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Early Release for Prisoners who Pass Yoga test at Indian Jail
Posted on 2015/12/1 18:01:24 ( 89 reads )


PUNE, INDIA , December 1, 2015 (by Andrew Marszal, Telegraph News):An Indian jail is to release prisoners early if they earn top marks in yoga exams at the end of a course. The scheme involves inmates at the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune, where Mahatma Gandhi was twice imprisoned, and prisoners will be eligible for release three months early as an incentive to do well. "Yoga has been proved scientifically to improve the mental and physical condition," said Bhushankumar Upadhyay, the prison director responsible for the programme. "It improves our overall behaviour and calms down our violent tendencies." "Remission has been given by the government for good conduct. So as an incentive we are going to give remission to those who excel at yoga."

Inmates who began the new program will sit a practical and a written exam after six months. Dr Upadhyay, 51, said he hopes the scheme, in which around 1,500 prisoners will initially participate, could spread across India and even to other countries. Inmates taking the course will also be encouraged to teach yoga to their fellow prisoners at other jails around Maharashtra state. According to the Sahayog Trust, which devised the year-long course, upon completing their studies, two-thirds of inmates believed their former activities were wrong and wished to ask for forgiveness from their victims' families. Officials also claimed the number of violent incidents within the prison dropped as a result of the course.

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Renovated Historic Mandir Enhances Diwali Festivity
Posted on 2015/12/1 18:01:14 ( 74 reads )


KARACHI, PAKISTAN, November 11, 2015 (Daily Times): For jubilant Maalsi, visiting Karachi's Darya Lal Mandir on Eduljee Dinshaw Road on Diwali is something special this year. Almost renovated it would be one of the port city's historic mandirs having the biggest gumbad (dome) of Jhoolay Lal, which makes Diwali celebrations more colourful for Maalsi and his family.

Hindu communities all over the world are celebrating Diwali today, the event is also recognized as the 'Festival of Lights' as this is one of the greatest and brightest festivals of the Hindu religion and it spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil. The preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new attires or their best outfits, light up lamps and candles inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi-the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Renovation work of Mandir is part of Eduljee Dinshaw Road (EDR) Trust Project which was inaugurated on November 11, 2014 by Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ebad in line to beautify the historical building of Karachi Port Trust, Old Customs House. According to Syed Haider Raza, an architecture and Project Manager of EDR Trust project, through renovation of Mandir, he tried to show how old Karachi looked like. The total expenditure of renovation has almost cost around US$30,000, said Raza. The Mandir itself has historical importance as it was built in the late nineteenth century when Karachi Port Trust was constructed in 1887. In the British era, people used to come from all over Sindh for Pooja Paat, Bhandara and Yatra.

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Last Rites Performed for Cove and John Ashram Swami
Posted on 2015/12/1 18:01:03 ( 81 reads )


GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, November 5, 2015 (Stabroek News): Swami Vidyanandaji Maharaj, spiritual director of the Cove and John Ashram and the America Sevashram Sangha, was remembered yesterday as a holy man who influenced everyone who he came in contact with positively, as hundreds flocked the Cove and John Ashram to pay their last respects. (The name is that of the town, "Cove and John," located 18 miles east of Georgetown).

The crowd of devotees, schoolchildren, dignitaries, and others sat on the lawns of the Ashram as they recollected the swami's contributions and influence towards society. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo hailed him as "someone who in many ways has influenced all our lives" and recalled his first meeting with the Swami. He said that while he was a bit troubled back then, the meeting influenced him in such a positive way that he felt resolved and was motivated to push further and harder to achieve his goals.

The Swami, 79, died in the US last week and his body was returned to Guyana.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/12/1 18:00:52 ( 71 reads )


For seven lives in seven bodies the grateful will remember friends who relieved their anguish and affliction.
-- Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural, verse 107

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Argentina University Offers Degree in Yoga and Integral Health
Posted on 2015/11/30 19:13:56 ( 283 reads )


ARGENTINA, November 9, 2015 (Rosario 3): The University Institute of Gran Rosario (IUGR), announces the opening of a new undergraduate program for the 2016 cycle: the Technical University Degree in Yoga and Integral Health. This undergraduate program aims to train upper level technicians in Yoga, with theoretical-practical knowledge on integral health based in traditional and current academic contents; with a faculty with renowned prestige in their disciplines.

The syllabus systematizes the knowledge and techniques that come from multiple traditional sources of Yoga, with contents about Ayurveda, Nutrition, Quality of Life, Integral Therapies, Corporal Techniques, Philosophy and Meditation. It will combine theoretical knowledge with hours of practice with the objective of obtaining the experience that a University Technician needs for the practice of his profession.

This degree is taught in covenant with the Prema Foundation of Ayurveda Health, which collaborates with the Gujarat Ayurved University (Jamnagar - India) The technician in Yoga and Integral Health will have a solid training in the practices, sources and foundations of Yoga, with specific knowledge about posture, meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques that are typical of this ancient discipline; as well as complementary knowledge that will allow him to transmit, organize and guide groups and individuals that wish to improve their quality of life.

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