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Here's What You Should Do This Durga Puja %26 the Best Pandals to Visit in Kolkata

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:02:46 ( 359 reads )


KOLKATA, INDIA, October 4, 2016 (India Times): Durga Puja is a major Indian festival and thanks to the amazing art on display, it has also been billed as the world's largest street carnival. Every year for about seven days, the city of Kolkata, that hosts over 4,500 pujas, comes to a standstill to celebrate Durga Puja. The ensuing week promises a lot in the form of aartis, dhaki drumbeats, cultural shows, food and feasting. The five-day Durga puja carnival, beginning on 6 October, 2016, celebrates the annual descent of Goddess Durga on earth to visit Her parents, according to Hindu mythology. This year, Durga Puja will be celebrated from 7 October to 11 October

Millions of people are already planning their puja schedule -- over the next few days they will walk or drive around the city, going pandal-hopping with friends and family. Kitchens will be shut down for the length of the fest as people sample the fare at pop-up food stalls that have sprung up everywhere. According to reports, the footfall is expected to be near ten million.

The city is already looking like a new bride, adorned with lights and colors. Durga Puja isn't just a religious event for Bengalis, it is a carnival with all-night live music sessions, open-air plays, literary fairs, poetry readings and great food. Each year, puja organisers go all out to impress visitors with unique ideas and themes. Artisans start work much earlier to complete the pandals in time.

For a list of must-see pandals and festival activities, as well as colorful photos, see "source" above.

Medicated Oil Treatment Begins for Sabarimala Temple Mast

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:02:36 ( 328 reads )


KERALA, INDIA, October 2, 2016 (The Hindu): The Travancore Devaswom Board has started preparations for the medicated oil treatment of the teak wood brought from the Konni forests for replacing the old temple flag mast (kodimaram) at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple . The carpentry work on the teak wood has been completed under the leadership of master craftsmen Ananthan Achary and Palani Achary at a specially prepared enclosure at the Anjaneya Auditorium at Pampa in the foothills of Sabarimala.

The medical oil is being prepared with 35 herbs, and the teak wood will be kept immersed in a large vessel filled with the oil for six months as part of the curing process. The TDB has decided to replace the old flag mast with a new one on the basis of the recommendations made by Vasthu experts and the astrological consultation conducted at Sabarimala. The experts found the mast decayed.

The installation of the new mast will be held in the auspicious muhurtham between 11:50 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. on June 25, 2017. According to TDB sources, it requires not less than 286 lbs. of gold for covering the wooden mast with gold plates.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/10 20:02:25 ( 238 reads )


As righteousness resides in the hearts of the virtuous, so does deceit dwell in the hearts of thieves.
-- Tirukkural 288

What Would Happen if the World Suddenly Went Vegetarian?

Posted on 2016/10/5 19:56:25 ( 786 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, September 27, 2016 (BBC Future by Rachel Nuwer): People become vegetarians for a variety of reasons. Some do it to alleviate animal suffering, others because they want to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Still others are fans of sustainability or wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. No matter how much their carnivorous friends might deny it, vegetarians have a point: cutting out meat delivers multiple benefits. And the more who make the switch, the more those perks would manifest on a global scale.

But if everyone became a committed vegetarian, there would be serious drawbacks for millions, if not billions, of people. "It's a tale of two worlds, really," says Andrew Jarvis of Colombia's International Centre for Tropical Agriculture. "In developed countries, vegetarianism would bring all sorts of environmental and health benefits. But in developing countries there would be negative effects in terms of poverty."

Jarvis and other experts at the centre hypothesized what might happen if meat dropped off the planet's menu overnight. First, they examined climate change. Food production accounts for one-quarter to one-third of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and the brunt of responsibility for those numbers falls to the livestock industry. Despite this, how our dietary choices affect climate change is often underestimated. In the US, for example, an average family of four emits more greenhouse gases because of the meat they eat than from driving two cars - but it is cars, not steaks, that regularly come up in discussions about global warming.

Much more of this insightful article at "source" above.

Systems Biology Research Study Reveals Benefits of Meditation

Posted on 2016/10/5 19:56:15 ( 428 reads )


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 30, 2016 (Press Release): Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the University of California, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School used a rigorous study design to assess the biological impact of meditation compared to vacation. They examined the effect of meditation on gene expression patterns in both novice and regular meditators. The researchers found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with stress and immune pathways, in addition to short- term improvements in well-being, as measured by feelings of vitality and distress. A meditation retreat, for those who already used meditation regularly, was associated with molecular networks characterized by antiviral activity. The molecular signature of long-term meditators was distinct from the non-meditating vacationers. The study was published today in Springer Nature's journal Translational Psychiatry.

The study involved 94 healthy women, aged 30-60. Sixty-four women were recruited who were not regular meditators. Participants stayed at the same resort in California for six days, and randomized so that half were simply on vacation while the other half joined a meditation training program run by the Chopra Center for Well Being. The meditation program included training in mantra meditation, yoga, and self reflection exercises.

"Based on our results, the benefit we experience from meditation isn't strictly psychological; there is a clear and quantifiable change in how our bodies function," said Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself. The prediction is that this would then lead to healthier aging."

Full paper is available at "source" above.

HAF is Hiring: Associate Director of Membership

Posted on 2016/10/5 19:56:04 ( 346 reads )


UNITED STATES, October 5, 2016 (HAF): Are you seeking a career opportunity in which your professional skills and experience align with your passion for advocacy, education, and community service? If so, working at HAF would be a perfect fit. Come join a dedicated, dynamic, and professional team working to advocate on behalf of Hinduism and Hindus worldwide. Applicants must be based in the U.S.

The position of Associate Director of Membership will develop and coordinate community awareness events and membership fundraising drives, and develop and distribute member communication and marketing materials in coordination with other staff. This position is new to the organization so the Associate Director will have some opportunity to build and carry forward his or her vision and function.

For details and qualifications see "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/5 19:55:54 ( 338 reads )


Time is more precious than money; it is the most valuable thing in the world. Time is life. Use it profitably in spiritual pursuits.
-- Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society

The Rapid Christianization of Tribal Regions of Central India-the Story in Numbers

Posted on 2016/10/2 19:43:22 ( 695 reads )


INDIA, September 28, 2016 (India Facts by Shanmukh Aparna Saswati Sarkar Dikgaj): In this article, we shall investigate the Christianization of the tribals in Northern, Central and Eastern India, namely in the states of Odisha, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand (Christianization has been low in the tribal belt of adjoining West Bengal and Telangana). This is the belt extending from the rapidly Christianising Nepal to the rapidly Christianising South India. For the purpose of the article, we have grouped the Indic religions together. The Sikhs, the Jains, and the Buddhists have been grouped with the Hindus, since all these are extremely small in number.

In this article, we have examined the Christianisation of the tribal heartlands. We have shown the sharp fall of the Indic population of the tribal heartlands since independence, and in particular, in the last two decades. It is clear that though the Christianisation of the tribal region has been proceeding apace from the 1850s, it has accelerated greatly since 1991. In the second and concluding part of this article, we examine the causes, and history of this rapid Christianisation and attempt to provide some solutions to this phenomenon.

Detailed and lengthy article at "source" above.

Religion Scholars Release "Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions."

Posted on 2016/10/2 19:43:12 ( 439 reads )


MONTREAL, CANADA, September 16, 2016: In addition to the article yesterday on the declaration, you can download the entire Declaration at:

http://worldsreligions2016.org/wp-con ... rlds-Religions-EN-WEB.pdf

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/2 19:43:01 ( 315 reads )


Find the One everywhere and in everything and there will be an end to all pain and suffering.
-- Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Bengali mystic and saint

Religion Scholars Release "Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions."

Posted on 2016/10/1 19:28:00 ( 514 reads )


MONTREAL, CANADA, September 16, 2016 (Anglican Journal, by Harvey Shepherd): An international, interfaith group of religious scholars has released a document they hope will begin a new chapter in global discussion of human rights. On September 15, a group of scholars from several countries, led by Professor Arvind Sharma, professor of comparative religion at the School of Religious Studies at McGill University, unveiled a "Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions." The document, the product of 18 years of meetings and consultations, was released at the end of the 3rd Global Conference on World's Religions After September 11, a daylong event held in Montreal.

Brian D. Lepard, professor of law at the University of Nebraska and a member of the latest drafting committee for the document, said earlier drafts and its preamble had been changed to make a stronger stand against terrorism, recognize evolution in thinking about rights, recognize the contribution religions have made to rights and emphasize that rights are everyone's responsibility.

The preamble to the latest version states that "it is imperative that the world's religions be included as a positive resource for human rights." The world's religions, it continues, "teach the fundamental truth of the oneness of the human family."

The declaration is inspired by and seeks to complement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948 by the United Nations, Sharma said. It seeks to balance what some regard as an undue emphasis on individualistic and Western values, he said, putting more emphasis on collective, as opposed to individual, rights. It also emphasizes duties as well as rights, and the responsibilities of people and organizations. Earlier drafts were presented at two predecessor conferences in Montreal in 2006 and 2011, as well as at several scholarly conferences in different countries starting in 1998.

More than 500 scholars and others attended to the conference. Speakers at this year's conference included Karen Armstrong, the bestselling British historian of religions and author of the recent "Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence;" veteran ecumenist Gregory Baum, of Montreal; U.S. speaker and author on mind-body healing Deepak Chopra; U.S. theologian Harvey Cox; Susannah Heschel, professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire; Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies, specializing in Islam, at Marymount University in Los Angeles; Indian guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar; Manjit Singh, Sikh chaplain at McGill; and Charles Taylor, professor emeritus at McGill and a prominent philosopher and activist.

Iranian civil rights advocate and Nobel Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, who presented a draft of the declaration at the 2006 Montreal conference, sent a videotaped message.

In a message released just before the conference, Sharma, a Hindu, said recent conflict in the Middle East, terrorist attacks elsewhere, controversy in the U.S. presidential election campaign and other events served to underline the document's importance.

"We did not anticipate this summer of fatal fanaticism when we decided to hold the Third Global Conference on World's Religions after September 11 in Montreal this year," he said. "Little did we know while we were planning the conference that its purpose and goal would become even more relevant today."

The preamble also states that "the conscience of people of faith has been shaken by individuals and authorities within the world's religions who have failed to defend human rights and have committed atrocities and violations of human rights in the name of religion, including acts of terrorism."

This School Has the Coolest Detention - Yoga Meditation for Kids

Posted on 2016/10/1 19:27:49 ( 424 reads )


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, September 23, 2016 (Morning News USA): What would a school do when one of its students misbehaves? Detention is one common action. But Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore is doing something unique -- meditation. Detention is a common disciplinary action among schools to address students' misbehaviors. It involves a trip to the guidance counselor for a series of activities, depending on the extent and degree of misbehavior.

The school set up a room called Mindful Moment Room, in partnership with Holistic Life Foundation. The room is not the typical cold, lifeless, white-walled empty room with the bare essentials. The Mindful Moment Room has lamps, artsy decorations, and purple pillows. When kids are sent to this room, the aim is to help them practice meditation by teaching them breathing exercises, and encouraging talk therapy. Kids meditate about their behavior, talk about the things that led to the misbehavior, and discuss ways to avoid such incidents from happening in the future.

For a decade now, Holistic Life Foundation has been offering a program called Holistic Me, an after-school meditation program for pre-kindergarten to fifth graders. They partnered with Robert W. Coleman Elementary School and created a mindfulness exercise program, and yoga practice to be included in the school's system.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/10/1 19:27:39 ( 308 reads )


For seven lives in seven bodies the grateful will remember friends who relieved their anguish and affliction.
-- Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural, verse 107

Pakistan National Assembly Passes Hindu Marriage Bill

Posted on 2016/9/27 17:58:02 ( 723 reads )


PAKISTAN, September 27, 2016 (News 18): Six decades after it came into existence, Pakistan gave nod to a Hindu Marriage Bill that seeks to set up a legal framework for marriage and divorce [previous non-existent for Hindus] besides addressing issues including forced conversions. The Hindu Marriage Bill 2016 was tabled before the Pakistan National Assembly by Human Rights Minister Kamran Michael and was passed unanimously. The bill will now be forwarded to the Senate for consideration and passage.

According to The Express Tribune, the bill will institutionalize all legal rights relating to marriage. "All Hindu marriages will be registered in accordance with the provisions of this act. Such registration shall take place within 15 days of a marriage. Hindu widows will now have the right to remarry of their own free will six months after the death of her husband, according to the provisions of the bill. The bill will also help put an end to the practice of abduction of married Hindu women," it said.

California Department of Education Calls for Textbook Reviewers

Posted on 2016/9/27 17:57:52 ( 557 reads )


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, July 2016, (CDE press release): The California Department of Education and State Board of Education (SBE) are seeking reviewers to participate in the 2017 History-Social Science Instructional Materials Adoption for grades kindergarten to 8. Reviewers will evaluate the instructional materials for alignment to the California history-social science standards and the newly revised history-social science curriculum framework, utilizing the standards maps and evaluation criteria maps that have been approved by the SBE for this adoption.

Information about this review and the online application process is available on the CDE HSS Instructional Materials Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/im/. The deadline for submission of applications is October 19, 2016. For more information, contact: 916-319-0447 or kmcdonal@cde.ca.gov.

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