NSW Chapter

Hindu Council has been very active in NSW from its inceptions. Its featured activity is celebration of Diwali event every year which is attended by over 20,000 people every year. Here is a list of some of the main activities of the NSW Chapter of Hindu Council of Australia.

  • Deepavali festival with burning of Ravan effigy
  • Deepavali in suburbs
  • Holi celebration in suburbs
  • Janmashtami in suburbs
  • Hindu Chaplaincy in hospitals
  • Hindu benovolent fund to provide financial help to people in distress
  • Participation in Youth Parliament of World’s Religion
  • Karma Kitchen to feed homeless people
  • Interfaith activities
  • International Yoga Day
  • International Women’s Day

NSW Chapter – Recent Activities

Oldest Hindu in Australia passes away

By: Prakash Mehta, National President, Hindu Council of Australia.

Respected Shankalal ji passed away a week ago. He was an icon and we may never see such a vibrant Hindu in Australia again.

Hindu Council of Australia conveys sincere condolences and pays respectful homage and tributes to the holy soul of Shri Shankerlal Trivedi

His passing away is a great loss for Trivedi Parivar, Gujarati Community as well as wider Hindu community. He was the oldest Indian Australian. He remained active and participating all functions until he took his last breath on 11 July 2019 at the age of 107 and six months. His activeness at this age was surprise to many of us.

He lost both parents at the age of six and lived very hard child life; however, with the support of relatives he achieved academic success. During his work as clerk at Gaikwad secretariat and subsequently as Deputy collector in Gujrat Government, he honestly served the poor, tribal people of Chota Udepur in Gujarat. The Government of Gujarat had felicitated his tireless and dedicated service for relief work during Surat flood.
His whole life was abide by hard work, honesty and his divine vision of Lord (Paramattma) in the service of humanity, made him very respectable in the whole community. His simple way to develop, remember and maintain relationship has made him “Dada ji”for all who came in his contact.

To live long, healthy, and honest life with activeness until last breath is ancient Rishi tradition of India. We are fortunate to witness that Rishi tradition in his simple life. The need of the hour is to offer our gratitude to Shri Shankerlal Trivedi and his remembrance will inspire all of us to live honest, long, healthy and active life to serve community.

 

Chaplaincy Partnership with University of Western Sydney

By: Bhupinder Chabara.

With immense pleasure I inform that after the long drawn tedious process, The Hindu Council of Australia (HCA), finally signed the Chaplaincy agreement with University of Western Sydney. Now HCA is the official community partner to deliver the well needed services to the large number of local and international student community, especially from the South East Asia the well needed holistic support of Hinduism. We would aim to provide spiritual, religious, emotional and community support to large student community to further HCA presence in the well needed area. For now HCA will have presence on Wednesday and Thursdays at University of Western Sydney Parramatta City and South Campuses.

Fasting in my religion

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia had organized an Interfaith Event “Fasting in My Religion” on 25th May at Merrylands. The event was attended and addressed by various community members Sathya Kishore Babu Koodala – South Indian Religious Community, Nicholas Cherniakoff – Russian School, Murtaza Poonawala – Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community, Imam Imtiaz Ahmed Naveed Sahib – Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Clr Reena Jethi – Hills Shire Council shared their views on fasting, . Hindu Council of Australia was represented by Ashwani Jain (Secretary NSW) and shared following views.
Fasting in Hinduism
As in many religions, fasting is also practiced in Hinduism. In the Hindu religion, fasting is not an obligation, but a moral and spiritual act where the aim is to purify the body and mind and acquire divine grace. There are different forms of fasting which are more or less strict, more or less difficult to follow and which vary depending on personal, family and community beliefs.
In some cases, fasting involves abstaining from one meal in the day. However, fasting does not necessarily mean the body has to go without or suffer. Sometimes, it is sufficient to eliminate certain types of food and replace them by others, without restricting the quantity. A non-vegetarian may settle for a strictly vegetarian diet. Vegetarians, often replace rice, wheat, barley and lentils with potatoes.
Methods of fasting also vary widely and cover a broad spectrum. If followed strictly, the person fasting does not partake any food or water from the previous day’s sunset until 48 minutes after the following day’s sunrise. Fasting can also mean limiting oneself to one meal during the day, abstaining from eating certain food types or eating only certain food types. According to Hindu religion , the fasting person is not supposed to eat or even touch any animal products (i.e., meat, eggs) except dairy products.
The fasting can also be a way of varying the daily diet and trying new food.
Fasting periods in Hinduism
The fasting is a very integral part of the Hindu religion and is marked by several periods during the year. Individuals observe different kinds of fasts based on personal beliefs and local customs.

• Some Hindus fast on certain days of the month such as Ekadasi, Pradosha, or Purnima.
• Devotees of lord Shiva tend to fast on Mondays, while devotees of lord Vishnu tend to fast on Thursdays and devotees of lord Ayyappa tend to fast on Saturdays.
• In North India, Tuesday is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and devotees are allowed only to consume milk and fruit between sunrise and sunset.
• On Thursday, fasting is common among the Hindus of northern India. Some devotees listen to a Pauranic Katha / scripture before opening their fast.
• Fasting during religious festivals is also very common. Common examples are Maha Shivaratri (Most people conduct a strict fast on Maha Shivratri, not even consuming a drop of water ), or the nine days of Navratri (which occurs twice a year in the months of April and October/November during Vijayadashami just before Deepavali, as per the Hindu calendar).
Karwa Chauth is another form of fasting practised in some parts of India where married women undertake a fast for the well-being, prosperity, and long life of their husbands. The fast is broken after the wife views the moon through a sieve.
Fasting for Health and Longevity: Nobel Prize Winning Research on Cell Aging
Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2016 for his research on how cells recycle and renew their content, a process called autophagy. Fasting activates autophagy, which helps slow down the aging process and has a positive impact on cell renewal.
Spiritual Benefits of Fasting
Our faith and our goals direct our practice. As a result, the spiritual benefits of fasting are also personal. Some universal spiritual benefits of fasting are as followed:
• Self control
• Self discipline
• Spiritual clarity
• Cleansing of our soul
• Renewed faith
• More energy
• Better attuned to the world around us
• Transcendent Empowerment
The event was concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Dr Abdul Noor Aftab Sahib and concluding remarks from Mr Mohammad Khalil Sheikh Sahib.

Message of the Vedas and Upnishads

Message of the Vedas and Upnishads by Dr Avadhanulu

Ayurveda treatment for Anorexia (Aruchi)

Anorexia (Aruchi)

Does less appetite bother you? Have you lost your hunger? No more interest in food? Understanding Anorexia (loss of appetite) through Ayurveda.

Anorexia is a common problem these days in young growing population and kids. It is as dangerous as obesity, only difference is that it is on the opposite side of the spectrum. In developed countries like US, Canada, France, Australia etc, anorexia is one of the main concerns as of unhealthy lifestyle and pace in life.

Let’s see what Ayurveda has to say about Anorexia

Anorexia is not a new disease in fact, It has been mentioned and amply documented in all Ayurvedic texts like Charka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Samgrahya etc. some 5000 years ago. Anorexia is categorised under several names and each name has a significant meaning that denotes a different dimension of anorexia.

Aruchi/ Arochaka

One of the names of anorexia is “Aruchi” in Ayurveda.  It is made by adding “a” suffix ((meaning – no) to the main word “ruche” (meaning – interest). Therefore, Aruchi means lack of interest. in Ayurveda, it means To Having No Interest to Eat.

In Aruchi, even the person is hungry and there is delicious food to eat, he might feel no interest in the food. It can be because of over-eating or some other digestive disorder. The condition produced due to over-eating is temporary and gets cured naturally, if we allow a break to the stomach. Fasting is a natural, simple and the most effective way to prevent it.

If Aruchi happens because of some other disorders like fever or jaundice, it is cured as the base disorder get treated. The above 2 types of aruchi are not dangerous and are self-healing most of the time.

Bhaktadvesha

This is a severe form of aruchi called “bhaktadvesha”. This is the condition that resembles closely with anorexia and is the union of 2 words – bhakta (feeding, food, to eat) + dvesha (hatred, disgust). In this, any exposure to food can induce a feeling of disgust in the afflicted individual.
This condition can have different manifestation in different individuals. However, common symptom is an intense feeling of disgust when –

a) talked to about food b) thinking about food c) seeing food d) touching food e) smelling food

This intense feeling of disgust can also induce Nausea. Such patient experiences a complete aversion towards food. Ayurveda suggest both herbal and psychological treatment to treat it.

Annanabhinandan

It means “Food Not Welcomed” (anna- food/grains, anabhinandan- not welcome). The Mind is master that runs the body. It is the interface between the soul and the world. Ayurveda seriously advocates to have a happy and peaceful mind while taking a meal. The psychology while consuming the food has direct effect on the body and digestion.

Annanabhinandan is defined primarily by the mental state of an individual. It is commonly observed
When the individual is extremely angry, terribly scared, extremely sad or depressed, when full of hatred or due to some mental disorder like hallucinations, Bi-polar, Psycosis etc.

Types of Aruchi

In Ayurveda diseases are classified under – Physical and Mental and this implies for Aruchi too.

Physical reasons:

Aruchi can develop primarily due of the imbalance in Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) as they govern the functions of the body including metabolism..

As per Doshas, Aruchi classified as:

Vataj, Pittaj, Kapha and Sannipataja – caused by imbalance of respective Doshas.

Mental reasons:

Ayurveda says that emotions, feelings and prejudices can severely affect a person. Also the negative feelings like misery, fear, excessive greed, anger can disrupt the normal physiology and psychology results hatred towards the food.

Toddlers and little children also might face anorexia even if their body Dosha are completely intact. This condition is mainly induced by the fear, anger and hatred that a child feels when fed forcefully. Consequently, force-feeding is one of the main triggers of anorexia in kids.

How to know what type of anorexia you have?

Each type of aruchi has a different defining symptom based on its causal factors. Sometimes, you might see mixed symptoms if more than one dosha or one causal factor is involved.

 

Vataj aruchi

Following are the primary symptoms of a Vata induced Aruchi

Persistent astringent taste in the mouth. The Astringent taste (Kashaya rasa) is an indication of increased Vata Dosha which can reduce sensation of the taste buds and in turn it dulls the tasting process.
Sour taste in the mouth.
Pain in the chest and abdomen due to intestinal gas or muscular spasm induced by Vata.

Pittaj aruchi

The defining symptoms of a Pittaj aruchi are –

Constant sour or bitter taste in the mouth
Oral inflammation
Burnt Foul smell
Inflammation in the chest region
Persistent thirst

Kaphaj aruchi

The most prominent features of a kaphaj aruchi are –

Either salty or sweet taste in the mouth on an enduring basis
Excess mucus in the mouth
Foul smell
Numbness in the body parts
Heaviness in the body
Excessive slimy secretions on the skin like sweat, sebum etc.
Pain in swallowing the food

Treatment Principle-

Ayurveda aims in treating the root cause and is categorised under the individualised constitution-based treatment. The mind and the psychological factors are also given importance as these factors are important affecting the appetite. The diet and lifestyle advices are to be followed as recommended along with the herbal home remedies aiming towards a carminative and digestive outcome.

Yoga has proven its effect over anorexia and certain yoga postures along with the ayurvedic herbs gives a good result. Nature Care Ayurveda provides treatment with a professional touch of care aiming to worship the body you live in and a good health. The brilliant bunch of doctors at Nature Care Ayurveda we are determined towards the holistic wellness of the society.

 

 

Paada Yatra April 2019, a moving success

By: WhatsApp group chtter of Paada Yatra.
 
[4/19, 05:09] Neelima Pravastu: Everyone please be there between 5:30-5:40
[4/19, 05:10] Neelima Pravastu: There will be an induction and you can pickup printed map with street names
[4/19, 05:36] Piyush Preeti Shah: I am in the temple 🙏
[4/19, 06:01] Neelima Pravastu: Route map
[4/19, 06:21] ‪+61 433 349 994‬: Just started the 🚶
[4/19, 09:23] ‪+61 406 864 860‬: At baba temple
[4/19, 10:25] Sai Pravastu: 1 minute silence observed for Ravi Ananthula at Sai Maindr in Strathfield 🙏🏼🕉
[4/19, 12:05] Neelima Pravastu: 🙏
I hope everyone had some yummy breakfast
[4/19, 12:11] ‪+61 402 525 632‬: Thanks for organising the walk and breakfast.
[4/19, 13:54] ‪+61 469 441 250‬: I have just passed como train station
[4/19, 13:55] Neelima Pravastu: That’s where the lunch served
[4/19, 14:47] ‪+61 430 531 138‬: Thank you to the organisers and volunteers. Well organised. Great experience.
[4/19, 22:11] ‪+61 470 217 673‬: Thanks Sai Garu and Murali Garu, it was well organised with yummy lunch.
And special thanks for arranging darshan on the same day.
🙏🙏🙏
[4/19, 22:12] Neelima Pravastu: Wow….pool side dinner 
Nice
[4/20, 04:44] Sai Pravastu: We will be leaving shortly , high viz vests are must for your own safety. Please wear them and walk in single file. Look out for each other 🙏🏼
[4/20, 04:50] Sai Pravastu: Thank you @Naveen for looking after the morning logistics,  @⁨Varun Kumar⁩ for rescuing us yesterday afternoon , @Ramkee for doing the evening logistics and bringing bonus buttermilk and @⁨+61 422 129 910⁩ for overall planning the volunteering for yesterday🙏🏼
[4/20, 05:46] Sai Pravastu: Yesterdays scrumptious lunch was presented to us by Ramakrishna garu ,  energy snacks by Srinivas garu. Water and Jucies by Siva garu , Sekar garu and friends.
[4/20, 07:41] Sai Pravastu: Crossing waterfall
[4/20, 08:50] ‪+61 426 297 996‬: Teached Symbio park. 4 ppl reached so far(incl me)
[4/20, 09:04] ‪+61 426 297 996‬: Headcount at Symbio park now is 10
[4/20, 09:26] Aruna Chandrala: Wow kids participating 🙌👌
[4/20, 09:44] ‪+61 437 489 843‬: Hello friends
I am travelling from Canberra to Sydney by train today evening (290 KMs and it takes 4:14 hours) to participate in TWO DAYS (19th & 20th April ‘19) Sydney Paada Yatra from Sri Murugan Temple Westmead to Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Helensburgh.
 
Please find further details of this Paada Yatra here:
Tonight Moon looks very beautiful & I am enjoying the train journey instead of car or bus. 
 
Please find some photos Which I took from the train during the journey capturing the beautiful Moon & environment and Weather is very pleasant!
 
Please find further details & photos in my Facebook post here:
 
[4/20, 09:45] ‪+61 437 489 843‬: Good Morning Everyone,
Happy Easter!
 
Jai Sri Ram Jaya Jaya Sri Ram
Jai Sri Ram Jaya Jaya Sri Ram
Jai Sri Ram Jaya Jaya Sri Ram
 
We wish you & your family a very happy Hanuman Jayanthi!
 
I am today participating in 2 DAYS Sydney Paada Yatra from Sri Murugan Temple Westmead to Lord Sri Venkateswara Temple Helensburgh, Sydney during 19th & 29th April ‘19.
 
We started at 6:15 am in the morning and reaching Sri Sai Baba Temple In Strathfield and we will pray Sri Sai Ram and we will be served a nice Indian breakfast and then we will continue our walk.
 
I will post you details & photos after reaching the Motel today evening in my Facebook page!
 
Please find further details of Sydney Paada Yatra here:
 
Jai Sri Ram Jaya Jaya Sri Ram
Jai Sri Ram Jaya Jaya Sri Ram
Jai Sri Ram Jaya Jaya Sri Ram
 
Please find further details & photos and videos in my Facebook post here:
[4/20, 09:45] ‪+61 437 489 843‬: Sydney Paada Yatra – 1st Day – 19 April
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On Friday 19th April ‘19 early morning I participated in 2 DAYS Sydney Paada Yatra and walked from Sri Murugan Temple Wstmead to Engadine Motor Inn via Sri Sai Baba Temple for breakfast (South Indian) and Como Park for lunch and covered a total distance of 42.8 KMs and expected to walk in 9 hours 7 minutes as per the Google but we started at 6:30 am and I reached Engadine Motor Inn by 7 pm with 1 hour breakfast break & 1:30 hour lunch break ie I took a total of 10 hours to walk a total distance of 42.8 KMs and I did walk @ 4.3 KM/hour.
 
The RunKeeper record only showing partial because I forgot to start in the 1st 30 minutes and iPhone XS Max run out of power several times and I kept charging in cafes on the way.
 
We had a nice & tast breakfast at Sri Sai Baba Temple, lunch was fantastic at Como Park and dinner was fabulous with tasty dal and butter milk.
 
1st day of Sydney Paada Yatra was successful and there were no problems & pains and I enjoyed thoroughly!
 
There were lot of started started from Sri Murugan Temple Westmead and some of them came up to only Sri Sai Baba Temple Strathfield. Some people joined at Sri Sai Baba Temple to walk up to Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple Helensburgh. There were lot of young children participated in this year Paada Yatra.
 
We have 3 people (myself, Rohini $ another lady) from Canberra participated in this year April Paada Yatra. 
 
Murali garu & Sai garu and volunteers organised fruits, food & water along the  way during the course and also organised breakfast, lunch & dinner and everything is nice, tasty & fantastic and Everybody enjoyed including myself.
 
Please find some photos & videos which I took along the course capturing the beautiful views of Sydney, flora & fauna and walkers participating in the Paada Yatra.
 
I took lot of photos today covering Sun raising & setting and also Moon and today is full Moon and I will post the remaking photos onto my Facebook page soon!
 
Please find further details, photos & videos in my Facebook post here:
 
[4/20, 14:51] Sai Pravastu: Thank you for yet another memorable walk 👣
 
[4/20, 15:02] ‪+61 437 489 843‬: Sydney Paada Yatra – 2nd Day – 20 April ‘19
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On Saturday 20th April ‘19 early morning we started our 2nd day of Sydney Paada Yatra and walked from Engadine Motor Inn to Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple and covered a total distance of 17.5 KMs and I took 3:08 hours @10:42 minutes/KM.
 
expected to walk in 9 hours 7 minutes as per the Google but we started at 6:30 am and I reached Engadine Motor Inn by 7 pm with 1 hour breakfast break & 1:30 hour lunch break ie I took a total of 10 hours to walk a total distance
 
We had a nice cup of Indian tea & fruits in the park near the temple.
 
We all did chant Sri Venkateswara Swamy Govinda Namalu together. We waited in the park until everyone came.
 
We took a group photo in the park and also in front of the temple. I took a video when people walking from the park to the temple in a single lane. We all successfully competed 2 days Paada Yatra by 10:30 am at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple.
 
We participated and special prayer especially for Paada Yatra people performed at Sri Vinayaka & Sri Venkaswara Swamy.
 
We had a  tasty breakfast (Medu Vada & pongal) served after the Pooja and we all enjoyed the tasty food including myself.
 
After 2 days of Sydney Paada Yatra it was successful and there were no problems & pains and I enjoyed thoroughly!
 
We have 3 people (myself, Rohini $ another lady Radhika garu) from Canberra participated in this year April Paada Yatra. 
 
Murali garu & Sai garu and volunteers organised fruits, food & water along the  way during the course and also organised breakfast, lunch & dinner yesterday and breakfast today and everything is nice, tasty & fantastic and Everybody enjoyed including myself.
 
RADHIKA garu & her husband Ankamma garu gave me, Murali garu & Sridharan lift from Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple to Westmead.
 
Weather was fantastic and perfect for walk / jog and it was 13.7 C at 6 am and raised to 23.4 by 10 am and expected a maximum of 25 C and a minimum of 16 today in Sydney.
 
We all thank and much appreciate Mural garu & Sai garu for organising this event.
 
Once again Hats off to them for their dedication, hard work and passion in organising these Sydney Paada Yatra walks and I enjoyed thoroughly and this was my 6th Walk and 1st time in April long weekend Easter period.
 
Please find some photos & videos which I took along the course capturing the beautiful views of Sydney, flora & fauna and walkers participating in the Paada Yatra.
 
I took lot of photos today covering Sun raising  and I will post the remaiming photos onto my Facebook page soon!
 
Please find further details, photos & videos in my Facebook post here:
 
[4/23, 11:12] +61 403 411 478: This is my first walk. A memorable walk for its experience, the hidden strength and determination it brings out from us, the wonderful people I met, the support of the amazing volunteers behind the event and last but not the least the delicious food arranged by the sponsors.
 
Initially I wasn’t confident on completing the whole walk, but with the support of volunteers and hearing the experiences of experienced yatris, I could gather the strength to complete the walk, blessed by the wonderful weather the Almighty has blessed upon us.
 
I met many wonderful people, had engaging conversations with many fellow devotees, met some old friends and colleagues whom I have lost contact for a while. In this era of physical comforts self-imposed by technology, I feel the real human potential is undermined by these comforts and can only be uncovered by taking up a divine walk like this. The two kids who completed the whole walk are a real inspiration to the current generation, I won’t be surprised if I hear about them elsewhere as a prodigy. I look forward to that. Hats off to their parents @Kiran garu  and @Sivaraj garu
Saying “Thank You” is just a drop in the ocean to convey the gratitude to the organisers and volunteers. Satha Koti Dhanyavadalu.
 
[4/23, 04:51] +61 437 489 843: Sydney Paada Yatra April 2019 – From Sri Murugan Temple Westmead to Sri Venkateswara Temple Helensburgh – 2nd Day – Satuday 20th April 2019
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On Saturday 20th April ‘19 early morning we started our 2nd day of Sydney Paada Yatra and walked from Engadine Motor Inn to Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple and covered a total distance of 17.5 KMs and I took 3:08 hours @10:42 minutes/KM.
 
We had a nice cup of Indian tea & fruits in the Helensburgh park near the temple.
 
We all did chant Sri Venkateswara Swamy Govinda Namalu together. We waited in the park until everyone came and finished the Paada Yatra successfully.
 
We took a group photo in the park and also in front of the temple. I took a video when people walking from the park to the temple in a single lane. We all successfully competed 2 days Paada Yatra by 10:30 am at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple.
 
We participated in special prayers especially for Paada Yatra people performed at Sri Vinayaka & Sri Venkateswara Swamy.
 
We had a  tasty breakfast (Medu Vada & pongal) served after the Pooja and we all enjoyed the tasty food including myself.
 
After 2 days of Sydney Paada Yatra April 2019 there were no injuries and problems & there were no pains either and it was successful and I enjoyed thoroughly!
 
We have 3 people (myself, Rohini $ another lady Radhika garu) from Canberra participated in this year April Paada Yatra. 
 
The 2 day Sydney Paada Yatra covered 1st day 42.8 KMs in 10 hours from Sri Murugan Temple to Engadine Motor Inn and 2nd day 17.5 KMs in 3:08 hours from Engadine Motor Inn to Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple Helensburgh and total of 42.8 + 17.5 = 60.3 KMs in a total of 10 + 3:08 = 13:08 hours. Ie roughly 60KM in 13 hours @4.6 KMs/hour.
 
Murali garu & Sai garu and volunteers organised fruits, food & water along the  way during the course and also organised breakfast, lunch & dinner yesterday and breakfast today and everything is nice, tasty & fantastic and everybody enjoyed thoroughly including myself.
 
RADHIKA garu & her husband Ankamma garu gave us (myself, Murali garu & Sridhar) lift in their car from Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple to Westmead.
 
Weather was fantastic and perfect for walk / jog and it was 13.7 C at 6 am and raised to 23.4 by 10 am and expected a maximum of 25 C and a minimum of 16 today in Sydney.
 
We all thank and much appreciate Mural garu & Sai garu for organising this event and we all wish them and their families all the best and Lord Sri Venkateswara Bless You All!
                                                             Yedu Kondalavada Venkataramana Govinda Govinda!
                                                             Yedu Kondalavada Venkataramana Govinda Govinda!
                                                             Yedu Kondalavada Venkataramana Govinda Govinda!
 
Once again Hats off to them for their dedication, hard work and passion in organising these Sydney Paada Yatra walks and I enjoyed thoroughly and this was my 6th Walk and 1st time in April long weekend Easter period.
 
Please find lots of photos which I took along the course capturing the beautiful views of Sydney, flora & fauna and walkers participating in the Paada Yatra. Also I took lots of photos today covering the beautiful Sun raising  and it was beautiful and fantastic!
 
Please find further details & photos in my Facebook post here;
 
 

Videos – ANZAC Jawan Memorial service April 2019

Special Sri Rama Gold Coin for Puja

By: ABC Bullion.

Special Sri Rama Navami Promotion of Gold and Silver coins. $1 from every Sri Rama coin sold during April will be donated to Karma Kitchen, an initiative by the Hindu Council of Australia which provides free food to the homeless within the Parramatta region in NSW.

Superme Being in my Faith

By: Bharathi R.

Bharathi  attended interfaith Symposium organised by Ahmadiyaa Muslim association and presented on topic “Supreme Being in my Faith”. There were total 6 speakers representing  Christian, Muslim, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism and Bharathi represented Hinduism . Over 120 people attended the event which was fully organised by Women for women. This is the second time Bharathi from HCA is been invited for the interfaith symposium.

The Concept of Supreme Being in my Faith

Who is the supreme being in Hinduism –bit challenging question ??

First of all I would like to clarify Hinduism is not mere a religion, it is rather a righteous way of life – which has spiritual path & science behind it .

More properly known as Sanathana Dharma, which means eternal(Sanathana) sustaining Values of life(Dharma)

It has no Prophet, no single Holy Book for followers. Idols, Figurines, Saints, Scriptures etc., are all held sacred but they are not essential since it will continue to exist with the same force even if these are not there.

Hinduism recognises one Supreme Being. It is generally known as Brahman (not to be confused with Brahma or Brahmin which are totally different).It is all inclusive and all pervasive. Brahmam is real, root and source consciousness of all the existence and non-existence as well as all that is manifest and hidden.This abstract idea was born out of Deep Tapas for a number of years, meditation, Revelation and Realisation

Supreme Being is the Infinite. It must be formless since form denotes limitation. But with our finite senses it is almost impossible to grasp the idea of anything formless and limitless. So, the philosophers realised this, and said common man could do only according to the mental and intellectual equipment. It is the vessel in which he tried to contain the limitless and the formless. Like water which has no shape assumes the shape of the vessel in which it is contained for the time being, so is the concept of the Supreme Being for different persons.

This is what we call as Ekan anegan – Ekan – means one , Anegan – means multiple

Supreme Being is one , appears in different forms for different person , – the way how they see. Worshipped in whatever form by people as designed in their respective scriptures, (the Supreme) assumes that form and takes the devotee on to the next higher step.

We have many Gods and Goddesses in the shapes of a child, man/woman, reason being Some want to fondle, some want to love, some are afraid… This is been misinterpreted as 330 Million gods in Hinduism. Hinduism is a Monotheistic religion; in can be realized as Pantheistic also by many with their personal Gods and Goddesses. But it is definitely not Polytheistic (thousands of Gods and Goddesses)

One can realise Brahmam without any personal form of God. Because Sanathana Dharma is essentially the Righteous way(Dharma) of life based on the Eternal Values and Principles.

Men will progress from object (persons , animals) worship through Idol(symbols) worship to the worship of the eternal, formless one – the Brahmam.

These are generally referred to as Uruvam, Aruvuruvam and Aruvam.

There is no concept of Heaven or Hell here. Similarly no concepts of God’s anger, punishment, Blessing, etc. The Supreme Being is Nirguna(without any attributes) .. It is all pervasive Universal Energy. It is somewhat closer to the concept of Quantum Physics in modern science.

The other major concepts are law of Karma(Cause and Consequence) and the doctrine of Rebirth. Man will have to take many births till all the consequences of his Karma are extinguished. The Supreme being does not influence this in any way.

Since man comes out of this Supreme Being into this world, goes through life as per his Karma and finally gets absorbed into the Supreme Being, Brahman is ever present root/real consciousness of Trimurtis and by using infinite Brahman consciousness Trimurti create, sustain and destroy the world of illusion.

The entire concept of Hinduism can be summarised under two quotes of

our famous Saint Thirumoolar , who lived in 3rd century.

First quote is

Ondray kulam, oruvane Devan;. –

Ondray kulam

Means there is only one tribe , which is – all belong to human being

oruvane Devan;.

There is only one supreme being – which we call in different names.

Yes there is only one Absolute Reality but there are many paths to attain it. The paths are various practices or methods for attaining the absolute reality. People on account of their different aptitude choose from them whatever they think best and deserved to be accepted .

As all streams ultimately empty themselves into the ocean, all these paths ultimately lead to the Great Lord Himself. So, there are many paths because a single path is not suitable for everyone.

And the Supreme being helps from each path.

The aim of life is Liberation and Reuniting with the Supreme Being

Second Quote is

Anbe Sivam”, means love is god and god is love

அன்பும் சிவமும் இரண்டு என்பர் அறிவிலார்

அன்பே சிவம் ஆவது யாரும் அறிகிலார்

அன்பே சிவம் ஆவது யாரும் அறிந்தபின்

அன்பே சிவமாய் அமர்ந்து இருந்தாரே” [பா. 270

The ignorant prate* that Love and Siva are two,

But none do know that Love alone is Siva

When men know that Love and Siva are the same,

Love as Siva, they ever remained. [verse 270]

God’s Love is unconditional. The word “unconditional” means that there are no expectations or limitations set.

The unique understanding in Hinduism is that God is not far away, living in a remote heaven, but is inside each and every soul, in the heart and consciousness, waiting to be discovered. And the goal of Hinduism is knowing God in this intimate and practical way.

The God – the Supreme being can be seen through Love

Conclusion:

My dear sisters, We women has abundant love within us. Let us all share this unconditional love to all the living being in this world and make this world as a peaceful place as we call it as Sorghum or heaven or place where we can see the our supreme being as bliss ,light and love

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