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As Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Pilgrims Face Hurdles, India Contacts China

Posted on 2017/6/27 18:11:28 ( 290 reads )


GUWAHATI, INDIA, June 23, 2017 (NDTV): With China refusing to open the gates to the first batch of about 50 pilgrims scheduled to travel to Kailash Mansarovar through Nathu La in Sikkim, the devotees have returned to Sherthang after waiting for a week. The second batch of pilgrims has been held up in Gangtok. "Yes, there are some difficulties being experienced in movement of pilgrims via Nathu La. Matter is being discussed with Chinese side," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said today.

For nearly a week, a group of about 50 people waited in Sikkim for China to grant them passage to Tibet where they wanted to worship at Mount Kailash, which is at an altitude of about 21,000 ft. China refused to open its gates, reportedly because of major landslides. There are two routes to get to Mount Kailash, considered the abode of Lord Shiva and of religious significance to Hindus, Jains and Buddhists - through a pass in Uttarakhand and through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim. Chinese President Xi Jinping committed the new route through Nathu La Pass to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had pointed out the terrain difficulties of the existing routes through Uttarakhand and Nepal which involve arduous journey, including heavy trekking and travel on the backs of mules.

International Yoga Day: Pakistan Celebrates the Day, but on Muted Scale

Posted on 2017/6/27 18:11:18 ( 198 reads )


ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, June 21, 2017 (India TV News): The third International Yoga Day was celebrated in Pakistan but on a muted scale. The organizers said a much bigger event will follow after Ramadan ends. Pakistani yoga guru Shamshad Haider, who runs over 50 clubs across the country, said in a telephone interview from Islamabad: "Due to Ramadan and people preparing for Eid, we could not organise a big event this year." "We have routine sessions in all our clubs today but after Eid we are preparing for a much larger event in Rawalpindi." He said his team expected more than 1,000 people to take part. The Indian High Commission also organised a yoga camp in Islamabad on Sunday, attended by India's envoy Gautam Bambawale and other diplomats.

Asked about the Pakistan government not celebrating the yoga day, Haider, founder of Yoga Pakistan and Way of Nature, says his clubs have people from all religions. "It (government) never stopped us from doing yoga. It has granted us permission to hold yoga camps on its land and has also allowed us to promote yoga." "Yoga helps to gain mental stability, peace, balanced living. It teaches us discipline which is vital in Islam and all religions." Last year, on the second International Day of Yoga, Haider did yogic asanas along with 20,000 yoga students across Pakistan -- but minus media publicity.

How a Yoga Guru Is Mastering the Consumer Goods Market in India

Posted on 2017/6/27 18:11:08 ( 200 reads )


WHARTON, PENNSYLVANIA, June 15, 2017 (Knowlege @ Wharton): Can an Indian yoga master and spiritual guru pose a threat to established multinationals in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in the country? Baba Ramdev, a 51-year-old politically networked saffron-robed yoga expert and astute businessman, certainly believes so. Patanjali Ayurved, the company he front-ends, recently posted revenues of Rs.10,561 crore ($1.6 billion) for the financial year 2017 (April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017). That's double of what it posted last year. What's more, while most FMCG firms in the country grew around 8% to 12% annually over the past five years, Patanjali has grown over 20 times.

Positioned on the plank of ayurveda and the goodness of natural ingredients, Patanjali prides itself on being a home-grown brand that offers its products around 15% to 30% cheaper than competition and ploughs back its profits into nation-building activities such as education and supporting farmers. It is the fastest growing FMCG firm in the country and has one of the widest product portfolios. In January this year, a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and market research firm TechSci Research, said: "Patanjali Ayurved has turned out to be the most disruptive force in the Indian FMCG market."

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Swami Atmasthananda, Who Encouraged PM Modi to Join Politics, Passes Away

Posted on 2017/6/27 18:10:57 ( 244 reads )


KOLKATA INDIA, June 18, 2017 (Times of India): Swami Atmasthananda Maharaj, 99, president of the Belur-headquartered Ramkrishna Math and Mission, also believed to have initiated Prime Minister Narendra Modi into politics, died of age-related ailments in Kolkata's Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan on Sunday evening. The monk had been in the hospital since February 2015 due to health issues. He had been on ventilation since Saturday night after a sharp decline in his condition.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the ailing Maharaj hours before his death, later condoled the passing away of the revered monk. "Saddened that Rev Swami Atmasthanandaji, president, Ramkrishna Math & Mission passed away today at Seva Pratishthan. I paid my last visit to him this afternoon, A life of outstanding social & religious service. This is an irreparable loss to mankind," Mamata Banerjee said. Born on May 10, 1919 at Sabajpur, near Dhaka in the then undivided Bengal, the Swami received spiritual initiation in 1938 from Swami Vijnananda, a disciple of Ramkrishna. He joined the Ramkrishna Order at Belur at the age of 22.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/27 18:10:47 ( 180 reads )


Life should be chiefly service. Without that ideal, the intelligence that God has given you is not reaching out toward its goal. When in service you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit.
-- Paramahamsa Yogananda (1893-1952)

You Have Been Chanting It Wrong: It's AUM, Not OM

Posted on 2017/6/18 19:32:38 ( 1360 reads )


INDIA, May 8, 2017 (Times of India): Do you love the art of chanting sounds? Are you one of those whose day starts with reverberating sounds of Om? Then this may appall you because it is not Om that you must chant; it is Aum. Meditation experts say that the Sanskrit word Aum has, over a period of time and owing to the ravages of spread and travelling, has become Om. And this isn't make-believe; there's science behind it.

Om is basically a monosyllabic word, as compared to Aum, which is tri-syllabic. This is because of the difference in the way the two words are pronounced. Om is simply pronounced the way it is written. Against this, Aum is pronounced as aa-uu-eemm. The idea behind chanting certain sounds is that they cause vibrations in our body. This has a corollary in science where scientists see the entire universe as reverberations of energy. This translates into the entire existence as being an amalgamation of sounds.

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India Court Affirms Christian Priests' Right to Property Despite Poverty Oath

Posted on 2017/6/18 19:28:17 ( 550 reads )


KOCHI, INDIA, June 16, 2016 (Religion News Service): A high court in southern India has ruled that Christian priests and nuns are entitled to their right to property despite their vows of poverty, signaling an end to a centuries-old tradition that has left many in the clergy destitute. In its order last week in favor of a priest whose relatives cut him out of his share of ancestral property, the court in Kerala state said a priest can give up his property if he wishes to, but there can be no "automatic deprivation" because he is in a religious order and has "renounced worldly pleasures." The ruling applies to all religions in the state, and to women in a religious order as well.

The high court, which overturned a lower court's ruling against the priest, placed the Indian Succession Act -- which guarantees all citizens equal inheritance rights -- above canon law, which requires the surrender of any inheritance to the church, said Sabu George, a lawyer for the priest. The Catholic priests' association has long demanded a state pension and compensation from the church for retired priests and those who leave the clergy. They are often forced to live on a small stipend or depend on the largesse of the parish. A spokesman for the Catholic church in the state said they were disappointed with the ruling, and may appeal.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/18 19:28:07 ( 413 reads )


The key to unusual success lies in one's ability to be sensitive to opportunities as they arise, and more so, in one's courage and willpower to actually act on them. These moments pass quickly and if not seized will often not come again. We are in a flow and must willfully act at the appropriate times to be successful.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Sydney Church to Ban Yoga to Prevent "Spiritual Confusion"

Posted on 2017/6/14 19:30:43 ( 1621 reads )


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, June 13, 2017 (7 News Yahoo): Church officials believe some of the poses done in yoga may lead to spiritual confusion amid a push to remove the exercise from Sydney churches. For many it's a weekly routine, a good way to relax the mind and stretch out. But could it be sacrilegious? From the end of June, the Erskineville Anglican Church will ban yoga classes, citing a 2015 report that found it could breach the first commandment of Christianity ("Thou shalt have no other gods before me").

"It really comes down to the meditation and the mantras that people might chant in the course of the yoga class," South Sydney Anglican Bishop Michael Stead said. "They might be chanting things which actually have a religious connotation without realising what they are." "It's a particular class, which is a particular form of Hindu spirituality, which is problematic for us," Bishop Stead said.

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Trinidad Tobago Hosts Series of Activities to Mark International Day of Yoga

Posted on 2017/6/14 19:30:32 ( 564 reads )

Paras Ramoutar

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD/TOBAGO, June 14, 2017 (HPI): Indian High Commissioner, Shri Bishwadip Dey has launched a series of activities in Trinidad and Tobago marking International Yoga Day. He told scores of guests and media personnel at the Normandie Hotel that yoga is an invaluable gift of Indian ancient tradition for over 6,000 years, and this was recognized world-wide when 193 members of the United Nations passed a resolution on December 11th 2004 declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga (IDY).

The Yoga Meditation Society will organize, "108 Surya Namaskar" at the National Council of Indian Culture's (NCIC) Divali Nagar on Thursday June 15. There will be a yoga awareness campaign by schools from June 17 to 26, yoga exercise at the Board Walk Chaguaramas on June 18, and a yoga fest at Divali Naga on Sunday June 25, from 9.30.a.m Dey said that this year's program is organized by the High Commission of India with the United Nations, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the International Day of Yoga Committee.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/14 19:30:22 ( 372 reads )


A million times they are born and die; In a million follies they forget this. In the darkness of mala they are enveloped. When at last the hidden grace of Siva bursts forth and chases away the night, then comes the moment for the soul to renounce, and it then becomes a radiant light.
-- Tirumantiram 1615

RSS Women's Wing Focuses on Gender-Specific Roles to Uphold Family Values

Posted on 2017/6/13 19:03:50 ( 560 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 12, 2017 (Indian Express): Over fifty school-going adolescent girls, armed with lathis, swords and knives, with a saffron ribbon tied around their wrists, brandished their weapon-wielding skills in the open courtyard of GLT Saraswati Bal Mandir school in New Delhi on Sunday. This was the culmination of a 15-day training camp, which began on May 27, organized by the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, the right-wing RSS women's wing, which trained the girls to fight while also instilling moral values in them. During the performance, the girls exhibited yoga asanas and later huddled to form pyramids, where they cried in unison, "Bharat maata ki jai!" (Long live India!)

"This is the goal of the sanstha," said Rashtriya Sevika Samiti's Uttar Shetra Karyavahika, Chandrakantha, who was the chief guest at the event. "We teach the girls to be fully empowered and equipped - that is, physically, mentally and spiritually strong, so that a girl is capable of protecting herself and is able to guard her country, its traditions, its sanskriti and its languages. The Samiti instills pride for the nation in her." While training the young girls to combat, the Samiti also teaches them the importance of upholding the family values. Chandrakantha said that at the end of the day, a woman was responsible for keeping the family together as a tight unit.

New Hindu Temple for Switzerland

Posted on 2017/6/13 19:03:40 ( 542 reads )


EMMENBRUeCKE, SWITZERLAND, June 9, 2017 (Obwaldner Zeitung, translated from German): It was a rare religious ceremony for Switzerland: The third Hindu temple of central Switzerland was opened with elaborate rituals. The building is dedicated to the Goddess Sri Rajarajeswary. On Thursday at 5 pm, on Emmenweid Street in the middle of the industrial area of Emmenbruecke, several Tamil women arrived at the scene. But even for the local people, it is difficult to know where to go, as the temple is not recognizable as such from the outside. The temple hall is located on the upper floor of a commercial building. On entering the interior, however, it soon becomes clear that this is a sacred space of a special kind. The first visual impression is overwhelming: in an area of 1,100 square feet there are eleven opulently decorated shrines, which in a few days will serve as a new "home" for numerous murtis.

Countless offerings, coconuts, flower garlands, and vessels with sacred water, which has been brought from the Ganges to Emmenbruecke for the ceremony, are ready for the initiation. "During the temple consecration, it is very important for us to pour the water of the sacred rivers over all the altars, thus providing our temple with cosmic energy," explains Saseetharen Ramakrishna Sarma, the Lucerne-based Hindu priest, who previously inaugurated the first Hindu temple of Central Switzerland in Gisikon-Root. According to Ramakrishna, it will be a definite advantage for the nearly 3,000 Tamil Hindus in the region to have another nearby temple at their disposal, especially since many of them live in Emmenbruecke and the surrounding area.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/13 19:03:29 ( 470 reads )


When one remains without thinking, one understands another by means of the universal language of silence.
-- Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

Canadian City Gets a New Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/6/12 19:33:38 ( 650 reads )


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, May 16, 2017 (Indian Sun): On 22 April, members of the Hindu community flocked to Wyndham, Victoria, for the opening ceremony of the city's newest temple. The Hindu temple in Wyndham is now the home of many sacred statues--called murtis--and their presence is already drawing devotees daily and in large numbers on the weekend.

"This is now a living, breathing house of God," said Pandit Radha Raman. The temple offers a community room free of cost to the people to have their special prayers, devotional functions, bhandaras, birthday havans etc, and even teaching Hindi. The temple is open to people from all walks of life and religion. The murti sthapana, which means placing of sacred murtis through religious ceremonies, was done over the course of two auspicious days. On the second day the murtis were made visible to public.

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