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Sringeri Sankaracharya Anoints Successor
Posted on 2015/1/24 15:51:07 ( 311 reads )

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CHENNAI, INDIA, January 24, 2015 (The Hindu): Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati, earlier known as Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma, was formally anointed as successor to Sri Bharati Tirtha, Sankaracharya of the Sringeri Math, in Sringeri on Friday.

According to a release from the Math, the elaborate ceremony of Shishya Sweekara began on Thursday. The successor-designate performed several rituals, fasted all day and stayed awake throughout the night. He began Friday by paying homage at the samadhi shrines of the previous Sankaracharyas.

Later, he went to the banks of the Tunga and performed Preshochaarana and Sarva-bhoota-abhaya Pradhana, signifying a vow of non-violence towards all beings. On completion of the ceremony, the junior pontiff entered the Sharada temple. The event was witnessed by over 40,000 persons, the release said.

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Encounter with the Infinite
Posted on 2015/1/24 15:51:01 ( 263 reads )

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UNITED STATES, January 23, 2015 (by Robert Schneider with Benjamin Phelan): Srinivasa Ramanujan was a super genius born into extreme poverty in an obscure part of southern India, who taught himself mathematics from a standard textbook, and in total isolation became a mathematician of such power that one hundred years after his death, at the age of thirty-two, the meaning of much of his work is still a mystery. In the middle of what I thought would be my life's work, writing and producing music, I heard his story; now I find myself in graduate school studying number theory.

Read more of this lengthy and interesting essay on Ramanujan and the authors own studies at 'source'.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/24 15:50:55 ( 207 reads )

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If you long to see God, take to spiritual practices. What is the good of merely crying, "O God! O God!"?
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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Nine Million Take Holy Dip on Mauni Amavasya
Posted on 2015/1/23 17:59:00 ( 407 reads )

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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 20, 2015 (Times of India): "Har, Har Gange" reverberated in the air throughout the day as a large number of devotees headed towards River Ganga on Mauni Amavasya at Sangam, Jhunsi and Arail ghats. Mela officials claimed that around 9 million pilgrims and devotees had a holy dip at Sangam, Jhunsi and Arail ghats by late afternoon.

They said that the final figure was expected to cross the 10 million mark by the time the bathing time ends at 10pm as people from neighboring states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were still arriving.

A dip in Ganga on Mauni Amavasya is considered pious and devotees did not leave any stone unturned to earn merit and performed puja and yajna worship on the occasion. Sunil Mishra, who travelled all the way from Lucknow, said, "A holy dip will help me wash my sins and also earn Ma Ganga's blessings."

Several slide shows may be viewed at :
http://indianexpress.com/photos/pictu ... p-at-sangam-in-allahabad/

http://indianexpress.com/photos/pictu ... magh-mela-in-allahabad/9/

http://indianexpress.com/photos/pictu ... habad-to-take-a-holy-dip/

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Desi Dialogues: Memories of Kite Flying and Chikki at Makar Sankranti
Posted on 2015/1/23 17:58:53 ( 411 reads )

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TORONTO, CANADA, January 24, 2015 (by Rakshande Italia, Scarborough Mirror): As North America dives into a deep freeze and temperatures reach minus degrees, its heartening to note thousands of miles away in India, people are celebrating the first festival of the year. Makar Sankranti is a four-day festival dedicated at paying homage to the elements of the sun, wind and thanking God for the abundance of natural resources that make it possible to live on earth.

Many Hindus in India take holy dips in Ganga. As kids growing up in the city of Mumbai the term Sankranti had absolutely different connotations. For us, it was almost four days of flying colorful big kites on our building terraces and eating Indian sweets specially made for this occasion. The kite flying, of course, is the most prominent part of these festivities. And while I really don't know the story behind why people fly kites, it seemed these were the few days when the winds in the air were suitable for kite flying. So every Sankranti when the winds blow over populated and otherwise pollution ridden city of Mumbai, street vendors sell colorful kites.

The fun was not only flying the kites, but more importantly being able to take down competitor's kite. In fact that's what all the fun was about.

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