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Adopt Students, Village Temples: Kanchi Seer
Posted on 2015/7/26 19:40:48 ( 1703 reads )

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INDIA, July 25, 2015 (The Hindu): Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on Thursday exhorted Non-Resident Indians to adopt at least one dilapidated village temple and also fund the education of at least one poor student from their motherland. Quoting a sloka from the Ramayana, the Sankaracharya said one should realise that "mother and motherland are superior to heaven."

They should chip in with their contributions either individually or collectively through organisations like Telugu Association of North America (TANA) or American Telugu Association (ATA) to reconstruct grama devalayams and sponsor the educational expenses of at least one poor student, the pontiff said after performing an elaborate Trikala pooja here. "It is imperative to protect the existing temples than constructing new ones," he added. The seer wanted the TTD to appoint at least 1,000 gram purohits to revive the past glory of village temples, which, he said, had been the nerve-centre of all socio-economic and cultural activities in the past.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/26 19:40:38 ( 1600 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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Can Use Pictures of God for Marketing, Says India's Supreme Court
Posted on 2015/7/25 18:33:42 ( 1614 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 25, 2015 (NDTV): It is fine to use pictures of Gods and Goddesses for commercial products, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing a petition that asked for a ban. "There are 33,000 crore (330 billion) Gods and Goddesses and everybody is to free to have their images. How can we say that there should be no image of God for the whole country?" Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu said.

A petition had sought a ban on the use of images of Gods on products, arguing that it is disrespectful. The petitioner said he was "aggrieved" that pictures of Gods were printed on puja articles, food items, spices, medicines and clothes. The Chief Justice responded: "A businessman may say I am a devotee of Lord Balaji or Goddess Lakshmi and I have named my son and daughter with these names. What is wrong if I use the God's pictures with these names in the name-plate, car or the products? What is wrong with it? Why should we restrain people from using picture of God?" The court said businessmen may feel if they had God's pictures on their products, it would help their business.

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Thousands gather for UK Shree Kutch Hindu festival
Posted on 2015/7/25 18:33:32 ( 1734 reads )

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LONDON, UK, July 23, 2015 (by Michael Knowles, London News): Hindus from Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton and Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore celebrated Rath Yatra on Sunday, July 19. Three chariots moved through six miles of roads, including Kenton Road, Honeypot Lane, Marsh Lane and Wood Lane after starting at Kenton Temple. Kanji Kerai, general secretary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, and Nitesh Hirani, secretary of the temple, said: "The devotees were singing, dancing, playing drums, hand symbols and blowing conch shells with the spiritual atmosphere throughout the procession.

"Spectators were amazed to see devotees in such an ecstatic mood. "It was a good day in the neighborhood and the community. It is something to be proud of and it is an achievement for the whole Harrow community." Guests from India and MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman attended the festival.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/25 18:33:21 ( 1618 reads )

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By practicing tolerance of those who insult us, we will feel honor and insult as the same. Just as we feel good when someone praises us, we should feel just as good when we are insulted. Stability in honor or insult is the ability to still have love for our aggressor.
-- Sri Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Spiritual Guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

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Nepal's Draft Constitution Would Ban Religious Conversion
Posted on 2015/7/22 18:50:00 ( 2288 reads )



NEPAL, July 22, 2015 (by Julia A. Seymour): HPI Note: This report is from a Christian website.

Christians and Muslims in Nepal are criticizing the draft version of a new constitution that bans religious conversion. Spurred to action by the recent earthquake, Nepal's government introduced the draft for public comment on June 30, Reuters reported. The draft states that "any act which may be contrary to public health, public decency or morality or incitement to breach public peace or act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of each other is not allowed and such act shall be punishable by law."

Christian Solidarity Worldwide's Nepal Advocacy officer, Martin Dore said, "There is a purpose to stop all evangelism and talking about another faith in the words 'incitement to breach public peace' and the banning of 'an act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of another,'" Dore said. Christianity has been growing in Nepal, with some high-profile converts from Hinduism. But in recent months there has been an uptick in accusations of forced conversions, according to CSW.

In 2011, Nepalese lawmakers attempted to make conversion to anything other than Hinduism or Buddhism illegal, according to Open Doors spokeswoman Emily Fuentes. But the legislation was not adopted. Christians and Muslims are minorities in the former Hindu monarchy, which is why both groups want Nepal's new constitution to keep the nation "secular." "We want secularism to be institutionalized in such a way that it is an unchangeable provision in the new constitution. We want the constitution to ensure religious rights and form a religious commission," said C. B. Gahatraj, general secretary of the National Federation of Christians.

Muslims also want permission to have their own religious courts. Catholic officials in Nepal also called for the word "secular" to be inserted into the constitution and asked for Christianity to be officially recognized, according to Catholic News Service (CNS).

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Is There Really an Indian Temple Built by a Britishman?
Posted on 2015/7/22 18:45:53 ( 2232 reads )

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INDIA, July 22, 2015 (hoaxorfact.com): HPI Note--This article appears on a website which investigates and tries to verify or to disprove unusual claims.

The famous Baijnath Mahadev Temple is located in southern banks of Banganga river in Agar Malwa of Madhya Pradesh, India. The Siva Lingam (the sacred stone form of Lord Shiva) in the Baijnath temple is believed to belong to 13th century, while some legends say it is probably more than thousand years old. Then after 300 years, in 1883, with the inspiration from British army Hindu officials, and financial help of British Commander Lt. Colonel C. Martin and other local people, 11,000 rupees was donated for the renovation of the temple, making it large, and also building few other temples around it.

[A 1/4 rupee silver coin in 1877 weighed 2.92 grams, worth today US$1.28, making the 11,000 rupee donation worth at least $56,320 in today's money.]

It is said that during this time when the British were ruling India, Lt. Col. Martin of Agar Malva was leading the army in the war against Afghanistan. Her wife prayed to Lord Shiva that if her husband reaches home safely, then she would get the temple renovated.

There is also another piece of writing on one of the pillars in middle of the temple suggesting that it was built (renovated) with the orders of C. Martin in 1883. The website's verification says that Agar is an ancient archaeological site, located 66 KMs from Ujjain, and was a Camp (Chhavani) in English period. And Lt. Colonel C. Martin was indeed the Commander of Central India Horse British regiment during the second Anglo-Afghan war between 1878-1880.

Considering the aforementioned documented records and the beliefs about the power of the temple, the website concludes that such an incident could have possibly happened. So the Baijnath Mahadev Temple is the only Indian temple made by a Britisher during their rule in India.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/22 18:45:42 ( 2027 reads )

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Character is "care actor," the ability to act with care.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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Malaysian Worshippers Fear 79-year-old Temple Slated to Make Way for Development
Posted on 2015/7/21 20:34:47 ( 2207 reads )

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 20, 2015 (The Rakyat Post): Hindu worshipper of a 79-year-old temple in Cheras were shocked to find themselves locked out from the place of worship. As word spread, it resulted in a crowd gathering. The timely arrival of police prevented any untoward incident, who ordered the temple main doors to be unlocked. And surprisingly, the individual who turned up to unlock the chain padlock was a suspected underworld element known to Cheras residents. Worshippers have now expressed concern whether the temple lock-out was a sign indicating the Sri Thohaiyadi Vinayagar temple located off the Km4 Jalan Cheras was earmarked to make way for a multi-million ringgit mixed development project. "This came as a real shock... finding the temple main doors locked to the public," former Selangor and ex-international football player K. Kanagaraja told The Rakyat Post.

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White House Honors 12 Faith Leaders as Climate-Change "Champions"
Posted on 2015/7/21 20:34:37 ( 2039 reads )

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WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2015 (Religion News Service): From a zero-waste synagogue to global development work after natural disasters, environmental projects by faith leaders are being hailed by the Obama administration as examples of exemplary leadership on climate change. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy highlighted initiatives by a dozen leaders from a range of faiths, who were recognized Monday (July 20) in Washington, D.C., as "Champions of Change" for their environmental initiatives.

"As faith leaders, no voice is really more important than yours in this," said McCarthy. "As the president and others, including the pope, have indicated, this really is a moral responsibility. We need to remind people of that and engage them. It's a responsibility that we all have to share, to protect our neighbors, to protect God's creation from the threats of climate change and environmental degradation that is going to follow."

The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, told the 150 people gathered at the forum that the need to work on climate change extends across political parties and religious affiliations. "If we are faith leaders of whatever faith, we have a moral obligation to not defile the Earth that God has given us," he said.

The honorees included Catholic leaders, African-American clergy and four officials of Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit that helps congregations save energy and become more environmentally friendly. Among them was one Hindu, Sunita Viswanath, for teaching Hindu environmental principles. As a board member of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, Viswanath has encouraged Hindus to live out the principles of "ekatva" (oneness), "ahimsa" (nonviolence) and "sadhana" (faith in action) by caring for the environment. The Brooklyn, N.Y., resident has worked with women's and human rights organizations for close to 30 years and is a co-founder of Women for Afghan Women.

More winners are listed on the White House website.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/21 20:34:25 ( 2084 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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India's First Anti-Colonialist Uprising Predates the "Sepoy Mutiny" by 274 Years?
Posted on 2015/7/19 19:58:40 ( 2268 reads )

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INDIA, July 19, 2015 (The News Minute): Conventional wisdom has it that lowly-ranked sepoy Mangal Pandey became the catalyst for India's first uprising against Western rule in 1857 after he revolted against the alleged use of cattle and pig lard smeared on bullet cartridges used in Enfield rifles issued by the East India Company. Now a sustained campaign is on to haul back the date of India's first rebellion against Western colonialism by a good 274 years - from Barrackpore in eastern India to what is now Goa.

The campaign, which is endorsed by historians, freedom fighters, elected representatives and local residents, wants the central government to officially endorse as the first real rebellion the prolonged, defiant struggle of five south Goa villages -- Cuncolim, Ambelim, Assolna, Veroda and Velim -- against the Portuguese colonists which saw bloodshed and non-payment of taxes.

"The residents of the five villages, led by Cuncolim, had, beginning from 1583, defied Portuguese taxes after Christian missionaries destroyed five temples in the area to bring the villagers into submission and also killed over a dozen of our chieftains," Oscar Martins, who traces his lineage to one of the slain chieftains, told IANS.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/19 19:58:29 ( 2225 reads )

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Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
-- Rabindranath Tagore, (1861-1941) celebrated Bengali writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.

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Misleading Charge of Plagiarism Against Rajiv Malhotra Lights Up Social Media
Posted on 2015/7/18 19:32:55 ( 2494 reads )

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INDIA, July 18, 2015 (Firstpost, by Rajeev Srinivasan): HPI note: following are excerpts from this long essay which may be read in full at "source" above. See also R. Jagannathan's article at http://www.firstpost.com/india/rajiv- ... r-man-ignore-2349652.html, which goes into more detail on the exact instances of alleged plagiarism, and Shoaib Daniyal's article, http://scroll.in/article/740814/plagi ... rand-of-internet-hindutva.

There has been a lot of commotion over on social media lately about the books written by Indian American author Rajiv Malhotra, who has single-handedly stood up to forces in US academia who paint, according to him, a negative, motivated, and false picture of Hinduism. This is not a purely abstract issue, as it impinges on soft power, positioning, and the marketing of India to the world, something that previous governments paid scarcely any attention to, but the current one does.

To put it simply, the issue is as follows: one Richard Fox Young has gone on the warpath against Malhotra, accusing him of plagiarism, based on some material that was allegedly quoted without explicit attribution in his books Indra's Net and Breaking India.

Let us consider the basis of the attack on Malhotra: that he has plagiarized. Insofar as I can tell, what he is accused of is acceptable under the definition of 'fair use' in the US Copyright Act 1976, 17 USC Section 107, and under 'fair dealing' in the Indian Copyright Act of 1957, Section 52. If you peruse these provisions, you will find that the quoting of copyright materials for 'research' is allowed without hindrance, as it is for teaching as well, so long as it is not used for monetary benefit to the user.

Thus, there is little basis in fact for the allegation, a priori, and I suspect that if Malhotra sues, he will win. However, it is an excellent tactic, known as "throwing some mud and seeing how much will stick". The objective is not to penalize the alleged plagiarism, but to create the impression that Malhotra is intellectually dishonest, the equivalent of accusing him of a felony, which will remain as a stain even if he is exonerated.

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Vedic Vidyalayas Attract Applicants
Posted on 2015/7/18 19:32:45 ( 2429 reads )

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UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA, July 19, 2015: (Financial Express): Around 400 children, from across the country, aged between 9 and 11 years, came to take the entrance test for 25 seats in the traditional Vedic vidyalayas schools of Allahabad. Most of them were from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Only 150 students had appeared for the test in Prayag last year. There are around 35 Vedic Vidyalayas in the country, with Uttar Pradesh accounting for eight of them. Prayag and Haridwar have two schools while Kashi, Mathura, Ayodhya, Rishikesh and Lucknow have one each. Vedic schools have also been set up in Manipur, Kolkata, Jammu, Pune, Amrawati and Pushkar. These vidyalayas are run jointly by Vishwa Ved Sansthan (an organ of Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and Maharshi Ved Vyas Pratisthan (Pune) and offer a seven-year course in Vedas. The academic session of Vedic Vidyalayas in Prayag will begin in the last week of July.

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