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Yoga Crosses over from AYUSH Department to Science
Posted on 2015/8/19 15:44:10 ( 1231 reads )


INDIA, August 14, 2015 (Indian Express): In further proof of the growing importance of yoga under the NDA government, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has decided to fund research on the impact of yoga and meditation on human health -- the first time the department has ventured into this area.

Research and studies on yoga have so far remained within the domain of AYUSH, a government department whose mandate is to promote traditional medicine, including ayurveda, unani and homeopathy. Now, in tune with the government's efforts to promote yoga internationally, the DST has called for research proposals from "scientists/academicians with prior research experience in yoga and meditation".

"Yoga is already an international movement, and it has been adopted even by the United Nations. So there is nothing unusual if the DST makes efforts in promoting research in yoga. We have already seen how popular yoga is," Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan told The Indian Express.

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Dharma Civilization Foundation to Make Major Gift Announcement at San Jose Meeting
Posted on 2015/8/19 15:44:00 ( 1264 reads )


SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, August 18, 2015 (Dharma Civilization Foundation): Join us on August 22nd, 2015 at 5 pm to 8.00 pm - at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, San Jose, in support of the Hindu Studies initiative at Berkeley. On that day we will announce a major gift that will endow the "Center for Dharma Studies" at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. On this occasion Dr. Graham Schweig will speak on the topic The Importance of Hindu Theology. Dr. Riess Potterveld will speak about the unique opportunity that the Graduate Theological Union offers for Hindu Studies. Dr. Rita Sherma will share a vision for the Center for Dharma Studies, and Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan will announce the progress being made.

Registration information is available at 'source' above.

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Hinduism Today Needs a Little Help with Sanskrit
Posted on 2015/8/19 15:43:49 ( 1269 reads )

KAUAI, HAWAII, August 19, 2015 (HPI): Hinduism Today is seeking help with a five-sloka Sanskrit guru parampara chant. The project, estimated to take 1-2 hours, involves parsing the language, doing a word-by-word translation. Anyone competent to do this can email our editor-in-chief here:

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Dry Weather Reveals Amazing River with Thousands of Shiva Lingas
Posted on 2015/8/18 20:18:24 ( 1272 reads )


INDIA, August 12, 2015 (India Divine): Recently, due to dry weather, the water level of the Shalmala river in Karnataka receded, revealing the presence of thousands of Shiva Lingas carved throughout the river bed. Because of these uncountable carvings, the place gets the name "Sahasralinga" (thousand Shiva Lingas).

Sahasralinga has become an important pilgrimage place. On the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri thousands of pilgrims visit Sahasralinga to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. Each Lingam in the river has a matching carving of Nandi (the Bull carrier of Lord Shiva) facing it. Sahasralinga is a most beautiful place. It is located near Sirsi, in the state of Karnataka.

Amazing photos at source.

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Kali, Goddess of Darkness, Lights Up Empire State Building
Posted on 2015/8/18 20:18:13 ( 1095 reads )


NEW YORK, August 10, 2015 (Yogadork): The top of the Empire State Building is famous for its specially themed lighting (green for St. Patrick's Day, rainbow for Gay Pride, etc.) but recently we've been treated to much more of a show, along with a deeper message. Last week, huge images of endangered animals were projected on the building's facade as part of Projecting Change an art exhibition by filmmaker Louie Psihoyos. Drawing attention to wildlife extinction the show shed light, literally, on the human impact on these creatures, including the most recent killing of Cecil the Lion. It also highlighted some hope/urgency in the form of an enormous and magical Kali, the Hindu Goddess of darkness, designed by artist Android Jones, which closed out the exhibition.

The dark mother of time, change, power and destruction, Kali was summoned to signify the reality of darkness and the wake-up call to alter our ways. "This Kali apparition over Manhattan may be our last warning. Fierce protectress of truth, she tells it like it is, she beckons us to dive into the dark, to face the stark reality of the global ecological crisis upon us, and to let heartbreak be the ground from which we awaken and serve." (via Rebelle Society)

Photos at source.

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Kathmandu Meet Demands Nepal be a Hindu Nation
Posted on 2015/8/18 20:18:03 ( 1031 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, August 7, 2015 (DC Nepal): Dharma Gurus organized a Dharma Sabha at the Open Theater of Kathmandu today demanding Nepal to be reinstated as a Sanatan Hindu nation. The Sabha has been organized at a time when the four major political parties are trying their best to forge consensus among them with a view to include suggestions of the people given during the feedback collection program on the preliminary draft of the new constitution.

Echoing their voice, the speakers at the venue criticized the preliminary draft for failing to include Nepal as a Sanatan Hindu nation. Further, they have urged to include their demand of re-instating Nepal as a Sanatan Hindu nation through the new constitution as their prime demand. They have warned to go for stern protest programs if their demand was not addressed through the new constitution.

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Over 1,500 Yoga Asanas Shortlisted to Thwart Patenting by Foreign Parties
Posted on 2015/8/11 19:57:07 ( 2041 reads )


INDIA, August 10, 2015 (Indian Express): In a move that will help thwart attempts by foreign MNCs and individuals to get patents and trademark on ancient yoga techniques, the government has shortlisted over 1,500 asanas and videographed over 250, classifying them as "traditional knowledge" of the country. The initiative will be a part of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a unit of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, which challenges claims made at several patent offices across the globe by individuals and MNCs.

"Our experts have identified over 1,500 yoga techniques from the literature available from our ancient texts and what is available now. Nearly 250 asanas have been video graphed already. It should take five or six months to complete the process, after which it can be the part of the database. "Once that happens, any attempt to claim patent on the Indian yoga techniques practiced since ancient time can be thwarted," said Archana Sharma, head of TKDL.

The government decided to form the TKDL after the bitter experience of some MNCs claiming patents for neem and turmeric in the last two decades. Getting a patent issued to a US MNC revoked for turmeric, alone cost over a million dollars in legal expenses, travel and other costs.

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Sanskrit Renaissance Has Begun in the US
Posted on 2015/8/11 19:56:57 ( 2149 reads )


USA, August 11, 2015 (NewsGram): NewsGram spoke to Dr. Jyotsna Kalavar, who is a Professor in Human Development & Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA and is an instructor at Samskrita Bharati, USA. An excerpt: "From what I have seen, most Hindu children in the United States, take immense pride in their heritage, go through some period of soul searching and questioning, and pursue their personal definition of what it means to be a Hindu. Some take up the study of Sanskrit, literature, art, Vedic chanting, Vedanta, dance, music, Yoga - whatever aspect of Hinduism that appeals to them. On the one hand, I have seen Hindu children in the United States being more Hindu than children in India. They have learned sections of the Vedas, speak Sanskrit fluently, and take great pride in their Hindu beliefs. Recently, I was at an event in Stroudsburg, PA where more than a dozen children had memorized the entire Bhagavad Gita, and were participating in a competition. I was simply bowled over by these children. As a liturgical language, Sanskrit will continue to play an important role among Hindus worldwide. As a transactional language, I am very optimistic that it will pick up steam both in India and outside. It seems like the Sanskrit renaissance has begun and is here to stay!"

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Hindu Nectar: Spiritual Wanderings in India
Posted on 2015/8/11 19:56:46 ( 1620 reads )


INDIA, September 3, 2014 (YouTube, by Akanksha Joshi): This is a charming and professional video of a daughter's journey distilling the nectar of the stories and songs she heard as a child and rediscovering the land of her childhood, where religion was synonymous with the celebration of life in all its colors.

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Amarnath Yatra Going on Smoothly, 339,000 Paid Obeisance so Far
Posted on 2015/8/10 20:43:04 ( 1619 reads )


SRINAGAR,INDIA, August 10, 2015 (Daily Excelsior): Amid chanting of hymns and religious slogans, fresh batches of pilgrims today left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where about 339,000 pilgrims had paid obeisance since the 59-day-long yatra commenced on July 2. The annual yatra will conclude on August 29 when the Silver Mace of Lord Shiva will be taken inside the holy shrine on Shravan Purnima and Rakshabandan for final pujan.

During the first eight days of Shravan month 23,122 pilgrims had offered pujan at the cave shrine. Due to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, pilgrims could not reach base camps yesterday. However, the pilgrims, including women, sadhus and children, who had already arrived here left Baltal base camp in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal for the holy cave shrine early this morning. The official said the yatris were expected to cover the 10-mile-long distance on foot before paying obeisance at the cave shrine today.

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1548 Pilgrims Perform Darshan, Yatra Remains Suspended from Jammu
Posted on 2015/8/10 20:42:54 ( 1520 reads )


JAMMU, INDIA, August 9, 2015 (Daily Excelsior): The incessant rains and cloud bursts have affected the holy Amarnath yatra. The rush has decreased to its lowest ebb with only 1548 pilgrims performing darshan of the Ice Lingam in the cave Shrine on the 39th day of darshan today.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed today. Also at Kheri near Udhampur the yatra to the holy cave from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas remained suspended for the second consecutive day today due to heavy landslides.

According to an official spokesman no yatri vehicle was allowed to proceed for Kashmir Valley from here for the second consecutive day today. However 1,548 pilgrims performed darshan at the holy cave today, the spokesman said, adding this is the lowest number of pilgrims paying obeisance in the cave shrine during the two month long yatra since the first day of darshan which started on July 2.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/8/10 20:42:43 ( 1486 reads )


The more we are conscious of God's presence in daily life, the more intense is the fullness of the joy we experience. God means infinitely more to our existence than the light of the sun means to the plants and trees.
-- Swami Omkarananda, (1930-2000), founder of Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh

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Encroaching Religious Structures Worry Hyderabad Police
Posted on 2015/8/5 19:38:56 ( 2041 reads )


Hyderabad, INDIA, August 5, 2015 (Deccan Chronicle): Political backing for the expansion of religious structures on the city's roads and pavements has become a major headache for the police department. Extensions of existing structures like dargahs (Islamic tomb), temples, chilla (Sufi), jhanda (Sikh) etc. might snowball into a law and order issue, but can be curbed if the problem is snipped in the bud, say cops.

"In the name of worship, some people are engaging in this kind of activities to establish dominance in an area. We do cooperate with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) whenever they ask us to, but the police department doesn't have real powers to curb this menace," said DCP, South Zone, V. Satyanarayana. Though halted for now, the expansions are not demolished and are causing a problem in the free flow of traffic. As per GHMC data, there are nearly 64 major structures encroaching on city's roads and footpaths.

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The Arrival of the Early Merchants in Fiji
Posted on 2015/8/5 19:38:46 ( 1967 reads )


FIJI, July 20, 2015 (Fiji Times): The local Gujarati communities are renowned for their commercial success and as published accounts relate, their origins in Fiji could be traced to Porbander in India. Located on the Kathiawar peninsula, the coastal town is more famously known as the birth place of Indian activist and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi. In a closer-to-home context though, this was also from where the key traders in Fiji sprang.

Expanding trade routes and commercial prospects in the earlier part of the last century led to a wave of merchants, traders and craftsmen sweeping into Fiji from India and China. Many founded large families, with some descendants still practicing the traditional craft of these entrepreneurial ancestors. As noted in Kenneth Gillion's book, Fiji's Indian Migrants, the first of this lot were Virjee Narshi and Choonilal Gangjee, a pair of jewelers who migrated from Natal in 1906 after hearing of Fiji from Indians who had been contracted here as indentured laborers. "The peak of this 'free' immigration (as it was called at the time) was not reached until the 1920s, but perhaps two or three thousand arrived before 1920," Gillion noted in his publication.

More at source.

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HAF Launches Nationwide Survey to Track Anti-Hindu Bullying and Bias
Posted on 2015/8/5 19:38:33 ( 1792 reads )

Press Release

UNITED STATES, August 5, 2015 (HAF): Reports of anti-Hindu bias and bullying have increased in America's schools. Hindu Americans, especially K-12 students, however, still lag behind other communities when it comes to reporting incidents of bullying and bias. To help address this disparity, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has partnered with the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) to engage Hindu American students and parents on bullying and anti-bullying enforcement.

This survey is intended to get nationwide data on Hindu American students' experiences with anti-Hindu bias and bullying in schools. The results of the data will be published by HAF in a report subsequently used by federal agencies to help prevent and combat religion-based bias and bullying.

To participate in this survey, students are asked to click the link and follow the instructions: ... yg/viewform?usp=send_form

The deadline to participate in the survey is September 30.

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