I was invited to attended a Hindu dance show on December 13, 2014 at PS 268, 92-07 175th St, Jamaica, NY. This was the first time I saw first hand how a community of Hindu people from Guyana and Trinidad Tobago cultivate and nurture their offspring in Queens, NY. How colorful and attractive the performers were, show-casing their culture in music and dance.
This is a eight year old of whom has been involved in learning Bharata Natyam Classical Dance since the age of four.
The following three images portray some of the teenagers performing the Bharata Natyam Classical Dance. It is a graceful dance that uses facial expressions and hand gestures (mudras).
The event was presented by Prem Bhakit Ki Awaaz, which is located at 92-47 172nd St., Jamaica,NY].
Prem Bhakit Ki Awaaz translates to “The Voice Of Love And Devotion”, and also the tittle of a cable TV show promoting Hindu Sanatan Dharma. Through the inspiration of Prem Bhakit Mandir, under the Leadership of Pandit Narayan Latchana (seen in red attire, center left in the photo), this TV show brings the Caribbean Hindu community together, focusing on uplifting the youths.
Sanatan Dharma is said to be the oldest of the major religions, otherwise known as Hinduism, and is a Sanskrit word meaning “Eternal Truth”, “Teachings” and “Tradition.” Just like the word “Namaste” which indicates the spiritual nature within all. Sanatan Dharma is the recognition of the spiritual essence of life and its infinite expressions. Sanatan Dharma/Hinduism (Hindu and Hinduism are said to be used in place of Sanatan Dharma) is the world’s most ancient culture and the socio, spiritual, and religious tradition of almost one billion of the earth’s inhabitants. Sanatana Dharma represents much more than just a religion; rather, it provides its followers with an entire worldview way of life and a coherent and rational view of reality. No one knows how old Sanatan Dharma is, and has no one founder.
Hinduism is not confined to just a geographical location or an ethnic group anyone can become a Hindu. Unlike in other religions, Hinduism recognize the difference between belief and faith. A belief is something that may or may not be true. Faith is the assurance of what someone believes to be true, and the key to faith is experience, which is the central core of Hinduism. As for belief, it is fine to have beliefs as long as one is encouraged to develop a solid faith grounded in experience. All Hindus believe in the revealed scripture (the Vedas) and one Supreme God. All paths lead to a common goal of salvation, the soul’s freedom from a temporal body. Hindus also believe in the sacredness of life, compassion, service, reincarnation, and the laws of karma and dharma.
You can see videos of other Prem Bhakit Ki Awaaz events on Youtube. Contact information can also be obtained from there as well. I welcome comments from my readers on this subject. I for one missed out on learning about Hindu spiritual living beliefs. It is worth while learning about another spiritual entity that exist. As I mentioned earlier, one is encouraged to develop a solid faith grounded in experience. I hope you can agree.