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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/3 15:45:44 ( 99 reads )

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It cannot be seen by the eye, and yet it is the eye within the eye. It cannot be heard by the ear, and yet it is the ear within the ear. It cannot be smelt by the nose, and yet it is that which makes the nose to smell. It cannot be uttered by the mouth, and yet it is that which makes the mouth to speak. It cannot be grasped by the hand, and yet it is that which makes the hand to grasp. It cannot be reached by the feet, and yet it is that which makes the feet to walk. It cannot be thought by the mind, and yet it is the mind within the mind. It is the Primal One without past or future. Its form is free from age and sickness. It manifests as father and mother. It blossoms as the Self-Existent. It cannot be described as one or two. No artist can portray It. It is That which lies 'twixt good and evil. It ever abides in the hearts of the wise. It permits no distinction between Vedanta and Siddhanta. It is That which dances at the zenith beyond the realm of sound.
-- Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lanka's most renowned contemporary spiritual master

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Ancient Practice of Yoga a Growth Industry
Posted on 2015/3/3 15:45:27 ( 93 reads )

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UNITED STATES, March 1, 2015 (USA Today): Nearly 10% of U.S. adults and 3% of children participated in yoga in 2012, up from 5% of adults and 2% of children a decade earlier, says a new survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Another survey, from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, says more than 24 million U.S. adults practiced yoga in 2013, up from 17 million in 2008. That makes it roughly as popular as golf.

Other signs that yoga is a growth industry: The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some yoga classes are so overcrowded that peace-seeking yogis are getting into fights over mat space. Yoga Journal, a print and online magazine, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and "business is booming," with a growing print readership of 2.1 million and more than 5 million online page views a month, says editor in chief Carin Gorrell.

Since 2012, Medicare has covered cardiac rehabilitation programs that include yoga. The programs also include a vegetarian diet and meditation. "I've always thought that it's not a matter of if we are going to include yoga and mindfulness techniques in healthcare, it's always been when, and the when has arrived," says M. Mala Cunningham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia who founded a program to certify yoga instructors and medical professionals to use such techniques with cardiac patients.

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We Are All Hindus Now--a Video Exposition
Posted on 2015/3/3 15:45:12 ( 138 reads )

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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA, February 27, 2015 (YouTube): "We are all Hindus Now" was an article published in Newsweek Magazine, August 24, 2009 [http://www.newsweek.com/us-views-god- ... e-are-turning-hindu-79073 with the title interestingly changed to "U.S. Views on God and Life are Turning Hindu]. Hindu practices have creeped into American society. In the spiritual landscape we are becoming more Hindu like. 65% of Americans now believe that there are many paths to one truth and another 14% believe in reincarnation. The Rev. Jennifer Ryu, a Unitarian Universalist, gives a nice talk on Hinduism to her congregation on this topic in this informative YouTube video.

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Colorado Yogis Chafe at State Regulation of Teacher Training
Posted on 2015/3/3 7:30:46 ( 214 reads )

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DENVER, COLORADO, March 1, 2015 (New York Times): A debate has roiled Colorado's growing yoga world, pitting studio owners like Annie Prasad Freedom against a government agency that says programs that train yoga teachers must be certified, just like schools that prepare barbers, cosmetologists and truck drivers. "I get pretty fired up about this new thing with the government," said Ms. Freedom, 45, sitting outside her studio, Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation. "How can you have people who know nothing about yoga regulating yoga schools?"

Studio owners say the rules -- which involve paying hundreds of dollars in fees and submitting curriculums for approval -- will cut into their into tiny profits and limit their yogic creativity. But officials of the state agency, the Division of Private Occupational Schools, say they are trying to protect aspiring teachers from fraudulent and unsafe programs. And they point to the case of Bikram Choudhury, a well-known yoga teacher accused of sexually assaulting students, as evidence that schools need government supervision.

The fight here is just the latest in a continuing debate over whether yoga instructor training programs should fall under the supervision of state agencies that certify occupational schools. The number of teacher training schools has exploded in recent years, jumping nearly 20 percent in 2014 alone, according to the Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit industry group. (The group counted 3,492 schools worldwide at the end of 2014.)

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Hinduism Today Seeks Contacts in Myanmar (Burma) for Feature Story
Posted on 2015/3/3 7:30:40 ( 201 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, March 2, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today's feature story team of journalist Rajiv Malik and photographer Thomas Kelly are planning to be in Myanmar (Burma) from March 30 to April 12 to report on the nearly million-strong Hindu community there (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism_in_Southeast_Asia#Burma).

They will be visiting Yangoon, Mandalay and Mawlamyine. We are seeking contacts in the local Hindu community to introduce them to the temples and important Hindu people of the area. The trip is being arranged on short notice. If you can help, contact Acharya Arumuganathaswami, Managing Editor, Hinduism Today, ar@hindu.org.

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