A Hindu Council of Australia Newsletter issue: April 2017

Om Shri Ganesaya Namah
It gives us great pleasure to bring this first issue of Hinduism Australia during the auspicious period of Chaitra Navratri. We worship for nine days various manifestations of the aadi Shakti “Durga maa” culminating into Ram Navami -appearance day of Bhagwan Sri Ramji embodiment of cosmic love, highest human ideals and supreme righteousness.
Hindu Dharmic and cultural values that we inherited from Rishis, Munis and our ancestors have played a great role in our lives. It is our duty to share and pass these spiritual values and traditions to the wider community and coming generations. The concept of cosmic consciousness, Vasudeva Kutambakam and setting up the main goal of human life to evolve from human consciousness to Holiness and then to Godliness is an integral part of Hindu Dharma. Our attempt to worship Bhagawan - God (Eternal Being – non-dual and also in various manifestations) and move towards Him is an ongoing evolving spiritual process. The goal of our life is to live as an upward ascent to God-experience. May Durga maa and the Eternal Reality Bhagwan Sita Ram ji’s Grace be upon all! We wish you a Blissful Ram Navami now and always! Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram!


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Sri Ganesha temple Adelaide all set for expansion

Sri Ganesha temple in Oaklands Park to spend $600,000 on expansion


Apr 2, 2017

THE Sri Ganesha Temple in Oaklands Park is planning a $600,000 expansion so its Hindu community can host bigger events and classes.The Hindu Society of SA has lodged plans with Marion Council for the work, which includes demolishing a house next door to the Dwyer Rd temple.It plans to build a new outdoor cooking area and bigger auditorium, and extend a hall and dining room.Chief priest Sivasri Kurukkal said the number of people attending regular services had jumped from about five to 100 since he joined the temple in 1990.“Lots of professional people have migrated here from India, Singapore and Malaysia,” he said.

The State Heritage-listed temple features shrines to Hindu gods, and has become popular with school groups seeking to learn more about the religion.“People want to know how we do our services and how Hindu people worship,” Mr Kurukkal said.He said the renovations would make way for bigger cultural events, study groups and classes in dancing and languages.Temple president Siva Selva said the organisation also needed a bigger venue for hosting weddings.“When we have a wedding, we have to cram all the people inside here,” he said.

The group has applied to the State Government for a $50,000 grant and the Federal Government for $350,000.“A lot of our members are doctors so they’ve helped us with donations,” Mr Selva said.He said he hoped to have a clearer idea of whether the group was successful in its funding bids by October.If not, it would try again in future rounds and complete the upgrade over a longer time frame.The Hindu group bought their temple — then a Lutheran Church — in 1985.Marion Council’s Development Assessment Panel is expected to consider the application in October.

source: Adelaidenow

India has been built by saints, yogis and fakirs: Yoga guru Ramdev

Lucknow, Mar 29 (PTI) India has been built by saints, yogis and fakirs, not by any king or emperor, Yoga guru Ramdev said today.

“Yoga has been an inalienable part of our culture. No king or emperor has built India or shaped its destiny. In fact, India has been built by saints, yogis and fakirs. It is a matter of pride for us that the Prime Minister is a yogi, and the Chief Minister of the most populous state is also a yogi,” he said.

The Yoga guru was addressing the first day of the three-day UP Yoga Mahotsava here.

“Ram Rajya would definitely come to Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Underlining the benefits of Yoga, Ramdev said, “We will do Yoga together and take steps to remove societal illness, diseases, bad habits, intoxication and other negativities.

This will make lives peaceful and prosperous.”

On the issue of triple talaq, he said, “There should not be any injustice with any woman, irrespective of the religion they belong to. Secondly, those who have faith in judiciary would not endorse triple-talaq. And, if anyone is citing the Holy Quran to substantiate their logic, they are simply insulting Islam and Quran.”

The Yoga Guru also exuded confidence that Uttar Pradesh will become “an ideal state where spiritual and economic development would co-exist”.

“Economic development alone may eventually lead to path of destruction. UP–the land of Rama, Krishna and Shiv–is moving towards positivity,” he said.

“The government of the day is of saints and yogis, and today we are witnessing the blend of Yog Dharma and Raj Dharma. In a span of nearly a week, the state government has made history. UP has become free from tension, deceit and intoxication,” Ramdev claimed.

The Yoga guru also met Governor Ram Naik at the Raj Bhavan later in the day.

Source: PTI