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No Monkey Business at Kerala's Onam Festival
Posted on 2015/9/1 19:23:02 ( 400 reads )

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KERALA, INDIA, August 30, 2015 (Lassi With Lavina by Lavina Melwani): Monkeys are especially beloved because of Lord Hanuman, the monkey God and diehard devotee of Sri Rama. In any Indian town or city, monkeys can do a lot of mischief but get away without punishment due to this divine connection. During the festival season of Onam, there is a special feast for these honored guests. At 'source' above is a video showing the monkeys feasting on lavish meals served on banana leaves at a long table. The event took place at the Sasthamkotta Sree Dharmasastha Temple in Kollam district of Kerala, South India.

During the festival season of Onam in Kerala, Onasadya (traditional vegetarian feast), just like the one in households, is given to this respected monkey brigade that live in and around the Sree Dharmasastha Temple at Sasthamkotta. The video features Onasadya being served to the monkeys and shows them enjoying the delicacies in a manner that suits their table manners!

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Sad Reality and Bitter Truths of Hindus in America
Posted on 2015/9/1 19:22:52 ( 428 reads )

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UNITED STATES, August 28, 2015 (Daily O by Vamsee Juluri): Whatever extreme imagination the 2011 census might inspire in ideologues in India, reports about Indians in America only seem to affirm the idea of an endlessly cheerful Indian American Dream. Hindu Americans in particular have acquired a reputation as a wealthy community. News reports in India and abroad admiringly note statistics about the community's income and education, as well as individual success stories. Hinduism, some journalists say, is the wealthiest religion in America.

Regardless of the merits of such claims, and the emotional and political debates that invariably follow, it must be said that for a community that has hardly been there for half a century, there is a well-deserved sense of pride about having navigated the best of both cultures. The community succeeds in the modern, secular world of science, engineering, academia and business, and also remains steeped in religiosity.

As someone who has been writing about some of these issues for several years now, I can say that the energy is palpable, the purpose becoming increasingly more lucid and beyond reproach, but as far as results go, there is not much to show, as of now at least. For a storied immigrant community, Hindu America is still incredibly voiceless in America. To recall one simple example, the California textbooks haven't changed one bit after nearly a decade of struggle. One might even ask, given how egregiously Hinduphobic the lessons were, why did several class years of students and parents quietly go through school without challenging them before 2005? What does it say about us as a community that produces CEOs and millionaires but not enough of a truth-claim to replace lies with facts?

Much more of this long essay at source.

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Hinduism Today Seeks Testimony to the Benefit of Seva for Article on Karma Yoga
Posted on 2015/9/1 19:22:41 ( 323 reads )



KAUAI, HAWAII, August 21, 2015 (HPI): Hinduism Today is seeking a bit more assistance the Educational Insight on that subject in the Jan/Feb/March issue. We are seeking inspiring quotes from youth and children, sharing testimony of the benefits that they have experienced from doing karma yoga (seva) in their community, temple, ashram. Please email our deputy editor: kumar@hindu.org.

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Google Brings over 2,000 Indian Artworks Online, Opens 70 Virtual Exhibits
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:25 ( 565 reads )

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UNITED STATES, August 28, 2015 (Trak.in): The Google Cultural Institute is increasingly helping the Indian culture flourish on a global platform, bringing the best of Indian art and culture online. Google announced that it has added ten new partner institutions to digitize and share their content via its platform. The U.S.-based tech giant is surely doing much to promote Indian culture, and its museums, which are nothing more than tourist attractions having barely any footfalls these days. The Google Cultural Institute, which was launched in 2012 in India with the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi as initial partners has now announced to having added 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits to Google's platform.

"The mission of the Cultural Institute is to make the world's heritage accessible for global audiences and to preserve it digitally for generations to come. By bringing India's rich heritage online, we hope to introduce people across the globe to the fascinating world of Indian culture, history, and art. We have expanded the scope of our technology so that anybody with a mobile phone can now explore Indian culture through unique partner apps. Partners can also embed content on their website, helping making Indian culture easily accessible to all," Amit Sood, director of the Google Cultural Institute said.

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Yoga in Palestine: The Search for Inner Peace Amid Ongoing Conflict
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:14 ( 560 reads )

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PALESTINE, August 27, 2015 (The Guardian): A lack of yoga teachers, and a social stigma from the belief that the practice had something to do with a foreign religion, meant that until recently not many Palestinians had had exposure to yoga or meditation. But in 2010 Farashe opened a volunteer-based nonprofit community yoga centre in Ramallah that focuses on outreach.

In 2012 and 2013, Farashe was boosted when Washington DC-based nonprofit Anahata International ran teacher training for Palestinian women to take the self-care techniques into their communities on the West Bank. With training from Farashe and others, over the last three years, about 80 men and women have become yoga teachers.

Today, yoga-based practices are integrated into community centres and gyms, not only among the elite of cosmopolitan Ramallah, but also in the small villages. It's used in health clinics in crowded refugee camps, and in classes at small private studios led by new teachers trained by international volunteers.

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