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

Videos – ANZAC Jawan Memorial service April 2019

Special Sri Ram Navami 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

Survey – Problems faced by Hindu Women

If you are a Hindu woman living in Australia, please take a minute to enter this survey. It will help Hindu Council of Australia to frame projects and policies to help you face these issues.

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What in your opinion are the major issues facing Hindu women in Australia : Domestic ViolenceHave to Work at Home as well OfficeAcceptance at work placeSocializing with non-Indian neighboursLanguage barrierSexual harassment at workRacial discrimination at workImparting sanskar to childrenDifficulty in keeping Hindu way of lifeOther

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Rasamandala Das

Basic teachings of Hindu Scriptures (Part One)

By: Rasamandala Das (ISKCON).

The aim of Hindu Scriptures is to gradually elevate man from a state of ignorance (tamas) to a state of pure goodness (çuddha-sattva). Ignorance is opposed to goodness. In ignorance, affected by material desires, anger, hate and greed, one becomes illusioned. An illusioned man cannot understand what is what. Instead of advancing in spiritual knowledge, one becomes more and more degraded. In ignorance, man does not possess perfect wisdom nor does he know what real enjoyment is, nor does he know how to act. Bewildered by his passions, man strives for pleasure that results in suffering. Only in goodness,can one see things as they are for one’s true benefit.

Hindu Scriptures are called the Vedas (from the Sanskrit root vid: to know oneself and God) and are also called Sanätana Dharma, man’s eternal occupation. The foundation of all Hindu Scriptures is based on the teaching of the Bhagavad-gétä, which is sometimes called the “Hindu Bible”. Throughout the Ages, the Bhagavad-gétä has been studied by great men because it gives powerful statements about the meaning of life.

The Bhagavad-gétä is an ancient Sanskrit philosophical poem that describes how to attain serenity, detachment, personal devotion to God and work done without concern for results but with the pure intention of fulfilling the will of God.The Sanskrit name for God in the Bhagavad-gétä is Krishna, which means the All-attractive Personality of Godhead. In the Bhagavad-gétä, one will find explanations and answers to any questions. Bhagavad-gétä is also known as Gétopaniñad. It is the essence of Vedic knowledge and is one of the most important Upaniñads in Vedic literature.The purpose of Bhagavad-gétä is to deliver man from material struggle.

In daily life, man encounters many difficulties and anxieties. Such perplexities can be overcome by inquiring about who am I ? Where do I come form? Who is the Supreme? In the Bhagavad-gétä,the subject of these inquiries entails five basic truths. What God is (éçvara)? What the living entityis (jéva)? What material nature is (prakåti)? What is time ( käla)?And what the activities (karma) of the living entities are? These five basic truths are: éçvara (God), jéva(living entity), prakåti (material nature),  käla (time), and karma (activities).

God (éçvara) is supreme since He controls the living entities (jévas), material nature (prakåti), time (käla) and activities (karma). The Supreme Lord is supreme since He is supremely conscious. The livings entities are also conscious while material nature (prakåti) is unconscious, dull. The supremely conscious Godhead controls material nature since the later is not conscious. Though the living being is also conscious, but he is conscious only of the pain and joy of his particular body, whereas the Lord is conscious of all bodies. Because the Personality of Godhead lives in the heart of every living being, He is conscious of the psychic movements of the particular living entity.

The living entities are parts and parcels of the Lord just as a particle of gold is also gold, a drop of water from the ocean is also salty. and similarly we, the living entities, being part and parcel of the supreme Lord have all the qualities of the Supreme Lord in minute quantity.Man and God are differentiated from each other by having contrary attributes. God is almighty, man has a limited capacity; God is all-pervading, man is atomic; God is the controller, man is controlled.

Since material nature (prakåti) is unconscious, consciousness is not generated by the association of matter.Consciousness is eternally existing. Material nature, which is constituted by three qualities, namely the mode of goodness, passion and ignorance, covers the living entity’s consciousness. Thus, the conditioning and the distress of the living entity is due to these three qualities of ignorance, passion and goodness. As result, the living entity’s consciousness is contaminated by these three modes. False consciousness is exhibited under the impression that everything is a product of material nature. The purpose of the Bhagavad-gétä is to teach man how to attain a pure consciousness by transcending the three modes of material nature.

Material nature is controlled by time as well as by the Supreme Lord. The function of time is to change everything. Time acts as the destroyer of material nature. So, time is above material nature (prakåti) and above time is God since God is the controller of time. Time is an inconceivable energy of the Supreme Lord through which He ultimately destroys everything. In this material world, whether is it the material body, a building or a piece of fruit, everything which comes into being has to vanish.

Time brings birth, old age, disease and death. Man can surpass the severe influence of time by using his time in serving and remembering the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such time is not lost since such spiritual activities are valuable assets meant to elevate the consciousness of man in this and the next life. Material nature (prakåti) is also controlled by the Supreme Lord. For instance, a child may think that an automobile can run without a driver. But a sane man knows that the movement of the car is due to a driver. Similarly, the Supreme Lord is the driver under whose direction everything works.

The fifth basic truth is karma (activity). Out of these five, the Lord, the living entities, material nature and time are eternal while karma is not eternal. What is karma? Some activities are performed under the influence of the mode of ignorance, others are tainted by the mode of passion and others by the modes of goodness. Man suffersthe result of thoseactivities that are performed under the mode of ignorance and passion and enjoys the result of those activities which are performed under the mode of goodness. Thus, activities depend on the three modes of material nature. By a combination of the modes of ignorance, passion and goodness and under the control and purview of time, there are activities (karma). The result enjoyed or suffered is called karma.

At present, man may be suffering or enjoying the results of his karma (activity). But he can change the results of his karma. Such change depends on transcendental knowledge. To gain relief from the actions and reactions of all these activities, man has to develop the knowledge of how to perform activities that are above the mode of ignorance and passion. The aim of Vedic Scriptures is to gradually teach man how to perform activities that are on the level of pure goodness (çuddha-sattva). This can take place only for a person who has developed spiritual knowledge. Thus to be a free man or to be free from the entanglement of these three modes, one has to first learn these five basic truths which are: éçvara (God), jéva (living entity), prakåti (material nature),  käla (time), and karma (activities).

 

 

 

 

Holi celebrated with colours and fun in Sydney

By: Hindu Council of Australia (NSW Chapter).

The Holi Festival, organized by Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) was celebrated at Civic Park, Pendle Hill in the city of Sydney on Sunday 24th March with great zeal and fanfare by approximately 8000 people. 

It was officially opened by Cumberland Hon. Councilor Suman Saha on behalf of Mayor Hon. Greg Cummings & Hindu Council of Australia National President Prakash Mehta, State President Jay Raman and National Vice President & Director Surinder Jain by playing ceremonial Holi on the main stage along with other VIP’s, to name a few of the Hon. Members – Acting Consul General of India in Sydney Hon. Chandru Appar, Mr Harish Velji representing Michelle Rowland Shadow Minister for Communication, Clr Reena Jethi representing  MP Julian Leeser member for Berowra, Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson, Cumberland Deputy Councilor Glen Elmore, Clr Lisa Lake, Clr Moninder Singh.

This was followed by playing Holi with beautiful colours in the dedicated colour playing area. The environment was filled with scintillating Cultural Programs by scintillating music and performances, Punjabi dhol (drums), DJ music lead by Sydney Punjabi School.   To add to the flavor, HCA provided free rides for kids and free photo booth for everyone.

This is the 2nd year of celebrating Holi by Hindu Council catering to all age groups, at the same venue on popular demand,  supported by Cumberland Council and the general public.

Kids had a very joyous time enjoying different activities in the park. The Cricket NSW Sydney Thunder Bus was onsite for kids to refresh their cricketing skills and for talent search to encourage youngsters to play cricket.  

There was a variety of mouthwatering and tingling Indian delicacies catered by the food stalls.  The general stalls in the event were also a big attraction.

HCA would like to thank all involved – dedicated, sincere volunteers, including the support received from Cumberland Council, stall holders, rides and all Holi enthusiasts. Making it a BIG success and set a new benchmark.

Hindu Council thanks the Media who supported and attended – Indian Link, Punjab Times, Fiji Times, Indus Age, Desi Australia and SBS Radio.

Paada Yatra Walk to temples 19th April

By: Sai Paravastu.

LETSGIVEHOPE along with Hindu Council of Australia has been organising Walk to Temple event called PAADA YATRA, with approvals from relevant authorities and local councils.This is strictly a devotional, non-profit endeavor to promote tradition and culture to pass on the legacy to our future generations. It is a FREE event open to all the members of community in general to participate and enjoy walk with friends and family.

Event Timing: 19th April 2019, 5:30 AM for 6:00 AM Start
Event starts at Sri Murugan Temple, Westmead
Contact us walk2temple@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/pada.yatra
Paada Yatra is on FRIDAY, 19th APRIL and as always have 3 walks (short and full)

1. Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill to Shrdi Sai Mandir, Strathfield
2. Shirdi Sai Mandir Sydney to Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh
3. Full walk from Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill to Sri Venkateshwara Temple, Helensburgh

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Click here to make a donation

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HBF helps pay funeral of ailing Mum

By: Ashwani Sharma and Ajay Khanna (Hindu Benevolent Fund).

HBF had raised an appeal to pay for the funeral expenses of a Mom ailing with cancer in Hospital. 

Hindu Benevolent fund – help needed for Funeral expenses.

We are sad to report that Mum has passed away and the money collected by HBF for this purpose, $2,000 is/has been paid towards the funeral expenses.

Ailing Mum visited by HBF team Ashwani Sharma and Ajay Khanna in hospital

The family of the Mum is very grateful to everyone and HBF who have helped and has following to say :

Out of my heart I thank both of u (Ashwani Sharma and Ajay Khanna) and yr great organisation (Hindu Benevolent Fund of Hindu Council of Australia) for yr grateful timely help and came all the way to hospital to see my mum and also taking her blessings. A friend in need is friend indeed.

This is what ur organisation had done to me and my mum…a timely help which I am sure my mum from heaven will bless all the members of yr great organisation. Losing a mother is not an easy experience which I am still coming to terms. Today is 7th day and don’t know how one week went off. Today I got the Ashes from the funeral directors and did all the rituals for  the same. Started my rituals for my mother from 5th day and doing daily and will continue till 12th day and 13th day I hv to do a proper pooja and a homam after which I hv to 16 thithis monthly in according to the star when my mum passed away before I do the 1st yearly ritual…

The priest who came is very very good and does not charge much inspite if the fact he is doing a lengthy process every day ..he cam both for washing body and as well as for the funeral and now from 5th day onwards.
 
Once again I am indebted to both of u and will be in touch when I become pure after 13th day after doing all rituals. Till them I am impure and shd not socialise or leave home as much as possible. I follow all hindu rituals as much as possible and am happy that I hv conducted atleast 90 percent of what we wd hv done bk home. I am sure the blessings of my mom will be with me and all yr organisation and will lead all of us to the righteous path.
 
Certainly …once I am bk to rails after 3.5 years of leaving work for mum…I will be part of yr organisation in not only contributing but also what I can gv bk to the society as now I hv discharged my both responsibilities to my parents and will hv free time. I remain and many thanks to all of u.
 
Regards.
Son
 
Thanks. Hindu benevolent Fund is always standing with the community and we hope all of us will work together to look after our community. Sewa hi hum sabka sabse bada dharam hai (Service to humanity is the noble most Dharma).
By : Ajay Khanna, HBF
 

Following people have made donations for this cause:

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Parveen Gupta

$200.00 March 17, 2019
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Appupillay Balasubramaniam

$200.00 March 17, 2019
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Ashish Desai and Ravi

$200.00 March 17, 2019
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Abhishek Pundir

$150.00 March 18, 2019
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Surinder Jain

$100.00 March 17, 2019
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Anonymous

$100.00 March 19, 2019
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Suresh Vashist

$100.00 March 23, 2019
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Danveer Bhasin

$50.00 March 17, 2019
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$50.00 March 17, 2019
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Ashish Tirthankar

$50.00 March 17, 2019
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$50.00 March 17, 2019
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Chetan Bembi

$50.00 March 17, 2019
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Atul Kushwaha

$30.00 March 17, 2019
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$30.00 March 17, 2019
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Kunal Singh

$30.00 March 18, 2019
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Anonymous

$20.00 March 17, 2019
Pakistani Hindus lose daughters to forced Muslim marriages

Pakistani Hindus lose daughters to forced Muslim marriages

LAHORE, Pakistan — Anila Dhawan, 17 , was kidnapped last spring from her home in Hyderabad, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abductor. The police refused to intervene. Her kidnapper told them she ran away from home, and converted to Islam and married him voluntarily. But after her family pressured a court to intervene, she told judges the truth and they freed her. “Her life was threatened,” her attorney, Ramesh Gupta, said. “She wanted to go back to her parents and the statement (she made to the court) helped to sway the decision in her favor and she was freed to join her family.” Anila is one of many Pakistani Hindu girls kidnapped because of religious discrimination in a country that is 98% Muslim. Meera Bai, a Pakistani Hindu immigrant in New Delhi, says “Muslims in Pakistan will never treat Hindus as their own.” (Photo: Naila Inayat) Every year, Muslim men abduct and forcibly convert about 1,000 girls — mostly Hindus, according to the South Asia Partnership-Pakistan, a local human rights group. About 5,000 Pakistani Hindus leave every year for neighboring India — where 80% are Hindus — to escape religious persecution, according to the Pakistan Hindu Council. Forcibly converted, Anila Dhawan, who is Hindu, with her father outside the courthouse in Hyderabad after being freed. Legislation banning such conversions for those under age 18 was passed unanimously late last year by the legislature in the southern province of Sindh, where the Kohlis live, but it never […]

Pakistani Hindus lose daughters to forced Muslim marriages

ANZAC Jawan Memorial Service to be held on 13th April

By: Ashwani Jain.

A team of Hindu Council of Australia consisting of State President Jay Raman, State Secretary Ashwani Jain and Director Ashwani Sharma along with Parveen Gupta  met Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock today.

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From left to Right : Ashwani Sharma Director, Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock, Jay Raman NSW President, Parveen Gupta, Ashwani Jain NSW Secretary.

The team discussed annual ANZAC service to be performed at ANZAC Jawan Cenotaph that was erected by Hindu Council of Australia, with the help from Dept of Veteran Affair, Julian Leeser MP Member for Berowra, Hornsby Shire Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock and Hornsby RSL Sub Branch president Terry James, to commemorate services of Indian origin servicemen who had joined Australian forces during the World Wars

Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock

In the meeting it was decided that an ANZAC day service will be held at ANZAC Jawan Cenotaph. The service will be held on 13th April 2019 between 1 to 3 pm.

13/04/2019-NSW ANZAC Day Service at Cenotaph, Cherrybrook

For further information contact : nswsecretary@hinducouncil.com.au

 

ANZAC JAWAN Cenotaph Memorial dedicated to Indian Soldiers

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