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Keeping Cultures Alive: The Sindhis and Hindus of Chile
Posted on 2015/8/4 19:17:23 ( 221 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, August 2, 2015 (Hindustan Times by Saaz Aggarwal): Punta Arenas, Chile, is one of the southern-most cities in the world. There was a time when every ship crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Straits of Magellan or around Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) halted there. I first saw the name Punta Arenas on a map in a book by the French scholar Claude Markovits, The Global World of Indian Merchants - 1750-1947: Traders of Sind from Bukhara to Panama.

The map marks places around the world which had branches of trading firms headquartered in Hyderabad, Sind, between 1890 and 1940. I felt surprised and impressed to see that it included about a dozen places in South America. How had Sindhis got so far away from home so long ago?

In 1907, a Sindhi merchant, Harumal, came ashore. The account of how Harumal opened his first store; what happened during the First World War and then the Second; how Partition affected the Sindhis of Punta Arenas, will form part of Sindhi Tapestry, the companion volume to my first book, Sind: Stories from a Vanished Homeland.

More of this interesting history at source.

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India Wins Patent Battle with Europe's Pangaea Lab
Posted on 2015/8/4 19:17:12 ( 249 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, August 3, 2015 (Daily Pioneer): India has once again successfully protected its traditional knowledge by preventing an attempt by Europe's Pangaea Laboratories to take a patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark, and green tea for treating hair loss. A senior official from the Union Science and Technology Ministry said that the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a Unit of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), had located the patent application filed at European Patent office by Pangaea Laboratories.

It then filed pre-grant opposition along with prior-art evidences from the TKDL, proving that turmeric, pine bark and green tea, have long been used as a treatment for hair loss in Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani. Sharing the details, the official said that the UK based company had filed the patent application at European Patent office in February, 2011. "In response, the CSIR-TKDL Unit filed evidences from TKDL on January 13, 2014 after the patent application got published on website, pursuant to which the patent application is finally deemed to be withdrawn by the applicant on June 29, 2015," the official maintained.

TKDL is a collaborative project between CSIR and Union Ayush Ministry. The official said that after it was estimated that about 2,000 wrong patents concerning Indian systems of medicine were being granted every year at the international level, efforts were taken making available information contents in into five international languages --English, Japanese, French, German and Spanish.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/8/4 19:17:02 ( 216 reads )

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After death, the soul goes to the next world bearing in mind the subtle impressions of its deeds, and after reaping their harvest returns again to this world of action. Thus, he who has desires continues subject to rebirth.
-- Shukla Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.6

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Hindu Temples in the US Growing in Spirit and Scale
Posted on 2015/8/3 18:55:52 ( 474 reads )

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UNITED STATES, July 26, 2015 (Economic Times): If you read between the lines of the vandalized signboard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, you'll see more than just 60 shotgun pellet holes perforating the blue sans serif lettering that reads 'Hindu Temple'. The punctures, though ominous, do little to threaten the place of the Hindu temple - in Forsyth County, or the rest of America.

For America's growing number of Indian immigrants, a temple is a way to transplant a bit of home in the US. The Hindu demographic is doing quite well economically. According to Pew, 36 per cent say their annual family income exceeds $100,000, compared to 19 per cent of the overall public. As America's three million Hindus grow in stature, so do their symbols of ethnic identity - their temples.

The institution first arrived on America's West Coast in 1906, via Swami Vivekananda's Vedanta Society in San Francisco, writes Karen Pechilis Prentiss for Harvard's Pluralism Project, and it concerned itself chiefly with scriptural study and meditation. It was only in the 70s when the Indian migrant population began to expand on the back of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 that temples for ritualistic worship and cultural incubation developed. This was when Alagappa Alagappan, one of the leaders of the temple movement in late 20th century America, helped establish the Hindu Temple Society in 1970 in Flushing, New York. Today, the temple count in the US touches 800, according Hindu American Foundation (HAF).

In last year's Pew survey that gauged the general American sentiment towards different religions, Hindus score 50 on a 'feeling thermometer' of 1 to 100, two points ahead of Mormons and three below Buddhists, which means the US public is ambivalent towards Hinduism, exhibiting no greater positive or negative attitude toward it.

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Inside the Mind of a Tyrant
Posted on 2015/8/3 18:55:41 ( 396 reads )

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INDIA, August 2, 2015 (New Indian Express by Anuja Chandramouli): Having successfully completed a quintet of books skilfully chronicling the rise and fall of the Moghul Empire, Alex Rutherford is back with Traitors in the Shadows, which examines the reign of Aurangzeb, one of the most contradictory and vilified figures in Indian history. Rutherford is on familiar terrain and his reverence for the historical material shines through in his narrative as he paints an enduring portrait of the tyrant who was not without redeeming qualities though one clearly has to hunt for them using a powerful microscope.

He was a devout Muslim, whose stern and extreme adherence to the strictures of his religion saw him undo all the hard work put in by his ancestors like Akbar to cultivate the bonds of brotherhood between those of all faiths by adopting a policy of religious intolerance. Aurangzeb banned the celebration of Hindu festivals like Holi and Diwali, ordered the destruction of temples and re-imposed the dreaded Jizya--higher taxation for all non-Muslims--to drive home his power over them. His actions were motivated by a misguided sense of political acuity as well and intended to make a strong statement against rebels like Shivaji and later the Jats, Rajputs and Sikhs, to discourage his other subjects from throwing in their lot with them.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/8/3 18:55:31 ( 332 reads )

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Life is meant for God-realization. If you die without attaining God-realization, your life is in vain. Even having one hundred gurus will not help, unless the disciple has a great desire for liberation and tries to get rid of all that stands in the way.
-- Swami Chidananda (1916-2008), President of Divine Life Society

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River Rafting Banned in Rishikesh Area
Posted on 2015/8/2 20:19:30 ( 549 reads )

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DEHRADUN/NEW DELHI, August 2, 2015 (Times of India): A day after the National Green Tribunal accepted the Uttarakhand government's submission that no new licenses will be issued to rafting camps and that renewal of licenses will also not be considered for the time being, both the rafting industry in the hill state and the hordes of tourists from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh who troop in for the popular river rafting activity are an unsure lot. NGT has also directed the Centre to submit its views on the impact of river rafting in the area. Though there is no blanket ban on rafting as yet - the next hearing in the case is on August 7 - plans for the time being have gone awry.

River rafting, a US$11 million-industry in Rishikesh that began in the 1980s with just five people, attracts a large number of domestic as well as foreign tourists. Campsites near the Ganga are weekend getaways for many in north India, with tourists in the thousands favoring a quick trip there for some much needed respite from city life. Rafting also offers one of the few options for adventure sports enthusiasts in north India.

At the heart of the NGT order is a petition by Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE), an NGO, which has raised a clutch of concerns about the large number of rafting camps, which include disturbance to wildlife, pollution caused due to waste junked by rafters, open defecation on the river bed, trees cut to make way for construction of camps, levelling of the river bed and much more.

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Texas Hindu Temple Opens with World Record
Posted on 2015/8/2 20:19:20 ( 636 reads )

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FRISCO, TEXAS, August 1, 2015 (WFAA): When you look inside the new Hanuman Temple in Frisco, North Texas on Saturday, you'll realize why it was built. Thousands of Hindus, most of them living in or around the city, crowded into the 34,000-square-foot temple to celebrate its official opening. The Indian population in the region is growing. In Collin County alone, it has more than tripled since the turn of the century. "Look at the 10-mile radius around the temple," said Temple Chairman Prakasa Rao Velagapudiand. "Seventy, 80, maybe even 90 percent of them have Indian background."

They celebrated the opening in spectacular fashion by setting a new Guinness World Record. After 24 hours of continuous chanting, the group set the world record for the longest chanting marathon.

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Colorful Video of Adkshardham Delhi On-Line
Posted on 2015/8/2 20:19:10 ( 616 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 30, 2015 (msn): While the sun is setting at the Swaminarayan Akshardam, take your seat on the ancient stepwell to experience the age old truth as the stepwell transforms into the courtyard of the heavens. The courtyard watershow features melodious music, colors, dancing fountains, lasers and more. See the nice short video at 'source' above.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/8/2 20:18:59 ( 444 reads )

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O Lord of power, if I were the Lord of herds of cattle, then I would have given to those intelligent worshippers plenty, as much as I could.

-- Rig Veda 8.14.2

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Adopt Students, Village Temples: Kanchi Seer
Posted on 2015/7/26 19:40:48 ( 1711 reads )

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INDIA, July 25, 2015 (The Hindu): Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on Thursday exhorted Non-Resident Indians to adopt at least one dilapidated village temple and also fund the education of at least one poor student from their motherland. Quoting a sloka from the Ramayana, the Sankaracharya said one should realise that "mother and motherland are superior to heaven."

They should chip in with their contributions either individually or collectively through organisations like Telugu Association of North America (TANA) or American Telugu Association (ATA) to reconstruct grama devalayams and sponsor the educational expenses of at least one poor student, the pontiff said after performing an elaborate Trikala pooja here. "It is imperative to protect the existing temples than constructing new ones," he added. The seer wanted the TTD to appoint at least 1,000 gram purohits to revive the past glory of village temples, which, he said, had been the nerve-centre of all socio-economic and cultural activities in the past.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/26 19:40:38 ( 1607 reads )

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There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not. We cannot understand how He can be explained. He is above the known, and He is above the unknown. Thus have we heard from the ancient sages who explained this truth to us.
-- Sama Veda, Kena Upanishad 1.3

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Can Use Pictures of God for Marketing, Says India's Supreme Court
Posted on 2015/7/25 18:33:42 ( 1622 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 25, 2015 (NDTV): It is fine to use pictures of Gods and Goddesses for commercial products, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing a petition that asked for a ban. "There are 33,000 crore (330 billion) Gods and Goddesses and everybody is to free to have their images. How can we say that there should be no image of God for the whole country?" Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu said.

A petition had sought a ban on the use of images of Gods on products, arguing that it is disrespectful. The petitioner said he was "aggrieved" that pictures of Gods were printed on puja articles, food items, spices, medicines and clothes. The Chief Justice responded: "A businessman may say I am a devotee of Lord Balaji or Goddess Lakshmi and I have named my son and daughter with these names. What is wrong if I use the God's pictures with these names in the name-plate, car or the products? What is wrong with it? Why should we restrain people from using picture of God?" The court said businessmen may feel if they had God's pictures on their products, it would help their business.

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Thousands gather for UK Shree Kutch Hindu festival
Posted on 2015/7/25 18:33:32 ( 1741 reads )

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LONDON, UK, July 23, 2015 (by Michael Knowles, London News): Hindus from Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton and Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore celebrated Rath Yatra on Sunday, July 19. Three chariots moved through six miles of roads, including Kenton Road, Honeypot Lane, Marsh Lane and Wood Lane after starting at Kenton Temple. Kanji Kerai, general secretary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, and Nitesh Hirani, secretary of the temple, said: "The devotees were singing, dancing, playing drums, hand symbols and blowing conch shells with the spiritual atmosphere throughout the procession.

"Spectators were amazed to see devotees in such an ecstatic mood. "It was a good day in the neighborhood and the community. It is something to be proud of and it is an achievement for the whole Harrow community." Guests from India and MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman attended the festival.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/25 18:33:21 ( 1625 reads )

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By practicing tolerance of those who insult us, we will feel honor and insult as the same. Just as we feel good when someone praises us, we should feel just as good when we are insulted. Stability in honor or insult is the ability to still have love for our aggressor.
-- Sri Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Spiritual Guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

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