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Hindu University of America is Launching Online Certificate, Masters and Doctoral Program on Conflict, Peace and Hindu Philosophy

Posted on 2017/5/23 20:20:48 ( 560 reads )


ORLANDO, USA, May 17, 2017 (press release): The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Nonviolence, Human Rights and World Peace at the Hindu University of America is launching online Certificate, Masters and Doctoral program in Conflict, Peace and Hindu Philosophy (CPH) from July 2017. The program aims at enriching the discipline of Conflict and Peace Studies by providing a Hindu perspective. The dominant perspectives in conflict resolution prioritize rigid notions on peace and security, often at the cost of other perspectives from pluralistic cultures and traditions. The program aims to widen the discipline by drawing upon the finer principles of Hinduism. It brings into focus ideas and contributions of the philosophers, leaders and Yogis from Dharmic traditions.

For details of the program see "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/23 20:20:38 ( 390 reads )


Hinduism is not a definite dogmatic creed, but a vast, complex and subtly unified mass of spiritual thought and realization. Its tradition of the Godward endeavor of the human spirit has been continuously enlarging through the ages.
-- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), philosopher, statesmen and second President of India

Around 1,800 People Stranded after Landslide Hits Pilgrimage Route in India

Posted on 2017/5/22 19:15:20 ( 551 reads )


INDIA, May 20, 2017 (Daily Sabah): Some 1,800 people [other reports give a higher number], many of them pilgrims, were stranded after a landslide hit a highway near a Hindu temple site in India's northern mountainous state of Uttarakhand, officials said Saturday. The landslide triggered by pre-monsoon rains blocked the highway to the Badrinath temple, one of the main Hindu shrines in the region, leading to many vehicles being stuck on both sides.

"Around 1,800 people have been affected by the landslide. Authorities have made provisions for the lodging, food and drinking water of the people in the area," state official Ashish Joshi said. Another state official, Vinod Kumar Suman, said there were no reports of deaths or injuries. Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the temples in the Himalayan state every year. In 2013, heavy monsoon rains triggered devastating floods and landslides in the region, leaving more than 5,700 dead or missing and presumed dead.

Tamil Nadu: Over 72,000 Palm-leaf, Paper Manuscripts Moved to Anna Library

Posted on 2017/5/22 19:15:09 ( 0 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, May 19, 2017 (Deccan Chronicle): One of the largest libraries in South Asia, the Anna Centenary Library (ACL) in Kotturpuram will now house 72,000 palm-leaf and paper manuscripts as the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library and Research Centre (GOML) has been moved into the world class facility with all its rare collections this week. Ending the six-year-long wait, the 148-year-old treasure house relocated itself from Madras University to the seventh floor of the library.

The rare and original palm-leaf and paper manuscripts at the library are 300-500 years old. The palm-leaf manuscripts include those of the Tamil classics Tirukkural, Manimegalai and Tolkappiam. The library also has 25,000 reference books in various subjects. This library was established in 1869 mainly to house India's first Surveyor General Mackenzie's collection. The palm-leaf and paper manuscripts are available in Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Sinhalese. They offer an insight into subjects as varied as literature, Vedas, Agama Shastra, architecture and mathematics, astronomy and Siddha.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/22 19:14:57 ( 335 reads )


Do you realize the sacred significance and the supreme importance of the guru's role in the evolution of man? It was not without reason that the India of the past carefully tended and kept alive the lamp of guru-tattva. It is therefore not without reason that India, year after year, age after age, commemorates anew this ancient concept of the guru, adores it and pays homage to it again and again, and thereby reaffirms its belief and allegiance to it.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Udupi: Sri Krishna Math Renovated - Kalabhisheka Held, Brahmakalashotsava on May 18

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:40 ( 543 reads )


UDUPI, INDIA, May 17 (Daiji World): Sri Krishna Math in the city, which is eight centuries old, has been thoroughly renovated and reconstructed for the first time under the initiative undertaken by Paryaya Sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Pejawar Math. The Swamiji's long-cherished dream has come true. The outer precincts of the Math, which were built of mud in the past, have been replaced with tastefully carved wooden sculptures and the height of the precincts has been increased by one level. With this, more air and light will enter Sri Krishna Math. Brahmakalashotsava as part of the renovation and reconstruction is being held on May 18 on a grand scale. Thousands of devotees pay obeisance at Sri Krishna Math every day. The Math is famous across the country and abroad. Sri Krishna Math happens to be the hub for Dwaita philosophy, which is one of the three main philosophies of Hindu religion.

Full article and many colorful photos at "source" above.

International Conference on Sri Aurobindo at Hindu University of America

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:30 ( 594 reads )


ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 17, 2017 (Press Release): The Hindu University of America, Orlando, USA, organized a two-day international conference on May 4 and 5, 2017, on the theme Relevance of Sri Aurobindo and the Grand Visions of the Ancient Indian Wisdom. Twenty-six speakers from India and the US participated in the conference and focused on various aspects of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy and its relevance for the contemporary world.

The conference aimed at a discussion of Sri Aurobindo's perspectives on the intersection of spirituality and practicality towards a better organization of human life and society. The deliberations positioned his ideas in theoretical and policy debates on individual, state, society and world. Despite the profundity of his philosophy and its wider implications, Sri Aurobindo and his ideas are relatively less known in the West, and there have been few events to make an in-depth study of his philosophy. The conference was a step towards filling this gap.

For details on the conference see "source" above.

Aldous Huxley Describes the Dancing Shiva Image

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:19 ( 533 reads )


LONDON, U.K., 1961 (YouTube): The great writer Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, The Perennial Philosophy, The Doors of Perception, Island) describes the "Dancing Shiva" image (Nataraj) of the Hindu tradition and its immense significance and comprehensiveness. This is from an interview with Mr. Huxley which was done in 1961 in London and was recorded and distributed under the title "Speaking Personally". Fascinating short video at "source".

International Yoga Day Will Be Held at Tata Motors with Free Classes

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:09 ( 509 reads )


BOLIVIA, May 18, 2017 (Eju.tv, translated from Spanish): The International Association of Yoga and Yogism (Yoga en Sintesis) in Bolivia, with the collaboration of India's automotive icon, Tata Motors and its exclusive distributor, Bolivian Auto Motors, will celebrate on June 21, in the capital of Santa Cruz, the International Yoga Day with a program that is open and free to the public. In this way, Santa Cruz de la Sierra joins this worldwide initiative that many cities have welcomed with large public gatherings since the United Nations agreed three years ago to celebrate this international holiday in recognition of the contribution that yoga, as a holistic system, provides to those who practice it.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:48:59 ( 383 reads )


If you stick to your principles, life becomes meaningful. Otherwise you become a rudderless vessel that is at the mercy of the winds.
-- Swami Tejomayananda, spiritual head of Chinmaya Mission

Why Are Millions of Indian Women Dropping out of Work?

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:39 ( 539 reads )


INDIA, May18, 2017 (BBC): The numbers are stark - for the first time in India's recent history, not only was there a decline in the female labour participation rate, but also a shrinking of the total number of women in the workforce. Nearly 20 million Indian women quit work between 2004-05 to 2011-12 The labour force participation rate for women of working age declined from 42% in 1993-94 to 31% in 2011-12. While more than 24 million men joined the work force between 2004-5 to 2009-10, the number of women in the the work force dropped by 21.7 million.

Using data gleaned from successive rounds of National Sample Survey Organisation and census data, a team of researchers from World Bank have attempted to find out why this is happening - at a time when India's economy has grown at steady clip. Women need better and more suitable job opportunities outside farming, the authors say. Predictable social norms are attributed to women quitting work in India: marriage, motherhood, vexed gender relations and biases, and patriarchy. But they may not be the only reasons. Significantly, rising aspirations and relative prosperity may be actually responsible for putting a large cohort of women out of work in India.

More at "source" above

India's Lost Party Mansions

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:29 ( 421 reads )


TAMIL NADU, INDIA, May 17, 2017 (New York Times): Driving on the main roads in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the barely there villages that materialize every few miles take on a comforting rhythm. Cement lean-tos and shacks give way to a formal grid of streets with mansion after looming mansion in various states of maintained opulence and elegant decay, their decorative facades partly hidden by high walls. Built between 1850 and 1950, these homes -- some of which dwarf the grand cottages of Newport and the villas of Cap Ferrat -- number over 15,000 throughout Chettinad, which covers about 600 square miles. Many have more than 60 rooms spread over interiors as large as one and a half acres.

The globe-trotting Hindu merchant and banking clan called the Nattukottai Chettiars thrived during colonialist expansion. The massive homes -- at least those not abandoned due to the crushing cost of upkeep, then pillaged for the remarkable architectural details within -- are still owned by the families whose ancestors built them. Few of those owners actually live in them full time now, but, like the castles and manor houses that dot the English countryside, the residences are familial status symbols of staggering heft, worrisome expense and emotional attachment. Except for salvage, they have no resale value. Who might buy an 150-year-old, 85-room villa two hours from the nearest airport in an area that modern industry has forgotten?

Much more on the Chettiar mansions, including colorful photos, at "source" above.

Here's the Story of Gama "The Undefeated" Pehalwan and How He Saved Hindus During 1947 Riots

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:19 ( 525 reads )


INDIA, May 16, 2017 (India Times): Whether it was Rustam-e-Hind (Champion of India) or Rustam-e-Zamana (Champion of the Universe), the titles conferred on Gama Pehalwan always fell short in describing the legend. His legacy is such that even 57 years after his death, every wrestler in India and Pakistan aspires to be like Gama-The Undefeated. Like all other true champions and icons of sports, Gama Pehalwan too was far above the petty concerns of religion, caste, creed and all the things that divide human beings. And the example of it came in the thick of the riots that marked the partition of British India into India and Pakistan. Gama, a Muslim by faith saved hundreds of Hindus of his colony in Lahore from the bloodthirsty mob.

Gama Pehalwan lived in Amritsar, where he was born in 1878. But citing the political atmosphere of the country in which the buzz of partition was reaching crescendo, Gama Pehalwan shifted to Lahore in early 1947. The majority of the colony he was settled in was Hindu and all were jubilant about the great wrestler becoming their neighbour. Gama had sensed what was coming and therefore, he promised Hindus of his colony that he would defend them with his life. As riots escalated, Gama knew his colony wasn't safe and he wouldn't be able to protect them beyond a point. Therefore, he escorted them to the border. Gama bore all the expenses from his pocket and bid adieu his neighbours with teary eyes.

More of this history at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:09 ( 337 reads )


Listen for silence in noisy places; feel at peace in the midst of disturbance; awaken joy when there is no reason.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

California Department of Educations Releases History-Social Science Textbooks Submitted for Adoption in 2017

Posted on 2017/5/16 20:33:59 ( 763 reads )


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, May 16, 2017 (CDE): The California Department of Education has posted a web page at "source" above which allows access to 14 programs teaching history at various grade levels. Of interest to Hindus are those that cover grades six and seven when India and the Hindu religion is covered. In theory, these new programs reflected the revised Framework for History-Social Studies which has been revised over the last three years by the Board's Instructional Quality Commission. They are called "programs" because all are either entirely Web-based, or have extensive web resources for a printed textbook.

Publishers submitting for sixth and seventh grade include Discovery Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, McGraw-Hill School Education LLC, National Geographic Learning, Pearson Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall, and Teacher's Curriculum Institute.

Instructions for submitting public comment on these programs is available here:

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