Forum for Hindu Awakening’s volunteer sādhak have been working selflessly to promote Dharma education, and awaken and unite supporters of Hinduism since its founding in January(Paush) 2009. Here is a glance at these inspiring Hindu activities and the positive response we have received in March 2013 (Phālgun 5114, as per the Hindu calendar). We hope they will inspire our readers to work together to understand, live and preserve Hinduism ! Join us in serving Dharma
1. Visitors to the Forum for Hindu Awakening website (www.HinduAwakening.org)
|YouTube||HinduAwakening.org||Facebook Fans||Twitter Followers||Change.org|
2. Forum for Hindu Awakening Website
2A. Articles Published
Total articles so far: 638
Articles published for the month of March(Phālgun) 2013: 2
- Young Hindu Woman Fights off Rapists, Arrested for It
- Our Dharmik activities to awaken and unite Hindus worldwide in December 2012 (Mārgshīrsha 5114) and January 2013 (Paush 5114) – under FHA reports section
2B. News Published
Total news published: 97
2C. Denigrations published
Total 5 denigration news were published on website under news section.
- Success of Hindu Unity : Russian Art Gallery removes paintings denigrating Shrīkrushṇa
- Tesco’s use of image of Hindu Deity on chicken ready meal is ‘shocking’ and ‘offensive’
- Success of HJS : Mirage Art Gallery excludes M F Husain’s paintings from art exhibition
- BAMCEF worker insults Hindu Dharma, Holy books and Sadhus on ‘Facebook’
- Trivialization of Shrīgaṇēsh in Australia’s Fairfax Media
2D. Campaign of Forum for Hindu Awakening to protest Russian Art gallery to remove the denigrating paintings of Shrikrushna
Forum for Hindu Awakening holding a campaign to protest Russian art gallery to remove denigrating paintings of Shrikrushna; receiving 132 signatures and the pictures being removed from art gallery: A Russian Art Gallery website, ‘ArtNow.ru’ was selling pornographic art commercially that depicts Bhagawān Shrikrushna. In another painting, it was shown that a nude girl is walking behind A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder of ISKCON). This was nothing but a serious insult and denigration of revered Hindu Deity worshipped by billions of Hindus and a Hindu Saint having millions of followers from all over the world.
Along with Hindu Janjagruti samiti, Forum for Hindu Awakening initiated the protest campaign on hinduawakening.org website against Russian Art Gallery, In addition to this, petition was put on change.org (a popular online petitioning website). This petition was promoted through social networks. We received total of 132 signatures that supported the denigration campaign. As a result of these efforts and support from devout Hindus around the world, denigrating pictures from website were removed by the Russian art gallery.
3. Regional prasar
3A. North America
3A 1. Prasar opportunity for Forum for Hindu Awakening at San Jose, California in front of 50 people and opportunity to sell Hindu chētanā panchāngs: On Māgha Krushna paksha Panchamī, Kaliyug Varsha 5114 (2.3.2013), A seeker of Forum for Hindu awakening attended an Indian classical music event hosted at Divine Community centre in the city of San Jose, California. Total attendance was around 50 people. Forum for Hindu awakening also got an opportunity to share about their mission and activities for 3 minutes. Ten 2013 Panchang were distributed for suggested donation.
3A 2. Appreciating the work done by Forum for Hindu Awakening and giving blessing for the success of Hindu Chetana 2014 panchang, Shrī Karunamayi: A seeker of Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA), called on Shri Karunamayi of Shri Matrudevi Viswashanti Ashram Trust (SMVA), to seek blessings for FHA’s mission to promote Hindu Dharma education in North America. Shri Karunamayi praised the mission and conveyed to the sadhak, “I am giving you special blessings for the success of the 2014 Forum for Hindu Awakening Dharma Education calendar to reach thousands of devotees and bhaktas”. Shri Karunamayi, affectionately called by Her devotees as “Amma” (which means “mother” in Amma’s native Telugu language), was visiting Sunnyvale Temple in California in March(Phālgun) 2013. At the time, FHA’s sadhaks had the privilege of taking Her darshan and seeking Her blessings for Forum for Hindu Awakening’s activities. Shri Karunamayi is revered as an embodiment of Divine motherly love due to the love and affection that she showers liberally on everyone. At the tender age of 21, She is said to have left the comfort and security of her parents’ home and traveled by foot to the remote and sacred Peninsula Forest, where a number of India’s ancient Sages had meditated for many hundreds of years. Today, Amma divides her time between the US, Europe and India, fulfilling Her life’s mission of providing comfort, solace, and spiritual guidance to all who come to her.)
3A 3. Prasar on the occasion of Mahāshivratri: On Magh Krushna Trayodashī, Kaliyug Varsha 5114, seekers from California went to East Bay Hindu Pittsburgh Temple for the Mahashivratri event and distributed some Mahashivratri flyers. They set up a stall of granths which was visited by about 20-30 people.
3B. Prasar for the Hindu Chetana 2014 panchang in America and Canada
Seekers of Forum for Hindu awakening are making increasing efforts for online and offline prasar for the Hindu Chetana 2014 panchang in North America.
3B 1. Efforts done by seekers in Canada and getting a good response for it: Seekers from Toronto, Canada, have been visiting various cities in Toronto area for 2014 Panchang prasar. With the efforts of seekers, the East coast calendar has already confirmed advertisements from 3 businesses, totalling 19 advertisement slots for the East Coast standard 2014 Panchang.A panchang order of 20 has also been confirmed from a Dharmaabhimani. Three sponsors have also given positive feedback about the panchang and given permission to use their name on the Forum for Hindu Awakening website for promoting the panchang.
3B 2. Online and Offline efforts done in North America: Online prasar was done in the form of calling and emailing Indian businesses, Hindu temples and Hindu organizations. An appeal was made to contribute in this Dharmakārya. Some seekers are also calling restaurants, shops and yoga studios.
3B 3. Inspiring efforts of prasar by seekers of California: Seven seekers from California have been making efforts to visit temples, stores, and businesses for 2014 panchang in the month of March(Phālgun). Seekers have had opportunity to visit 5 cities in total covering close to 100 locations.
3C. Asia Pacific
3C 1. Dharma satsangs restart in A city in Middle East and curious taking benefit of this satsangs by attending them physically and through Skype: After a gap of nearly two and a half month, Dharma satsangs restarted in a city in Middle East at a seeker’s house. 2 satsangs were held in the month of March on Phālgun Shukla Chaturthī and Phālgun Krushna Trutīyā, Kaliyug varsh 5114, (15.3.2013 and 29.3.2013) on the topics of ‘What do we mean by Dharma, definition, meaning and importance; what is Hinduism’ and Āchārdharma‘ respectively. 16 and 14 curious participated physically and 10 and 9 curious participated through Skype.
4. Dharma education satsangs and lectures held in various centres
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5. Key Highlights
5A. Highlights of Adwords campaign and their results
5A 1. Remarkable increase in visit to the website due to the adwords campaign: A total of 11624 new visits were received this month to the Forum for Hindu Awakening website through the Google adwords campaign.
5A 2. The campaign on Hindu Chetana 2014 panchang was the most successful as it had the maximum response.
5A 3. Breakdown of visits as per each campaign in March(Phālgun) 2013
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