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Correction: Harappan Stepwell Article Inaccurate
Posted on 2015/4/16 18:27:45 ( 448 reads )


INDIA, April 15, 2015 (HPI): Scholar Michel Danino informs Hinduism Today that the Times of India article ("source" above) summarized recently in HPI is incorrect. Dr. V.N. Prabhakar, who was interviewed for the Times of India articles states:

*The "stepwell" is not 5,000 years old and is not bigger than the Great Bath of Mohenjo-daro. The stepwell is located inside the Eastern Reservoir at Dholavira. The Eastern Reservoir measures 73 X 29 X 10 m (L X B X H), which is bigger than Great Bath and NOT the "stepwell" which is a circular well cut into the bedrock with a flight of steps.

*The stepwell was excavated by Dr. R.S. Bisht of the Archaeological Survey of India nearly 15 years back and is NOT a recent discovery by IITGN as claimed in the report.

*The news item while reporting its location inside the Eastern Reservoir, ignores the fact that it is much smaller and circular in shape (a photograph is also published showing its circular shape), and goes on to claim that it is "rectangular."

*Surveys are yet to be undertaken by IITGN at Dholavira and the news items mentioning that 'surveys indicating more buried reservoirs and stepwells' is NOT TRUE.

*IITGN is not planning excavations at the site as falsely published.

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View Live Feed of Worship at Kashi Viswanath Temple, Varanasi
Posted on 2015/4/16 18:27:39 ( 503 reads )


VARANASI, INDIA, April 15, 2015 (HPI): Devotees can view a live feed of the worship of the famed Siva Lingam of Kashi Viswanath Temple here at "source" above. The camera is fixed looking down at the Siva Lingam, which is barely discernable in the silver enclosure as devotees move through at the rate of several a minute. They are allowed to touch the Lingam and offer their own worship most of the day. There are also periods of formal worship by priests which are noted under "Programmes" on the home page.

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At Hindu Temple in Hockessin, a Tour of India
Posted on 2015/4/16 18:27:33 ( 468 reads )


DELAWARE, U.S., April 12, 2015 (Delaware Online): From the brightly colored costumes to the traditional music to the jangling ankle bracelets worn by many dancers, a small portion of Delaware was taken on a tour of Indian culture Saturday. Nearly 500 people attended the event, called Maha Shakthi, at the Hindu Temple of Delaware. "It's such a feast for the eyes and the ears and everything," said Chitra Vaidyanathan, who was attending the event. "It's so mesmerizing and uplifting just to see it."

By honoring different Hindu Goddesses, the event recognized many different sects of Hinduism. "It gives the kids a sense of where you're from and who you are," Vaidyanathan said. "These kids very much belong to American culture, but this gives them a chance to know Indian culture, too." The dance ceremony was also used to kick off more than a month of celebration up to Memorial Day, when the temple will recognize its 13th anniversary.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/16 18:27:27 ( 422 reads )


I was an atheist until I found out I was God.
-- Spotted on a T-shirt in Auroville

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Brain Scans Show the Influence of Yoga and Meditation on Pain Perception and Aging
Posted on 2015/4/15 17:50:00 ( 933 reads )


For the pain study, research subjects received light pain stimuli in the form of mild electrical shocks to one of their forearms. The meditation group experienced the pain in both an everyday state of mind and in a state of meditation. They turned out to experience the pain not as less strong, but as less unpleasant. In their brains, the reduced pain perception went hand in hand with increased activation in the posterior insula (the area involved in the sensation of pain) and decreased activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex (the area that regulates experiences). This pattern is the opposite of what happens in the brains of non-meditators. In other words, meditators were able to reduce their pain in a unique way by tolerating the pain sensations instead of exerting mental control over them.

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