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UK Council of Hindu Temples Prepares Video for Police
Posted on 2015/1/2 18:35:17 ( 1276 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, December 26, 2014 (YouTube): "The Hindu way of life is a way of life, a way of living according to an understanding which has been refined and tested and gathered over at least 5,000 years," states National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHT) UK's General Secretary Satish K. Sharma in this video on Hinduism prepared for Police officers of the West Midlands Police force. The well done video shares some of the Hindu traditions, ideals and practices and can be viewed at source above.

A similar video was created by the Chicago, Illinois Police department stating that "Even a basic knowledge of a persons customs and culture enables police officers to conduct their duties in a more efficient and respectful manner." Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7ROQ-EcJvU

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/2 18:35:10 ( 1007 reads )

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Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.
-- Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)

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Seventy Hindus Convert to Christianity in Uttar Pradesh
Posted on 2014/12/31 17:35:00 ( 1138 reads )

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LUCKNOW/PATNA, INDIA, December 19, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Over 70 Hindus have reportedly converted to Christianity in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh. There are also reports of Hindus converting to Christianity from Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur, Bihar. The local leaders of the BJP are reportedly unhappy over the reports and the party has sent a seven-member fact finding team to Bhagalpur.

In Uttar Pradesh, one person, belonging to an organisation called India Hope Centre, has been arrested in connection with conversion of Hindus and the local officials are probing the incident that took place two days ago. A local official said that activists of India Hope Centre were active in Kamlapuri village of Uttar Pradesh and were attempting to lure villagers to embrace Christianity.

DM Satyendra Kumar said on Thursday that it has not been confirmed if the conversions took place. "We have sent a team of officials to the village in question to verify the allegations," he said but added that "India Hope Center activities had picked up in the area since the past few months, especially after the floods".

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Guyana President Lauds Success of Saraswati Vidya Niketan Graduates
Posted on 2014/12/31 17:34:54 ( 1047 reads )

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GUYANA, October 16, 2014 (Stabroek News): President Donald Ramotar said now is an exciting time in Guyana to be a young student as he celebrated the success of 64 graduating students at the 2014 convocation ceremony of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) School on the West Coast Demerara on Sunday evening.

In his address at the school's 10th convocation ceremony, Principal, Swami Aksharananda said land has been acquired to build an elementary (primary) school to accommodate at the least 200 students. Efforts in this endeavor aim to realise SVN's vision and values by inculcating them in children at an early age, he said, according to a report from the Government Information Agency (GINA). Swami Aksharananda also revealed that SVN's ambition is to have the first private STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) College in Guyana that focuses solely on providing education in STEM subjects.

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Bringing the World's Religions Together in Bern
Posted on 2014/12/31 17:34:47 ( 1001 reads )

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BERN, SWITZERLAND, December 14, 2014 (Swiss Info): It is thought to be a one-of-a-kind: tucked away in a multicultural, working-class suburb of Bern stands a building with five sanctuaries inside, one per religion. The House of Religions is a place for coexistence and interaction. The culmination of an idea born nearly 15 years ago, the House of Religions will finally open to the public on December 14.

With the tip of his spatula, an artist perfects the round of the shoulder of Ganesh. Further away, some altars are already decorated in bright colors. The artists have come from Tamil Nadu especially to complete this work. "It was quite difficult to get visas for them. At each stage of the process we were being made to start the paperwork all over again," says Sasikumar Tharmalinguam, the Hindu priest who will officiate at the House of Religions.

One of the founders, Hartmut Haas, a Moravian pastor (a branch of Protestantism) started the association in his kitchen before finding a space in town. He called it the House of Religions and the communities started a restaurant, organized various activities such as language and integration courses, yoga and so on. The institution then moved into wooden huts, where the Hindus had a small temple and the Buddhists, the Alevis (derived from Shiite Islam) and the Moravians gathered to pray and meditate. It was a far cry from the new lodgings at Europaplatz. Here in a modern complex that also houses apartments and a shopping centre.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/31 17:34:33 ( 643 reads )

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According as one acts, so does he become. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action.
-- Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5

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Program to Certify Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith To Be Held in Early January
Posted on 2014/12/28 8:12:25 ( 1044 reads )

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UNITED STATES, December 27, 2014 (Press Release): Hindu University of America (HUA), in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders to become Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith. The course will be presented at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, in Buckingham, VA, Monday 5 Jan. -Friday 9 Jan. 2015.

The fee for the instructional program for certification is $150. Accommodations at the Ashram for an individual participant range in price from $300 (shared dormitory room and bath) to $460. Price for couples is slightly less than for two individuals. Included: four nights of room, three Vegan meals a day, three daily meditation sessions, a daily hatha class, and a tour of the inspiring, globally respected, LOTUS temple and other holy sites.

HUA is working to establish a Masters of Divinity program to train chaplains of Eastern Traditions to serve anywhere that such services are needed. This course is also applicable for graduate college credit. Please contact Swami Sarvaananda, swami.sarvaananda@gmail.com, with questions and confirmation.

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Listen to Dilip Amin's Talk to San Francisco Bay Area Multi Faith Coalition
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:53 ( 1019 reads )

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SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA, December 27, 2014 (YouTube): Dilip Amin gave a presentation to Peninsula Multi-faith Coalition group leaders consisting of Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Hindus. The message is about pluralism and respect for all. Watch the short and informative video at source above.

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Carnivorous Plant Turns Vegetarian
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:38 ( 1018 reads )

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LONDON, December 27, 2014 (Ad Hoc News): HPI Note: This sounds like a hoax, but is being widely reported in the media and appears to be based on authentic scientific research.

If you think that only humans are turning vegetarian, here is a new study that has found certain carnivorous plants are also becoming vegetarians. The bladderworts (Utricularia) is a species of carnivorous plant that catches and digests tiny animals. Now, the plant is turning to algae and pollen grains for a balanced nutrition.

The species catches its prey with the help of suction bladders, trap doors and lightning speed. Once captured by the bladderwort, the animal suffocates, and is then broken down by enzymes and digested. This is how the plant worked until it discovered vegetarianism.

"Bladderworts are switching to algae and pollen grains," said researchers Marianne Koller-Peroutka and Wolfram Adlassnig from the University of Vienna in Austria. When bladderworts lived in areas where algae was plenty and animals were scarce, the vegetarian plants were actually larger than the meat eaters.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/27 18:42:31 ( 602 reads )

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Eternal, pure, groundless, death-and-birth free, pervasive, ever immaculate, distant, near, enveloping effulgence of void, the support of all, the fullness of bliss, the consciousness-form beyond thought and speech, That which thus stood, the expanse vast that generates bliss, let us contemplate.
-- Tayumanavar (1706-1744), South Indian devotional poet

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VHP Converts 58 Persons to Hinduism on Christmas Day
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:44 ( 985 reads )

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KOTTAYAM DISTRICT, KERALA, INDIA, December 26, 2014 (Indian Express): On Christmas Day, around 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families, embraced Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam district under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

According to VHP District President, Balachandran Pillai, at least 42 members belonging to 20 families embraced Hinduism at the Puthiyakavu Devi temple in Ponkunnam. Sixteen others were converted in another function at the Thirunakara Sri Krishna Swamy temple in Thirunakara, Kerala.

Pillai said those who had converted had come on their own from Vaikom, Kumarakkam and Kanjirapally. Similar functions are being held at various places.

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China Tracks the Silk Road with a Rail Road
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:35 ( 761 reads )

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CHINA, December 16, 2014 (Huffington Post): November 18, 2014 is a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China's Zhejiang province, 185 miles south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9th.

Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 8,000 miles, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.

The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length. It will represent geopolitics with a human touch, knitting together small traders and huge markets across a vast landmass. It's already a graphic example of Eurasian integration on the go. And most of all, it's the first building block on China's "New Silk Road," conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/26 18:26:19 ( 650 reads )

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The mind alone is man's cause of bondage or release: it leads to bondage when attached to the sense objects, and to release when freed from them.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitri Upanishad

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Conversion Ceremony Long Offered at Kerala Temples
Posted on 2014/12/25 16:14:51 ( 792 reads )

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KOCHI, KERALA, INDIA, December 24, 2014 (Deccan Chronical): Even as the wrangle over conversion and Ghar Vapas ("return to home) continues, a temple in Kaviyoor in Kottayam district has on its notice board "conversion" as an item of offering for the Deity of the temple. The Thrikkaviyoor temple under Travancore Devaswom Board has listed conversion in a long list of offerings starting with Ganapathi homam. Conversion is item number 46 next to marriage and and the rate per head is US$2.46.

When queried how conversion found its way to the itinerary of offerings, TDB commissioner P. Venugopal said that this was there from the very beginning. "Some of the temples have conversion in the list which I think is as old as the existence of the TDB. But I don't think any mass conversion is happening on account of this. This may be to facilitate caste certificates to gain reservation benefits," said Mr Venugopal. Mr P.K. Sivan Pillai, a native of Kaviyoor, said that conversion was in the itinerary of offerings of major temples under TDB. "It's not part of minor temples.

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Adivasis Experience the Goodness of Yoga
Posted on 2014/12/25 16:14:45 ( 722 reads )

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UTNOOR, INDIA, December 23, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Yoga became an experience of a lifetime for tribal women who had never before been exposed to the exercise regime. Around 80 tribals, including a few Schedule Caste women, of all ages, have been practicing Surya Namaskarams and stretching exercises for joint, knee and back pains, and they are now capable of training other tribals.

These tribal and SC women received certificates for their participation in the free yoga and naturopathy camp at Utnoor conducted under the SC and ST component plan. Sources said that the certificates would go a long way in boosting the morale of the Anganwadi and Asha workers, most of whom have only studied till primary and upper primary levels.

After attending the free three-day yoga training camp organized by Vemana Yoga Research Institute, the women felt that yoga and naturopathy would prove to be very useful as these could help cure various ailments often faced by the Adivasis, without any medical expenses and side effects.

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