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Salvation Army Ranks as Top US Charity for Ninth Consecutive Year
Posted on 2001/10/29 22:49:02 ( 627 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, October 29, 2001: The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of the nation's leading charities reports the Salvation Army raised US$1.44 billion in 2000, an increase of 3.1 percent since 1999, making it the number one charity. Overall, the top U.S. charities saw donations increase 13 percent from 1999 to 2000. The Philanthropy 400 survey ranks 400 of the nation's largest nonprofits by the amount of money they raise from private sources. Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund was ranked second and the YMCA was ranked third. Other than the Salvation Army, several religiously oriented charities were among the top 25 in the ranking. Lutheran Services in America ranked fifth, with $710 million. Catholic Charities USA ranked No. 13, with $414 million. Feed the Children, a Christian relief organization based in Oklahoma City, ranked 16th with $396 million. World Vision, a Christian relief organization based in Federal Way, Wash., ranked No. 17, with $372 million. Habitat for Humanity International ranked No. 18, with $371 million. Campus Crusade for Christ International ranked No. 21, with $326 million. The Salvation Army has an intensive program aimed at being designated in wills. This long-term strategy has greatly increased their income.




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Expert Says Roots of Terrorism Found in Home Environment
Posted on 2001/10/29 22:48:02 ( 632 reads )


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SWITZERLAND, October 29, 2001: Alice Miller, a 1986 recipient of the Janusz Korczak Literary Award by the Anti-Defamation League, has sought to find answers to the tragedy of terrorism and the people who perpetrate it. She believes, "On the basis of the research I have done into the childhood histories of the most ruthless dictators, like Hitler, Stalin, Mao or Ceaucescu, terrorism in general and the recent horrifying attacks on the United States are a macabre but precise demonstration of what happens to millions and millions of children the world over in the name of good parenting." She adds that "nobody comes to the world with the wish to destroy. Every newborn, independently from the culture, religion or ethnic origins needs to love, be loved, protected, and respected. This is his biological design. If he is maltreated by the cruel upbringing he will develop the very strong wish to take revenge. He will be driven to destroy others or himself but only by his history and never by inborn genes. The suppression and subsequent denial of early rage that often ends up in hatred with an endless number of ideologies." Miller resides in Switzerland and hosts a website www.alice-miller.com where her readers can share their experiences with others.




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Prime Minister's Visit to Famed Somnath Temple Going Live on the Web
Posted on 2001/10/29 22:47:02 ( 714 reads )


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GUJARAT, INDIA, October 30, 2001: The visit of India's Prime Minister to the Somnath Temple tomorrow is scheduled to be broadcast on the Internet at "source" above. The exact time is not given on the site.




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Third Seminar on Ayurveda to be Held in February 2002
Posted on 2001/10/28 22:49:02 ( 647 reads )


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JAMNAGAR, GUJARAT, October 28, 2001: The Gujarat Ayurved University is organizing the 3rd International Seminar on Ayurveda during February 3 - 5, 2002, at Jamnagar. The scientific program during the seminar will comprise workshops on Internationally Acceptable Ayurvedic Education and on the Development of Herbal Drug Resources, a global viewpoint. Seminars on the Quality Improvement of Ayurvedic Drugs and Formulations and on Rasayana Therapy will also be a part of the program. There will be a demonstration of Traditional and Tribal Healing Practices. Gujarat Ayurved University is the only statutory University all over the world exclusively devoted to ayurvedic studies and research. For more information on enrollment and seminar registration, write to source above.




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Deo Kernahan Writes Chapter on Hinduism
Posted on 2001/10/28 22:48:02 ( 922 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today, Paras Ramoutar





ONTARIO, CANADA, October 28, 2001: A Trinidadian, Deo Kernahan, former teacher of Montrose Vedic School and also a former principal of a Borough of Etobicoke Public High School, has been selected by the Government of Ontario Ministry of Education to write a chapter on Hinduism in a book entitled, "World Religions" printed by Oxford University Press. Mr. Kernahan, in a telephone interview from his Etobicoke home, told Paras Ramoutar that the assignment was "a great honor for me, Hindus in Canada, and most of all for the people of Trinidad and Tobago". "World Religions" surveys the history, beliefs, philosophy and issues of each religion. The publication is designed for university-bound students, religious thinkers and scholars in Religion and Philosophy. Mr. Kernahan is a co-founder and past president of the Canadian Council of Hindus, and is now vice-president of the Hindu Institute of Learning.




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Mad Cowboy: Story of the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
Posted on 2001/10/28 22:47:02 ( 658 reads )


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USA, October 29, 2001: When the Seattle Times book review raved about "a stunning example of a true insider -- in this case, a fourth-generation Montana cattle rancher -- turning the tables on a bloated industry he once embraced," they were referring to the book "Mad Cowboy" by Howard Lyman. Lyman investigated the use of chemicals in agriculture after developing a spinal tumor that nearly paralyzed him and penned the revelatory book about the beef industry that prompted a group of Texas cattlemen to file a lawsuit charging Lyman with "food disparagement." Now a vegetarian, he blasts through the propaganda of beef and dairy interests and the government agencies that protect them, to expose an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease and obesity in this country. He warns that the livestock industry is repeating the mistakes that led to Mad Cow disease in England while simultaneously causing serious damage to the environment. He tells the whole truth about the catastrophic consequences of an animal-based diet. Lyman is well aware of what goes into our livestock -- high doses of pesticides, growth hormone and the ground-up remains of other animals. On a plant-based diet, he shed 130 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by more than 150 points. "Mad Cowboy" is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet - for the good of the planet and the health of us all. Click "source" above to go to Amazon.com to read more reviews.




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Durga Puja Festivities Kicked Off in Paris
Posted on 2001/10/27 22:49:02 ( 673 reads )


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PARIS, FRANCE, October 23, 2001: The most important religious event for Bengali Hindus, Durga Puja, is underway here with traditional fervor and gaiety. The Puja is being hosted at the Maison de l'Inde in southern Paris. The four-day event has been organized by a leading Bengali organization, Sammilani, and starts every morning with regular prayers. The festival, also known as the Autumn Festival, began Monday evening with the "Bodhon," or "Pran Pratishtha," prayer that signifies life in the statue of Durga, marking the beginning of the festivities. Nearly 50 Bengali families from Paris and its suburbs attended the opening. The director of Maison de l'Inde, Bikas Sanyal, says this year the Durga Puja has a very special meaning due to the events that are currently taking place around the world. "Durga herself was created to fight and drive away the demons who conquered the gods and occupied the heaven. Today, we need another Durga to fight the demon of terrorism," says Sanyal.




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RSS Chief Calls for Scriptural Reinterpretation
Posted on 2001/10/27 22:48:02 ( 774 reads )


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NEW DELHI, October 26, 2001: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, K. S. Sudarshan, asked Muslims and Christians to "snatch the initiative from the fundamentalists in their communities," "re-interpret" their scriptures in keeping with the modern world by paying attention to those verses which preached tolerance and goodwill. He also defended the government's moves to change school textbooks. The communists had "surreptitiously infiltrated into academic institutions" over the years and "purged history textbooks" of all aspects which would have aroused patriotism and self-esteem, he said.




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Is Yoga Good for You?
Posted on 2001/10/27 22:47:02 ( 639 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, October 27, 2001: When Shri K Pattabhi Jois, the foremost exponent of Ashtanga yoga, visited London this month hundreds of people flocked to his classes. His technique, which is the most vigorous form of yoga, has become increasingly popular throughout the Western world. Jois, who still teaches daily at his research institute in Mysore, India, said that yoga is mind medicine. "Ashtanga yoga is helping many people throughout the world to balance the mental, physical and spiritual pressures and stresses posed by the modern world we live in today," he said. The basic premise of Ashtanga yoga is that it produces an intense internal heat through synchronizing movement with breathing while practicing a set sequence of postures. Pattabhi Jois says that this heat purifies the muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins as well as releasing beneficial hormones and minerals which can nourish the body when the sweat is absorbed back into the skin.




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Nepal's King Names Controversial Son as Crown Prince
Posted on 2001/10/26 22:49:02 ( 641 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, October 27, 2001: Twenty-nine year old Prince Paras was named Nepal's new crown prince yesterday. The Prince is widely disliked in Nepal for alleged criminal acts, and his father, the king, has obviously waited so long in light of this reputation to name his son crown prince. Prince Paras was somewhat redeemed in the public view when it became known that he saved several members of the royal family from being killed along with King Birendra in the royal massacre, June 2.




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Attacks Are Bizarre Theme at Festival
Posted on 2001/10/26 22:48:02 ( 717 reads )


Source: Associated Press





CALCUTTA, INDIA, October 25, 2001: Giant, illuminated images of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York are drawing huge crowds at an annual Hindu festival in eastern India dedicated to ridding the world of evil. This year many of the displays show the World Trade Center, being rammed by a plane and reduced to rubble. "It has become the biggest crowd-puller this year," said Sujit Bose, a member of a festival committee that has set up such a display in a northern Calcutta suburb. "The attack on the U.S. was on everyone's mind. It is not glorification of a tragedy, but the depiction of a contemporary event." Some artisans depicted Asura with the face of Osama bin Laden. But police banned those displays as Muslims account for about 15 percent of the population. Not everyone approves of the World Trade Center exhibits. "This is in a bad taste," said Satadal, a festival organizer. "We should not be celebrating sorrow in times of revelry." Each year some of the festival displays are drawn from movies or current events.




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Immersion of Idols Will Be the Grand Finale
Posted on 2001/10/26 22:47:02 ( 633 reads )


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BENGAL, October 26, 2001: Today about 300 Durga idols will converge on the banks of the Yamuna for immersion, to the accompaniment of fervent cries of "Durga Mai Ki Jai." Days of excitement and devotional fervor culminate in a grand finale in the twilight hour. The congregation always turns out to be a vast one and to manage the vast crowds, emergency services have been set up and an ambulance is also at hand. Legend has it that the Devi's homecoming is akin to a Bengali daughter's first visit to her home after marriage. She returns with Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh to her abode presided over by Lord Siva in Mount Kailash.




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Bombing at Hindu Temple Kills Four
Posted on 2001/10/26 22:46:02 ( 662 reads )


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GAUHATI, INDIA, October 26, 2001: A powerful bomb exploded during a Hindu festival in India's northeast, killing four people, including one child, and seriously wounding 24 others, officials said Friday. The bomb exploded late Thursday beneath a stage erected for the worship of Durga -- a Hindu goddess lionized for Her valor -- in Gauripur town, local government official Prosanta Kumar Borua said. Hundreds of devotees were near the stage at the time of the blast, Borua said. The hugely popular five-day festival of Durga Puja, celebrated in many parts of the country Friday, commemorates the victory of Durga over her enemies.




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Hindus Observe Hunger-Strike at Puja Pandals
Posted on 2001/10/25 22:49:02 ( 671 reads )


Source: The Hindu





DHAKA, BANGLADESH, October 24, 2001: Several Hindu organizations in Bangladesh observed hunger-strikes across the country during the Durga Puja celebrations to protest against repression of religious minorities, demanding equal rights for religious minorities and strong government action to halt attacks on them. Puja festivities were subdued in capital Dhaka and other parts of the country amid reports of attacks on Hindu icons and extortion at many places. Several puja centers in the capital displayed black banners calling for rehabilitation of victims of attacks on minorities and restoration of the secular character of the country's Constitution. The government issued a stern warning to perpetrators of such acts and tightened security around Puja "pandals," temporary festival stages, following allegations that attacks against minorities had risen after the recent elections.




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Christianity Flourishing in North Korea
Posted on 2001/10/25 22:48:02 ( 724 reads )


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KOREA, October 25, 2001: Many North Koreans have become Christians as refugees in China, because of a number of missionaries and Christian groups operating near the border. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the government in North Korea suppresses all independent religious activity. People who engage in public religious expression continue to be arrested and imprisoned. North Korean officials have stratified society on the basis of family background and "perceived loyalty to the regime" into 51 categories. Religious adherents are by definition relegated to a lower category, receiving fewer privileges and opportunities. To that end, a coalition of Korean churches and businesses, in conjunction with Worship Alliance of Laguna Nigel, Calif., joined forces to produce "Worship Explosion 2001," a five-day prayer and worship event designed to bring healing, oneness and vision to Korea. South Korea, now a majority Christian country, is considered a great success by Christian missionaries. They look forward to similarly claiming North Korea as reunification begins to look possible. Korea used to be a Buddhist country.




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