Ashraya Band celebrates International Day of Yoga with concerts in Darwin

To celebrate International Day of Yoga, the kirtan band Ashraya will be joining the festivities in Darwin. On their second tour to the Top End, they bring their world grooves and mellow sounds with beautiful ancient mantras that soothe the soul’s inner-most needs. 

Weaving together the mantras with amazing music, Ashraya brings a unique and creative approach to kirtan – from heart-warming, mellow harmonium chants to upbeat kirtan dance grooves. They will be performing at a number of events:

24th June | Habit Breaker ~ Freedom Maker

 
Ashraya is a Sanskrit word meaning shelter. In the beautiful, heartwarming mantras sung in kirtan, we find our shelter from the storms of life. They have performed at a number of locations including the MindBodySpirit festival recently in Sydney and with Hindu Balinese community in the north east region of Bali. 
 
 
The band members are all long term practitioners of Bhakti Yoga in the Vaisnava tradition. Their passion is share the joy that kirtan and the deeper spiritual aspect of yoga bring to others regardless of their backgrounds. They have been inspired to share the yoga wisdom and teachings so that others may apply these in their own lives to optimise their whole well being. You can also catch Ashraya performing regularly on the Gold Coast at the Mantra Room in Burleigh Heads. 

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 Hindu Society Melbourne also participated in the event.
 
 
The title of the discourse was “Vedanta for the Modern World – Deeper Aspects of Hinduism”. The program was well received and was attended by approx 135 persons at Ashwood Hall, Ashowood in Victoria. Shri Abhijit Bhide of HSS Melbourne welcomed Sri M by offering flowers and a shawl. The discourse was for one hour followed by interesting Q&A.
 
The event was presided over by Makarand Bhagwat, the Victorian resident director of Hindu Council. The event was concluded by offering Tea/Coffee/Biscuits.
 
A complete video of this event can be found on this YouTube Link  and is about one hour long.
 
In all four different events were organized for Sri M’s discourse in Melbourne and all of them were well received.

Hindu Council honours BAPS Swami Maharaj

Hindu Council of Australia presented a Certificate of Honour to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj of BAPS Swaminarayan the sixth spiritual successor in Swaminarayan lineage of Gunatait Gurus on this special Vicharan to Australasia, in Sydney on 3rd March 2018. The certificate was presented to His Holiness by the directors of Hindu Council of Australia in recognition of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha as a spiritual, volunteer-driven organisation, dedicated to improving the society through individual growth and fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service.

 

 

Hindu Council congratulated His Holiness and the devotees of BAPS for the successful ground breaking ceremony for a magnificent Swaminarayan Mandir in Sydney and their continuous endeavours in bettering the Society, the emancipation of community and individual development, the instillation of the highest of values, promotion of multiculturalism and the nurturing of spirituality in all citizens. 

 

 

 

BAPS is one of the member organization of Hindu Council of Australia.

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 committee represents different faiths including Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Bahai and Buddhist among others.

Another recommendation to have a formal syllabus, vetting of teachers identity, working with children check, training of teachers, a formal complain making and handling mechanism are being put in place and being made mandatory from this year. Two Hindu organizations Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Chinmaya Mission are both well on their way in complying with these new rules. AFSRE is providing guidance and hand holding to both of them. Both of them have taken the assistance of BBF process to comply with these guidelines.

Saiva Manaram is also registered as an SRE for providing education on Saiva Manram faith to school children and is also on its way to comply with the new rules.  As of this year, SRE’s who do not comply with the new process will not be allowed to teach in schools. Hindu teachers have prepared themselves well and are not affected. Hindu teachers will continue to teach in schools. AFSRE chair, thanked Hindu Council of Australia for having brought together the Hindu SRE providers to understand and fit in with the changes taking place.

Chaplaincy Information session

An information session for prospective Chaplains was organized by Hindu Council and Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D) at the later’s temple today. It was attended by about 20 people. A couple of speakers from G.O.D introduced the idea of a Hindu chaplain and explained what a chaplain does and what a Chaplain does not do. Jayanthi Ramanan, Chaplaincy Coordinator of Hindu Council, and a Chaplain herself explained her journey to become a Chaplain and to start a Hindu Chaplaincy movement in Sydney. She explained that Hindu Council is a nominating authority to nominate Hindu Chaplains to Hospitals, Schools etc. To be nominated, the person has to be a practicing Hindu, should have completed an Introductory Course and should be approved by the Hindu Council. She explained a brief outline of the Introductory course. [Read more…]

Bratabandha ceremony by Napalese Hindus 4th March

Nepalese Hindu Society of Australia is organising a mass bratabandha ceremony for the very first time in Sydney on 4th March 2018.  The aim of the ceremony is to perform bratabandha on 51 batuks on a collective manner.

Click here if you would like to register your child

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Hindu Chaplaincy Information Session 4th February