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Amarnath Yatra Begins July Second
Posted on 2015/7/1 4:40:40 ( 69 reads )

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JAMMU, INDIA June 30, 2015 (India TV News): Amid tight security arrangements, the annual Amarnath yatra will begin from Jammu as the first batch of over 5,000 pilgrims will leave for 3,888-metre high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. The yatra will be escorted by heavy contingent of security forces to twin base-camps of Amarnath cave shrine in Baltal in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir and Pahalgam belt of South Kashmir.

Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 m, 46 Km from Pahalgam and 14 Kms from Baltal. In Kashmir Valley, the 59 days annual yatra will start from July 2-- an auspicious day of Hindu calendar and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 29. Over 200,000 pilgrims have secured advance registration and 22,104 have purchased helicopter tickets from Baltal and Pahalgam to Panjtarni. "Entire state administration is fully geared up to provide every facility like, drinking water, medicare, electricity and security to the yatris at base camps," a official said.

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Sri Lanka's Thousands of Destitute War Widows Pin Hopes on New President
Posted on 2015/7/1 4:40:29 ( 63 reads )

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SRI LANKA, June 30, 2015 (France-Presse): Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka's Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland. Now, six years after the war ended, the women who fled the fighting on the peninsula in the thousands are pinning their hopes on the nation's new president for a better future for their families.

"Widows are despised in our society," said Baskaran Jegathiswari, 50, fighting back tears at her home in Achchuveli village in Jaffna, heartland of Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority. "People look down on us. They think we bring bad luck," said Jegathiswari, who lost her husband to military shellfire just months before the war ended in 2009. Official figures show 27,000 widows head households in Jaffna, where the conflict was centered, while local politicians put the figure much higher. The women are closely watching President Maithripala Sirisena who took office in January pledging reconciliation to "heal broken hearts and minds".

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Russia Cracks Down on Yoga Classes to Check Occultism
Posted on 2015/7/1 4:40:19 ( 72 reads )

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RUSSIA, June 30, 2015 (Times Of India): Close on the heels of India leading worldwide International Yoga Day celebrations, yoga classes have been banned in a central Russian city by the authorities to check spread of "religious occultism." At the center of the crackdown are two studios holding classes for Hatha Yoga -- a set of asanas or postures involving deep breathing and tough physical exercises, which as per Hindu mythology was first practiced by Lord Shiva. Yoga is known as an ancient Indian spiritual and exercise discipline to balance mind, body and spirit, however, yoga has become highly commoditized globally over the years and various schools and cults have sprung up in different parts of the world in its name.

In the first major crackdown abroad, the authorities in the central Russian city of Nizhnevartovsk have now asked the two Hatha Yoga studies -- Auro and Ingara -- to stop holding yoga classes in the municipal facilities of the city, as per the Russian media reports. Kommersant business daily reported that the Nizhnevartovsk officials have barred use of municipal buildings for yoga classes and have issued orders to the two studios on this. The Moscow Times reported that the order has been issued "to prevent the spread of new religious cults and movements."

The authorities have also issued a letter to the heads of departments for physical culture and education, stating that hatha yoga was "inextricably linked to religious practices" and has "an occult character," as per the Kommersant report.

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India: Dalit Christians Accuse Church Of Discrimination
Posted on 2015/7/1 4:40:09 ( 76 reads )

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INDIA, June 30, 2015 (by Missionary International Service News Agency): The Dalit Christian Liberation Movement (DCLM) accuses the Vatican and the Indian Catholic Church leadership of caste-based discrimination "by way of allowing it directly and indirectly in their spiritual, educational and administrative places". "We have submitted seven copies of the complaint to Rajeev Chandran, assistant director of the UN Center in New Delhi addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and different human rights organizations," Mary John, president of the DCLM, told ucanews.com.

A DCLM delegation asked the UN and other organizations to urge the Holy See to eradicate the caste discriminatory practices and to withdraw the Permanent Observer position of the Holy See in the UN if the Vatican does not take the necessary steps. Dalits, or untouchables, are the lowest caste within Hindu society. Huge numbers of Dalits have converted to Christianity and Islam over the decades, though in reality the religions offer limited protection from societal prejudice even within their adopted faith. "The discrimination against Dalit Christians in the Catholic Church is a human rights issue and it would be right if we approach the UN to find a solution to it", Mary John said.

"There are separate cemeteries for Dalit Christians. Even in the church there are separate seating arrangements for those from the Dalit community and others. The festival choir processions do not enter the streets where Dalit Christians live," said Kudanthai Arasan, president of the Viduthalai Tamil Puligal Katchi, adding that in some churches even the dead body of a Dalit Christian is not allowed inside for funeral Mass. While Dalit Christians form 70 percent of the total Catholic population in India, said John, their representation in the Church leadership is only 4-5 percent. Out of about 200 active bishops in India, only nine are from the Dalit community.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/1 4:39:58 ( 59 reads )

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There is something beyond our mind which abides in silence within our mind. It is the supreme mystery beyond thought. Let one's mind and one's subtle body rest upon that and not rest on anything else.
-- Maitri Upanishad

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Taiwan Water Park Inferno: Spotlight on Flammable "Holi" Powder that Sparked Blaze
Posted on 2015/6/29 23:43:28 ( 374 reads )

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TAIWAN, June 29, 2015 (Straits Times): HPI note: The use of thrown colored powder--traditionally part of the Hindu festival of Holi--has gained a following elsewhere in the world, not as part of a religious event, but as one more feature of small or large parties. During Holi, the colored and potentially flammable cornstarch powder is tossed randomly, and posses no threat. But at these parties, the trend is to disperse it all at once, with in this case, disastrous consequences:

The Color Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast waterpark outside Taipei turned hellish for partygoers when a sudden fire erupted seemingly out of nowhere, injuring hundreds, including a Singaporean woman. "This explosion and fire... was caused by the powder spray. It could have been due to the heat of the lights on the stage," said a spokesman for the New Taipei City fire department.

"Color" events, like last Saturday's event at the Taipei water park, are gaining in popularity, with more and more of such similar ones taking place around the globe. They typically involve colored powder, known as holi powder (made by mixing corn starch, water and food dye), being thrown onto participants. At the time of the incident in Taipei, the powder was released onto partygoers as they danced in front of a stage.

Corn starch, while normally a harmless, edible substance that is almost inert when it is in a mass, is a highly flammable carbohydrate and burns instantly when it is dispersed into fine particles, which happens when it is blown out during a "color" event. In such cases, the substance will be ignited when it comes into contact with a flame or high heat.

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Remembering Tirumular and the Tamil Connection on International Yoga Day
Posted on 2015/6/29 23:43:18 ( 401 reads )

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INDIA, June 21, 2015 (Swarajya by Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran): It is an indisputable fact that everyday practice of yoga brings immense benefits. The International Yoga Day celebrations is just an attempt to underscore this fact and bring awareness to this priceless heritage that we all share. Yoga is undoubtedly one of India's greatest gifts to the world and is clearly a practice that originated in the Indic dharmic traditions. Not known to many is the mammoth work of the Tamil Siddha yogi Tirumla whose work Tirumantiram is part of the Shaiva Canon "Panniru Tirumurai" and is at the core of the 12th century philosophy of Shaiva Siddhanta in Tamilnadu.

The Tirumantiram is a collection of about 3000 verses in Tamil written by this Shaiva Saint. Tirumular is regarded as one of the 18 siddhas in the mystic Tamil siddha tradition; he also ranks as one of the 63 Shaiva Nyanmr Saints of the Tamil Shaiva Bhakti movement of the 1st millennium CE. The Tirumantiram dwells on Siva, Sakti, tantra, yoga and kriya, healing and several other topics. Of relevance to this article is Tirumular's focus on yoga.

The focus of the first part of the third chapter (tantra) of the Tirumantiram is entirely on astanga yoga and its benefits. The term astanga yoga is commonly used in today's parlance although the yoga industry focusses only on the physical poses (asanas). This verse states that the angas (elements) yama, niyama (relationship to the external world and to oneself), asanas (yogic postures), pranayama (harmony with your energy), pratyihara (harmony with your emotions ), dharana (harmony with your thoughts) , dhyanam (contemplation) and samadhi (oneness with the divine) are those that constitute the astanga.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/29 23:43:07 ( 322 reads )

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When I think of myself as a body, I am your servant, my Lord; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.
-- Lord Hanuman in the epic Ramayana

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Odisha Shuts Down over Irregularities in Jagannath Temple Rituals
Posted on 2015/6/29 4:00:06 ( 406 reads )

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ODISHA, INDIA, June 28, 2015 (Hindustan Times): A Congress-sponsored dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Friday brought normal life to a standstill in Odisha as people rallied behind the opposition party's demand for action over alleged irregularities in rituals at the iconic Jagannath Temple in Puri. The Congress called the strike demanding the resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, institution of a judicial probe and action against servitors and officials responsible for the alleged irregularities in the rituals performed during Nabakalebara, a periodical renewal of the wooden statues in the temple. The temple, visited by hundreds of thousands of Hindu faithful every year, houses the murthis of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra (their sister) in the temple.

The Nabakalebara rituals are among the most important festivals at the Jagannath Temple and performed once in 12 years or 19 years whenever there are two ashadhas (double rainy seasons) preceding the Ratha Yatra. The rituals require searching for new sacred neem wood for carving out new statues and transferring their souls to the new images from the old in a ritual called Brahma Parivartan (soul transfer). However, there are allegations that this year's rituals - completed on June 16 - were marked by gross irregularities with several servitors not officially assigned for the job barging into the forbidden area to witness the rare event. Many allegedly even clicked photos on mobile phones.

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Thousands Celebrate Rebirth of Indianapolis Hindu Temple
Posted on 2015/6/29 3:59:56 ( 404 reads )

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, June 7, 2015 (Indy Star): Nearly 5,000 people went to the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana on Sunday for the final day of an inauguration event for the temple's $10 million expansion. From Wednesday to Sunday, ceremonies were held to consecrate the new space. Aided by cranes and scaffolding, priests on Sunday blessed the stone sculpture Deities. The thousands of people watching from the ground cheered and waved as a helicopter hovered above the temple, dropping flowers and holy water.

The Hindu Temple of Central Indiana originally opened in 2006, providing a place of worship for devotees throughout the Midwest. Indiana now has other temples, including ones in Avon, Merrillville, Lafayette and Fort Wayne. The expansion adds a worship hall that includes 17 shrines, and a skylight surrounded by four new carved towers.

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Court Asked to Revisit Ruling over Hindu Temple in West Forsyth
Posted on 2015/6/29 3:59:46 ( 403 reads )

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WEST FORSYTH, GEORGIA, June 24, 2015 (by Kelly Whitmire, Forsyth News): The ongoing saga over plans for a Hindu temple in west Forsyth has taken a couple of twists this month. First, Forsyth County has filed a motion for reconsideration of Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley's decision to reverse a conditional use permit awarded last summer to Chinmaya Mission of Alpharetta. Chinmaya wants to operate a religious place of worship and priest residence in an existing structure that is about 10,000 square feet on nearly 11 acres off Pittman Road. In his ruling May 29, Bagley denied a motion for summary judgment made by Chinmaya and returned the proposal back to the county's planning department, where Chinmaya must begin the application process anew.

The move had been sought by James Cartwright and the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club Homeowners Association Inc. In addition, the county commission has decided against revisiting the local Zoning Board of Appeal's decision that the proposed temple would have a religious use rather than an educational one. The zoning panel's ruling essentially affirmed the commission's 2014 decision to grant the conditional use permit. Under the land's zoning as agriculture district, or A1, a religious center with a conditional use permit would be allowed while a school or personal service center would not.

Those backing the mission as a religious center compared the classes to Sunday school in Christian churches and said the children who attend them go to regular public or private school. They also maintained that all churches have separate programs not tied directly to worship.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/29 3:59:35 ( 378 reads )

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He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious, whose vision impure, and who is notoriously crooked, is rapidly ruined.
-- Chanakya (350-275 bce), Indian politician, strategist and writer

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Indian Pilgrims Step out on New Tibetan Route
Posted on 2015/6/28 1:57:21 ( 578 reads )

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CHINA, June 23, 2-15 (Ecns--this is a Chinese government announcement): Fifty people have started a 12-day journey using a new path that makes it easier for Indian pilgrims to visit sacred religious sites in the Tibet autonomous region. The pilgrims are using the Nathu La Pass, which was officially opened in Dromo county, Tibet, on Monday. Hindus regard Tibet's Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar as holy religious sites, and pilgrims cross the border to pay homage at both between June and November.

The opening ceremony was held at the Nathu La Pass and was attended by officials from China and India along with the pilgrims. China's Tibet borders India, with both countries enjoying close relations over thousands of years as a result of frequent exchanges. Dong Mingjun, vice-chairman of the Tibet autonomous region, said, "This event is a practical action in implementing the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and an important measure in further deepening the traditional China-India friendship."

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Hinduism Spreads in Ghana, Reaches Togo
Posted on 2015/6/28 1:56:47 ( 555 reads )

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ACCRA, GHANA, November 6, 2011 (Zee News): From just two dozen people in the mid 1970s to 3,000 families now, Hinduism is spreading in Ghana and has also made its way into neighboring Togo. Hindu worship began to grow in Ghana after African spiritual leader, Essel ji, was initiated by Swami Krishnanda ji Saraswati of Mauritius into the Holy Order of Renunciation in 1976 as Swami Ghanananda, said Kwesi Anamoah, national president of the African Hindu Temple here.

"We have not achieved this through the winning of souls as other religions do, but have attracted people into the practice of Hinduism simply by the lives we lead," he said, adding: "Our lives shine in the community to attract people." Anamoah said that the practice of Hinduism as a religion and its unique philosophy is helping to change the lives of those who have accepted the faith. He said the first ever Hindu monastery has been built in Ghana and it is from here that Hinduism is spreading.

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Chucking Corporate Chairs for Yoga Mats
Posted on 2015/6/28 1:56:42 ( 568 reads )

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INDIA, June 21, 2015 (The Hindu): Vasant Jajoo once sat in front of the computer for hours to beat deadlines. But six years ago, he decided to opt for the road less travelled. Mr. Jajoo is among the youngsters in Bengaluru, who have given up their office jobs and trained themselves to become yoga instructors. They say the transition was more than just a "career switch"; it was choosing a different way of living.

He, for instance, holds a Master's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He bid goodbye to the telecom software industry after 17 years. "The corporate lifestyle did not suit me. Monetarily it was very rewarding, but I led a mechanical life and there was little physical activity," he says. He has since trained around 500 students. Interestingly, this career switch has not necessarily meant opting for a life of penury. With corporate companies also starting yoga training in their offices as stress management activities and individuals opting for personalized yoga classes, trainers say opportunities are increasing and the money is good.

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