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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/12 19:33:17 ( 429 reads )


We want to claim that which we already are. You are already the Self, you are just not aware of it. Do not put it off based upon some concept that we are not ready, we are not worthy, we need more of this or that. None of those principles apply when it comes to Self Realization.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Ramayana to be Performed at Late King Bhumibol's Royal Cremation

Posted on 2017/6/11 19:42:59 ( 1094 reads )


BANGKOK, THAILAND, June 8, 2017 (Coconuts): Amidst the mourning of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, thousands of Thai artists will showcase Thai traditional performances at the royal cremation on Oct. 26. The Minister of Culture, Veera Rojpojanarat, revealed that "all characters, casts and details" are now complete, and the artists are beginning to rehearse for the best and the grandest performances of their lives.

October 26 marks the date of the royal cremation at Sanam Luang, and to the north of the ceremonial ground, from 6pm until 6am the following day. Three stages will be set for performances organized by the Fine Arts Department. Performances on the first stage will feature a shadow puppet show, alongside a Khon performance of the Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic.

"Thinking Together: Decolonizing Time" Lecture by Prof. C. K. Raju

Posted on 2017/6/11 19:42:49 ( 490 reads )


BERLIN, GERMANY, March 18, 2017: Above is a thought-provoking hour-long lecture by Prof. CK Raju on the contrast between Western and Indian concepts of time, part of his work in rooting out the impact of the Western ideas and specifically of British colonization on present-day Indian thinking.

See also his video, "A Tale of Two Calendars - Dr C K Raju - India Inspires Talks" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvpuC7Dg4e0.

From the video description:
About Dr. Chandra Kant Raju - He is a computer scientist, mathematician, educator, physicist,and polymath researcher. He is affiliated with the Centre for Studies in Civilizations in New Delhi. Currently living in Malaysia, he occupies a function as lecturer of History and philosophy of science at Albukhary International University. He has also done considerable historical research, most notably claiming infinitesimal calculus was transmitted to Europe from India. Through his research, Raju has claimed that the philosophies that underlie subjects like TIME and MATHEMATICS are rooted in the theocratic needs of the Roman Catholic Church. He has authored 12 books and dozens of articles, mainly on the subjects of physics, mathematics, and the history and philosophy of science.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/11 19:42:38 ( 518 reads )


A spiritual person should be a normal person, a sound person. In order to reach God, a spiritual person has to be divinely practical in his day-to-day activities.
-- Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), renowned spiritual leader and author

Prime Minister Theresa May Visits London Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/6/7 19:23:37 ( 1144 reads )


LONDON, ENGLAND, June 5, 2017 (National Council of Hindu Temples UK): On Saturday evening Prime Minister Theresa May visited BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, and over 3,500 Hindus gave the PM and her husband Philip a rapturous welcome. Arriving to a warm and dignified reception and welcome, the Prime Minister opened her address with "Jai Swaminarayan" the spiritual greeting of the Swaminarayan tradition and the congregation exploding into thunderous applause, opened their hearts to her.

Her speech which recognised the contribution of British Hindus and the importance of strengthening Indo British ties in a post Brexit world, received passionate applause. The PM recognised the "Karma Bhumi" principle behind the Hindu ethics of hard work and social service "to the land where one lives" and she made particular reference to the world renowned Hindu commitment to education. Prime Minister went on to reiterate that "British Hindus provide a shining example of how a community can integrate successfully and embrace British values whilst retaining their cultural heritage and identity. "British Indians provide inspiring role models across all walks of life, from business to medicine; finance to charities; and teaching to the creative industries."

More at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/7 19:23:26 ( 524 reads )


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

Khadi Commission to Supply 15,000 Yoga Kits for International Yoga Day

Posted on 2017/6/4 20:01:06 ( 855 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 1, 2017 (outlookindia.com): Aiming to celebrate the spirit of swadeshi (Indian-made goods) on International Yoga Day (IYD), various Indian Missions (embassies) abroad have decided to buy as many as 15,000 khadi kits at a cost of US$409,000 from back home for use during the occasion. According to Khadi and Village Industries Commission Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, "The kit includes nine items, including shirt and pants for men and women, a khadi towel, yoga mat and a bag. The towel has been made by women of militancy-affected families of Jammu and Kashmir living near Narkota. To add to the style quotient, a unique tricolor khadi garland has been included in the kit."

The International Yoga Day is held on June 21 globally every year and this time lucknow has been chosen as the city where the main function would be held. Around 150 countries are expected to participate in the mega event, with Indian Missions in those nations coordinating the activities.

This short Malayam news report show the kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFW4gw5i0Rw

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/4 20:00:55 ( 581 reads )


That dark dweller is my only refuge. O my companion, worldly comfort is illusion; as soon you get it, it goes. I have chosen the indestructible for my refuge, Him whom the snake of death will not devour. My beloved dwells in my heart all day. I have actually seen that abode of joy. Meera's lord is Hari, the indestructible. My lord, I have taken refuge with you. Your maidservant. Mira Bai (1500-1550)

California Hindu Temple Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Religious Fervor

Posted on 2017/6/3 20:19:29 ( 605 reads )


SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, June 2, 2017 (India West): The Hindu Temple and Community Center here celebrated its Silver Jubilee, with the grand three-day event starting May 26 and culminating May 28. Each of the three days was packed with religious rituals, great food and cultural performances. The elaborate celebrations were kicked off with a Ganesh Havan in the morning followed by continuous religious rituals throughout day. In the evening, 108 ladies came together to worship Goddess Lalitha Devi by performing kumkuma archana 100,000-times in a ceremony called Laksha Kumkuma archana. The temple had invited priests from around the U.S., including Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida and Texas to participate.

The religious celebrations culminated with Pancha Kalyanotsavam, which is a popular religious activity from the southern part of India. This was a colorful celebration of five divine marriages of five Gods and Goddesses, including Balaji, Shiva-Parvathi, Seetarama, Rama Satyanarayana and Karthikeya. The three-day celebration was attended by approximately 10,000 devotees.

More at "source" above.

Dress Code Comes into Effect at Bhadradri Temple

Posted on 2017/6/3 20:19:19 ( 819 reads )


INDIA, June 2, 2017 (The Hindu): The dress code for devotees visiting the historic Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam has come into effect from Thursday amid growing demand for greater awareness on the norm. The move is to foster spiritual ambience in the shrine and maintain sanctity of the religious place. The dress code is dhoti or lungi or kurta pyjama for male devotees and sari or churidar with upper cloth for female devotees to enter the shrine, the temple sources said. The move was initiated to discourage the use of inappropriate apparel like jeans, shorts and skirts by the devotees, the sources added. Banners highlighting the dress code were erected in the vicinity of the temple complex.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/3 20:19:09 ( 483 reads )


The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is you who must raise your sails.
-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), celebrated Bengali writer

New Animal Market Rules Ban Sale of Cattle for Slaughter

Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:53 ( 1244 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 26, 2017 (Indian Express): Animal markets -- pashu haat or pashu mela as they are popularly known in many parts of the country -- can no longer be used to sell or buy cattle for purposes of slaughtering them for meat. The Environment Ministry today issued new rules to regulate these animal markets with the stated objective of preventing cruelty to animals and streamlining trade in cattle. The new rules would apply to bulls, cows, buffalos and camels.

The rules are likely to make it difficult for the slaughter houses, even legal ones, to source cattle for meat, especially since the definition of animal markets includes lairage as well. Lairage is a place where cattle rest while being transported to markets or slaughterhouses. The rules require the seller as well as purchaser to give an undertaking that the cattle being sold or bought was not meant for slaughter. "...no person shall bring a cattle to an animal market unless upon arrival he has furnished a written declaration signed by the owner of the cattle or his duly authorised agent....stating that the cattle has not been brought to the market for sale for slaughter," says one of the provisions.

More at "source" above.

Hinduism Today Planning Story on the Stone Carvers of Rajasthan

Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:43 ( 592 reads )

KAUAI, HAWAII, May 27, 2017: Hinduism Today is planning a feature story on the stone carvers of Rajasthan and seeks assistance from the readers of HPI. We're wanting to be put in touch with major carving sites, businesses and architects engaged in the extensive carving industry in Rajasthan. If you can help, kindly email Acharya Arumuganathaswami, Managing Editor, ar@hindu.org.

UPDATE: Demeaning Portrayal of India in Proposed California Textbooks Causes Uproar

Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:33 ( 559 reads )


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, May 18, 2017 (Hindu Education Foundation):

HPI ADDITION: The public hearing described in the news item below included public comments on the just released proposed programs of study for History-Social Science for grades K-8 in California schools. The programs, some of which will be printed books, but most or which are entirely web based, can be viewed here:

Those testifying at this May 18 hearing found the proposed programs of study little or no improvement over the texts approved in the last adoption process, in 2005, which was very contentious and led to two lawsuits. The programs are now under review with a final decision on what will be recommended for use in the schools coming later this year.

Original article:
Indian-American students and parents from across the state gathered at the California Department of Education (CDE) today to oppose the negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in proposed school textbooks. At the public hearing conducted by the Department, they expressed anguish at the recurring problem of adverse reflection of Hinduism and India, pointing out factual inaccuracies and demeaning portrayals in the textbook drafts by key publishers.

"It is disappointing to see that even after a decade of building awareness by the Hindu-American community, textbooks especially by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), McGraw-Hill, Discovery and National Geographic continue to use orientalist narratives to portray Indian civilization" said Shantharam Nekkar, Director of Hindu Education Foundation USA (HEF). "Some textbooks continue to depict Hinduism and ancient India using pictures such as cows eating trash, slums and poverty stricken people" he said.

California mandates the textbooks to be based on the framework laid down by the Department of Education. The framework was revised last year amidst many controversies. Over the past two years, the Department had made several updates to the framework based on inputs by scholars, students and community members, mentioning Hindu concepts like Yoga and Dharma, Sages Vyasa and Valmiki, and Indian achievements in science and technology. Hindu groups pointed out that many of these changes have not been reflected in the textbook drafts.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/27 18:52:22 ( 396 reads )


It is the unique and all-encompassing nature of Hinduism that one devotee may be worshiping Ganesha while his friend worships Subramaniam or Vishnu, and yet both honor the other's choice and feel no sense of conflict.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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