On 4 May 2005, youths of the BAPS center in Sydney delivered a presentation on “Understanding Hinduism” to 200 eleventh standard students of the Sydney Church of England Grammar School. The school was established in 1889, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions for tertiary education, not only in Sydney but all of Australia.
The presentation highlighted the origins of Hinduism and its major beliefs, such as Parabrahma, Moksha, Murti-puja, etc. The presentation was in three parts: Hinduism for the individual, Hinduism for the Society and Hinduism for the World. Also the values that Hinduism teaches were defined and exemplified by stories of iconic personalities such as Sita, Nachiketa, Shravan and Rantidev.
The students were also shown the trailer of the BAPS produced large format film, ‘Mystic India’.
Students were shown how these values and beliefs are still adhered to in this modern world, they were told about the dedicated observance of spiritual disciplines by BAPS youths and devotees through the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. After the formal presentation the youths then answered any queries or questions from the students themselves.
The student administration commended the work done by the BAPS youths and commented, “This presentation made more sense of Hinduism than any other discussion we have ever had.”