring the deceased body to India to conduct his last rites over there.

HBF team will remain in touch with the family for any help they may need.

Hindus living in Country towns, click here to connect with us

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If you are living in a small or a rural town Hindu Council would like to hear from you. We encourage you to meet as a group to celebrate upcoming festivals. Doing it at someone’s home is a good start. Please do send us a para or so and a few pictures for posting on our web site and news letter if you are already doing so or want to start doing so now. A Hindu Council representative from a city near you can visit your town and help start a formal Rural Outreach Group of Hindu Council of Australia.
 
In the meantime, if you can send some information about your town, that would be great for us to know about the community there.
 
You can sign up for our regular news letter by entering your name and email in Subscribe to Newsletter form.

Please contact us using the form below. If you would like to start a Rural Outreach Group of Hindu Council in your town, we would love to hear from you too.

Rural Outreach Contact Form



Your State (required)

Your Message

You can if you wish, provide following optional information about your town :

Town Population Approx.
Hindu Population Approx.

Any Temples or Associations in the twon : Not KnownYesNo
Any Hindu celebrations happening in the town on a regular basis : Not KnownYesNo

About the town and key Hindu contacts :

 

HBF Fund Raising Bollywood Musical Journey

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Hindu Council of Australia along with Bandeesh group is arranging a Bollywood Musical Journey. Par tof the profits from the event will go to Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF). HBF has been established bu Hindu Council of Australia to provide financial support to individuals and families in dire need of financial help to meet their day to day needs.  

Date: Saturday the 19th May 2018
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm followed by light dinner.
Venue: Pacific hills Performing Arts Centre – Dural, NSW
Name of the Event: LOVE YOU ZINDAGI
Type of Event: Bollywood musical show with Live Orchestra
Ticket Price: $ 30 including light Dinner OR $ 25 without Dinner
Venue Capacity: 472 seats

Nyepi – Balanese Hindus celebrate Saka Calendar Hindu New Year

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 Nyepi is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in BaliIndonesia. It is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is celebrated as Hindu New Year’s Day. The same day celebrated in India as Ugadi. Nyepi is  commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2018, it fell on March 17).

The Hindus of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा). The Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand, which is the beginning of their calendar year. Manipuris also celebrate their New Year as Sajibu Nongma Panba on the same day. The Hindus of Andhra Pradesh also celebrate their new year on the same day as Ugadi.

The Melasti Ritual is performed 3–4 days beforehand Nyepi. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa. The ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belonging to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed next to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruanoffering of live animal sacrifice. Around sunset the “Pengrupukan” ceremony begins in the house compounds with the noisy banging of pots and pans and bamboo tubes along with burning of dried coconut leaf torches to drive out the demons.

Most Hindu Balinese villages make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of richly painted bamboo, cloth, tinsel, and styrofoam symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits or even characters from Hindu mythology. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, they are burned in the cemeteries although many are displayed in front of community halls for another month or more and sometimes even purchased by museums and collectors.

Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

In 2018, a parade of 7,000 exhibits including a joint Narsimha sanhaar was paraded on the streets.

The Nyepi Rituals are performed as Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity, Amati Karya: No working, Amati Lelunganan: No travelling and Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment. The Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day. The Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come. Finally, The Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed after all the Nyepi rituals are finished.

The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day. On this day, the youth of Bali in the village of Sesetan in South Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or ‘The Kissing Ritual’ to celebrate the new year.

On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni (Relighting the Fire), social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together. Fires and electricity are allowed again, and cooking of food resumes.

(Source Wikipedia)

New Lions club president talks up Hindu Benevolent Fund

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By: Ashwani Jain

The Lions Club Sydney Indian activities recently held a meeting in which the incumbent new President Mr Padmanabhan announced the activities and objectives of the Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF). HBF is Hindu Council’s community initiative of establishing a benevolent fund to provide financial support to individuals and families in dire need of financial help to meet their day to day needs. 

Call to Artists

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If you would like to participate in Diwali Art Exhibition being held at Strathfield High Street Library, please contact us using the form below. (Exhibition dates 8th November 2018 to 20th November 2018)

(Click here for an introduction to Diwali festival of lights)

Your Name* :
Your Email* :
Your phone* :
Your Address* :

State* :

Please tick the kind of art work you would produce for this exhibition :
Framed PaintingUnframed PaintingSculpture less than 3 inches thickSculpture more than 3 inches thickOther

Number of paintings you will display* :

Please describe your art work* (Size, type, genre etc.) :

Please describe your self as an artist* :

Please upload up to 3 photos of your previous art work* (Only jpeg files less than 300k each):

I understand that I have to produce original art work which has to be completed by 30th September 2018. Upon completion, I will send a picture of my art work to Hindu Council so that it can be included in a catalogue and/or used to publicize the art space exhibition.

I give you permission to use the information on this form for promotion and management of the event.