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World Hindu Congress 2018 to Be Held in USA
Posted on 2014/12/1 17:45:58 ( 649 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 28, 2014 (World Hindu News): In the concluding session of World Hindu Congress 2014, the apex body announced the World Hindu Congress 2018 to be held in the USA under the stewardship of Dr. Abhaya Asthana. the USA has a myriad of Hindu organization with an estimated 3 million Hindu population and nearly two thousand Hindu organizations which makes it rich in terms of voluntary events. During the visit of Hon. Indian PM Narendra Modi, nearly 20,000 people attended the Madison Square Garden event.

World Hindu Congress is a transnational Hindu movement where representatives from Hindu youth, media, business, organizations and politics meet, discuss issues & challenges and come up with solutions after brainstorming sessions. Later solutions are to be implemented as per geographic scope. What makes World Hindu Congress 2018 unique is its scope which is international, agenda which is comprehensive, leadership which has distinguished intellectual board members and support from Hindu business houses.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/1 17:45:51 ( 577 reads )

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India has come to preserve spiritual traditions which many ancient cultures and countries have lost. Today Hinduism represents not only India but the ancient wisdom of humanity. In Hinduism many ancient countries can still rediscover their religious past, their old Gods and their old spiritual traditions.
-- Ram Swarup (1920-1998), Indian writer and scholar

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Government Says Railways Responsible for Maha Kumbha Mela Tragedy http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/cag-says-railways-responsible-for-maha-kumbh-tragedy/1/404325.html
Posted on 2014/11/30 15:37:50 ( 567 reads )




The report squarely blames the railways for the deaths on platform number 6 of the station. The report says that the railway administration was aware that more than 30 million pilgrims would be present for Shahi Snan on Mauni Amavasya and 410 thousand passengers might travel via trains.

However, the railway administration failed to coordinate with government authorities regarding crowd management. The railways also failed to block the influx of pilgrims towards the station, including their diversion to designated mela stations, which led to their huge build-up. It found a 33 per cent security staff shortfall at the station for ensuring passenger safety and this deficit rose to 48 percent on the fateful day.

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A Conglomeration of Worldwide Hindu Voice on Spectrum of Hindu Issues
Posted on 2014/11/30 15:37:44 ( 592 reads )

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DELHI, INDIA, November, 2014 (World Hindu News): Never before in recent decades of Hindu history has such a conference been implemented with such a far reaching worldwide scope and magnitude. At World Hindu Congress-2014 we witnessed the intellectual might of Hindu leaders. History was made when under the stewardship of Swami Vigyananand ji (President - World Hindu Foundation), World Hindu Congress-2014 was successfully organized and implemented. The sheer magnitude of World Congress was so immense that invited media representatives were seen running haywire from one conference to another as one after the another distinguished delegates from across the globe presented challenges, victories and programs aimed towards global Hindu empowerment.

The Congress was unique in terms of the spectrum of Hindu subjects such as media, women, youth, organization, business and other key areas constituting Hindu society. The presenters were subject matter experts of above said fields who have travelled thousands of miles at their own expense to attend this massive Hindu conglomeration. From the congress it can be concluded that the efforts for Hindu empowerment is in the initial phases and much more effort is required to bring Hindus and Hinduism in its past powerful glories history.

Global Hindus look forward to attend World Hindu Congress 2018 which will be held in United States under the stewardship of Dr. Abhaya Asthana (current president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America).

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/30 15:37:37 ( 543 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

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Century-old Kajang Temple Wins Land and Cash from Developer
Posted on 2014/11/27 18:29:39 ( 679 reads )

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MALAYSIA, November 20, 2014 (Yahoo News):A decade-long battle for a Hindu temple in Kajang to obtain a piece of land has ended on a happy note through an out-of-court settlement. The Sri Maha Mariamman Ladang Baemar (Saujana Impian) temple was given 0.44 ha of land, about 300m from its current location by land owner Bandar Subang Sdn Bhd.Besides the land, the company also contributed US$178,000 to the temple for the relocation exercise as part of the settlement. The terms and condition of the settlement also stated that the company would provide another alternative site if the authorities were unable to gazette the current proposed plot as a place of worship for Hindus.

Temple committee legal adviser Alagendra Ramani said there was now certainty for 500 devotees who worshipped at the temple. "We are glad that the matter has come to an amicable solution without having to fight it in court," he told The Malaysian Insider. The committee and the company have spent nearly 10 years negotiating on an alternative site to locate the temple, which is believed to have been established 100 years ago. In April this year, the company ordered the temple management committee to surrender the land. Met with their refusal, the company went to court.

Today, the consent judgment was recorded before judicial commissioner Choo Kah Sing in the Shah Alam High Court.

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RK Misson Open Meditation Center in Fiji
Posted on 2014/11/27 18:29:33 ( 607 reads )

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NADI, FIJI, November 28, 2014 (Fiji Times): The lack of spiritual learning in schools prompted the Ramakrishna Mission to build a US$1 million universal meditation center in Nadi as part of its long-established center there. The centre was inaugurated by leaders of the Hindu, Christian, and Muslim faiths yesterday and will serve as a meditation spot for people of all faiths.

Ramakrishna Mission secretary Swami Tadananda Maharaj said the planning started in 2010 and the building was designed by 2011. "Construction started in August 2012 and it has taken about two years and three months to complete the project."

Mr. Maharaj said 95 per cent of high schools in Fiji were run by NGOs who looked after the building and maintenance of schools. "However, the NGOs are not having that impact that we want to contribute to the education," he said.
-- Chinese proverb

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/27 18:29:27 ( 572 reads )

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The way to freedom is a way of silence--of silent resolve and silent service.
-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

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HAF Applauds Textbook Publishers for Transformational Changes in Depiction of Hinduism in Texas
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:41:02 ( 701 reads )

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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 2014 (Press Release): In a landmark moment for the Hindu American community, the Texas State Board of Education voted late last week to adopt new textbooks that dramatically improve the way Hinduism is depicted. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was involved in the adoption process from the beginning, working with scholars and historians to ensure a constructive and accurate understanding of Hinduism. As a result of the changes made by publishers in response to HAF's reviews, the textbooks now present a picture of Hinduism that emphasizes the religion's core philosophies with accurate explanations of key concepts.

"This is a game-changing moment for our community," said Houston-based HAF Board Member Rishi Bhutada. "This is the first time that this type of textbook reform has ever been accomplished on a statewide level anywhere in the US, and to do it in Texas, one of the two biggest textbook markets in the country, is amazing." Educators, several publishers, and other advocacy groups worked closely with HAF to make sure the representations of Hinduism were not steeped in the archaic and inaccurate "caste, cows, and karma" approach that has dominated textbook content for years. "This is transformational for the Hindu American community," Dr. Balaji said.

The textbook vote is final, and the textbook changes will reflect in materials next year. The Hindu American Foundation's evidence-based efforts in education reform have been acknowledged in Texas and across the country, including prominent social studies and history organizations such as the National Council for Social Studies.

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Tobago Hindus get Land Deed
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:40:57 ( 657 reads )

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TOBAGO, November 26, 2014 (Newsday): HPI Note: Tobago is the latter part of Trinidad and Tobago. It is 120 square miles, 6% of the country's total land area and holds 4% of its population. We can't find a statistic for how many Hindus live there, but the entire country has a population of 1,328,019 of which 18.2% are Hindus, or 241,699, of which 4%, in theory, live in Tobago or nearly 10,000--but that is just a guess.

The Tobago Hindu Society (THS) received a deed for four lots of land in Signal Hill from Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London on Tuesday. In a statement, the THA said this land, located opposite the Scarborough General Hospital, will be used for the construction of a Hindu temple. Previously, members of the THS had been worshipping at a private home.

"It is the first step in securing a Hindu mandir in Tobago. It is the first that is going to be built here and we hope it will benefit all the people of Trinidad and Tobago," said Deosaran Sinanan, THS public relations officer.

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Yeshu Puja - a How to Guide
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:40:51 ( 841 reads )

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UNITED STATES, November 26, 2014 (YouTube): This rather odd YouTube video is a how-to guide to perform a Yeshu, or Jesus puja. It is an example of "inculturation," a deceptive missionary practice in which the religious rites of another faith are adapted to Christian worship. In this video, puja articles, Sanskrit chants, bhajans, and even the breaking of a coconut are all given Christian connotations.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/26 17:40:46 ( 551 reads )

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Man needs a guru. But a man must have faith in the guru's words. He succeeds in spiritual life by looking on his guru as God Himself. Therefore the Vaishnavas speak of guru, Krishna and Vishnu equally.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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"Gita My Basis for Counselling Hindus in U.S. Military," Says Dharm
Posted on 2014/11/25 16:06:23 ( 581 reads )

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UNITED STATES, November 17, 2014 (The Hindu): Indian-American Pratima Dharm has been a pioneer on multiple counts - last month she was appointed as the first ever Hindu chaplain of a U.S. university and in 2011 she made history after the Pentagon named her as its first Hindu and inter-faith chaplain.

She served in the U.S. military through some of the hardest times faced by its soldiers in the battlefields of Iraq, and she counseled many of them afflicted by PTSD, steering them away from suicide, and helping them reclaim their familial relationships. She also participated in humanitarian aid missions into the Kurdish regions of northern Iraq, an experience that left her with a lasting ties to the people there.

In a conversation with Narayan Lakshman Ms. Dharm spoke of her deep links with India and the principles of Hinduism that she associates with her upbringing in the country, and also shared her thoughts on Hindus in the U.S. military and the kind of leader she hopes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be.

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World Hindu Congress Concludes in Delhi
Posted on 2014/11/25 16:06:17 ( 576 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 25, 2014 (World Hindu News): World Hindu Congress 2014 was completed successfully with more than 1600 Hindu leaders from 50 countries participating. The mammoth congress had seven conference agendas, 45 sessions, 1500 delegates and 200 speakers from 50 countries. The conference reverberated the Hindu resurgence globally and enabled Hindu leaders and representatives from across the globe to share solution models for Hindu social, political, youth, women, business and media requirements.

The conference was held at Ashoka Hotel New Delhi under World Hindu Foundation (WHF). Swami Vigyanananda, president of World Hindu Foundation, thanked all participants and wished all the best of learning and development from World Hindu Congress 2014. The next World Hindu Congress 2018 is planned in United States under the stewardship of Dr. Abhaya Asthana.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/25 16:06:11 ( 504 reads )

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The atman in you is that which indwells all things." "Tell me, Yajnavalkya, about this atman that indwells all things." "It is that which transcends hunger and thirst, sorrow and delusion, old age and death."
-- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 3.5

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