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Hindu University of America Offers On-Line Hindu Chaplaincy Training

Posted on 2017/4/15 19:40:00 ( 395 reads )


UNITED STATES, April 14, 2017 (HUA): The Hindu University of America in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders. "Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy" is the first of the two courses required to become a Certified Chaplain of the Hindu Faith.

A Hindu Chaplain affiliated with an institution in an official capacity where there are either patients, residents, inmates, employees or students, is an essential part of the Chaplaincy or the Spiritual and Religious Care Department in the institution and should be directly involved in the provision of appropriate, adequate and timely spiritual and religious care for Hindus, those who consider themselves Hindus and any other individuals. The Hindu Chaplain will be involved in a variety of religious, spiritual, educational, administrative and social activities within and outside the institution.

The specialized spiritual and religious needs of those who are either patients, residents, inmates, employees or students and who consider themselves Hindus must be provided by a qualified Hindu Chaplain officially affiliated with the institution housing these individuals. The introductory certification course will be offered as an online course and students will be able to participate in weekly sessions through our state of the art virtual class software. The course will have 12 weeks of online lectures and reading materials which will be posted on a regular basis.

The Certification is comprised of two courses: HNP 6201 Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy and HNP 6202 Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Basics. For further information, see "source" above.

Ancient Temples Renovated in Talur Village

Posted on 2017/4/14 19:39:39 ( 428 reads )


KARNATAKA, INDIA, Spril 11, 2017 (The Hindu): Three ancient temples -- Kalgudi Eshwara Temple, Beeralingeshwar Temple and Hanuman Temple -- in Talur village in Sandur taluk of Ballari district, were rejuvenated by the JSW Foundation under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. The temples, spread across 1.25 acres of land, date back to the pre-Vijayanagar period.

Before taking up the work as per the request of the villagers, the foundation roped in the Dharmothanna Trust of Dr. Virendra Hegadde, of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, a pioneer in temple restoration activities. This was done keeping in mind the challenge of maintaining the archaeological fabric of the temples. The architecture of the temples, built in the Kalyan Chalukya style, had been worn out by time and natural forces such as rain and heat. In order to maintain the originality of the structure, the stones and material used in the restoration were the same as the ones in the original structure.

Three-Year Training Scholarship Available in Agama Studies at French Research Institutions in Pondicherry

Posted on 2017/4/14 19:39:29 ( 461 reads )


PONDICHERRY, INDIA, April 13, 2017 (IFP): The French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) and the Pondicherry Centre of the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient (EFEO) have been engaged in the critical editions and studies of the Saiva Agamas for some fifty years. The French Institute of Pondicherry possesses a collection of nearly 10,000 manuscripts (palm-leaf and paper) that was recognized by UNESCO in 2005 as a "Memory of the World" collection. During the same period, some of these Saiva Agamas have been critically edited and published on the basis of these manuscripts which were transmitted for many centuries only through hand-written copies. All these manuscripts have been fully digitized and are available for consultation online.

As a further measure it is essential also to train the next generation of scholars in reading these ancient manuscripts. Many old texts are transmitted in several hand-written copies, each of which contains many differences due to damage, copying mistakes, muddled leaves or deliberate modifications. In order to work with these materials that are written in different scripts such as Grantha, Telugu, old Devanagari, Tigalari, Sharada, etc. intensive training is required. With the team of scholars at present we are planning to offer training for young scholars in this area. One three-year scholarship is being offered.

For more details and contact information, see "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/14 19:39:18 ( 305 reads )


Ever afterward, though the dance of creation changes around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated yogini and mystic Bengali saint

PM Narendra Modi and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull Take Metro Ride to Akshardham

Posted on 2017/4/13 19:59:11 ( 382 reads )


INDIA, April 10, 2017 (Narendra Modi): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull (on a state visit to India) took a metro ride from Mandi House metro station to Akshardham Temple. The leaders visited the temple and offered prayers. Several wonderful photos at "source" above.

See also: http://indianexpress.com/article/indi ... kshardham-temple-4607496/

Thousands Cheer for Indian American Bagpipe Band at NYC's Tartan Day Parade

Posted on 2017/4/13 19:59:00 ( 329 reads )


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, April 11, 1017 (India West): The Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band, which is the first Indian American traditional bagpipe band, recently performed with nearly 50 other bands from across North America, at the 19th annual Tartan Day Parade in New York City. The Indian American band was certainly a standout in this year's parade lineup, sporting a traditional Scottish bagpipe uniform, uniquely accompanied by traditional Indian elements. Thousands dotted the parade route on Sixth Avenue and cheered on as the band entertained with Indian melodies and Scottish favorites.

The band, which is the first international Hindu Indian traditional Scottish bagpipe band, comprises of 214 members from the U.S., the U.K., Kenya, and India. Featuring bagpipes, snare drums, bass drums, and tenor drums, the band's repertoire consists of Scottish tunes, patriotic tunes, and cultural melodies. Band members travel to perform at parades, religious events, cultural expositions, and charity performances across the world. The band comprises students, entrepreneurs, physicians, lawyers, doctorates, and other professionals, ranging from ages 10-50.

The Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band uses the medium of music to personify the mission of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, an international non-profit Hindu religious organization, which promotes spiritual, cultural, and social welfare across the world.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/13 19:58:50 ( 231 reads )


We are already divine. No one has to redeem us; Divinity is in there. We just have to find it.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Hindus Will Witness Decline in Births After 2055: Pew Study

Posted on 2017/4/8 19:56:09 ( 784 reads )


UNITED STATES, April 6, 2017 (Tuckerman Times): Hindus will witness a "dramatic" drop-off in births between 2055 and 2060 due to declining fertility in India, which is home to 94 per cent of the community's global population, according to a new Pew research. The Pew Research Centre study also said that the number of babies born to Muslim women is expected to overtake those born to Christians world-wide within two decades, making Islam the world's largest religion by 2075.

By contrast, the total number of births is projected to decline steadily between 2015 and 2060 for all other major religious groups, said the study, which was released yesterday. "The drop-off in births will be especially dramatic for Hindus - who are expected to see 33 million fewer births between 2055 and 2060 than between 2010 and 2015 - due in large part to declining fertility in India, which is home to 94 per cent of the global Hindu population as of 2015," according to the study titled "The Changing Global Religious Landscape."

Madhya Pradesh Government to Launch Hindu Priesthood Course

Posted on 2017/4/8 19:55:59 ( 395 reads )


BHOPAL, INDIA, April 6, 2017 (New Indian Express): The Madhya Pradesh Government-run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan will launch a diploma course in "Hindu Purohityam" or priestly duties for all irrespective of caste or religion, its director said today. "From July this year, we are launching the one-year 'Diploma in Purohityam' for teaching priesthood. This course would be open for all irrespective of caste, gender or religion. The basic qualification needed is class X," Director of Bhopal-based Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan P.R. Tiwari told PTI.

Tiwari said that students enrolled for this course would be taught about Hindu Karmakand (rituals) performed at various occasions like marriages, house warming etc. "We will teach these rituals in a logical way along with perfect pronunciation of mantras in accordance with Hindu traditions. The priests would have all the explanation related to these rituals, which is basically a science," Tiwari added. He said two other diplomas are also being launched along with the 'Diploma in Purohityam' course.

"We are also coming up with diplomas in Vastu and Jyotish Shastra (astrology) along with Purohityam diploma," he said. Sansthan is the nodal agency for promoting of yoga and Sanskrit in Madhya Pradesh. Opposing the move, Pragatisheel Brahmin Manch General Secretary Chandrashekhar Tiwari said that the state government was working against the interests of Brahmins.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/8 19:55:49 ( 283 reads )


Who is there who can conquer those who have relinquished all hostilities?
-- Tirukural 855

Swiss Hindus Create a United Voice

Posted on 2017/4/7 19:47:49 ( 542 reads )


WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND, April 4, 2017 (kath.ch): There are 50,000 Hindus in Switzerland. Until recently they had no common voice. On April 2nd, however, various organizations have joined forces to form the "Schweizerischen Dachverband fuer Hinduismus" - the Swiss Hindu Association. With the Swiss Hindu Association the various groups and communities have "a unified, equitable and official place in multi-religious Switzerland" - and "finally a common voice," according to the press release of the new umbrella organization on April 4th.

This is intended to strengthen the cooperation among the various Hindu communities, as Krishna Premar pa Dasa told kath.ch. "We also wish that we could make Hinduism more visible to the public." Inter-religious dialogue can only take place if this religion "becomes more comprehensible and accessible to outsiders," continued Premar pa Dasa. To this end, the umbrella organization would organize events, create a website and publish publications.

According to Premar pa Dasa, Hinduism in Switzerland is diverse. There are Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka, Hindus from India and Nepal and Hindus with Swiss roots. "It was only when we realized that several organizations and representatives had a common goal that contact between us was established," said Premar pa Dasa.

In a First, Japan Floats House League for Promotion of Yoga

Posted on 2017/4/7 19:47:38 ( 360 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 6, 2017 (Economic Times): A group of 42 members of Japanese Parliament on Tuesday launched a Parliamentary League for Promotion of Yoga, a first of its kind institutional mechanism which will promote both the ancient discipline and ties between India and Japan. The league, launched by India's ambassador to Japan Sujan Chinoy in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will be headed by Hakubun Shimomura, former minister for education, culture, sports, and science and technology, who had attended the World Culture Festival in Delhi in 2016 at the invitation of the spiritual leader.

Chinoy said that the establishment of the league comes at an opportune moment. "India and Japan have a special strategic and global partnership based on our shared values of democracy, rule of law, tolerance and transparency... Yoga is an invaluable patrimony of humankind. It was inscribed in 2016 on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity," he said. The establishment of the league provides a boost to preparations for the Third International Day of Yoga in June 2017, according to officials of the Indian Embassy in Japan.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/7 19:47:28 ( 336 reads )


The Lord is in me, the Lord is in you, as life is in every seed; put false pride away and seek the Lord within.
-- Saint Kabir (1440-1518), mystic poet

Number of Canadians Holding Favorable Views of Various Religions Increases

Posted on 2017/4/6 20:09:13 ( 406 reads )


CANADA, April 4, 2017 (Angus Reid Institute): Canada is often held up as the paragon of a diverse society. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proclaimed that "diversity is Canada's strength." A new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds not only support for, but also limitations to that narrative when it comes to both faith and the visible role of religious symbols in society.

While a strong majority of Canadians are inclined to view the Christian and Buddhist religions favorably, a number of other faiths are viewed with more skepticism. Islam itself is viewed unfavorably by almost half of Canadians (46%). Though the percentage of Quebec residents saying they hold a favorable view of Islam has doubled since 2009 from 15% to 32%. Views of four other religions, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism, have all increased in favorability over that time in the belle province.

Canada's religious landscape is changing. Before 1971, just 2.9% of those who immigrated to this country said they followed either Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism or Buddhism. Between 2001 and 2011 that number jumped to one-in-three (33%). Thus, Canadians are increasingly encountering different perspectives in their day-to-day lives. While multiculturalism has been Canada's official policy since 1971, recent research indicates that many hope to see new immigrants do more to integrate in what they would consider "mainstream" Canadian society.

A further breakdown in favorability and attitudes toward Hindus in comparison to other religions can be viewed at "source" above.

Temple Slide Show

Posted on 2017/4/6 20:09:03 ( 333 reads )


INDIA, June 7, 2016, (Speaking Tree): A land of diversified cultures and religion, India is believed to be blessed with edifices that are traced since ancient times. The country not only has the oldest religion in existence, but some magnificent temples, including the Kailasa Temple in Ellora, Maharashtra, carved out of solid rock back in the 8th century AD. To view a slideshow of temples, including Kedarnath, Brihadeeswarar, Somnath and more, see "source" above.

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