My Experience of the Hindu Dharma Society (HDS)

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Submitted: May 15, 2018

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My Experience of the Hindu Dharma Society (HDS):


This is my memoir of my experience of the Hindu Dharma Society (HDS).
The Hindu Dharma Society was founded in 1990. This organisational charity is where people within the Hindu society come together and tries and learns more about the traditions of dharma (righteousness) and then tries and takes these teachings out into the wider community. The saying for Hindu Dharma Society is “Uphold dharma, and dharma will protect you.”
 It means if you do right deeds to people then in return you will be protected by god.
My first encounter of going to the Hindu Dharma Society group was when I was a child and would go to Enfield and go to their function. However, a few years later we stopped going there. We still went to the Hindu Dharma Society group but in Kensington, South London where they celebrated Hindu festivals such as Shivaratri and Navaratri which was conducted by a Hindu priest (pundit) who was accompanied on violin by my sister whilst bhajans (devotional songs) were going on. Near the end of the prayer they did a hawan (fire prayer) which was also known as a Yaj. During this prayer, the participants taking part would offer samagari (which is powdered earth) mixed with puffed white rice, sugar, lentils, and Prasad (sweet food offerings for example, semolina).
 But then after moving from London to Clacton on Sea we went to another Hindu Dharma Society group but this time in Witham where they did the same as at the one in Kensington, South London. The Witham Hindu Dharma Society group programme began at 10am with meditation which allows devotees to focus their mind on god. Then at 11am the Hawan/Yaj followed by lunch which was known as Mahaprasad (food that would be eaten after the Hawan/Yaj and it would be offered to god first before anyone ate the food). After lunch there was a prayer session on the Hanuman Chalisa which was a prayer dedicated to Lord Hanuman. (He was a servant to Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is the sustainer of the world in the Hindu trinity). Also they held Ramayana sessions (scriptures in Hinduism). Unfortunately we only attended one session as it was all the way in Brentwood near Kent. All of the Hindu Dharma Society groups were Mauritian.
 When we did go to Mauritius we went to Sai Nivas (a Sai centre where they taught teachings from an Indian spiritual teacher called Sri Sathya Sai Baba and were always trying to follow his teachings to become better people in the long run).  They held Ramayana sessions from 12:30pm -2pm (which could possibly run over). Bhajans were sung in between of x number of stanzas read.
I really enjoyed going to the Hindu Dharma Society group in Witham as it helped me to improve my meditation and loved listening to the pundits talks’ every month as he would  try and relate the scientific theory of the earth’s creation to the Hindu scriptures which I found very interesting. I then began to stop going as the programme was a very early day and would be extremely tired at the end of the day. Plus there was nobody in my age bracket as it was either 55/60+ or under 12. I also disagreed with one of the devotees of how she was teaching the Ramayana story to the youngsters. After having a year or two out I have decided about going back as I believe it’s a prayer function and not socialising event. However, we’ll have to wait and see.


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