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India Appoints Minister Of Yoga
Posted on 2014/11/19 16:03:18 ( 323 reads )

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INDIA, November 13, 2014 (The Huffington post): Living up to his promise to promote India's therapeutic traditions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a ministry of yoga and alternative therapies for the country this week. Reuters reports that the AAYUSH portfolio will include traditional medicines and practices of ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy. Shripad Yesso Naik was appointed to head the ministry. "This is our system and it has not received enough prominence. We will take it to the masses," Naik said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

India's prime minister is known as an avid yoga fan. Modi used his September address to the United Nations General Assembly to promote the practice and call on member countries to mark June 21 as International Yoga Day. "Yoga should not be just an exercise for us, but it should be a means to get connected with the world and with nature," Modi said at the U.N. "It should bring a change in our lifestyle and create awareness in us, and it can help fighting against climate change."

India's mission to the U.N. has started preparing a draft resolution on the topic of International Yoga Day and will push for its adoption by the end of the year. So far, the resolution has received support from countries like the United States, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Canada.

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Assets handed over to Dikshitars
Posted on 2014/11/19 16:03:12 ( 275 reads )

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INDIA, October 28, 2014 (The Hindu): Officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Department on Monday night handed over the hundi collections of the Lord Nataraja temple here, including US$532,000 in bank deposits, 330 grams of gold and golden articles and 1,458 grams of silver articles to the Podhu Dikshithars.

By this, the department has completed the formalities of restoring the full administrative rights of the temple to the Podhu Dikshithars as directed by the Supreme Court. Secretary of the Podhu Dikshithars' Committee R. Bhaskara Dikshithar told The Hindu that the HR&CE Department officials had deposited the hundi collections, since the government takeover in 2009, in three nationalized banks in the name of the Executive Officer of the temple.

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New BAPS Temple Opens in Lisbon
Posted on 2014/11/19 16:03:06 ( 258 reads )

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LISBON, PORTUGAL, September 26, 2014 (dnoticias): The procession of Deities represented by statues, will be the highlight of the opening ceremonies of a new Hindu temple in Portugal, located on Avenida Gago Coutinho in Lisbon.

The opening ceremonies of the BAPS temple, which follows the Swaminarayan tradition, began today with the maha puja, a prayer for the success of the new religious community. During the prayer, the priests recite mantras and perform the ritual cleansing of the space and the main Deity to whom the temple is dedicated.

The highlight of the celebration is set for Saturday with a procession that will run between the Alameda D. Afonso Henriques and the temple. About a thousand believers and many curious onlookers are expected. The opening of the BAPS temple will be the fourth Hindu temple in Portugal. Are all located in the Greater Lisbon area.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/19 16:02:59 ( 179 reads )

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Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her, it is best to bear with those who despise us.
-- Tirukkural

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Excellent YouTube Video on Promoting Dharma Through Education
Posted on 2014/11/13 17:29:29 ( 888 reads )

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, November 11, 2014 (YouTube.com): Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF)--is dedicated to the idea of unfolding dharma for the well being of the individual and the world by promoting the understanding of India's civilization, religion and culture through education.

Hindu dharma, also called Sanatana Dharma, is the oldest spiritual tradition in the world. It gave rise to the wisdom traditions indigenous to India--Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. This 10-minute DCF YouTube video presents the unique challenges of preserving the authenticity of these dharma traditions within the modern educational system.

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