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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/30 19:48:42 ( 389 reads )


Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that would mean there is a place where God is not and there are sins which exceed His love.
-- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), first Vice President of India

100,000 Devotees Expected at Malaysian Temple Consecration Ceremony on Sunday

Posted on 2017/4/29 19:09:10 ( 571 reads )


KLANG, MALAYSIA, April 28, 2017 (Malaysian Digest): The Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple, which is the first Hindu temple in Malaysia to be built from granite blocks, will be consecrated in a historic ceremony expected to draw over 100,000 worshippers on Sunday. Temple president S. Ananda Krishna said the temple underwent a US$2.3 million reconstruction and renovation works which took eight years.

"The ceremony this Sunday is seen as symbolic as it marks the start of the temple as a tourist attraction for Klang and Malaysia," he told reporters here. Ananda Krishna said the temple is unique as the fine carvings on the granite slabs were specially designed by skilled craftsmen from India. The Klang Sundararaja Perumal Temple, originally built in 1890, is among the oldest Vaishnavite temple in Southeast Asia and the first temple in the country to receive the ISO 9001:2008 certification for efficient administration.

US Report Says Bangladesh Minorities are Terrified

Posted on 2017/4/29 19:09:00 ( 500 reads )


BANGLADESH, April 28, 2017 (Dhaka Tribune): A sharp spike in attacks, particularly on religious minorities and foreigners, in recent months in Bangladesh has heightened the sense of fear among different religious groups in the country, says a report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The attacks on religious minorities, particularly the Hindus, were either claimed by extremist groups - Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Ansar al-Islam, and Islamic State - or were attributed to them.

The USCIRF made a number of recommendations to the US including providing technical assistance and encourage Bangladesh to further develop its national counter-terrorism strategy. It also suggests urging Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and government officials to "frequently and publicly denounce religiously divisive language and acts of religiously motivated violence and harassment."

Parents Are Obsessed With This Dad's "Aum" Trick That Stops a Crying Baby in Seconds

Posted on 2017/4/29 19:08:49 ( 562 reads )


UNITED STATES, April 28, 2017 (Good Housekeeping): When it's 3 a.m. and your baby won't stop crying, having little tips and tricks on hand can, if anything, help you feel more prepared. Daniel Eisenman, a motivational speaker and a new dad, has officially mastered the latest in baby-soothing hacks. While broadcasting to his followers live on Facebook, Eisenman's daughter, Divina, began to cry -- Eisenman was holding the newborn in bed and, like a pro, seemed unfazed by her wails. Hardly breaking his sentence, he looked into his daughter's face and let out a loud and steady "om," a sacred Hindu and Buddhist chant. About three seconds into her dad's "om," Divina stopped crying and went to sleep-- just like that.

Watch adorable video at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/29 19:08:39 ( 404 reads )


Come apart from the clever argumentation of contending theology and, for a brief while, look inward. That one look shall drive the nail into the coffin of birth and forever end its cycle recurring.
-- Tirumantiram 1631

Singapura Brings Home Sanskrit's Wide Influence

Posted on 2017/4/28 20:13:54 ( 535 reads )


SINGAPORE, April 27, 2017 (Straits Times by Annabeth Leow): Singapore is a tapestry of languages, each with its unique syntax and history. Some are endangered while others are thriving. In the latest instalment of a weekly series, we look at Sanskrit. Dating back at least 3,000 years, the Sanskrit language has shaped numerous modern cultures in South East Asia - from Cambodia and Laos, to Malaysia and Indonesia. Even this country's very name, Singapore, derives from a Sanskrit word: "Sinhapura", or lion city. And "merdeka", the rallying call when the Republic gained independence, has roots in the language.

But modern students and experts of Sanskrit, which hails from what is now South Asia, are few and far between in Singapore. Over the past few years, a small clutch of lay enthusiasts and university academics have taken it upon themselves to fan the flames of interest in Sanskrit. The Ramakrishna Mission, a spiritual organisation headquartered in Bartley Road, has held weekly Sanskrit lessons for more than 40 years, said president and monk Vimokshananda, 69. Dr Srinivasa Malladi, who coordinates Sanskrit study at the Ramakrishna Mission in Singapore, hopes to have about 100 fluent speakers here within the next few years.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/28 20:13:44 ( 412 reads )


You may develop a thousand virtues and be reckoned as the greatest in the land. But the lotus of your heart will not blossom until you receive the grace of the Guru, the grace of God!
-- Dada J.P. Vaswani, spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Really? "Yoga" Is One of the Most Popular Words in Britain?

Posted on 2017/4/27 20:01:17 ( 533 reads )


LONDON, U.K., April 13, 2017 (Economic Times): Yoga along with words like Facebook and Twitter are among the top fifteen most popular words in the British society, say scientists who found that the Internet age has had a massive influence on the English language. The need to communicate with a wider-world coupled with a move away from the cosy, close-knit communities of the 90s has dramatically changed the way British people speak over the last two decades, researchers said.

The study, by Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press in the UK, looked at the most characteristic words of informal chit-chat in today's Britain. The Internet age has had a massive influence on the words we use, researchers said. While in the 1990s we were captivated by "cassettes," today email, Internet, Facebook, Google, YouTube, website, Twitter, texted, iphone and ipad all top the bill.

An earlier study by the team compared existing data from the 1990s to two million words of then newly collected data from the year 2012. The researchers have now collected more data and compared the same 1990s collection to a bigger collection comprising five million words spanning 2012-2015.

Neukoelln: The Time for Germany's Largest Hindu Temple Is Running Out

Posted on 2017/4/27 20:00:57 ( 466 reads )


BERLIN, GERMANY, March 20, 2017 (Berliner Zeitung, translated from German): The Ganesha temple in Neukoelln's Hasenheide Park, planned to become Germany's largest. In 2006 hopes were high to finish the temple construction, punctually for soccer's World Cup. But nothing came of it. In 2007, the faithful celebrated the solemn beginning of construction with priests from India flown in for the event. The former Neukoellner mayor Heinz Buschkowsky also sat happily among the incense sticks and flowers. Buschkowsky had ensured that the Hindu society received the lease on the Hasenheide site.

The temple still does not exist today. Only the 56 foot high entrance portal has been finished. The architect, an Indian temple builder, traveled to his homeland last October when Germany became too cold for him. In April he will return. Of course there have been a number of serious problems in the past few years, most quite earthly. The Indian temple builders were not well acquainted with German construction law. The Neukoelln authorities expressed their unhappiness about the slow progress on the construction site. Next year the building permit expires. By then the temple must stand, at least as a shell.

Vilvanathan Krishnamurty is standing in front of the scaffolding and looks up. "We have already come a long way," says the 64-year-old temple founder and vice president of Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple. Krishnamurty smiles. Not a word of anger because the construction is going so slowly, no swearing over the delays, no dissatisfaction. "The gods set the pace," says Krishnamurty. Specifically, Ganesha. "He has patience. Ganesha works slowly, and that's normal. "Sometimes it takes 20 years. In Britz there is also a Hindu temple. The construction lasted for five years there. "It is dedicated to God Murugan," says Krishnamurty. "Murugan is fast, he's in a hurry." It's that simple.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/27 20:00:46 ( 394 reads )


God is not a limited individual who sits alone up in the clouds on a golden throne. God is pure consciousness that dwells within everything. Understanding this truth, learn to accept and love everyone equally.
-- Mata Amritanandamayi Ma, Hindu spiritual leader

Singapore's Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

Posted on 2017/4/22 19:42:40 ( 891 reads )


SINGAPORE, April 17, 2017 (The Statesman): The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, perched along Serangoon Road, has welcomed people from all walks of life since it first opened its doors in 1855. Indian immigrants, British colonial rulers, devotees of Lord Vishnu, tourists and Singaporeans have all gathered, admiring the place of worship.

At the weekends, the temple bursts into life with about 2,000 devotees gathering for prayers. During the Thaipusam festival, between January and February each year, thousands of Hindus and non-Hindus gather along Serangoon Road to watch a procession of worshippers walk nearly 4 miles from the temple to the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Tank Road. "About 10,000 devotees carry elaborate kavadis and milk pots, and on Thaipusam day, we get around 30,000 onlookers from friends to family and curious onlookers," said K. Vellayappan, 72, chairman of the temple management committee.

The temple was built in 1855 after a group of Indian community leaders purchased the land for about 26 rupees (50 cents today) from the British East India Company. To get to the old temple in the 1950s, known as Narasinga Perumal Kovil, devotees had to walk along a narrow lane that ran through a garden. When the temple was reconstructed in 1966, its chief deity was changed from the lion-headed avatar, Narasimha Perumal, to Srinivasa Perumal. The temple was also renamed accordingly.

More at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/22 19:42:29 ( 579 reads )


If you desire the world, you may try to renounce it in order to escape sorrow. Instead, renounce desire! Then you will be free of sorrow, and the world will not trouble you.
-- Ashtavakra Gita 16.9

Seeds of India in the Rich Soil of Thai Magic and Folklore

Posted on 2017/4/21 19:41:33 ( 764 reads )


THAILAND, April 19, 2017 (The Asian Age): Last week's full moon, dubbed the "Pink Purnima" by a Indian bistro in Bangkok, marked the Vernal Equinox and New Year celebrations: Vilambi in Tamil Nadu, Vaisakhi in Punjab, Bikram Sambat in Kathmandu and Songkran, Thailand's Holi. Public squares hosted water parties with live bands, overhead sprinklers, water cannons and buckets, which spared neither pedestrian nor motorist.

Songkran derives from the Sanskrit word Samkranti, "astrological passage," which denotes transformation. Songkran evolved from India's Makar Sankranti January harvest festival, which aligns with the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar, thus Songkran is both an astrological passage and symbolic of the evolution of spiritual practice. Across Thailand water parties blend with ceremonial merit making: bathing Buddha images, honoring relics of ancestors, pouring water over senior relatives and monks. The Indian embassy invited Bangkok residents to pay special New Year homage by making floral offerings and pouring water on the nine Navagraha celestial Hindu deities enshrined at the National Museum's Samranmukhamat Pavilion for the three-day holiday.

Throughout Thailand seeds of India are seen in language, astrology, ritual and art, fertilized in the rich soil of Thai magic and folklore, refined to perfection in the Ayutthayan period, still potent in the 21st century. The Mahabharata tells of how Brahma was cursed that his worship would die in India, and so it did, but Brahma now dwells in Thailand, alongside Lord Buddha. Every mall, bank, hotel and home has a shrine to Phra Phrom, Lord Brahma, whose four heads offer specific blessings and are daily worshipped with flowers, incense, fruits and candle flames. The rites and symbols of Siamese kingship evolved from ancient India, Thai government buildings are adorned with red Garudas, the emblem of the Chakri Dynasty, an 800-year-old lineage established in the 12th century by the Kingdom of Sukhothai.

Vice President Pence Meets with Religious Leaders in Indonesia

Posted on 2017/4/21 19:41:22 ( 537 reads )


JAKARTA, INDONESIA, April 20, 2017 (White House Press Release): Today, Vice President Mike Pence participated in an interfaith dialogue with faith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism at the conclusion of his tour of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Vice President Pence expressed appreciation to Indonesia for its shared commitment to religious freedom and reaffirmed that the United States will continue to defend this fundamental freedom, at home and abroad.

The list of dialogue participants included, in part: Dr. Nasarudin Umar, Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque; Rev. Dr. Henriette-Lebang, General Chairperson, Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI/PGI); KS Arsana - Chairman for International Affairs, Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI); Dr. Uung Sendana L. Linggaraja, General Chairman of Supreme Council of Confucian, Religion in Indonesia (MATAKIN); Prof. Dr. Philip Wijaya, Former Secretary General, Indonesian Buddhists Association (Walubi).

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/21 19:41:12 ( 548 reads )


Devotion to the satguru is the one main prescription. Without this, all learning, all austerity, family status and observances are useless. They are only decorations, pleasing to the worldly eye.
-- Kularnava Tantra

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