This year the
BAPS youths of Sydney delivered a presentation on ‘Understanding
Hinduism’ to Year 11 students from the Central Coast Adventist
School. On this occasion however, the School organised a special
excursion to actually visit the BAPS Mandir in Sydney. This was
the second consecutive year the School had made the long bus journey
to the Mandir from the Central Coast region, which is located
north of Sydney.
Over 60 students and 5 teachers visited the Mandir and were informed
about the origins of Hinduism and its major beliefs – such
as Parabrahma, Moksha, Murti Puja and the Guru. The presentation
was in three parts: Hinduism for the Individual, Hinduism for
Society and Hinduism for the World. It revealed the values that
Hinduism teaches as highlighted by iconic personalities such as
Sita, Shravan and Nachiketa, and the contributions Hinduism has
made in the fields of Language, Science, Mathematics and Medicine.
The formal presentation was followed by a brief Question-Answer
The group were intrigued by the details and adornments of the
murtis of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj and the deities of Santan
The visit concluded with the School being presented with a booklet
on Understanding Hinduism to continue their research at School,
a Mystic India Soundtrack from the large-format film and refreshment.
The Student Administration appreciated the kind hospitality and
commended the work done by BAPS and said their visit had been
“a wonderful and informative experience”.