Book Review – Atmasiddhi Shastra

By: Sunil Kapadia, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, Australia. One hundred and twenty five years ago, spiritual luminary Shrimad Rajchandraji inked an epic scripture, Atmasiddhi Shastra. Written in about 1.5 – 2 hours, yet containing the essence of all spiritual wisdom, Shrimadji’s magnum opus is an encyclopedia of spirituality and the heart of the inner path. In […]

9 things to know about Navaratri

9 things to know about Navaratri By Syama Allard October 16, 2020       1) Navaratri celebrates the Feminine Divine A nine-night festival during the Hindu month of Ashwin, Navaratri is a celebration of the Feminine Divine. According to the Vedas, everyone and everything originates from an absolute spiritual source referred to as Brahman (Divine), which is both the […]

Bhagavad Gita Fortnightly Class/ Discussion: 15 October

Friday 15 October – 7.30 to 8.45 pm Join the event from 7 .30 pm via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88434388900?pwd=UHI5cDRyZW9SZzdrRGN1bkdmV2h3Zz09 Group discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, a senior nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order. Continuing Study of Chapter 6, The Yoga of Meditation – Verses 20 – 23 THEMES FOR DISCUSSION: Buddhi – Pure […]

Australia Ramayan Olympiad with Leadership lessons

This year Deepavali for the first time in Australia Ramayan Olympiad with Leadership lessons for the whole family are being brought along with famous #TheRamayanaSchool. It will be conducted on Three Sundays of Ramayana leadership lessons and one Sunday of Ramayana OLYMPIAD.(quiz). The Extremly popular lessons and olympiad has been conducted in USA, Canada, India and other […]

Dialogue with Death – Katha Upanishad Lecture Series – Sunday 10 October

Sunday 10 October: 11 am to 12.30 pm A monthly lecture series from April to November 2021 Event available live via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81443035940?pwd=ME93eDF2VUZadWd2OWpScGVHa0RPdz09  and recorded and uploaded later to the Vedanta Society of NSW YouTube Channel Program: Talk/ PowerPoint Presentation by Pravrajika Sridharaprana, a senior nun of the Ramakrishna Order Q & A/ Discussion THEME: […]

Science of Happiness According to Yoga Vedanta – Discussion Series – Friday 8 October

Our Fortnightly Spiritual Evenings provide a reflective way to wind up the working week. Join the event on FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER from 7.30 pm via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88434388900?pwd=UHI5cDRyZW9SZzdrRGN1bkdmV2h3Zz09 Group discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, a senior nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order. Themes for discussion: The Three States: We pass through three states […]

Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna – Monthly Talk

Talk and PowerPoint Presentation by Pravrajika Gayatriprana followed by Recorded Guided Meditation by Pravrajika Ajayaprana. Sunday 3 October: Live via Zoom from 11 am to 12:30 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88634914266?pwd=c2l3OHcrbnUwS1FjQUVtRi9FOUNwdz09 Recorded and uploaded later to: Vedanta Society of NSW YouTube Channel In this Talk: “God and His Splendour – God alone is real; the Splendour has but […]

Hindu Council of Australia – Deepavali 2021 Dance Dhamaka

Deepavali festivities to feature light-up, Indian festival dance competition to begin with Something for everyone even as festivities take place for a second year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Hindu Council of Australia will kick off its Deepavali 2021 line-up of online and hybrid activities on October 25 – the highlight of which will be the […]

Bhagavad Gita Fortnightly Class/ Discussion 1 October 2021

Friday 1 October, 7.30 to 8.45 pm Via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88434388900?pwd=UHI5cDRyZW9SZzdrRGN1bkdmV2h3Zz09 Group discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, a senior nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order. Continuing Study of Chapter 6, The Yoga of Meditation – Verses 16 – 19 THEMES FOR DISCUSSION: The Middle Path: In spiritual life and daily life in general, […]

HCA Victoria Media Statement on Swastika

By: Makarand Bhagwat, Hindu Council of Australia.

Like Ganga and Yamuna, Australian rivers should be given rights of a legal person

By: Mark Pearson, MLC Parliament of New South Wales. Following the precedent set by India which granted personhood to the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers and New Zealand with the Whanganui River, a bill introduced in NSW Parliament by Mark Pearson, establishes the river as a ‘legal person’ with rights that can be enforced by guardians […]

Hindu American Advocacy Forum

 HAF’s main yearly event is this Tuesday USA time, and the public worldwide is invited. There are 3 sessions requiring separate registration at https://www.hinduamerican.org/advocacy-forum. Also, those in the United States can take action on some legislative issues HAF has take up at https://www.hinduamerican.org/advocacy-forum.

Talk: Preparation for Meditation

Talk by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, senior nun of Ramakrishnba Order Via Zoom Sunday 26 September – 11 am to 12.30 pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88634914266?pwd=c2l3OHcrbnUwS1FjQUVtRi9FOUNwdz09 Recorded and uploaded later to the Vedanta Society of NSW’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/vedantasocietyofnsw Program: Talk by Pravrajika Gaytriprana Guided Meditation by Pravrajika Ajayaprana In this Talk: Any endeavour to be successful needs sufficient preparation before […]

Spiritual Evening – 24 September

Via Zoom: Friday 24 September 7.30 – 8.45 pm Group discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, a senior nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order. To join via Zoom from 7.30 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88434388900?pwd=UHI5cDRyZW9SZzdrRGN1bkdmV2h3Zz09 Themes for Discussion: The Ladder of Happiness: Our journey to longer-lasting happiness requires us to manage the senses, emotions and intellect, enabling […]

Ramayana Leadership Lessons & Australian Olympiad

What does the Ramayana Workshop Cover ? Three Sundays of Ramayana workshop and one Sunday of Ramayana OLYMPIAD. Lord Rama is the divine person who walked on earth thousands of years ago. The characters of Lord Rama inspires many across the globe. There is so much to learn from each instance of his life. Date, […]

Raja Yoga Monthly Talk: Sept

Sunday 19 September: 11 am to 12.30 pm via Zoom Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88634914266?pwd=c2l3OHcrbnUwS1FjQUVtRi9FOUNwdz09 Program: Talk and PowerPoint Presentation by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, senior nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order Question and Answer/ Discussion In this Talk: We continue study of Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Chapter 3: Yogic Powers. Through Raja Yoga, we develop great […]

Bhagavad Gita Fortnightly Class/ Discussion: Sept 17

Friday 17 September: 7.30 to 8.45 pm Via Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88434388900?pwd=UHI5cDRyZW9SZzdrRGN1bkdmV2h3Zz09 Group discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, a senior nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order. Continuing Study of Chapter 6, The Yoga of Meditation – Verses 10 – 15 THEMES FOR DISCUSSION: Aloneness: Meditation transforms loneliness to ‘aloneness.’ At a deeper level […]

6 Things You Need to Know About the Symbolism of the Swastika

The swastika is a symbol as old as humanity itself, one which to this day, despite it being confused with the hateful Nazi emblem, has a powerful positive message. We’ve gone over some of that history in 10 Things You Need to Know About the Swastika. Here’s a bit more on the symbolism of the swastika […]

Colonial Hinduism Vs Indigenous Hindutva: Understanding narratives

Of all the Indian words that have been misused the most in the global polity are “Hinduism” & “Hindutva”. Even literature laureates like Mr Shashi Tharoor have murdered the basis of language to suffocate the truth of the two terms. There is a long list of people who have followed the same track. And I must mind […]

Dialogue with Death – Katha Upanishad Lecture Series

Sunday 12 September: 11 am to 12.30 pm VIA ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81443035940?pwd=ME93eDF2VUZadWd2OWpScGVHa0RPdz09 Program: Talk/ PowerPoint Presentation given by Pravrajika Sridharaprana, a senior nun of the Ramakrishna Order. Q & A/ Discussion. In this Talk: The City of the Unborn Soul: Chapter Five of the Katha Upanishad. Behind our whole cerebral system, shines the unchanging light of […]

Science of Happiness According to Yoga Vedanta – Discussion Series

Friday 10 September 7.30 – 8.45 pm Via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88434388900?pwd=UHI5cDRyZW9SZzdrRGN1bkdmV2h3Zz09 Discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana – Senior Nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order THEMES: The demarcation between consciousness and thoughts. The value of ‘pure awareness,’ witnessing our thoughts and emotions. The joyful state of ‘flow,’ complete absorption in a task or experience. […]

Shirdi Sai Mandir Sydney – Online Ganesh Mahotsav Festival

Author: PANDIT SIVA SRINIVASAN. Greetings from Shirdi Sai Mandir, Sydney, Sai Mandir has organized to have the 10 day Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations as ONLINE Event. You and your Family can book and participate in virtual celebrations through our temple Facebook page. Attached the Ganesh Mahotsav event flyer.  

Hindutva- the essence of Hinduism

Primary sponsor: HIndu Heritage Foundation of America (http://hhfamerica.org/)   Other Supporting Organizations (so far):   Bhishma School of Indic Studies, India   Yoga Sadhana Ashram, Chicago, USA   Subhash Chandra Bose Group of Institutions, India   Supporting Media Partners   Trunicle   Kreately   SMaRT   MyInd     List of speakers Confirmed so far: […]

Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav of BAPS Hobart (Tasmania) Mandir on Sunday 29/8/2021

Proud moment for all Hindus in Australia. Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav of BAPS Hobart (Tasmania) Mandir on Sunday 29/8/2021.

Modern Civil Law Systems and Manu Smriti

Many modern Civil Law Systems in Europe and elsewhere are heavily influenced by Roman law. The civil law system is the most widespread system of law in the world, in force in various forms in about 150 countries. In a civil law system, a judge merely establishes the facts of the case and applies remedies […]

Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 to help temples buy solar panels, storage batteries, LED lighting and new air conditioners

A message from federal MP David Smith. Please use this grant to improve energy efficiency of your temple. The grant closes this Sunday. Surinder Jain. By: David Smith MP.  I am writing to remind you that the expressions of interest closing date for the 2021 Powering Communities Program is this Sunday 18 July at 11:59pm […]

FREE WEBINAR Join us for “Max Muller – Friend or Foe?”

India celebrates Max Muller – There is a Max Muller Marg in Delhi, many Max Muller Bhavans in India and he is even honored at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple Prahara, and to top it all, India published a stamp in his name!    But what is his legacy? Is he worthy of such adulation? What did […]

A short story – The Black One

By: Jitendra Damudre. Teacher…. Teacher come quickly, the boys in the playground are fighting. The teachers soon rushed to the playground to stop the fight. A gang of students were pushing the boy around, whilst another young boy was trying to save the victim’s glasses. Seeing the teachers approach the scene, the perpetrators ran off, […]

India’s Glorious Scientific Tradition

By: Vijai Singhal. “ We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.” _ Albert Einstein Most people feel that the first rays of science broke out in the west and thus started the wheel of development in the world. Hence […]

Conference on Hindu Religion in Australia — Its Roots and Growth

Hindu Religion in Australia — Its Roots and Growth, 3 July 2021 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER It is generally believed that the essence of the Hindu religion is known to us all Hindus. As the language changes from region to region in India so do the religious practices. Everyone is proud of their unique practices […]

Krishna Leveraging a Boon Given to Muchukunda

Muchukunda, an ancestor of Lord Rama, helped the Devas defeat the Asuras. This fight was particularly prolonged and Muchukunda had not slept during this time. Furthermore, all his family on earth had died. Indra wanted to reward Muchukunda for his help and offered him a boon. Muchukunda wanted to attain Moksha but Indra told him […]

THE LEGENDS OF 130 REMAINING SIKH GURDWARAS IN PAKISTAN

By: Wali Imran Khan. Discovering remaining Sikh Gurdwaras in Pakistan is a feat equal to finding Rosetta stone – but I manage somehow by bribing and cajoling authorities. It is hard because the old Gurdwara is dead center of bustling bazaars and narrow lanes, with suspicious neighbors more interested in finding out my background rather […]

Using Movies to Make Hindu Philosophy More Accessible

There are many Indian movies (e.g., Anand made in the 1971) that clearly have many aspects of Hindu philosophy. However, this is not relevant for those who have been brought up here in Australia. There are many Hollywood movies that can be used instead. While certain directors like George Lucas and Christopher Nolan have acknowledged […]

Meditate in May – Australia’s largest Meditation Movement

A MONTH OF GUIDED MEDITATIONS WHERE WE WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE RESOURCES YOU NEED TO MEDITATE. Register for Meditate in May to participate in 31 Days of free live guided Meditations. You will meditate with expert meditation teachers, learn simple breathing techniques and receive Community Support to get you started on your meditation journey […]

Swaminarayan Sanstha – Bhumi Puja

Sunday 25th April, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha laid the foundations of what will be Australia’s largest Hindu temple in southern hemisphere, right here in Western Sydney. Shri Prakash Mehta National President and Shri Surnider Jain Vice President attended the Bhumi Puja (khat, ground breaking) ceremony which has been conducted following Covid Safe measures. The facility will […]

Vishnu Bala Nath Hindu Temple of Makhad Sharif, Pakistan

By: Wali Imran Khan. Makhad Sharif is a 1000 year old town at the edge of the Attock district, Punjab, Pakistan. Makhad Sharif was originally just “Makhad” (deep ditch). Situated on Indus river, it is the border town between Northern Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. This town’s purpose was to be a crossing point for trade caravans […]

Lessons from the story about Trishanku

In the Ramayana there is the story of the noble king Trishanku. Because Trishanku was a good king, his soul was eligible to enter Devalok. However, he wanted to enter it with his body and requested the sage Vasishtha to perform the yagna to enable this. Vasishtha refused to do so because it was against […]

Saatvik Food webinar

Dont miss this webinar. Meeting link : https://meet.google.com/ajv-wqoh-qmp Hindu Council of Australia is not hosting this event and is not responsible for the views expressed therein. The participants in this debate/show express their independent views and perspectives. Hindu Council does not profess to subscribe, agree or endorse the same or be in any way responsible […]

Discussion with Arif Aajakia – Pakistan, Its actions and the truth

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.   FRG Discussion with Arif Aajakia When: Feb 28, 2021 10:00 PM Sydney 09:00 PM Brisbane 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm India Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdeuoqTgoHtdCenySG48AC8Rx1dNL998n   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   Hindu Council of […]

How to be a good student: Lessons from the Brahmasutras

Writings such as the Brahmasutras are focused on explaining the spiritual aspects of life. Such discussions are of little interest to those who are young (e.g., in school or university). However, these ideas can easily be applied to all students. Given below are some of these ideas from the Brahmasutras. The Brahmasutras define the necessary […]

Aboriginal Spirituality and Hindu Faith

Aboriginal spirituality and Hindu Faith Australian aborigines claim to have lived here for over 50,000 years. Some estimates put it even to 65,000 years. Also, a study in 2013 at the Max Planck Institute by researchers, led by Irina Pugach suggested that Aboriginal genomes consist of up to 11% Indian DNA which is uniformly spread […]

Covid-19 precautions in Northern Beaches area

As you may be aware that a Covid-19 breakout in Northern Beaches of Sydney has become a cause of concern for us all. Hindu community has shown utmost patience in following the social distancing rules even during some of the biggest festivals like Deepavali and Dussehra. We need to keep our vigilance to ensure that […]

Panel discussion 18th Jan 2021 – Kashmir Ethnic Cleansing

Facts India Group (FIG- a Think Tank/ Policy Group will organise a Panel discussion scheduled for 18/1/21 (12-1 PM Australia time) to be released on 19/1/21- the day on which ethnic cleaning of Kashmiri pandits happened. Click here to Register for the event Panelist are Mr Tarek Fatah ( needs no introduction) Barrister Bhashani (ex […]

VEDANTA CENTRES OF AUSTRALIA

By: Swami Sunishthananda. THE SOURCE Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are worldwide, non-political, non-sectarian spiritual organizations which have been engaged in various forms of humanitarian, social service activities for more than a century. Inspired by the ideals of renunciation and service, the monks and lay devotees of the Math and Mission serve millions of men, women and children, without […]

26/11 – Mumbai’s Day of Reckoning with Terror

By: Raghbendra Jha, Professor of Economics, ANU. The 2008 terrorist attack on the Indian city of Mumbai (previously Bombay) beginning on 26th November (typically referred to as 26/11) and ending on 29th November will be regarded for long as a near cataclysmal event. A series of attacks engineered by Lashkar-e-Taiba, an extremist organisation based in […]

Ramayana in Popular Culture

By: Surinder Jain. Contemporary books on Ramayana Production of Ramayana continues even today. Contemporary versions of the Ramayana include Sri Ramayana Darshanam by Dr. K. V. Puttappa in Kannada and  Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu by Viswanatha Satyanarayana in Telugu, both of which have been awarded the Jnanpith Award. A prose version called Geet Ramayan in Marathi by G.D. Madgulkar was rendered in music by Sudhir Phadke and is considered to be a […]

Ramayana around the world

By: Surinder Jain. If you live in India, you can’t escape but know about Deepavali festival and about Ram Leela (Drama of Ramayan) performed in parks and street corners all over India. This article surveys how the legend of Rama and Ramayana have existed in the folklore of many other nations since times immemorial.  Depending […]

Why Hindus don’t eat NON-VEG food?

There are three qualities in food; सत्व, रजस् & तमस्। In our body too there are these three qualities & powers. Lets see what does these qualities do, 1. सत्व ( the quality of goodness): The food which are good in quality comes under सत्व. It is stated in the Bhagavad Geeta that, आयु:सत्त्वबलारोग्यसुखप्रीतिविवर्धना: । […]

Why do Hindus blow Conch to start their prayers

According to our ancient scriptures, the conch (शंख) was the first thing that came out during the Churning of ocean (समुद्रमन्थन) by the Deities and Shri Vishnu held it in the form of weapon. The specialty of conch (शंख) is that the vibrations emanating on blowing it destroys the disease causing germs in the atmosphere. That is the reason it has […]

Hindu Scriptures and Practical Living – four Purusharthas

Hindu philosophy often focuses on Moksha (liberation or salvation). This is often combined with the idea of renunciation or giving up one’s desires. Technically, Hinduism does not advocate renunciation in the sense of giving up. When one is forced to give up things, the pent-up desires do not go away. In fact, such actions can […]

Australian Hindu multicultural Association Inc

Australian Hindu multicultural Association Inc.   Registration No. Y1889432   & ABN No 42063175904   Established in November 1993 to promote Sanatan Religion, Hindi Language, Social Cohesion, Music, Art & Culture. Operates as SANATAN CULTURAL CENTRE TRUST & SANATAN MANDIR situated 1050 Richmond Road, Marsden Park. This property was bought by the Association in the year […]

Sanatan Dharma – Published in 1916 by Managing committee Central Hindu College Benaras

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Thankyou India

Thankyou India by Tibet singers.    

Why do Hindus Ring Bells in their temples?

Every ritual & tradition of Hindu culture has a deep meaning in it. The things used during puja rituals play very important role in healing the body, mind & soul. During your visit to temples & puja ceremonies you must have witnessed ringing bell. Bell popularly known as ghant or ghanti in Sanskrit. Ghanti is […]

Bharatiya Mathematics

Bharatiya Mathematics The history of mathematics in India goes back over 3000 years. The ancient Indian mathematical works were composed in sūtras in Sanskrit language in verse form to aid memorization. These were followed by prose commentary that explained the problem in more details and provided justification for the solution. All mathematical works were orally […]

Tibet pays homage to India

During the Thank You India 2018 Celebration by Tibetans in INDIA. Song by Pasang Dolma at the Main Tibetan Temple courtyard in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 31, 2018.

Most sinister part of Ramdev article in New York Times Magazine is author’s own biases

By: Mat McDermott. Misreporting, prejudice, and plain old laziness in reporting on India, Hinduism, and the relationship between the two is hardly new. It has a long tradition dating back to the British Raj, upheld since independence until today. Frankly, I’m a bit jaded to it at this point. But, then some new article is […]

Pre-history migration of Hindus to Australia

A study of Indigenous Australian DNA has found that Indigenous Australians may have mixed with people of Indian origin about 4,200 years ago. The same study showed that flint tools and Indian dogs may have been introduced from India at about this time.[10]  A 2012 paper reports that there is also evidence of a substantial genetic flow […]

Nature of God in Hinduism

An all-powerful (omnipotent) God, who is also benevolent, raises major questions. These include the following: 1. Why does a benevolent God allow evil or apparent injustice to exist? 2. Why did a perfect God create flawed beings? 3. If such a God controls everything do we have free will and, if so, why are humans […]

Reawakening of the Hindu Faith

https://swarajyamag.com/politics/reawakening-of-pagan-india-and-the-challenge-it-can-pose-to-abrahamic-worldviews-part-i A very interesting and informative article about the reawakening of the Hindu Faith with the reestablishment of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. INDIA, September 4, 2020 (Swarajyamag by George Thundiparambil): The spiritual reversal that is evident in the rebuilding of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya perhaps physically signals the redemption of the human evolutionary […]

Delhi Riots 2020 – The Untold Story Australia Book Launch

Global Indians for Progressive Bharat (GIPB) have arranged to book launch of “Delhi Riots 2020” in Australia. PROGRAM Delhi Roits 2020 : The Untold Story Australia book launch and panel discussion Saturday, September 12th, 2020 16:00 – 17:30 Zoom Meeting

Donate during Pitru Paksha – Help Corona sufferers

We are appealing to community again to support us with donations during second wave of Corona crisis.  During Pitru Paksha we are supposed to remember our fore fathers and perform Daan (दान) .  Please use the link below to donate and no amount is small . Your donation will be used to help the needy. […]

Standing up for Hinduism does not mean you are right-wing

After her latest public relations kerfuffle, stemming from her less-than-orthodox interpretation of passages of the Ramayana, Audrey Truschke, Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University, essentially characterized all those people offended by her tweets as right wing reactionary Hindus.

Thankyou Blacktown Council

Live telecast from Ayodhya of Ram Janama Mandir’s Bhumi Puja. Please like and comment thanking the Blacktown Council.

Shree Swaminarayan Temple Melbourne

MISSION Shree Swaminarayan Temple Melbourne is a Spiritual, Volunteer-Driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by nurturing the Hindu Culture ideals of faith, unity, humanity, and selfless service. OUR HISTORY Humble footholds of the Original Swaminarayan Sampraday in Melbourne, Australia started with only three Kutchi Satsangi (religious) families. The first regular satsang sabha […]

Swaminarayan Mandir (ISSO) in Blacktown Sydney

By : Dr. Khimji Vaghjiani   * Initial history of the foundation of the organization   The Swaminarayan organisation is 200 years old, originated in Gujarat and believes in the reincarnation of Lord Krishna. The following has temples all over India and Internationally.   * Brief history of our Australian temple –    The temple in Sydney […]

Ramayan – its cultural footprint around the globe

Ramayan is one of the world’s great epics containing some 24,000 verses. The Valmiki Ramayan was supposed to have been composed in 5th century BCE as per modern historians. But probably it began in India some 7000 years ago or earlier, relating to the story of Ram, a Hindu incarnation of God, who was born […]

Why Hindus clap everyday?

Since ages its our Hindu ritual that we clap our hands during aarti & singing bhajans everyday. There is a reason behind doing this, Our hands have cosmic energy which creates positivity & we get more positive energy within us while clapping. Clapping hands forcefully recreates joy & can also keep us healthy. Clapping strengthens […]

Making Chanting Shlokas Relevant

These days most people question the reason why we perform various rituals, e.g., chanting various Shlokas. Asking them to “just do it” or not providing believable explanation will only result in them viewing these rituals with disdain. For example, explaining that one chants Shlokas to appease God so that one can get some immediate reward […]

Why Hindus do Circumambulation (प्रदक्षिणा) around the Deity?

Hinduism is the oldest Civilization & only one which is based on Science. In Hinduism whatever is practiced is not only based on beliefs but there are scientific reasons behind each & every tradition. All of us visit temple & has done Circumambulation (प्रदक्षिणा) around the Deity & temple. Walking around the innermost chamber of […]

Creating a Space for Meditation: Considerations for all Senses

Rather than make our lives more relaxed and more simple, technology seems to have complicated them. We seem to always be connected through texts, calls, emails and social media. There may be instant messages from our employers to respond to. In addition, many people get news and weather alerts directly sent to their smartphones. Today, […]

The God-centricity of Hinduism

Hinduism is like the galaxy, which offers a variety of beautiful designs across its canvas but is made from the same elements. Almost all the customs, opinions, and learning in Hinduism revolve around the Divine, better known in contemporary Hinduism as Sita-Rama or Parvati-Shiva. This God-centricity of Hinduism should not be a surprise, for reaching […]

Huge Media Screen beaming live Bhumi pujan from Shri Ayodhya Dham

Jai Shree RamWe installed a huge bill board in Blacktown Council car park next to civic centre from 9 am to 8 PM. Huge Media Screen beaming many programs including live program from Shr Ayodhya Dham. Looking forward to working with you all in this historic occasion Posted by Hindu Council Australia on Tuesday, 4 […]

Ayodhya Ram Mandir background

By: Dr Sudha Vashist, Nottingham, UK. In a unanimous judgment, in November 2019, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya,Uttar Pradesh, Bharat. The Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment in the Ayodhya dispute after decades of procrastination. The 2.77 acre land was handed over to the Ram Mandir Trust of Ayodhya to build the new long awaited […]

A new era in Ayodhya, the birth place of “Lord Rama”

A new era in the history after 492 years of Sacrifices and Peaceful struggle of Hindus in liberation of Shri Ram Janmabhumi in Ayodhya. As you may have seen in the news recently, India is preparing for a ground-breaking ceremony to reconstruct a temple at Ayodhya city which is one of the most-holiest places for […]

Lighting a diya (ghee lamp)

Jai Shree Ram Hindu community made many sacrifices and put up a sustained peaceful struggle for over 492 years against invaders, to establish their rights to reconstruct Sree Ram Mandir, at the His birthplace in Ayodhya. This is a joyous occasion for the entire Hindu community across the world as this signifies the Triumph of […]

Celebration of construction of Bhagwan Shri Ram’s Temple at Ayodhya

A new chapter will be written in the history of Bharat (India), when the Hon Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Temple for Bhagwan Ramchandra Ji at his Janmasthan in Ayodhya. It is an event of reasserting India’s ancient civilisation identity. On Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at […]

Leadership lessons from Ramayana

Leadership lesson from Ramayan for Children, parents, and teachers.Let your children witness the beautiful world of… Posted by Hindu Council Australia on Friday, 24 July 2020

Goswami Tulsidas

One of the greatest poets in Hindi, Indian, and world literature. Goswami Tulsidas was a Ramanandi Vaishnava saint and poet, renowned for his devotion to the deity Rama. He wrote several popular works in Sanskrit and Awadhi, but is best known as the author of the epic Ramcharitmanas, a retelling of the Sanskrit Ramayana based […]

Hinduism and its relations to Buddhism

Hindu Council of Australia was invited by the Nan Tien Institute, which is a part of the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple in Wollongong to give a talk on the topic of Hinduism and its relations to Buddhism as a part of their postgraduate course ABS920 Buddhism and Inter-religious Study. The presentations were made online using […]

Repository of Hindu Scriptures

By: Viaji Singhal. This is a unique website is created by the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Kanpur. It contains repository of Hindu Scriptures that includes Gita, Ramcharitamanas, Valmiki Ramayan, Brahma Sutra, main 11 Upanishads, Yoga Sutra and some more. The original text is given in Sanskrit with transliteration in 11 different Indian languages. There […]

India’s Glorious Scientific Tradition

By: Vijai Singhal. “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.” _ Albert Einstein Most people feel that the first rays of science broke out in the west and thus started the wheel of development in the world. Hence there […]

International Yoga Day 2020

Temple in Balochistan returned to Hindus

Located in the remote Zhob district of the southwestern Balochistan province, the temple had been illegally occupied in 1947 following the partition of United India, which prompted a mass-scale migration to and from Pakistan and India. For the past 30 years the four-room temple was also used as a government school, but it was vacated […]

Trials for 4 AYUSH formulations against Covid-19

Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik said he is hopeful that traditional medicines will show the way to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. This type of study never happened in our country. These four candidates are – Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu (Mulethi), Guduchi + Pippali (Giloy) and AYUSH-64, which was invented for the treatment of malaria and […]

Hindu phobic USCIRF, Breaking India Forces

By: Shashi Holla, Perth, Western Australia. No government after independence was so bold, decisive and out of the box in their approach when the Indian government cleared a bill on revolutionary CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) with a majority vote in December 2019. An amendment to the citizenship Act of 1955 was sailed through in the […]

Guduchi The Ayurvedic immunity booster

By: Dr. Naveen Shukla, BSc, B. A. M.S (Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and Surgery), Founder Director of Nature care Ayurveda,Vice president of Australasian Association of Ayurveda(AAA), State representative of AAA for NSW. The scientific name: Tinospora Cardifolia, Is one of the most valued and important Ayurvedic herbs for its multiple medicinal properties. It is also […]

Yogic Science of Wellbeing during Pandemic

By: Vijai Singhal. In these times of complete lockdown due to Coronavirus we have to keep ourselves mentally and physically active for our own wellbeing. Yoga provides a complete science of physical, mental and spiritual practices that would help us to live a healthy, happy and meaningful life and in the end help to attain […]

GARGI AWARD 2020 PRESENTATION FUNCTION POSTPONED

By: Ashwani Jain As per Federal & State Government advisory about COVID-19, the Hindu Council Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to POSTPONE the Gargi Award 2020 presentation function. The safety and well-being of our communities and stakeholders are of the highest importance to the Hindu Council of Australia. An alternate date will be […]

International Gita Mahotsav 2020

I am attending IGM2020, are you? Witness awe inspiring exhibition displaying Bhagavad Gita verses, hear from world renowned scholars, immerse yourself in mass chanting and enjoy an evening filled with spiritual activities including an Australia-first tableaux parade and Gita Maha Aarti at the river foreshore! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2781054831929994&id=810854632283367&sfnsn=mo This is what Ms Julie Owens, Hon. MP, Member […]

Best Guided Meditations For Sleep

By: Alisa Paliano. Do you find it difficult to relax in the evening? Do you lie down in bed only to have your mind suddenly filled with to-do lists and ruminations over stressful events of the past? And, once you do manage to finally drift off, is the sleep you manage to get restless and […]

India’s Citizenship Amendment Act 2019

By Raghbendra Jha. This article argues that despite the media and mass movements protesting India’s Citizenship Amendment Act CAA), it does not strip any Indian of their citizenship. Rather, it provides refuge to persecuted minorities. The article provides historical context to the CAA.  It recounts that the seeds of India’s partition were laid with the […]

Research Survey on Mantra chanting by Macquarie University

By: Gemma Perry, Macquarie University’s PhD student and a yoga expert.   Name of Project: Online Survey about Chanting Chief Investigator: Professor Bill Thompson, Director of Music, Sound and Performance Lab, Department of Psychology  You are invited to participate in a study of chanting practices. We are conducting an online survey in order to find out […]

A Hindu center burns down in Australian Bush Fires

By: Sri Om Community. Sydney has a large Hindu population and there are about 30 Hindu temples, spiritual centers and senior citizen service centers to cater for their religious, spiritual and social needs. Sri Om community in Sydney had purchased land and installed their deities with regular worship by the community. Sri Om temple Brindaban […]

Spiritual retreat at Darama

Spiritual retreat at Darama. Please see details in the flyer attached.

A history of Yoga

The understanding of yoga has evolved in many directions since its origin, thousands of years ago, making the history of yoga fascinating to examine. Today, our collective understanding of yoga is based on the fact that we find a studio on nearly every block. It’s based on the love of yoga wear and gear, which […]

JAGADHATRI DEVI and her blessings.

INTRODUCTION Jagadhatri is another form of Devi Durga, who is worshipped mostly in West Bengal and Odisha. It is believed that once she controlled the ego of the demi gods and told to them that she was the UNIVERSAL GODDESS, and everything was controlled by her, and Goddess took her original divine form as Goddess […]

AKASH RAJ and his blessings.

INTRODUCTION Sky God called as Dyaus Pitr in Sanskrit is the vedic deity of Hinduism. He is considered as one among the eight vasus, the divine attendants of Lord Indra. He is also called as “AKASH RAJ”. His vehicle is cow. He is the god of heaven and the god of sky. He controls the […]

MATA USHAS and her blessings.

INTRODUCTION Ushas is a goddess of dawn in Hinduism. She is mentioned in the Rigveda. She is giving the life for all the living creatures of the entire universe and makes us to breathe properly, and gives a sound mind and a sound body. Ushas is considered as a powerful goddess in the Rig Veda […]

Kashmir and divided Kashmiriyat

By: Chandrakanta’s ‘The Saga Of Satisar’ (Almost) everything you wanted to know about Kashmiri Pandits but didn’t know whom to ask. Chandrakanta’s ‘The Saga Of Satisar’ is a monumental work on multiple lives within the community, across history and geographies.