The Hindu Cultural Association (HCA Wales) is a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales Registration No 1002569.
It is run by Indian community in Wales with aim to serve mostly pan-Indian comminity and facilitate seamless integration of the Indian community to the wider community.
This Association was established in March of 1991 with the initiative of a few like minded Indians who thought of the need of Indian value based organisation and on 19th Nov 1989 they discussed among other people in Wales and the first meeting was organised on 11 March 1990 at the Parade Cardiff with attendance of 48 people.
The members & non-members attending daily/weekly/monthly services are from various ethnic origins such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA and the United Kingdom. We welcome everyone to our Bhajan, Kirtan, Satsang and all other programs. If you are interested in joining these services, please provide us with your e-mail address/postal address we will be happy to inform you of all our activities.Indian way of life is the ceaseless quest of perfection of the human personality, at the innermost depth of which is found the answer to self realisation and wisdom. The sages of Bharath (ancient India) understood the psychology of the human mind and devised methods for an individual to attain this knowledge based on his temperament, background and the time of his existence. This makes the Indian way of life very diverse and maybe even very complex if not seen with an open mind, but a sincere aspirant will definitely achieve the purpose if he can think and apply the wisdom of the sages. This is what we attempt to achieve using practical application of time tested ancient wisdom of Gurus. Time and again highly evolved souls enter the realm of our existence to practically guide and encourage us, they could be avatars (divine incarnations) like Ram and Krishna or spiritual masters like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ramanamaharshi or in more recent times like Swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda or Mata Amritanandamayi. Bharatavarsh (India) is a spiritual land; many great saints have walked its soil since time immemorial. The lives of these great souls will inspire and motivate anyone aspiring for the knowledge of the truth.
Indian way of life 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 ancient scriptures.
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 primary mission of HCA Wales is to advance the education of the public in Indian philosophy, culture, tradition & rich spiritual heritage.
We hope the HCA will become a larger and more visible community presence, supporting individuals and organizations that:
- Demonstrate commitment to the service of humankind above self.
- Help younger generations understand the value of Indianess for their spiritual development and Citizenship.
- Improve the quality of community life through cooperation and mutual co-existence, fostering mutual understanding and goodwill.
In order to accomplish the mission of this Association, we continue to arrange regular activities on various topics. India Centre is also opened daily for family group activities between 6PM and 8PM. Our sessions last about an hour and a half. Most of the discourses are in Sanskrit also described in Hindi, English, Punjabi & Gujrati by Pundit Shastri. The weekly gatherings are held at "India Centre", Sanquhar Street, Splott, Cardiff CF24 2AA every Sunday at 12:30PM.
This Association has been in existence for more than fifteen years and in its present location at India Centre for seven years. It is important for us to rally around our core values and invite more participation form the wider community who are willing to contribute their time and effort.
Besides the daily/weekly meetings, HCA also organizes other special activities throughout the year. These activities include group visits across UK, and enlightening talks from well-known speakers.
- Chanting of OM
HCA regular activities at the Centre are free of charge however; individuals interested in making a tax-free donation can do so by writing a cheque to HCA (Wales).
The Association wishes to keep close contact with other similar organizations around the world. Through the Internet, HCA will establish contact with other regional, national and international organizations and share information with them relevant to our activities and ethos. The HCA believes that it is essential for Indians around the world to establish a close relationship with each other, so that we may join together in advocacy for world peace.