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Prime Minister's Visit to Famed Somnath Temple Going Live on the Web


Posted on 2001/10/30 8:47:02 ( 979 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.






Third Seminar on Ayurveda to be Held in February 2002


Posted on 2001/10/29 8:49:02 ( 959 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.






Deo Kernahan Writes Chapter on Hinduism


Posted on 2001/10/29 8:48:02 ( 1317 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.






Mad Cowboy: Story of the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat


Posted on 2001/10/29 8:47:02 ( 1006 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.






Durga Puja Festivities Kicked Off in Paris


Posted on 2001/10/28 8:49:02 ( 956 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.






RSS Chief Calls for Scriptural Reinterpretation


Posted on 2001/10/28 8:48:02 ( 1076 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.






Is Yoga Good for You?


Posted on 2001/10/28 8:47:02 ( 946 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.






Nepal's King Names Controversial Son as Crown Prince


Posted on 2001/10/27 8:49:02 ( 903 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.






Attacks Are Bizarre Theme at Festival


Posted on 2001/10/27 8:48:02 ( 1011 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.






Immersion of Idols Will Be the Grand Finale


Posted on 2001/10/27 8:47:02 ( 902 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.






Bombing at Hindu Temple Kills Four


Posted on 2001/10/27 8:46:02 ( 971 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.






Hindus Observe Hunger-Strike at Puja Pandals


Posted on 2001/10/26 8:49:02 ( 1001 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.






Christianity Flourishing in North Korea


Posted on 2001/10/26 8:48:02 ( 1068 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.






Giant Hanuman for Trinidad


Posted on 2001/10/26 8:47:02 ( 1054 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today, Paras Ramoutar





CARAPICHAIMA, TRINIDAD, October 26, 2001: The ground-breaking ceremony for one of this country's biggest religious projects got under way yesterday at the Dattatreya Yoga Center (DYC), Datta Drive, Orange Field Road, Carapichaima. The project, when completed in June, 2002, is a 78-foot Hanuman statue costing at a cost of close of US$167,000. At yesterday's religious ceremony to start the project, Sat Maharaj, president general of the Sanathan Dharma Maha Sabha, unveiled a model of the Sri Kaarya Siddhi Hanuman murti and pledged $8,333. In attendance were Noble Khan, president of the Inter Religious Organisation (IRO); Chandresh Sharma, member of Parliament; Ganase Ramdial, president of the Senate; RK Shravastav, director of the Gandhi Institute and most of this country's leading pundits. Ramesh Persad-Maharaj, president of the DYC said, "This project isn't a DYC project, it is a project for all the Hindus in this country and the people of Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of religion, creed or race." Sat Maharaj joked that his organization is a poor one, and then listed the projects, such as the building of four colleges and other religious projects, that his organization will undertake. The ceremony started with a Ganesh puja in the Dattatreya Temple and proceeded to the north western side of the complex with the unveiling of the model Hanuman and blessing of the foundation site. The 78-foot murti will be made from 300,000 fire clay blocks, steel and concrete. The model statue made of fire clay blocks and concrete was carved out by architect Subramanian and 14 sculptors from South India, who will now proceed with the final construction.






Leading Nepal Hindu Dies


Posted on 2001/10/26 8:46:02 ( 1009 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today, Dr. Hari Bansh Jha





KATHMANDU, NEPAL, October 20, 2001: Dr. Jojendra Jha, Secretary General of the World Hindu Federation and a leading Hindu of the country, died today. His death ritual was observed according to the Arya Samaj tradition on October 25. "His death is a loss to the Hindu world," writes our correspondent.




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