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Indian Deities Worshipped in Japan

Posted on 2016/2/11 19:51:53 ( 467 reads )

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JAPAN, February 10, 2016 (youtube): There is a bridge of religiousu culture joining the countries of India and Japan. In the words of Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Former Ambassador of Japan, "It is very important for the Japanese to know that in the bottom of Japanese culture, Indian culture is very firmly imprinted".

Along with the ideas of Buddhism and Hinduism, the culture of Indian deities traveled all across Asia. Buddhist and Hindu deities of India are worshiped by the people of Japan. The 5th century Sanskrit script is revered in Japan and its letters denoting different deities, are considered sacred by the Japanese.

Very nice video on this topic at "source" by Benoy Behl. Highly recommended.

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Why Saying 'I Am a Hindu' Should Be Respected

Posted on 2016/2/11 19:51:43 ( 425 reads )

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UNITED STATES, February 10, 2016 (Daily O by Dr. David Frawley): Saying "I am a Hindu" is bound to meet with denigration in the West and even in India - more so if someone born in the West states to have formally become a Hindu. Yet for someone in the West to say that they have become a Buddhist or a Muslim does not meet with the same negative response. Nor does it occur for someone in India, even from a Hindu background, to say that they have become a Christian or a Muslim.

Like a number of Westerners starting in the 1960s, I became immersed in Hindu based practices of yoga and vedanta, extending to the worship of Hindu deities like Shiva and Devi. When people asked me what religion I followed, I realized that I was clearly a Hindu in my way of life from puja and pilgrimage, to mantra and meditation. I decided to formally become a Hindu to affirm this.

However, most in the West who take up yogic teachings do not formally call themselves Hindus, even if they adopt Sanskrit names relating to Hindu deities. This is owing to deep-seated propaganda against Hinduism as characterized by backward social customs, not enlightened spiritual teachings.

Many yoga students claim to be followers of their particular guru or sect. Others claim to be part of a universal tradition of yoga that includes all religions, of which Hinduism is only one. Yet all follow ideas and practices rooted in the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras - primarily Hindu sources - overlooking the fact that they are benefitting enormously from Hindu teachings. Fortunately, there is a slow awakening to the value of Hindu dharma and its rishi traditions. To respect Hinduism is to respect our ancient spiritual roots and our potential for higher consciousness.

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Digitized Manuscripts Available Online-Correction URL

Posted on 2016/2/11 19:51:32 ( 381 reads )

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INDIA, February 9, 2016 (dharmathatrustJK): Ancient manuscripts from the Raghunath Temple are now available online at source above.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/2/11 19:51:22 ( 267 reads )

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In India I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it. Inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything but possessed by nothing.
-- Appolonius of Tiana (2-97 ce), Greek philosopher and occultist. His work deeply influenced Western mysticism.

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Digitized Manuscripts Available Online

Posted on 2016/2/10 18:20:00 ( 702 reads )

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INDIA, February 9, 2016 (dharmathatrustJK): Ancient manuscripts from the Raghunath Temple are now available online at source above.

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Hindu Group Willing to Loosen Grip on UCI Donations

Posted on 2016/2/10 18:14:26 ( 589 reads )

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IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, February 9, 2016 (Orange County Register by Teri Sforza): When donors gift millions of dollars to universities, it's no surprise that they want to keep as close an eye on the money as possible. But how close is too close? A review of major donor agreements with UC Irvine suggests that the level of control sought by the controversial Dharma Civilization Foundation - in exchange for gifts of $3 million - is greater than that sought by other big donors with names like Samueli, Merage, Beckman and Bren.

The Dharma agreements fund professorships in the study of Eastern religions, and create advisory councils so Dharma can keep an eye on who UCI hires and what is accomplished. Some agreements specify the skills successful academics must possess - such as facility with Sanskrit - and effectively narrow the applicant pool to what some faculty members fear is Dharma's own, hand-picked candidates.

(HPI Note: The article fails to explain why facility in Sanskrit should be considered an unreasonable requirement for a chair in Indian studies. A very informative analysis of the issue of university chairs, this from the Sikh perspective, is: https://archive.org/stream/ChairsInSik ... lemsAndSolutions_djvu.txt)

Hundreds of critics, including UCI faculty and students, have gone on record demanding that UCI reject Dharma's gifts. A university committee is reviewing those gifts, and is on the verge of recommending what to do.

All of which confounds the donors at Dharma, who say they are willing to consider rewriting clauses that people are uncomfortable with and are eager to meet face-to-face with their critics. "When we wrote the agreements, we did not consult other agreements," said Kalyan Viswanathan, executive vice president for the Dharma Civilization Foundation. "We didn't ask for any, and we didn't compare any. We wrote what we thought we wanted, and the university administration guided us toward language that was acceptable to them. It went through several levels of review."

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Head of Kashi Math Passes On

Posted on 2016/2/10 18:14:16 ( 630 reads )

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INDIA, January 18, 2016 (The Hindu): Swami Sudheendra Theertha died after a brief illness at Hardwar on Sunday. As the spiritual leader of the Kashi Math, Swami Sudheendra Theertha, headed the Math for 70 years as the 20th guru in succession.

Born as Sadasiva Shenoy in 1926 as the fourth son of Draupadi and Ramadas Shenoy of Kappasseri House, near T. D. Temple, the Swami took up Sanyasa as a 17-year-old at the behest of his guru Sukritheendra Swami.

His spiritual leadership in combination with a social outlook led the Swami to leave a mark in charitable acts that serve the people with a missionary zeal. The Sudheendra Medical Mission Hospital established in 1971 here and later taking over the Royal College of Homeopathic Physicians at Chottanikkara and renaming it in the memory of the founders as Dr. Padiyar Memorial Homoepathic Memorial College, are two landmark institutions here.

He was a saint who kept in touch with the pulse of the people, remembers Bhaskara Shenoy, president of the Anugraha Charitable Trust here. His mastery in Sanskrit and many other Indian languages was well-known and he was a true follower of traditions and rituals throughout his life.

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In Supreme Court, Kerala Supports Ban on Women's Entry at Sabarimala Temple

Posted on 2016/2/9 20:03:39 ( 672 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 6, 2016 (Times of India): The Kerala government has told the Supreme Court that banning entry of women of menstrual age in historic Sabarimala temple in the state is a "matter of religion" and it is duty bound to "protect the right to practice the religion of these devotees".

In an affidavit, the state government said, "In the context of Sabarimala, the administration vests with the Travancore Devaswom Board under the provisions of the Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950. Under the Act, there is a statutory duty cast on the Board to arrange worship in temples in accordance with the usage. Therefore, in matters of religion, it is the opinion of the priests that is final," the affidavit filed by state chief secretary Jiji Thomson said.

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice NV Ramana would take up the matter on February 8.

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Why Teachers Should Not Ask Students to Try on the Hijab

Posted on 2016/2/9 20:03:29 ( 627 reads )

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UNITED STATES, February 9, 2016 (Religion News Service): Eager to support a Muslim student's effort to dispel stereotypes, teachers at a public high school in Rochester, N.Y., last week helped non-Muslim students try on a hijab for a day. Predictably, there were protests. The school system received about two dozen calls opposing the activity. Residents, many of them parents, told local news stations that they saw the activity as forcing a religion on students.

While some opponents laced objections with anti-Muslim comments, they were right to question the appropriateness of public school teachers' appearing to endorse a religious article of clothing. The school system and the school approved the day, and 150 scarves were donated for the occasion.

The World of Inquiry, a K through 12 school, likes experiential approaches, but religion requires special handling. Besides weighing the effect on the religion being represented, teachers also have to consider whether an activity simulates ritual, makes students uncomfortable or creates the appearance of promoting a particular faith.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/2/9 20:03:18 ( 546 reads )

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Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions: Why am I doing it? What might the results be? Can I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, then proceed.
-- Chanakya (350-275 bce), Indian politician, strategist and writer

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Professor Tanya Rawal's #SareeNotSorry Campaign Uses Fashion to Fight Racism

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:39 ( 1196 reads )

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SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA, December 23, 2015 (India West): "It's time we stop apologizing for our skin color, language and culture," says the woman behind the viral hashtag #SareeNotSorry, a campaign to discourage negative attitudes of people towards Indian Americans and bring attention to the positive aspects of Indian culture.

Meet Tanya Rawal, an Indian American professor at the University of California, Riverside. Since September, using the hashtag #SareeNotSorry, Rawal has been tweeting and instagramming pictures of herself wearing sarees in myriad colors and fabrics, sometimes accessorized with a belt and boots. At first, the idea was just a teaching experiment.

"My experiment was on what does it mean to be brown and a woman, and I was hoping to generate some questions in the class around being a minority in this country," Rawal told India-West by phone from Riverside. But what started as a teaching experiment ten weeks ago has become a full-blown movement on social media, with women across the world posting pictures of themselves in sarees, using the hashtag she started.

Much more at "source" above.

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Why Schools Are Embracing Yoga

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:28 ( 1021 reads )

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NEW YORK, USA, February 5, 2016 ( by Lizzie Thompson):In the basement of New Design High School on Manhattan's Lower East Side, seven teenage girls are sitting on yoga mats. Absent are the Lululemon outfits, the scented candles and ambiguously soothing music that are synonymous with yoga classes these days. For the next 49 minutes the girls will focus on themselves and leave their academic and social worries behind. The yoga class is run by Bent On Learning, a nonprofit that brings yoga into New York City public schools. Founded in 2001 by three yoga instructors, Bent On Learning was awarded a SHAPE 9/11 Grant in 2002 to teach yoga in 10 public schools located near Ground Zero to help students there manage post-traumatic stress following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In the 15 years since, Bent On Learning has seen yoga in the classroom grow beyond those 10 schools. They are now bringing the practice to 3,500 students around the city and find the demand for classes growing faster than they can keep up. Program manager Kristin Lalka estimates that there are around 40 schools on the waiting list. And Bent on Learning is just one of many programs bringing yoga to schools.

Outside of New York City, the phenomenon of yoga in schools crisscrosses the country. In Detroit, Michigan 15 public schools have yoga classes offered through Danielle Karmonos' Work It Out, a nonprofit that provides yoga and nutrition classes to students in low-income neighborhoods. In Litchfield, Minnesota, one teacher uses yoga techniques to calm and focus her students who are primarily classified with emotional behavior disorder. In Encinitas, California, yoga is widely taught in the classroom, though its implementation prompted a 2012 lawsuit alleging that it was promoting religion. A California appeals court ruled that yoga did not violate religious freedom.

The effects of yoga on students is still being studied, but it has been shown to reduce stress, improve focus and school performance, foster creativity, and improve self-esteem and body image. All outcomes that create healthy students eager to do well in school.

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A 4-day National Arogya Fair-2016 Begins at Dehradun in Uttarakhand

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:18 ( 930 reads )

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INDIA, February 5, 2016 (Press Information Bureau): The 4-day National Arogya Fair (Arogya means "health" in Hindi) began at Dehradun in Uttarakhand today. The Fair has been organized by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in collaboration with the State government of Uttarakhand and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The Fair was inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand , Shri Harish Rawat.

Addressing the inaugural session, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik said that India can bring in a revolution in healthcare and be a teacher to the world if we capitalize on our strengths in the traditional systems of medicine. He elaborated that the Arogya fair has grown into a country-wide phenomenon with more than 10 fairs organized throughout the year now. The Minister explained that over the past three decades, there has been a tremendous resurgence of World's interest in the AYUSH Systems of Medicine, including countries in Europe and USA. This is mainly because of holistic approach towards preventive, promotive and positive health and multi-dimensional aspects of disease management in these traditional systems of medicine.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/2/6 19:47:07 ( 852 reads )

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I loved my motherland dearly before I went to America and England. After my return, every particle of dust of this land seems sacred to me.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

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Official Well-Being Statistics Show Religious People Are Happier than Atheists

Posted on 2016/2/5 18:11:10 ( 1231 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, February 2, 2016 (Huffington Post): Religious people from all different faiths are happier than those who have "no religion," official data released on Tuesday revealed. Of all the faiths in the UK, Hindus are the happiest, scoring well above the national average and just under the demographic of people who consider themselves to be "in very good health," according to data compiled by the Office for National Statistics.

On average, Hindus scored a rating of 7.57 (out of 10) for happiness, followed by Christians at 7.47, Sikhs with 7.45 and Buddhist at 7.41. Those who follow "any other religion" came in at 7.26. And people who belonged to "no religion" were the unhappiest, scoring just 7.22.

The ONS report analysed personal well-being data for more than 300,000 adults in the UK. The samples were collected over three years, between 2012 and 2015.

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