An auspicious beginning of first SRE Hinduism class by Hindu Council

By : Madya Lila. On the auspicious occasion of Dusshera, Hindu Council of Australia began its first Hindu Special Religious Education (SRE) program at Sydney Girls High School. Genedine Sionillo, a volunteer teacher from the Australian School of Meditation & Yoga led the class which was very well received by all the students. They especially […]

Maharishi Sushruta, a surgeon famous in Melbourne

By:Surinder Jain. The Royal Australia College of Surgeons (RACS), trains surgeons and is responsible for maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand.  It aims to foster and promote the pursuit of excellence in surgical education and actively supports innovative surgical research, aid projects in underprivileged communities, skills transfer and education programs. A statue of Surgeon Sushruta […]

Take a Quiz on Hindu Diaspora

Please enter your email: The population of Hindus in Pakistan and in Bangladesh has remained stable since after their independence? Yes/No  No  Yes In 1951, Hindus constituted 12.9% of the Pakistani population (this includes East Pakistan, modern day Bangladesh), which made the Dominion of Pakistan the second largest Hindu-population country after India.[15] In the 1951 […]

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.      

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A new Hindu Education Centre coming up in Sydney

As Hindu population is growing rapidly in Australia (mostly due to migration), existing temples are struggling to cope up with the demand for spiritual guidance of Hindus. To keep up with the demand, a new Hindu Education and Culture Centre is being planned in western Sydney suburb of Riverstone. Havan signifying the hand over of […]

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 […]

Spoken Sanskrit in Canberra – a roaring success

A basic sanskrit language course was held with the objective to give students a taste of Sanskrit as a living language by introducing them to its basic grammatical structures so that they can start understanding simple texts as well as allow them to use it in daily life. Participants got an understanding and appreciation of […]

Hindu Council’s FAQ on Hinduism

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Spoken Sanskrit Workshop For beginners in Canberra

Organised by Hindu Council of Australia Objective: to give students a taste of Sanskrit as a living language by introducing its basic grammatical structures so that they can start understanding simple texts as well as allow them to use it in daily life. It also seeks to give them an understanding and appreciation of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bible lessons should be a must for Hindu students, says Christian activist

Australian students should be ­required to study the Bible as part of a well-rounded education, ­regardless of their religious background, according to American investor and Christian activist Chuck Stetson.  “I argue that if you don’t have knowledge of the Bible you can’t understand the English language, literature, history, art, music or culture fully,” he told The […]

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 […]

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…]

Vedanta for the modern world – Victoria lecture

Gargi Woman June Bullivant

Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Academic Researcher) By Bharathi R JUNE BULLIVANT  has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as Academic Researcher. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Federal MP Julie Owens and by Mr Surinder Jain – Vice President […]

Hindu Council announces Winners of Gargi Woman Award 2018

The winners of Gargi Woman Award were announced today. The winners of 2018 Gargi Woman Award are : 1. Jacinta Tobin – Service to her Aboriginal Community 2. June Bullivant – Academic Research 3. Dr Meenakshi Srinivasan – Educationist 4. Anju Kalra – Dementia Consultant 5. Jayanthi Ramnan – Carer Service 6. Poornima Sharama – […]

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 […]

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State of Teaching Hinduism in NSW Australia

By Vijai Singhal and Surinder Jain (Hindu Council of Australia) 1st March 2018 Apart from various temples and organizations running their own religious and scripture classes, Hinduism is being taught in primary and secondary Schools. At Primary School level (SRE) – An hour of class time is allowed in state schools per week to teach […]

NSW Govt gets serious about Religious education

NSW state government had ordered a review of Special Religious Education(SRE) in 2015 and the report was received in 2017. Hindu scriptures are taught to students in schools by VHP and Chinmaya Mission under this special scheme. As a part of implementing many of these recommendations, an All Faith SRE (AFSRE) committee was formed. This […]

Hindus missing out Big time on School Chaplaincy

The National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP), is an Australian federal government programme which funds chaplains in Australian primary and secondary schools. The chaplains are to provide “support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality”.[1] The grants are $20,000 a year for schools and $24,000 for schools in remote areas.[2] Hindus are missing out big […]

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 […]