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RSS Sets Out to Write History Based on Puranas
Posted on 2014/8/20 17:04:27 ( 373 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, August 18, 2014 (Indian Express): As part of grand preparations for its centenary in 2025, the RSS is working on writing a version of Indian history based on the Puranas. The Puranas are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing deities through stories told by one person to another. They cover creation of the universe to destruction and the genealogies of kings, heroes, sages and gods. The 10-year project has been dubbed Puranantargat Itihaas.

The Sangh is also planning to put together the history of each one of the over 670 districts in the country, as well as the history of the over 600 tribal communities in India. The organisation is planning to tap local historians who can write the history of their districts, providing them all possible help.

An organisation linked to the RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojna (ABISY), has arranged a workshop for over 100 historians in Palampur (Banaskantha, Gujarat) on August 22-24 for its Puranantargat Itihaas project. The historians called are mostly professors of history in various universities associated with the ABISY and its office-bearers.

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I am Indian
Posted on 2014/8/20 17:04:21 ( 370 reads )

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August 20, 2014 (youtube): In this short and entertaining YouTube video, comedian Rajiv Satyal proclaims, "I am Indian." Noting that on out of every six people on the planet is Indian he goes on to extol India's contributions in music, math, yoga, cuisine, religion and so much more.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/20 17:04:14 ( 218 reads )

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Sattvic knowledge sees the one indestructible Being in all beings, the unity underlying the multiplicity of creation. Rajasic knowledge sees all things and creatures as separate and distinct. Tamasic knowledge, lacking any sense of perspective, sees one small part and mistakes it for the whole.
-- Bhagavad Gita 18:20-22

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BKS Iyengar Passes Away at 96 in Pune
Posted on 2014/8/19 17:26:48 ( 409 reads )

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PUNE, INDIA, August 20, 2014 (ibnlive.in): One of India's best known Yyoga gurus, BKS Iyengar, passed away on Wednesday in Pune. He was 96 years old. Iyengar was diagnosed with heart pumping failure and had suffered two heart attacks, one in 1998 and one 2000.

The founder of the school of Iyengar Yoga and considered to be the father of modern yoga. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004.

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Sri Lanka Vel Hinduism Festival Honors Lord Murugan
Posted on 2014/8/19 17:26:41 ( 292 reads )

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, August 9, 2014 (SF Gate): Early this month, Sri Lankan Hindus in this country's capital, Colombo, celebrated the Vel Hindu festival, which commemorates the victory of Sri Murugan, the Hindu God of War, over the forces of evil. Celebrations are scheduled to continue for several weeks.

The festival begins with Sri Murugan's silver-plated chariot and spear (vel) being pulled by snow-white bulls. The chariot is followed by hundreds of devotees dressed in white, smeared with ash and burning incense sticks. The event draws tens of thousands of people, including devotees who sing songs in praise of Murugan, and smash coconuts to ward off bad luck and usher in prosperity.

The chariot is eventually taken to a Hindu temple, where adjacent streets are filled with merchants selling food, sweets, beads and other items. There are also elephant processions, dancers, musicians and fire walkers.

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