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"Na-mah-staaay"


Posted on 2016/5/3 18:04:17 ( 2719 reads )

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ILLINOIS, U.S., May 2, 2016 (North by Northwesternby Gauri Rangrass): I remember the first time I wished I were white. I was four years old. My brownness was harder to hide. It was something I spent fifteen years of my life trying to like, and eventually, love. My internal battle with Hinduism was even more difficult. It was not long into my childhood before I started to reject my Hindu identity. I fought with my parents when they encouraged me to go to the temple. I never bothered to learn the significance of Hindu traditions, which were often the only way my mother could make her new home in Michigan feel familiar.

The first time I picked up and read a Hindu philosophy book, I was sixteen. I learned about Dharma and Hinduism. It made sense to me. It felt intrinsic. By the time I started my freshman year at Northwestern, I had finally reclaimed Hinduism as a part of my identity.

Maybe that's why, as I sit on a yoga mat in Studio 2 in SPAC, anger rushes through my veins when a white instructor presses her hands together, leans over, and says, "Na-mah-staaay." I'm the only brown person in the class and it seems that I'm also the only one who feels uncomfortable returning the gesture. Not once does the instructor reference the Indian and Hindu origins of yoga. Why can't this trendy yoga persona also include a true understanding of yoga's Hindu origins?

More of this interesting opinion piece at "source" above.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/5/3 18:04:07 ( 2550 reads )

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Parents must teach children to appreciate those who are different, those who believe differently; teach them the openness that they need to live in a pluralistic world where others have their unique ways, their life and culture; teach them the value of human diversity and the narrow-mindedness of a provincial outlook; give them the tools to live in a world of differences without feeling threatened, without forcing their ways or their will on others; teach them that it never helps to hurt another of our brothers or sisters.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Supreme Court to Hear Freedom to Temples Plea on July 13


Posted on 2016/5/2 20:10:00 ( 3250 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, April 29, 2016 (The Hindu): The final hearing on a long-pending writ petition in the Supreme Court filed by Swamy Dayananda Saraswathi to free temples from government control and challenging the Endowments Acts of three States will commence in July.

The decision brought cheer to the Temple Protection Movement (TPM) active in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which had filed the intervener petition against the A.P. Endowments Amendment Act 8 of 2014.

The issue gained momentum after the main writ petition (WP 476 of 2012) filed by Swamy Dayananda Saraswathi and others challenging the Constitutionality of endowments acts of three States - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry was listed for final hearing in Supreme Court on July 13.

[Under these acts, nearly all Hindu temples in India are under the management of government-appointed officials, but not minority institutions have not so been taken over, even though in theory the act would allow the government to take over a church or mosque.]



Kanchi Sankaracharya Acquitted in Auditor Radhakrishnan Assault Case


Posted on 2016/5/2 20:05:46 ( 2588 reads )

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CHENNAI, INDIA, April 29, 2016 (The Hindu): A sessions Court here on Friday acquitted the 80-year-old Kanchi Acharya, Jayendra Saraswati, and eight others in connection with the decade-old auditor Radhakrishnan assault case. "All the accused are acquitted, you are free to go," the Judge said when the case came up for pronouncing order.

The Acharya, who appeared before the court accompanied by a posse of lawyers and his disciples, was allowed to sit and answer over 90 questions that ran to over 63 pages. He submitted that all the allegations against him was false.

On September 20, 2002, Mr. Radhakrishnan, a former associate of the Kanchi Mutt in Kancheepuram, was attacked with deadly weapons in which he and his wife were seriously injured. The Foreshore Estate police registered case against Jayendra Saraswati and 11 others in connection with the attack.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/5/2 20:05:35 ( 2478 reads )

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Hindu society has been the meeting point as well as the melting pot of as many spiritual visions as the human psyche is capable of springing up spontaneously. It has been a willing and welcoming platform for as many seers, sages, saints and mystics as have responded to the deeper stirrings in the human soul. It has been a repository of as many metaphysical points of view as human reason can render in human language.
-- Sita Ram Goel (1921-2003), Hindu renaissance thinker and writer, founder of Voice of India



Ancient Hindu Temple Reopens after 27 Years in Kashmir


Posted on 2016/5/1 19:59:07 ( 3175 reads )

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SRINAGAR, JAMMU/KASHMIR, April 28, 2016 (The North Lines): Centuries-old Vetaal Bero temple in the highly-sensitive area that had been shut after most pandits were forced to migrate to Jammu and other parts of the country due to militancy in 1990, was reopened on Thursday. Jogi Langkar (canteen where food is served for sadhus) in Rainawari area of Srinagar, the locality in the heart of old city that was once home to a high number of Kashmiri pandits, is again reverberating with the sound of temple bells after 27 long years.

"After the migration of Kashmiri pandits, the area of the temple was illegally sold by Dharmarth Trust to a local property dealer. When residents in the area came to know about it, they informed Kashmiri pandits of the locality in Jammu, who responded with swift legal action and the area was recovered from the property dealer," Rajindra, who resides near the locality, said.

Another Kashmiri pandit Utpal Koul, who used to reside next to the temple, said, "This temple is centuries old, even I remember during early nineties special langar used to be organized here for Amarnath pilgrims. Today is the birth anniversary of Lord Bero and we came to celebrate this festival here from different areas of the country and even some families have come from US for this occasion."



Veggies In Cattle Country: Leading Texas Hospital Now Promoting Plant-Based Diet


Posted on 2016/5/1 19:58:57 ( 2834 reads )

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MIDLAND, TEXAS, april 28, 2016 (Fronteras Desk): A leading hospital in Texas is making a name for itself by taking on the ranching industry, an iconic fixture in the history of the Lone Star State. The hospital is now promoting a plant-based diet rich in vegetables and whole grains for patients and visitors.

Nurturing cattle, sending them to the feedlot and then onto the slaughterhouse is a part of the culture here, burnished into a big part of what makes Texas, Texas. Now, Midland Memorial Hospital, a major medical player in the heart of cattle country, has become the first in the state to buck that culture.

"We decided to embark on offering plant-based meals first for the patients as a prescribed diet," cardiac surgeon Dr. Staton Awtrey said. "And then to roll that out and offer that to staff and visitors." "They might change their diet to not have a heart attack. But they have all these collateral benefits they never anticipated," Awtrey said. Awtrey also claimed a plant-based diet will mitigate or reverse and ultimately cure arthritis, diabetes and hypertension. Awtrey said plant-based food promotes weight loss and the ability to get off certain kinds of medications.

[The full article includes an entertaining audio interview with a Texan fully converted to a vegetarian diet.]



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/5/1 19:58:47 ( 2728 reads )

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Like treasure hidden in the ground, like flavor in the fruit, like gold in the rock, and oil in the seed, the Absolute is hidden in the heart.
-- Akka Mahadevi, twelfth-century Vira Saiva saint



House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan Invites PM Modi to Address Joint Session of US Congress


Posted on 2016/4/29 20:38:32 ( 3905 reads )

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WASHINGTON D.C., April 29, 2016 (Zee News): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to address a joint session of the United States Congress on June 8 during his visit here.

"The friendship between the United States and India is a pillar of stability in an important region of the world," US House Speaker Paul Ryan said. "This address presents a special opportunity to hear from the elected leader of the world's most populous democracy on how our two nations can work together to promote our shared values and to increase prosperity. We look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to the United States Capitol."



Teach Students Tirukkural: Madras High Court


Posted on 2016/4/29 20:38:21 ( 3844 reads )

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MADURAI, INDIA, April 29, 2016 (Deccan Chronicle): Observing that the Tirukkural alone can take the younger generation on a righteous path, the Madurai bench of Madras high court directed the state government to include 108 chapters of Tirukkural, the great Tamil masterpiece on ethics, in the curriculum of students from VI standard to XII standards in the school syllabus for the next academic year.

Dismissing the argument of special government pleader V.R. Shanmuganathan that inclusion of entire Tirukkural as subject would increase the burden on the students, Justice R. Mahadevan said that though maths and science are considered to be most difficult subjects for school students, the government has never had any second thoughts to reduce the portions because they considered it necessary for the academic development of the student.

"Moral science is equally important and if not more. A mere intelligent but a person without moral aptitude can ruin the society more than an unintelligent person with morals," he observed.



How Many British Officers Were in India at Independence?


Posted on 2016/4/29 20:38:11 ( 2532 reads )



KAUAI, HAWAII, April 29, 2016 (Hinduism Today): As part of research for part four of our movie series, "The Hinduism of Hindu India," the question came up of how many British officers were in the total military of India which in 1947 numbered 2.5 million? If you have an authorative source for this information please contact the managing editor, Acharya Arumuganathawami, at ar@hindu.org.

And part one of the History of Hindu India has at this moment reached 1,076,511 views. View it at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBZRTzXARWM

Parts two and three are also posted; links are provided in description of part one.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/4/29 20:38:00 ( 2481 reads )

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The average man of the world goes about his daily life not knowing that subconsciously he is seeking the Absolute Truth, the Beloved in the jiva. The mind-body equipment of man contains this Beloved, yet he seeks for it everywhere else but within. The musk deer attracted by its own scent searches for it in the woods. Little does it know that in its body is the source of this fragrance. Saint Kabir (1440-1518)



South Arica's Arya Samaj Celebrates its 90th Anniversary


Posted on 2016/4/27 20:09:11 ( 3803 reads )

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SOUTH AFRICA, April 27, 2016 (Arya Samaj, SA): The Arya Samaj SA, celebrated ninety years of its founding recently at the Durban Exhibition Centre, with dignitaries from government and international visitors attending. The chief guest, Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, emphasized the key role that civil society has to play in strengthening any democracy. "Organisations like the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha serve as the moral conscience of the nation and keeps everybody honest," he said. Mr Sihle Zikalala, provincial leader of the ANC in KZN, acknowledged the role the Arya Samaj had played in the liberation struggle in this country, but said new challenges such as building social cohesion loom large. "Your organization can play a role in contributing to this cohesion," he added.

Swami Aryavesh, spiritual head of the Arya Samaj movement worldwide which is based in India, said that Arya Samaj is not just a religious organization. It is one which concerns itself primarily with social justice and nobody should be content with pursuing his own welfare only. "We should seek our welfare by promoting the welfare of others," he stressed. A new grouping, Arya Samaj Africa was launched, following a workshop where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by delegates from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius and Malawi. Organisations from these countries will collaborate, share expertise and resources to tackle common challenges in their respective countries.



Temples' plea on tuskers shot down


Posted on 2016/4/27 20:09:01 ( 3305 reads )

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KERALA, INDIA, April 27, 2016 (The Hindu): With an eye on public safety and prevention of cruelty to elephants, the Social Forestry Division has disallowed the use of the animals for non-ritualistic practices in the district. An application by the Mukkolakkal Sree Mahaganapathy Temple in Mannanthala to parade 12 elephants at its annual festival in May was turned down a few days ago.The decision was taken after a team conducted a spot inspection, during which it was found that the arrangements were inadequate for parading elephants for ceremonies such as Gaja Puja and Aanayoottu. However, the temple was allowed to conduct a procession featuring an elephant on the concluding day of the festival. A notice issued by the Social Forestry Division stated that the decision was made in adherence to a ruling by the Supreme Court on April 18 last year, which had directed temple committees to ensure that the Kerala Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules, 2012, were strictly complied with.

S. Sugathan, president of the temple trust, said, "We have been following this custom for nearly 30 years. The unexpected decision has forced us to make alternative arrangements. We will not defy the directions of the Forest Department," he said. The temple would discontinue such ceremonies from next year and also refrain from using firecrackers, he added. P.K. Jayakumar Sharma, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry), said the restrictions were not meant to hinder temple rituals. A stringent stance had to be taken against the use of elephants for such programs in view of the recent killings of mahouts by elephants. The rising temperature is one of the factors that prompted the decision. The local police have been asked to ensure that temple authorities adhere to the directive.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2016/4/27 20:08:50 ( 3305 reads )

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You shine, all living things emerge. You disappear, they go to rest. Recognizing our innocence, O golden-haired Sun, arise; let each day be better than the last.
-- Rig Veda (X, 37, 9)

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