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Vandals Desecrate Hindu Temple in Pakistan


Posted on 2002/10/4 9:46:02 ( 837 reads )


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QUETTA, PAKISTAN, October 1, 2002: A Hindu temple in southwest Pakistan was broken into and a religious icon was damaged over the weekend, a local Hindu leader said Monday. The desecration occurred in a temple in a village of Mustung district, 55 kilometers southwest of the Baluchistan provincial capital Quetta. "Some people broke into Shunkar temple in Khasam village on the night falling between Friday and Saturday, removed some tin sheets of the roof of the veranda and partially damaged the main icon," Rattan Chand, the head of Hindu Panchayat district, told AFP by phone. He said local officials had pledged to pursue those responsible. Five deadly strikes on churches, a school and last week on the office of a Christian charity organization have left 38 people dead, mainly Pakistanis.






Jagran Editor Narendra Mohan Passes Away


Posted on 2002/10/4 9:45:02 ( 1099 reads )


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DELHI, INDIA, October 4, 2002: Sri Narendra Mohan, the editor-in-chief of the Jagran group of newspapers passed away on September 20, 2002, at the age of 68. He died at New Delhi's Apollo Hospital following multiorgan failure. Known as the pillar of Hindi journalism, Mohan had been a member of the Rajya Sabha on the ticket of Bhartiya Janta Party and was a member of several parliamentary committees. He championed the cause of Hindu values and Hinduism inside the parliament and also through his very popular editorial columns of the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran. He was very vocal about the problems faced by the Hindu community worldwide and used to express his concern through the electronic media also, time to time. He was quite close to many Hindu saints including Sri Chidananda Saraswati [Muni Ji] of Parmarth Niketan. Sri Mohan was an eminent scholar and had authored a large number of poems and stories besides penning thousands of articles for his editorial columns. He authored several books including - Bhartiya Sanskriti and Hindutva. He was born in Jalaun District on October 10th, 1934. He became a member of Rajya Sabha in 1996. Dainik Jagran is now the top newspaper in the country both in terms of circulation and its reach. It is published from over one dozen centers including New Delhi. As there are very few editors in India of the stature of Sri Mohan espousing the cause of Hindus and Hinduism, his death is a very big loss to the cause of Hinduism in India.






Bangladesh RK Mission to Celebrate Durga Puja


Posted on 2002/10/4 9:44:02 ( 1049 reads )


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DINAJPUR, BANGLADESH, October 4, 2002: The president of the RK Mission Dinajpur writes, "We are glad to invite you with all your kith & kin to kindly participate in Durga puja as per program given herewith, to be held from 11 October to 15 October, 2002, according to Bisuddha Sidhanta Almanac. Dasami puja will be held on the 15th at at 9.57 am and the immersion procession will start at 3:00 pm."






2nd World Hindu Conference 2003 to be Held in Sri Lanka


Posted on 2002/10/3 9:49:02 ( 1072 reads )


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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, October 2, 2002: The Honorable Thiyagarajah Maheswaran, M.P and Minister of Hindu Religious Affairs, and President of the Steering Committee, announces the 2nd World Hindu Conference to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 2-5, 2003. The main theme of the conference will be Hinduism and Society and papers to be presented at the conference sessions should relate to one of the following areas: (1) History of Hinduism, (2) Hindu Philosophical Thought, (3) Temples and Fine Arts, (4) Art and Archaeological Monuments, (5) Hinduism and it's Interaction with other Religions, (6) Religious Organizations and Social Service, (7) Hindu Culture in countries where Hindu Immigrants have recently settled, (8) Hindu Culture in South East Asia, (9) The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy. Papers submitted for presentation should contain at least 4,000 words, not exceeding 7,000 words. There should be two copies in computer print form, and on diskette. In the transliteration of words in oriental languages, the system adopted in the Madras Tamil lexicon should be followed. All articles should be sent to reach the Secretariat on or before February 28, 2003. Mr. K. Parameswaran, Secretary of the Ministry and Dr. S. Pathmanathan, Senior Professor of History at the University of Peradeniya, have been appointed respectively as the Chairman and Secretary General of the Conference. It will be inaugurated ceremonially on the morning of May 2 with Saiva Priests, Heads of Saiva Aadheenams and leaders and representatives of countries where Hindus form a substantial proportion of the population who will participate as specially invited guests. The conference will be conducted in English and Tamil during the academic sessions and the plenary session, scheduled for the last day. Those who wish to register as a delegate or an observer should contact the address below and obtain a Registration Form. A registration fee of 20 rupees, either in the form of check or bank draft, must be attached to the registration form and should reach the Secretariat on or before December 14, 2002. For additional information please contact Prof. S. Pathmanathan. Prof. S. Pathmanathan, Secretary General, Secretariat, 2nd World Hindu Conference, Ministry of Hindu Religious Affairs, 248-2/1, Galle Road, Tel: 01-552641 or 01-554978. E-mail "source" above for more information.






Gospel of Inclusion Stimulates Religious Discussion


Posted on 2002/10/3 9:48:02 ( 1018 reads )



Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi to Address Global Peace Initiative


Posted on 2002/10/2 9:49:02 ( 1014 reads )


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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, October 1, 2002: Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known affectionately worldwide as Amma, has been invited to give the keynote address at the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the Palais des Nations (United Nations) in Geneva on Oct 7, 2002. For the first time in history, women leaders from religion, business and government representing every region, faith and tradition will gather in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 7 to claim a more active global role in peace building. More than five hundred women are expected to participate in the launching of this Global Peace Initiative of Women, including many prominent leaders from different sectors of society. Amma will lead a public prayer in the city of Geneva on Oct 6, while Brahmacharini Dipamrita Chaitanya, disciple of Amma, will represent Amma at seminars and workshops associated with the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders on Oct 8 and 9. For further information on the summit, click "source" above.






India Pays Homage to Mahatma Gandhi


Posted on 2002/10/2 9:48:02 ( 883 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, October 2, 2002: President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on Wednesday led a grateful nation in paying homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on the occasion of his 133rd birth anniversary at his samadhi (place where his ashes are enshrined) in Rajghat here. Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhwat, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, Leader of Opposition Sonia Gandhi, Union Ministers George Fernandes, Sahib Singh Varma, Ananth Kumar, Vijay Goel joined Kalam in paying floral tributes to "Bapu," as Gandhi was known.






Vadodara Preparing for Navaratri Festivities


Posted on 2002/10/2 9:47:02 ( 940 reads )


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VADODARA, INDIA, September 30, 2002: Though there are apprehensions about terrorist attacks after the recent violence in the state, most citizens of Vadodara plan to enjoy Navaratri ("Nine Nights," festival to the Goddess) with the same vigor as ever. They also feel that limiting the festivity to 10 pm, as per a Supreme Court judgement, is not fair. They say it is the festival of nine nights and closing the celebrations as early as 10 pm would be ridiculous. Garba (traditional dance for this festival) enthusiasts say that though they are worried by the recent attacks, Navaratri celebrations cannot be stalled. There is some uncertainty regarding the garba timings as the city police have written to the state government to declare the official time limit for the celebrations. But most garba organizers feel that the BJP would not want to hurt the sentiments of the people by limiting the festivities to 10 pm, which traditionally is the time when garbas begin here and continue until after midnight. According to garba enthusiast Parul Dhruv and her teenage daughter, despite feeling insecure after the attacks, they want to make the most of their favorite festival and have already started preparing for it. "Navaratri comes just once a year. Though I feel insecure, I believe life has to go on and one cannot live in fear. I will certainly go out and enjoy the festivities. It's a risk, but I also have faith in the security measures that the organizers would be taking," said Dhruv.






Over 20,000 worship at Swaminarayan Temple


Posted on 2002/10/1 9:49:02 ( 945 reads )


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GANDHINAGAR, INDIA, September 29, 2002: Joining in a special prayer gathering with Pramukh Swami Shastrinarayan Swarupdas, 20,000 devotees assembled inside the Swaminarayan Temple for the first time since the terrorist attack. Thousands stood outside and watched the program live on closed-circuit TVs and queues extended half-a-kilometer from the temple as visitors kept pouring in. Gun-toting security personnel stood with binoculars at vantage points to protect the crowds. Even security personnel joined in offering floral tributes and holding lamps during the arati, worship. The temple will officially re-open on October 1, Tuesday, exactly a week after the attack that killed over 30 people.






UK Upgrades Ayurveda Medicine


Posted on 2002/10/1 9:48:02 ( 919 reads )


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UNITED KINGDOM, September 26, 2002: The United Kingdom has agreed to upgrade ayurveda from single drugs category three to one, thus accepting its scientific base. The UK government has also set up a Herbal Medicines Regulatory Working Group to consider the possibility of suggesting enhancement of law to regulate drugs and practice in herbal medicines, including ayurveda, a government release said here Wednesday. British authorities have worked out a tentative curricula of 2,560 hours, in which ayurveda has been allotted 1,150 hours. However, this is inadequate and, in the given situation, only two options remained -- either to be left out of the herbal medicine regulation course or have a foothold with a dominant ayurveda content, it said. To promote ayurveda at the international level, the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy forwarded to the British authorities a core curricula covering 1,700 hours of teaching of ayurveda. The Indian Government is also trying to get a recognition for the five-and-half year ayurveda BAMS course and registration of India-qualified physicians in the UK.






Singles Flock to "Swayamvaram" in Chennai


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CHENNAI, INDIA, September 28, 2002: In the days of yore in the country, kings adopted the custom of 'Swayamvaram' to allow their daughters choose their life partner. TamilMatrimony.com, an online matrimonial service, brought back the tradition of Swayamvaram to Chennai on Friday. It brought together parents of over 2,000 prospective brides from different castes within the Tamil community to find a match for their girl. Two days before the matchmaking event, the website provided parents with a list of prospective grooms looking for brides and vice versa. They also provided them with basic information like educational qualification, employment, emoluments, caste and the expectations from the life partner. The bride's parents congregated at a popular marriage hall in the city, where the prospective grooms' parents were provided numbers. These numbers were given to the parents of the brides so that they could interact and select the prospective groom for their daughter. A couple of astrologers were on hand to study the horoscope of the prospective groom once the parents of a girl found the boy of their preference. The event is being held over two days.






RK Mission Swamis Visiting Puerto Rico


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PUERTO RICO, October 1, 2002: Swami Sahananda and Swami Atmarupananda from Ramakrishna order are visiting the island. Swami Swahananda will give the lecture titled "The Guru and the Initiation" on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the conference hall on the third floor of the condominio El Centro11, #500 Ave. Munoz Rivera Hato Rey. Swami Sahananda served the order in India until the late 1960's and then he was sent to US. He has been serving the order for the last 25 year as the head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He guided the additional monastery in San Diego and fostered and opened the Vedanta center of Greater Washington D.C and the Vivekananda retreat at Ridgely, New York. Swami Atmarupananda is the resident minister of the Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely and also the director of La Sociadad Vedanta de Puerto Rico. For further information contact "source" above.






Young Hindu Men Participate in a Religious Samskara


Posted on 2002/10/1 9:45:02 ( 917 reads )


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EDMONTON, ALBERTA, August 17, 2002: A group of thirteen young men ranging in age from twelve to twenty-four were honored with a special samskara or rite of passage -- bestowal of the sacred thread -- at the North Indian Temple in Alberta, Canada. Entering the temple on the north side, the participants, bare-footed and in yellow robes, were showered with flower petals and mantras while they were instructed to avoid negative words to others. The article says, "Temple members placed sacred threads over the participants, the threads bestowing strength, radiance and illumination upon the recipients." Hindu Society of Alberta members said, "The rite marks a young person's spiritual birth and his obligation to help society as well as being responsible for his own well-being. It's required before a Hindu man can marry and is one of 16 purification rites performed throughout a person's life."






Experts Warn, Don't Be a Monster Parent


Posted on 2002/10/1 9:44:02 ( 1146 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, September 29, 2002: Beating up children has traditionally been seen as a parental right in India. Even today, dad beats up mom, mom beats up child and child beats up the teddy bear. But experts say it is NOT OK to beat up children. Why do parents use physical means and why is it counter-productive? Parents beat up children to discipline and teach them lessons. But according to Vatsala Sivasubramanian, a counselor with Mira Nursery School, "Learning never takes place in a situation of fear." Story-telling and increasing communication work much better. Parents spank children to give vent to their own frustration, anger and tiredness. Says Rajat Mitra, a clinical psychologist: "Deal with your own anger." Working with hardened criminals, Mitra has found most of them have witnessed or faced severe violence as children. Experts say, it's best to talk to children more and use story telling as a method of teaching. Also, forming support groups with other parents may help to reduce stress and find solutions to parenting challenges.






Book Tries to Link Hitler with Buddhism and Hinduism


Posted on 2002/9/28 9:49:02 ( 1035 reads )


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HAMBURG, GERMANY, September 19, 2002: Adolf Hitler was fascinated with Buddhism and Hinduism, and many of his henchmen viewed him as a Krishna-like divine warrior who would cleanse the Earth of "vermin" in a baptism of fire, according to a headline-making new book. The book "Hitler-Buddha-Krishna" is by a controversial Austrian husband-and-wife team of authors who have generated publicity in Europe with a number of books exploring what they call the "violence- prone" side of Buddhism and Hinduism. It was this side of those Eastern philosophies - the image of the vengeful demigod annihilating enemies without mercy to create a new earthly order - which fascinated Hitler as a young man and which continues to fascinate impressionable young neo-Nazis, say the authors. In fact, there is little new in the book by Herbert and Mariana Roettgen, according to this article in the German press, who write under the pseudonym Victor and Victoria Trimondi. Beyond linking the swastika with Hindu symbolism, the authors fail to prove that Hitler himself actually had more than a brief flirtation with Eastern philosophy in pre-World War I Vienna. But this latest book has nonetheless drawn press attention in Austria and Germany, with more- or-less serious interviews appearing under invariably sensationalist photos of Hitler superimposed over the Buddha. "Hitler was a Buddhist" screamed a typical headline in Bild, Europe's biggest tabloid.




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