First Jalaram Mandir & Community Centre in Australia (Perth)

With the blessings of Pujya Shree Jalaram Bapa, SJMWA (Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc.))is delighted to let you know that we have received the revised development approval from the City Of Wanneroo for the construction of our very first Jalaram Mandir & Community Centre in Australia (Perth, Western Australia).

 

What does this mean – This means that we are now very close to giving BAPA his permanent residency (PR!!).

We have now engaged various consultants to complete the full construction drawings, tendering & applying for the building permit to start construction. This should only take a few more months.

As mentioned previously, the temple will predominantly be Jalaram Bapa’s temple, but it is also intended to cater for the religious needs of our wider Perth Hindu Community. The temple will have other Murti’s alongside Bapa, these will include Shree Ganesh, Ram Parivar, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, Shivling, Hanumanji & Amba Maa. The community centre will consist of modern facilities including a well-equipped commercial kitchen, community hall, class rooms & performance stage to promote cultural activities.

With great pleasure, we announce that all the sponsorships for the Murti Pratishtha’s have been taken up. We would like to congratulate & thank all the various families who have taken up this rewarding opportunity for their generous support towards our Mandir project.

Further the  Mandal wishes  to congratulate and  thank the families for taking up the following sponsorship of the various parts of the Mandir.

  • Naming of the Main Hall.
  • Naming of the Dining Hall.
  • Naming of the Kitchen.
  • Naming of the Mezzanine Floor.

Some more good news, the following milestones have been achieved.

  • The purchase price of the land, $1,100,000.00 has been fully paid for & your Mandal (SJMWA) is the proud owners of this parcel of land. A big thank you goes to you all.    
  • From all the above mentioned sponsorships we have so far raised a further $830,000.00.
  • Our 500@50for5 subscription program has crossed over 100 subscriptions milestone, HOORAY but we can still do better on this one.
  • After taking into account all the donations received, the sponsorships, the subscriptions from the 500@50for5 & the interest free loan available to us we are now only approximately $500,000.00 away from achieving our Dream.

How can you help?

We are humbly requesting all of you to please consider taking up one of the following opportunities to help us in the last leg of our journey in giving BAPA his permanent home in Perth. Please let us all work together to bring this Dream to life.

1)    500@50for5  Give a little …. Gain a lot program:

This is your opportunity to perform the highest honour in the opening of the Mandir & Community Center.

  • By subscribing to this program you’re contributing $50.00 per month for 5 years, which equates to $3,000.00 (over 5 years) without feeling the strain of out laying the money all at once. However the good news is, one of you will stand a chance to perform the highest honour of opening the doors to the Mandir with your family’s name plaque placed at the entrance in recognition of your participation. Every $50.00 subscription will go into the draw. Please click on the link to download the brochure: Download Brochure

 

2)    One Off Donation:

All donations are appreciated, however donations over $2,000.00 will be acknowledged with a name plaque to be placed on a prominent wall at the Mandir & Community Centre. Your kind & generous donations can be made via:

 

  •  By credit card:

Pay via this link: Pay by credit card

 

  • Direct Bank transfer:

Shree Jalaram Mandal of Western Australia (Inc.)

Bank: Commonwealth Bank Australia

Address: 201 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

Account Number: 12313943

BSB Number: 066000

Swift Code: CTBAAU2S

3)    Other Sponsorship Opportunities:

You can have the honour & privilege of sponsoring the following.

  • Yajman for foundation stone laying ceremony (Bhumi Poojan).
  • Sponsorship of car parks.
  • Various equipment & appliances for the Mandir and Community Centre.

For all donations & sponsorship enquiries please contact Vinesh Lakhani.

For more information please visit our website: www.jalarambapa.com.au

Thank you & may BAPA always shower his blessings upon you all. 

Kind Regards

Vinesh Lakhani

Chairman & Temple Project Coordinator

On behalf of : The Trustees & the Managing Committee of Shree Jalaram Mandal WA (Inc.)

(T) + 61 405 323 571

(E) chairman@jalarambapa.com.au

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Jalaram Bapa a saint from Virpur

A once mighty civilization that India was, it continues to produce men and women of exceptional abilities from time to time and from place to place. The land of Punjab is Vir Bhumi, land of Kerala is Punuruthana Bhumi, land of UP and Utrakhand is Dev Bhumi, land of Bengal is Reform Bhumi, land of Bihar Jharkhand is Shanti Sandesh Bhumi, land of Tamilnadu is Kalaa Bhumi and so on. The land of Gujarat is famous as Sant Bhumi. Each Bhumi or land or state has produced many stars in its category.

Jalaram Bapa idol at a temple in Vadodara, dressed in colorful attire on occasion of Jalaram Jayanti holding a danda and wearing a turban.
Jethwarp – Own work

Gujarat has produced many saints. One such saint of Gujarat who lived mostly in 19th century affectionately known as Bapa (meaning great Dad) started a tradition of feeding the poor, the needy and everyone else who came to him. I had gone to Virpur where Bapa was born and witnessed his open kitchen, open to all, his earthen vessel that quenches the thirst of all and a place that does not accept donations. Even after 200 years, Bapa continues to shower his blessings and money has never been a problem to serve. 

The main shrine of Jalaram Bapa is located at Virpur. The shrine is actually the house complex where Jalaram lived during his lifetime. The shrine houses the belongings of Jalaram and the deities of Rama, Sita, Lakshamana and Hanuman worshipped by him. It also has on display the Jholi and Danda said to be given by God.[5] But the main attraction is the portrait of Jalaram Bapa. There is also an actual black and white photo of Jalaram Bapa, taken one year before his death.[7]

The temple is one of a kind in the world in a way that it has not been accepting any offerings since 9 February 2000.

Jalaram Bapa popularly known as Bapa was a Hindu saint from Gujarat, India. Bapa is revered by many people around the world for his saintly qualities and his ability to work miracles but most of all he is remembered for his selfless acts of charity.

Bapa was born on 14 November 1799 in the town of Virpur near Rajkot in India. He got married to Virbai at the age of sixteen. Virbai Maa, as she is popularly known, supported Bapa wholeheartedly in his saintly duties. Bapa’s feats of kindness, his devotion to God and his miracles are well documented.

At the age of 20, after obtaining his Guru’s blessings, Bapa started his Sadavrat (‘an oath forever’), providing free food to every person, at first to sadhus (monks) but later extended to anyone who dropped in. Inspired by his insatiable desire to feed the poor and needy, many became his devotees. True to Bapa’s desire and nearly 200 years later this tradition of feeding people continues to this day in Virpur.

For his devotees this meal is now a Prasad. Virpur has become an important Pilgrimage centre in India and attracts thousands of visitors daily.

Although Bapa origins were from the Lohana community his work and influence extended to all as he considered all castes and religions equally worthy of help and respect.

Bapa died in 1881 whilst praying. He was a divine soul who worked selflessly for humanity. His deeds are inspiring millions of people to follow the path of humanity and service. His birthday (Jayanti) each year is celebrated by many thousands of people across the world. His mandirs everywhere still serve the same Prasad of “Rotla, Khichdi, Kadhi and Shaak” and preach about the completely unselfish and kind deeds of Bapa.

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Yoga day at Gold Coast By ASMY

By: Samantha Doyle, ASMY, Gold Coast.

The Spirit of Yoga Shines at Yoga Day Festival YOGA DAY FESTIVAL | www.yogadayfestival.com.au | asmy.org.au

The sun was rising over the crystal clear Gold Coast ocean as enthusiastic volunteers began setting up the first of a relay of festivals taking place across the nation. There were tepees, brightly coloured flags, flowers, bohemian decorations, and sacred sounds resonating throughout the atmosphere.

With the yoga lifestyle becoming a rapidly growing trend, widely accepted and adopted across many cultures, it’s any wonder the world loves to celebrate United Nations World Yoga Day. Wanting to offer a celebration that truly embodied the spirit of yoga, the team at the Australian School of Meditation & Yoga (ASMY) put their passion into action and Yoga Day Festival was born. Now in its 4th year, Yoga Day Festival has become one of Australia’s brightest, fastest growing, icon yoga festivals.

Stunning locations, village like set-ups, generous pops of colour and a broad variety of yoga lifestyle experiences are the foundational assets that give people an immersive experience. Yoga Dance, Kirtan, Yoga Teacher Training workshops, Kids yoga areas, drumming workshops, educational seminars, and of course a variety of asana and meditation classes made up the bulk of the program.

The community collaboration of gifted local teachers, talented musicians and a variety of lifestyle coaches all coming together with the intention of sharing their gifts and talents made for a heart- warming example of why yoga is such an asset to our community. Participants were able to experience not only the benefits of each modality on offer, but also the spirit of yoga – the unconditional giving and receiving; joy; love; peace; and happiness that naturally grow in those who live the yoga lifestyle.

A special feature of the festivals, and a highlight for many, was the kirtan – a sacred music experience that allowed everyone to come together and share their voices, singing sacred mantras. The joy, happiness and pure fun was evident as everyone swayed, clapped, danced and sang.

Two of the featured chant artists were Pralad and the Chants (https://www.praladandthechants.com/) and Ashraya (http://ashraya.band/) Madya Lila, lead singer from Ashraya describes the impact that kirtan has, “If you have not experienced kirtan before it is a must. Kirtan transports you to a world of inspiration, peace and joy, far beyond the stress and worries of life. Kirtan nourishes the soul’s deepest needs by reawakening the spiritual love that exists within our hearts and enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.”

Radha Krishna Das explains the vision of the Yoga Day Festival team as follows, “The collective idea and ongoing mission of our Yoga Day Festival team is to be of service to humanity by offering the transforming and life enhancing gifts of the yoga lifestyle to the broader community. An increasing number of people want a lifestyle that supports them in achieving overall well-being physically, mentally and spiritually. And because this is exactly what yoga offers, we find that people are naturally attracted to it and are interested in its practice and applying its principles and techniques to their lives. Hence why an event like YDF is such a hit – it offers people an immersive experience of what it might feel like to really embrace yoga in its complete sense.”

For further information please contact Samantha Doyle samantha@yogadayfestival.com.au 0405 910 345 yogadayfestival.com.au

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Darwin revels in music and Yoga for four days

B: Kalindi,ASMY
The popular kirtan band, Ashraya, were invited to Darwin to be part of the festivities to celebrate International Day of Yoga. Over 4 nights, they brought peace and joy to the Darwin yoga and Hindu communities through the power of kirtan. 
 
 
The first night (Thursday 21st June) of kirtan was at the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets down on the beach as the sun sets. Hundreds of people listened and even participated in the kirtan! The kirtan was also livestreamed on Facebook and people from around the world joined in and commented how beautiful it was.
 
 
Friday night was hosted by a local vegan cafe, Kings Wholefoods Artisan, and approximately 100 attended Ashraya’s Mystic Journey, a soundscape of pranayama, mantra, mindfulness and kirtan. A delicious pure vegetarian meal was provided by our hosts followed by ecstatic dancing and chanting of the sacred mantras.
 
There were two events on Saturday. The first was Yoga Day Festival where Ashraya concluded the asana practice with heartwarming, peaceful kirtan. Participants were mesmerized and expressed how wonderful it was to end a yoga practice with such a beautiful meditation. Ashraya then played at the Yoga Day Festival after party where approximately 50 people attended. Ashraya started with a gentle guided meditation which then built into an ecstatic dance. Everyone was so happy with big smiles all around. 
 
One of the band members, Radha Krishna das gave a talk on breaking bad habits and how the yoga system can break these by completely satisfying us within. The band also led more beautiful kirtan with approx 100 people in attendance. A delicious dinner was provided by the event volunteers. 
 
Darwin! we look forward to Ashraya again in the future!
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Hindu Council welcomes ISKCON Gauranga Prabhu

Gauranga Prabhu, disciple of H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaja Graduated from IIT Bombay in 1993, his interest in Krishna Consciousness dawned during his college days.He moved in as a full time preacher at ISKCON Chowpatty.

ISKCON is a member of Hindu Council of Australia.

Mr Prabhu visited Sydney on 23rd June 2018 and held a special dinner and invited Hindu Council. He shared the progress being made on Sri Sri Radha Govinda Temple (now also known as the Hare Krishna Community and Cultural Center) – a capital project aimed at constructing a new temple in Sydney. He asked Hindu Council to get the Hindu community involved in this project.

Hindu council was represented by Joint Secretary Bimal Joshi, Dharmendra Modi and Udyan Sharma.

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Team building exercise by Hindu Council

Hindu Council team had a one day workshop at Swami Narayan Temple today. About 35 office bearers and volunteers attended the meet. The day started with a sumptuous breakfast followed by some team building and mind games. It was followed by presentations and group discussions.

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Hindu Council chapter in Victoria hosts Sri M’s discourse

By : Makarand Bhagwat
Hindu Council of Australia’s  Victoria chapter organised a spiritual discourse by Sri M on 18th March, which also happened to be the Hindu new year. The event was jointly organised by Victoria Chapter and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Melbourne (HSS). Seva International, Melbourne, Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) Australia, Melbourne and Kerala Hindu Society Melbourne also participated in the event.
 
 
The title of the discourse was “Vedanta for the Modern World – Deeper Aspects of Hinduism”. The program was well received and was attended by approx 135 persons at Ashwood Hall, Ashowood in Victoria. Shri Abhijit Bhide of HSS Melbourne welcomed Sri M by offering flowers and a shawl. The discourse was for one hour followed by interesting Q&A.
 
The event was presided over by Makarand Bhagwat, the Victorian resident director of Hindu Council. The event was concluded by offering Tea/Coffee/Biscuits.
 
A complete video of this event can be found on this YouTube Link  and is about one hour long.
 
In all four different events were organized for Sri M’s discourse in Melbourne and all of them were well received.
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SVT temple is a building of cultural significance

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Hindu Council honours BAPS Swami Maharaj

Hindu Council of Australia presented a Certificate of Honour to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Swaminarayan the sixth spiritual successor in Swaminarayan lineage of Gunatait Gurus on this special Vicharan to Australasia, in Sydney on 3rd March 2018. The certificate was presented to His Holiness by the directors of Hindu Council of Australia in recognition of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha as a spiritual, volunteer-driven organisation, dedicated to improving the society through individual growth and fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service.

 

 

Hindu Council congratulated His Holiness and the devotees of BAPS for the successful ground breaking ceremony for a magnificent Swaminarayan Mandir in Sydney and their continuous endeavours in bettering the Society, the emancipation of community and individual development, the instillation of the highest of values, promotion of multiculturalism and the nurturing of spirituality in all citizens. 

 

 

 

BAPS is one of the member organization of Hindu Council of Australia.

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NSW Govt gets serious about Religious education

NSW state government had ordered a review of Special Religious Education(SRE) in 2015 and the report was received in 2017. Hindu scriptures are taught to students in schools by VHP and Chinmaya Mission under this special scheme. As a part of implementing many of these recommendations, an All Faith SRE (AFSRE) committee was formed. This committee represents different faiths including Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Bahai and Buddhist among others.

Another recommendation to have a formal syllabus, vetting of teachers identity, working with children check, training of teachers, a formal complain making and handling mechanism are being put in place and being made mandatory from this year. Two Hindu organizations Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Chinmaya Mission are both well on their way in complying with these new rules. AFSRE is providing guidance and hand holding to both of them. Both of them have taken the assistance of BBF process to comply with these guidelines.

Saiva Manaram is also registered as an SRE for providing education on Saiva Manram faith to school children and is also on its way to comply with the new rules.  As of this year, SRE’s who do not comply with the new process will not be allowed to teach in schools. Hindu teachers have prepared themselves well and are not affected. Hindu teachers will continue to teach in schools. AFSRE chair, thanked Hindu Council of Australia for having brought together the Hindu SRE providers to understand and fit in with the changes taking place.

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