This compact yet spiritually rewarding day incorporates the following:
• Participation by a few Hindu organisations
• Inspiring messages on the Glory of Hinduism
• Melodious Bhajans and Kirtans
• Classical Dances
The function will be an outreach programme for all Hindus and will encourage them to practise Sadhana and prayer on a regular basis. Swami Sahajananda started these Hindu Dharma Programmes over 15 years ago, as he was deeply concerned about the unprecedented number of conversions of Hindus to other faiths. Today, many have difficulty in comprehending the deep and profound truths to be found in our Hindu scriptures. These programmes are designed to instil faith in the hearts of Hindus, to explain some of the sublime teachings of our glorious religion and to equip them with the tools to deal with the hardships of daily life by turning to God. The readings in the programme will highlight some of the aspects of our glorious religion and urge all to take to spiritual practices earnestly. The need of the hour, said Sri Swami Sivananda, is to restore pride in our ancient Sanatana Dharma. When there is such a vast storehouse of wealth in our great religion, where then is the need to convert, asked Sri Swami Sivananda?
The soul-elevating Bhajans & Kirtans and chanting of the sacred Mantras also brings one closer to God, for even though one may not understand the words being sung, the vibrations created by the Bhajans, purify and elevate listeners. Pujya Swami Sahajananda has stated that when we sing Bhajans & Kirtans, the Devas (or Gods) who are invoked actually make their appearance. Devotees are urged to take it one step further, by singing the Bhajans in their own homes for the peace, health, protection and prosperity of the family.
Sri Swami Sivananda stated, "Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. God revealed the truths to the ancient Rishis in their pure and silent minds as they sat in meditation. Thus, the knowledge of the Vedas came directly from God. This is how Hinduism came into being. It was not founded by one person. "Hinduism does not force its teachings upon anyone. It allows a person to think and reason for himself. Our great and wise Rishis knew that our tastes, capacities and ways of life differ. Hence, they devised different methods of worshipping God to suit the different tastes and temperaments. All through the ages, Hinduism has stood very firm and strong. Today, it is stronger than ever."
POWER OF HINDU DHARMA
SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
The culture of Hinduism prevails,
Nothing can shake its greatness and root,
Hinduism is not a man-made religion,
It was not founded by any single person,
Like Islam and Christianity,
It is a product of the seers of the Vedas,
It was developed from age to age
By the teachings of Avataras, Rishis, Vedas,
The Upanishads, the Gita, and the Itihasas,
It will exist as long as the world lasts,
There is a peculiar, mysterious spiritual force
That is ingrained in the heart of every Hindu;
A Hindu will give up his life
But he will not give up his principles and Dharma;
He won't be tempted by woman or wealth for conversion,
He would rather prefer death than conversion.
We look forward to your attendance and participation by joining as a united force in glorifying and celebrating the greatness of our glorious Hindu Dharma!
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
- Ruksha Maharaj (DLS): 082 805 4871
- Vedananda Govindsamy (THUF): 083 384 0190
- Melanie Moodley (DLS): 082 975 3639