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Government Announces Funding of $127,000 for Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple

Posted on 2018/2/18 19:57:35 ( 464 reads )


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, February 16, 2018 (SBS): The Victorian Government on Friday announced it will provide more than US$127,000 to the Hindu Society of Victoria, also known as the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, to upgrade its Cultural and Heritage Centre. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Member for Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny joined the Indian community to make the announcement today. The Hindu Society of Victoria was established in 1982 and advocates for the cultural and spiritual needs of Victoria's Hindu community. Consecrated in 1994, the Society's spiritual and cultural precinct, the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, is now largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere.

The new funding will be used to upgrade the driveway and entry points of the Cultural and Heritage Centre. It will also be used to add more than 300 car parks on the site. Government believes thousands of Hindu, Indian and wider community members from Carrum Downs and surrounding area will benefit from the project. Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said, "The upgrades to the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple will help our Hindu community enshrine and share their values of compassion, selflessness, harmony, tolerance and respect."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/2/18 19:57:24 ( 491 reads )


Acquire the transcendental knowledge from a Self-realized master by humble reverence, by sincere inquiry and by service. The wise ones who have realized the Truth will impart the Knowledge to you.
-- Bhagavad Gita

Trinidad Hindus observe Shiva Ratri with reverence and devotion

Posted on 2018/2/13 17:53:01 ( 759 reads )


PORT-OF_SPAIN, TRINIDAD, February 13, 2018 (Paras Ramoutar): Against the deafening songs of calypso, soca, steelpan and mas revelers marking the closing day of the annual Carnival, a pre-Lenten festival, devout Hinduism in this oil-rich economy observed Shivaratri with reverence and devotion in over 400 mandirs and thousands of homes across the country. Twenty-five percent of Trinidad and Tabago's population of 1.4 million are Hindus.

For the past weeks, there have been scores of Lord Shiva yagnas, pujas and religious activities. Homes were properly cleansed and bhajans to Lord Shiva echoed across the land, whilst several radio stations with exclusive East Indian programing hosted sessions dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was a full night of devotion as mandirs opened their doors for devotees who kept vigil and made offerings: the milk of pure devotion, the ghee of pure thoughts, the water of pure knowledge, the milk-curd of pure actions, the honey of pure character, as well as bael leaves, black sesame seeds, among other ingredients. The core point of the devotion was the continuous chanting of "Om Namah Shivaaya." And as this mantra was echoed, this nation had become a national shrine.

According to Pundit Ramesh Tiwari, spiritual leader of the Edinburgh Hindu Temple, the Lingam (stone emblem) is the focus of worship during Shivaratri: "This holy symbol represents the formless aspect of God. " Hindus principally in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname pay special obeisance reverence to Lord Shiva. "In our observance, especially in Trinidad, let us pray for the peace, good governance, law and order, and let Lord Shiva intervene and ward off the critical murder rates,"
Pundit Tiwari thundered.

From as early as 4 p.m. on Tuesday, devotees begun the trek to mandirs and other public places of worship. There was a marked difference to this year's observance, as youth participation showed up heavily which augurs well for the future of Hinduism, as there is a growing presence of Pentecostal Assemblies bent on conversion in the country. Gifts and sweets were handed out to devotees as a mark of love, devotion and respect to each other.

IIT Alumnus Sets Up Sanskrit Chair at IIT-Madras for Science and Technology in the Vedas

Posted on 2018/2/13 17:52:51 ( 726 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, February 9, 2018 (Indian Express): The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) will soon get a Sanskrit Chair, attached to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, to study "India's legacy of science and technology in the Vedas, with special focus on Sanskrit language". The Chair has been funded by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, "spiritual head" of the Science of Spirituality and Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, who is also an IIT-M alumnus. The Chair will be headed by Sampadananda Mishra, a Sanskrit expert and director of Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC).

"I have a yogic approach to science and culture. Sanskrit is a scientific language, it is a language that expresses India's soul. I hope I will be able to make this language familiar for the youth in IIT-M," said Mishra, who has written books like "The Wonder That Is Sanskrit" and "Hasyamanjari-A Book Of Humorous Stories In Sanskrit." "I hope to take charge within a month. I want to show them the great scientific contributions of rishis and saints in ancient India. I have developed a course for students on the achievements of ancient Indian scientists through Sanskrit," he said. "The freedom within the Chair allows me to introduce credit courses on Sanskrit and India's ancient science and technology. Students can enroll for PhD programes on these topics," he said.

More at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/2/13 17:52:40 ( 701 reads )


Do you realize now 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. For the true Indian knows that the guru is the only guarantee for the individual to transcend the bondage of sorrow and death, and experience the Consciousness of the Reality.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

First Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Be Built by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

Posted on 2018/2/12 19:50:34 ( 787 reads )


ABU DHABI, UAE, February 11, 2018 (Press Release): Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on Sunday, February 11, 2018, inaugurated the BAPS Hindu Mandir model, and thus officially launched the BAPS Hindu Mandir construction in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharandas Swami performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi to be built on 55,000 square meters of land. The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. It is expected to be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds. The temple, inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj and blessed by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, will be a significant symbol of global peace and harmony.

Full press release and photos at "source" above.

Cathay Pacific Partners to Bring Yoga to the Sky

Posted on 2018/2/12 19:50:23 ( 708 reads )


HONG KONG, February 9, 2018 (Cathay Pacific): Cathay Pacific has partnered with Pure Yoga to launch a new inflight well-being program, Travel Well with Yoga, this month. In harmony with the airline's Life Well Travelled campaign, the series of videos have been developed by Pure Yoga instructors to help passengers ease into their journeys with yoga and meditation exercises and tips. Passengers can now view Travel Well with Yoga in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese across all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon routes by accessing the Lifestyle section on their inflight entertainment screens.

Cathay Pacific Entertainment, Platforms and Connectivity Manager Simon Cuthbert said: "We all know that sitting still for a long period of time can be uncomfortable. The need to get up, move and get your blood pumping is important during a flight. Yoga is an innovative way to do this. There are a series of exercises that can easily be done from an economy class seat whilst other moves are suitable for after the flight in your hotel. "

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/2/12 19:50:12 ( 651 reads )


Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with wool to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.
-- Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

Fire in Madurai's Meenakshi Temple Sparks Demand for Shops to be Evicted from Complex

Posted on 2018/2/11 18:07:57 ( 681 reads )


TAMIL NADU, INDIA, February 11, 2018 ( Scroll.in): On Friday night, a major fire broke out in the famed Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, destroying 36 shops located in the 400-year-old Veera Vasantharayar Mandapam, a hall in the temple's East Wing. The 7,000 sq ft mandapam, which housed more than 100 shops selling everything from puja items like flowers and coconuts to plastic toys, was badly damaged. Parts of the hall's stone roof and a few intricately-carved stone pillars have collapsed, reported The Hindu. There were no casualties. The fire is suspected to have been caused by a short-circuit in a shop. The district administration has reportedly sought the help of experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, to ascertain the extent of the damage caused to the structures in the complex.

The architect explained that stone pillars were not impervious to fire. "Stone also can take heat only to an extent," said Madhusudhanan. "When that limit is crossed, stone sculptures can be defaced or the entire structure can be weakened." He added that the stones used to construct the temple were affixed with lime mortar, which weakens and collapses when charred. "That is exactly what has happened with the roof of the hall," he said. A February 5 report in The Times of India quoted an unidentified senior official of the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services as saying that the department had warned temple authorities several times to take fire safety precautions, such as streamlining electrical wires and avoiding storing plastic items in shops. But these warnings went unheeded. When asked to confirm this, Saravanakumar said: "We have to verify the records." He added that for the last five years, the fire services had kept a fire engine on standby in the temple complex.

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Hindu Devotees Celebrate Thai Pusam

Posted on 2018/2/11 18:07:46 ( 659 reads )


FIJI, February 5, 2018 ( by Waisea Nasokia Nadi, Fiji Sun): Rain in Nadi failed to dampen the spirit of local and international Hindu devotees at the 92nd Vaarshika Thaipoosam Thirunaal Festival in Nadi yesterday. The 10-day annual event, mostly for those with South Indian ancestry, ends today at the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Thiru Kovil temple in Nadi - the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. Temple acting manageress Sandhiya Krishna said: "This is the second last day of the festival and Suva Sangam brought their devotees to perform the ritual. We had over 4,000 in the crowd including locals and those from abroad having links to Fiji."

Ms Krishna said the festival was a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Devotees offer prayers to Lord Murugan to ensure that the year 2018 gives them prosperity, health and protection from evil. She said the original temple near the Nadi Bridge opened in 1926. It was at the old temple building that the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI Sangam), the parent body was formed. She added that the Mahakumbhabisekam Pooja Festival that took place every 12 years would take centre stage from June 14-17. The other big event devotees look forward to is the Panguin Uthiram Pooja [Kavadi Pooja] scheduled for March 28 - 30.

Tao Porchon-Lynch, World's Oldest Yoga Teacher

Posted on 2018/2/11 18:07:36 ( 680 reads )


HARTSDALE, NEW YORK, February 9, 2018 ( by Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, Lohud.com ): At 8:30 a.m. on a recent monday morning, Tao Porchon-Lynch, recognized in 2012 by the Guinness World Records as the "World's Oldest Yoga Teacher," waltzed into the Fred Astaire Studio in Hartsdale for a yoga class wearing a fur coat and black stilettos. A few months shy of turning 100 years old, Porchon-Lynch is the founder of the Westchester Institute of Yoga. She took up ballroom dancing at age 87 and has won more than 750 first-place awards as a competitive dancer. At age 96, she appeared on NBC's "America's Got Talent," receiving a standing ovation from the judges. In addition to teaching eight classes a week, she hosts yoga retreats and speaks at conferences at more than 20 destinations a year. In 2016, Porchon-Lynch was recognized on Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.

Born in 1918 , she talks about her upbringing in Pondicherry, a coastal city in southern India which was a French colony until 1954. It was there that she first got a glimpse of yoga, she was eight years old. "To me yoga is in every animal, every blade of grass and it's alive with the energy of life," Porchon-Lynch said as she taught a class at the Fred Astaire Studio. "If I can feel it within me, then I'm in touch with everyone in this room."

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/2/11 18:07:25 ( 658 reads )


Enquire: 'Who am I?' and you will find the answer. Look at a tree: from one seed arises a huge tree; from it comes numerous seeds, each one of which in its turn grows into a tree. No two fruits are alike. Yet it is one life that throbs in every particle of the tree. So, it is the same atman everywhere.
-- Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Bengali mystic

Hindus Angry Over Silence Order at Amarnath Cave

Posted on 2018/2/3 19:57:32 ( 1037 reads )


INDIA, January 31, 2018 (UCA News): The federal National Green Tribunal (NGT) decided to maintain its order that pilgrims to Amarnath Shrine remain silent inside the cave, which houses a nine-foot-tall ice pillar considered to be the symbol of Hindu Lord Shiva. Hundreds of thousands of Hindus each year walk the treacherous mountain path to the cave situated at an altitude of 12,756 ft, some 87 miles from Srinagar, capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state. The tribunal's latest order comes in response to a petition filed by Hindu organizations to review its January 2017 order which said the shrine area should be a "silent zone" and banned singing prayers inside the cave. The tribunal said there was no "patent error" in its order which is aimed at protecting the environment as well as the cave shrine, which is a place of faith for millions of Hindus.

However, the judgment was condemned by Hindu organizations. Environmentalists like Shakeel Ahmad Ramsoo, a senior professor of earth sciences at the University of Kashmir, say they do not understand how silence alone will help preserve the ecosystem as several other issues have been overlooked. The tribunal hasn't looked at the issues of soil and water pollution in the region. "One fails to understand how silence can preserve the fragile environment there," Ramsoo told ucanews.com. Nivedita Khandekar, a Delhi-based environmental journalist, said helicopters ferrying people make a powerful noise during take-off and landing that can trigger avalanches but the tribunal has been silent on the issue.

Did You Know That Singapore Is the Most Religiously Diverse Country in the World?

Posted on 2018/2/3 19:57:22 ( 1057 reads )


SINGAPORE , February 2, 2018, (by Prianka Ghosh, The Culture Trip): Singapore prides itself on its religious diversity and tolerance. Considering this as well as the diversity of Singapore's population, it did not come as a huge surprise when a 2014 Pew Research report came out stating that Singapore is the most religiously diverse country in the world. The study, performed by the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, ranked countries on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most diverse. The study measured the Religious Diversity Index (RDI) based on the percentage of the population who fell into the following categories: Buddhists, Christians, folk religions, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, other religions (considered as a group) and the religiously unaffiliated. Singapore scored 9 on the RDI out of 232 countries in the study.

According to the 2015 Singapore General Household Survey, the city-state is 33% Buddhist, 14% Islamic, 19% Christian, 11% Taoist and 5% Hindu, and 18% claim no religious beliefs (Note: the Pew and Household Survey data do not include non-residents, who make up nearly 20% of the Singapore's population). Singapore also encourages religious diversity by celebrating dates and events significant to each group. Public holidays include everything from Easter to Hari Raya to Diwali, and community associations concurrently organise large-scale events around holidays like Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Puasa, so residents can spend these important days with their loved ones regardless of their beliefs.

HPI note: The Pew survey inexplicably excludes Sikhs, who outnumber Jews globally.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/2/3 19:57:11 ( 1230 reads )


All this universe is in the glory of God, of Siva, the God of love. The heads and faces of men are His own, and He is in the hearts of all.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad 3.11

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