FIAN condemns the desecration of and damage to a Hindu temple in Sydney

Sydney, 18 October, 2018

Press release: 18 October, 2018

FIAN condemns the desecration of and damage to a Hindu temple in Sydney

FIAN Press release Bhartiye Mandir attack

 

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) condemns in the strongest words the desecration and destruction of a place of worship for Hindu community in Sydney.

A Hindu Temple, Bhartiye Mandir, situated at Regents Park in Sydney, Australia was set on fire and all statues and icons of Indian Godheads have been smashed and left in ruin a few days ago. It has caused a lot of pain and anguish to members of Hindu community.

The temple has been there for about twenty years and but for an incident of stone throwing ten years ago, the  devotees of this temple have not had any problems until now. When devotees came at 6pm to open the temple on Sunday evening of 14th October 2018, they found smoke coming from inside their temple. Upon investigation, they found some people inside and when challenged, the miscreants jumped out of the window and vanished.

http://www.theistimes.com/political-leaders-condemn-desecration-of-hindu-temple-at-regents-park/?fbclid=IwAR30sobe0mRKpPjiWfq81dvGuiKulTqovAl8tjK12L3b0YrCCLvpuNmuB98

FIAN president, Dr Yadu Singh, has been in touch with the head priest of the temple, Pandit Paras Ram Maharaj and offered support and assistance in getting the culprits brought to the justice.

After a coup in Fiji, a large number of Fijians of Indian descent had migrated to Australia. About twenty years ago, some of them collected funds for the temple.

It is time for leaders of all faiths to come in their support and condemn this criminal act by a few vandals who do not represent real Australia.

It is time for elected local, state and federal representatives to stand in solidarity with the Hindu community.

It is time that political leadership in state and federal Parliaments to do everything to send out a message that there is no place for this type of hateful activities in Australia, and people are free to follow and celebrate their religions in this country.

It’s totally unacceptable to do this to places of worship of any religion.

NSW Police should do everything to find out the culprits and charge them. Let’s make sure it never happens again.

We are deeply anguished and saddened to see this happen in a peaceful, tolerant and a multicultural nation.

Our thoughts and solidarity are with the Hindu community in Australia.

More info: Dr Yadu Singh, President, president@fian.org.au

Nice to see Happy Diwali posters in Woolworths stores

Sydney, 17 October 2018

While shopping in a Woolworths store in Western Sydney recently, I came across “Happy Diwali” posters and stickers there.

As a person from Indian heritage, I am happy to see these posters. These posters signify the inclusion of, and welcome to, diverse cultures. It’s multiculturalism in action.

There are about 650,000+ people of Indian heritage in Australia and these numbers are especially concentrated in Western suburbs of major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. From business point of view, it makes all the sense to be inclusive and welcoming of diversity and cultures.

Good job, Woolworths!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Happy Navratri 2018

Sydney, 9 October, 2018

Today is the beginning of Navratri 2018.

Happy Navratri 2018!

May you and your family have a blessed time ahead!

May Goddess Durga shower her blessings on you and your family!

What is Navratri?

The link below from The Sun describes it well.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/news/7351291/navratri-2018-start-end-9-colours/amp/

I copy the article from above newspaper. 👇👇

“Navratri, literally “nine nights”, is a multi-day Hindu celebration in honour of Goddess Durga.

For many, the story behind the nine-day celebration is to do with a battle between the goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura, who represents egotism.

Other Hindus instead celebrate the victory of god Rama over the demon king Ravana during this time.

In all cases, the theme of Navratri is a battle between good and evil, with the forces of good triumphing in the end.

Many devotees will fast for the nine days of Navratri, cutting most everyday foods from their diets and eating potatoes and fruit instead.

The festival involves singing, dancing and artistic celebrations in honour of the powerful goddess Durga

Meanwhile, celebrations take place throughout the week, including reenactments of the legendary battle between gods and demons.

Crafts and dances are also popular, as well as the creation of statues symbolising important religious figures.

When does Navratri start and end?

The exact dates are determined by the Hindu calendar, so they can change from year to year.

In 2018, Navratri starts on Tuesday, October 9.

It will run until Thursday, October 18.

The festival runs for nine days, with a different colour for each day.

What do the nine colours mean?

On each day of Navratri, a colour is assigned which participants are expected to wear while celebrating.

Each day and each colour is dedicated to a form of the goddess Durga. Here’s what it all means:

  • Day 1: Red. This depicts the form Shailputri, with red representing action and vigour.
  • Day 2: Royal blue. This day is dedicated to Brahmacharini, a blissful figure who is filled with calmness and happiness.
  • Day 3: Yellow. This colour represents the beauty and grace of the brave and tranquil Chandraghanta.
  • Day 4: Green. The fourth day is dedicated to Kushmunda, who created the universe and filled it with vegetation, hence the green colour.
  • Day 5: Grey. This colour symbolises Skandmata, the gods’ commander in the war against demons.
  • Day 6: Orange. This day is dedicated to Katyayani, a courageous figure who dresses in orange.
  • Day 7: White. The seventh day is dedicated to Kalratri, the fiercest form of the goddess who dresses in white, the colour of peace and prayer.
  • Day 8: Pink. Denoting hope and a fresh start, pink the colour of Mahagauri, known for her intelligence and calmness.
  • Day 9: Sky blue. The final day is all about Siddhidatri, a supernatural healer whose colour represents the beauty of nature.
    Navratri, literally “nine nights”, is a multi-day Hindu celebration in honour of goddess Durga.”

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Dr Yadu Singh

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Ayurveda is our heritage and pride

Melbourne, 6 October 2018

It was my my pleasure to speak as one of a keynote speakers in the Ayurveda Conference, organized by Australasian Association of Ayurveda in Melbourne, Vic (6-7 October)

My speech:

Namaste Good morning

-It’s my great pleasure to be here, speaking on Ayurveda in presence of learned people.

Ayurveda is, as you know, a holistic system, focused on the whole body. It isn’t just about physical health, it is as much about mind and spirituality. Its focus is restoration of balance in life. It’s science of life as Ayur & Veda, the two words depict.

Ayurveda has been around for ages, taking its origin as a sub-Veda from Athar Veda, one of the 4 Vedas.

Our sages learned Ayurveda from their observations and experiences as well experimentation and verbally passed it on to their pupils. Subsequently, Rishi Charak compiled it in Charak Samhita and Rishi Sushruta did that in Sushruta Samhita. With 8 subspecialties, it was much ahead of any other health systems. I was pleased to see a plaque/recognition of Rishi Sushruta at the RACS building in Melbourne recently.

Ayurvedic medicines are used by about 80% of people in India and it’s use is becoming more common in Western World including Australia due to diligent and sincere work by many including Dr Santosh Yadav in Melbourne and Dr Naveen Shukla in Sydney.

Unlike Western Medicine, which is mostly about treatment of a manifested disease, especially acute medicine, Ayurveda is about prevention and making sure that a human attains the best health in its all dimensions and has restored balance. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t treat when people suffer from ailments. Of course, it does.

Ayurveda is multidimensional and employs herbs, yoga, meditation and others to achieve what it sets out to achieve.

There have been anecdotal reports of excessive amount of lead etc in some Herbal/Ayurvedic medicines, but it’s possible that it happened due to less than standard quality control in their production. Quality control is a wonderful concept, which is applicable in so many facets of our lives. Ayurveda is no exception, whether it’s about training of Ayurveda practitioners or preparation of medicines.

In modern medicine ie allopathy, science has been increasingly used in its progress. It’s a norm now that we seek evidence of efficacy by controlled trials and studies. In my own sub speciality of cardiology, almost all of our practices are based on evidence of efficacy from controlled trials.

This is something, which Ayurveda may need to adopt to get more wide spread acceptability and assurance that it is a science based system.

Ayurveda has been used by many and that does include father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. His preference for Ayurvedic/herbal medicines as compared to Allopathic medicines is well documented. His use of Neem leaves, made more palatable by Tamarind, is documented. He believed in Ayurveda’s efficacy, but did allude to the need for some experimentation and science. He was in favor of propagation of true Ayurvedic philosophy. He was candid and open in his views when inaugurating Ayurveda clinics.

I myself have an experience, a beautiful experience with Ayurveda and herbal medicines to share with you. In my early teens, I was a sickly kid. Not gaining weight and perennially sick. At the suggestion of my father’s friend, I saw a Vaid, living about 30-40 kms away from my village in a remote hamlet. He asked me questions and felt my pulse. Herbal medicines recommended by that great soul, prepared by my loving mother and cousin sisters, did wonders. I was cured. After I joined medical school, I went to the village of the Vaid, but found that he had passed away, without anybody else getting his knowledge passed on to. What a sad loss of knowledge!

Ayurveda and Western medicine must interact and collaborate for the sake of complete and wholistic health. They can be complimentary to one another in many ways.

Then only, we will achieve the goals of Ayurveda:

Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha, Sarve santu niramayaaha;

Sarve bhadraani pashyantu, Maa kashchit dukhabhaak bhavet.

“May all be happy, May all be free from disabilities;

May all look to the good of others, May none suffer from sorrow.” How beautiful!

Ayurveda is our heritage and Ayurveda is our pride.

In the fast and furious race to become modern, we shouldn’t ignore or forget our heritage and history.

Everything should be done to take it to even higher status not only in India but all over the world. It can be done, and it must be done.

Thank you and Namaste!

Dr Yadu Singh

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नकली हिन्दू नेताओं से हिन्दू धर्म को नुक्सान

सिडनी, १ अक्टूबर २०१८

हिन्दू धर्म का कुछ हिन्दुओं ने सदियों से अपने फायदे के लिए दुरूपयोग किया है, और हिन्दू धर्म का अत्यंत नुक्सान किया है. यह अब भी जारी है. ऐसे हिन्दुओं का सम्बन्ध धर्म से बहुत कम पर अपने निजी फायदे व अपनी राजनीति से ज्यादा है. ये नकली हिन्दू है. हिन्दू होने का बस केवल नाटक करते है यह लोग. इन्ही की गतिविधियों से भारत देश में आज हिन्दुओं में इतना विघटन है. ऐसे लोग हर जगह है. ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भी है. ऑस्ट्रेलिया क़े नकली व तथाकथित हिन्दू नेता हिन्दू समाज को कंट्रोल करने का इरादा रखते है. अपनी एक ख़ास राजनैतिक सोच थोपना चाहते है. वे लोग हिन्दुओं क़े मठाधीश बनना चाहते हैं. वे यह चाहते हैं कि हर हिन्दू उनसे आज्ञा लेकर ही हिन्दू धर्म से सम्बंधित कोई काम करे. कुछ समय पहले अन्य लोगों द्वारा भी एक ख़ास मेला करने पर उनपर दवाव डाला गया कि वे मेला न करे. उनको बुली करने का प्रयाश किया गया. जब दवाव असफल हो गया तो मोहल्ले मोहल्ले में अपना वही मेला करने की पद्यति शुरू करना भी इनकी गतिविधिया हैं. इसके पीछे धर्म नहीं कुछ और ही कारण हैं. ये तथाकथित व नकली हिन्दू नेता सोचने को तैयार ही नहीं बल्कि अक्षम भी हैं कि हिन्दू धर्म व राजनैतिक सोच दो अलग अलग बाते हैं. अजीब नौटंकी सोच हैं इनकी. मजाक तो यह भी हैं कि अब ये लोग देश भक्त व कौन सच्चा हिन्दू हैं कौन नहीं हैं का तमगा भी देते घूम रहे हैं. किसके पोस्टर में किसका लोगो (चिन्ह) लगे, इसपर भी इनका कन्ट्रोल रहे ऐसा ये लोग चाहते है. इन्होने हमारे खिलाफ ऐसा प्रयाश दो बार किया पर इन्हे मुंह की खानी पड़ी. आप को पता ही होगा कि कर्म के आधार पर बनी व परिवर्तनशील वर्ण प्रथा को जन्म पर आधारित व अपरिवर्तनशील वर्ण प्रथा में बदलना एक स्वार्थ पर आधारित घोर अन्याय व अनुचित कुकृत्य था. आपको यह भी पता ही होगा की यह कुकृत्य किसने किया था. आँखे खोलेंगे तो देंखेंगें की वही लोग अभी भी वैसी हरकते कर रहे हैं. सामने न भी हों तो परदे क़े पीछे से कठपुतिलियों को संचालित करके अपना पुराना हथकंडा चला रहे हैं. हिन्दू धर्म को अपने निजी हितों में दुरूपयोग करना बंद होना चाहिए. इसके लिए हम सभी हिन्दुओं को इन स्वार्थी तत्वों के द्वारा इस इस प्रकार के हिन्दू धर्म के दुरूपयोग के खिलाफ बोलना पड़ेगा. इन हिन्दू धर्म के ठेकेदारों से यह कहना होगा कि तुम लोग सुधर जाओ और सही रास्ते में आ जाओ. अब हमें बोलना होगा “तुम आवाज़ दो, हम साथ हैं” इन चालू लोगो को ठीक करने में. क्योंकि हिन्दू धर्म किसी की बपौती नहीं है.

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Pleased to be at the 131st birth anniversary celebrations and Satsang of Sree Sree Thakur in Sydney

Sydney, 22 September 2018

I was very pleased to be at the 131st birth anniversary celebrations and Satsang of Yuga Puroshottam, Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra Maharaj today at Pennant Hill Community Centre, Pennant Hills, NSW.

It’s a matter of privilege that Shri Raj Datta and I were invited as the guests of Honor at the celebrations.

I enjoyed the Satsang and learned many things today.

  1. Sree Sree Thakur (Anukulchandra Chakravarty) was born in Himaitpur, Pabna (presently Bangladesh) on 14 September 1888 and passed away in Deoghar, present day Jharkhand, India on 27 January 1969.
  2. He was a homeopathic doctor, who was a popular doctor of his times.
  3. He was interested in helping people not only for external ailments, but also inner spiritual maladies.
  4. Satsang (Sat means truth and Sang means Association) was started. Satsang is part of Hinduism.
  5. He wrote a book named Satyanusaran and outlined his teachings.
  6. He believed in communal harmony and unity in diversity of multitude of religions.
  7. He preached convergence rather than conversion, believing in unity of various religions.
  8. He preached that people should elevate themselves by following a living ideal (Guru).
  9. He preached that people should exalt themselves by active service.
  10. He was loved by his disciples as a great guru, who was considered a Yuga Purushottam and called Sree Sree Thakur.
  11. Indian Govt issued a Postal stamp in his honor in 1987.
  12. He was a multifaceted and multidimensional personality, who was a doctor, philosopher, spiritualist, social reformer, preacher and Guru besides many other things.

More info:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anukulchandra_Chakravarty

Dr Yadu Singh

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