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Christians Are Not Under Attack in India
Posted on 2015/3/31 17:58:17 ( 75 reads )


INDIA, March 31, 2015 (by Maria Wirth): There is probably no other country where members of other religions were as safe as in India. Hindus always gave shelter to those who were persecuted in their homelands. Jews gratefully acknowledged that India is the one country where they were never persecuted. Syrian Christians under their leader Thomas of Cana were given refuge in the 4th century. Parsis came in the 10th century to escape the Muslim invaders in Persia. And in 1959, some 100,000 Tibetan Buddhist refugees found shelter in India - only 12 years after the British had left the country, divided and poverty-stricken.

So what happened that nowadays there is a lot of talk that Christians are under attack in India? Have Hindus become intolerant? No. Hindus have not changed. All the so called attacks on churches which were hyped up recently on many TV channels turned out to have been minor crimes unconnected with "Hindu extremists". In other countries they would hardly find space in the local paper. Why were they flogged for days on TV channels? Why were Christian spokesmen given plenty of airtime to falsely blame the "Hindu right" and claim that Christians are under attack? There seems to be an agenda by the Churches and it would need to be investigated why so many TV channels obliged.

Much more at source.

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2015 HMEC Conference Set for October in Trinidad
Posted on 2015/3/31 17:58:11 ( 67 reads )


PORT of SPAIN, TRINIDAD, March 31, 2015 (myhmec): The 10th Annual HMEC 2015 (Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference) will be held October 2-4, 2015, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The conference will be hosted by the Caribbean Temples and organized by the temples across North America. The HMEC offers Mandir Executives, Priests, Hindu community leaders and Scholars a great opportunity to learn from one another and grow as one. It is a forum to join together as one, share, and listen to each other's stories, opinions, and experiences. Wide ranging discussions will include: building, preserving and strengthening of Mandirs in North America, engaging youth in temple operations, providing leadership, networking and building a strong community, engaging in interfaith dialog, outreach and social services. Please watch for further details.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/31 17:58:05 ( 67 reads )


Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Bengali poet and Brahmo Samaj philosopher

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Rath Utsava Celebrated in South India with Traditional Fervor
Posted on 2015/3/30 16:06:18 ( 370 reads )


BHATKAL, KARNATAKA. INDIA, March 30, 2015 (Bhatkal News): HPI Note: The original article states:

"Bhatkal Hanumanth Temple's historical Rath (Chariot) was pulled on March 28 evening by a huge gathering of Hindu brethren with traditional fervor and in a peaceful manner. There were special arrangements for pooja (worship) and in the evening, the chariot was pulled by large number of devotees."

"Thousands of devotees had flocked here for seeing the rath and its pooja (worship). This event designates historical Hindu-Muslim brotherhood and as usual today also, a group of Hindu brethren under the leadership of Surendra Shahnbhag, went to Chirkin Shabandari's house at Sultan Street and took permission from Ansar Shabandari to pull the chariot."

This article, ... /articleshow/45944454.cms,
recounts the origin of the custom--but gives no precise date--in this town which saw severe communal riots in 1993:

"Every April, the Channapattana Hanuman Temple in the middle of the town takes out a procession of its prized chariot, carrying the God. But it is not done without the permission of the Muslim Shahbandari family.The story goes that several years ago, the chariot broke down during an annual procession. The temple authorities and local Hindu worshippers didn't have the money to repair it and get on with the procession. That's when Shahbandari family pitched in with funds. Since then, the ritual of seeking their permission before taking out a procession began. 'Many years later, some youths found it ridiculous to seek permission from a Muslim family and protested. That year, the chariot was brought out without permission and it's said to have developed a snag again in front of the Muslim house. No one has broken the ritual since,' says Qamaruddin Mashaikh, a local. As a tradition sweets are exchanged between the temple authorities and the Shahbandari family during the ritual."

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Hindu Students Council to Host Global Dharma Conference 2015
Posted on 2015/3/30 16:06:07 ( 336 reads )


EDISON, NEW JERSEY, March 28, 2015 (Dharma Conference): Hindu Students Council (HSC), the largest Hindu youth organization in North America, announced today that it will host the Global Dharma Conference 2015 to commemorate its 25th Year Anniversary on September 11-13. The 2015 conference, to be held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, in Edison, New Jersey, aims to explore and understand the multi-faceted applications of Dharma for the Self as well as for the Society and the World - whether through the multi-faceted systems of Yoga or the invaluable teachings of Vedas and Vedanta. Hence, the conference will feature talks, workshops, performances and music that depict various expressions of Dharma.

With a theme of "Reconnect, Rejuvenate and Realize," Global Dharma Conference 2015 will build upon the success of the first conference and will feature several prominent dignitaries, speakers, celebrity guests and artists from around the world. For more information, please visit and or email us at

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