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Christians Evaluate Native American Religions
Posted on 2001/12/27 22:45:02 ( 761 reads )


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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA, December 28, 2001: This story appearing on the web site of Christian Week is an interesting look into how missionaries deal with the ancestral religious practices of the native American Indians who convert to Christianity. Hindus are familiar with attempts of Christians in India to "inculturalize" their religion by incorporating features of Hindu puja, devotional songs and even dance. Here is the same deceptive process as applied to native American religions. The report states in part, "The complexity of making the Christian gospel culturally relevant to native North Americans is getting some serious study. Nearly 150 Christians from throughout North America came to Winnipeg in late November to probe the issue at a Native North American Missiological Symposium. Participants, including native and non-native missionaries, theologians, pastors and scholars from many denominations, wrestled with vexing questions about cultural practices that may water down spiritual truths, and teachings by Christians that unnecessarily denigrate native culture. In the past, missionaries fashioned the aboriginal church in a European image. They discouraged native languages and names, built square buildings that shut out the natural world, exchanged drums, rattles and native chants for pianos, organs and western hymnology and replaced native dress and dance with European garb and processions. The symposium attempted to navigate a middle road between assimilation (cultural genocide) and syncretism (blending incompatible beliefs)."




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Unprecedented Rush at Sabarimala Temple
Posted on 2001/12/26 22:49:02 ( 683 reads )


Source: The Hindu





PATHANAMHITTA, December 24, 2001: The Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple has seen unprecedented crowds since Saturday. The police had to detain pilgrims for up to three hours as part of crowd-control measures. The line of devotees was extended on the trekking path this morning with many pilgrims waiting for eight to ten hours to enter the temple. Meanwhile, traffic bottlenecks added to the delays of the pilgrims. It took four to five hours for many vehicles to cover a 22-km stretch of the main trunk road to Sabarimala due to traffic snarls. The delay in issuing the entry pass at the two counters at the toll gate, inadequate police deployment to control traffic and illegal parking of vehicles has reportedly contributed to traffic congestion. According to the Devaswom sources, the temple will close at 11:00 p.m. on December 26 and reopen at 5:00 p.m. on December 31 for the Makaravilakku festival that begins on January 1, 2002.




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India's Computer Language Barrier
Posted on 2001/12/26 22:48:02 ( 664 reads )


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INDIA, December 24, 2001: With 90% of Indians unable to speak and write English, the language barrier has become a real issue as most modern day computers have an English keyboard. In an attempt to develop software that will adapt the English language alphabet so that the keys produce Indian text, many companies did not coordinate their efforts. As a result, text could not be read on a computer using rival software and the whole idea of computer communication was jeopardized. To remedy the divisions, the South Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have recently developed their own uniform standards, and one computer company in Pune has figured out a way to send and receive e-mail in 11 Indian languages. Affordability has become an issue with many of the software programs and users are pushing for free software. A free operating system called Linux is readily available over the internet and has been adopted by the Indian Institute of Technology and the National Centre of Software Technology for the cities of Chennai and Bombay to communicate in Tamil and Hindi.




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Church of England Losing Congregation
Posted on 2001/12/26 22:47:02 ( 741 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, December 27, 2001: The days when people identified with the Church of England as an institution are past, according to this report. One recent study predicted that within a few decades, Anglicans will rank third in weekly worship, following Catholics in second place and Muslims in first. A church spokesman disagreed with the numbers, stating that Sunday attendance is no longer "the gold standard" for measuring church participation.




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Yoga For Positive Health Workshop In Houston
Posted on 2001/12/26 22:46:02 ( 630 reads )


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HOUSTON, TEXAS, December 27, 2001: An international yoga conference and workshop will be held March 2 -7, 2002, at the University of Houston's University Center on the main campus. Experts in yoga and related fields will give lectures and participate in panel discussions, while yoga therapy workshops will cover the applications of yoga in the following conditions: heart disease, asthma, cancer and mental health. Sponsors are Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana Research Foundation and University of Texas School of Public Health Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. For more information go to "source" above.




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Chakrapani's Astrology Newsletter Available by E-Mail
Posted on 2001/12/26 22:45:02 ( 814 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, December 27, 2001: Chakrapani Ullal, one of America's foremost Vedic astrologers, offers a monthly astrology newsletter by e-mail. It contains articles by him as well as his travel and lecture schedule for the month. Subscribe at "source" above.




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Afghanistan Sends India SOS on National Anthem
Posted on 2001/12/25 22:49:02 ( 722 reads )


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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, December 25, 2001: With the erstwhile Taliban regime destroying all musical instruments in the country because they were "un-Islamic," the new Afghan interim government has sent an SOS to India for despatch of a set of musical instruments to compose the new national anthem. The Afghan cultural ministry said the country had only one recorded cassette of the new national anthem, which was not in proper format. The musical instruments asked by Kabul include a set of harmonium, tabla, sarod, sitar, tanpura, surmandal, sarangi, pakhwaj, and a traditional dhol. They also asked for a violin, guitar, piano, flute and a banjo. India is the only country to have been approached by the Afghan regime with cultural ministry officials saying the SOS has been dispatched as New Delhi and Kabul had common cultural heritage.




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Temple Workers Strike Over Assault on Cook
Posted on 2001/12/25 22:48:02 ( 701 reads )


Source: The Hindu





MYSORE, INDIA, December 25, 2001: The priests and employees of Sri Lakshmi Venkataramana Swamy Temple at V.V. Mohalla staged a dharna (picketing) outside the temple premises in protest against the alleged assault of a cook by a temple trustee. The representatives of the Temple Staff and Workers' Union lodged a complaint with the V.V. Puram police. They called off the agitation only after the Chairman of the temple trust, Mr. Sampath Iyengar, assured them that action would be taken. According to the union representatives, a temple trustee assaulted' a cook in the temple kitchen when the latter reportedly refused to give a "bucketful" of prasadam (blessed food offered to the Diety) to a devotee.




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Does the Microsoft Wingding Font Do the Om Wrong?
Posted on 2001/12/25 22:47:02 ( 889 reads )


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December 26, 2001: Bala N. Aiyer ("source" above) writes to HPI, "The Microsoft Windows fonts under wingdings has Om on it under \ but the Om they have shown is wrong as the second circle after the "3" is in reverse." He said his appeals to Microsoft have gone unnoticed and that a lot of publications are using this incorrect character. He'd like more people to bring this to the attention of the company.




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Trinidad's Hindu Prime Minister Out
Posted on 2001/12/25 22:46:02 ( 627 reads )


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December 26, 2001: President A.N.R. Robinson has appointed the leader of the PNM party, Mr. Patrick Manning, as the new Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. For many it was a sad moment, as Mr. Basdeo Panday, the country's first Hindu prime minister was expected to be reappointed. However, the December 11th elections resulted in an 18/18 tie in parliament. The two parties could not work out a power sharing agreement, but they did say they would abide by the decision of the president, who is obliged to appoint the prime minister.




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Ornaments Stolen from Temple in Orissa
Posted on 2001/12/24 22:49:02 ( 636 reads )


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BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA, INDIA, December 26, 2001: Gold and silver ornaments worth about US$851 have been stolen from the Jhadeswari temple, police sources said. Gold jewelry of Goddess Jhadeswari, silver ornaments of Goddess Laxmi, a silver crown and a silver canopy were stolen on Sunday night, they said. Police are yet to find a clue about the miscreants who had entered the temple premises after scaling the boundary wall and then breaking open the lock of the back door of the temple. This is the fourth such incident involving theft of gold and silver ornaments from temples in the state during the past two months.




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India's a Light Place?
Posted on 2001/12/24 22:48:02 ( 657 reads )


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NOVEMBER 21, 2001: A new gravity map of the Earth shows that the pull of gravity is less in India. If you were in India you would be slightly less than 1% lighter than elsewhere on the planet. The gravity map has been prepared to help scientists plan the forthcoming Grace (Gravity Recovery And Climatic Experiment) satellites, to be launched in a few weeks. Earth is lumpy and so is its gravitational field. The low gravity off the coast of India is thought to be due to the remains of some old tectonic feature, which was left over from the collision of the Indian sub-continent into the Eurasian tectonic plate that gave rise to the Himalayas. Hinduism Today's staff once encountered in the 1980s some scientists at Chidambaram Temple in South India who said the temple location had an unusually strong gravitational field. It's not known how or if that research corresponds with this present study.




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Kerala Promotes Ayurveda
Posted on 2001/12/24 22:47:02 ( 645 reads )


Source: The Hindu





THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA, December 20, 2001: At this state's third national conference focusing on Ayurveda, Health Minister. P. Sankaran said, "The preservation of the ancient science of Ayurveda and promotion of development and research in the traditional branch of medicine will be among the prime agendas of the government." The state government has already established the Central Ayurveda University at Kottakkal and plans are in the works to start a medicinal plant board that would index an inventory on medicinal plants and ensure that patents to prepare medicines stay in the state. Among other things, Mr. Sankaran would like to ensure quality treatment for tourists and a holistic approach to patient care by accepting all systems of medicine.




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Ayurvedic Self Healing Workshop in California
Posted on 2001/12/24 22:46:02 ( 718 reads )


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CALIFORNIA, USA, December 24, 2001: The Ganesha Institute for Ayurveda and Vedic Studies is holding it's annual Ayurvedic Self Healing Workshop on January 19 and 20, 2002. The workshop will be conducted and taught by Pratichi Mathur, renowned Ayurvedic practitioner and owner/founder Ganesha Institute. Among the topics will be one on ayurvedic self message, in which an ancient system of strokes for pacifying the five vatas will be demonstrated. For information about this event, write "source" above.




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Hinduism Symposium For Undergraduates in Malaysia
Posted on 2001/12/24 22:45:02 ( 713 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 21, 2001: The Malaysia Hindu Sangam will organize a symposium to create awareness among Hindu graduates on their responsibilities towards developing the nation. The symposium on Hinduism For University and College Graduates will be held on December 30, at the Kalamandapam Auditorium, Sri Kathaswami Temple, Lorong Scott, off Jalan Brickfields. "We want to motivate Hindu students to do services for the community, based on the philosophy that service to mankind is also service to God, regardless of ethnic groups or religion," said A. Vaithilingam, president of the Sangam. Those interested can contact Annuradha 012-3653111, Ragunath 012-3642257 or Sri Kumar 012-6559516.




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