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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/12 18:34:36 ( 728 reads )

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Like the household fire, devotees seek the glory of the Lord even from afar and enshrine it in their inner chamber for enlightenment. The glory of our Lord is full of splendor, all-illuminative and worthy to be honored in every heart.
-- Rig Veda 7.1.2

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Temples Vandalized in Brahmanbaria
Posted on 2014/11/9 17:17:09 ( 896 reads )

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BANGLADESH, November 11, 2014 (Bdnews24): Five temples have been vandalised in a Brahmanbaria village following allegation that a Hindu man had defamed Prophet Muhammad on Facebook, police say. The temples -- Loknath Mandir, Kali Mandir, Ramthakurer Mandir, Doyamoy Mandir, and Anukul Thakurer Mandir -- are located at Lalpur village in Ashuganj Upazila.

Police have detained three Lalpur residents - Md Babul Mia, 21, Md Rasel Mia, 20, and Md Jewel Mia, 18 - for the attacks. A case is being filed over the incident. Ashuganj police OC Abu Zafar said a band of men vandalized one Debashish Das Sohel's house in Lalpur on Wednesday claiming he had made derogatory comments on Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Sohel was accused in a case under the ICT Act and was detained the same night. Zafar added a group of stick-wielding men vandalized five temples in Lalpur on Friday night over the alleged defamation.

Dilip Dasgupta, a local, said some people brandishing sticks took out a procession in the village on Friday evening."They attacked the five temples simultaneously later in the night," he said.

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Accentuate Life, Negate Suicide
Posted on 2014/11/9 17:17:03 ( 777 reads )

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GUYANA, November 8, 2014 (Guyana Chronicle, Editorial by Cecil Ramkirath): In terms of population, the number of suicides in Guyana is alarmingly high. This situation is most distressing and sad and it represents a clarion call for action. Now mere words are no longer enough. There has to be concerted action at the national and local level to address and directly confront this rising scourge. Silence is not an option. But the silence of our pandits, priests, and national civic and religious leaders is almost deafening. To what avail are our many yagnas if we cannot save our youths from this utterly dark and eternally destructible path.

Educators have a crucial role to play in stopping this rising tide of suicide. While academic excellence is commendable, teachers have to inculcate in their students the equally important life skills that will ensure that they can cope well with the pressures of growing up and be able to face the bitterly cold, selfish, harsh and cruel winds of the real world.

The great poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, "Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them/Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it."

Much more of this thoughtful essay at source.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/9 17:16:56 ( 621 reads )

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He is the Supreme Brahman, the Self of all, the chief foundation of this world, subtler than the subtle, eternal. That thou art; thou art That.
-- Atharva Veda, Kaivalya Upanishad

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Rare Mukhalinga on Display in Vietnam
Posted on 2014/11/8 17:15:59 ( 798 reads )

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VIETNAM, November 24, 2013 (Thanhnien News): A Hindu lingam with Shiva's face carved into it was placed on display at the My Son Champa ruins in central Vietnam Saturday, becoming the first intact mukhalinga to be exhibited in Southeast Asia.

The statue is estimated to date back to the 7th or 8th centuries. It was uncovered in November of last year as rains eroded the ground, around 33 feet from the temple of My Son, which is a complex of Cham temple ruins in Quang Nam Province, not far from Hoi An.

Mukhalingas, lingams with the faces of humans and Gods, began appearing in northern India during the 1st to 3rd centuries. The item on display made from a block of brownish gold sandstone stands 5 feet high, with the Shiva bust on the round head.

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How Love Emerges in Arranged Marriages
Posted on 2014/11/8 17:15:53 ( 822 reads )

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FINLAND, November 7, 2014, (By Samuli Kangaslampi): Despite the prevalence of autonomous ("love") marriages in "Western" countries, most marriages in the world are still arranged by parents or matchmakers. Quite a number of studies have been conducted comparing and contrasting arranged marriages and autonomous marriages. Such studies have arrived at somewhat mixed results as regards love and satisfaction in these two types of marriages. However, overall, most of the evidence suggests that there is at least as much love in arranged marriages as in autonomous ones, and that love in such marriages grows over time as opposed to autonomous marriages where it tends to diminish over time. Similarly, satisfaction seems to be at the same level or better in arranged marriages as in autonomous ones.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/8 17:15:47 ( 575 reads )

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Discipline your speech. Speak the truth at all costs. Speak little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words. Never condemn, criticize or discourage. Do not raise your voice and shout at little children or subordinates.
-- Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963)

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Alagappa Alagappan, Founder of the Flushing Ganesha Temple, Passes on at 88
Posted on 2014/11/3 17:11:03 ( 1047 reads )

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 1, 2014 (New York Times): In 1968, on a trip to his native India, Alagappa Alagappan dreamed that an ancient Hindu God told him to visit a medium. So he did, and on his first visit the medium read palm leaves to tell him that Lord Ganesha wanted to settle in a city beginning with the letter N.

By the time of his death, on Oct. 24 at the age of 88, Mr. Alagappan, a retired United Nations official who lived in Queens, had become "the father of the temple-building movement in North America," as a Hindu leader in Texas wrote in an email to Mr. Alagappan's family.

Mr. Alagappan started the project close to home, in his adopted city whose name began with N [New York]. Mr. Alagappan helped form the Hindu Temple Society of North America, which in 1977 opened a temple in Flushing, Queens (a borough of New York City). Today there are 700 Hindu temples in the United States, serving a Hindu population that since 1965 has increased thirtyfold, to about 1.5 million.

HPI Note: Our founder, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, knew Alagappan and was a strong supporter of Flushing Ganesha temple in its early years, encouraging him to set an example of traditional orthodox worship for future Hindu temples in the US.

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Sanskrit and Russian: Ancient Kinship
Posted on 2014/11/3 17:10:57 ( 1112 reads )

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INDIA/RUSSIA, November 3, 2014 (by Rakesh Krishnan Simha, In.Rbth): When was the last time you had a shot of vodka? Well, next time you have one, remember that this Russian word has its origins in the Vedic Sanskrit word for water - udaka. The striking similarities in Sanskrit and Russian indicate that during some period of history, the speakers of the two languages lived close together. While it is commonly known that both languages belong to the Indo-European family of languages, most people believe the relation between Russian and Sanskrit is as distant as that between Persian and Sanskrit or Latin and Sanskrit. Linguist and author W.R. Rishi writes in his book "India & Russia: Linguistic & Cultural Affinity" that Russian and Sanskrit share a deeper connection.

According to Rishi, the relation between these two languages is very close and correspondence between these two languages is so minute that it cannot be attributed to mere chance. "The facts...lead us to conclude that during some period of history the speakers of Sanskrit and Russian lived close together." The two languages have two broad similarities. One, Russian is the only European language that shares a strong common grammatical base with Sanskrit. Secondly, both Russian and Sanskrit are pleasing to the ear. The very name Sanskrit means carefully constructed, systematically formed, polished and refined. Colonial era linguist William Jones wrote: "Sanskrit language is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either."

Linguist S. Zharnikova writes in Science & Life: "There are many Russian names and words in Russian the origin of which can easily be traced with the help of the Sanskrit language. What explains the similarities? Vedic Sanskrit was spoken as late as 300 BCE but its antiquity may stretch back thousands of years from that date. Russian may either be the result of ancient Indians taking their language and culture from the banks of the Saraswati river to the banks of the Ob River (in Siberia). The discovery of Shiva statues in Central Asia and Russia points to the spread of Hindu culture far beyond the Indian heartland.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/3 17:10:51 ( 816 reads )

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The son's duty to his father is to make the world ask, "by what great austerities did he merit such a son?"
-- Tirukkural

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Honoring Rajendra Chola I in Tamil Nadu
Posted on 2014/11/2 17:31:43 ( 1544 reads )

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CHENNAI, INDIA, July 27, 2014 (Telegraph India): Tamil Nadu's leaders, for all their prickly championing of Tamil culture, let the 1,000th anniversary of the coronation of the greatest Tamil king ever pass without a flutter last week. It was left to a group of writers, historians, retired archaeologists and academics to honour the memory of Rajendra Chola I (960-1044), whose empire stretched from Bengal to India's southern tip, covered the whole of Sri Lanka and extended up to Indonesia.

A University of Madras professor said the Centre and the Archaeological Survey of India should have led the celebrations. "Rajendra was India's first global king, not just because of his conquests but also because he opened trade to foreigners and founded a formidable navy that lorded over the Bay of Bengal," the professor said. "During his time, the Bay came to be called the Chola Lake."

"(Southeast Asian king) Suryavarman I, with the help of Rajendra, re-established the Khmer kingdom in Cambodia. His successor Suryavarman II built the Angkor Wat, the world's largest Hindu temple, with the help of artisans sent by Rajendra." Like his father Raja Raja Chola, who built the grand Shiva temple at Thanjavur, Rajendra too built temples and dug lakes. His greatest architectural feat is the temple at Gangaikondacholapuram, where he had a near-replica of the Thanjavur Big Temple built, but in a smaller version. Both temples are Unesco heritage sites.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/2 17:31:37 ( 651 reads )

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Years ago, I used to walk for miles to meet my Guru. The distance appeared no longer than a few furlongs.
-- Dada J.P. Vaswani

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An Epic Retelling: Geet Ramayan completes 60 years
Posted on 2014/11/1 18:25:48 ( 786 reads )

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PUNE. INDIA, October 29 , 2014( by Amruta Lakhe, Indian express): On April 1, 1955, at 8.45 am sharp, presenter Purushottam Joshi of All India Radio (AIR), Pune, announced the start of a new program -- Geet Ramayan. It was the morning after Ram Navami celebrations, with the festive mood still palpable. The weekly program, a retelling of the Ramayana in verses, was written by GD Madgulkar and the music was composed by Sudhir Phadke. "Madgulkar and Phadke didn't know it then, but with that first song, a tradition was born," says Shridhar Phadke. Since 2005, he has been carrying his father's legacy forward by performing the songs across the country. People would tie garlands to the radio and pray before the program would begin. "This weekly ritual was followed for the entire year that the programme was aired," says Shridhar.

"At that time, the Ramayana only belonged to scholars. But with Geet Ramayan, it reached the smallest shops and houses," says Shridhar. The collaboration was a first-of-its-kind project on the Indian radio. Madgulkar's writing was simple and lucid. Yet, it retained the complexities of the epic. The show's popularity did not wane after it went off air in 1956. "After 1956, recordings circulated in the form of LPs, cassettes and later as CDs. Phadke and Madgulkar performed the songs all over the country in a two-hour-long Geet Ramayan program. In later years, the songs were translated and sung in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, Sanskrit and Kannada, among other languages. A compilation of the songs was published in over nine languages, including Braille.

Today, Shridhar and Anand are taking steps to familiarise the youth with Geet Ramayan. Earlier this year, Madgulkar's family launched an app to download the songs, apart from select documentation of Geet Ramayan, available on its website.

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The Godhra Riots - Postscript: The Masterminds
Posted on 2014/11/1 18:25:42 ( 930 reads )

https://www.scribd.com/doc/244384543/T ... e-Masterminds-Nicole-Elfi

OCTOBER 30, 2014 (scribd by Nicole Elfi): This is a postscript to The Godhra Riots: Sifting Fact from Fiction, July 2013, by the same author. In May this year, the people of India chose their Prime Minister. Over twelve years, several inquiry commissions -- the Tewatia Committee (2010), the Nanavati Commission (2008), the Special Investigation Team (2011) under the Supreme Court -- cleared Narendra Modi of all charges of having masterminded or, at least, encouraged the Godhra riots.

This report by Elfi goes into the evidence and court cases and convictions of those responsible for the attack on the train in Godhra station which started the turmoil. Go to source above for full report.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/1 18:25:36 ( 639 reads )

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Listen for silence in noisy places; feel at peace in the midst of disturbance; awaken joy when there is no reason.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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