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Indian Center in China Unable to Find Experts
Posted on 2015/5/29 4:24:09 ( 193 reads )

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BEIJING, CHINA, May 21, 2015 (Times of India): The head of Center for Gandhian and Indian Studies (CGIS) that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated at Shanghai's Fudan University last week has said he is facing problems in finding Indologists and Gandhian studies experts for it. "Most Indologists in China are experts in Buddhism. We need variety. The best option is to get from India," CGIS dean Liu Zhen told TOI. The situation is stark in the case of Gandhian studies.

Liu said he would push for Hinduism and Jainism studies, but there are no scholars on these subjects in China as well. He said the formation of CGIS is the first step and that an essential framework had been created. "I hope it will evolve into a proper university faculty," Liu said. He said everyone knows the importance of the Center. "There are so many Sinology institutions the world over. But so few Indology faculties although both are countries with similar population sizes and depth of history and culture," he said. "We will work hard to make this Center a success."

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Indonesians Can Now Put Faiths Outside the 6 Officially Recognized Religions on Their ID Cards
Posted on 2015/5/29 4:24:04 ( 164 reads )

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA, May 21, 2015 (Coconuts Jakarta): There are only six religions officially recognized by the Indonesian government: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Indonesian citizens had to put one of those six religions on their ID cards (KTP), regardless of their actual beliefs. Until now, that is. Yesterday, Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo announced that faiths outside of the aforementioned six, must be allowed onto ID cards.

Tjahjo said one of the main reason for changing the rule was so that authorities would know what funerary rites needed to be observed and respected when a person died. Tjahjo said it was for that reason that it was important for the government to know exactly what religion each person believes in. While it appears to be mainly an administrative move rather than a philosophical change of heart by the government, it is still a big step forward in the name of religious freedom for Indonesians of all faiths.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/5/29 4:23:58 ( 178 reads )

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There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not. We cannot understand how He can be explained. He is above the known, and He is above the unknown. Thus have we heard from the ancient sages who explained this truth to us.
-- Sama Veda, Kena Upanishad 1.3

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The 4th Hindu Mandir Priest Conference (HMPC) Held in Minnesota
Posted on 2015/5/28 4:28:54 ( 337 reads )

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MINNESOTA, U.S., May 23, 2013 (World Hindu News): Hindu Mandir Priests' Conference (HMPC) is an initiative of the Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference. The mission of HMEC is to provide leadership to the Hindu-American community by encouraging Hindu temples across North America to nourish, protect, and sustain Hindu Dharma. The 4th annual HMPC was hosted by Hindu Temple of Minnesota, MN from May 15-16, 2015.

This year, over 55 pundits, adults, and youth delegates attended this conference, representing various Mandirs and Hindu organizations across the nation. The conference was organized into four sessions, and the topics were consistent with the HMPC's objective: Sustainability and Advancement of Sanatana Dharma by making the modes of worship meaningful and relevant for the younger generation of Hindus. The four sessions were: Role and relationship of Priests, Sustaining Hindu temples, Community links, and Hindu American Youth viewpoint.

Full details of conference events at "source".

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The Great Indian Kingdoms Which Never Got a Significant Place in Our School History Books
Posted on 2015/5/28 4:28:16 ( 515 reads )

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INDIA, May 25, 2015 (South Report by Reshmanth): [HPI Note: This is an excellent presentation on the many neglected kingdoms of Indian history. The site has a short description of each with a map.]

All we ever studied in our history books was all about the glorified history of a very few kingdoms like the Mughal Dynasty, Mysore Dynasty and the Delhi sultanates. This article brings to focus the real legacy of Indian kings and dynasties under whom India progressed and flourished as a cultural, spiritual and social nation.

The Pandyan dynasty was the ancient Tamil dynasty, one of the three Tamil dynasties, the other two being Chola and Chera. No other dynasty in the world has ruled more duration than the Pandyas. Pandyas were experts in water management, agriculture (mostly near river banks) and fisheries and they were eminent sailors and sea traders too. They controlled the pearl fisheries along the South Indian coast, between Sri Lanka and India, which produced some of the finest pearls in the known ancient world.

Other great kingdoms include: The Pallava Dynasty, Maratha Empire, Vijayanagara Empire, Kingdom of Kochin, Kakatiya Dynasty, Gajapathi Kingdom, The Chola Dynasty, Satavahana Kingdom, Hoysala Empire, Magadha Kingdom, The Chalukyas, The Mauryas, The Rajputs, Nanda Dynasty and The Guptas.

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