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Sydney Opera House Lights Up for Deepavali
Posted on 2014/10/25 18:30:00 ( 103 reads )

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 22, 2014 (NSW):The sails of the Sydney Opera House have turned a vibrant orange and yellow during an event hosted by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello in celebration of the Hindu festival of light, Deepavali. Mr Baird and Mr Dominello were joined by Multicultural NSW Chair and prominent member of the Indian community, Dr Hari Harinath, to mark the occasion. "This is the first time the Opera House has been lit up in celebration of Deepavali, the festival of light celebrated by the global Hindu community," Mr Baird said. "The sails of the Opera House lit up as Mr Dominello and Dr Harinath joined me to light a traditional diya, a ceremonial lamp in Hindu culture that signifies the lifting of spiritual darkness and the renewal of life.

"This festival has been embraced by Australians of all backgrounds and is one of many cultural and religious celebrations that take place every year across NSW. "The NSW Government celebrates cultural and religious diversity and it's through events such as these that we can learn and understand more about each other's backgrounds." Mr. Dominello said the State's South Asian community was made up of over 200,000 people who now call Australia home.

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Mozambique: Diwali Holiday for Hindu Employees
Posted on 2014/10/25 18:30:00 ( 117 reads )

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MOZAMBIQUE, October 22, 2014( Verdade):The Labour Minister, Maria Helena Taipo, has granted a day off to most Hindu government workers and public officials in Mozambique, on Friday, October 24, on which day the Hindu Community celebrates the beginning of the Hindu New Year, Vikram Savant 2071. The Minister of Labour, in its news release, expressed its best wishes for a happy holiday to the Hindu Community in Mozambique.

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Russian Hindus Reach Tirupati, Meet Seer
Posted on 2014/10/25 18:30:00 ( 0 reads )

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TIRUPATI, INDIA, October 21, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Five Russian disciples of Sri Sri Ravishankar of the Art of Living Foundation, who accepted Hinduism some time ago, reached Tirupati as part of their visit to places of spiritual interest in the country. Accompanied by BJP state spokesperson G. Bhanuprakash Reddy, they called on Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, the junior pontiff of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, at the Kanchi Mutt in Tirupati on Monday.

In an interesting interaction with the seer, they explained that they found a positive energy in India and wanted the same to be felt by all across the world. They told the seer that they regularly perform Sandhya Vandanam, chant Gayatri Mantra and practice yoga.

The seer appreciated the Russian group for embarking on a spiritual and noble mission to propagate the Hindu Sanatana Dharma across the globe. Later the Russian group visited a few local temples in Tirupati and the team addressed the students of an engineering college on the noble values in Hinduism towards the end of the day. The Russian devotees are to visit the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala after the Diwali festival.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/10/25 18:24:11 ( 88 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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Diwali - Keeping the Light Burning
Posted on 2014/10/21 18:50:00 ( 666 reads )

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GUYANA, October 18, 2014 (Guyana Chronicle, by Cecil Ramkirath): Deepavali (or Diwali), the Festival of Lights, is one of the most enchanting and beautiful festivals that adorn the Hindu calendar. It commemorates the beginning of the Hindu New Year and there is an unmistakable element of fun, laughter, excitement, reunion, and heartfelt felicity associated with the celebration. And why not enjoy and have some fun when the harvest season has ended and the financial books are closed.

Diwali originated in rural India as primarily a harvest festival, a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Diwali is observed in many countries outside of India, and in Guyana and Trinidad, the Hindu community joyfully anticipates the coming of Diwali. The inside and outside of homes are beautifully decorated with diyas (earthen lamps) or candles, and with every passing year, we are literally mesmerized by the spectacularly dazzling display of exquisitely and artistically designed illuminations on motorcades, houses and business premises that seem to outshine the glitter and glamor of Manhattan's Times Square.

Amidst the jubilation and display, we must not lose sight of the strong spiritual current that runs deep in the proper observance of Diwali. Diwali signifies the light that dispels the darkness of ignorance. This is the light of spiritual knowledge that comes from the long and arduous journey towards self-realisation. We have to keep the light of knowledge and virtue burning brightly within and bring it forth to the world in good actions and deeds, working vigorously and selflessly to eradicate poverty, violence, exploitation, injustice, hatred and cruelty, fiercely resisting all forms of discrimination, forging friendship and goodwill, and in humble and little ways, bring warmth and joy in the lives we touch.

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