Presentation in Barcelona of the Hindu Federation of Spain
Saturday, April 1 was presented officially in Barcelona the Federation Hindu of Spain (EHF), with an institutional Act quite endearing in the morning and an introductory seminar on Hinduism in the afternoon. Type Naren Herrero.
Let us remember that the FHE was created in 2015, although their seed comes before, above all through the desire of different Spanish individuals engaged in the hindu tradition, who watched with dismay as a tradition as ancient and with enormous number of practitioners to level global, it was little heeded by the Spanish State and was, Furthermore, permanent source of misunderstandings and confusion in the media and in the general society.
In 2016, the official presentation of the FHE took place in Madrid and now played in Barcelona. On the road the FHE took his first official encounter with the Spanish Government, and created partnerships with the Embassy of India in Spain.
The Barcelona event took place in an Assembly Hall of the Civic Center Pati Llimona and counted with the presence of different personalities and guests arrived from different parts of Spain, as well as members of different associations that form the FHE. The program began with a traditional invocation using mantras to promote peace, to light up a dīpa or traditional lamp symbolizing the intention of the Act, and also of Hinduism, do always prevail in the light of the knowledge of the darkness of ignorance. It was followed by a short presentation of the history of the EHF to put us in context, and to finish it, we listen to the current President of the EHF, Juan Carlos Ramchandani (Krishna Kripa Dasa), clearly explaining the role, objectives and projects of the FHE.
He then took the word Isabel Escandell, Deputy Director general of religious affairs of the Generalitat of Catalonia, to give their good wishes to the FHE and offer the doors open to dialogue and mutual aid from the catalan Government. Indeed, from the first moment in which the FHE filed related to this organization, they have shown great responsiveness to the situation of Hinduism in Spain and have also collaborated for the Organization of this event.
After this most-institutional part, began the more experiential part of the event with a short paper entitled Influence of Hinduism in the West in charge of Javier Ruiz Calderón, doctor of philosophy, indologo and sanscritista. Ruiz Calderón us skillfully paced by five thousand years of Indian history to go breaking down the important influence of the hindu tradition in literature, Linguistics, philosophy, spirituality and Western mathematics, being this last very important area for the birth of what we call modernity.
After meet the facet of the knowledge came the turn of the emotional aspect through the Hindu devotional poetry reading. The poetry reading was in charge of Jesus Aguado, laureate poet and translator, that among his extensive work has a section aimed at the India, his vision and his devotional poetry. Jesus lived in Varanasi during several seasons and of that relationship were born great texts, among them the well-known Anthology of devotional poetry of the India. The poet offered us a selection of their translations, some of them previously unpublished, which was a great privilege. The verses which describes the transcendental love between the individual self and the Supreme being through the passionate love affair between Rādhā Krishna had special impact.
At this point, with attendees already inspired, the "musical performance" took place the day in charge of Bhakti Das, regarding Hinduism in Catalonia known for many decades. I say "musical performance" but that no one confuses and creates that it was a mere entertainment but that, according to traditional hindu, art and emotions also can move towards the ultimate. In this case, only to hear the voice of Bhakti Das transports you to one to a State of inner connection, and much more if, as in this case, is accompanied of a rāga in sitār.
With all attendees in a State of calm and elevation, closed the ceremony with the ceremony of Āratiis offering fire and light to an image of the divine (in this case Gaṇesha) and singing together Jaya Jagadīśha Hare, a traditional song that a the Lord of the universe. After the once thanked all those present for their attendance and warmth enjoyed an exquisite Indian snack (vegetarian, of course) that put the finishing touch to a morning that had complied with its institutional, intellectual, aspects also spiritual and social.
Afternoon seminar was held Light on Hinduism, that it consisted of four introductory lectures on relevant topics of the hindu tradition, in charge of key personalities, all of them members of the FHE. The first talk was titled Life goals and bases of the hindu society and was in charge of Oscar Montero, Professor of Vedānta, very committed to this philosophy and that makes a great diffusion in the Spanish-speaking world through their online courses. His presentation was greatly appreciated because I missed new light to a very daily and practical issue.
Then we enjoyed the presentation Hindu iconography: Spiritual life through art in charge of Hari Das, artist specialized in iconography and hindu art, fields of which is an expert not only in terms of theoretical knowledge and artistic execution, but is also a sincere devotee who uses in his life the sacred as a tool of transcendence art. Hari explained that the sacred artist does not seek to express staff but nothing especially well that "Dios is expressed through the" and to do so before performing a work the artist should ask permission to the divine.
The third talk was entitled Introduction to the rituals and worship in the Vedic tradition and its presenter was Juan Carlos Ramchandani, In addition to President of the EHF, it is expert hindu priest, prolific writer and lecturer. In his entertaining lecture he told us various details of Indian public and private worship, differences between the North and the South of the India and particularities of some Hindu temples.
The fourth round was to Swami Satyānanda Saraswati, hindu monk and teacher of Advaita Vedānta, which possesses a deep understanding of the Scriptures. However, even more important for me is his personal experience and the direct experience of what explains, which turns your words into source of direct inspiration for those who listen to them. Swami spoke of Yoga: hindu spirituality and his ways and he offered a range of definitions in this respect, to conclude that the Hinduism, beyond of its multiple approaches to the Supreme, is actually a great unique road that is to recognize one's unity with the cosmic order and act accordingly.
After several months of planning and hard work by the different associations and members that compose the FHE was a great satisfaction having made this important event for the Federation and, we hope, for the diffusion of Hinduism in Spain.
Sanātana Dharma Ki Jaya!
Naren Herrero He is a member of the public relations Department of the Indian Federation of Spain, journalist, writer and yoga teacher.