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Welcome To South African Hindu Maha Sabha

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha was founded in 1912 to create unity among all Hindus in South Africa and promote Hindu Dharma through observing the best principles of the Hindu religion, philosophy, ethics, values and culture according to the highest tenets of Hindu teachings. It is the mission of the  South African Hindu Maha Sabha to work towards the advancement of all members of the Hindu faith among all Hindu linguistic groups in a spirit of respect, unity and brotherhood. 

The Maha Sabha will, in all its undertakings, consistently safeguard the image and dignity of the Organisation and that of all its constituents through the development of knowledge of the Dharma and through effective policies, procedures and roles. The underlying mission of the Maha Sabha is to contribute to good relations between Hindus and all other communities or sectors on local, national and international levels towards sound nation building, based on the fundamental principle of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family). The values on which the Maha Sabha bases its activities are selfless service, accountability, respect, fairness, continuous improvement and unity.


Dear All
The South African Hindu Maha Sabha had almost a decade ago convened a meeting at Kendra to discuss the constant confusion caused by the different dates for Diwali. The meeting was attended by affiliates of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, major South Indian Temples, the South African Tamil Federation and the Natal Tamil Federation. There was a unanimous agreement that the date for Diwali will alternate each year to accommodate both South and North. The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has since followed that agreement.
In 2008, the South Indian date was used for the public holiday. Since then the dates have alternated:

2009: North
2010: South
2011: North
2012: South
2013: North
2014: South

Diwali/Luxmi Pooja should be done on Thursday, 23 October 2014. The 22 October 2014 may be used as a guide to when universities, schools or work-related institutions can consider the day off for employers. Others who wish to observe Diwali/Deepavali on any other day/date (21, 22, 23 or 24 October 2014) are at liberty to renegotiate the day off with their employers. The other significant dates for the celebration of Diwali/Deepavali are:

DHAN TRAYODASI – 21 October 2014
NARAK CHATURDASI – 22 October 2014
GUJERATI NEW YEAR – 24 October 2014

Deepavali is spread over four or five days and contains several spiritual elements. The whole festival comprises five principle items spread over five days, viz praying for prosperity, the celebration of Vishnu’s victory over Narkasura, worship of Luxmi, victory of Vishnu over Bali and dice-play and the exchange of brotherly and sisterly affection. One is free to OBSERVE Deepavali on any of the five days, depending on which significance one attaches to it, or one might even OBSERVE all five days (as many homes do) because all the significances attached to Deepavali appeals to the individual.



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Bhagavad Gita As It Is - Chapter 15 Text 17
uttamah purusas tv anyah
paramatmety udahrtah
yo loka-trayam avisya
bibharty avyaya isvarah


uttamah--the best; purusah--personality; tu--but; anyah--another; parama--the supreme; atma--self; iti--thus; udahrtah--is said; yah--who; loka--of the universe; trayam--the three divisions; avisya--entering; bibharti--is maintaining; avyayah--inexhaustible; isvarah--the Lord.




Besides these two, there is the greatest living personality, the Supreme Soul, the imperishable Lord Himself, who has entered the three worlds and is maintaining them.



The idea of this verse is very nicely expressed in the Katha Upanisad (2.2.13) and Svetasvatara Upanisad (6.13). It is clearly stated there that above the innumerable living entities, some of whom are conditioned and some of whom are liberated, there is the Supreme Personality, who is Paramatma. The Upanisadic verse runs as follows: nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam. The purport is that amongst all the living entities, both conditioned and liberated, there is one supreme living personality, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who maintains them and gives them all the facility of enjoyment according to different work. That Supreme Personality of Godhead is situated in everyone's heart as Paramatma. A wise man who can understand Him is eligible to attain perfect peace, not others



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