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Ganesha Festival Celebrated in Italy

Posted on 2016/8/30 20:19:53 ( 171 reads )


ITALY, August 29 (First Page News): Sunday, August 28 over two thousand people came to the Gitananda Hindu Matha Ashram Monastery of Altare (SV) for the celebration of the Ganesha Festival, for many years an annual event for Hindus from all over Italy and neighboring European countries.

The stream of devotees came walking the long dirt road that separates the monastery from the rest of the world: an oasis of peace transformed for a day into the home to the largest Hindu festival in Italy. The procession toward the monastery was headed by a cheerful and imposing bedecked chariot. More than one hundred Hindu communities (from various spots in Italy and other countries) had the opportunity to gather at this spot to share in song, traditional dance and devotion.

Absent from this gathering was the Maa Bhagwati Association of Valdarno, whose members were engaged in aid activities in the earthquake zone. Thoughts and prayers went out to the victims of the recent earthquake in central Italy, with the hope that similar opportunities for interaction and sharing stimulate the sense of solidarity and closeness to the entire human population as one big family.

Paramahamsa Swami Yogananda Giri, founder and spiritual leader of the Italian Hindu Union and the Hindu monastery said in his welcome address: "We need peace. [...] The instrumental cause of the decadence of the world are economic interests and conflicts, but the efficient cause is selfishness." In the context of the usual ceremony of greetings and the allocation of gifts to the guests according to the Hindu tradition, this year the Italian Hindu Union has decided to hand over to some deserving Hindu women a certificate of merit, to give voice and visibility to to all those who, mostly in the shadows, work tirelessly for the good of their communities.

Hindu Devotees Parade Through Paris to Celebrate Ganesh

Posted on 2016/8/30 20:19:43 ( 166 reads )


PARIS, FRANCE, August 29, 2016 (Euro News): More than 4,000 Hindu devotees and others celebrated the birth of the elephant God Ganesh in Paris as they paraded through the streets of the French capital in a festival held each year for the past 21 years. As the parade left the temple of Ganesh, devotees made their way through the large crowd, banging on drums and dancing barefoot, some in a state of near trance, as they carried offerings on their shoulders. The Ganesh Chaturthi is the fourth day of a festival which celebrates the birth of the Hindu God who represents prosperity and good fortune. The celebration traditionally lasts 10 days.

Nice video of the parade at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/8/30 20:19:32 ( 101 reads )


It is Divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts. Your duty is to treat everybody, including yourself, as a manifestation of the Lord.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

First Swadeshi Indology Conference Held in Chennai

Posted on 2016/8/29 18:11:39 ( 551 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, July 8, 2016 (Swadeshi Indology Press Release): The Swadeshi Indology (SI) Conference series is a new movement that critiques & replaces the Western (videshi) study of Indian civilization. Rather than depicting Indian civilization as a cause of all sorts of problems, SI adopts a balanced approach. It explains how our civilization is also a source of solutions. It takes to task the most prominent & influential Western schools of Indology, i.e. the ones that have colonized the minds of large numbers of Indians today. Prior to this initiative, there has not been an effective and concerted effort to systematically demolish many core ideas and false assumptions of Western Indology.

The 1st SI conference was held in IIT Madras last month. The videos available are from panels on specialized topics, including the following topics: Refuting the claim that Sanskrit shastras block creativity and innovation. Refuting the claim that ideas contained in ancient Sanskrit texts helped the Nazis to do the Holocaust. Refuting the claim that Sanskrit has been dead for a thousand years, and that it was killed by Hindu kings despite the efforts of Muslims to try and save it. Refuting the claim that the Ramayana is a myth meant for asserting power over the public, and especially for violence against Muslims. And so forth.

You can watch the video of each paper along with the lively Q&As among scholars at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/8/29 18:11:29 ( 277 reads )


Is there a deeper tragedy than that of a man immersed in the pursuit of the not-self who has no time to realize the Divine Self within?
-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

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