Happy Diwali 2018

Sydney, 7 November, 2018

We, as family, will be celebrating Diwali at home at 8pm on Wednesday, 7 November, 2018. *Pics will be posted later.

A few pics of Diwali celebration in Sydney so far.

1. Diwali Fair, Holroyd Gardens, 28 October by Federation of Indian Associations of NSW:

2. Diwali hosted by the NSW Premier at Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA):

3. Diwali by Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Sydney Olympic Park:

4. Diwali by SAISH group, Strathfield:

Earlier post with information about Diwali: https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/yadusingh.com/2016/10/28/happy-deepavali-october-30-2016/amp/

Bhartiye Mandir Hindu temple should receive Fair Go from all including Cumberland Council

Sydney, 2 November, 2018

Most of us, particularly members from Indian Australian community, know how Bhartiye Mandir Hindu temple in Regents Park, Sydney was vandalised on Sunday, 14 October, leading to desecration of idols and damage to the property in the tune of $50,000.
https://yadusingh.com/2018/10/18/fian-condemns-the-desecration-and-damage-to-a-hindu-temple-in-sydney/

The temple management doesn’t have resources to find this money without support from the community and the local Council.

Bhartiye temple falls under the Cumberland Council, which has a reputation to be comprised of caring, responsive and good-hearted Councillors.

Fundraiser for Bhartiye Mandir: 👇

While few from our community including I will be hosting a fund-raiser on 16 November for the temple in a few days, it is equally pertinent for the Council to chip in with some monetary support. After all, one of the goals of the Council is to encourage and support a diverse neighbourhood. Helping a vandalised and damaged temple to stand on its feet will not only be a noble job by the Council, it will also be within the key priorities of the Council for the diversity and multiculturalism.

Money for this support can come from the Mayoral Community Fund and Community Grant Program.

It was noteworthy that the Cumberland Council supported our farmers against their drought hardship with substantial amount of money, for which the Council deserves our appreciation and gratitude.

Some support for the temple from the Council will also be an entirely justifiable and well-deserved action.

Our community is waiting for a positive outcome and a noble gesture from the Councillors of Cumberland Council.

We hope to have this temple to be restored in its original shape. 👇👇

Dr Yadu Singh

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Karwa Chowth in Sydney

Today, 27 October, is Karwa Chowth, which many Indian women, especially from the northern India, celebrate.

There are many such ceremonies going on in Sydney too.

This festival celebrated by women in Kartik month of the Hindu Calendar. Women hold a fast, followed by prayers for the long life of their husbands. From dawn, women spend time in company of other women, family and friends. Fasting women assemble in a common place as part of the ceremony, involving storytelling and singing and worshipping. As the moon rises, women traditionally view the moon through a sieve or veil. This can also be done by the reflection of the moon on water. Prayers for the husband’s life and health is offered as the concluding part of the ceremony.

समस्त नारीशक्ति-मातृशक्ति को पावन पर्व *करवाचौथ* की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं व मंगलकामनाएं..!!

*मनुष्य सदैव आपका ऋणी रहेगा..आपने – जन्म दिया, शिक्षा दी..इंसान की प्रथम गुरु हैं आप..!!*

*कभी – माँ बनकर जन्म दिया, विजय तिलक लगाया तो कभी बहन बनकर राखी बांधी..कभी सुहागन बन के लंबी आयु की कामना की तो पुत्री बनकर गौरवान्वित करवाया..तो सच्ची मित्र बनकर जीवन को नई दिशा दी, हौसला दिया, सहयोग किया..!!*

*हम या समाज आपका यह ऋण कभी उतार नही पाएंगे..!!*

*नारीशक्ति आपको सहस्रों नमन..!!*

*यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवता:*✍☘💕

Karwa Chowth is a family event, in which everybody joins in.

More details:

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

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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