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Modi Launches International Day of Yoga Website
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:42:12 ( 1720 reads )

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PARIS, FRANCE, April 10, 2015 (Business Standard): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a portal for the International Day of Yoga here, describing the ancient Indian spiritual practice as capable of awakening a sense of oneness. Flanked by UNESCO Director General Irena Bukova, Modi officially launched the http://www.Idayofyoga.Org website after addressing a gathering at the UNESCO headquarters that included a large number of NRIs.

In his UNESCO address, Modi called for a change in lifestyle "because the emission reduction that we seek will be the natural outcome of how we live. It is with this vision that I had called the United Nations General Assembly last September to declare June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Yoga awakens a sense of oneness and harmony with self, society and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change and create a more balanced world," Modi said.

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Thousands Join for Opening of Edinburgh's First Hindu Temple
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:42:05 ( 1271 reads )

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, April 6, 2015 (Edinburgh STV): Over 1,300 people joined for a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Edinburgh Hindu Mandir & Cultural Centre, the first of its kind in Edinburgh. While the St. Andrew Place building has been used over the last 32 years by the local Hindu community, the official launch marks the instatement of a full-time priest. To coincide with the event, a hand-carved wooden throne and statues of Gods and Goddesses made from white marble and then hand painted were shipped from North India.

Photographer Hermann Rodrigues has been documenting the connections between Scotland and India for the last 20 years. He is also a volunteer at the temple and says the opening marks an exciting chapter in the life of Edinburgh's Hindu community. The Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre will be used to host classes for children in music, language, dance and bhakti yoga as well as cultural performances and events by visiting artists. "With the community growing there was a big need for a center which nurtures the spiritual and cultural needs of the Hindus in and around Edinburgh," Hermann said.

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US Congressional Representative Tulsi Gabbard Marries in a Hawaiian Hindu Wedding
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:41:58 ( 1270 reads )

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2015 (Times of India): In an event unique in the history of US politics and of Hawaii, the country's 50th state, a lawmaker from the famed island was married in a Hindu ceremony on Thursday, with the chanting of Vedic mantras and the dappling backwaters of the Pacific bouncing off lush green mountains in the backdrop. In a sylvan, secluded spot on the eastern shore of Oahu, at a historic site that native Hawaiian people used as a fish pond, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 33, and her fiance Abraham Williams, 26, a cinematographer she met on the campaign trail, were married by a Hindu priest.

The ceremony, according to those who attended it, concluded with a traditional yoga kirtan with friends and family celebrating the newly married couple with Hawaiian song and dance, followed by a vegetarian meal. The event was attended by the couple's closest friends and a smattering of lawmakers, including both Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress. Guests included BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who flew in from India with a special message and gift from PM Narendra Modi, and India's acting ambassador and charge d'affairs in Washington, Taranjit Sandhu.

Although the number of Hindus living in Hawaii is relatively small, with only a few Hindu temples in the entire state, Gabbard has been vocal and transparent about her faith. She took oath in Congress on the Bhagavad Gita, and presented the same copy to PM Modi when she called on him in New York.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/13 17:41:52 ( 1170 reads )

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There is no greater mystery than that we keep seeking reality though, in fact, we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be on the day you laugh is also here and now.
-- Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

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India's Rich Temples May Open Gold Vaults for Narendra Modi
Posted on 2015/4/10 17:44:46 ( 1649 reads )

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 10, 2015 (Times of India): The two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed God Ganesha bristles with close circuit cameras and is guarded by 65 security officers. It is one of India's richest temples, having amassed 348 lbs. of gold offerings, worth some $67 million, and its heavily guarded vaults are strictly off limits. India is the world's biggest consumer of gold and its ancient temples have collected billions of dollars in jewelry, bars and coins over the centuries -- all hidden securely in vaults, some ancient and some modern.

Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to get his hands on this temple gold, estimated at about 3,000 tons--more than two thirds of the gold held in the US bullion depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky--to help tackle India's chronic trade imbalance. Modi's government is planning to launch a scheme in May that would encourage temples to deposit their gold with banks in return for interest payments. The government would melt the gold and loan it to jewelers to meet an insatiable appetite for gold and reduce economically-crippling gold imports, which accounted for 28 percent of India's trade deficit in the year ending March 2013.

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Switzerland: A Hindu Temple Opens in Zizers
Posted on 2015/4/10 17:44:40 ( 1105 reads )

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SWITZERLAND, April 2, 2015 (Voce Evangelica): A new Hindu temple has opened in the eastern Swiss town of Zizers near Chur. The ceremony, which took place Saturday, March 28, was organized by the Hindus of the Grisons Canton (Grisons is the only Swiss canton which is officially trilingual: Swiss German, Italian and Romansh) who turned a warehouse, located in the Rheinruetenen industrial area of Zizers, into a place of worship.

The inauguration took place with songs, prayers and dances. A Hindu priest, who came specially for the occasion from Sri Lanka, expressed gratitude for the freedom of religion in Switzerland and thanked the local authorities for having granted approval for the construction of the temple. The priest of the new Zizers temple is Kagendrasharma Nageswarakurukkal, who deals with the 150 families -- residents in Graubuenden, Glarus and St Gallen -- that are part of the local Hindu community. On May 30th there will be a "Open House" that will allow the local population to visit the new temple of Zizers.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/10 17:44:34 ( 864 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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Hindu Temple Opened in Germany with Colorful Festival
Posted on 2015/4/9 18:07:39 ( 1045 reads )

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KREFELD, GERMANY, March 24, 2015 (RP Online): Krefeld's only Hindu temple has been completely renovated. The colorful reopening celebration hosted many visitors. The reason for this big celebration: "According to our religious tradition we have, in the last few months, completely renovated our temple after twelve years and cleaned inside and out - we want to celebrate with all our supporters," says Thanuja Baskaran.

One of these supporters is the Catholic priest Albert Koolen, the chaplain who came about 18 years ago to Krefeld and assumed care for the refugees, mostly Tamils, from Sri Lanka. To give them the opportunity to practice their faith, he helped them find a suitable place to set up an earlier version of the temple in Oppum district. Later space became available at the Mies van Rohe Business Park site.

From the outside, the Hindu temple is as austere industrial building. There's no trace of the masterful Indian religious architecture inside. The basic requirements of the landlord was to make no visible structural change to the building's exterior. However, the interior has been intricately remodeled and decorated. Some 300 Tamil families come to worship with traditional prayer; they come from Krefeld and the surrounding area.

Loud drums announced the grand entrance of "Shakira" the cow. Amidst great rejoicing she was led into the hall - one of the highlights of the four-day festival in Sri Nagapoosani Ampal Hindu temple on Girmesgath Street. "The cow is a sacred animal in our faith," says Thanuja Baskaran, Deputy Chairman of the Tamil Cultural Association.

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Indians Break from Family Living in Twilight Years
Posted on 2015/4/9 18:07:33 ( 1008 reads )

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INDIA, April 6, 2015 (Taipei Times): When Usha Mantri brushed off frowning traditionalists and moved into a retirement village, she became a pioneer for a generation of Indians who are increasingly breaking the custom of multi-generational households. She is now happily settled in the peaceful retreat by India's western mountains, which has an on-site Hindu temple and offers ayurvedic massage -- and is a two-hour drive from her son in Mumbai.

While most senior citizens still prefer to live with their families, alternative options are increasingly in demand as the country develops, children migrate and their parents live longer. There are currently more than 100 million Indians aged 60 and above, and that is projected to rise to more than 300 million by 2050, when they will make up about 20 percent of the population, according to the charity HelpAge India. This growing "dependency ratio," along with better purchasing power among the elderly, are among the factors said to be fueling the demand for senior housing.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/9 18:07:27 ( 875 reads )

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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. The profound understanding and universal acceptance that are unique in Hinduism are reflected in this faculty for accommodating different approaches to the Divine, allowing for different names and forms of God to be worshiped side by side within the temple walls.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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US Court Says School Yoga Does Not Violate Religious Freedom
Posted on 2015/4/8 18:11:26 ( 1042 reads )

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LOS ANGELES. USA, April 4, 2015 (Agence France-Presse): A California court said Friday that yoga classes taught at an elementary school do not violate students' right to religious freedom, after parents complained Hindu and Buddhist doctrines were being promoted. The parents of two students at an Encinitas district school near San Diego said the yoga classes, which were taught as part of the school's physical education curriculum, infringed on their children's constitutional rights.

The First Amendment bans school-sponsored religious promotion and prayer. But after a years-long court battle, the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego ruled the courses are not faith-based. "We conclude that the program is secular in purpose, does not have the primary effect of advancing or inhibiting religion and does not excessively entangle the school district in religion," justice Cynthia Aaron wrote. "The district's yoga program does not violate our state constitution," the justice wrote. The decision upholds an earlier ruling of a lower court, which the parents had sought to appeal.

Yoga, an exercise that promotes stretching and breathing, often incorporates spiritual elements from eastern faiths. It has become popular in the West, and many practices in North America do not incorporate the religious aspects of the practice.

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Old but Not Gold
Posted on 2015/4/8 18:11:19 ( 905 reads )

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INDIA, April 5, 2015 (The Hindu): Independent India was born an extraordinarily young country. The median age was just a little over 21, and nearly 60 per cent of the population was under 25. With life expectancy just 36 years, the issue of managing an ageing population must have seemed like challenges for the distant future. Much has changed since: as health and nutrition have improved, average life expectancy has climbed to over 66 years. Simultaneously, with better education and access to health, women are having fewer children than ever before; the median age has climbed to nearly 27; and for the first time in history, less than half the country is under 25.

India now has over 100 million citizens over the age of 60, five times the number in 1950. Seniors now make up 8.6 per cent of the population. By 2050, India will have nearly 300 million seniors and make up about a fifth of the population, as per projections from the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. Compared globally, these numbers seem small. But the conditions in which India's seniors live as well as the current status of official policies on senior citizens raise serious doubts about whether India is ready to face a greying future.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/4/8 18:11:13 ( 835 reads )

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Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Giving up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.
-- Adi Shankara, 9th century Indian philosopher and saint

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Hundreds of Thousands Throng Chennai's Kapaleeswarar Temple for Festival
Posted on 2015/4/7 10:52:06 ( 1044 reads )

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CHENNAI, INDIA, April 4, 2015 (Express News): An air of festivity pervaded over Mylapore on Thursday as lakhs of people from various parts of Chennai and a significant number of them from neighboring districts congregated at the Sri Kapaleeswarar temple to take part in the Arupathu Moovar Festival, the culmination of Panguni Peruvizha. Roads leading to the temple were crowded with people offering buttermilk, rose milk, fruits, biscuits, variety rice, chocolates, cucumber, packaged water, etc., to devotees who visited the temple to witness the procession of the 63 Saivite Saints. There was heavy police bundobust to manage the crowd.

History has it that during the times of one of the four senior Saivite saints -- Thirugnana Sambandar -- one of his devotees, Sivanesan Chettiyar, who lived in Mylapore, wished to give his daughter Angam Poompavai in marriage to Thirugnana Sambandar. However, she died of snakebite and Sivanesan Chettiyar kept the ashes of her daughter in a pot. After some time, when Sambandar visited Mylapore, he handed over the pot containing the ashes to him. The Saivite saint composes 10 songs in praise of the Lord and Angam Poompavai gets her life back. This incident was re-enacted in the temple on Thursday. The main part of the Panguni festival of Kapaleeswarar temple will come to an end on April 4.

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Minister: Hindus in Singapore in a Privileged Position
Posted on 2015/4/7 10:52:00 ( 1058 reads )

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SINGAPORE, April 4, 2015 (by Jeanette Tan, Singapore News): Hindus in Singapore are not only not discriminated against, they are in fact in a "privileged" position, said Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam. In a lengthy status update on his Facebook page on Friday evening, the minister, himself a Hindu, was saying this in response to many questions posed about the long-standing bans on religious foot processions as well as the playing of music during religious processions. Noting that the ban on religious foot processions has been in place since after riots in 1964, Shanmugam said Hindus are the only ones given an exemption for their three processions by foot: namely Thaipusam, Panguni Uthiram and Thimithi.

"When other non-Hindu religious groups apply to hold foot processions, they are usually rejected," he wrote. "On rare occasions when it is given, stringent conditions will be imposed including much shorter routes, unlike Thaipusam which lasts the whole day and goes through major roads." On Thursday, Singapore's Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran explained that the country's ban on playing music at processions was implemented because of fights between rival groups that disrupted them.

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