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Listen to Dilip Amin's Talk to San Francisco Bay Area Multi Faith Coalition
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:53 ( 174 reads )

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SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA, December 27, 2014 (YouTube): Dilip Amin gave a presentation to Peninsula Multi-faith Coalition group leaders consisting of Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Hindus. The message is about pluralism and respect for all. Watch the short and informative video at source above.

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Carnivorous Plant Turns Vegetarian
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:38 ( 176 reads )

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LONDON, December 27, 2014 (Ad Hoc News): HPI Note: This sounds like a hoax, but is being widely reported in the media and appears to be based on authentic scientific research.

If you think that only humans are turning vegetarian, here is a new study that has found certain carnivorous plants are also becoming vegetarians. The bladderworts (Utricularia) is a species of carnivorous plant that catches and digests tiny animals. Now, the plant is turning to algae and pollen grains for a balanced nutrition.

The species catches its prey with the help of suction bladders, trap doors and lightning speed. Once captured by the bladderwort, the animal suffocates, and is then broken down by enzymes and digested. This is how the plant worked until it discovered vegetarianism.

"Bladderworts are switching to algae and pollen grains," said researchers Marianne Koller-Peroutka and Wolfram Adlassnig from the University of Vienna in Austria. When bladderworts lived in areas where algae was plenty and animals were scarce, the vegetarian plants were actually larger than the meat eaters.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:31 ( 142 reads )

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Eternal, pure, groundless, death-and-birth free, pervasive, ever immaculate, distant, near, enveloping effulgence of void, the support of all, the fullness of bliss, the consciousness-form beyond thought and speech, That which thus stood, the expanse vast that generates bliss, let us contemplate.
-- Tayumanavar (1706-1744), South Indian devotional poet

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VHP Converts 58 Persons to Hinduism on Christmas Day
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:44 ( 457 reads )

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KOTTAYAM DISTRICT, KERALA, INDIA, December 26, 2014 (Indian Express): On Christmas Day, around 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families, embraced Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam district under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

According to VHP District President, Balachandran Pillai, at least 42 members belonging to 20 families embraced Hinduism at the Puthiyakavu Devi temple in Ponkunnam. Sixteen others were converted in another function at the Thirunakara Sri Krishna Swamy temple in Thirunakara, Kerala.

Pillai said those who had converted had come on their own from Vaikom, Kumarakkam and Kanjirapally. Similar functions are being held at various places.

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China Tracks the Silk Road with a Rail Road
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:35 ( 231 reads )

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CHINA, December 16, 2014 (Huffington Post): November 18, 2014 is a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China's Zhejiang province, 185 miles south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9th.

Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 8,000 miles, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.

The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length. It will represent geopolitics with a human touch, knitting together small traders and huge markets across a vast landmass. It's already a graphic example of Eurasian integration on the go. And most of all, it's the first building block on China's "New Silk Road," conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

Read this very long analysis at source.

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