Presentation of the Hindu Federation of Spain
Recently was presented in Madrid the Federation Hindu of Spain (FHE). The ceremony was attended by responsible for Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of India in Spain, Ashwin Bhaskaran, director of the Foundation of pluralism and coexistence, Fernando Arias Cangas, the Director of the Observatory of the religious pluralism in Spain, Puerto García Ortiz.
Among the more than fifty guests were Presidents and members of Hindu religious associations, as well as personalities from the world of culture and supporters of Hinduism. Among the guests of honor to Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Master of advaita vedanta and the EHF Vice President Swami has as a representative of the Association for the consciousness of Krishna, Hridaya Chaitanya Dasa, Member of the International Board of ACK, Gopala of the Sivananda Vedanta Centre in Madrid Lal Chandnani on behalf of the community sindhi and Jhulelal Temple in Madrid and Antonio Mínguez, Honorary President of the Buddhist Federation of Spain.
The event started with the traditional lighting of the dipas or oil lamps, while Lakshmana Dasa, priest Srivaishnava, recite mantras Vedic. The swamis, guests of honor and Chairmen of the founding associations, set the light of knowledge and offered respect Sri Ganesha open roads and remove the obstacles to the FHE.
Then I take the floor the representative of the Embassy of India, who said that in addition to a religion Hinduism is a way of life with more than 5,000 years, and on behalf of the Ambassador and the Government of the India congratulated the FHE for the initiative of uniting different schools of Sanatana Dharma. Later the director of the Foundation of pluralism and coexistence highlighted the efforts of the Spanish Government to guarantee the right to freedom of religion and the formation of local administrations in the phenomenon of religious diversity.
Finally, the President of the Indian Federation of Spain, Ceuta hindu priest speaking Juan Carlos Ramchandani (Krishna Kripa Dasa), who took a tour of the history of Hinduism in Spain, explained the difference between Indian and hindu, the current situation of non-official recognition by the Government. He spoke of goals posed to achieve medium-term: the legality of marriages by the hindu rite, cremations, access to prisons to spiritually assist those inmates that demand it, access to hospitals for the spiritual of sick care, transfer of premises or land unused to establish Hindu temples, and assist in the development of education on Hinduism. Another objective of the EHF is the ensure preserve the original teachings of yoga and avoid the continuing desacralization and degradation of this discipline, which is part of the six philosophical systems in Hinduism (Sad Darshan).
Right now the FHE is providing legal advice for the transition to religious entities to different communities and Hindu temples that are registered as cultural entities. In accordance with the laws Spanish, for be an entity religious with all them rights and obligations is has to be registered in the Ministry of Justice.
Four other associations are in the process of applying for its entry into the Indian Federation. In Spain there are more than 40,000 people who practice some form of Hinduism.
It gave way to the performance of Sharmini Tharmaratnam, renowned dancer of Kathak (traditional dance in the North of the India) which belongs to the gharana (school) of Jaipur. He played dances in honour of Lord Krishna.
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