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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/7 13:57:09 ( 1085 reads )

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Joys and sorrows are time-born and cannot last. Therefore, do not be perturbed by these. The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within. And when the time is ripe, you will gain mastery over this power.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated Bengali saint

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Priests and Temple Staff in Telangana on Indefinite Strike
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:56:56 ( 1195 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, June 5, 2015 (Deccan Chronicle): Archakas and temple staff in several temples, under the banner of the Telangana State Archaka Sangam, went on an indefinite strike across the state on Thursday demanding the government treat them at par with government employees and pay salaries besides other perks. However, archakas and staff of some of the major temples like Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswami temple at Yadagirigutta, Sri Raja Rajeswara Swami temple at Vemulawada, Sri Seetha Rama temple at Bhadrachallam, Saraswathi Devi temple at Basar and some others did not participate in the strike, but extended support to striking colleagues.

There are 2,300 temples under the TS endowments department out of which the strike has paralyzed functioning of about 2,000 temples, claimed Bhanumurthy, president of the TS Archaka Sangam. These temples have 3,500 archakas and 2,000 staff on the rolls. "We performed morning pujas as usual and later struck work. We request devotees to extend support to the striking staff," he said.

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No Entry for Non-Hindus to Somnath Temple Without Permit in Gujarat
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:55:30 ( 1195 reads )

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RAJKOT, INDIA, June 3, 2015 (Times of India): Now non-Hindus will have to take permission from THE office of general manager of Shree Somnath Trust before entering into Somnath Temple for darshan. It has been made mandatory to all non-Hindu pilgrims. Shree Somnath Trust, which manages the ancient Somnath temple, put up a prominent notice board at the temple campus on the coastal town of Gir-Somnath district. The notice reads: "The Somnath Jyotirling Tirthdham is a holy place for Hindus. In this holy place of Hindus, non-Hindus will only be allowed for Darshan in Somnath temple who have taken permission from the General Manager's office."

Somnath temple stands at the shore of the Arabian Sea on the western corner of the Subcontinent on Saurashtra. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest in the country. Shree Somnath Trust is first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. The pran-Pratishtha at the existing temple was done in 1951 by the then President of India Dr. Rajendra Prashad.

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Black and Desi: A Shared History
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:55:20 ( 1104 reads )

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INDIA, June 2, 2015 (by Anirvan Chatterjee, India currents): In January 28, 1900, Swami Vivekananda looked out at the white audience at the Universalist Church in Pasadena, California, and spoke out against anti-Black racism. "As soon as a man becomes a Mohammedan, the whole of Islam receives him as a brother with open arms, without making any distinction, which no other religion does ... In this country, I have never yet seen a church where the white man and the Negro can kneel side by side to pray.

Half a century later, in 1950, a young Black man sat down inside the British Embassy in Washington, DC, and refused to move. African American pacifist Bayard Rustin became director of the Free India Committee in 1945, working to end British rule in India. But it wasn't enough to just talk, so Rustin began leading sit-in protests at the British Embassy, repeatedly getting arrested as he worked to help free India, two decades before he went on to organize the 1963 March on Washington, site of Martin Luther King, Jr's "I have a dream" speech.

Why would a Hindu monk speak out against anti-Black racism? Why would a gay African American civil rights leader repeatedly face arrest fighting for India's independence? South Asians and African Americans have been standing up for each other for over a century.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:55:14 ( 917 reads )

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If you long to see God, take to spiritual practices. What is the good of merely crying, "O God! O God!"?
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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Mansarovar Yatra Via Nepal Hit as China Shuts Tibet Border
Posted on 2015/6/5 18:47:21 ( 1347 reads )

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KATHMANDU, TIBET, June 2, 2015 (by Shirish B Pradhan, Outlook India News): About 25,000 foreign tourists, mostly Indians, planning to visit Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet through Nepal have been forced to change their plans as China has shut down all border points in the region after the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal. Nepal's tourism and civil aviation ministry has asked the foreign ministry to raise the issue with the Chinese authorities, saying that taking 25,000 foreigners to Kailash Mansarovar through Nepal will benefit the country at a time when the tourism sector has been hard hit by the April 25 devastating earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

China has closed border points at Tatopani, Rasuwa and other places, stating that there can be landslides and it would be difficult to travel or trek. Travel operators have asked the government to take initiative to allow tourists to visit Kailash Mansarovar by helicopter or on foot from Nepalgunj Surkhet, the western part of Nepal that is close to the Hindu pilgrimage site, local media reported. About 80 per cent of tourists visiting Kailash Mansarovar are Indians and around 40,000 visit the pilgrimage site via Nepal every year. The May/July period is considered the main season for visiting Kailash Mansarovar, a popular Hindu and Buddhist shrine. Nepali tourism operators in association with Indian tour operators make all arrangements for tourists to visit Kailash Mansarovar.

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SandHI Series--Everyday Equations
Posted on 2015/6/5 18:47:10 ( 964 reads )

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INDIA, May 25, 2015 (Mydigitalfc by MD Srinivas): The word algorithm, which is commonly used for any systematic procedure of computation, has an interesting history. It derives from the medieval word "algorism", which referred to the process of doing arithmetic by means of Indian numerals (the so called "Hindu-Arabic numerals") following the Indian methods of calculation based on the decimal place value system. The word algorism itself is a corruption of the name of the Central Asian mathematician al Khwarizmi (c 825) whose book on the Indian method of reckoning (Hisab al Hind) was the source from which the Indian methods of calculation reached the western world. The "algorists" in medieval Europe, who computed by algorism were at a great advantage compared to those who used the abacus or any other system of numeration such as the Roman system.

More of this SandHI--Indian Knowledge--Series article at source above. The whole series is here: http://www.mydigitalfc.com/sandhiseries

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/5 18:47:05 ( 973 reads )

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He cannot be seen by the eye, and words cannot reveal Him. He cannot be reached by the senses, or by austerity or sacred actions. By the grace of wisdom and purity of mind, He can be seen, indivisible, in the silence of contemplation. This invisible Atman can be seen by the mind wherein the five senses are resting.
-- Atharva Veda

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$12 Billion at Stake in Legal battle over Royal House of Mysore
Posted on 2015/6/4 18:00:00 ( 1251 reads )

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INDIA, May 27, 2015 (The Guardian): On Thursday the widow of the late maharaja will crown a new king -- but his nephew is preparing a legal challenge to claim the US$12 billion estate estate. The fortune is the legacy of one of India's richest princes, which tens of thousands have died in battle to protect. Now however, it will be a battery of lawyers who will defend the palaces, fortresses, jewels, crowns, paintings and vast domains of the royal house of Mysore, once an independent kingdom that was founded more than 500 years ago, and quickly established itself as one of the most powerful in southern India.

And it will be Indian judges, not force of arms, that will decide on their ownership. In June, a court in the southern city of Bangalore will hear the claim of Kanthraj Urs, the eldest nephew of the 28th maharaja of Mysore, the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar. Urs wants the entire estate and properties -- worth approx. $12 billion by some estimates -- to be split equally among the family. Urs, 42, claims that his uncle divided his immense wealth between his five sisters almost 30 years before he died two years ago, childless and without naming an heir.

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Youth Symposium Held in White House
Posted on 2015/6/4 17:57:27 ( 756 reads )

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UNITED STATES, May 26, 2015 (Telugu People, from a press release): South Asian Youth Symposium at the White House spearheaded by North America Telugu Society was a Thunder success! Close to 200 South Asian youth got the opportunity to be part of a prestigious event. With the support from the White House, NATS leadership, Chapter Coordinators and other volunteers, the conference was elegantly executed by the NATS team.

The conference started with the youth's American National Anthem followed by the introduction by the White House associate director of public engagement office Aditi Hardikar. The event then started with remarks by Swami Chidatmananda followed by the panel discussions on Public service, Career and Leadership development, Bullying, and First Lady, Mrs. Obama's, Let's Move initiative. There was a tremendous participation from the youth in these discussions and they received educative information from panelists like, Jackie Dao- Office of the First Lady, Zaid Hassan--Office of Public Engagement, Ashwain Jain--U.S department of HUD, VirumAiyer-NEC, Parag Mehta--Office of Surgeon general, Sarada Peri--Senior Presidential Speech Writer, and Jyothi Jasrasaria--U.S Trade representative.

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Why I've Decided to Get an Arranged Marriage
Posted on 2015/6/4 17:57:22 ( 793 reads )

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CANADA, May 25, 2015 (Huffington Post): Whenever I tell my friends that I've thought about getting married to a guy that my parents will pick for me, I always get the same response. "Wait a minute, an arranged marriage!?" "But why? Aren't you worried!?" Like any other woman, when I was younger I was adamant about being in a love marriage -- falling in love and getting married with or without my parents' approval was the dream, just like in the movies. What I did not understand was how much my parents truly worried about my future. They were concerned that maybe in my immaturity I would fall in love with the wrong guy, make bad decisions, and do something stupid that I would regret for the rest of my life.

In the South Asian community, marriage is a big deal. It is a sacred pact between man, woman and God that is honoured for a lifetime. Divorce is rare. Once you're in it, you're in it for life. In a Hindu marriage, a crucial part of the pact is the parents. A marriage is not just the union of a man and a woman -- it is the union of two families. The parents of the couple are just as important as the couple themselves. Upon realizing this, I understood why my parents would be concerned if I entered into a love marriage where I chose the man I would marry. They were worried that our families would not be compatible. In an arranged marriage, they would be certain that the match would be good for all parties involved.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/4 17:57:16 ( 707 reads )

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This body of mine brought seeds with it. Illness is one of them. Activity passes on and so does the body. Of what concern is it to us? All this was settled long ago. Don't be afraid of anything.
-- Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan mystic, towards the end of his life

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Nepal Bans Pilgrimages to Temples after April Quake
Posted on 2015/5/30 19:36:13 ( 1451 reads )

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NEPAL, May 28, 2015 (Ecumenical News): Nepalese authorities have imposed a ban on visiting places of worship such as temples in the country, saying the earthquake that struck Kathmandu last month puts the stability of the structures in question. The country is still reeling from the temblor and the government says it is needs to temporarily stop local people and foreigners from visiting Hindu and Buddhist temples. The ban applies especially to temples whose structures could have been compromised. Only a few temples survived the earthquake, which directly affected 14 of the 75 districts in Nepal, but authorities are worried its structural integrity could be compromised. They suspect the structures could give way to the slightest aftershock, or worse, to heavy rains as the monsoon season approaches.

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Everest Trembles: Lessons Learned from the Nepal Earthquake Response
Posted on 2015/5/30 19:36:08 ( 1250 reads )

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UNITED STATES, May 20, 2015 (U.S. Department of State): Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, issued a detailed testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, on Nepal in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that struck on April 25th. The outpouring of concern from the U.S. Congress in the days and weeks following the earthquake and the surge in contributions to relief organizations are a testament to the generosity of the American people. It is a true indicator of the common values that unite us during these difficult times.

And as the world looks to helping Nepal rebuild, a top priority should be restoring the damage to its world-famous cultural heritage. The devastation is deeper than the toll in bricks, mortar and the economic costs of lost tourism: these sites represent the idea of Nepal as a wellspring for Asian religion and culture. The development and expansion of Buddhism and Hinduism over many centuries inspired a unique artistic and architectural heritage in Nepal that represented impressive achievements in not just artwork and buildings, but also in developing a tolerant and inclusive society that was a melting pot for diverse faiths and cultures. The earthquake completely destroyed some of the grand monuments to this important legacy, and strong and sustained international efforts will be required to restore them.

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Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar Tie in US National Spelling Bee
Posted on 2015/5/30 19:36:02 ( 1266 reads )

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OXON HILL, MARYLAND, May 28, 2015 (Huffington Post): For the second straight year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended with co-champions each holding onto one side of the golden trophy while they were showered with confetti. Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam were the last two standing Thursday after exhausting the 25 words reserved for the final three spellers without stumbling. Before last year, there hadn't been a tie since 1962. Vanya, 13, of Olathe, Kansas and Gokul, 14, from Chesterfield, Missouri will receive more than $37,000 in cash and prizes.

Roughly 11 million spellers entered local bees, and 285 made it to the national bee, which is held at a convention center outside Washington and televised by ESPN. The ten finalists included several other bee veterans and crowd favorites. The last 10 winners of the bee, and 14 of the past 18, have been Indian-Americans, a run of dominance that began in 1999 with Nupur Lala's victory, which was later featured in the documentary "Spellbound."

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