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Petition to Protest Museum Film Showing
Posted on 2002/2/8 22:47:02 ( 782 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, February 8, Concerned Hindus may sign a petition protesting two movies being showing as part of the American Museum of National History's exhibition on Hindus at "source" above. The site contains more information about the films and the reasons for the protest.




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Sri Swami Dayanandaji Maharaj Attains Mahasamadhi
Posted on 2002/2/8 22:46:02 ( 673 reads )


Source: Press Reports





INDIA, February 4, 2002: His Holiness, Sri Swami Dayanandaji Maharaj attained Mahasamadhi today. Born in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, in 1923 to prosperous parents, he was known as Ramalinga Raju. When he was studying in college he felt an urge to renounce the world and found himself at the feet of Swami Sivananda. He was initiated into the holy order of Sannyasa in January 1948 and given the monastic name of Swami Dayananda. Swami was an active participant in the work of the Divine Life Society. In 1970 he was appointed as one of the Secretaries of the Divine Life society, in which post he continued until September, 1975 when he was elected by the Board of Trustees as a member of the Trust Board and Treasurer of the Divine Life Society, a position he held until his transition.




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Book Released on Manufacture and Repair of Tabla
Posted on 2002/2/8 22:45:02 ( 820 reads )


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HOUSTON, TEXAS, February 7, 2002: Dr. David Courtney, prominent musicologist and author has released his masterful technical and practical treatise, "Manufacture And Repair Of Tabla." It is his third book in the series "The Complete Reference For Tabla" following the success of "Fundamentals Of Tabla" and "Advanced Theory Of Tabla." The latest covers a wide range of information -- materials, manufacture, repair, physics and the tuning of the tabla. It also deals with the craftsmen and health issues involved in the craft. Arguably the only book of it's kind ever written detailing a specific perspective of the instrument, Courtney has also included illustrations and photographs to guide the reader to better understanding. For more information go to source above or contact the author at david@chandrakantha.com.




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Saints Refuse to Bathe in Polluted Ganga
Posted on 2002/2/7 22:49:02 ( 623 reads )


Source: Times of India





ALLAHABAD, INDIA, February 7, 2002: Resentment has been brewing amongst saints and devotees attending the Magh Mela over the rising levels of pollution in the Ganga. Reports said some sadhus of a particular sect refused to take a dip in the river, besides threatening legal action, if requisite action was not taken to clear the river of effluents. Tridandi Swami Rangra Manujacharya of Durvasa Ashram refrained from taking a dip in the river for the last two days while Hari Chaitanya Brahmachariji, Tikar Mafi, threatened to approach the courts with other sadhus, if the situation did not improve within next few days. Earlier, Tridandi Swami had called upon kalpvasis and sadhus for observing a day-long fast protesting the pollution and threatened to go on a relay fast. These decisions were taken at the sant sammelan at Laxmi Narain camp in Magh Mela area on Wednesday. In his address Swami Nishchalanandji, said that if the river had not at all existed, then what would have had been the fate of human beings, forbidding them to bathe or even irrigating their fields.




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Using Color as Medicine
Posted on 2002/2/7 22:48:02 ( 625 reads )


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UNITED KINGDOM, JANUARY 20, 2002: Speaking of the bright reds and purples painted in a abstract design on the walls in the hydrotherapy room at a London hospital, Jane Duncan, artist in residence at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said: "I wanted to use color to achieve a dynamic environment for the patients in the hydrotherapy room, to encourage them to move and exercise. I also wanted them to feel cheerful." But according to researchers at Leeds University, the color's Ms. Duncan used in her mural were exactly the kind of colors they found make people feel dynamic and positive. Only the Leeds researchers used mathematics, with complicated equations and numbers, to describe how people responded positively to different colors. Dr James Nobbs, from the Color Chemistry Department at Leeds University, said: "Until now, how people responded emotionally to color was the domain of artists and designers who could not substantiate their claims in scientific terms. But now it's proven. Color affects our emotions." Dr. Nobbs and his colleagues at Leeds University have been working with scientists in Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand, to create what they call color emotions scales, a result of analyzing the response people had to different colors through word pairs. Hindu mystics have long held the knowledge of color, especially in regards to the human aura which when seen psychically, is filled with many colors which are reflections of the thoughts and emotions active in the nervous system and change according to one's state of mind.




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Actor Madhavan Caged for Animal Rights
Posted on 2002/2/7 22:47:02 ( 751 reads )


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MADRAS, INDIA, February 4, 2002: R. Madhavan, a popular South Indian movie actor, crammed himself into a tiny cage and gripped its wire mesh to appeal for compassion for chickens as part of a campaign by an international animal rights group. He was posing for the campaign, "Compassion, Not Cages -- Go Veg!" out of personal faith as a vegetarian. The event was organized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). "It's simple, I love animals so I don't eat them," he said. "We've all seen chickens crammed in cages at butcher shops but nobody stops to think about the trauma they go through, never getting to run...they still feel pain just like you and me." The drive by U.S.-based PETA is the latest animal rights campaign it has run in India. Last year, it demanded a boycott of Indian leather to press for more humane slaughter of cows.




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Exam Motivation for Malaysian Students
Posted on 2002/2/7 22:46:02 ( 668 reads )


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MALAYSIA, February 8, 2002: In August 2001, the Malaysia Hindu Sangam in collaboration with M.I.C.'s Yayasan Strategik Sosial and other organizations launched a community service project known as "Action To Mobilize All Hindus" ("ATMAH"). The project has been initially based in and around the Sri Ganggai Aman Temple, Kampung Medan off Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur. About 80 professionals and business entrepreneurs have volunteered and are actively providing services such as educare, medicare, legal aid, human values, sports, culture, community service, business and spiritual. The group providing educare services conduct tuition classes for school going children in both the primary and secondary levels. About a hundred students are at the moment attending these classes. A special Motivation Camp is being organized for students taking the UPSR, PMR and SPM examinations later this year on February 10. Interested parties should contact Vaithilingam at "Source" above.




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Pramukh Swami Maharaj Consecrates Australia Temple
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ROSEHILL, AUSTRALIA, FEBRUARY 3, 2002: The head of the Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), Pragat Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj (Swamiji, for short) attended the consecration ceremonies of the newly-installed marble deities at the Rosehill, Australia Temple. Devotees from Britain, the United States and India, joined the estimated 2,000 Sydney-based BAPS followers in worship. The 81-year-old Swamiji holds the world record for the most temples consecrated, with Rosehill Temple marking number 411. BAPS also made it into the Guinness book of Records with the organization's London headquarters, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, recognized as the largest Hindu temple in the world outside India.




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Films on Hinduism at NY Exhibit Face VHP Ire in US
Posted on 2002/2/7 22:44:02 ( 713 reads )


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NEW YORK, USA, February 8, 2002: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America has protested to the American Museum of National History here for exhibiting two documentaries. They say the films distort the history of Hinduism and India and have asked for their withdrawal. In a letter to Director of Public Affairs of the museum, Elaine Charnov, General Secretary of the Parishad, Gaurag G. Vaishnav says the documentaries "not only mislead the viewer because of gross distortions of facts but also help advance politically motivated Marxist agenda." The letter says in one of the videos, Rama, the main character in the epic "Ramayana," was an Aryan who enslaved Dravidian people and called them his monkeys. In Indian history, it explained, the word "Arya" has never referred to a race but rather to nobility of spirit, thought and deeds.




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Replica of Tirupati Temple Built Near City of Pune
Posted on 2002/2/6 22:49:02 ( 743 reads )


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PUNE, INDIA, January 31, 2002: The famous Tirupati temple in Andra Pradesh now has a replica near the city of Pune. Pilgrims unable to make it to Tirupati to worship Lord Balaji have built the 7,000-square-foot temple in a 19,000 square foot plot on a site near Pashan Lake. Nestled among green hills, the temple formally installed its Deity on February 4, 2002. Costing over US$320,000, the temple was built by architects Ramkrishna Stapathi and his son Meenakshi Sthapati. Honoring a total of 30 deities, the project was funded in part (50%) by devotees from the city of Pune. Also expected to attract Vedic scholars and students, the complex will expand in the future to include a lecture hall, study room and an ashram for religion classes.




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Famed Sri Lanka Scholar Passes On
Posted on 2002/2/6 22:48:02 ( 723 reads )


Source: Hindu Press International





KOPAY, SRI LANKA, February 7, 2002: Friends and relatives in this village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka, announced today the passing on of Tiru A. V. Mylvaganam on January 19, 2002, at age 89. His passing is especially noted by Hinduism Today. The association of Tiru A.V. Mylvaganam and our late publisher, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, which endured for over fifty-two years, was certainly a most remarkable one. As a close devotee of Jnanaguru Yogaswami, Tiru Mylvaganam was present when Gurudeva visited the famed thatched hut in Columbuthurai and received the potent initiation with the slap on the back in May of 1949. It was Tiru Mylvaganam who first comprehended the significance of that initiatory moment and insightfully described it as a "coronation." Yogaswami's instructions to him to read, recite and reflect upon the Tirukural daily combined with his study of English at Oxford University provided an excellent background for translating Gurudeva's modern English version of Tirukural into modern Tamil, which he worked at daily for many years. He was the first person from Sri Lanka to attend Oxford University in England. Gurudeva regarded his work of putting the archaic Tamil verses into accessible modern Tamil as a key to the continuing use of the classic gem in Tamil-speaking communities throughout the world. It could not have been accomplished except for Tiru Mylvaganam's steadfast, one can say, historic efforts, made in the twilight of his life in service to two great satgurus who loved the Tirukural and understood its important place in Tamil homes and hearts. In 1985 Tiru Mylvaganam made a gift and garland of praises for his Gurudeva, composing in Sanskrit the Ashtotra, 108 names of Gurudeva, which is still chanted today whenever a Pada Puja is done in Gurudeva's honor. This list describes in a traditional manner the many accomplishments of Gurudeva, his cherished ideals, his establishment of Hindu institutions, and much more. Tiru Mylvaganam loved children and understood the great importance of passing along the Saiva culture and faith to them, that they would be the ones to carry it into the future. He also knew that Sri Lankan children were empowered by knowing English. In both these arenas he worked hard for many years at the Subramuniya Kopay Kottam as an elder, inspirer and teacher of English, thus helping the children better understand Gurudeva's written works. All those who knew this great soul may take pride in his vision, his loyalty to Saiva Neri and dedication to our Kailasa Paramparai, and hopefully they will be inspired to follow his noble example.




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Hindu Conference for Trinidad
Posted on 2002/2/6 22:47:02 ( 715 reads )


Source: HPI Correspondent, Anil Mahabir





TRINIDAD, February 7, 2002: The University of the West Indies together with the Hindi Foundation of Trinidad & Tobago and the High Commission for the Republic of India are hosting a conference, which will take place from May 17 to 19, 2002. The title of the conference is "Hindi Language, Literature and Culture: A Caribbean Perspective." In Trinidad, the Hindi language is taught at primary and secondary schools, at the university, the Gandhi Institute and at temples. Hindi is also taught in Guyana and Suriname; although in Suriname most, if not all, Indians already speak Hindi as a second language, after Dutch. In Suriname, Hindi is also spoken by certain non-Indians, who live in predominantly Indian areas. The organizers of the conference say, "It is now time for scholarly reflection and guidance on the teaching of the language in Trinidad." The purpose of the conference therefore is to focus on the teaching of Hindi in the Caribbean, to discuss the various experiences of teachers of the language as well as to interface with international scholars in the field. Scholars are being invited to make presentations on the teaching of Hindi as a foreign language, the development of language teaching materials for Caribbean people as well as the role of literature and culture, including films, and songs in the Hindi language program. The conference will take at the University of the West Indies. The deadline for submitting extracts is March 18. The deadline for the actual conference paper is April 18. Interested persons may contact the Conference Secretariat at the Centre for language Learning, University of the West Indies, E-Mail: hindiuwi@yahoo.com and cll@tstt.net.tt . Telephone/fax: 662-0758




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UK Hindu Students Group Seeks Articles
Posted on 2002/2/6 22:46:02 ( 684 reads )


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ENGLAND, February 7, 2002: The National Hindu Students Forum UK is requesting Hindus all over the world to submit articles for their magazine "Hum." Articles should be 800-1,500 words long and should be related to Hindu philosophy or issues relevant especially to Hindu youth. Please send all articles in Microsoft Word "source" above




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Nepal to Promote Religious Tourism
Posted on 2002/2/5 22:49:02 ( 664 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, JANUARY 31, 2002: The Nepali government will give high priority to religious tourism and make it one of the major components for the tourist attraction campaign, the Kathmandu Post said Thursday. The Nepali government will concentrate its programs mainly at Pashupatinath where a large number of Hindus will come for worship during the Maha Sivaratri festival on March 12, 2002, and Lumbini where the festival of Buddha Purnima, which falls in May, will attract large numbers of Buddhists. The target number of domestic and foreign tourists for Maha Sivaratri is 400,000, says Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Bal Bahadur. The Nepali government has taken a number of initiatives recently to attract tourists, including reducing visa fees, easing visa procedures and opening up more peaks for trekking and expeditions.




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Ten PM Concert Deadline too Rigid Say Mumbai Artists
Posted on 2002/2/5 22:48:02 ( 697 reads )


Source: Afternoon Despatch & Courier





MUMBAI, INDIA, JANUARY 31, 2002: Veteran artists and performers are upset about the unfairness of the 10 p.m. deadline for the use of loudspeakers enforced by India's Supreme Court. The law states that any activity involving the use of loudspeakers or exceeding a decibel level that could be considered disruptive to residents of the area is not permissible after 10 p.m. Says Bharat Ratna awardee and Rajya Sabha member, Lata Mangeshkar, "I am incensed about this law. We have a concert once a year where the stage is elaborately decorated and people eagerly await these events. The light and the stage setting come together only after the sun goes down and it is foolhardy to expect that a show like this will be wrapped up in two hours." Many performers enjoy the freedom and ambience of an outdoor concert rather than the constraints of an enclosed auditorium.




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