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Indians Knew Small Pox Inoculation Before Jenner invented Vaccine
Posted on 2015/2/23 15:54:11 ( 729 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 23, 2015 (NDTV): Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan today claimed that modern medicine originated in India and that Indians had practiced inoculation against smallpox even before the vaccine for the disease was invented by Edward Jenner. Dr Vardhan, who is himself an ENT surgeon, said that most of what is taken to be modern medicine had come back to India through the "American route" after being first translated into Arabic and Persian in 9th century ce and, from that, into the European languages in the 17th century.

"When I studied the history of Ayurveda or what you can call Hindu medicine... I found that in the ninth century, the Caliph of Baghdad got all our knowledge of Ayurveda translated into the Arabic and Persian languages."The same knowledge was again translated into the European languages in the 17th century and all that great knowledge has come back to us and it's explained to us as modern medicine that has come through the route of the Americas."But the origin of all this knowledge, if you go into the depth of this, was basically in India," Dr Vardhan said at an international conference on the Vedas in New Delhi.

"All of us know that Edward Jenner was the man who invented the vaccination for smallpox, but our Vedas will tell that the Hindus and Mohammedans of this country had done smallpox inoculations hundreds of years before the vaccine was invented. So, it's not about boasting, but the facts will all remain facts," he said

The minister further said that even before the Hippocratic oath begun to be administered to medical professionals, Sushruta and Ashwini, the surgeons of ancient India, told people to practise the same."Sushruta and all great surgeons taught to the whole world plastic surgery of nose. I have read in my own literature that surgical instruments were so precise, they split the hair into two," the minister said.

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Mummified Monk Found Inside Ancient Buddha Statue
Posted on 2015/2/23 15:52:07 ( 657 reads )

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NETHERLANDS, February 23, 2015 (Discovery): Researchers at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands made a shocking discovery when they imaged an ancient Chinese statue and found a nearly 1,000-year-old mummy inside. Sitting in the lotus position, the mummy fits within the statue perfectly.

"On the outside, it looks like a large statue of Buddha," the museum said in a release. "Scan research has shown that on the inside, it is the mummy of a Buddhist monk who lived around the year 1100." The human skeleton is believed to belong to Buddhist master Liu Quan, a member of the Chinese Meditation School. The museum speculates Liu Quan may have "self-mummified" in order to become a "living Buddha."

Practiced mainly in Japan, self-mummification was a grueling process that required a monk to follow a strict 1,000-day diet of nuts and seeds in order to strip the body of fat. A diet of bark and roots would follow for another 1,000 days. At the end of this period, the monk began drinking a poisonous tea made from the sap of the Japanese varnish tree. The tea caused a rapid loss of bodily fluids, possibly making the body too poisonous to be eaten by bacteria and insects.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/2/23 15:52:00 ( 593 reads )

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The syllable gu means shadows. The syllable ru, he who disperses them. Because of the power to disperse darkness, the guru is thus named.
-- Advayataraka Upanishad

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Australian Town Council Investigates Hindu Temple Operating Out of Home
Posted on 2015/2/22 18:07:18 ( 730 reads )

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, February 17, 2015 (Herald Sun): An investigation has been launched into whether a Craigieburn house is being used as a Hindu temple. But the home's owner denied the claims when approached by Hume Leader, despite running a Facebook page promoting prayer sessions and taking donations.

Craigieburn Mata Mandir is listed on Facebook as a Hindu temple in Hanson Rd. operating from 8am-8pm. It has almost 500 likes and posts photos, reviews and event details. A post on November 23 said a new temple was being constructed at the address with a "grand opening" advertised for January 17. There have also been posts encouraging donations with bank account details listed.

After being contacted by Hume Leader, all these posts were removed. City sustainability director Kelvin Walsh said Hume Council was investigating. According to the council, having a place of worship at a residential property could be within the owner's rights. While residential zones are primarily for housing, they can, in some instances, allow for educational, religious, recreational, community and other uses.

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Tulsi Gabbard to Marry in April in Vedic ceremony
Posted on 2015/2/22 18:07:12 ( 846 reads )

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WASHINGTON, USA, February 20, 2015 (Indian Express): Tulsi Gabbard, the first ever Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, will marry cinematographer Abraham Williams in April in a Vedic ceremony, a media report has said. The marriage will take place in Hawaii. The second term Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii, Gabbard, 33, announced her engagement about a month ago. She disclosed the identity of her fiancee in an interview to the local Honolulu Star Advertiser published this week. Gabbard said she would keep her last name after the marriage, which she wants to keep as a low key affair.

Williams is a freelance cinematographer who has made some short films and worked on commercial and political advertising campaigns, the daily reported. The daily said this time she is planning a Vedic wedding ceremony in keeping with the couple's Hindu faith. "For us it's about having a shared sense of spiritual values and what we hold important. We try to live our lives in service to others and God in a way that has a positive impact on others around us. It was something I learned from a young age," Gabbard said.

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