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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

Help Karma Kitchen to feed homeless in Parramatta

By Jay Raman : We owe our spiritual wealth not just to the sages, seers, masters and enlightened beings who walked the path, but also to the community that nurtured them. In our tradition, serving spiritual seekers and monks was of utmost importance. In fact for many, this was a path in itself. The most beautiful expression of this was the Annadhanam, the offering of food.

Karma Kitchen is an initiative by Hindu council of Australia to serve the needy and homeless by serving free food in Parramatta region. Hindu Council has registered with Parramatta Council for offering food every week on Saturdays.  This initiative gives opportunity to member organisations and individuals to serve and give back something to community. It is also a way to share our food which is an essential part of our culture. Hindu Council hopes to increase the frequency in the coming year. 

A number of organisations and individuals have helped in the initial start-up by donating food, time and resources. This will open up new opportunities to serve people in need through different ways. Important occasions in your life such as a birthdays, anniversaries or any other day of your choice, can be an opportunity to offer Annadanam, and be a part of Hindu Council’s endeavor to spread joy, health and wellbeing in the community.

You are welcome to contact the Coordinators – Sai Pravtsu on 0402 449 524 and please email us on info@hinducouncil.com.au, if you are interested to participate, donate or have any query regarding Karma Kitchen.

NSW Parliament to toughen Hate Laws

The hate speech laws in Australia give redress to someone who is the victim of discriminationvilification, or injury on grounds that differ from one jurisdiction to another.

Under the proposed amendments introduced to the Parliament, individuals who incite violence against a community or person based on their race could face up to three years in prison and an $11,000 fine.

The bill, if passed, will create a new offence in the Crimes Act of “publicly threatening or inciting violence” on the grounds of race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex or HIV/AIDS status.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman said current provisions in the Anti-Discrimination Act have been ineffective in prosecuting people accused of encouraging violence and have not led to a successful prosecution in 30 years.

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Source includes Wikipedia.

Local government recognizes Hindu Council volunteers

Many Hindu Council members living in various local councils, give their time as a volunteer to help build the Australian community and to help Hindus integrate well in the Australian society.

Cumberland Council in Sydney recently held a session to thank all its volunteers including those from Hindu Council.

 

Ray Williams MP wants to stamp out racism in Australia

Some leaders have recently made racist and divisive statements affecting residents of NSW and Australia.

Upset by these developments, Hon. Ray Williams MP will host a round table with Community Leaders to explore ways to stamp out racism in Australian community.

He is holding a forum on the same 2:15pm, Saturday 26 May 2018

 

Bandeesh music group raises funds for a Hindu charity

A bollywood music charity program was held on 19th May 2018 in Sydney. It was a house full with people dancing to the tunes of yesteryears. Part of the ticket proceeds is being shared by Hindu Benevolent Fund (HBF) of Hindu Council of Australia. HBF fund was established to provide financial support to individuals and families in dire need of financial help to meet their day to day needs. 

SBS TV records growth of Hinduism in Australia

SBS (State Broadcasting Services) is an Australian TV and radio network supported by Australian government and specializes in ethnic community news. Decades ago when there were very few Hindus in Australia and Internet had not been invented yet, SBS was a major (and sometimes the only) source of news and entertainment for new migrants to Australia.

In the age of Internet and beaming of TV from all over the world, SBS has reinvented itself as a channel for multicultural Australia. As part of recording religions in Australia, Abbey from SBS has produced a TV program on the growth of Hinduism in Australia. The program was aired on SBS TV and a link to the article is provided below. 

Hindu Council of Australia has recorded the growth of Hinduism in Australia on its website as a part of its eLearing course on Hinduism. A link to that internet based course lesson is also provided below.

Link to SBS program

Link to eLearn Article on Hinduism in Australia

Freedom to teach religion in schools under threat according to Christians in NSW

May 5th, 2018

Rev. Hon. Fred Nile MLC, and Paul Green of Christian Democratic Party, wish to introduce the Anti-Discrimination (Religious Beliefs and Religious Activities) Bill in the Parliament in the state of New South wales in Australia.

According to Paul Green, MLC, the freedom of religious people and institutes are under attack and that this Bill will protect their rights, including protection from mistreatment on the grounds of faith. He is deeply concerned that without this bill, the ability to teach religion in schools and operate charities with Government funding will come under attack. 

“We are working to safeguard the ability of faith-based Schools to teach faith-based values without penalty, as well as ensuring religious groups do not lose their charitable status because of their faith.” said Hon. Paul Green MLC.

Rev. Hon .Fred Nile MLC says that free conscience including freedom to pursue ones own faith, is fundamental to Australian social values. “Every human being should live by their own conscience, including religious conscious” concluded Hon. Paul Green MLC. 

Hon Paul Green MLC is seeking the support of all faith groups to show their support for his Bill.

You can read more about the Bill at his website here.