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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/5 20:02:16 ( 335 reads )


Tapas is like a large wildfire, the best you can do is try to control it when it burns. Sometimes it flares up on its own and sometimes the guru causes it.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

"Maintenance and Upkeep of Temples, Need of Hour"

Posted on 2017/5/4 19:35:15 ( 371 reads )


TIRUCHIRAPALLI, INDIA, April 29, 2017 (The Hindu): A large number of temples, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas, remain neglected and it is the responsibility of every pious-minded person to ensure their proper upkeep and maintenance. Shortage of manpower is often being cited as the main reason for this neglected condition but the human resources of devotees, if channelized, would resolve the issue, said Velukkudi Krishnan, religious scholar and founder, Kinchitkaram Trust.

In his address as part of the day-long celebrations of 1000th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanujar at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple on Saturday, Mr.Velukkudi Krishnan said that he had been visiting a large number of temples in remote and interior villages where he had come to see the poor and neglected condition of the temples built during the ancient era. He explained the services rendered by Sri Ramanujar in evolving various teams of personnel and implementing various administrative, executive, supervisory and religious responsibilities.

Man Who Has Performed Hundreds of Hindu Religious Ceremonies to Be Honored with Lifetime Award

Posted on 2017/5/4 19:35:05 ( 332 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, May 4, 2017 (Asian Image): A man who lived through the partition and has performed religious ceremonies across the North West for decades will be honored with a lifetime award at the Fusion Awards. Madhusudan Dave, now aged 92 was also involved in anti-British demonstrations as a teenager in Indian. Born in 1924 and originally from Mombasa, Kenya, Mr. Dave came to the UK in 1973 and since then has officiated hundreds of religious rituals in temples in the region.

His earlier life helped to define Mr. Dave who was a college student living in Ahmadabad during the Second World War. On arriving in Blackburn in the seventies, like many first generation Asians, he worked in the local mills. Then, as a brahmin he was asked to perform weddings. As time went on he became the focal point for communities and says he was blessed to be able to perform funeral rites.

Chicago Makes History with First Vegetarian Museum Exhibit

Posted on 2017/5/4 19:34:55 ( 400 reads )


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, April 30, 2017: Chicago is home to museums centered around art, science, nature, children's interests, various ethnic groups, broadcast communications and even surgical science. It can now add the vegetarian/vegan movement to the list. Chicago resident Kay Stepkin created what is believed to be the first museum of its type in the country and likely in the world. The idea for the National Vegetarian Museum surfaced for her about three years ago after she appeared on a local radio show to discuss the history of the vegetarian movement in Chicago.The appearance went so well that Stepkin was asked to speak to other groups around the city, which forced her to dig deeper into the history to be better prepared. That research prompted the idea of the museum. "I knew if I didn't know about our history, neither did anyone else," she said.

Using a private donation of $90,000, Stepkin, with the help of a museum consultant, created a traveling multi-panel and video exhibit that is currently making month long appearances at various public libraries around the city. The exhibit will remain on the city's South Side at the Avalon library through the middle of May 18 and then reopen later the same day at the West Belmont library branch. Stepkin hopes to find a permanent location for the exhibit by February and come up with a long-term funding plan. She also would like to send traveling versions around the country tailored for individual cities and/or organizations.

More of this interesting history at "source" above

Also, the video A Brief History of Vegetarianism - Presented by the National Vegetarian Museum can be viewed here:

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/4 19:34:44 ( 363 reads )


Let there be no neglect of the duties to the Gods and the fathers. Be one to whom the mother is a God. Be one to whom the father is a God. Be one to whom the teacher is a God. Be one to whom the guest is a God.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, 1.11.1

Iconic Hindu Temple Reopens after $2.3 Million Upgrade

Posted on 2017/5/1 19:36:16 ( 666 reads )


KLANG, MALAYSIA, May 1, 2017 (The Star): After eight years of major upgrading works, the iconic Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple has reopened its doors to the public. The cost of the renovation was about US$2.3 million. To mark the special occasion, a grand kumbhabishegam (consecration ceremony) was held there. The kumbhabishegam ritual is important for a new Hindu temple and is done every 12 years. In the case of Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple, it marks its grand opening again.

Thousands of devotees and visitors congregated at the site. The temple's priest led the prayer ceremony which saw a helicopter sprinkling holy water in the air, much to the delight of the boisterous crowd. The temple, which was built in 1890, is said to be the only one in Malaysia made of granite. It is one of the oldest Vaishnavite houses of worship in South-East Asia and also one of the very few temples outside India to have a separate sanctum for Lord Shaniswara.

Magnificent Rato Machhindranath Chariot Procession Kicks Off

Posted on 2017/5/1 19:36:06 ( 426 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, April 30, 2017 (Kathmandu Post): While the country witnessed many political turn of events on Sunday, the centuries-old religious tradition of chariot procession dedicated to Rato Machhindranath commenced in Lalitpur on Sunday. The chariot procession that began from Pulchok in Lalitpur will conclude after a month when the chariot crosses the Bungamati River in Lalitpur. Another festival called Bhoto Jatra will be held on the day of its conclusion.

The festival saw the hundreds of jovial participants who enthusiastically pulled the chariot made of a large wooden edifice of about 65 ft. in height and 15 ft. in diameter--upholding the culture and tradition. The chariot houses various reincarnations of Rato Machhindranath, also known as Rain God, and other Hindu Deities.

Excellent chariot and festival photos at "source" above.

10 Most Famous Hindu Temples in America

Posted on 2017/5/1 19:35:56 ( 615 reads )


UNITED STATES, April 21, 2017 (Insider Monkey by Vana Filipovski): America, having in mind just the USA, has a Hindu population of around 2.69 million according to statistics from 2008. According to OWLIB Web Directory there are 254 Hindu temples in total in the USA. States in which you can visit them are listed by alphabet: Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Out of 254 Hindu temples in the USA, we selected 10 most famous. How? Simply, we browsed the Internet and picked the most frequently mentioned on similar lists. The list includes: The Shiva Vishnu Temple in South Florida; Sri Venkateswara Temple in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Illinois; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston, Texas; Ganesh Temple in Flushing, New York; Vraj Hindu Temple in Pennsylvania; Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Maryland; Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta; and The Akshardham Temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

View photos and short videos at "source" above.

Meet Paula Narvaez, Government General Secretariat Minister in Chile.

Posted on 2017/5/1 19:35:45 ( 564 reads )


CHILE, April 30, 2017 (HPI translated from Spanish): "I believe in God and believe in Goddesses, and in the intelligence of the universe. An energy that transcends us. And yes, I have faith," says Paula Narvaez, Government General Secretariat minister in Chile, in an interview with her that was recently published in Chile's top women's magazine, coincidentally named Paula. A portion of the interview continues:

Reporter: A necklace with an "Om" accompanies you almost daily.
Paula: It is a necklace that I sent for when I returned from India, where I went to study English and look for a different cultural order that defied my Western mind, which is so formatted by truths that we take for granted. I needed to see the world from another perspective. India, and the East in general, gives that possibility. It seems super important as part of one's development to go to a place where you do not know anyone, where nobody speaks your language, where you have no references, where you are a completely anonymous and see what happens there. Realizing that one is nobody in the universe allows all things to fit together in a more sensible, more proportionate, less dramatic way. India delivers that to you immediately.

Reporter: What is your relationship with the Hindu Temple of Santiago?
Paula: When I returned from India, marked by that experience, I wanted to continue cultivating the things that I learned there and I found this center that is now in Alcantara and before it was in Nunoa. One day I knocked on the door, I took off my shoes and Mahraj Ravi Kewlani made me come in, he told me that he came to Chile with his family and I started to participate in some ceremonies with them. Every so often I go back, we converse over some real chai tea and I have the presence of Ganesha.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/1 19:35:35 ( 273 reads )


Stop dreaming that you are just an ordinary mortal, constantly going through mental ups and downs. No matter what happens, remember always that you are made in the true image of Spirit.
-- Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), disciple of Sri Yukteswar

Himalaya's Hidden Gem: Pilgrimage to Karthik Swami Temple

Posted on 2017/4/30 19:50:00 ( 456 reads )


INDIA, April 30, 2017 (Hindustan Times): Not far from the road to the Kedarnath pilgrimage lies the relatively unknown temple of Karthik Swami above the town of Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand. The site sits at an altitude of over 10,000 feet offering a unique panorama of Garhwal's majestic Himalayan peaks. Each year while hundreds of pilgrims throng the Char Dham yatra routes, locals make their way to this revered temple to seek blessings from the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya. Kanak Chauri village, about 18 miles from Rudraprayag is the last road-connected village from where devotees hike about 2 miles to reach the top of the hill where the shrine resides.

Colorful slide show at "source" above.

Also, a beautiful panorama of the Kartik Swami Temple can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/2oO9tQm

Hindu Temple Vandalized in Pakistan

Posted on 2017/4/30 19:49:03 ( 319 reads )


KARACHI, PAKISTAN, April 29, 2017 (Daily Excelsior): A Hindu temple in Pakistan has been vandalized in the southern Sindh province and a case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered against three unidentified persons, police said today. Police said statues of Deities were damaged and some of the broken parts were found in a nearby sewerage line. The incident occurred yesterday in Thatta district's Gharo town.

Local Hindu councillor Lal Meheshwri said that he had been working late at the temple for a monthly religious service. "Someone seems to have entered the temple between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. When worshippers came in the morning for prayers, the statues were missing. This is the first time that that such a thing has happened in the temple's history," he was quoted by the report.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/4/30 19:48:42 ( 299 reads )


Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that would mean there is a place where God is not and there are sins which exceed His love.
-- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), first Vice President of India

100,000 Devotees Expected at Malaysian Temple Consecration Ceremony on Sunday

Posted on 2017/4/29 19:09:10 ( 464 reads )


KLANG, MALAYSIA, April 28, 2017 (Malaysian Digest): The Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple, which is the first Hindu temple in Malaysia to be built from granite blocks, will be consecrated in a historic ceremony expected to draw over 100,000 worshippers on Sunday. Temple president S. Ananda Krishna said the temple underwent a US$2.3 million reconstruction and renovation works which took eight years.

"The ceremony this Sunday is seen as symbolic as it marks the start of the temple as a tourist attraction for Klang and Malaysia," he told reporters here. Ananda Krishna said the temple is unique as the fine carvings on the granite slabs were specially designed by skilled craftsmen from India. The Klang Sundararaja Perumal Temple, originally built in 1890, is among the oldest Vaishnavite temple in Southeast Asia and the first temple in the country to receive the ISO 9001:2008 certification for efficient administration.

US Report Says Bangladesh Minorities are Terrified

Posted on 2017/4/29 19:09:00 ( 403 reads )


BANGLADESH, April 28, 2017 (Dhaka Tribune): A sharp spike in attacks, particularly on religious minorities and foreigners, in recent months in Bangladesh has heightened the sense of fear among different religious groups in the country, says a report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The attacks on religious minorities, particularly the Hindus, were either claimed by extremist groups - Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Ansar al-Islam, and Islamic State - or were attributed to them.

The USCIRF made a number of recommendations to the US including providing technical assistance and encourage Bangladesh to further develop its national counter-terrorism strategy. It also suggests urging Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and government officials to "frequently and publicly denounce religiously divisive language and acts of religiously motivated violence and harassment."

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