Sanatan Centre’s Intro – Hindu Culture
What do Namaste, Yoga, Meditation, Ayurved, Karma and Dharma have in common? They are all distinctly Indian and are ideas that fall under the broad spanning Sanatan Hindu canon. Every yoga studio and mindfulness session is centered around wellness and inner peace. Every time a person gestures Namaste by joining their palms against their chest, they knowingly or unknowingly partake in the Bhartiya custom of honouring the Divine in the other person. This age old Hindu salutation became even more popular during COVID as the risk of contact called for a handshake alternative. It is the richness and depth of these timeless ideas which have such vast appeal, and should be a source of pride for all Indians.
These ideas originated from one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It was a culture ahead of it’s time, recognized by others as an intellectual and philosophical force. World historians in the 10th and 11th centuries mentioned that there were five notable cultures in the world: The Iranian civilization was known for its majesty; Chinese, for their obedience to authority and craftsmanship; Roman for their beauty; Turks for their bravery; and Indian for their knowledge and wisdom. India and it’s Hindu culture were identified early on as one of the preeminent knowledge destinations of the world. The renown spiritual master Swami Vivekanand once said that we ‘fable from lower truth to the higher truth.’
Hinduism is the world’s oldest existing religion, with a billion followers, which makes it the world’s third-largest religion. It is an amalgam of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas and practices which originated in India. It’s core tenets are captured by just a few essential ideas: a belief in one absolute being with multiple manifestations; the law of cause and effect – karma; righteous and truthful action – dharma; and reincarnation with the ultimate goal of liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
One of the many unique features of Hinduism is that it never rejects anyone, whether believer or non-believer. It encourages us to live and, importantly, to let others live in any way they see fit. It seeks answers to deep existential questions such as, who are we? Why are we? It seeks to help us strive for liberation while keeping us grounded by our dharma, towards our family, our society, our environment and ourselves. All these values are an attempt to realize the dream of collective harmony. Of cultural and religious unity and human welfare where everyone is respected and a sacredness pervades all things.
Canada, our beautiful country, has been lauded for its ethnic diversity and religious/ cultural pluralism, as it has embraced the people of the world, allowing them the freedom and security to express their identity. The roots of a unified society are acceptance, and its sustenance is knowledge and understanding. So, it is our responsibility to build on this by (1) sharing the rich knowledge of the Sanatan Hindu civilization with fellow Canadians to strength understanding and to enrich Canadian mosaic and (2) to pass it on to the next generation so they may take pride in their deep religious/cultural roots.
The purpose of Swajan Samanvay Sanatan Hindu Centre is to strengthen the community and to share the message of universal love and peace. The centre’s aim is to integrate diverse cultures into our community, promote spiritual and social awareness and wellness, and preserve the environment.
Our Mission is to promote harmony, inclusiveness, and wholesome integration of families, schools, and diverse communities. Our key theme is inclusiveness and respect for all. We strive to create the right environment for togetherness and to equip individuals with a knowledge of science, agriculture, technology, integrity, and moral values and to help foster a sense of commitment towards each other and the environment.
This is realized through weekly, monthly and annual spiritual/cultural activities:
1. Weekly Satsangs (spiritual participation and enrichment),
2. Monthly Satyanarayan Katha
3. The Kincardine Multicultural Festival
4. Joint celebration of Social and Religious Festivals
5. Environmental Clean-up
6. Yoga Day
7. Saraswati Puja and Yagna for School going children
8. Celebration of life and achievement of community members
9. Volunteering with local social & charitable organizations
10. Activities that enhance the education of our children, and regular spiritual meetings (Satsang) that include meditation and yoga in Canada and India
11. Activities that support the education and wellness of children and youth in India
All these activities help preserve Hindu spiritual traditions, build and strengthen the bonds between members of the Indian community and other communities.
Please visit Sanatan Centre Kincardine and provide your input so we can continue to improve the way we serve the community. A healthy, joyous, prosperous and peaceful community is a stronger community.
Namaste and Dhanyabad