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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/13 19:58:50 ( 237 reads )


We are already divine. No one has to redeem us; Divinity is in there. We just have to find it.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Hindus Will Witness Decline in Births After 2055: Pew Study

Posted on 2017/4/8 19:56:09 ( 791 reads )


UNITED STATES, April 6, 2017 (Tuckerman Times): Hindus will witness a "dramatic" drop-off in births between 2055 and 2060 due to declining fertility in India, which is home to 94 per cent of the community's global population, according to a new Pew research. The Pew Research Centre study also said that the number of babies born to Muslim women is expected to overtake those born to Christians world-wide within two decades, making Islam the world's largest religion by 2075.

By contrast, the total number of births is projected to decline steadily between 2015 and 2060 for all other major religious groups, said the study, which was released yesterday. "The drop-off in births will be especially dramatic for Hindus - who are expected to see 33 million fewer births between 2055 and 2060 than between 2010 and 2015 - due in large part to declining fertility in India, which is home to 94 per cent of the global Hindu population as of 2015," according to the study titled "The Changing Global Religious Landscape."

Madhya Pradesh Government to Launch Hindu Priesthood Course

Posted on 2017/4/8 19:55:59 ( 408 reads )


BHOPAL, INDIA, April 6, 2017 (New Indian Express): The Madhya Pradesh Government-run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan will launch a diploma course in "Hindu Purohityam" or priestly duties for all irrespective of caste or religion, its director said today. "From July this year, we are launching the one-year 'Diploma in Purohityam' for teaching priesthood. This course would be open for all irrespective of caste, gender or religion. The basic qualification needed is class X," Director of Bhopal-based Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan P.R. Tiwari told PTI.

Tiwari said that students enrolled for this course would be taught about Hindu Karmakand (rituals) performed at various occasions like marriages, house warming etc. "We will teach these rituals in a logical way along with perfect pronunciation of mantras in accordance with Hindu traditions. The priests would have all the explanation related to these rituals, which is basically a science," Tiwari added. He said two other diplomas are also being launched along with the 'Diploma in Purohityam' course.

"We are also coming up with diplomas in Vastu and Jyotish Shastra (astrology) along with Purohityam diploma," he said. Sansthan is the nodal agency for promoting of yoga and Sanskrit in Madhya Pradesh. Opposing the move, Pragatisheel Brahmin Manch General Secretary Chandrashekhar Tiwari said that the state government was working against the interests of Brahmins.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/8 19:55:49 ( 290 reads )


Who is there who can conquer those who have relinquished all hostilities?
-- Tirukural 855

Swiss Hindus Create a United Voice

Posted on 2017/4/7 19:47:49 ( 552 reads )


WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND, April 4, 2017 (kath.ch): There are 50,000 Hindus in Switzerland. Until recently they had no common voice. On April 2nd, however, various organizations have joined forces to form the "Schweizerischen Dachverband fuer Hinduismus" - the Swiss Hindu Association. With the Swiss Hindu Association the various groups and communities have "a unified, equitable and official place in multi-religious Switzerland" - and "finally a common voice," according to the press release of the new umbrella organization on April 4th.

This is intended to strengthen the cooperation among the various Hindu communities, as Krishna Premar pa Dasa told kath.ch. "We also wish that we could make Hinduism more visible to the public." Inter-religious dialogue can only take place if this religion "becomes more comprehensible and accessible to outsiders," continued Premar pa Dasa. To this end, the umbrella organization would organize events, create a website and publish publications.

According to Premar pa Dasa, Hinduism in Switzerland is diverse. There are Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka, Hindus from India and Nepal and Hindus with Swiss roots. "It was only when we realized that several organizations and representatives had a common goal that contact between us was established," said Premar pa Dasa.

In a First, Japan Floats House League for Promotion of Yoga

Posted on 2017/4/7 19:47:38 ( 369 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 6, 2017 (Economic Times): A group of 42 members of Japanese Parliament on Tuesday launched a Parliamentary League for Promotion of Yoga, a first of its kind institutional mechanism which will promote both the ancient discipline and ties between India and Japan. The league, launched by India's ambassador to Japan Sujan Chinoy in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will be headed by Hakubun Shimomura, former minister for education, culture, sports, and science and technology, who had attended the World Culture Festival in Delhi in 2016 at the invitation of the spiritual leader.

Chinoy said that the establishment of the league comes at an opportune moment. "India and Japan have a special strategic and global partnership based on our shared values of democracy, rule of law, tolerance and transparency... Yoga is an invaluable patrimony of humankind. It was inscribed in 2016 on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity," he said. The establishment of the league provides a boost to preparations for the Third International Day of Yoga in June 2017, according to officials of the Indian Embassy in Japan.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/7 19:47:28 ( 339 reads )


The Lord is in me, the Lord is in you, as life is in every seed; put false pride away and seek the Lord within.
-- Saint Kabir (1440-1518), mystic poet

Number of Canadians Holding Favorable Views of Various Religions Increases

Posted on 2017/4/6 20:09:13 ( 418 reads )


CANADA, April 4, 2017 (Angus Reid Institute): Canada is often held up as the paragon of a diverse society. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proclaimed that "diversity is Canada's strength." A new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds not only support for, but also limitations to that narrative when it comes to both faith and the visible role of religious symbols in society.

While a strong majority of Canadians are inclined to view the Christian and Buddhist religions favorably, a number of other faiths are viewed with more skepticism. Islam itself is viewed unfavorably by almost half of Canadians (46%). Though the percentage of Quebec residents saying they hold a favorable view of Islam has doubled since 2009 from 15% to 32%. Views of four other religions, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism, have all increased in favorability over that time in the belle province.

Canada's religious landscape is changing. Before 1971, just 2.9% of those who immigrated to this country said they followed either Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism or Buddhism. Between 2001 and 2011 that number jumped to one-in-three (33%). Thus, Canadians are increasingly encountering different perspectives in their day-to-day lives. While multiculturalism has been Canada's official policy since 1971, recent research indicates that many hope to see new immigrants do more to integrate in what they would consider "mainstream" Canadian society.

A further breakdown in favorability and attitudes toward Hindus in comparison to other religions can be viewed at "source" above.

Temple Slide Show

Posted on 2017/4/6 20:09:03 ( 343 reads )


INDIA, June 7, 2016, (Speaking Tree): A land of diversified cultures and religion, India is believed to be blessed with edifices that are traced since ancient times. The country not only has the oldest religion in existence, but some magnificent temples, including the Kailasa Temple in Ellora, Maharashtra, carved out of solid rock back in the 8th century AD. To view a slideshow of temples, including Kedarnath, Brihadeeswarar, Somnath and more, see "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/6 20:08:52 ( 257 reads )


Aim high, aim at the highest, and all lower aims are thereby achieved. It is looking below on the stormy sea of differences that makes you sink. Look up, beyond these and see the One Glorious Real, and you are saved.
-- Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), Indian guru

How Nehru Outsourced India's Culture to Communists, and How Modi is Changing That

Posted on 2017/4/5 19:53:13 ( 643 reads )


INDIA, March 29, 2017 (Daily Mail by David Frawley): India is one of the oldest countries in the world and probably the best at preserving its ancient heritage. The Vedas compiled thousands of years ago remain commonly chanted today. India's independence movement was rooted in Yoga and Vedanta and the country's older civilizational inspiration through Swami Vivekananda, Tilak, Aurobindo and Gandhi.

Yet after independence Nehru and his followers rejected India's past for a very different idea of India. Congress outsourced education and cultural development to the far left, Marxists and Communists, with which Nehru had much affinity. India's political independence unfortunately continued an intellectual dependence on the West, perpetuating a denigration of the traditional culture, led by Delhi elite, which though located in India, kept their minds residing outside the country. Indira Gandhi brought back some regard for traditional India but in the end supported the same Westernized elite for whom Indian civilisation was a dangerous myth to be eliminated for modern progress.

Then came Narendra Modi, who dramatically changed the equation in his unexpected decisive electoral mandate in 2014, adding a power of vision, personal charisma, a forward development agenda and tremendous work to usher in a new India. Modi as Prime Minister brings in a technologically progressive and intellectually sophisticated form of the older India/Bharatiya ethos as a dynamic creative force.

At the same time Modi visits temples and honors the great deities and gurus of the country. He is not afraid to be a Hindu or to attend Hindu functions, while at the same time excelling as a modern technocrat. Yet his view of Hinduism is equally sophisticated, not of a sectarian, belief-based religion but a broad spiritual path of Yoga, meditation, universal consciousness and self-realisation. Modi shows at a political level what the world has seen at a spiritual level, that the dharmic traditions of India, not only Hindu but also Buddhist, Jain and Sikh, have tremendous relevance if repackaged in a modern language and allied with cutting edge trends in spirituality, medicine, and science.

More at "source" above.

Most College Head Chaplains are Christian but at the University of Southern California, a Hindu Leads the Way

Posted on 2017/4/5 19:53:02 ( 332 reads )


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, April 3, 2017 (LA Times): Varun Soni straightened his shoulders and grasped the podium, his dark suit flanked by the stately white robes of priests and ministers. A beloved professor had been stabbed to death. As USC's head chaplain, it fell to Soni to help the hundreds gathered outside that day to process their loss. And so he spoke to them of the stories he'd collected, the pain he'd shared, the grief he had witnessed. And he offered words to help them, though not from the Bible or any other religious text. "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," he said, quoting Maya Angelou, before he bowed his head in a universal "Amen."

Soni is an unusual college chaplain. He is a Hindu. He has a law degree. In 2008, when USC hired him as its dean of religious life, he was the sole head chaplain at a major American university who was not only not a Christian but not an ordained Christian at that. Today, at a time when differences -- religious and otherwise -- grow ever more fraught and complex, he remains all nearly alone in breaking the Protestant chaplain mold. "It's very, very hard to divorce the pomp and circumstances of academia from particularly Protestant traditions," said Dena Bodian, president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. "Chaplains like Varun enable us all to rethink what chaplaincy in higher ed could look like."

The job, after all, is about much more than Christianity. As USC's spiritual leader and moral voice, Soni oversees about 90 campus religious groups including atheists and agnostics, Bahais and Zoroastrians. Inside and outside the lecture halls and dormitories, he bridges what he sees as the gap between the slow-moving wheels of academic change and a new generation's impatience with tradition. He counters the tendency to split apart and subdivide with a message of tolerance, coexistence, respect. "If we want to know what religion is going to look like in the United States in 20 years, just look at what's happening on college campuses now," he said. "Particularly at a time when our country is so polarized, and people aren't speaking to each other."

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

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/5 19:52:52 ( 287 reads )


Realize the truest reality, the real power, that you are; Infinite you are, above all danger and difficulty.
-- Swami Rama Thirtha (1873-1906), Hindu teacher and lecturer

High Court Orders Sealing of Hotels, Ashrams, Factories in Haridwar for Polluting Ganga

Posted on 2017/4/1 17:50:15 ( 710 reads )


HARIDWAR, INDIA, March 30, 2017 (Hindustan Times): The Uttarakhand high court on Thursday told the state pollution control board to seal hotels, ashrams and industrial units in Haridwar for polluting the Ganga by discharging untreated waste into the river. The order, which came two days after a mining ban in the hill state, would hit 700 of the 1,400 hotels in the holy Hindu city visited by thousands of pilgrims everyday, officials said.

"The court has given us three months time to comply with the order. A fresh survey will be conducted to identify the erring establishments," pollution board secretary Vinod Singhal told HT. Hearing a public interest litigation against hotels dirtying the Ganga and hindering the Clean Ganga Mission, the court pulled up the pollution board for not following its order to shut down establishments discharging pollutants into the river.

Most of the hotels and ashrams that face uncertain future are those set up under the Sarai Act, 1867, which didn't require renewal of licence or the pollution board's permission. These establishments are yet to channelize effluents into sewage treatment plants. "We are ready to connect our establishments with sewage line but there is no facility of modern sewerage system in north Haridwar," said OP Jamdagni, a hotelier and district president of Haridwar Vyapar Mandal.

Brazil's Ministry of Health Incorporates Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Yoga and Shantala

Posted on 2017/4/1 17:50:05 ( 508 reads )


BRAZIL, March 17, 2017 (Globo.com): An ordinance of the Ministry of Health, published on Tuesday (March 28) in the Official Gazette of the Union, has included 14 new alternative therapies in the National Policy of Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC). In January, the ministry had announced that these procedures would soon be offered by the Unified Health System (SUS). According to the new ordinance (no. 849 ) now included in the PNPIC are: art therapy, ayurveda, biodance, circular dance, meditation, music therapy, Naturopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, reflexotherapy, reiki, Ayurvedic massage, integrative community therapy and yoga.

The National Policy on Integrative and Complementary Practices of the Ministry of Health was created in 2006. It instituted alternative medicine approaches into the SUS, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, among others. Each municipality is responsible for offering the services to the population in the Units of Basic Attention. However, not all cities offer all the therapies contained in the PNPIC, since each municipality can opt for practices in which there is demand.

According to the Ministry of Health, since the creation of the National Policy on Integrative and Complementary Practices in 2006, more than five thousand establishments have started offering alternative therapies to the public.

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