Woodcroft rises to a new challenge

By A Correspondent: Sydney’s wet weather did not dampen the spirits of Shree Ram Sharnam devotees who converged at the Woodcroft Community Centre at the corner of Lakewood and Woodcroft Drive on Sunday March 4 from 9am to 10am for enriching their soul.
The parent body of this Hindu religious group based in New Delhi, India, with centres around the globe, operates on the concepts of prayer through meditation as a solution to the challenges of today’s modern lifestyle. The society’s name stands for the equivalent of a refuge centre, where one can seek salvation just by presenting oneself to be liberated from the cycle of life and death through the initiation process by a guru, an enlightened soul, to recite the name of Ram, as a means to focus one’s spiritual energy.
The Sun had just begun to dance through the grey skies as around 30 devotees sat down to an hour of continuous singing of their hymn, the Shree Amritvaani. Facing the rising Sun which provided a glistening backdrop on the still, clear waters of the Woodcroft Lake, the devotees found serenity in the peace of the atmosphere. The Sun brightened their spirits, following the long spell of rainy weather, as their voices, well tuned with the beating of the Indian drum (dhol) sprung into the air. The devotees and a handful of first time attendees provided a parallel cleaning environment to many enthusiastic Australians who participated in the Australia Day clean-up in the surrounding streets. Some of the devotees later joined in the environmental cleanup.
Spokesperson for the group, University of Western Sydney journalism lecturer, Asha Chand said the event was the first in a series of four such sessions at the community centre. “Three other such sessions will be held on April 1, May 13 and June3 at the community centre to help create an awareness among participants that there is an easy way to deal with the challenges of a busy lifestyle, through devoting time to developing one’s inner self.”
“Prayer through meditation is a great relaxation exercise and to do this with a group of likeminded people helps enhance the feelings of gratitude for all the great things we are blessed with in this country, ‘’ Chand said.
“We were really successful in imparting the message of gratitude as the stormy weather had suddenly changed to a calm Sunday morning. The community centre was the ideal spot for us to begin this journey in creating awareness among participants to devote time towards developing their inner selves,” Chand said.
Shree Ram Sharnam society has its Sydney headquarters at 23 Sheba Crescent, South Penrith where one-hour prayer sessions featuring the recital of the Shree Amritvaani are held daily between 7:30pm and 8:30pm except Saturday and Sunday when prayers are held from 6pm to 7:15pm.
President of the Sydney society, Mrs Vimla Rao who led the prayers at Woodcroft said holding the prayers at Woodcroft provided the organisation with an opportunity to reach out to the time-poor members of society who may be otherwise deprived of the opportunity to nurture their inner self and benefit from spiritual enlightenment.
“We are doing this in preparation for the 2013 visit to Sydney by our spiritual master, Dr Vishwa Mitter Maharaj. The response to this first session has been overwhelming,” Mrs Rao said.
At the end of the hymn singing, Mrs Rao gave a brief sermon on the gift of the Ram mantra for reciting by the devotees. “Helping to facilitate the giving of this gift to fellow human being by pointing them in this direction is the best gift anyone can give. The donations of food and other material trappings will get eaten and worn out in the processes of consumption and use, but the mantra of the name Ram, given to one during initiation by our guru is a gift of life, for spiritual enlightenment is the only way to salvation,’’ she said.
The society was founded on the concepts of prayer through meditating on Ram and uses the teachings from the holy Ramayana to base its spiritual sermons.
• Members of the Woodcroft community and surroundings suburbs are encouraged to participate in the sessions scheduled for April 1, May 13 and June 3 from 9am to 10am at the Woodcroft Community Centre on 65 Woodcroft Drive.

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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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6 Comments on “Woodcroft rises to a new challenge”

  1. Really a good start. It will definatley rise with the assem kirpa of our Gurus and ofcourse RAM.

  2. Great initiative. With the blessings of Shree Ram, Sydney residents can now avail the opportunity of attending regular Satsangs.

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