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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/6/13 19:50:26 ( 483 reads )

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"Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child, the whole world is your own."
-- Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920) wife of Sri Ramakrishna



The Ruin of India Under British Rule


Posted on 2016/6/10 19:44:13 ( 1291 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, June 10, 2016 (Marxists.org): HPI Note: This extraordinary 1907 report by a Britisher details the deadly exploitation of India people and resources by the British Raj.

The British Empire in India is the most striking example in the history of the world of the domination of a vast territory and population by a small minority of an alien race. Both the conquest and the administration of the country have been exceptional, and although the work has been carried on, save in a few directions, wholly in the interest of the conquerors, we English have persistently contended that we have been acting really in the interests of the subdued peoples. As a matter of fact, India is, and will probably remain, the classic instance of the ruinous effect of unrestrained capitalism in Colonial affairs. It is very important, therefore, that the International Social-Democratic Party should thoroughly understand what has been done, and how baneful the temporary success of a foreign despotism enforced by a set of islanders, whose little starting-point and head-quarters lay thousands of miles from their conquered possessions, has been to a population at least 300,000,000 human beings.

To begin with, India was conquered for the Empire not by the English themselves but by Indians under English leadership, and by taking advantage of Indian disputes. When the English, following upon the Portuguese, first landed in India for the purpose of commerce, they were almost overwhelmed by the wealth and magnificence of the potentates whose friendship they asked for and whose protection they craved. At the time their connection with this part of Asia began, India was a great and rich country whose trade had been sought after for centuries by the peoples of the West. If civilisation is to be gauged by the standard attained in science, art, architecture, agriculture, industry, medicine, laws, philosophy and religion, then the great States of India at that period were well worthy of comparison with the most enlightened and cultured parts of Europe and no European monarch could be reckoned as in any way superior to Akber, Aurungzib, Shah Jehan, or Sivaji; while it would be hard to name any European Minister of Finance equal to the Hindoo Rajahs Toder Mull and Nana Furvana. We still scarcely know how far we ourselves have been influenced in many departments by the science and thought which spread westward from the great Indian Peninsula. Even when full account also is taken of that "anarchy" of which nowadays we hear so much from Anglo-Indian bureaucrats, as having everywhere prevailed prior to English rule, we discover that there is little basis for all this pessimism of the past beyond the eagerness to exalt, however dishonestly, the superiority of European methods.

This lengthy and in-depth article is taken from Hyndman: Report on India of the "Social Democratic Federation" (Great Britain), Stuttgart (1907), and can be read in its entirety at "source" above. It is quite an eye-opener!




Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/6/10 19:44:02 ( 886 reads )

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The whole path is a total surrendering. All four sects of Hinduism meet in surrender, prapatti, to the Divine.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Pakistani Sindhi Hindus to Get Indian Citizenship


Posted on 2016/6/9 19:37:39 ( 1107 reads )

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INDORE, INDIA, June 6, 2016 (The Hindu): The Indian government will set up a four-day camp here to grant Indian citizenship to the Sindhi Hindus who migrated to India from Pakistan between 1971 and 2009. "Sindhi Hindus who had come from Pakistan between 1971 and 2009 have to submit forms. It will be accepted at the camp to be held here from June 12-15," a district administration official said. The All India Sindhi-Hindu Society said that nearly 35,000 Sindhis from Pakistan were living as refugees in M.P. Of these, 15,000 live in Indore and Bhopal.



Yoga Helps Cancer Survivors Sleep Better


Posted on 2016/6/9 19:37:29 ( 1019 reads )

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UNITED STATES, June 7, 2016 (SBS): Yoga can improve the sleep of people who have battled cancer, research suggests. Two 75-minute sessions a week for four weeks helps people feel less tired, while they also report better social, physical and emotional wellbeing. Researchers behind the small study said sleep problems typically occurred in 30 per cent to 60 per cent of cancer patients and survivors. This may be due to the side-effects of cancer drugs, or anxiety.

The researchers from the University of Rochester, in New York, studied 245 women who had been treated for early-stage breast cancer, with an average age of 54. All the women said they were suffering sleep problems and filled in a questionnaire about their energy and pain levels, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. After four weeks, all women were questioned again. Those who had done yoga (breathing exercises, meditation and yoga postures) reported better sleep quality, less insomnia and less fatigue.

Lead researcher Dr. Anita Peoples said: "This low-to-moderate intensity yoga was found to be very beneficial for breast cancer survivors. As yet, nothing has been found that works as well as yoga at improving quality of life among those who have suffered from the disease. It is safe, drug-free and has no side-effects." She said the reason why yoga improves quality of life is unknown, but added: "It strengthens muscles, reduces anxiety and allows those who practice it to do more in their life."



Mizoram Churches Asks Members to Not Practice Yoga


Posted on 2016/6/9 19:37:18 ( 1126 reads )

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INDIA, June 8, 2016 (Northeast Today): In a diktat which could snowball into a major controversy, leaders of 13 major churches of Mizoram have appealed to church members to refrain from practicing yoga. Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC) leader and senior executive secretary of Mizoram Synod of Presbyterian Church Rev. Lalramliana Pachuau said that the churches regarded yoga as something that can dilute the doctrine of Christianity and asked the constituent churches of MKHC to issue messages cautioning their members.

Pachuau, however, did not have any objection to the government propagating yoga on the official level as the government is a secular institution. He said the issue was raised during the meeting of MKHC at the Synod office on June 2. It was decided in the meeting that yoga is based on Hindu philosophy and cannot be accepted as something that can be blended with Christianity, Pachuau said.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/6/9 19:37:08 ( 814 reads )

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At this time in the Kali Yuga, ignorance is equally distributed worldwide, and wisdom has become an endangered species.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Dear God, Give Us Pulp from Temple Lands!


Posted on 2016/6/8 20:00:00 ( 955 reads )

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CHENNAI, INDIA, May 31, 2016 (The Hindu Business Line): (HPI Note: This project is not without its critics who claim it is an illegal usurpation of temple lands.) Uncultivated and unutilized temple lands in Tamil Nadu will soon generate income for the temples with the State government allocating the land to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers to raise tree plantations for pulpwood.

The Government has allocated about 3,600 acres of temple lands across the State belonging to over 15 temples to TNPL, a public sector, listed company, to raise pulpwood plantations. According to a government order, TNPL has a 15-year agreement, providing for a 30 per cent gross revenue share to the temple, to enable it to raise pulpwood tree plantations such as eucalyptus and casuarina. TNPL will handle the entire cost of land development, planting and maintenance.

As of now these lands are either unutilized or have been encroached. The State government Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department that oversees the temples hopes to bring these lands into productive use and enable the temples to earn revenue through this arrangement.



India's Disappearing Musicians: A Photo Essay


Posted on 2016/6/8 19:55:48 ( 1061 reads )

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INDIA, June 6, 2016 (The Guardian): The dance troupes of Karnataka, the formidable hunting tribes of Nagaland, the revered qawwali singers of Rajasthan -- these musical groups, once essential to and symbolic of their regions, are dying out and may no longer exist in 15-20 years.

Musical traditions often center around community events such as births, festivals, marriages and deaths. Faced with globalization, increasingly cheap technologies and rapid rural to urban migration, many of the most vibrant cultural practices and musical traditions inherent to India's villages are dying out

Spectacular photos at "source" by filmmaker and photographer Souvid Datta who shot these images while producing his documentary, Tuning 2 You: The Lost Musicians of India



For the Love of God: When Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali Adorned Matchboxes


Posted on 2016/6/8 19:55:28 ( 870 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 3, 2016 (Indian Express): Ever seen the Hindu Gods Shiva, Vishnu and Hanuman as well as Indian Goddesses Kali and Saraswati on the labels of matchboxes? And that too matchboxes made in Austria, Sweden and Japan? When matchboxes made their first appearance in India just before the start of the previous century, they had labels in vibrant colors, with pictures that made them appealing to the average Indians.

Thousands of attractive labels of virtually all the matchboxes imported to or manufactured in India since then are on display at the India International Centre here, revealing a rich history for over a century. "Sweden was the largest producer of matchboxes when they started being made", explained Gautam Hemmady, 59, an architect by profession who began collecting matchbox labels in January 2012 and now sits on a mammoth pile of matchboxes.

The earliest matchboxes, Hemmady stated, had non-religious labels. But at some point the companies in Sweden, Austria and Japan decided that the better way to woo the Indian buyers would be through religious motifs. Thus, matchboxes from Sweden had labels of -- the spellings then were mostly different -- Hindu Gods Vishnu, Thirumurthi, Laxmi, Gayatri, Durga, Ganesha, Lav-Kush as well as Krishna. Adorning the labels of Japanese matchboxes were Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (with Japanese features) and Kali.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/6/8 19:55:17 ( 804 reads )

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I've always been a supporter of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Litterateurs, Ganga Lovers to Meet at Haridwar En Route to Gangotri for Ganga Jagao Campaign


Posted on 2016/6/6 19:28:28 ( 1155 reads )

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HARIDWAR, INDIA, May 31, 2016 (Times of India): Scores of writers and activists from across the country will converge in Kolkata on June 1 to embark on a fortnight-long journey to Gangotri, during which they will sensitize people about the plight of the Ganga River and ask them to do their bit to save it from pollution.

To mark the Ganga pakhawara (fortnight) from June 1 to 15, the writers will hold a seminar in Kolkata on June 1 before starting on the 15-day journey to Gangotri, the origin of the Ganga river. The stopovers of the yatra will be at Murshidabad, Bhagalpur, Patna, Allahabad, Kanpur and Kannauj.

Nilay Upadhyaya, one of the organizers, said that the mission to clean Ganga cannot be achieved only through the government efforts. "It will need people's participation on a massive scale. That is why the group of literary persons, artists, environmentalists and social activists have decided to launch a mass awakening campaign," he added.



The Problem With Indian Kids Winning Spelling Bees


Posted on 2016/6/6 19:28:18 ( 995 reads )

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CALIFORNIA, U.S., June 19, 2015 (India West by Vishnu Subramaniam): Why do Indian American kids win spelling bees? Intelligence? Sure. Hard work? Yes. A culture that values education? Yup. But what is the real reason Indian American kids dominate the National Spelling Bee? Parental pressure and demands, fueled by the social pressure for success. When we watch Indian kids celebrating on stage and giving media interviews after winning national competitions, we don't see the real cost behind this success.

The problem with Indian kids winning spelling bees is that it crushes the self-worth of a majority of kids in the Indian American community. It perpetuates the idea that to be "good" or "enough" in your parents' eyes, you too must achieve something as big as winning a national contest.

Alternatively, you can love your children, tell them you accept them and that you approve of them no matter what they do with their lives, and support them in whatever decisions they make. One route will lead to newspaper coverage and scholarship money. The other will lead to a positive self-image and happy children who live their values and stay true to themselves.

Much more at "source" above.



Hinduism Today Invites Suggestions for Feature Stories (with email for reply)


Posted on 2016/6/6 19:28:08 ( 907 reads )



KAUAI, HAWAII, June 2, 2016: Hinduism Today's editors invite readers to offer suggestions for our 2017 line-up of feature stories. To give you an idea, these are the feature stories for the last three years:

2016:
October: The Holy City of Vrindaban (scheduled)
July: Shridi Sai Baba
April: The Holy City of Haridwar
January: The Hindus of Myanmar

2015:
October: Earthquake Devastates Nepal's Holy Places
July: The Holy City of Varanasi
April: Rajasthan's Holy Cow Festival
January: Java's Ancient Hindu History

2014:
October: Java's Hidden Hindus
July: Rishikesh, City of Saints
April: Malaysia's Waterfall Murugan Temple
January: Hinduism in Europe

As you can see, recently we've been covering holy cities, and you're welcome to suggest more. We'd also be interested in little known Hindu communities or traditions in India or elsewhere.

Another line of reporting would be major Hindu trends, as well a significant events taking place.

If you'd like to share an idea, kindly email letters@hindu.org above.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/6/6 19:27:57 ( 816 reads )

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As your mind releases its desires and cravings, it releases the hold that it has on you. You dive deeper, fearlessly into this blazing avalanche of light, losing your consciousness. And as you come back into the mind, you see the mind for what it is, and you are free. You find that you are no longer attached because you see that the binder and the bound are one. You become the path. You become the way. You are the light.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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