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Hindu Satsang of Illinois

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The Hindu Satsang Congregation was formed for religious, cultural and educational enrichment of the Hindu Community in 1978.  Any individual 18 years or older believing in Hinduism can become a member of this organization and participate in the activities.  Hindu Satsang first started to meet at a Park district Hall in Oak Park until the meetings moved to Lombard Commons.  In 1987, the Hindu Satsang meetings moved to The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago every 4th Sunday of the month. 
 

Hindu Satsang has shaped the lives of many youths and Hindus of all ages from Chicago.  There is an environment of caring and love for each other that forms a strong bond amongst the members and reflects in their respective communities.  Over the years Hindu Satsang has been involved in many religious and cultural programs held at various locations.  To name a few of the activites: Garba, State Fair in Springfield,  Greesham Mela at the HTGC, Food and fun stalls at Navy Pier, August 15th India’s Independence Day Parade in Chicago, Holi, Janmastmi, Diwali, Ramlila at HTGC,  collaboration with the International Ramayana Institute Of North America (IRINA), Annual picnic, Mother’s day picnic and Children’s Talent Show also known as Youth Program.

On the 4th Sunday of each month, Hindu Satsang members attend the satsang, singing bhajan and doing kirtan.  There are special guests invited to sing and speak on numerous topics to enrich the Hindu community from the physical world to the spiritual world, from yoga to meditation, from mind to body to soul.  Each topic is so enlightening and each song is so soothing that one can easily get lost in the love of God and forget everything else.  This spirit of Hindu Satsang brings the members back over and over again and new members joining and staying.  At the end of Satsang there is Arti and Bhog, followed by Prasad provided by the host families

A distinguishing factor of this congregation from other such organization is its educational focus.  Apart from the monthly meetings focused educating all, Hindu Satsang has sponsored a Youth Education program called the Hindu Satsang Sunday School, which meets the first three Sundays of each month at the 95th Street Library with the school year.  Earlier classes were held at member homes and later at the College of DuPage.  At present about 50 students of ages 6-18 learn Hindi Language, Geography, History and culture of India along with the various aspects of Hindu Religion like the Ramayan, Mahabharat, etc

Finally, a committee is selected each year to attend to all aspects and allows a smooth functioning and transition from one year to the other.  It is amazing how many people have served on this committee over the years and the grooming this religious institute has provided to all members.  A newsletter is published each month to summarize the events of the past month, and information about the forthcoming events, articles from members on educational topics, recognizing all birthdays and anniversaries and other important items of communication.