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Free Mobile Yoga App Launched in Thailand
Posted on 2015/9/3 19:26:25 ( 394 reads )

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BANGKOK, THAILAND, August 31, 2015 (Zee News): A free mobile app showing simple yoga exercises has been launched by the Indian Embassy here and will be available for enthusiasts in Hindi, English and Thai languages. The app - compatible for Android - was formally launched here by India's Ambassador to Thailand Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

The 'Common Yoga Protocol' can be accessed through mobile phone, tablet, laptop etc. easily anywhere, the Indian envoy said. IOS and Windows version will be released soon of the app, that is free to download and will be a handy tool for all Yoga practitioners.

The launch came following the overwhelming success of the International Day of Yoga (IDY) that witnessed the participation of thousands of people, including Thais, foreigners and Indians. Yoga, the 5,000-year-old Indian physical, mental and spiritual practice that aims to transform body and mind, remains very popular among Thais here and the lessons at the Indian Cultural Centre have a high number of attendance by Thais, foreigners and Indians.

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Modi Releases Digital Version of Ramcharitmanas
Posted on 2015/9/3 19:26:14 ( 395 reads )

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INDIA, August 13, 2015 (Press Information Bureau): The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today released the digital version of Ramcharitmanas, as a set of digital CDs produced by All India Radio. Praising the efforts of the artistes who had contributed to this musical production, the Prime Minister said they had performed not just sangeet sadhna, but also sanskriti sadhna and sanskaar sadhna (devotion not just to music, but also to culture and tradition).

The Prime Minister described the Ramcharitmanas as a great epic which contained the "essence of India." He mentioned how the Indians who had travelled to various parts of the world, such as Mauritius, kept alive their link with India over successive generations, through the Ramcharitmanas.

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Revealing The Secret Behind Gayatri Mantra
Posted on 2015/9/3 19:26:04 ( 406 reads )

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INDIA, August 31, 2015 (by Hari RajivKumar, Daily O): From the limited information available about our past, we know that Hinduism is the oldest religion (or "way of life", as some people prefer to call it) and in this tradition, the Rigveda Samhita is the oldest work. Perhaps the most famous verse from the Rigveda is the savit? g?yatr? mantra. The Gayatri mantra is a 6,000-year-old verse . With this line, we bring our awareness to the three spheres of existence, thus connecting with something bigger than our tiny selves. The Gayatri mantra is a prayer to the Supreme, in the form of the sun, which stimulates our mind and empowers us. Just like the sun wakes us up every morning, we pray that the Supreme light wakes up our intellect. It is indeed a prayer for internal strength.

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Sutra Journal: A Free Monthly Online Magazine with a Dharmic Focus
Posted on 2015/9/3 19:25:54 ( 406 reads )

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August 29, 2015 (Sutra Journal): Sutra Journal introduces their free, monthly online magazine with a Dharmic focus, featuring articles on yoga, vedanta, tantra, Buddhism, ayurveda and Indology. Yoga arose and exists within the Dharma, which is a set of timeless teachings, holistic in nature, covering the gamut from the worldly to the metaphysical, and from science to art and ritual. See the August inaugural issue at source.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/9/3 19:25:43 ( 333 reads )

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Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. Proneness to exaggerate, to suppress or modify the truth, wittingly or unwittingly, is a natural weakness of man and silence is necessary in order to surmount it.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian spiritual leader

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No Monkey Business at Kerala's Onam Festival
Posted on 2015/9/1 19:23:02 ( 668 reads )

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KERALA, INDIA, August 30, 2015 (Lassi With Lavina by Lavina Melwani): Monkeys are especially beloved because of Lord Hanuman, the monkey God and diehard devotee of Sri Rama. In any Indian town or city, monkeys can do a lot of mischief but get away without punishment due to this divine connection. During the festival season of Onam, there is a special feast for these honored guests. At 'source' above is a video showing the monkeys feasting on lavish meals served on banana leaves at a long table. The event took place at the Sasthamkotta Sree Dharmasastha Temple in Kollam district of Kerala, South India.

During the festival season of Onam in Kerala, Onasadya (traditional vegetarian feast), just like the one in households, is given to this respected monkey brigade that live in and around the Sree Dharmasastha Temple at Sasthamkotta. The video features Onasadya being served to the monkeys and shows them enjoying the delicacies in a manner that suits their table manners!

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Sad Reality and Bitter Truths of Hindus in America
Posted on 2015/9/1 19:22:52 ( 713 reads )

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UNITED STATES, August 28, 2015 (Daily O by Vamsee Juluri): Whatever extreme imagination the 2011 census might inspire in ideologues in India, reports about Indians in America only seem to affirm the idea of an endlessly cheerful Indian American Dream. Hindu Americans in particular have acquired a reputation as a wealthy community. News reports in India and abroad admiringly note statistics about the community's income and education, as well as individual success stories. Hinduism, some journalists say, is the wealthiest religion in America.

Regardless of the merits of such claims, and the emotional and political debates that invariably follow, it must be said that for a community that has hardly been there for half a century, there is a well-deserved sense of pride about having navigated the best of both cultures. The community succeeds in the modern, secular world of science, engineering, academia and business, and also remains steeped in religiosity.

As someone who has been writing about some of these issues for several years now, I can say that the energy is palpable, the purpose becoming increasingly more lucid and beyond reproach, but as far as results go, there is not much to show, as of now at least. For a storied immigrant community, Hindu America is still incredibly voiceless in America. To recall one simple example, the California textbooks haven't changed one bit after nearly a decade of struggle. One might even ask, given how egregiously Hinduphobic the lessons were, why did several class years of students and parents quietly go through school without challenging them before 2005? What does it say about us as a community that produces CEOs and millionaires but not enough of a truth-claim to replace lies with facts?

Much more of this long essay at source.

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Hinduism Today Seeks Testimony to the Benefit of Seva for Article on Karma Yoga
Posted on 2015/9/1 19:22:41 ( 558 reads )



KAUAI, HAWAII, August 21, 2015 (HPI): Hinduism Today is seeking a bit more assistance the Educational Insight on that subject in the Jan/Feb/March issue. We are seeking inspiring quotes from youth and children, sharing testimony of the benefits that they have experienced from doing karma yoga (seva) in their community, temple, ashram. Please email our deputy editor: kumar@hindu.org.

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Google Brings over 2,000 Indian Artworks Online, Opens 70 Virtual Exhibits
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:25 ( 804 reads )

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UNITED STATES, August 28, 2015 (Trak.in): The Google Cultural Institute is increasingly helping the Indian culture flourish on a global platform, bringing the best of Indian art and culture online. Google announced that it has added ten new partner institutions to digitize and share their content via its platform. The U.S.-based tech giant is surely doing much to promote Indian culture, and its museums, which are nothing more than tourist attractions having barely any footfalls these days. The Google Cultural Institute, which was launched in 2012 in India with the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi as initial partners has now announced to having added 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits to Google's platform.

"The mission of the Cultural Institute is to make the world's heritage accessible for global audiences and to preserve it digitally for generations to come. By bringing India's rich heritage online, we hope to introduce people across the globe to the fascinating world of Indian culture, history, and art. We have expanded the scope of our technology so that anybody with a mobile phone can now explore Indian culture through unique partner apps. Partners can also embed content on their website, helping making Indian culture easily accessible to all," Amit Sood, director of the Google Cultural Institute said.

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Yoga in Palestine: The Search for Inner Peace Amid Ongoing Conflict
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:14 ( 799 reads )

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PALESTINE, August 27, 2015 (The Guardian): A lack of yoga teachers, and a social stigma from the belief that the practice had something to do with a foreign religion, meant that until recently not many Palestinians had had exposure to yoga or meditation. But in 2010 Farashe opened a volunteer-based nonprofit community yoga centre in Ramallah that focuses on outreach.

In 2012 and 2013, Farashe was boosted when Washington DC-based nonprofit Anahata International ran teacher training for Palestinian women to take the self-care techniques into their communities on the West Bank. With training from Farashe and others, over the last three years, about 80 men and women have become yoga teachers.

Today, yoga-based practices are integrated into community centres and gyms, not only among the elite of cosmopolitan Ramallah, but also in the small villages. It's used in health clinics in crowded refugee camps, and in classes at small private studios led by new teachers trained by international volunteers.

Much more at source.

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UN Population Fund Chief Says 'New Mantra' is to Keep Girls in School until Age 18
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:04 ( 662 reads )

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MADABA, JORDAN, August 22, 2015 (US News): The "new mantra" of the U.N. Population Fund is to keep girls in school until age 18 "in every nook and cranny of the world" to protect their rights and slow population growth, the head of the agency said. Last month, the U.N. said it expects the world's population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and more than 11 billion by 2100.

Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the population fund, said it is important to enable women to control their fertility. "Our preoccupation is how do we ensure that women have the information, the education and ... access to services so they can decide the number (of children) they want," he said. He said women tend to have fewer children if their first one is born after they've turned 18.

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Hinduism Today App Now on Both Apple and Google Play
Posted on 2015/8/28 17:57:49 ( 1308 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, August 28, 2015 (HPI): The Hinduism Today app, rolled out August 12 for the iPhone, is now available for all Android smart phones. You can get it on Google Play: Click here and install!

Apple iOS users: go here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hinduism-today/id1023295974?mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/det ... com.yudu.ReaderAIR6213949

For many months now the monks have been working among themselves and with experts to create an internet application worthy of Hinduism's flagship magazine. Around the globe there are millions who have no access to the Internet, and whose go-to device is an iPhone or Android phone. A recent poll claims that 70% of India's digitally-connected population have only a mobile device, without a computer at home.

This app is designed to give access to our rich resources for students in Fiji, housewives in Mauritius, yogis in Rishikesh, seekers in Kuala Lumpur and Indophiles everywhere and provide them with a mobile-friendly reading experience of the magazine's one-of-a-kind stories and elegant graphics each quarter.

We hope you will not only download and test-drive it, but share the link with family and friends to enrich their lives and bring the Hindu community even closer. Be sure to register so we can tell you when the next issue is available for downloading.

At "source" above is a short visual tutorial on its use. Follow the slideshow and captions for a quick introduction and overview.

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Kumbh Mela Shravan Shudha - First Snan: Thousands of Devotees Take Dip on the Banks of Godavari River
Posted on 2015/8/28 17:57:38 ( 1054 reads )

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NASHIK, INDIA, August 26, 2015 (Indian Express): Today marked the first day of bathing for those attending this year's Kumbh Mela festival on the banks of the Godavari River in Maharashtra state. For colorful photos see source above.

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Anti-Hindu Attitudes in American Academia Need to Be Questioned
Posted on 2015/8/26 19:46:34 ( 1553 reads )

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UNITED STATES, August 26, 2015 (Vedanet by Vamadeva Shastri): Western academia has had an almost uncritical control of Hindu studies, unlike that of any other religion. There are few practicing Hindus in academic positions in the West, and those that exist rarely challenge the dominant discourse openly in front of their peers. Indians seem to be encouraged if they are Marxists or Non-Hindus. This is very different than Christianity, Judaism and Islam that have many practicing members in the ranks of academic teachers in the West, who openly defend their faith.

There is a new battle over Hindu studies and what Hinduism means in a global context, particularly since India now has what is regarded as a more pro-Hindu government. The popularity of Hindu based movements worldwide like the many different Yoga groups, Vedanta and Ayurveda are part of this issue. While Hinduism is being denigrated at an academic level as backward and superstitious, Hindu-based ideas are at the forefront of much of the new spiritual, healing and ecological thought in the world.

While Americans today have learned to respect the Hindu-American community -- which is one of the most affluent and educated minority groups in the country -- they would be surprised to know that much of American academia, which is supposed to represent tolerance, still treats them in a demeaning manner.

Much more of this interesting article at source.

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Teach India! Program Draws Area Teachers, Highlights Unique Partnership
Posted on 2015/8/26 19:46:24 ( 1261 reads )

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WASHINGTON D.C., August 24, 2015 (Hindu American Foundation): Teachers from around the Washington, DC region took part in the three-day Teach India! teacher training workshop organized by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), California State University-Long Beach, and the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple (SSVT), the first ever program featuring a partnership of this kind. The workshop was held from Aug. 20-22.

The workshop focused on applying historical thinking to teaching approaches. Sessions featured HAF's well-regarded Hinduism 101 program, discussions on how to read and interpret primary source documents such as the Upanishads, and lectures on Indian history from the Harappan era to modern times. Though the workshop featured lessons on how to better understand Hinduism and Hindu texts, facilitators also highlighted India's rich cultural and religious history, including the development of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and the interactions between Dharmic traditions and Abrahamic ones such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

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