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In Defence of Indian Science

Posted on 2016/10/27 19:14:44 ( 248 reads )


INDIA, October 13, 2016 (New Indian Express by Michel Danino): Studies of India's ancient scientific accomplishments have seen two extremes: At one end of the spectrum, daydreamers fancy that the Vedas knew everything from electricity to interplanetary travel, that vimanas crisscrossed Indian skies millenniums ago, or that Aryabhata invented all mathematics. At the other end, gainsayers bristle at the thought that some science might not have emerged from the "Greek miracle:" Indian scientific advances can only be borrowed or derivative, its imperfections and errors alone being original contributions, while its rational elements ultimately stem from contact with the Greeks; Indian savants knew no experimental science, followed no proper axiomatic method, and in any case ended up in stagnation, while Europe galloped forth triumphantly and gave us the boon of "modern science."

These two scenarios are repeated decade after decade, while serious scholars -- both Indian and Western -- quietly and patiently generate solid material which, in a normal world, should suffice to dismiss dreamers and gainsayers alike to the obscurity they deserve. Indeed, ridiculing the former is easy. Exposing the latter, however, is less commonly done, as they often conceal their biases or ignorance behind academic posts and imposing jargon. A recent case in point is Meera Nanda, who has been for some years on a self-appointed mission to expose all claims to knowledge by Hindu enthusiasts, nationalists, right-wingers or Hindutva activists. I will confine myself to discussing the considerable distortions in her two case studies of Indian mathematics: the case for early Indian knowledge of the Pythagoras theorem, and India's claim to be "the birthplace of the sunya, or zero."

Meera Nanda is no doubt entitled to her opinions and prejudices, but disregarding or concealing all material that runs counter to one's choices is poor scholarship. Worse, misleading the lay public into believing that the genuine accomplishments of early and classical Indian mathematics and astronomy are no more than Hindutva-created fictions reflects a jaundiced view of the whole field.

Danino continues his rebuttal at "source" above and part II, a continuation of the article, is available at:
http://www.newindianexpress.com/opini ... n-science-1527846--1.html

One-In-Five U.S. Adults Were Raised in Religiously Mixed Homes

Posted on 2016/10/27 19:14:34 ( 189 reads )


WASHINGTON, D.C. October 26, 2016 (Pew Forum): Although the majority of U.S. adults report that they were raised in families with a single religious faith, roughly one-in-five (21%) say they were raised by parents who came from different religious traditions, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

The study helps outline the changing religious landscape in the United States, where about one-in-ten adults (9%) say they were raised by two people, both of whom were religiously affiliated but with different religious backgrounds. An additional 12% say they were raised by one person who was religiously affiliated (with, for example, Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism or another religion) and another person who was religiously unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular").

Religiously mixed backgrounds remain the exception in America. Roughly eight-in-ten U.S. adults (79%) say they were raised within a single religion, either by two parents who had the same faith or by a single parent. But the number of Americans raised in religiously mixed homes appears to be growing. Fully one-quarter of young adults in the Millennial generation (27%) say they were raised in a religiously mixed family. The religious backgrounds of young adults also stand out in other ways. For example, nearly one-quarter of Millennials (24%) say they were raised by at least one parent who was a religious "none" (religiously unaffiliated).

Read the full report at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/27 19:14:24 ( 140 reads )


Being upset reflects the lack of a strategy.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland Almost Entirely Christian

Posted on 2016/10/25 19:27:45 ( 421 reads )


INDIA, October 18, 2018 (Centre for Policy Studies by Dr. J.K. Bajaj): The thirty-first note on the Religion Data of Census 2011 concerns the nearly complete Christianisation of the numerous tribes with their diverse geographies, diverse faiths and diverse ways of being that inhabit Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland. All that social diversity seems to have been extinguished. The share of Hindus in all three States has declined rapidly among both the Scheduled Tribe and non-Scheduled Tribe communities.

In each of the three States, there are a very large number of diverse tribes often inhabiting geographical distinct districts or regions. All this diversity of beliefs, practices and ways of life has now been reduced to the uniformity of Christianity. Only a few followers of the Heraka faith remain among the Kabui of Manipur and the Zeliang of Nagaland as reminders and remnants of that diversity.

With the level of Christianity among the Scheduled Tribes having reached saturation levels, the direction of conversion seems to have shifted towards the non-Scheduled Tribes populations. In the last two decades, the share of Christians in the non-ST population of Mizoram has increased from 4.7 to 37.7 percent and that of Nagaland from 9.3 to 22.1 percent. In Manipur, it is the share of the ORPs rather than Christians that has recorded extraordinary increase from nearly nil to 13 percent in these two decades. The ORPs, as we have seen, are often a half-way house between Hinduism and Christianity. The share of Hindus in the non-ST population has declined everywhere, from 72.3 to 39.7 in Mizoram, from 87.7 to 69.5 percent in Manipur and from 74.5 to 59 percent in Nagaland.

More at "source" above.

Video: Freeing Hindu Temples from Government Control

Posted on 2016/10/25 19:27:35 ( 319 reads )


INDIA, October 24, 2016 (Hindu Human Rights by J. Sai Deepak): A closer look at today's political and social arena clearly reveals how Hindu institutions and Hinduism in India are unfairly targeted by a combination of vote bank politics and unscrupulous politicians and businessmen. Particularly alarming is the destruction of Hindu institutions and the illegal mass conversions by other religions.

In a recorded talk by J. Sai Deepak he helps us understand the constitutional limits on State intervention in Hindu religious institutions, the need to free Hindu religious institutions from the stranglehold of the Government, the extent to which Courts have recognised and facilitated Statist intervention in Hindu religious institutions and the alternative to State management of Hindu religious institutions.

Detailed video at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/25 19:27:24 ( 202 reads )


God defined is God denied. To define is to limit. Yet, the deepest of my consciousness calls on Him as pure love.
-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder of Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Indian Priests Perform 9-day Yagna for Tokyo's Clean Environment

Posted on 2016/10/24 20:37:27 ( 384 reads )


TOKYO, JAPAN, October 21, 2016 (ANI): A number of Hindu priests from India and across the world began chanting Vedic hymns for a nine-day yagna being performed for the environmental and other issues prevalent in Tokyo. Over 100 priests from India have made it to Tokyo to perform the holy ritual. The ritual aims to bring down natural disasters, suicide cases and psychiatric disorders. [HPI Note: The article doesn't say who organized the event.]

Video can be viewed at "source" above.

Sydney Opera House to Be Lit up for Diwali

Posted on 2016/10/24 20:37:16 ( 281 reads )


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 22, 2016 (Khaleej Times): Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House is about to turn golden for a night in celebration of Diwali, the traditional Indian festival of lights. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird will visit the Opera House next Friday night to witness its color change. Before that, Baird is expected to attend a traditional Hindu ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art here. From 8 p.m. to midnight the Sydney Opera House will shine golden, and the illumination will be visible along the harbor. Diwali, which celebrates the conquest of light over darkness and truth over ignorance, is celebrated by Indians all over the world. It falls on October 30.

Local Music Teacher Receives National Award

Posted on 2016/10/19 18:32:18 ( 636 reads )


SOUTH AFRICA, October 19, 2016 (Rising Sun): Cultural doyen, spiritual leader and school teacher, Guru Sadha Munien, was honored by the South African Hindu Maha Sabha at the Durban City Hall, on Saturday. Continuing his late father's legacy of propagating the ancient form of Indian music and language to children in the Chatsworth and surrounding areas, Munien was awarded with the prestigious national award for the promotion of music, culture and language.

Speaking about the award, Munien said, "No one's life is complete without the artistic and cultural balance. Language and culture keeps the community together and it is for this reason I will continue to uphold the legacy of my late father who was an iconic cultural leader in the community." Munien's late father, Soobramoney Munien Blakes, opened the Saraswathi Padasalai School of Fine Arts in 1961, in Cator Manor. Guru Munien continues this legacy and runs the school from Dawnridge Primary School in Moorton, every Friday. 529 pupils from around the community are currently being taught the art of music at the school.

Man's Best Friend Is Not the Dog!

Posted on 2016/10/19 18:32:07 ( 455 reads )


INDIA, October 19, 2016 (YouTube): In this short and entertaining video from the UK's Jay Lakhani he explains why it is the cow that deserves to be recognized and honored. For thousands of years men were hunter-gathers, he starts out. The only time human beings settled down and started farming and becoming a little bit civilized is when they had this lovely animal called the cow. If you wish to pay tribute to one animal as man's best friend, Lakhani concludes, it's not the dog, it is the gentle animal called the cow.

Video is at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/19 18:31:57 ( 302 reads )


I have heard that man can acquire superhuman powers through it and perform miracles. What shall I do with superhuman powers? Can one realize God through them? If God is not realized then everything becomes false.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

River Saraswati Did Exist Finds a Government Panel

Posted on 2016/10/18 19:51:57 ( 585 reads )


INDIA, October 16, 2016 (Topyaps, by Aseem Gaurav Sharma): The Saraswati, a river mentioned in the Rigveda and Hindu mythology and so far considered a mythical river, did exist, a government-constituted experts' committee has found. The expert committee comprised of geologists, archaeologists and hydrologists. "The Saraswati originated in the Himalayas and passed through Haryana, Rajasthan and north Gujarat," eminent geologist Prof KS Valdiya, who led the panel, said. The report commissioned by the Water Resources Ministry was made public on October 15.

The panel concluded that evidence from palaeochannels -- remnants of defunct rivers -- suggested that the Sarsuti-Markanda rivulets in Haryana were the water courses of the "eastern branch of a Himalayan river" and the Ghaggar-Patiali channels were the western branches. [HPI note: this is not really a "new" discovery as the Ghaggar had been identified with the Saraswati on 19th century British maps, but it is welcome confirmation.] The Centre and especially Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharati had in 2014 made "finding the missing river" a priority of the Modi government. Even Haryana government was involved in tracing the origin of the mythical Saraswati. Last year, people involved in digging the course of the Saraswati in Mugalwali village of Yamunanagar district found water gushing out when they burrowed to a depth of eight feet.

Anger Seethes Within Section of Assam Society Over Granting of Citizenship of Hindu Bengalese from Bangladesh

Posted on 2016/10/18 19:51:47 ( 461 reads )


ASSAM, INDIA, October 16, 2016 (Northeast Today): There is a growing discontentment amongst a section of Assamese people who had voted the to power in the state over granting of citizenship of Hindu Migrants from Bangladesh. This move which directly violates the 1985 Assam Accord will ensure that almost 200,000 Bangladeshi Hindus will be given citizenship in the state of Assam, something which PM Modi had promised before the 2014 elections.

The proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 - introduced in the Lok Sabha by the Modi government on December 23, 2014 - will grant Indian citizenship not only to the Bengali Hindus from Bangladesh, but also to all Hindus, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists and Sikhs of Pakistan and Afghanistan, who are seeking refuge in India "due to religious persecution or fear of religious persecution." It also reduces their period of stay in India required to become eligible for citizenship from 11 years to six years.

Several critics and thinkers have questioned the rationale behind the move "If the Centre wants to rehabilitate the migrants then they should spread them across the country and not just one state" says one such individual adding that he did not want Assam to become another Tripura where the indigenous tribal population have become a complete minority in the state.

Sewa Day 2016: International Day of Volunteering Celebrated Across USA

Posted on 2016/10/18 19:51:36 ( 439 reads )


HOUSTON, TEXAS, October 17, 2016 (Press Release Sewa International): Sewa Day, a day of pure voluntary selfless service, was celebrated by the Hindu-American community for the 6th successive year with community service projects at 32 locations across the US. Hundreds of volunteers across different age-groups and backgrounds including youth and children from Sewa International and partner organizations came together between September 11 and October 16 and worked on a variety of activities to make a difference in their communities.

Sewa Day is supported worldwide by three guiding principles: 1. Serve humanity to relieve hardship, 2. Bring a little joy to others, and 3. Help to sustain the environment. This year saw participation from new states and cities, a 60% increase in the number of nationwide events, and increased diversity of projects from feeding the homeless and tree planting to free immigration service sessions, and even a FIRST Robotics-connected STEM camp.

A photo album of Sewa Day 2016 activities in the USA is available here: https://goo.gl/photos/jnVcKSjtnXETCuUY7

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/18 19:51:26 ( 277 reads )


To enter into the spiritual life is a rare blessedness, it is a great good: to take it seriously and engage in active spiritual Sadhana is a second blessedness and a still greater good: but to persevere in the spiritual life, to be ever progressive and ceaseless in one's spiritual life, is the greatest good, the crowning blessedness.
-- Swami Chidananda (1916-2008), President of Divine Life Society

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