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Tiruvannamalai Gears up for Chitra Pournami Fest
Posted on 2015/5/2 10:55:23 ( 494 reads )


TIRUVANNAMALAI, INDIA, May 2, 2015 (The Hindu): [HPI note: This is a remarkable event, one which our editors have participated in. It starts and ends at Annamalaiyar Temple at the base of Arunachal Hill--famed for Ramana Maharishi's ashram. Hundreds of thousands--a large number of them young--walk barefoot 13 km around the hill.]

More than 1,800 special buses will be operated to Tiruvannamalai from different parts of the State in view of Chitra Pournami on Sunday. Several hundred thousand devotees are expected to circumambulate the holy hill (Girivalam) on that day.

District Collector A. Gnanasekaran told reporters here on Thursday that five thousand police personnel will be deployed for security. Special darshan for devotees has been arranged at the Arunachaleswarar Temple for US$.30 and $.80. Shelters and first aid booths have been put up in the temple. Sufficient number of 108 ambulances would also be stationed along the path.

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Nepal Earthquake: Christians See an Opportunity for Conversion
Posted on 2015/5/2 10:55:18 ( 536 reads )


INDIA, April 15, 2015 (ShankhNaad, by Rahul Priyadarshi): [HPI note: This article includes a number of images to tweets. We've reproduced a few here, but to get the full impact, go to the article at "source" above.]

Christian evangelical organisations work for conversion, not charity, suggested Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagvat a while back in what became a raging controversy. He stands vindicated time and again with the acts of Soul Harvesters feasting upon the heathens with their book and their bigotry, the latest of which can be seen post Nepal disaster these days.

The earthquake hit Nepal (and parts of Northern & Eastern India) yesterday at 11 and then past 12. The Government of India convened an emergency meet at 3pm, the entire rescue and disaster relief convoys were ready by evening and were dispatched within an hour of this meeting. Rescue operations were on full swing by 6 in the evening. As a matter of fact, first batch of rescuers started arriving before midnight, thankful to the disaster management teams for their swift action. However, more swift than any government, were the soul harvesters, rejoicing at the opportunity to take Jesus to the unreached. Sources say, most of the 'Western' civilians stuck in the Nepal Earthquake are evangelists who went there for conversion. Nothing surprising there as the third world provides plenty of ripe opportunities for the same.

Several expressing their bigotry in a blunt manner on Twitter. Complaining of their bigotry on any other day would itself be labelled a bigoted opinion had one not witnessed the sick alacrity with which the news of quake was shared among the greedy evangelists in India and abroad.

Example of tweets:

Pray that the primarily Hindu and Buddhist people of Nepal come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Praying for the people of Nepal. The 10-40 window to share Jesus is opening greater than ever

If earthquake can reduce idol's temple to this [with a picture of the collapsed Dharahara Tower, which was originally a military watch tower, and later just an observation place, but not a temple], then it's not God!

Pray for the people of Nepal and that believers there will have a chance to meet needs and share the gospel after today's earthquake

Praying for the manifestation of the gospel in this time of pain in Nepal

Our heart goes to the nation of Nepal. May you know the Lord Jesus Christ in these times of trouble

Praying for those affected in Nepal this AM. May the fields be ready for harvest as four of our own will be there in a month!

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Anantanand Rambhachan Responds to "Indra's Net" Accusations
Posted on 2015/5/2 10:53:55 ( 559 reads )


USA, May 2, 2015 (Swaraja): In his recently published book, Indra's Net, author Rajiv Malhotra describes Professor Anantanand Rambachan as the foremost and most influential exponent of what Malhotra describes as the Neo-Hinduism thesis. This thesis, according to Malhotra, argues that Hinduism was fabricated during the British rule and that Swami Vivekananda plagiarized Western and Christian ideas. He accuses Professor Rambachan of working to fragment the Hindu tradition. In the essay at "source" above, Professor Rambachan contends that Rajiv Malhotra distorts and misrepresents his work. He identifies and responds to some of Malhotra's principal allegations.

Dr. Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of Religion at Saint Olaf College, Minnesota, USA. His books include, "Accomplishing the Accomplished: The Vedas as a Source of Valid Knowledge in akara," "The Limits of Scripture: Vivekananda's Reinterpretation of the Authority of the Vedas," "The Advaita Worldview: God, World and Humanity" and "A Hindu Theology of Liberation: Not-Two is Not One."

From the opening of Rambachan's essay:

In Indra's Net, I am described as the "foremost exponent of the neo-Hinduism theory today," with an influence that goes beyond the scholarly academy. Readers of this book will note quickly that Mr. Malhotra's concern with my work goes beyond the usual matters of scholarship. There is an undisguised attempt to question my commitment to the Hindu tradition and it's flourishing. Hindus are wrongly described as assuming that I am a "sympathetic voice," "representing their views and aspirations."

I am described condescendingly as one who was brought to the University of Leeds by my dissertation advisor, Professor Ursula King, and "groomed" to be one of the "main proponents and expositors," of the "neo-Hinduism" thesis. The author characterizes me as the person who the Vatican regards as "its Hindu expert." Such characterizations reveal ignorance of my personal history and have no place in any work that seeks to be regarded as serious scholarship. In addition, with the insinuation of passivity and manipulation, it is a demeaning denial of my agency and self-determination. It relies on unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and not fact.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/5/2 10:53:49 ( 413 reads )


Actions are the louder expression of thought. The quality of thought is ordered by the nature of our inner belief and faith.
-- Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993), founder of Chinmaya Mission

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Father and Son Capture Ravaged Nepal Hometown in 13 Pictures
Posted on 2015/5/1 16:22:39 ( 638 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, April 29, 2015 (National Geographic, by Thomas C. Kelly): In the introduction to this National Geographic photo feature, Kelly--whose work has appeared for years in Hinduism Today--writes, "I believe that with compassion and reciprocity, a photographer who is willing to stay and be part of a place and its community can capture the depth of an authentic relationship. Saturday's earthquake hit home for me, literally shaking our house and family on Saturday. As an American photojournalist based in Nepal for 30 years, I've documented development projects, politics and traditional heritage. But shooting the quake's aftermath is the first assignment I've done with my son Liam, 19, who was born in Nepal. We both speak Nepali and consider Kathmandu home."

Photos at source.

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