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About Us

The Bengali Hindu Association of Florida (BHAFL) is a Non-Profit organization founded by Bangladesh Hindu Community on August 2008. We appeal to the members of our Hindu community to join this noble endeavor they will serve as the focal point of religious, cultural and educational experiences; that will enrich and purify our life, for all, young and old, not only for our community, but for people of all faiths.

It’s a dream of the members of the BHAFL who regularly gathered at somebody's house for prayer meetings. These prayer meetings often lead to discussion for the need for a religious and cultural center. A site where prayer and meditation might take place; where our children and grand children might learn about and celebrate their culture; where pujas (worships) and Hindu festivals would be celebrated; where Hindus living in the area and in America would be given that which they cherish most - their heritage.

If you are interested in joining these Divine services, please provide us with your e-mail address and we will be happy to inform you of all our activities.

What is Hinduism?

Hinduism is a cultural or religious tradition that originated in the Indian subcontinent. Hinduism is often referred to as Sanātana Dharma (सनातनधर्म) by its practitioners, a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law". Among its roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India.

Hinduism is often stated to be the "oldest religious tradition" or "oldest living major tradition". It is formed of diverse traditions and types and has no single founder. Hinduism is the world's third largest religion after Christianity and Islam, with approximately a billion adherents, of whom about 905 million live in India. Other countries with large Hindu populations include Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, and the United States.

Hinduism's vast body of scriptures is divided into Śruti ("revealed") and Smriti ("remembered"). These scriptures discuss theology, philosophy and mythology, and provide information on the practice of dharma (religious living). Among these texts, the Vedas and the Upanishads are the foremost in authority, importance and antiquity. Other major scriptures include the Tantras, the Agamas, the Purāṇas and the epics Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa. The Bhagavad Gītā, a treatise from the Mahābhārata, spoken by Krishna, is sometimes called a summary of the spiritual teachings of the Vedas.

Hinduism is scientific in nature as it is based on the natural laws of the cosmos, revealed in deep meditation to disciplined minds. One can find many links with modern scientific theories in regard to the origin of the universe to what is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. The statement below by one of the greatest scientists and admirers of Hinduism of our times is basically the Advaita philosophy of universal oneness.
The 20th century scientist Albert Einstein said, "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space." Einstein believed that our feeling of separation from the whole is just a delusion of our consciousness. In this delusion, life is limited to our personal desires. Our task is to be free from this limitation by widening our circle of compassion, embracing all living creatures as well as the whole of nature.

The principle of Hinduism:

Hindus pray for blessings and welfare for all human being and living creatures in the Universe.