Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh
Hindu Jage Vishwa Jage
The uniqueness of Hindu Dharma and the culture as practiced by the Hindu community has a significant contribution to make for the benefit of humanity. It is therefore essential for Hindus living in Australia to develop unity and harmony in their community to effectively promote these salient features. There are around two million Hindus in the Australia. Their contributions to the economic, social and cultural life is widely acclaimed.
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) is a voluntary, non-profit, social and cultural organization. Sangh, as the organization is popularly known, aims to organize the Hindu community in order to preserve, practice and promote Hindu ideals and values.
HSS conducts structured programs of regular athletic and academic activities to develop strong character and leadership skills in its members (known as swayamsevaks for men and sevikas for women), emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity. We encourage maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger community.
Sangh is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family and conducts activities across the Australia in order to spread this message widely.
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh – Australia:
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh is a voluntary, non-profit, social and cultural organization which is established and working in many countries. Sangh, as the organization is popularly known in India, aims to organize the Hindu community in order to preserve, practice and promote Hindu ideals and cultural values. HSS bases its activities around the Vedic teachings of strengthening the intellectual, mental, physical and spiritual aspects of an individual and as a society.
HSS Australia conducts structured programs emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for Australia and humanity in general.
We encourage maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony and integration with the Australian society. Our prominent programmers in HSS are Balagokulam, weekly shakhas, Hindus festivals celebrations and residential children’s / Youth camps. In this regular event, children learn about their Hindu heritage. They have fun playing games with other kids and a strong emphasis is also laid on developing leadership qualities and becoming confident representatives of Hindu Dharma whilst living in the Western World. A well-structured syllabus for different age groups is used at the Balagokulam.
Sangh is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family and conducts its activities, not only in Australia but also across the entire globe including UK, Europe, USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Kenya and several other countries.
Each chapter of HSS is known as Shakha – a weekly program for the entire family. While the kids enjoy learning in the balagokulam, youth and adults participate in activities such as games, songs, discussions, and lectures on Hindu culture. We strongly emphasize the physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of each individual and also promote a sense of discipline.
In order to promote spiritual growth, a sense of unity with the environment and general well being, yoga is an important part of the shakha program.
There are a variety of games, including kabaddi and kho-kho, that are played in shakha. The games enhance our ability to work as a team, our stamina, our physical strength or even our strategic skills. These games bring about a spirit of cooperation and create a light, free atmosphere in shakha.
Shakha in the Modern World:
Shakha literally means “branch” in Sanskrit and it’s role has come a long way from its birth in India in 1925 to its firm establishment throughout the globe today – Australia, UK, USA, Europe, Middle East, India, etc. People from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds attend these weekly ‘Shakhas.’ This structure has never had as important a role in our society as today. The question arises, what are the benefits of Shakha in the modern world; just to mention a few: –
- Gaining and developing transferable skills for professional and personal lives: discipline, team working skills, punctuality, public speaking, leadership qualities, assertiveness, social networking and confidence to deal with high pressured and real life situations.
- A forum for children and youth, where challenges of living in the modern world and maintaining our culture can be discussed.
- Making well rounded individuals to become society leaders: training through intellectual, mental, physical and spiritual activities.
- Having fun: Playing Indian and other games and sports.
- Having a social gathering of people with similar cultural background and values; most importantly, people of all ages having fun and coming together for a common cause.
- Developing unity irrespective of the social, language and regional background and teaching equality of human beings implementing ‘VasudaivaKutumbakam.’
- Learning the practical and spiritual benefits of Seva (selfless service): becoming a trueSwayamsevak (volunteer).
- Being part of a global community: interaction with people from other Western societies (UK, USA, Europe) & India.
It is utmost important that the younger generation of today and our future generations born in the Western nations, such as Australia, should know their Hindu cultural background and therefore the need to teach them how to integrate our culture with current lifestyles is as important as ever.
Coming to Shakha will certainly provide a very useful springboard to achieve this goal.