Universal Oneness Day 2019 Calgary

Universal Oneness Day – 2019 in Calgary

Our Prayers and Respect for those Who Protect Us

Universal Oneness Day in Calgary was observed at the Country Hills Fire Station on 17th August 2019. The HSS Calgary Team has performed the traditional ‘Raksha Bandhan’ by tying the ‘Rakhi'(the sacred thread) on the wrist of the Officers Fire Fighters and the EMS team. We explained to them the significance and meaning of this wonderful Hindu Tradition. The HSS Team handed over a “Thank You” note as a symbol of our indebtedness to them.


Raksha Bandhan is a festival of connectivity, of giving assurance and confidence to each other that I am there with you and I am committed to help you, and stand by you. To say these things, we celebrate Raksha Bandhan, which means the bond of protection. With this assurance, what happens? Fear vanishes. The purpose of Raksha Bandhan is to remove fear from our lives.

The Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated world wide by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh as Universal Oneness Day. The purpose of this is to reach out to the communities and government agencies in which HIndus live and appreciate their the services rendered by them to keep the society safe and secure.  The first responders like Fire Department and RCMP/ City Police are in the top of the list of those kinds of agencies. In the previous years the observation of Universal Oneness Day was limited to Edmonton. From 2019 HSS Calgary also started observing this.

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March 2020 – Acharya Vandana (Teacher Appreciation)

Acharya Vandana (Teacher Appreciation)

Coming Up in March-April 2020

Date & Time

Frequency: Once in an Year

Day: February – March 2020

Time: To Be Decided

 

Venue & Address

Venue: Various Locations

Address: To Be Decided

Cities: Calgary & Edmonton

Participation

Bala Sevaks

Guests and Special Invitees

Teachers of Various Schools

 

The word Teacher (Acharya) has many connotations; a spiritual guide, sports teacher, a person elevated in spirit and strength or one with a calm mind and clear thought. All of us seek inspiration, encouragement and guidance from a Guru. It therefore is important and necessary that due respect be offered to such persons who can aptly fit this description as teachers.

During the months of May and June of every academic year, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, (HSS) organizes Guru Vandana events across the nation to honor teachers and their contribution in the society. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Alberta celebrates Teachers Appreciation (Acharya Vandana) on respective shakha basis. We welcome all of you join with us in celebrating this years Teachers Appreciation (Acharya Vandana) during February – March 2020. Exact dates and locations will be posted soon.

21st June 2020 – International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day

Lead By Instructors Trained In India, the Land of Yoga

Date & Time

Frequency: Once in an Year

Day: June 21, 2020

Time: To Be Decided

Venue & Address

Location: Calgary & Edmonton

Venue: To Be Decided

Address: To Be Decided

 

Participation

Open to All

By Registration

 

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; Yoga promotes the harmony between man and nature. United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. It is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Alberta celebrates International Yoga Day at the respective shakha venues and public places across Alberta during the same week. We welcome all of you join with us in celebrating International Yoga Day 2020. Use the ‘Lean more and Register’ button to know the specific locations and dates.

July 2020 – Kids Heritage Camp ( One Week)

Summer Heritage Camp for Kids

An Opportunity for Canadian Hindu Children to Discover Their Heritage

Date & Time

Frequency: Once in an Year

Day: To Be Decided

Time: To Be Decided

Venue & Address

Locations: Calgary & Edmonton

Venue: To be Decided

Address: To Be Decided

 

Participation

Age Group: 4 to 13

 

 

Apart from weekly gathering and celebrating Sangh – festivals, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh also organizes Kids Camp during summer vacation. This is mainly focused on cultural and intellectual development apart from academic excellence gained from the educational institutions throughout the school year. We focus on various themes every year. Theme of 2019 summer camp was the language development in the younger minds. HSS organized Sanskrit Learning Camp at Edmonton during June 2019. Prof. Harsh Thakkar from Samskrita Bharati lead the one-week Samskritam camp. The theme for 2020 is ‘Being Canadian Hindu’. Exact dates and locations will be posted two months before the summer 2020.

Lachit Borphukan Sakha – Calgary South

Sakha in Shawnessy – Calgary South

Balagokulam | Hindu Yuva | Family Sakha

Date & Time

Frequency: Weekly

Day: Every Friday

Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue & Address

Location: Shawnessy, Calgary South

Venue: Cardel Rec

Address: BobCat Room1  – #100-333

Shaville Blvd SE Calgary AB T2Y4H3

Contacts:

Arvind Sen Sarkhandia – 403-909-8361

Kamal Kailas Raj – 403-499-8684

Participation

Family Sakha

BalaGokulam

Hindu Yuva

Lalitaditya Sakha (Mill Woods Area)

Lalitaditya Sakha (Mill Woods Area)

Date & Time

Frequency: Weekly

Day: Sunday

Time: 3.30 PM – 5.00 PM

Venue & Address

South Edmonton (Laurel Area)

Millhurst Community Hall,

5811 19a Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6L 4J8, Alberta

Participation

Family Sakha

BalaGokulam

Hindu Yuva

Samskrita Bharati Seminar – 2018

Samskrita Bharati Seminar 2018

HSS Edmonton – Samskrita Bharati Canada Seminar 2018

Samskrita Bharati Seminar was held in June 2018 in Edmonton. It was an one day event where the participants got an introduction to the spoken and simple (saral) aspects of the ancient language of Hindus, Samskritam ( Sanskrit). The main outcome of the even was that at the end of the day, twelve out of forty five participants signed up for regular weekly two hour classes.

Samskrita Bharati, a non-profit organization, is primarily dedicated to the mission of popularizing Sanskrit as a spoken language. Moving beyond veneration of Sanskrit as a classical or exotic language, Samskrita Bharati seeks to make this a contemporary language whose everyday usage becomes customary and widespread.

Mission

Promote Samskritam as an everyday language and provide access to its rich and diverse repository of knowledge.

Vision

Samskritam will be a preferred medium for personal enrichment and harmony in the society.

Objective

Teach Samskritam to one and all.

Our Goals

  • Promote Samskritam in spoken and written forms among people of all ages in an interactive, fun, immersive and engaging environment.
  • Improve Samskritam teaching techniques and create instructional aids in multitude of media to make learning an easy and rewarding experience.
  • Organize lectures, camps, competitions and other programs to complement and enhance learning.
  • Bring to light existing Samskritam literature and publish books and create audiovisual and other media content to enhance the modern literary world of Samskritam.
  • Facilitate study and research in various knowledge systems available in Samskritam.
  • Inspire and build a committed base of volunteers and instructors to serve the society by working to propagate Samskritam.

More information about Samskrita Bharati is available in the Canada and US Chapters of their website

Swami Vivekananda Jayanthi – 2019

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti – 2019

Edmonton Balagokulam Observed The 156th Birth Day

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh organized an event mainly focussed on the Balagokulam Kids to observe the 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in Edmonton. We felt that slowly but surely the participants are getting attracted to the wisdom and knowledge of Swami ji which in the long run is going to influence the Canadian Hindu children in a very positive way


Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk and one of the most celebrated spiritual leaders of India. He was more than just a spiritual mind; he was a prolific thinker, great orator and passionate patriot. He carried on the free-thinking philosophy of his guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa forward into a new paradigm. He worked tirelessly towards betterment of the society, in servitude of the poor and needy, dedicating his all for his country. He was responsible for the revival of Hindu spiritualism and established Hinduism as a revered religion on world stage. His message of universal brotherhood and self-awakening remains relevant especially in the current backdrop of widespread political turmoil around the world. The young monk and his teachings have been an inspiration to many, and his words have become goals of self-improvement especially for the youth

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. He felt it was best to teach universal principles rather than personalities, so we find little mention of Ramakrishna in the Complete Works

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Vijaya Dasami – 2018

Vijaya Dasami / Dussera

Celebration of Dharma over Adharma


After nine days of Navratri, the tenth day, which is celebrated as Dusserah or Vijayadashami signifies the victory of good over evil. On this day, we celebrate the victory of magnanimity over pettiness, of the big mind over the small mind. According to the Ramayana, Vijaydashami marks the day that Lord Rama defeated the demon king Ravana. The tenth day after Navratri also signifies the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.

Normally, when the mind is taken over by negative tendencies, we keep fighting with it. This is when we surrender it to the Divinity by saying, “I can’t fight with my own mind, so You take care of it and you show me the path”. When we celebrate the dussehra festival then remind ourselves to follow the path of dharma, truth and righteousness.

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Universal Oneness Day 2017

Universal Oneness Day 2017

Paying Respect to Those Who Protect Us Everyday