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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/13 4:32:18 ( 1222 reads )

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Sattvic knowledge sees the one indestructible Being in all beings, the unity underlying the multiplicity of creation. Rajasic knowledge sees all things and creatures as separate and distinct. Tamasic knowledge, lacking any sense of perspective, sees one small part and mistakes it for the whole.
-- Bhagavad Gita 18:20-22

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New Team Takes Charge at Indian Council of Historical Research
Posted on 2015/3/12 4:22:37 ( 1176 reads )

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INDIA, March 9, 2015 (by Vikas Pathak, Hindustan Times): It may soon be right side up for history writing in India with a new team taking charge at the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) last week, comprising scholars who have worked on topics such as Ram and Ayodhya, and written on Hindu Gods and sacred animals. The new members -- some of whom are known to be close to the BJP and its ideological fountainhead the RSS -- have also conducted research on the condition of Hindus in Bangladesh, Kashmir and Kerala and are taking on the country's top left-leaning historians.

The discourse on medieval India is witnessing the most heated debate as the composite culture theory that highlights Hindu-Muslim syncretism is being challenged by an assertion that Hindus were persecuted during the period. Saradindu Mukherjee, a member of the new panel, embodies the shift. "Hindus suffered at the hands of their Islamic conquerors. Look at the records and not the propagandist books and you find destruction of temples, discrimination, forced conversions either smothered or rationalized, if not justified," he says.

Veteran historian KN Panikkar also told HT the panel seemed to lack diversity and RSS leanings were perhaps considered crucial. Mukherjee, who has often spoken out against left-leaning academics in the past, retorted. "Those who can't even accept simple facts of history such as the existence of a Ram temple at Ayodhya and its destruction by 'holy' Islamic warriors are not worth a dialogue. The RSS is a patriotic organization. It is rooted to this land. After all, Sir Syed Ahmad's legacy has many takers," said the professor.

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At Aetna, a CEO's Management by Mantra
Posted on 2015/3/12 4:22:23 ( 1166 reads )

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NEW YORK, USA, March 9, 2015 (by David Gellesfeb, New York Times):
On a recent wintry afternoon, Mark T. Bertolini, the 58-year-old chief executive of Aetna, the health insurer, was sitting in his Hartford office wearing a dark suit and a crisp, white, French-cuffed shirt. But instead of a necktie, he wore a shiny metal amulet engraved with the Sanskrit characters "sohum." Roughly translated, sohum means "I am that," and repeating the phrase is used to help control breathing in meditation. Mr. Bertolini says the word also signifies a divine connection with the universe. He has a similar design tattooed on his back.

In recent years, following a near-death experience after a ski injury, Mr. Bertolini set about overhauling his own health regimen, as well reshaping the culture of Aetna with a series of eyebrow-raising moves. He has offered free yoga and meditation classes to Aetna employees; more than 13,000 workers have participated. He began selling the same classes to the businesses that contract with Aetna for their health insurance. And in January, after reading "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," the treatise on inequality by the French economist Thomas Piketty, Mr. Bertolini gave his lowest-paid employees a 33 percent raise.

Nearly a third of the company's 50,000 employees have taken a class. Aetna says participants show increased productivity, and report less stress and pain. They also become more effective on the job, gaining an average of 62 minutes per week of productivity each, which Aetna estimates is worth $3,000 per employee per year. Demand for the programs continues to rise; every class is overbooked.

Taken together, these moves have transformed a stodgy insurance company into one of the most progressive actors in corporate America. Most health insurance companies are thriving, largely because of increased enrollment. Aetna's stock has increased threefold since Mr. Bertolini took over as chief executive in 2010, and recently hit a record high. It's a decidedly groovy moment for the company, and Mr. Bertolini is reveling in his role as an idealistic, unconventional corporate chieftain.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/12 4:22:17 ( 1012 reads )

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There are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech. Silence prepares, speech creates. The strength of noise and activity is great. But infinite is the strength of stillness and silence, in which great forces prepare for action. To be capable of silence, stillness and illuminated passivity is to be fit for immortality.
-- Sri Aurobindo (1879-1950)

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Millions of Women Offer Pongala
Posted on 2015/3/11 3:17:10 ( 1178 reads )

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KERALA, March 6, 2015 (Daily Pioneer): Millions of women from Kerala, other states and even from outside the country on Thursday cooked Pongala (rice-jaggery pudding). One huge group did so on open hearths on the streets of Thiruvananthapuram and offered it to the Goddess of the Attukal Devi temple, known as Women's Sabarimala, virtually turning the State's capital city into a Yagashala.

The rush of women devotees of the Goddess on the occasion was so heavy that women had lined up for cooking the Pongala on the city streets in a 6 mile radius from the Attukal temple. As per estimates, over three million women had participated in the Pongala festival last year but temple officials said on Thursday that they expected the number to be about four million this year.

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The East India Company: The Original Corporate Raiders
Posted on 2015/3/11 3:17:03 ( 1243 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, March 4, 2015 (The Guardian): For a century, the East India Company (EIC) conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant. In August 1765, the young Mughal emperor Shah Alam, exiled from Delhi and defeated by East India Company troops, was forced into what we would now call an act of involuntary privatization. The emperor was ordered to dismiss his own Mughal revenue officials in Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, and replace them with a set of English traders appointed by Robert Clive -- the new governor of Bengal -- and the directors of the EIC, who the document describes as "the high and mighty, the noblest of exalted nobles, the chief of illustrious warriors, our faithful servants and sincere well-wishers, worthy of our royal favors, the English Company". The collecting of Mughal taxes was henceforth subcontracted to a powerful multinational corporation -- whose revenue-collecting operations were protected by its own private army.

It was at this moment that the East India Company (EIC) ceased to be a conventional corporation, trading and silks and spices, and became something much more unusual. Within a few years, 250 company clerks backed by the military force of 20,000 locally recruited Indian soldiers had become the effective rulers of Bengal. An international corporation was transforming itself into an aggressive colonial power.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/11 3:16:57 ( 997 reads )

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The intellect in its capacity to contain Truth is a very limited tool, while faith is very broad, accommodating and embracing faculty. The mystery of life and beyond life, of Siva, is really better understood through faith than through intellectual understanding.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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Hindu Americans Disappointed by NYC's Exclusion of Diwali from Public School Holidays
Posted on 2015/3/8 22:20:01 ( 1511 reads )

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NEW YORK, NY, March 4, 2015 (HAF): Leaders at the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed deep disappointment with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to exclude Diwali from the 2015-16 public school calendars. Earlier today, the Mayor announced that the new public school calendar will include two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, but will not include the proposed holidays of Diwali and the Chinese New Year. "While the addition of two Muslim holidays is commendable, the Mayor's decision to exclude Diwali, a festival that is celebrated by thousands of Hindu, Jain, and Sikhs in NYC is beyond disappointing," said Sheetal Shah, HAF's NYC-based Senior Director. "These communities are a vibrant and integral part of this city and deserve to be able to celebrate their festivals. In excluding Diwali, the Mayor is falling short on his responsibility to equally represent all New Yorkers."

Last year, HAF joined hands with a broad-based Diwali Coalition of almost 40 organizations and NYC temples that urged the Mayor to include Diwali alongside two proposed Muslim holidays and Lunar New Year. Organizations forming the Diwali Coalition range the full spectrum, from faith-based national groups such as the International Jain Mission and United Sikhs to local faith-based organizations like Judson Memorial Church to interfaith organizations such as the Interfaith Center of New York.

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Hindu Prayer Opens Idaho State Senate Session Amid Protest
Posted on 2015/3/8 22:19:54 ( 1435 reads )

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UNITED STATES, March 6, 2015 (The Hindu): For the first time the opening prayer for the Idaho state senate was said on Tuesday by a Hindu cleric amid protests by some senators who claimed the United States was a Christian nation and denounced Hinduism, local media reported.

Rajan Zed, who said the prayer in Sanskrit and English, made a call for the legislators to "act selflessly without any thought of personal profit" because "selfish action imprisons the world." He was invited by Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill to be a guest chaplain and deliver the invocation which is usually made by a Christian chaplain at the start of the day's legislative session in Boise. According to The Idaho Statesman, when protests were made before the session, Mr. Hill said: "I reviewed the prayer. It did not seem offensive in any way." He added: "It refers to 'Deity Supreme'."

Senator Steve Vick, who walked out of the Senate chamber before Mr. Zed's invocation, said that Hindu prayers should not be allowed because the U.S. was "built on the Judeo-Christian, not only religion, but work ethic, and I don't want to see that undermined", the Statesman reported. Hindus "have a caste system," he added. "They worship cows."

He was one of the three Republican senators to boycott the prayer. Senator Sheryl Nuxoll said she boycotted Mr. Zed's prayer because she believed the United States is a Christian nation and "Hindu is a false faith with false gods," according to the newspaper.

But Mr. Hill, who is also a Republican, told the Statesman, "In my mind, you either believe in religious freedom or you don't... We have had Jewish prayers, many denominations of Christian prayers."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/8 22:19:47 ( 1180 reads )

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Many people are afraid of silence. They have to be doing something all the time. Many people also are afraid of being alone. But actually no one ever is alone. He's always with his great divine Self. Every person has a great, divine Self within him, an absolutely perfect, shining, sublime being of light. The voice of this being is a loud silence. The voice of your soul is a loud silence. Many people have said that the voice of God is a deep, profound silence.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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Temple Vandalism Shocks US Community, Causes $10K in Damages
Posted on 2015/3/8 4:25:33 ( 1415 reads )

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KENT, WASHINGTON STATE USA, March 4, 2015 (by Kipp Robertson, Mynorthwest): When the priest of the Sanatan Dharma Temple in Kent arrived Feb. 27, glass was shattered everywhere. The word "fear" was spray painted on an outside wall of the temple.It was the second Hindu temple hit by vandalism in less than two weeks. The vandalism is going to cost the temple an estimated $10,000. Temple members are still talking with insurance companies, said Thakor.

The vandalism of the Kent temple follows that of a temple in Bothell. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is investigating hate graffiti left on that temple, which included the spray-painted words "get out" and a swastika. The FBI is pursuing a "parallel" investigation into the Bothell incident, according to FBI Media Coordinator Ayn Dietrich-Williams. If evidence during the investigation proves "substantial," to build a federal criminal case, the FBI will become more active, she said.

"We all need to get over the fear, I'm sure the community will help us, because nobody wants to see this happen," said Thakor.

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Maharashtra's Meat Traders Prepare to Protest Beef Ban
Posted on 2015/3/8 4:25:26 ( 1320 reads )

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INDIA, March 4, 2015 (Scroll.in): Meat-eaters in Maharashtra have harshly criticized the state government for imposing a ban on beef. But a bigger, more organized opposition is in the wings as beef traders and retailers across the state prepared on Tuesday to rally against the move.

On March 2, 20 years after the state assembly first cleared the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, President Pranab Mukherjee cleared the way for the act to be passed. Once the state government issues a formal notification about the new amendment, the act will impose a blanket ban on the slaughter of bulls, bullocks and calves, in addition to cows (whose slaughter has been banned since 1976). Even the mere possession of their meat will then be punishable by a fine of US$160 or five years in prison.

A beef retailer, who wished to remain anonymous, pointed out - Maharashtra's illegal industry of slaughtering, importing and exporting cow meat has been flourishing for several years through corruption and bribery. "With the ban, legal businesses will face tremendous consequences, but illegal businesses are likely to continue with few hiccups."

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These 10 Mehendi acts will Amaze you to No End!
Posted on 2015/3/8 4:25:19 ( 1228 reads )

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PAKISTAN, March 6, 2015 (Ary News): Henna, or Mehndi, is a popular dye used in South Asia as well as the Middle East on festive occasions. However, there's more to than meets the eye as far as Mehndi is concerned! Henna, every female's favorite plant, is used to produce the popular dye known as Mehndi. Although the word Mehndi is also synonymous with a celebratory wedding event, here we intend to discuss amazing facts and historical beliefs regarding the dye, Mehendi.

Mehendi as a medicine can be instrumental in relieving a person from mental stress, curing fevers and dissipating headaches. So now you know why we apply a generous amount of Mehendi to the bride. It is also used in diseases such as colon cancer, smallpox, leprosy and blood loss during childbirth. As dental health care, till this day in rural North Africa, Henna twigs are still used by the local population as toothpicks to maintain healthy gums and clean teeth. Who would've thought Mehendi would serve as an alternative to expensive dental fee!

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/8 4:25:11 ( 1124 reads )

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Adversity and prosperity never cease to exist. The adornment of great men's minds is to remain unswervingly just under both.
-- Tirukkural 115

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Scientists Have Figured out What Makes Indian Food so Delicious
Posted on 2015/3/4 4:49:40 ( 1573 reads )

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INDIA, March 4, 2015 (by Roberto A.Fredman, Washington Post): Indian food, with its hodgepodge of ingredients and intoxicating aromas, is coveted around the world. The labor-intensive cuisine and its mix of spices is more often than not a revelation for those who sit down to eat it for the first time. But behind the appeal of Indian food -- what makes it so novel and so delicious -- is also a stranger and subtler truth. In a large new analysis of more than 2,000 popular recipes, data scientists have discovered perhaps the key reason why Indian food tastes so unique: It does something radical with flavors, something very different from what we tend to do in the United States and the rest of Western culture. And it does it at the molecular level.

If you were to hold a microscope to most Western dishes, you would find an interesting but not all-too-surprising trend. Popular food pairings in this part of the world combine ingredients that share like flavors. On average, there are just over 50 flavor compounds in each food ingredient. A nifty chart shared by Scientific American in 2013 shows which foods share the most flavor compounds with others and which food pairings have the most flavor compounds in common. Chefs in the West like to make dishes with ingredients that have overlapping flavors. Many Asian cuisines have been shown to belie the trend by favoring dishes with ingredients that don't overlap in flavor. And Indian food, in particular, is one of the most powerful counterexamples.

Researchers at the Indian Institute for Technology in Jodhpur crunched data on several thousand recipes from a popular online recipe site called TarlaDalal.com. They broke each dish down to its ingredients, and then compared how often and heavily ingredients share flavor compounds. The answer? Not too often.They examined how much the underlying flavor compounds overlapped in single dishes and discovered something very different from Western cuisines. Indian cuisine tended to mix ingredients whose flavors don't overlap at all.The takeaway is that part of what makes Indian food so unique is the way flavors rub up against each other. Combining ingredients with like flavors is a useful (and often delicious) strategy, but it might be a somewhat misleading rule of thumb. Indian cuisine, after all, is cherished globally, and yet hinges on a decidedly different ingredient pairing logic.

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