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17th Century Ramayana Manuscript under Lock and Key after Theft
Posted on 2015/1/18 17:53:55 ( 1665 reads )

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VARANASI, INDIA, August 10, 2014 (The Hindu): On December 22, 2011 when the only original pandulipi (manuscript) of Sri Ramcharitmanas (also referred to as the Ramayana) dated Samvat 1704 (1648 AD) and a few precious articles of its writer, Goswami Tulsidas, were stolen from the Hanuman temple in the Akhara Goswami Tulsidas on Tulsi Ghat, the Mishra family was shocked. Its then Mahant or head priest, a noted environmentalist and professor at IIT-BHU, Veer Bhadra Mishra, had to face charges of theft conspiracy.

It led to massive search operations by the Varanasi police, which was "informally" aided by the CBI and the intelligence agencies as it was feared that these rare articles could be smuggled abroad. It took seven months before the police recovered all the articles -- the rare pandulipi of Sri Ramcharitmanas, the piece of Goswami Tulsidas' boat and a few ornaments of the temple -- from two people in Varanasi. "But this theft changed everything...The articles that were so far available for public viewing were safely locked only to be taken out once every year to celebrate the Tulsi Jayanti," says Professor V.N. Mishra, son of Professor Veer Bhadra Mishra, who is now the Mahant.

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PM Releases Gujarati Translation of Thirukkural on Thiruvalluvar Day
Posted on 2015/1/18 17:53:49 ( 1667 reads )

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INDIA, January 16, 2015 (Press Information Bureau): The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today released the Gujarati translation of Thirukkural, which holds a prime place among the classical literary works of Tamil.

On Thiruvalluvar Day, the Prime Minister also paid homage to the great poet and philosopher. "I bow to the great Thiruvalluvar. Simple and vast in scope, his thoughts & writings have been a strong influence on humanity for centuries," the Prime Minister said.

The ideas expressed in Thirukkural are so universal that even after almost two millennia they are still relevant and revered. Thirukkural does not refer to any nation, leader, society, language, religion or caste in the entire book, which is why it has been called the "Universal Veda."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/18 17:53:42 ( 1620 reads )

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Go to God. Whatever name, whatever form you worship is no problem. Just go to Him. He accepts all names and all forms. If God can be worshiped in only one way then He is not God!
-- Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Muniji), president of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

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Haryana State to Make Yoga Compulsory
Posted on 2015/1/17 17:48:35 ( 1702 reads )

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INDIA, January 14, 2015 (The Hindu): The BJP Government in Haryana has decided to make yoga compulsory in all the educational institutions in the state and would be introducing Haryana Premier League to promote indigenous and village games such as gatka, bullock-cart racing and kabbadi. It would also construct about 6,500 village level stadiums or vyayamshalas to take sports into the hinterland.

This and a slew of others measures to promote sports in the State were announced by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Sports Minister Anil Vij at a function in Rohtak where the broad contours of the Haryana Physical Activities and Sports Policy-2015 were spelt out.

Mr. Vij declared that yoga will be given special emphasis as part of physical fitness for all age groups. It will be introduced in all educational institutions in the State and will be made compulsory in all schools. The Education Department would include yoga as a subject in the curricula of all degree and diploma level programs of physical education and the State would organise camps and competitions at various levels for different segments and age-groups.

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Tamil Community Celebrates Ponggal
Posted on 2015/1/17 17:48:20 ( 0 reads )

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, January 15, 2015 (The Sun Daily): The Tamil community in Malaysia today celebrated Ponggal, a harvest festival that expresses gratitude to God, the Sun, the Earth and the milk-bearing cow. Malaysia Hindu Sangam president Datuk R. S. Mohan Shan said Ponggal is celebrated in January (14 or 15), coinciding with Thai, the 10th month in the Tamil calendar, and following the harvest season in India.

"The Tamil community believes that the advent of the month of Thai brings with it good luck and a new ray of hope, and I hope that the community will exercise more thrift for a more comfortable year," he told Bernama. Mohan Shan explained that the celebration would begin with the Bhogi, a day earlier when everything old was burnt, along with negative thoughts.

The following day, the community would cook rice and milk with brown sugar in a new earthen pot until the milk overflows, to indicate abundance, and offer this to the Sun God, he said. "The second day of the celebration, called Maattu Ponggal, is dedicated to the cow, which is held in high esteem by Hindus, while the third day of Kanni Ponggal is celebrated specially by unmarried girls in the hope of getting a good husband," he added.

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Finding a New Way to Teach About Hinduism in America's Schools
Posted on 2015/1/17 17:48:14 ( 1793 reads )

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UNITED STATES, January 9, 2015 (Huffington Post, by Murali Balaji): While there have been some improvements--most textbooks now reject the Aryan Invasion Theory and give some more mention of Hindu philosophy, the factual errors continue to dominate the content that students across the country read when learning about Hinduism.

The Hindu American Foundation's (HAF) recent involvement in the Texas textbook adoption process, which yielded dramatic changes to the way Hinduism is represented, draws attention to a bigger issue: how states and localities continue to draft their content standards and frameworks to describe the religion.

The central issue is that Hinduism is uncomfortably and awkwardly fit into a model that focuses on historical chronology, when most Hindus don't view their faith as something that can be pegged into specific eras. The standards and frameworks writing has even drawn objections from history educators and religion scholars, who argue that limiting mention of Hinduism to a specific era deprives us of our understanding of the faith as a living, evolving tradition.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/17 17:48:08 ( 1411 reads )

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You shine, all living things emerge. You disappear, they go to rest. Recognizing our innocence, O golden-haired Sun, arise; let each day be better than the last. Rig Veda (X, 37, 9)

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Smithsonian Releases Massive Digitized Collection of Asian Treasures for Public Use
Posted on 2015/1/16 17:48:40 ( 1675 reads )

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UNITED STATES, January 4, 2015 (Ancient Origins): The Smithsonian Institution has released more than 44,000 images of precious artworks and artifacts from two of their museums of Asian art, many of which have never been shown publicly before. The galleries are the first Smithsonian museums and first Asian art museums to digitize and share their collections on the internet.

The images come from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The digital collection, which took several years to complete, includes ancient ceramics and spear heads dating back more than 6,000 years, bronze swords, ancient armor, intricate manuscripts, gold and silver jewelry, ceremonial objects, toys, beautiful paintings, textiles and costumes, and ancient Persian and Egyptian artifacts.

The images are provided without copyright restrictions for non-commercial use. "Now, a new generation can not only appreciate these works on their own terms, but remix this content in ways we have yet to imagine," Courtney O'Callaghan, the galleries' director of digital media and technology, said in a statement.

To access the images, go to http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/default.cfm. A quick search for "India" yielded over 1,300 images.

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Puducherry Opening Up More Avenues in Yoga
Posted on 2015/1/16 17:48:34 ( 1630 reads )

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PUDUCHERRY, INDIA, January 7, 2015 (The Hindu): More than 120 years after Swami Vivekananda crossed the Atlantic and introduced yoga to the Western world, the discipline is a thriving industry in that part of the world with different variations taking shape every other day. 2014 proved a significant year for yoga in India, with the United Nations declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, following a proposal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Now, it seems the discipline is catching the attention of other countries if one goes by the turnout at the ongoing 21st International Yoga Festival 2015 being held in Puducherry and organized by the Department of Tourism. Young-Hun Cho, president of the World Sports Yoga Alliance based in South Korea, is here to pick up a few tips. His organization wants to conduct an international yoga tournament in South Korea in March this year through a tie-up with the Chennai-based Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre.

"At first, it was the English-speaking world which took up yoga from India. Now, we are seeing the world opening up to yoga and interest from non-English speaking countries," says Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhuvanani, wife of the late Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri who established the Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry in 1968. She says their International Centre for Yoga Education and Research which she oversees, has begun attracting students from Vietnam, South Korea, Hungary and Czech Republic.

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To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This
Posted on 2015/1/16 17:48:27 ( 1680 reads )

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UNITED STATES, January 9, 2015 (New York Times by Mandy Catron): HPI Note: We were struck by how this research relates to the process of arranged marriages.

More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. Last summer, I applied his technique in my own life, which is how I found myself standing on a bridge at midnight, staring into a man's eyes for exactly four minutes.

Let me explain. Earlier in the evening, that man had said: "I suspect, given a few commonalities, you could fall in love with anyone. If so, how do you choose someone?" "Actually, psychologists have tried making people fall in love," I said, remembering Dr. Aron's study. "It's fascinating. I've always wanted to try it."

Much of Dr. Aron's research focuses on creating interpersonal closeness. In particular, several studies investigate the ways we incorporate others into our sense of self. It's easy to see how the questions encourage what they call "self-expansion." Saying things like, "I like your voice, your taste in beer, the way all your friends seem to admire you," makes certain positive qualities belonging to one person explicitly valuable to the other.

But what I like about this study is how it assumes that love is an action. It assumes that what matters to my partner matters to me because we have at least three things in common. I've begun to think love is a more pliable thing than we make it out to be. Arthur Aron's study taught me that it's possible -- simple, even -- to generate trust and intimacy, the feelings love needs to thrive.

In the rest of the story, the author explains how she followed the methodical method of Dr. Aron, resulting indeed with her falling in love with a near stranger.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/16 17:48:21 ( 961 reads )

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Try to treat with equal love all the people with whom you have relations. Thus the abyss between 'myself' and 'yourself' will be filled in, which is the goal of all religious worship.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated yogini and mystic Bengali saint

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Facing Intolerance, Many Sikhs and Hindus Leave Afghanistan
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:39 ( 1336 reads )

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, January 14, 2015 ( Rawa News): Rawail Singh, a leader of Kabul's Sikh community, is a big supporter of recently sworn-in President Ashraf Ghani. But despite Mr. Ghani's pledge to make Afghanistan more inclusive, Mr. Singh says he worries that his tiny religious minority could disappear as more Sikhs and Hindus leave their homeland because of persistent discrimination. "If the new government of Afghanistan doesn't pay attention to this issue, obviously one day there will be no Sikh or Hindu left in Afghanistan," he said.

Islam is Afghanistan's official religion. Though the country's constitution recognizes the right of members of other faiths to practice freely, and many moderate Afghan Muslims embrace diversity, Sikhs and Hindus say they often face intolerance of their religious practices and customs here.

One autumn evening, Sikhs and Hindus lit candles as they gathered in a temple in Kabul for Diwali, the festival of lights that is their most important annual celebration. Every year, members of the community say, attendance at Diwali dwindles. So does their population in the country. No official data exists, but community members say they are down to around 7,000 people, the majority of whom are Sikhs, from roughly 200,000 before the country's civil war began in 1992.

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Don't Touch Me on My Religion...or Identity
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:33 ( 1201 reads )

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SOUTH AFRICA, December 14, 2014 (Times Live by S. Makhanya): Rarely do we in South Africa have a year in which someone does not touch someone else on their religion, race, culture or ethnic heritage. We have reported on recurring disputes such as the spat over fireworks during Diwali every year.

In 2002, Hindu vets Vis Pillay, Ramona Rambally, Sanil Singh and Vis Govender - who lost an eye during a fireworks display - called for a ban on "big bang" fireworks. Their call followed the tabling of an Explosives Bill, with Hindu leaders Ram Maharaj and Ashwin Trikamjee blasting policy-makers for not consulting the Hindu community before declaring that people wanting to use fireworks would have to apply for permits. In 2007, the bill was still being debated, and by 2013 nobody was sure whether a national ban on the use of fireworks at private homes was in place.

Conflicts over religious issues have not been restricted to adults. Children have often found themselves at the centre of religious and cultural battles, mostly at schools. In November 2012, we reported on a row over a Johannesburg private primary school exam set on the same day as Diwali. The matter was reported to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities by a mother whose son attended the school.

Commission CEO Pheagane Moreroa said at the time that the matter would be cited in a report that would form part of the recommendations for a Public Holidays Act, which would propose seven more religious holy days converted to public holidays. The act remains in the works at the Home Affairs Department.

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USA Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Visits Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:27 ( 1199 reads )

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PUNE, INDIA, January 13, 2015 (Sadhu Vaswani Mission): On her first visit to India, Tulsi Gabbard met Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani on Christmas Day, December 25, 2014. This was her first-time visit to India, upon the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. She made a halt in Pune. During this time, she attended a session at the spiritual camp arranged by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.

Tulsi Gabbard in her address said, "I am coming to you today all the way from Hawaii in the spirit of Aloha: deep respect and open heart." She said that her motivation and inspiration has been the Bhagavad Gita, which teaches us to live for others. She first met Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani in New Jersey earlier this year at the inauguration of the Gandhi Statue in New Jersey by Rev. Dada at the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden, on May 31, 2014.

Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu Member of the United States Congress. She is also the first Congresswoman to take an oath on Bhagavad Gita.

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Swiss Festival Honors Cows
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:19 ( 650 reads )

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SWITZERLAND, September 22, 2012 (Swiss Haywards): The traditional Alpabfahrt festival in Schupfheim, Switzerland celebrates bringing the cows down from the high alps to their wintering grounds. The festival occurs all across Switzerland this time of year. The farmers and rural community are very proud of this tradition. They are also very proud of their cows. The most productive cows in the charming video (at the bottom of the page, or directly at http://vimeo.com/49976720) are the ones with the largest cowbells and prettiest decorations.

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