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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/7 3:50:00 ( 11 reads )

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The syllable gu means shadows. The syllable ru, he who disperses them. Because of the power to disperse darkness, the guru is thus named.
-- Advayataraka Upanishad

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2015 Skipping Stones Book Awards Announced
Posted on 2015/7/7 3:50:00 ( 11 reads )

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(Eugene, Oregon. July 2015). Skipping Stones Multicultural Literary Magazine has announced the winners of 2015 Skipping Stones Book Awards in their Summer 2015 issue which may be downloaded from source above. This year, they have selected 25 multicultural and/or nature books and 5 teaching resources. Two of special interest to Hinduism Today readers are: India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People by Robert Arnett (Atman Press) and Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste by Susanna Strafford, illustr. Alex Langenstein.

The Nepal Benefit event organized by Skipping Stones in Eugene on Sunday, May 24th, to help rebuild lives in Nepal after the recent powerful earthquakes was a huge success. The multicultural music and dance performances helped generate close to $6,000 for relief work in Nepal.

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Twelve-page Sanskrit Daily Newspaper in the Works
Posted on 2015/7/7 3:50:00 ( 10 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 4, 2015 (Sunday Guardian): India may get its first multi-page daily newspaper in Sanskrit this Navratri. A group of enthusiastic Sanskrit lovers, who have been publishing the Sanskrit weekly Sajal Sandesh from Delhi for about the last two years, are working overtime to start the daily. "Currently, the lone Sanskrit newspaper Sudharma is published from Bangalore, but it is only one page. Sajal Sandesh will be a 12-page tabloid," said editor Rakesh Kumar Mishra.

Sajal Sandesh was created in 2013 by Mishra, an MA in Sanskrit, and other spirited persons including D.S. Khatri, Manishi Kumar Sinha, Sunder Lal and Ravindra Nath Pathak. Mishra says 22,000 copies of the newspaper are printed. "Most copies go to Sanskrit institutes around the country. In Delhi, there are 46 gurukuls. There are 62 colleges in Delhi University where Sanskrit is taught. Besides, there are two Sanskrit universities in Delhi--Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (Katwaria Sarai) and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Janakpuri). Besides Delhi, there are seven Sanskrit universities and eight Sanskrit Akademis in other states. These are the places which provide the readers of Sajal Sandesh," Mishra said.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/6 1:50:00 ( 264 reads )

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There are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech. Silence prepares, speech creates. The strength of noise and activity is great. But infinite is the strength of stillness and silence, in which great forces prepare for action. To be capable of silence, stillness and illuminated passivity is to be fit for immortality.
-- Sri Aurobido (1879-1950)

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Over 70,000 Transgenders in Rural India: Survey
Posted on 2015/7/6 1:50:00 ( 308 reads )

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KOLKATA, INDIA, July 4, 2015 (Times of India): Rural India has over 70,000 transgenders, with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with nearly 13,000, and West Bengal home to around 10,000, reveals the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011. The census's gender analysis reports rural India has 74,286 transgenders.

According to Ranjita Sinha, transgender activist and a member of Bengal's Transgender Development Board, the survey released on Friday reflects the growing recognition of the third gender in the state. "The census will provide a way to frame better policies for the third gender in the state. A lot of positive things are happening in Bengal and the official record of the numbers are evidence of the growing recognition, especially in the rural areas," Sinha told IANS. Sinha said the statistics and data will help further strategies in health and education of the third gender.

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