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Prime Minister Theresa May Visits London Hindu Temple


Posted on 2017/6/7 19:23:37 ( 1127 reads )

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LONDON, ENGLAND, June 5, 2017 (National Council of Hindu Temples UK): On Saturday evening Prime Minister Theresa May visited BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, and over 3,500 Hindus gave the PM and her husband Philip a rapturous welcome. Arriving to a warm and dignified reception and welcome, the Prime Minister opened her address with "Jai Swaminarayan" the spiritual greeting of the Swaminarayan tradition and the congregation exploding into thunderous applause, opened their hearts to her.

Her speech which recognised the contribution of British Hindus and the importance of strengthening Indo British ties in a post Brexit world, received passionate applause. The PM recognised the "Karma Bhumi" principle behind the Hindu ethics of hard work and social service "to the land where one lives" and she made particular reference to the world renowned Hindu commitment to education. Prime Minister went on to reiterate that "British Hindus provide a shining example of how a community can integrate successfully and embrace British values whilst retaining their cultural heritage and identity. "British Indians provide inspiring role models across all walks of life, from business to medicine; finance to charities; and teaching to the creative industries."

More at "source" above.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/6/7 19:23:26 ( 507 reads )

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Joys and sorrows are time-born and cannot last. Therefore, do not be perturbed by these. The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within. And when the time is ripe, you will gain mastery over this power.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated Bengali saint



Khadi Commission to Supply 15,000 Yoga Kits for International Yoga Day


Posted on 2017/6/4 20:01:06 ( 838 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 1, 2017 (outlookindia.com): Aiming to celebrate the spirit of swadeshi (Indian-made goods) on International Yoga Day (IYD), various Indian Missions (embassies) abroad have decided to buy as many as 15,000 khadi kits at a cost of US$409,000 from back home for use during the occasion. According to Khadi and Village Industries Commission Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, "The kit includes nine items, including shirt and pants for men and women, a khadi towel, yoga mat and a bag. The towel has been made by women of militancy-affected families of Jammu and Kashmir living near Narkota. To add to the style quotient, a unique tricolor khadi garland has been included in the kit."

The International Yoga Day is held on June 21 globally every year and this time lucknow has been chosen as the city where the main function would be held. Around 150 countries are expected to participate in the mega event, with Indian Missions in those nations coordinating the activities.

This short Malayam news report show the kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFW4gw5i0Rw



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/6/4 20:00:55 ( 567 reads )

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That dark dweller is my only refuge. O my companion, worldly comfort is illusion; as soon you get it, it goes. I have chosen the indestructible for my refuge, Him whom the snake of death will not devour. My beloved dwells in my heart all day. I have actually seen that abode of joy. Meera's lord is Hari, the indestructible. My lord, I have taken refuge with you. Your maidservant. Mira Bai (1500-1550)



California Hindu Temple Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Religious Fervor


Posted on 2017/6/3 20:19:29 ( 590 reads )

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SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, June 2, 2017 (India West): The Hindu Temple and Community Center here celebrated its Silver Jubilee, with the grand three-day event starting May 26 and culminating May 28. Each of the three days was packed with religious rituals, great food and cultural performances. The elaborate celebrations were kicked off with a Ganesh Havan in the morning followed by continuous religious rituals throughout day. In the evening, 108 ladies came together to worship Goddess Lalitha Devi by performing kumkuma archana 100,000-times in a ceremony called Laksha Kumkuma archana. The temple had invited priests from around the U.S., including Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida and Texas to participate.

The religious celebrations culminated with Pancha Kalyanotsavam, which is a popular religious activity from the southern part of India. This was a colorful celebration of five divine marriages of five Gods and Goddesses, including Balaji, Shiva-Parvathi, Seetarama, Rama Satyanarayana and Karthikeya. The three-day celebration was attended by approximately 10,000 devotees.

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Dress Code Comes into Effect at Bhadradri Temple


Posted on 2017/6/3 20:19:19 ( 807 reads )

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INDIA, June 2, 2017 (The Hindu): The dress code for devotees visiting the historic Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam has come into effect from Thursday amid growing demand for greater awareness on the norm. The move is to foster spiritual ambience in the shrine and maintain sanctity of the religious place. The dress code is dhoti or lungi or kurta pyjama for male devotees and sari or churidar with upper cloth for female devotees to enter the shrine, the temple sources said. The move was initiated to discourage the use of inappropriate apparel like jeans, shorts and skirts by the devotees, the sources added. Banners highlighting the dress code were erected in the vicinity of the temple complex.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/6/3 20:19:09 ( 476 reads )

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The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is you who must raise your sails.
-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), celebrated Bengali writer



New Animal Market Rules Ban Sale of Cattle for Slaughter


Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:53 ( 1229 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 26, 2017 (Indian Express): Animal markets -- pashu haat or pashu mela as they are popularly known in many parts of the country -- can no longer be used to sell or buy cattle for purposes of slaughtering them for meat. The Environment Ministry today issued new rules to regulate these animal markets with the stated objective of preventing cruelty to animals and streamlining trade in cattle. The new rules would apply to bulls, cows, buffalos and camels.

The rules are likely to make it difficult for the slaughter houses, even legal ones, to source cattle for meat, especially since the definition of animal markets includes lairage as well. Lairage is a place where cattle rest while being transported to markets or slaughterhouses. The rules require the seller as well as purchaser to give an undertaking that the cattle being sold or bought was not meant for slaughter. "...no person shall bring a cattle to an animal market unless upon arrival he has furnished a written declaration signed by the owner of the cattle or his duly authorised agent....stating that the cattle has not been brought to the market for sale for slaughter," says one of the provisions.

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Hinduism Today Planning Story on the Stone Carvers of Rajasthan


Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:43 ( 581 reads )



KAUAI, HAWAII, May 27, 2017: Hinduism Today is planning a feature story on the stone carvers of Rajasthan and seeks assistance from the readers of HPI. We're wanting to be put in touch with major carving sites, businesses and architects engaged in the extensive carving industry in Rajasthan. If you can help, kindly email Acharya Arumuganathaswami, Managing Editor, ar@hindu.org.



UPDATE: Demeaning Portrayal of India in Proposed California Textbooks Causes Uproar


Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:33 ( 545 reads )

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, May 18, 2017 (Hindu Education Foundation):

HPI ADDITION: The public hearing described in the news item below included public comments on the just released proposed programs of study for History-Social Science for grades K-8 in California schools. The programs, some of which will be printed books, but most or which are entirely web based, can be viewed here:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/im/hsssubmittedprograms.asp.

Those testifying at this May 18 hearing found the proposed programs of study little or no improvement over the texts approved in the last adoption process, in 2005, which was very contentious and led to two lawsuits. The programs are now under review with a final decision on what will be recommended for use in the schools coming later this year.

Original article:
Indian-American students and parents from across the state gathered at the California Department of Education (CDE) today to oppose the negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in proposed school textbooks. At the public hearing conducted by the Department, they expressed anguish at the recurring problem of adverse reflection of Hinduism and India, pointing out factual inaccuracies and demeaning portrayals in the textbook drafts by key publishers.

"It is disappointing to see that even after a decade of building awareness by the Hindu-American community, textbooks especially by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), McGraw-Hill, Discovery and National Geographic continue to use orientalist narratives to portray Indian civilization" said Shantharam Nekkar, Director of Hindu Education Foundation USA (HEF). "Some textbooks continue to depict Hinduism and ancient India using pictures such as cows eating trash, slums and poverty stricken people" he said.

California mandates the textbooks to be based on the framework laid down by the Department of Education. The framework was revised last year amidst many controversies. Over the past two years, the Department had made several updates to the framework based on inputs by scholars, students and community members, mentioning Hindu concepts like Yoga and Dharma, Sages Vyasa and Valmiki, and Indian achievements in science and technology. Hindu groups pointed out that many of these changes have not been reflected in the textbook drafts.




Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:22 ( 379 reads )

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It is the unique and all-encompassing nature of Hinduism that one devotee may be worshiping Ganesha while his friend worships Subramaniam or Vishnu, and yet both honor the other's choice and feel no sense of conflict.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Demeaning Portrayal of India in Proposed California Textbooks Causes Uproar


Posted on 2017/5/26 18:09:46 ( 772 reads )

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, May 18, 2017 (Hindu Education Foundation): Indian-American students and parents from across the state gathered at the California Department of Education (CDE) today to oppose the negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in proposed school textbooks. At the public hearing conducted by the Department, they expressed anguish at the recurring problem of adverse reflection of Hinduism and India, pointing out factual inaccuracies and demeaning portrayals in the textbook drafts by key publishers.

"It is disappointing to see that even after a decade of building awareness by the Hindu-American community, textbooks especially by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), McGraw-Hill, Discovery and National Geographic continue to use orientalist narratives to portray Indian civilization" said Shantharam Nekkar, Director of Hindu Education Foundation USA (HEF). "Some textbooks continue to depict Hinduism and ancient India using pictures such as cows eating trash, slums and poverty stricken people" he said.

California mandates the textbooks to be based on the framework laid down by the Department of Education. The framework was revised last year amidst many controversies. Over the past two years, the Department had made several updates to the framework based on inputs by scholars, students and community members, mentioning Hindu concepts like Yoga and Dharma, Sages Vyasa and Valmiki, and Indian achievements in science and technology. Hindu groups pointed out that many of these changes have not been reflected in the textbook drafts.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/5/26 18:09:36 ( 482 reads )

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To attain stillness of speech and thought at once is mauna. Mauna with speech alone is but a state of dumbness. Only when speech and thought are alike in mauna are you in a state of perfection.
-- Tirumantiram 1896



Tokyo's Invisible Ganeshas


Posted on 2017/5/23 20:21:09 ( 871 reads )

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TOKYO, ,JAPAN, May 22, 2017 (by Pallavi Aiyar, The Hindu ): Amidst the quintessentially Japanese plum blossom trees and antique shops, it is jolting therefore, to stumble upon Matsuchiyama Shoden, a Ganesha temple located on slightly elevated ground by the river. But given the Hindu roots of so many deities in the Japanese Buddhist pantheon, it is not entirely surprising. Early Buddhism was deeply intertwined with Hinduism. Consequently, many Japanese schools of Buddhism, especially those influenced by tantric thought, adopted Brahmanic and Hindu devas or Gods. The Hindu God Shiva (Daijizaiten), for example, was associated with Avalokitesvara or Kannon, while Brahma (Bonten) was linked to Manjusri. Hindu deities were most commonly incorporated as guardians. Some, such as Indra (Taishakuten) and Varuna (Raijin) are ubiquitous at temple entrances. Other common devas include Yama (Enmaten), Garuda (Karura), and Lakshmi (Kichijoten). Saraswati (Benzaiten) is particularly popular and has hundreds of temples dedicated to Her across the country.

However, the journey over mountains and oceans from India via China to the Japanese archipelago transformed these deities both in their physical representations and metaphysical meanings. Consequently, for the average Japanese, the Hindu underpinnings of the deities they so often genuflect before at temples have become more or less invisible. Neither the names nor the appearance of the deities betray their origins to the uninitiated. In the case of Ganesha this invisibility is literal, since statues of the elephant-headed deity are almost never displayed public. He is considered so powerful that beholding him can be dangerous and his icons are secreted away, sometimes not even seen by the priests themselves. The juushoku or head priest of Matsuchiyama Shoden, Hirata Shinjyun, confesses to never having looked at the temple's statue of Ganesha. In fact, the last time it was seen by human eyes was following World War II, when it was extracted from its underground wartime hiding place, and placed in an inner sanctum that has remained shut since. The priest says the secrecy surrounding the deity adds to the belief in the efficacy of its power.



Rediscovering India: The British Legacy of India Part 3


Posted on 2017/5/23 20:20:58 ( 528 reads )

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INDIA, May 23, 2017 (Slideshare by Arindam Bandyopadhyay): One of the most extraordinary examples of whitewashing of history is the sustained, continuing deletion of two centuries of massive recurrent, man made famine in British India from British and world history. How did these famines occur? The main reason was not bad weather or natural causes but rather the breaking up of India's indigenous crop patterns. The British replaced food crops such as rice and wheat and instead forced Indian farmers to produce jute, cotton, tea and oil seeds, which they needed as raw materials for their home industries. The implication of this in times of shortages was catastrophic, as the famine figures show.

Slideshow and written text for Part 3 at "source" above as well as access to Parts 1 & 2.

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