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Bhagavad Gita English-Translation Collection, 70+ Books Up For Auction--Ending in Three Days
Posted on 2015/3/23 20:43:54 ( 889 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, March 22, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today is offering at auction its collection of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. These range from Edwin Arnold's early translation to multiple editions issued since 2000. Condition of books is from new (many of them) to fair or poor condition, mostly depending on age.

To see the Ebay auction with a complete list of authors, titles and dates of publication, click "source" above. Bidding started at $101 and is not at $281. Auction ends March 26th. There is no reserve.

Direct link to auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bhagavad-Gita ... ranslation-/281632110136?

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/23 20:43:48 ( 775 reads )

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Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
-- Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship

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City Abuzz with Cheti Chand Preparations
Posted on 2015/3/23 4:15:43 ( 869 reads )

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LUCKNOW, March 20, 2015 (TNN): Ahead of Cheti Chand festival, falling on March 21, this year, members of the Sindhi community in the city have already made special arrangements. The festival is celebrated by the Sindhi diaspora across the world in honor of the birth of their patron saint Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal.

As Sindhis believe Jhulelal to be the Varunavtaar (incarnation of Lord Varuna), water holds a very important place in the festival. The women prepare the puja thaal for the Baharana Sahib procession with an oil lamp, fruits, coconut, flowers, leaves along with a Deity of Jhulelal which is very carefully submersed in the river praying for the wellness of the community. Considering the day to be the most auspicious, businessmen of the community open new account books, undertake new ventures and even properties are bought and booked around the occasion.

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Free Yoga Classes for 3.1 Million Government Employees and Their Families
Posted on 2015/3/23 4:15:37 ( 940 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, March 20, 2015 (NDTV): "The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is organising regular yoga training sessions from April 1, 2015, for the benefit of central government employees and their dependents," an official order issued today said. The sessions will be held all days except Sundays or gazetted holidays at Grih Kalyan Kendra, Samaj Sadan in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in Delhi. No registration or training fees will be charged. There are about 3.1 million central government employees working across the country.

The central government has been emphasizing on popularizing use of traditional medicine and yoga among others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year in his speech at the United Nations appealed to the international community to adopt an International Yoga Day. Last December, UN General Assembly declared June 21 as International Yoga Day.

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Bhagavad Gita English-Translation Collection, 70+ Books Up For Auction--Ending in Four Days
Posted on 2015/3/23 4:15:31 ( 874 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, March 22, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today is offering at auction its collection of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. These range from Edwin Arnold's early translation to multiple editions issued since 2000. Condition of books is from new (many of them) to fair or poor condition, mostly depending on age.

To see the Ebay auction with a complete list of authors, titles and dates of publication, click "source" above. Bidding started at $101 and is not at $281. Auction ends March 26th. There is no reserve.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/23 4:15:25 ( 565 reads )

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O Mother! Let all my speech be your prayer; let all my crafts and technology be your worship and be the mystic gestures of my hand, adorning you. May all my movements become your devotional circumambulations. May everything I eat or drink be oblations to you. Let my lying down in rest and sleep be prostrations to you. Mother! Whatever I do, may all that become a sacramental service and worship for you.
-- Adi Sankaracharya's 'Hymn to the Divine Mother'

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Tolerance on Display for Nyepi Day of Silence in Bali
Posted on 2015/3/22 3:31:29 ( 787 reads )

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BALI, INDONESIA, March 19, 2015 (Jakarta Post): Preparations are gearing up for Nyepi, the Balinese Hindu Day of Silence, which falls on Saturday. This year's celebration will offer another demonstration of Bali's strong interfaith relations, as the celebration coincides with the Catholic period of Lent, where adherents fast and make penitence in preparation for Easter. Chairman of Bali's Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB), Ida I Dewa Gede Ngurah Swasta, said all interfaith leaders had pledged to safeguard Nyepi.

During Nyepi, Balinese Hindus will celebrate the Caka New Year through meditation and contemplation and refrain from using electricity, making fires, traveling outside homes or participating in entertainment activities. Visitors and non-Hindu residents are expected to show respect for Nyepi by following rules set by the local authorities and traditional village guards. The local administration said Bali would be closed for 24 hours during the holiday. All of the island's gates-of-entry, including the Ngurah Rai International Airport and three major ferry harbors, would also be closed from 6 a.m. on March 21 until 6 a.m. the following day.

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Teenager to Challenge Music Legends
Posted on 2015/3/22 3:31:22 ( 712 reads )

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FIJI, March 19, 2015 (Fiji Times): Reciting tales from Hindi religious books through song has long been the domain of tambura bhajan masters armed with decades of experience tucked under their belt.This form of traditional Hindu music is normally performed by mature men devoted to the study of Hindu scripture. But this Saturday, a 17-year-old Lautoka boy will defy the norm when he takes on two of the country's tambura bhajan legends -- Anmol Chand from Nadi and Praveen Mani from Ba -- in a showdown at the Waiyavi Kaliman Temple in the Sugar City.

Arjun Pawan Sami, a Fiji National University student, is no stranger to the bhajan business. Since 2004, such as a seasoned professional boxer, the teenager has ducked and weaved his way through hundreds of musical bouts against men with decades of life experience and talent on their curriculum vitae. And at every event, he has emerged victorious. "I've been doing this since I was 5 years old and singing tambura bhajans has taken me to countries I had only dreamt of visiting, so I want to pursue studies in marketing and to get a good job and do music on the side," the Fiji National University student shared.

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Pre-Angkorian Archaeological Treasure Sees Light in Southern Laos
Posted on 2015/3/22 3:31:15 ( 684 reads )

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LAOS, March 18, 2015 (Global Times): A large 7th century artifact described as one of the most significant archaeological items ever found in Laos has been unearthed at a world heritage site in the country's south, local media reported Wednesday. The discovery was made during archaeological excavations at Phou Kao, a mountain site associated with the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Vat Phou complex in the southern province of Champassak, state-run media Vientiane Times reported.

The piece, featuring carvings of figures from Hindu scripture and stories, measures 7 ft. by 3 ft. wide. The 8.5-inch-thick sculpture was located under a 8 inch layer of debris. Sivone Vangkhonevilay, Deputy Director of Champassak Provincial Department of Information, Culture and Tourism, hailed the discovery of the piece, which was likely attached to a shrine gate. "This is considered to be the most special and rare discovery in our country that archeologists have ever made, particularly regarding the historical value of the sculpture."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/22 3:31:09 ( 550 reads )

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What is the instant? That is what we have to discover through a moment of concentration. What is the moment? We all know what the past is--many people live in the past, over and over again, and they never catch up with the present. Other people live in the future--but of course when they do, they are really only living in the past, too, and they never find the present either.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001) from "The Eternal Now," 1961

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Vietnam's Ancient Hindu Culture Rediscovered
Posted on 2015/3/19 4:07:28 ( 1146 reads )

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VIETNAM, March 17, 2015 (by Amanda Mcinerney, InDaily): "Officially, Vietnam is an atheist state, but a significant section of the population practices traditional religions; some adhere to Buddhism and there are quite a few Catholics left over from the French occupation. However, tucked away not far from Hoi An, is My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage site, once the location of the ancient Hindu Champa civilization and its majestic complex of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

Originally the religious and political capital of the Champa kingdom, the complex was built around the third or fourth century AD, and traces its spiritual roots back to Indian Hinduism. Consisting of 70 ruins over 57ha, the site was rediscovered and renovated by the French in the late 1890s, but was subsequently heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, when it was found to be a hiding place for the Viet Cong. Parts of the site are gradually being reconstructed using the traditional red bricks of the original work. My Son is an extraordinary example of an ancient culture -- and one which kept written records. Much was recorded on perishable materials, but a great deal has been preserved on stone slabs or pillars and these have been a precious source of information for scholars and archaeologists.

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New Hindu Temple set to Open in Indianapolis
Posted on 2015/3/19 4:07:22 ( 949 reads )

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INDIANAPOLIS, USA MARCH 16, 2015 (by Sravanth Verma, Digital Journal): A new temple being built will be formally established and opened to public on June 3, in Indianapolis, after an elaborate ceremony called the Maha Kumbhabhishekam. The ceremony will involve elaborate Hindu rituals by 30 priests, over a period of five days, and will mark the official consecration of the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana (HTCI). The massive ceremony will include the opening of several shrines that are also a part of the temple complex. In all, there are 17 primary deities, made of granite and marble and shipped from India. Thirty-two stone craftsmen from India are completing the temple, which spread over 13.5 acres, and includes a 11,000-square-foot worship hall and a 400-square-foot room for various rituals.

The HTCI will be open throughout the week, and also plans to organize celebrations of festivals, scriptural talks, cultural programs, heritage camps, youth programs and yoga classes, according to the temple committee. The Illinois State University is planning a cultural immersion trip to the temple on March 21.

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Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, Inc.
Posted on 2015/3/19 4:07:15 ( 985 reads )

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JAMAICA, NEW YORK, March 14, 2015 (Sachi Dastidar): The Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, Inc. (ISPaD) invites you to send articles, essays, poems, short stories, photographs or documents for the 2015 issue of the Journal. We plan to publish well before the October 2015 Partition Center Conference. Our past journals contained articles from the U.S., India, Bangladesh and Pakistan covering diverse topics from wide geographical areas. Papers could cover such areas as India and Pakistan partitions and its consequences.

All papers and essays must sent to us by July 1, 2015 to ispad1947@gmail.com as attachment. If you need to talk to us, please call Mr. Shuvo G. Dastidar, Project Coordinator, at 917-524-0035 during working hours or email us.

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Colombia is Converting Former Death Squad Members into Yoga Teachers
Posted on 2015/3/19 4:02:59 ( 845 reads )

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COLOMBIA, March 16, 2015 ( by Lila Maclellan, Quartz.com): In New York or L.A., it's pretty common to learn that a yoga teacher used to be a dancer, an actor, or even a former Wall Street banker. In Bogota and Medellin, the same is true. Except that here, the teacher may also be an ex-member of a Colombian death squad. Since 2010, a local organization called Dunna, Alternativas Creativas Para la Paz (Dunna: Creative Alternatives for Peace) has been gradually introducing the basic poses to two groups for whom yoga has been a foreign concept: the poor, mostly rural victims of Colombia's brutal, half-century conflict, and the guerilla fighters who once terrorized them. Hundreds of ex-militants have already taken the offered yoga courses. A dozen now plan to teach yoga to others. Ten years ago, the suggestion that former members of the FARC and the AUC might one day sit together in lotus position would have seemed laughable

Dunna was co-founded in 2010 by New York University law school graduate, Natalia Quinones, the organization's research director, and Maria Adelaida Lopez, a Colombian-born graduate of the University of London and longtime yogi, now the non-profit executive director. Together the two women secured backing from a handful of sources. Between 10% and 20% of Dunna's funding comes from private foundations and corporations, says Quinones, and public money covers the rest. To prove that public funds have been well spent, Dunna's researchers tracked yoga's effectiveness in a controlled study. Results showed a 48.5% decrease in symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), compared to a group not in the program. When the yoga course was expanded to five more cities in Colombia, students again reported an easing of symptoms, and reduced drug and alcohol use.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/19 4:02:53 ( 787 reads )

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Sectarianism, bigotry and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the Earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilizations and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrisha

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