HINDUISM AUSTRALIA April 2017

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!

Regards,

HCA Editorial Board

 

Editorial Policy ‎

The Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre 30th Birth Anniversary Celebration

 Saturday 25 March 2017 – Sunday 14 May 2017   

SRI SWAMI CHIDANANDAJI MAHARAJ PRESIDENT OF THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY FROM INDIA OFFICIALLY OPENS THE HINDU TEMPLE AND CULTURAL CENTRE AT FLOREY.

To celebrate HTCC 30th Birth anniversary, a number of divine activities are planned to share Hindu values and traditions by way of various rituals, spiritual and cultural programs and a focus on Japa Yoga for the manifestations of Divinity enshrined in the Divya Mandir – HTCC. It would bring more community awareness about Hinduism and for our own self unfoldment. The divine program consists of Navratri Chandi Yagna, Japa Yoga, Walking on Fire ( Mariamman Pooja), Ramayana Sammelan, Girimit Day, Srimad Bhagwat Saptah,  Hanuman Jayanti, Sri Mahavir Jayanti celebrations, Yoga Day, Divya Mandir Pran Pritishtha ceremony, Open Day etc.  It is expected that all the current daily programs in the Temple will be a part of this celebrations along with additional programs and collective chanting of various Mantras for specific deities – Japa Yoga.

Japa Yoga  is an important and easy way of self-unfoldment in Kaliyuga. Mantra is a divine sound reverberating in each and everything in this universe. It is easy to experience God by repeating the mantra. Bhagwan Sri Krishna ji says in Holy Gita “yagyanaam japa yagyah asmi”. The great saint Parma Pujya Tukaram ji said “ With the name of God on your lips, the bliss of liberation is right in your hand”.   

Following Mantra are compiled for  manifestations of Divinity enshrined in the Divya Mandir- HTCC. 

  • Om Sri Ganeshaaya Namah Om Sri Saraswatyai Namah Om Namo Naraayanaya Om Namah Sivaaya Om Sri Raamaaya Namah Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaaya  Om Sri Hanumateh Namah Om Sri Swami Ayappaye  Namah Om Sri Gurave Namah Om Sri Durgai Namah Om Sri Mahaviraaya Namah Buddham Sarnam Gacchaami
  • Gaytri Mantra – Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Svitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi,  Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat   Paalani Muruga Vel Muruga, Sharanam Sharnam Vel Muruga Maha Mantra – Hare Raam Hare Raam Raam Raam Raam Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
  • Navagrah Mantra- Brahmaa Muraaris-Tripurantakaari, Bhaanuh Shashi Bhuumisuto Budhas-ch  Gurush-ch  Shukrah Shani-Rahu- Ketvah,  Sarve Graha Shantikara Bhavnatu

Likhita Japa Yoga

Devotees are requested to  start writing one or more of these Mantra or any Mantra of their choice in a paper bound copy of 64  pages or A4 paper whatever convenient in their divine homes at their leisure.  A minimum of 125,000 or more  Likhit Mantra are targeted to be put in the capsule in the foundation of the new divine building – Shantiniketan,  as we did for the Divya Mandir.  Likhit Japa can be done in your own home, choose one or more mantras of your choice and  be a part of this Yagna. Please contact Panditji 0420264578 or Tarunji 0421336640 to register your divine interest, blank copies and pen can be collected from Panditji if required. Please join for Mantra Chanting – Japa from your home through the Facebook (Shree Tarun Agasti)   from 6.00-6.30 PM everyday .  For more information please visit www.htcc.org.au

Interfaith Forum Adelaide

 
An Interfaith Forum on Education and Religion was held on Sunday February 19, 2017 at the Payneham Library, 2 Turner Street, Felixtow. Over 60 people attended the Forum . 

The Forum started with a Puja of Maa Saraswati – the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, and art, followed by a brief presentation by Snehal Thaker who explained the significance of various aspects of Maa Saraswati depicted in the symbolic picture used in the worship

 

MC of the event, Sunaina Sharma, made the event very interactive and encouraged the children by having a Quiz and giving them prizes for the winners.

 

After the Quiz, there was a Bharatnatyam dance by Geetha Sadagopan , the current president of Shruthi Adelaide.

 

The dance was followed by the Interfaith Forum. The speakers representing different faiths were Dr Dilip Chirmuley  ( Hinduism ), Jeff Boyce ( Christianity ), Sylvia Barnes  (Jewish ), Nasir Zia  (Islam,)  Shantha Sooriyabandara ( Buddhism )and Harvinder Singh Garcha –(Sikh).

The presentations of all the speakers were of high quality .. They emphasized the importance of religious education along with academic education. The speakers were also of the view that religious education gives us ability to be more tolerant, compassionate, calm, truthful and respectful to each other.

 

One speaker spoke about the significance and need of a teacher (Guru) in attaining knowledge, and then using that knowledge for realizing the “inner-self” or “higher-self”.  Interestingly, some of the speakers thought that there has been a gradual loss of interest and overall dilution of religious education over time. Was it due to unavailability of great teachers or simply change in our priorities – perhaps influenced by free and fast communication in modern times .

The event was concluded by a vote of thanks by Dr Gaurang Prajapati followed by lunch. Some Hindu religious books were given as a token of thanks to the public.

Sri Ganesha temple Adelaide all set for expansion

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

HINDUISM AUSTRALIA 

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