Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh New Zealand(HSSNZ) is a voluntary, non-profit, social and cultural organization. Sangh, as the organization is popularly known, aims to organize the Hindu community in order to preserve, practice and promote Hindu ideals and values.
HSSNZ are part of the global Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh’s (HSS) family which was started in 1940’s.
HSSNZ holds Shakha's every week which are conducted with structured programs of physical and academic activities. These activities are designed to develop strong character and leadership skills in our members (Swayamsevaks for men and sevikas for women). The activities emphasizes values such as self-discipline, self confidence and a spirit for selfless service. Preserving Hindu culture, identity, values and knowledge is encouraged. Sangh is a firm believer of one of the ancient Hindu philosophy which propagates 'Vasudev Kutumbakam'; which means that all the world is one big family. This philosophy is spread by holding weekly meetings (Shakhas) across New Zealand. HSSNZ was started in New Zealand in 1996 and today has over 9 centres(also known as. Shakhas. ) across the country.The NZ's tenth shakha to start in Auckland.
Our structured weekly activities consist of :
Physical activities are held at each Shakha known as Sharirik. All the values of team collaboration, leadership skills and other virtues are inculcated via specifically designed indoor and outdoor games.These games also boost stamina, physical strength and agility. Physical balance and other physical attributes are encouraged via yoga sessions.
We believe that a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. The intellectual activities which are made up of Skits, puzzles, debates, presentations, quizzes etc are designed to polish communication skills and cultural awareness. Hindu stories and Shloka's are shared which promote global peace, inclusiveness and co-existence.
"Discipline is the foundation of our organisation. It is on this foundation only that we have to raise this massive building. If, by no matter whose fault, the foundation remains weak on any side, then that side of the building crumbles and separates from the main building and as a result, becomes the cause of the destruction of the whole building."
Param Poojaniya Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar Jee.