The Hindoo Society of Harare is organizing “Samuh Shanti Havan” (collective fire sacrifice for peace) on January 27 in Harare and has invited all Hindus to participate.
“Performing a Havan or Homa brings peace & prosperity in the world”, the event announcement of the Society claims. The smoke (from havan) “removes what is harmful in the atmosphere and attracts what is good, thereby increasing abundance and prosperity in the world”, it adds.
Participants are requested to bring flowers, camphor, five paans, tulsi, durva, fruit, aarti thaali, prasad, red cloth, Ganpati statue, bajat, etc.; while other required havan items will be provided by the Society.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended the Zimbabwe Hindus for their inclusivity approach by performing the ancient Hindu rituals aiming at the welfare of the entire broader community.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, congratulated the Hindu community in Zimbabwe for continuing with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc.; amidst so many distractions. He advised Hindus to focus on inner search, stay pure, explore the vast wisdom of scriptures, make spirituality more attractive to youth and children, stay away from the greed, and always keep God in your life.
Oxford Dictionary of Hinduism describes “homa” as: The act of making an oblation to the gods (devas) by pouring ghi into the sacrificial fire.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents; and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.