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Americans Express Increasingly "Warm Feelings" Toward Religious Groups, Including Hindus


Posted on 2017/2/17 20:19:43 ( 319 reads )

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UNITED STATES, February 15, 2017 (Pew Forum): On the heels of a contentious election year in which partisan politics increasingly divided Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to religion, Americans generally express more positive feelings toward various religious groups today than they did just a few years ago. Asked to rate a variety of groups on a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, U.S. adults give nearly all groups warmer ratings than they did in a June 2014 Pew Research Center survey.

While Americans still feel coolest toward Muslims and atheists, mean ratings for these two groups increased from a somewhat chilly 40 and 41 degrees, respectively, to more neutral ratings of 48 and 50. Jews and Catholics continue to be among the groups that receive the warmest ratings - even warmer than in 2014.

Evangelical Christians, rated relatively warmly at 61 degrees, are the only group for which the mean rating did not change since the question was last asked in 2014. Americans' feelings toward Mormons and Hindus have shifted from relatively neutral places on the thermometer to somewhat warmer ratings of 54 and 58, respectively. Ratings of Buddhists rose from 53 to 60. However, the mean ratings given to particular religious groups still vary widely depending on who is being asked.

Much more at "source" above.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/17 20:19:32 ( 201 reads )

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Many there are who do not even hear of Atman; though hearing of Him, many do not comprehend. Wonderful is the expounder and rare the hearer; rare indeed is the experiencer of Atman taught by an able preceptor.
-- Katha Upanishad, 1.2.7



British Hindus Express Disappointment Over Bank of England Five Pound Note Animal Fat Decision


Posted on 2017/2/16 19:17:54 ( 299 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, February 15, 2017 (Independent): Members of the British Hindu community expressed deep disappointment on Wednesday after the Bank of England confirmed it will keep its five pound note with traces of animal fat in circulation. Last year, a number of Hindu temples banned the new five pound note after it emerged they contain the tallow.

Satish Sharma, the general secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples, on Wednesday told the Independent that the Bank "completely ignored" the community's concerns despite an encouraging meeting with the chief cashier of the Bank of England. Mr. Sharma said that members of his community will now be hit with a "crisis of conscious" as they will have to choose between taking a "financial hit" from not using the notes or going against their moral and religious beliefs. He said that the organization will now be seeking legal advice over the Bank's decision.

Since the banknotes were introduced into circulation in September last year, more than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for the tallow to be removed. But the Bank refused to yield to pressure from protest groups and on Wednesday said it will not pull any of the existing five pound notes from circulation and will print the ten pound notes as planned on the same paper.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/16 19:17:43 ( 178 reads )

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There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.
-- Swami Vivekananda



India Rejects Report of U.S. Faith Panel


Posted on 2017/2/15 20:10:00 ( 359 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 10, 2017 (The Hindu): India on Thursday rejected criticism from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) that religious minorities in the country continued to face vigilantism and constitutional challenges. At the weekly briefing, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the USCIRF had no locus standi to assess religious freedom in India. "We had rejected the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's Annual Reports in the past as well. We have serious doubts on their credibility," Mr. Swarup said. The report is titled "Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India."

See the evaluation of the Hindu American Foundation:

https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/us-relig ... ilt-to-peddle-hinduphobia


Access the USCIRF report: here



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/15 20:01:49 ( 194 reads )

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To trust a man who has not been tested and to suspect a man who has proven trustworthy lead alike to endless ills.
-- Tirukural 510



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/14 20:10:07 ( 309 reads )

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The mind turned inwards is the Self; turned outwards, it becomes the ego and all the world. Cotton made into various clothes we call by various names. Gold made into various ornaments we call by various names. But all the clothes are cotton and all the ornaments gold. The one is real; the many are mere names and forms.
-- Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950), Indian guru



Hinduism Today Team Arriving in Sikkim


Posted on 2017/2/13 19:45:40 ( 337 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, December 25, 2016: Hinduism Today India correspondent, Mr. Rajiv Malik of Delhi, and photographer Thomas Kelly of Kathmandu are arriving in Sikkim today for a week-long stay reporting mainly on the Hindu religious life of the mountainous state. If you can provide suggestions or contacts with prominent Hindus there, kindly email ar@hindu.org.



Can the Swastika Ever Be Redeemed?


Posted on 2017/2/13 19:41:28 ( 268 reads )

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UNITED STATES, February 9, 2017 (Religion News Service by Kimberly Winston): In one weekend, the swastika appeared in public places in three U.S. cities -- Houston, Chicago and New York. The sight was so offensive, average New Yorkers pulled out hand sanitizer and tissues to wipe the graffiti from the walls of the subway where it had been scrawled. "Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone," one subway rider who was there said. He added, "Everyone kind of just did their jobs of being decent human beings."

That two-minute incident on a northbound No. 1 train underneath Manhattan is a blip in the swastika's 6,000-year history. The plus-sign symbol with four hooked arms all pointing either clockwise or counterclockwise appeared in Asian, African, North and South American cultures millennia before Adolf Hitler and the Nazis made the clockwise version of it the emblem of their aggression for 25 years.

Yet the Nazis' brief but horrendous association with the swastika managed to divorce the symbol from its original ties to religion and spirituality, at least for Western cultures, though it is still used and revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and others. How did the swastika travel from prehistorical India to a New York City subway last week? Can it ever be restored to its original place as a sign of fertility, good fortune and hope?

More of the swastikas' history at "source" above as well as an video by Steven Heller, a graphic designer who teaches at New York State School of Visual Arts.



Swami Devanand Book Presentation in Santo Domingo


Posted on 2017/2/13 19:41:17 ( 214 reads )

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SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, February 7, 2017 (Metro, translated from Spanish): To commemorate the centenary of the birth of Master Swami Guru Devanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, the Yoga Devanand Cultural Center presented the Spanish language works "Contacto con Dios" (Close Encounter with God) and "El Alma: Energia Inagotable" (The Soul: Inexhaustible Energy).

The event, celebrated in the Aida Cartagena Portalatin room of the Pedro Henriquez Urena National Library, was led by Dr. Frank Canelo, president of the center. He recounted that Swami Guru Devanand was a wise enlightened teacher who dedicated his life to the teaching of Yoga philosophy and its main tool, the Mantra Yoga Meditation. Canelo added that in swami's lectures and sermons, he always distinguished himself by his wisdom in explaining deep and complex subjects, in a simple and understandable way for all people.

In the Dominican Republic, in 1971, Swami founded the Sociedad Internacional de Realizacion Divina (SIRD), an institution that later extended to other countries in Latin America and to the USA and Europe.

For more on the Trinidad-born swami:
https://translate.google.com/translate ... ti_Ji_Maharaj&prev=search



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/13 19:41:07 ( 243 reads )

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Stop identifying with the world created by your mind and a new world will open up before you.
-- Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, spiritual leader, guru, humanitarian of Kerala



Rain Accompanies Golden Chariot's Maiden Journey


Posted on 2017/2/9 19:55:05 ( 596 reads )

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GEORGE TOWN MALAYSIA, February 8, 2017 (The Star): A heavy downpour, unseen in recent years during Thaipusam, delayed the departure of the silver chariot from Kovil Veedu in Penang Street on Wednesday. The rain, which came pouring down at about 5.20am, pushed the departure of the silver chariot, owned by Nattukotai Chettiar Temple, from 6.30am to 7.20am.

However, nearby on Queen Street, the golden chariot left the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple for its maiden journey as scheduled at 5.20am. The golden chariot belonged to the Penang Hindu Endowment Board, the organizers of the Thaipusam festival. Twenty devotees pulled the golden chariot after the vel (spear) of Lord Muruga was placed on the altar of the chariot. Along the way, thousands of devotees lined the streets, with many arriving early in the morning from as far as Ipoh, Perak to watch the maiden journey of the golden chariot.



In Pictures: Thaipusam Celebration in Singapore


Posted on 2017/2/9 19:54:55 ( 380 reads )

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SINGAPORE, February 8, 2017 (Straits Times): Thai Pusam is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in honor of Lord Muruga, one of the most important Hindu deities. See "source" above for a wonderful slideshow and videos of the celebration in Singapore.



Authentic Sandalwood Powder Now Available


Posted on 2017/2/9 19:54:44 ( 295 reads )

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UNITED STATES, February 9, 2017 (HPI): A huge plantation of Indian Sandalwood in western Australia recently began selling products, after first planting trees in 1999. Many temples and individuals want to use real Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) powder in the temple puja tray and for placing on murthis, rather than the imitation powder that is unfortunately commonly sold.

The company website is at "source" above and their retail store is at:
http://www.mtromance.com.au/shop/deta ... n-sandalwood-powder-100g/.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2017/2/9 19:54:34 ( 258 reads )

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Quotations there have been, in superabundance. But what original commentary can you supply from the uniqueness of your particular life? What holy text have you absorbed and made your own? In what ways have these timeless truths renovated your nature? Are you content to be a hollow phonograph, mechanically repeating the words of other men?
-- Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855-1936), guru of Satyananda Giri and Paramahansa Yogananda

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