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South Africa Temple Celebrates Akhand Hanuman Chalisa
Posted on 2014/7/31 17:38:45 ( 126 reads )

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SOUTH AFRICA, July 29, 2014 (Indian Times): The Isipingo Dharam Mandir celebrated its 2nd Akhand Hanuman Chalisa on 25th May 2014 at the temple in Isipingo. The President of the Temple Society, Neelien Ramchand explain that the event included the recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa 108 times. Various satsang groups from the Durban area were programmed to perform the Hanuman Chalisa during this marathon recital. The recitation started at 6 am and ended at 6 pm.

The day's proceedings commenced with prayer at 4-30 am. Neelien said that the Akhand Hanuman Chalisa was a thanksgiving prayer to the Supreme Being in the form of Lord Hanuman to acknowledge our existence and give thanks to what we have in this world. Pundith Suman Singh, the officiating priest, said, "We are all servants of the Lord and our existence is by the grace of the Lord".

The origins of the temple started in 1963 when the community of Malakazi got together to start this organisation. It had very humble beginnings and has grown over the years. It currently has about 120 members of the temple society. However, during the major festivals and celebrations, hundreds of people from far and wide gather at the temple to offer prayers and pay homage to the Lord.

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Java On the Shores of the Atlantic: 120 years of the Javanese in Surinam
Posted on 2014/7/31 17:38:38 ( 125 reads )

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SURINAM, SOUTH AMERICAJuly 29, 2014 (Geographic Guianas by Dominique Maison) Only a few minutes from the centre of Paramaribo is one of the beating hearts of Javanese culture. It has been there since the first Javanese migrants came across 120 years ago this year to this then Dutch colony from Indonesia, also a Dutch colony. Today there are over 70,000 Javanese who, to the sound of great festivities, are remembering their ancestors and the island they hailed from. These Javanese are today Muslims, and it is unknown how many Hindus were among the original migrants and what became of them. At the same time, Hindu immigrants were coming into Surinam and surrounding colonies from India.

Nowadays the 70,000 descendants of the Javanese migrants are to be found in all sectors of Surinamese society. They have managed to obtain numerous positions in the public sector (in health and teaching), as well as supplying the national parliament with its president in 2004.

In 1954 some of them undertook the arduous journey back to the land of their fathers. We have retraced their footsteps to recount their sometimes painful stories and to tell of the hopes of this community whose history is often but poorly known in French Guiana.

To read the interesting history of how Javanese culture has managed to survive over 12,500 miles away from the island where it originated, click on 'source' above.

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Include Yoga and Physical Activity in SLP Schools
Posted on 2014/7/31 17:38:32 ( 133 reads )

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SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO, July 28, 2014 (Plano Informativo): San Luis Potosi (SLP) is a city of 723,000 located 250 miles north of Mexico City. Aiming to combat bullying in schools, the city's Department of Education will implement a program that includes the promotion of positive social values through reading assignments, and also includes the practice of yoga along with other physical activity.

Today, bullying occurs in almost all educational spaces. One of the main concerns of the mayor, Mario Garcia, is preventing this phenomenon and avoiding its negative impact on the student population. Therefore, plans to eradicate bullying are being implemented.

The program is now in the final planning phase. The pilot project will begin in September, conducted and overseen by specialists in the field.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/7/31 17:38:24 ( 120 reads )

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There is something beyond our mind which abides in silence within our mind. It is the supreme mystery beyond thought. Let one's mind and one's subtle body rest upon that and not rest on anything else.
-- Maitri Upanishad

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Trinidad Youths Prepare for Krishna Leela in Tabaquite
Posted on 2014/7/30 16:00:18 ( 230 reads )

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TABAQUITE,TRINIDAD,July 25, 2014 (by Seeta Persad, Newsday): Massive preparations are now taking place for the second annual Shri Krishna Leela at the Guaracara Recreation Ground in Tabaquite. This ten-day drama based on the life and times of the Hindu God Lord Krishna is being staged by the Krishna Rama Shakti Mandir (KRSM) of Tabaquite. This play runs from August 1 to 10 between the hours of 6 pm to 8 pm. Members of the KRSM will be playing the various roles in this unfolding drama of Lord Krishna.

According to Pundit Lackram, Chan Krishna Leela drama production depicts the exploits of Lord Krishna (an incarnation of God), when He took descent on Earth thousands of years ago in India. This is a play similar to Ramleela and it consists of scenes depicting Krishna's appearance from a baby to his teenage days.

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