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Program to Certify Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith To Be Held in Early January
Posted on 2014/12/28 8:12:25 ( 223 reads )

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UNITED STATES, December 27, 2014 (Press Release): Hindu University of America (HUA), in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders to become Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith. The course will be presented at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, in Buckingham, VA, Monday 5 Jan. -Friday 9 Jan. 2015.

The fee for the instructional program for certification is $150. Accommodations at the Ashram for an individual participant range in price from $300 (shared dormitory room and bath) to $460. Price for couples is slightly less than for two individuals. Included: four nights of room, three Vegan meals a day, three daily meditation sessions, a daily hatha class, and a tour of the inspiring, globally respected, LOTUS temple and other holy sites.

HUA is working to establish a Masters of Divinity program to train chaplains of Eastern Traditions to serve anywhere that such services are needed. This course is also applicable for graduate college credit. Please contact Swami Sarvaananda, swami.sarvaananda@gmail.com, with questions and confirmation.

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Listen to Dilip Amin's Talk to San Francisco Bay Area Multi Faith Coalition
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:53 ( 278 reads )

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SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA, December 27, 2014 (YouTube): Dilip Amin gave a presentation to Peninsula Multi-faith Coalition group leaders consisting of Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Hindus. The message is about pluralism and respect for all. Watch the short and informative video at source above.

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Carnivorous Plant Turns Vegetarian
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:38 ( 281 reads )

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LONDON, December 27, 2014 (Ad Hoc News): HPI Note: This sounds like a hoax, but is being widely reported in the media and appears to be based on authentic scientific research.

If you think that only humans are turning vegetarian, here is a new study that has found certain carnivorous plants are also becoming vegetarians. The bladderworts (Utricularia) is a species of carnivorous plant that catches and digests tiny animals. Now, the plant is turning to algae and pollen grains for a balanced nutrition.

The species catches its prey with the help of suction bladders, trap doors and lightning speed. Once captured by the bladderwort, the animal suffocates, and is then broken down by enzymes and digested. This is how the plant worked until it discovered vegetarianism.

"Bladderworts are switching to algae and pollen grains," said researchers Marianne Koller-Peroutka and Wolfram Adlassnig from the University of Vienna in Austria. When bladderworts lived in areas where algae was plenty and animals were scarce, the vegetarian plants were actually larger than the meat eaters.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:31 ( 196 reads )

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Eternal, pure, groundless, death-and-birth free, pervasive, ever immaculate, distant, near, enveloping effulgence of void, the support of all, the fullness of bliss, the consciousness-form beyond thought and speech, That which thus stood, the expanse vast that generates bliss, let us contemplate.
-- Tayumanavar (1706-1744), South Indian devotional poet

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VHP Converts 58 Persons to Hinduism on Christmas Day
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:44 ( 533 reads )

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KOTTAYAM DISTRICT, KERALA, INDIA, December 26, 2014 (Indian Express): On Christmas Day, around 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families, embraced Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam district under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

According to VHP District President, Balachandran Pillai, at least 42 members belonging to 20 families embraced Hinduism at the Puthiyakavu Devi temple in Ponkunnam. Sixteen others were converted in another function at the Thirunakara Sri Krishna Swamy temple in Thirunakara, Kerala.

Pillai said those who had converted had come on their own from Vaikom, Kumarakkam and Kanjirapally. Similar functions are being held at various places.

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China Tracks the Silk Road with a Rail Road
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:35 ( 296 reads )

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CHINA, December 16, 2014 (Huffington Post): November 18, 2014 is a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China's Zhejiang province, 185 miles south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9th.

Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 8,000 miles, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.

The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length. It will represent geopolitics with a human touch, knitting together small traders and huge markets across a vast landmass. It's already a graphic example of Eurasian integration on the go. And most of all, it's the first building block on China's "New Silk Road," conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:19 ( 242 reads )

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The mind alone is man's cause of bondage or release: it leads to bondage when attached to the sense objects, and to release when freed from them.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitri Upanishad

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Conversion Ceremony Long Offered at Kerala Temples
Posted on 2014/12/25 16:14:51 ( 423 reads )

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KOCHI, KERALA, INDIA, December 24, 2014 (Deccan Chronical): Even as the wrangle over conversion and Ghar Vapas ("return to home) continues, a temple in Kaviyoor in Kottayam district has on its notice board "conversion" as an item of offering for the Deity of the temple. The Thrikkaviyoor temple under Travancore Devaswom Board has listed conversion in a long list of offerings starting with Ganapathi homam. Conversion is item number 46 next to marriage and and the rate per head is US$2.46.

When queried how conversion found its way to the itinerary of offerings, TDB commissioner P. Venugopal said that this was there from the very beginning. "Some of the temples have conversion in the list which I think is as old as the existence of the TDB. But I don't think any mass conversion is happening on account of this. This may be to facilitate caste certificates to gain reservation benefits," said Mr Venugopal. Mr P.K. Sivan Pillai, a native of Kaviyoor, said that conversion was in the itinerary of offerings of major temples under TDB. "It's not part of minor temples.

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Adivasis Experience the Goodness of Yoga
Posted on 2014/12/25 16:14:45 ( 367 reads )

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UTNOOR, INDIA, December 23, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Yoga became an experience of a lifetime for tribal women who had never before been exposed to the exercise regime. Around 80 tribals, including a few Schedule Caste women, of all ages, have been practicing Surya Namaskarams and stretching exercises for joint, knee and back pains, and they are now capable of training other tribals.

These tribal and SC women received certificates for their participation in the free yoga and naturopathy camp at Utnoor conducted under the SC and ST component plan. Sources said that the certificates would go a long way in boosting the morale of the Anganwadi and Asha workers, most of whom have only studied till primary and upper primary levels.

After attending the free three-day yoga training camp organized by Vemana Yoga Research Institute, the women felt that yoga and naturopathy would prove to be very useful as these could help cure various ailments often faced by the Adivasis, without any medical expenses and side effects.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/25 16:14:38 ( 274 reads )

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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), mystic, poet and artist

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Crusade for Dalits' Entry into Temples
Posted on 2014/12/24 16:07:06 ( 472 reads )

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INDIA, December 23, 2014 (The Hindu): Kolar district is set to take a big leap forward to eradicate untouchability. Enthused by the response for Grihapravesha -- a campaign that made Dalits' entry into the houses of upper caste people possible in several villages in the district in the last five months -- the organizers have now devised a program to ensure entry of Dalits into Muzrai Department temples. Dalits comprise almost one-third the total population in the district.

Started by Mulbagal-based Arivu Kendra, led by G. Shivappa, an assistant professor with Government College for Women in Kolar, the Grihapravesha has expanded. A number of organiZations and other like-minded people have joined hands in this endeavour. As a result, a wider platform -- Dalitara Grihapravesha Rajya Samiti -- evolved to take the campaign across the State.

The committee has formulated a program for the entry of Dalits into the temples, with Namma Nade Asprashyate Mukta Bharatadede (Our march towards untouchability-free India), as the theme. There are 1,336 temples under the Muzrai and Religious Endowment Department in Kolar district.

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The Architecture of Hinduism
Posted on 2014/12/24 16:07:00 ( 544 reads )

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INDIA, November 3, 2014 (Swarajya, by Sanjeev Sanyal): Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism has long suffered from a very basic problem - the difficulty of defining it. One can describe a particular sect, or philosophy, but it is not easy to explain the whole. Thus, it is not uncommon for people to ultimately fall back on saying that it is a "way of life". Unfortunately, such a definition is neither a meaningful description nor of analytical value. If anything, it causes a great deal of confusion by suggesting that Hindu religion is identical to Indic culture - the two are obviously linked but not exactly the same. The purpose of this article is to investigate the systemic logic of Sanatana Dharma as a whole and the process by with it evolves. It is not concerned here with the philosophical content or daily practice of any of the constituent sects, traditions and philosophies.

Most world religions, particularly those of Abrahamic origin, are based on a clearly defined set of beliefs - a single god, a holy book, a prophet and so on. These are articles of faith or axioms from which each of these religions is derived. This why the terms religion, belief and faith can be used interchangeably in these cases. In contrast, it is perfectly acceptable in Hinduism to be a polytheist, monotheist, monist, pantheist, agnostic, atheist, animist or any combination thereof. Thus Hinduism is a religion but not a faith, although constituent sects or philosophies can be termed faiths or beliefs. Instead, it should be thought of as an organic, evolving ecosystem of interrelated and interdependent elements that are constantly interacting with each other (and with the outside world).

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/24 16:06:53 ( 375 reads )

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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

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How Sikhs and Hindus Became the Bedrock of Middle Class Britain
Posted on 2014/12/23 16:55:29 ( 546 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, December 14, 2014 (Daily Mail): The lifestyle of a typical Middle Class Briton has been laid bare in wide-ranging research published yesterday. Analysts discovered a social group living in semi-detached suburbia and worrying about how to pay the mortgage. And while many of the findings reinforce the stereotype of a middle-class family, some of the research is perhaps more surprising. The survey found that long-established Hindu and Sikh families now have an above average likelihood of being classed Middle Class Britons.

The research was carried out by analysts at Experian, who examined nationwide data ranging from income and housing type to favorite internet sites and shopping habits. It identified more than 400 social and economic factors to define Middle Class Britain and has produced a detailed picture of the country's largest social group, accounting for 13.1 million people, or one in five of the population.

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Remnants of Shiva Temple Found Decades Ago in Mosque Excavation in Gujarat
Posted on 2014/12/23 16:55:23 ( 683 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 11, 2014 (Daily Pioneer): Remnants of a Shiva temple having two shrines were found during an excavation carried out at Jami Masjid mosque and its adjacent areas in Gujarat about 35 years ago, the Government informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

On the details of scientific excavations carried out at the archaeological monuments of Rudramahalaya and Jami Masjid at Sidhpur district of Patan in Gujarat during the same period, he said plinth of the temple was exposed and sculptures, architectural members, decorative mouldings were found after scientific excavations.

To a question on the present status of planning and development for clearance operations, preservation of ruins of Rudramahalaya and Jami Masjid, he said that in the clearance operations, modern buildings adjacent to Jami Masjid, obstructing the view of these monuments, have been removed.

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