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VHP e.V. Germany works to bring awareness and unity among the Hindu society.
Prachar – Raise Awareness
- Promote Unity amongst Hindus through a network of Parishad chapters and like-minded organizations.
- Represent Hindu Interest through various forums.
- Raise Hindu Awareness through seminars, conferences, publications, media, audio-visual aids
Seva – Serve the Community
- Provide Community Service to people in distress or need without consideration of race, religion or nationality.
- Build a Team of Parishad members for community service through a strong portfolio of programs and projects.
Samskar – Cultivate Hindu Values
- Cultivate a spirit of self respect for our way of life, our environment, our Dharma Gurus and institutions and respect for the people of all colors, creeds, races and religions.
- Create opportunities for imbibing Hindu Values, Hindu Scriptures and Hindu Heritage through Bal Vihars, Camps, Family Retreats, Hindu Community Centers and Educational Institutions.
Sampark – Network
- Establish Worldwide Contacts with Hindus institutions, temples and people through projects and programs focusing on Hindu interests.
- Bridge communities and people of all faith.
- Raise Funds for Parishad Mission.
Who is a Hindu?
Hindus are all those who believe, practice, or respect the spiritual and religious principles and practices having roots in Bharat. Thus Hindu includes Jains, Buddhas, Sikhs and Dharmic people, worldwide, of many different sects within the Hindu ethos.
The word Hindu is a civilizational term expressed as Hindu culture or “Sanskriti.” And the word Dharma includes religious practices only as a subset. The parishad welcomes and respects people of non-Indian origin who consider themselves Hindus as defined above.
Bhagwa Dhwaj (Saffron Flag of the Hindus)
Bhagwa Dhwaj, one of the great Hindu symbols, signifies sacrifice, knowledge, purity and service.
The Bhagwa Dhwaj is the eternal symbol of Hindu culture and Dharma. It adorns every ashram, every temple, the army of Chatrapati Shivaji, Guru Gobind Singh, and the chariots of Sri Ram, Sri Krishna and Arjuna. It stands for Dharma, wealth, advancement, glory, knowledge and detachment. The combination of these six aspirations is “Bhagwa.”
The color of the flag is Saffron. It is the color of FIRE – its flames.
The fire is a great purifier, the eternal witness of all Yagnas, of all the offerings. It inspires the greatest of all human values, sacrifice, the very essence of Hindu Dharma. The the color reminds us of the orange hue around the rising Sun, that dispels darkness and radiates light all around. It beckon us to shake of our lethargy (Arise, Awake!), and get down to our duty. The Sun burns throughout the day, silently sacrificing itself, thereby, giving life to all creatures on this planet, without demanding anything in return. And as it sets, it teaches us to have no expectations, no regrets; just ceaselessly (nitya and akhand) render service to all creatures.
Its shape consists of two triangles: the upper being shorter than the lower one. The triangles represent the rising flames of the burning fire. The flames rise upwards only – those rising from the bottom being the longest. They teach us to “rise above and become better always.”
The shape of the Bhagwa has another significance: diversity, acceptance, harmony and mutual respect. The small and the large portions remind us that duality, contrast, inequality, diversity are inevitable. For harmonious existence there must be sharing, respect and cooperation – the burden must always be on the big to support the small.
The Bhagwa has been the silent witness of our long history. In its folds resides the images, the memories, the tapas of our ancestors, our Rishis, our Mothers.
It is our greatest Guru, our Guide, inspiring us forever to live the life full of sublime virtues based on sacrifice, dedication, purity and service.