Catholics ask Hindu Council to help train their teachers on Hinduism

Mr Vijai Singhal, Director, Hindu Council of Australia was invited by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta to make a presentation to the teachers of Religious Studies in their Catholic schools teaching Studies of Religion to the HSC students in their Secondary schools last Thursday, 4th April, 2019.  The topics covered were: Ethical teachings in Hinduism, […]

World celebrities who became Hindus

18 Famous hollywood people who adopted Hinduism as their faith.

Menstruation is Far From Taboo in Hinduism

By: Sunila Goray Raj (edited by : Surinder Jain) Menstruation is Far From Taboo in Hinduism.   There is so much to be said about it all – but here I only want to focus on the leftist’s latest favorite topic : Menstruation.   A survey conducted in USA in 1981 showed that a substantial […]

Tirta Gangga in Bali

Bali is an island in Indonesia and has largely native Hindu population. A water garden was built in Bali by Dr Anak Agung Made Djelantik in the year 1948 and named after the Hindu holy river Ganga. Tirta Gangga – Bali Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace in eastern Bali, Indonesia, about 5 kilometres […]

Survey of school going children’s parents on SRE

Hindu Council of Australia is conducting an SRE survey of parents who have school going children and live in NSW. Please fill out the form below if you have a school going child in NSW. Your Name Your Email Your Phone Name of the school where your children are studying? Suburb of the school where […]

Bioethics – a Hindu Perspective

By : Dr Raj Maheshwari. (The following is an abstract of the talk delivered by the author at the conference on “Core Ethical Teachings” at NSW Parliament House on 4 March 2011). Dr Raj MaheshwariForensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at St John of God Health CareSydney, Australia Bioethics addresses specific ethical issues relating to science and […]

Dalai Lama endorses Hinduism as most tolerant

Muslim nations must learn about religion from India : Dalai Lama There are various religions and traditions in India having population of over 125 crore. Muslim countries should learn from India. so that there is peace. There is coordination among all the religions here and due to non-violence principle, modern India is developing,” the Dalai […]

Hey, Do you speak Hindu? #IAMHINDUAMERICAN

By : American Hindu Foundation. #IAMHINDUAMERICAN We’re teachers and parents, politicians and artists, cab drivers and entrepreneurs, doctors and lawyers, small business owners and engineers. We give back to our communities every day in innumerable ways. Yet the general American public knows very little about us and our traditions. We want to change that. And […]

Meat produced from plants – is it OK for Hindus?

By : Surinder Jain. Hindus are vegetarians primarily because of cruelty involved in producing meat which is done by killing a live animal. Inflicting pain on a living beings binds negative karma and continues our cycle of death and rebirth. Pain inflicted on a being in killing it increases with the number of senses possessed […]

SRE Teacher Training 2019 starting in a big way

By : Madya Lila. It’s great to see Hindu Council of Australia has finally been added to the Department of Education’s web page https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-across-the-curriculum/religion-and-ethics/approved-sre-providers#letterH as a provider of Hinduism teachers to state schools for teaching Hinduism. We held a very successful training day on Saturday and 15 new volunteer teachers are now trained and ready […]

Karwachauth celebration at Darwin

By : Shashi Khanna. Karwa chauth – ( The Mother in-law & Daughter in law day ) – the festival of Wife, Husband & mother in law!! surprised!! Yes dear, that’s the beauty and core of India. India lies in its family bonding and relationships. The care ,warmth, sacrifices, compromises, support is integral part of […]

Significance of Sri Sitarama Bhadrachalam

रामो रामो राम इति प्रजनामभवन् कथााः | रामभूिं जिभूद्रमे राज्यं प्रशासति । तनत्यपश्ु पा तनत्यफलास्िरवस्र तनर्व्नर ााः | कामवशी च पजन्र याः सखु स्पशश्र च मारुिाः । Sri Vaalmeeki Ramayana – Yuddha Kanda – CXXVIII. 103, 104 Under Sri Rama’s rule, people rejoiced everywhere hailing Rama ! Rama! Rama! in jubilation and recounting his deeds; […]

Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam explained to Youth Parliament of World Religions

The Youth PoWR conference was organized by the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations to bring young representatives of different religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh) to one platform in order to share how each of these religions are contributing towards peace in the society. Vincy Jain represented the Hindu faith and explained the […]

“witch hunt” against a wholly innocent and fully integrated British Hindu community?

    26th July 2018  DISSOLVING CASTE CONSCIOUSNESS   “The Governments announces its Caste Consultation conclusion  confirming that this is NOT “a real life issue”. Hindus & Non Hindus must now consider theoverwhelming evidence pointing to institutionalised “Hindu-odium” the colonialists hatred for Hindus.  The EHRC, The House of Lords, the Labour & LibDem leadership  must […]

Hindu History of Afghanistan

Hinduism today is only followed in India and small percentage of people in few other countries. But the Hindu kingdom until 900 CE was spread to a vast area including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Yes, Afghanistan was a Hindu kingdom which was dominated by Hindus and Buddhists. The Muslim invasion of the Hindu region began […]

Take a Quiz on Hindu Diaspora

Please enter your email: What is known as a Bimong in the Cham language of Vietnam?  A Hindu Brahmin  An aeroplane  A Hindu temple The Chams Balamon (Hindu Brahmin Chams) form a majority of the Cham population in Vietnam while most of the remainder are Cham Bani followers of Islam. The term Balamon is considered to have […]

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Hinduism and the scientific heart – a book review

Pavan Verma of JDU has written a book on Adi Shankaracharya. His interview is very informative and is given below. Pavan Varma is a celebrated diplomat, cultural catalyst and public intellectual. His new book on the Shankaracharya throws startling light about Hinduism and its fascinating relationship with science.      

Europeans brought their caste system into India

By:Surinder Jain, 2nd July 2018. It is known what the word caste used so commonly in India comes from ‘casta’ in Portuguese. In Spanish America (and many other places), racial categories were formal legal classifications. Racial categories had legal and social consequences, since racial status was an organizing principle of Spanish colonial rule. The system of castas […]

Take a Quiz on Hindu Society and Institutions

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Take a Quiz on Hindu Festivals

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Take a Quiz on Hindu Symbols and Icons

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What Does Yoga Have to Do with Hinduism?

By: Hindu Human Rights Yoga is a deep science revealed by Mahadeva Himself in the Agamas. It is not just moving your arms and legs! Yoga is deeply rooted in Hinduism, sourced in Hinduism, and includes all aspects of Hinduism. It is not a “spiritual” practice alone, but is a sacred Hindu RITUAL. Any yoga […]

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Why sprinkle water around food before eating

Have you ever wondered why did your grand parents sprinkle water around their food before eating. Well, here is an explanation. Watch the video.   [Click here to read more ….]

Thailand evolves its own mix of Budhist and Brahmin rituals

The new Brahmins The relevance of mixing Hinduism with Buddhism and folk beliefs in Thai history 12 Oct 2015 at 03:46 WRITER: MELALIN MAHAVONGTRAKUL  A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people’s lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden […]

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Why do Gods look the way they do?

By: Surinder Jain. Hindus have many Gods and each God has his or her own form. We have Shiva sitting on an ice cold mountain top with a fountain of water (river Ganga) flowing out of the top of his head. We have Ganesh with an elephant head and Shakti shown with up to eight […]

Take a Quiz on What is Hinduism

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The Case for India by Will Durant

Book Review by : Vijai Singhal The Case for India This book was written by Will Durant, an American writer, historian and a philosopher in 1930 after visiting India. Given below are some of the abstracts from this book which can be freely down loaded from the Internet. The book was written without the help […]

Hindu Council’s FAQ on Hinduism

FAQs : Answers to frequently asked questions   [sp_faq category=”category_ID”] [More FAQ …]

NetFlix’s controversial portrayal of Rajneesh

NetFlix has made a six part documentary on Osho (Bhagwan Rajneesh) called  Wild Wild Country, and is streaming it now. The six-part series tells the story of the Rajneshees, calling him an Indian “sex cult” whose 2000-odd members moved en masse from India to rural Oregon in the 1980s.    Almost immediately the movement ran into conflict with […]

Swami Vivekananda – an intuitive scientist

This is a brief summary of the book written by T.G.K.Murty in 2012 on 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami ji. (Vijai Singhal) Swami Vivekananda was a multifaceted genius. While his spiritual eminence is well known, his insights in physical sciences are lesser known. He was well acquainted with the scientific thoughts of his time and […]

Hinduism Today Releases Documentary: “The History of Hindu India”

KAUAI, HAWAII: The editorial team of Hinduism Today is pleased to announce the release of its professional documentary film, “The History of Hindu India” (Part 1), developed in collaboration with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. More than a year in the making, the movie (http://bit.ly/HinduHistory) provides an authentic presentation […]

At a mere 7 per cent, Bangladesh Hindus under threat, says US rights activist

By Express News Service  The minority Hindus in Bangladesh are facing the threat of ethnic cleansing, US rights activist Richard L Benkin has said.  Benkin said he is carrying out an indepth research on the Hindu population’s dwindling numbers which now stand at a mere 7 per cent  as per the 2016 figures. Compared to this, the […]

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 […]

A Hindu Textbook Controversy in USA

The basic complaint by Hindus, including the American Hindu Education Foundation (HEF) is that previous textbooks have given an inaccurate and disparaging portrayal of their religion. While there are many individual complaints the big three are: the emphasis on the caste system, making the Indo-Aryan Migration Theory seem undisputed, and changing ancient India to Southwest […]

Christians students to visit India to learn how Hindus and Christians coexist in relative harmony

Students of George Fox University, a Christian college in USA plan to to visit various countries of the world including Sri Lanka/India to learn how Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Christians coexist in relative harmony in India. George Fox University (GFU) is a Christian university of liberal arts and sciences and professional studies in Newberg, Oregon. Founded as a school for Quakers in 1885, the private […]

Meet the Indian housewives studying to become Hindu priests in their ‘second innings’

At 72, Sailja Joshi has found her calling rather late in life. After a lifetime spent caring for others at home, this grandmother wants to join the workforce.  She is studying to become a Hindu priest. Female priests are a relatively new phenomenon in India, and they’re still vastly outnumbered by men. Scholars say that […]

Chardham Yatra

The Chardham Yatra can be easily called as one of the most popular pilgrimage circuits of India. Every year, around the same time, the routes to the Chardham, the four most sacred places of the Indian Himalayas, are opened for the pilgrims to trek to.  The Char Dham (“four abodes”) are four places which the Hindus believed […]

Researchers Find 6000 Years old Rama and Hanuman carvings in Silemania, Iraq

One of the major triumphs of modern archaeology was the hair-raising discoveries of Sir Leonard Woolley at Ur. Amidst the ruins of Ur, he unearthed a Ram-chapel but totally missed its relevance in world history. This crucial finding not only bridges the wide gaps between Indian tradition and archaeology but also unfolds the historic bonds […]

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 […]

Fasting Can Improve the Regenerating Ability of Intestinal Cells

Fasting is an integral part of Hinduism spiritual as well as many Yoga practices. Various types of fasts for periods varying from a few hours to several days are prescribed. Now US biologists  have found that a 24-hour fast can reverse the age-related loss of intestinal stem cell function that can regenerate new intestinal cells. An […]

Negative stereotypes about Hindus

In any country or region, media plays a powerful role in influencing people’s beliefs and world views on a topic. If someone controls the message in the media, they have a disproportionate level of influence on what is generally believed as truth. Unfortunately, the broadcast media in the US has been unintentionally or carelessly used […]

Art telling Ramayana, Hindu story, at Carlos Museum

An exhibit of art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is highlighting events told in the Ramayana, a sacred text of Hinduism. The exhibit opened in January, and Coweta residents have been among the visitors viewing the paintings filled with bright colors and elaborate detail. The paintings date from the 17th-19th centuries. […]

The most sacred Hindu places of worship in Bali

Pura Lempuyang Luhur is one of the oldest and the most revered temple in Bali, Indonesia. The temple is actually a collection of several temples along the hiking path to the summit. The main temple also the highest, the Pura Lempuyang Luhur, lies at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang.[1] The temple is located on […]

Jakarta President urges Hindu community to improve quality of human resources

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on the Hindu community to improve the quality of human resources and to prepare for facing global challenges and rapid industrial development. “Global challenges necessitate Hindus to become more intelligent, creative, and innovative in responding to the changes,” President Jokowi remarked in his speech while attending the commemoration of […]

100 years on, remembering the Hindu-German effort to end the British Raj

In April 1918 ended the US trial of Ghadar leaders and their German financiers who were trying to smuggle arms to South Asia. hen the Hindu-German conspiracy trial began in the US on November 20, 1917, American newspapers competed to describe the scenes in the San Francisco courtroom that – as their narratives went – […]

Shashi Tharoor – Why I am a Hindu

Dr Shashi Tharoor’s latest book was apparently meant to take on the Hindutva narrative, and demolish it. Sadly, it seems it will be one of those books celebrated at literary festivals, obsessed over in high society conversations as validation of pre-conceived notions, create a placebo of having captured the narrative, but then, in all probability, […]

Yezidis and Bangladeshi Hindus: A modern day Exodus story

By: Rachel Avraham, Israel National News. In the spirit of this time of year, we should recall the plight of the Yezidi and Bangladeshi Hindu people, who are experiencing a modern day form of slavery and flight as we speak. Bangladesh has now been independent for 48 years but during this period of time, Shipan Kumer Basu, […]

More Than 60 Hindu Homes gutted in Myanmar

More than 60 houses in a predominantly Hindu village in the Maungdaw district of Myanmar’s Rakhine state were gutted by fire on Thursday in an apparent act of negligence, a local community leader told RFA’s Myanmar Service. Local Hindus, including Ni Maul, and the Myanmar government in late September said ARSA militants detained nearly 100 […]

Hindus mark Hanuman Jayanti in Trinidad & Tabago

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018 This year, Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on March 31. The event is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the Hindu god Hanuman who is known for his courage, power and faithful, selfless service to his Lord Rama. Asked what Hanuman represents and what lessons we ought to learn from […]

Severe shortage of Hindu SRE teachers in NSW schools

NSW Currently there is an estimated short fall of about a 1,000 Hindu Special Religious Education teachers in NSW. 2017 Statistics In the enrollment year 2107, there were about 20,000 Hindu students in NSW out of a total of 755,000 student in 2,160 schools, making 2.64% of all students. Buddhists had about 15,000 and Muslims […]

Wealth of Heritage – A special volume on Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The Hindu newspaper brings out a special volume (its ninth in a series on southern Indian religious centers). Titled ‘Wealth of Heritage’, the special volume has articles, accompanied by an array of pictures, on the traditions associated with the temple, its rich history, its amazing architectural splendor and the many rituals and festivities associated with […]

How Americans came to embrace meditation

In the 1960s many Americans may have only known Hinduism through meditation, but the story of this country’s relationship with Hinduism is much longer and more complex. [Read more …]

Illinois and Iowa Senate-House open with Hindu prayers

India Post News Service CHICAGO: On February 27 and 28 respectively, Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives in Springfield started their sessions with Hindu prayers, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.  [Click here to read more…]

Carl Sagan on How Hindu Culture is basis for modern Cosmic theories

By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Statue de Shiva Nataraja (Tanjore, Inde), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51894760

Nyepi – Balanese Hindus celebrate Saka Calendar Hindu New Year

 Nyepi is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. It is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is celebrated as Hindu New Year’s Day. The same day celebrated in India as Ugadi. Nyepi is  commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2018, it fell on March 17). The Hindus of Maharashtra term the […]

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 […]

Western Australia adds a new chapter to Hindu Council

A WA chapter of Hindu Council of Australia has been established on 12th March 2018. First program will be to welcome HH Mahant Swami of BAPS by all Hindu Organisations. HCA WA chapter will lead this program to establish relation with other Hindu Organisations in WA. Second Program will be celebration of International Yoga Day. […]

The ‘Acharya envoys’ who propagate Indian culture

Three ‘ambassadors’, whose mandate is to spread yoga and the Vedas in the U.S., explain their vision and mission In a new initiative by the Narendra Modi government, a band of Indian officials posted to three missions in the U.S. now promote ‘Indian culture’ as part of diplomacy. […Read More…]

What If Everything Our Kids Know About Hinduism is Wrong?

Being born and raised in California, I have heard mixed messages about Hinduism from my parents, my school, and the religious organization that I grew up with (Sri Satya Sai Baba Bal Vikas). Everyone had their own interpretation of what it meant to be a Hindu. This is why I have always felt like Hinduism […]

Hindu Saṁskāras

Hindu Saṁskāras (By: Vijai Singhal) Saṁskāras are sacraments or holy rites of passage that guide us about our responsibilities in life. There are some 40 Saṁskāras for different milestones in life from the rite of conception to the last rites. Some of the important Saṁskāras are briefly described here. For much fuller and detailed coverage […]