2nd Hindu appointed to the European Council of Religious Leaders

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Sivarama Swami, Spiritual master of Vashnavism ISKCON tradition, was appointed the 2nd Hindu delegate to the ECRL. Until now there has been only one Hindu representative on the Council at any one time, but as stated by Jehangir Saroj who leads the Dharmic Cluster on the ECRL, the 2nd appointment reflects the growing numbers of Hindus in Europe.

Sivarama Swami was present at the ECRL in Geneva ...

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European Elections 22-25 May 2014

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Your Chance to Have your Say: European Elections

This month are the European Elections. Many of you who are of voting age will have the opportunity to vote for candidate standing to become Members of the European Parliament (MEP). Do you even know who your candidates are? What does their party stand for? More to the point what does the candidate stand for? You should know of and about your candidates and their politics. Whether they are Dharmic people i.e. of ...

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Ratan Barua a campaigner for Bangladeshi Minority Rights dies in New York

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Ratan Barua, was Chairman of the Bangladeshi Hindu Buddhist and Christian Unity Council in the USA. He was passionate about the issue and in November 2013 the group organised a conference highlighting the rise in violence the minorities may face in the wake of the  approaching General Election in Bangladesh. Ms Tailor president of Hindu Forum of Europe was present at the event and said “I met Ratanji, when I attended the BHBCUC New ...

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“Welcoming the Other: Equal Citizenship in Europe – the contribution of religion

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This event is organised by the European Council of Religious Leaders, the Brussels Office of the Council of Europe and the Representation of the State of Hesse to the EU. Ms Tailor, President of the Hindu Forum of Europe and Member of the Europen Council of Religious Leaders will be speaking at the event.

The event will take place in Brussels on 27th March.

This is an open event and anyone wishing to attend should contact Villumstad@rfp-europe.eu

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In recognition of International Women’s Day

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O Mother! Let all my speech be your prayer; let all my crafts and technology be your worship and be the mystic gestures of my hand, adorning you. May all my movements become your devotional circumambulations. May everything I eat or drink be oblations to you. Let my lying down in rest and sleep be prostrations to you. Mother! Whatever I do, may all that become a sacramental service and worship for you.
— Adi Sankaracharya’s ‘Hymn to the Divine ...

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Vice President of HFE hosts a Multifaith Event in the Netherlands

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“On the 28th of January members of the five main religions in the Netherlands (Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and Christians) held a
interreligious meeting to share their common values about freedom and democracy.
This is a tradition that began with the silver jubilee of the Queen Beatrix in 2005.
This tradition is still going and Princess Beatrix supports these interreligious celebrations with her attendance.
The meeting was held at the academy building of the University of Utrecht and the host was Bikram Lalbahadoersing,
Vice president of the committee ...
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Thought for the Day, as Broadcasted on BBC Radio 4, 30 December 2013 by our President Bharti Tailor

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Good morning and Namaste

With the excitement of Christmas cleared away, we are now entering that time of year when the western world starts reflecting on the past twelve months. Evaluating and determining the resolutions to make in order to improve the coming year.  It’s the opportunity to leave behind a failed strategy or policy and start afresh, a new beginning – emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually.

As Michael Palin will have seen on his travels not all cultures ...

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World Yoga Day Participation – Yogic Traditions Unite for World Peace

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Vedic tradition says that to gain prosperity, austerities or yajna must be done; often it is in the form of a sacrifice of some kind. For such a cause as world peace, the magnitude of the sacrifice is difficult to imagine. However, the Portuguese Yoga Confederation has formulated a plan.

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On June 21st, the summer solstice or longest day of the year; considered an auspicious ...

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Hindu Forum of Europe at the Hindu World Summit Bali, Indonesia

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With the release of the popular film “Eat. Pray. Love.” Bali has become a household name, known for its exotic culture and beautiful environment. It is also, maybe not so well-known, as one of the largest Hindu populations in the world per capita having a culture of Hinduism for thousands of years deep within its roots. Hindu traditions are practiced in everyday life, with their own Balinese flavor.
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High-Level Religious Leaders Meeting EU Commission

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Roundtable discussions at the EU Commission - Brussels with Religious Leaders
Roundtable discussions at the EU Commission – Brussels with Religious Leaders

“Some faiths are more equal than others [… ] creating an unequal society and citizen,” Bharti Tailor of the Hindu Forum of Europe said last week at the EU Commission’s High-Level Religious Leaders meeting, including “indigenous people who adopt Hinduism [who are] treated as 2nd class.”

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