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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/8/17 17:43:53 ( 391 reads )


Many people are afraid of silence. They have to be doing something all the time. Many people also are afraid of being alone. But actually no one ever is alone. He's always with his great divine Self. Every person has a great, divine Self within him, an absolutely perfect, shining, sublime being of light. The voice of this being is a loud silence. The voice of your soul is a loud silence. Many people have said that the voice of God is a deep, profound silence.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

$2.1 Million -- The British Price of Equality and Moral Values

Posted on 2017/8/13 20:20:57 ( 1107 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, August 10, 2017 (National Council of Hindu Temples UK by Pt Satish K. Sharma): The Bank of England announced its decision regarding the use of tallow in pound notes as follows:- "The Bank is today, Thursday 10 August, announcing that after careful and serious consideration and extensive public consultation there will be no change to the composition of polymer used for future banknotes. The new polymer #20 (US$26) note and future print runs of #5 ($6.50) and #10 ($13) notes will continue to be made from polymer manufactured using trace amounts of chemicals, typically less than 0.05%, ultimately derived from animal products.

The Bank has determined that there is a monetary value to the ethics and morals of a rapidly increasing number of British citizens i.e. the vegan and vegetarian community, and also of the religious and spiritual values of the members of the Dharmic traditions who view all of life as one family. The Bank of England has stated that it has taken account of the Equality legislation but what it has in essence done is established that the spirit of Equalities legislation in the UK does in fact carry a price tag and a level at which the spirit of human rights which is enshrined in Equality legislation, becomes "unaffordable", a paltry #1.65m ($2.147 million) per annum for a decade. Has Great Britain become so poor?

More at "source" above.

Rebuttal to Article "The Holy Cows That Weren't"

Posted on 2017/8/13 20:19:49 ( 759 reads )


TEXAS, U.S., August 10, 2017 (Save Temples, by Prakasarao Velagapudi): [HPI adds: The following rebuttal was written to The Wall Street Journal] On behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF)and thousands of Hindus, I want to express my surprise and shock that such a vicious and malicious article entitled "The Holy Cows That Weren't" written by one Mr. Tunku Varadarajan was allowed to be published on August 4, 2017 in your newspaper known for fair and balanced reporting.

What is written is unbalanced and negative. This article is written only to demean and degrade the holy cow that has been part of the Indian culture and its history is as ancient as Sanatana dharma. Vedas and other prohibited the killing of cows. One or two statements on beef eating found in the scriptures should not be the basis to attack the sacredness of a cow.

Full rebuttal can be read at "source" above.

Italian Swami Impresses with Recitation of Sanskrit Shlokas

Posted on 2017/8/11 19:23:47 ( 1085 reads )


KUNDAIM, INDIA, August 8, 2017 (Times of India): Shree Kshetra Tapobhoomi, Kundaim, the headquarters of the Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya, at its Shravani Vidya event held on Monday, played host to 61-year-old Italian national, Proietti Flavio, a yoga exponent, who heads Surya Chandra Yoga Ashram in Rome. Flavio, who embraced Hinduism decades ago, is now referred to as the Mahamandaleshwar, Yogacharya, Srividyaupasaka, Swami Shivanand Saraswati, who now preaches Sanatan Dharma in European countries.

Swami Shivanand is in Goa on the invitation of Swami Brahmeshanandacharya, who heads the Kundaim mutt, to witness and participate in the proceedings of the Shravani Vidya rituals. "During my first meeting with swami Brahmeshandji, I was quite impressed with his erudition in Vedas and scriptures. That kindled in me the desire to learn more about the Sanatan Dharma and that brought me here. Today's event is rooted in the spiritual philosophy of Vasudaiv Kutumbakam (the world is a family), and my participation in this ceremony reinforces the bond shared by me with India and, of course, tapobhoomi," Swami Shivanand, said.

In a Move Away From Tradition, Cremations Increase in the USA

Posted on 2017/8/11 19:23:37 ( 805 reads )


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 10, 2017 (New York Times): Now, for the first time, more Americans are being cremated than having traditional burials, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The cremation rate in 2016 achieved a milestone, edging past 50 percent to 50.2 percent, up from 48.5 percent in 2015, according to a report issued recently by the funeral directors' association. The president of the association, W. Ashley Cozine, predicted that the cremation rate would continue to rise. By 2025, the association is forecasting that 63.8 percent of the people who die in the United States will be cremated, and by 2035, 78.8 percent.

The reasons include the weakening hold of religion on American life as well as a loosening of strictures against cremation by some denominations. The proportion of consumers 40 and older who think it is important to have religion as part of a funeral has dropped by 20 percent since 2012, according to the funeral directors' association. "Most funeral directors have seen a lot of families move away from tradition, move away from ceremony," said R. Bryant Hightower Jr., the secretary of the funeral directors' association, "and in their minds, ceremony and tradition are tied to the burial side more than the cremation side. So they have said, 'If I want it simple and I don't want it in a church or a synagogue and I don't want a rabbi or a minister, then I want cremation.'" In addition, cremation typically costs less than a third of a funeral with a conventional burial.

More at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/8/11 19:23:26 ( 698 reads )


For seven lives in seven bodies the grateful will remember friends who relieved their anguish and affliction.
-- Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural, verse 107

Atheists Tend to Be Seen as Immoral - Even by Other Atheists: Study

Posted on 2017/8/10 19:42:47 ( 735 reads )


FRANCE, August 7, 2017 (The guardian): Atheists are more easily suspected of evil deeds than Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists -- even by fellow atheists, according to the authors of a new study. The finding suggests that in an increasingly secular world, many -- including some atheists -- still hold the view that people will do bad things unless they fear punishment from all-seeing gods. The results of the study "show that across the world, religious belief is intuitively viewed as a necessary safeguard against the temptations of grossly immoral conduct," an international team wrote in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. It revealed that "atheists are broadly perceived as potentially morally depraved and dangerous".

The study measured the attitudes of more than 3,000 people in 13 countries on five continents. They ranged from "very secular" countries such as China and the Netherlands, to those with high numbers of religious believers, such as the United Arab Emirates, the US and India. "It is striking that even atheists appear to hold the same intuitive anti-atheist bias," the study's co-author, Will Gervais, a psychology professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, said.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/8/10 19:42:37 ( 726 reads )

Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.

Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society

India's Home-Spun Khadi Is in Vogue

Posted on 2017/8/9 19:15:34 ( 681 reads )


INDIA, August 5, 2017 (Government Press Release): More than a century ago, when Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, he had not seen a spinning wheel- charkha- but during the Swadeshi movement, he meticulously spun khadi into the national life style. Now, khadi is in vogue again. Presenting statistics of khadi products sales, during last three years, the khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has reported nearly 33 per cent growth in sale of khadi products to approx. US$315 million in the fiscal 2016-17 from $237 million a year ago.

Known for natural luster and rough texture, khadi strands of late have turned livewire ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched khadi promotion blitz in his radio talk show three years ago. He has since hardly lost an opportunity to sell the khadi. He frequently articulates his penchant for khadi and directly signals to governments at the Centre and states as well as to the common public that the khadi must be promoted with spirit of nationalism. khadi is a cloth woven by hand using handspun yarn only. Natural fibers namely cotton, wool and silk are used in the production.

World's Largest Holder of Gold? Indian Households!

Posted on 2017/8/9 19:15:24 ( 637 reads )


LONDON, U.K., August 4, 2017 (Bloomberg): The London Bullion Market Association this week lifted the veil on how much gold is stored in vaults in the city, which instantly joined a list of the world's biggest hoards. Their estimated 596,000 bars weigh 7,449 tons, far short of the holdings of "Indian Households," estimated over 22 metric tons. And Fort Knox? The US government is second in world gold holdings, with around 8 thousand metric tons. After London's hoard is thought to be Indian temples, with just under four thousand metric tons.

Thirukkural in Sanskrit

Posted on 2017/8/9 19:15:14 ( 643 reads )


INDIA, June 6, 2017 (Lokvani, by K. Arvind): Thirukkural is a renowned literary work in Tamil composed by the Sage Thiruvalluvar over two millennia ago. Thirukkural has been translated into a multitude of world languages including Hindi, Urdu, Latin, French, German and American English. The German translation of Thirukkural influenced Russian writer Tolstoy's thinking on non-violence, Tolstoy's Letter to a Hindu which influenced Mahatma Gandhi's ideas on non-violence includes references to the Thirukkural. Thirukkural has now been translated into Sanskrit, another classical language of India which is even older than Thirukkural. This article captures some of Thirukkural's pithy life wisdom, as well as some interesting facts about Thiruvalluvar, Thirukkural, and its Sanskrit translator Sri S.N. Srirama Desikan.

Thirukkural is an ancient treatise on ethics and values that is held in high reverence by Tamils everywhere. Even though Thirukkural is said to have traces of influence from Hindu and Jain thought, especially where it exhorts non-violence and vegetarianism, and is held in reverence by Hindus in South India, it is considered mostly non-denominational and secular in the life guidance that it provides. Sage Thiruvalluvar is the poet who composed the Thirukkural, but not much is known about him. It is believed that he was a divinely inspired weaver born in Mylapore, Chennai, sometime between the 5th and 1st centuries BCE.

More at "source" above

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/8/9 19:15:03 ( 561 reads )


There are three kinds of devotees. The inferior devotee says, "God is out there" and thinks God is different from His creation. The mediocre devotee says, "God is antaryami, the inner guide who dwells in everyone's heart;" thus the mediocre devotee sees God within. But the superior devotee sees that God alone is everything, for He has become the twenty-four cosmic tattvas. That devotee finds that everything, above and below, is filled with God.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

The Indian Dream? World Bank Says Social Mobility in India Comparable to U.S.

Posted on 2017/8/5 20:18:25 ( 1224 reads )


INDIA, January 21, 2015 (Newsweek): A recently released World Bank report has claimed that the chance of escaping poverty is now roughly the same in India as it is in the U.S. The report, called Addressing Inequality in South Asia, compares the share of consumption among three developing countries - Vietnam, Bangladesh and India - and the United States, divided along transitioning class lines - moving out of poverty, those moving from poverty into the middle class, falling back to poverty, falling out of middle class. The findings of the analysis were that "within the same generation, mobility in earnings - measured by the ability to move out of poverty and into the middle class - is comparable to that of the United States."

The report says that India between 2004-05 and 2009-10, 15% of the total population moved above the poverty line. By these measures, the report claims "upward mobility within a generation in.... India was comparable to that of dynamic societies such as the United States." The report attributed much of India's upward mobility to increased urbanisation in the country, stating in a summary: "Urban jobs have become a ticket to the middle class. Upward mobility is much stronger in cities, where even self-employment and casual work can lead to substantial gains in consumption." While the report pointed to robust mobility, it also highlighted inequality in access to public services, which can largely be traced to factors such as gender, location and caste.

More at "source" above.

Clay Ganesh Statues Yet to Catch the Devouts Fancy

Posted on 2017/8/5 20:18:15 ( 785 reads )


INDIA, July 27, 2017 (The Hindu): Despite the clamour for environment friendly Ganesh statues, clay statue-makers are finding it difficult to find customers. Traditional potter families say that the flooding of plaster of Paris statues and mass produced by molds, have reduced the market share of clay statues. "All this talk of eco-friendly Ganesh statues, without paint and harmful chemicals, is humbug," says Maruti Jyotiba Kumbar, who is busy making clay Ganesh statues by hand, in a small shop near the Kapileshwar temple.

"Environmentalists keep talking about such things. But such statements are yet to catch the people's fancy. Even the Belagavi City Corporation puts out advertisements asking people to stop using statues made of plaster. But all this is yet to sink in," he said. "At least 50,000-60,000 families may be buying statues and performing puja in their homes in Belagavi. I am sure nine out of 10 statues are made of plaster of Paris," he said.

Beautiful Somnath Temple Video

Posted on 2017/8/5 20:18:04 ( 840 reads )


INDIA, August 4, 2017 (YouTube): The Somnath temple on the western coast of Gujarat, is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Short but beautiful video at "source" above features the temple and its surroundings.

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