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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/26 20:22:54 ( 536 reads )


The fragrance of the flower is never borne against the breeze, but the fragrance of human virtues diffuses itself everywhere.
-- Ramayana

Hindu Community Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Temple with Trudeau

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:40 ( 968 reads )


TORONTO, CANADA, July 24, 2017 (CBC News): Thousands from the Hindu community in Toronto and beyond turned out Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of an iconic temple that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders." The celebration of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, temple, located in Etobicoke, also saw His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj be given a key to the city of Toronto by Mayor John Troy. Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth spiritual guru of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).

"I am honored to recognize his Holiness' global and Toronto-based humanitarian, charitable, and community-building efforts through BAPS Charities Canada," Mayor Tory said in a press release. "His Holiness' great contributions have enriched Toronto." Spokesperson Nilesh Mehta says it took 6,000 tons of marble and stone, mined in Italy and Turkey, and 1,500 people to hand-carve the pieces, which were then assembled in Canada with the help of hundreds of volunteers. "That tells you something about the Indo-Canadian community, that Canada is our home. When you put up a building that's going to stand there for 1,000 years, that means we're here to stay."

Trudeau, in Kurta-Pyjama, Does Aarti at Hindu Temple and Hails India-Canada Ties

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:30 ( 757 reads )


TORONTO, CANADA, July 23, 2017 (Hindustan Times): Clad in emerald green kurta and white pyjamas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performed pooja at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto and said how deeply Canada values the "special" relationship with India. "The relationship between our two countries is truly a special one. It's a relationship our government and our ministers both deeply value and actively cultivate," Trudeau said at an event to celebrate the temple's 10th anniversary, which was attended by more than 7,500 devotees. He said he wanted to "recognize the importance of the bond between Canada and India. The more than one million Canadians of Indian origin have made countless contributions to our national fabric."

Trudeau, who started his remarks with "Jai Swaminarayan" and then a "kemcho" ["How are you? in Gujarati], said the temple perfectly represents "modern, diverse Canada." In fact, he pointed out, as travellers arrive at Canada's largest airport, Toronto's Pearson International, this temple is among the first landmarks they see. He pointed out that the temple, which was constructed without the use of steel, was built "according to principles outlined in ancient Hindu scripture. It is without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders with its intricate stone and wood carvings."

Participants Sought for Hindu Youth Survey

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:19 ( 1071 reads )

KAUAI, HAWAII, July 24, 2017 (HPI): Hinduism Today is preparing a story on the religious views of today's youth raised by Hindu parents, including those who no longer consider themselves particularly religious.

We're prepared a questionnaire in google forms to get a general idea of what each believes, and this is intended to explore a range of religious belief and non-belief. The questionnaire will be followed up by telephone/skype interviews for selected participants.

If you're interested in participating--and you can do so either with your name and photo being published, or anonymously--contact Acharya Arumuganathaswami, manager editor, ar@hindu.org. Youth from any country in the world may participate.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/24 19:41:09 ( 516 reads )


A Swiss devotee visited Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), the sage of Arunachala. She was disturbed from having a vision of Siva. "Is He not the Destroyer?" she asked. The mystic replied, "Yes, He is the destroyer of sorrows. Siva is the embodiment of auspiciousness." -- Ramana Maharishi

Devotees Throng Pashupatinath Temple to Pay Obeisance to Lord Shiva

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:47:01 ( 1308 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, July 19, 2017 (Google News): Thousands of pilgrims and locals queued up as early as 2 o'clock on Monday morning in the auspicious Shravan month to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred temples for the devotees of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is the ruling Deity of Monday and the Mondays of Shravan month are even more auspicious as the event of Samudra Mathan--churning of the ocean--took place in the Shravan month when Lord Shiva displayed his might by consuming all the poison that came out of it. Short video can be viewed at "source."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:46:50 ( 849 reads )


Peace has three dimensions. Peace within ourselves, peace among nations and peace with nature.
-- Dada J.P. Vaswani, head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Upgrade for Iconic Nadi Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:53 ( 906 reads )


FIJI, July 12, 2017 (Fiji Sun): The Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam has approved capital projects of US$247,000 for the upgrade and beautification of the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple in Nadi. This was agreed by the council of management during its meeting on Sunday in Nasinu. In June 2018 the Temple will celebrate its 24th Anniversary with the Maha Kumbabhishekam Pooja, and the capital works are part of this auspicious occasion.

The Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple is one of the largest Hindu Temples in the Southern Hemisphere and a landmark for the town of Nadi. Jai Narayan, chief executive officer of TISI Sangam said, Sangam's upgrade of the Temple fits in well with Nadi's efforts to become a city and beautify the township. He said the council of management is very appreciative of the efforts of the Temple Board as the full expenditure for the project is self-funded.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:43 ( 824 reads )


When I think of myself as a body, I am your servant, my Lord; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.
-- Lord Hanuman in the epic Ramayana

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:21 ( 0 reads )

Nearly 6000 Acres of Temple Land Retrieved in Last 6 Years

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:11 ( 2882 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, July 15, 2017 (Times of India): Thousands of acres of land belonging to temples across Tamil Nadu continues to be in the name of private persons. The state government has recovered 5559 acres of such lands owned by 789 temples in the last six years. This vast acreage is 1/10th the size of Coimbatore city. It has been restored and registered in the name of temples now. The land is worth (US) tens of millions of dollars, officials said.

Documents tabled in the assembly on Friday show that vast areas of temple land transferred to private persons as pattas [deeds, or record of land ownership] were wrongly transferred during the implementation of the Updating Registry Scheme (UDR). To rectify this and get the pattas back in the name of Hindu Religious Institutions, two District Revenue Officers (DROs) have been posted as special officers at Madurai and Coimbatore, the government said. This is an ongoing process and steps are being taken across the state to restore temple lands, a senior HR and CE official said.

HPI note: In India, temples are legally in the name of the Deity, eg, "Siva Nataraja." In this scheme, a person with the name "Siva Nataraja" would file to have the deed fraudulently issued to him under the UDR .

California Can't Duck Hindu Students' Claim of Educational Bias

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:00 ( 2912 reads )


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, July 14, 2017 (Courthouse News): A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming California treats Hinduism unfavorably compared to other religions in its public education standards and framework. In refusing to dismiss one of four claims against the state, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer cited a student's letter detailing how sixth graders were divided into castes and told the unfair system was derived from Hinduism. "[W]e know that social hierarchies have existed in all societies, so why is Hinduism singled out with such [a] negative portrayal?" the student asked in her letter, submitted as a public comment when the state was drafting new standards last year.

California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials, a group that promotes the accurate portrayal of Hinduism in schools, and three Hindu parents suing on behalf of their children filed their lawsuit in February. They claim the state Board of Education adopted recommendations from an anti-Hindu group of history teachers called the South Asia Faculty Group when it drafted new education standards and frameworks in July 2016. Breyer refused to dismiss a claim that the educational standards violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but he dismissed three other claims alleging violations of due process, free exercise of religion, and equal protection under the law.

More at "source" above on this historic case.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:32:49 ( 2734 reads )


It is Divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts. Your duty is to treat everybody, including yourself, as a manifestation of the Lord.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Federal Court Rules Lawsuit Challenging California Curriculum's Unconstitutional Denigration of Hinduism Will Move Forward

Posted on 2017/7/14 19:05:29 ( 864 reads )


FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, July 14, 2017 (press release): Yesterday afternoon, United States District Court Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco issued an order denying part of California state officials' motion to dismiss the complaint brought by California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM) and three parents of California schoolchildren that challenges the unconstitutional denigration of Hinduism in the state's Curriculum Standards and Framework.

State officials sought dismissal of all four of the constitutional claims and the Court granted the dismissal of three of them. The claim that the curriculum violates the First Amendment's command that government cannot denigrate a religion will go forward. The Court held that "the allegations [in the Complaint] support a reasonable inference that a reasonable and informed sixth grader would consider the content of the Standards and the Framework to have a primary effect of conveying a message of disapproval of Hinduism."

Glenn Katon, the attorney for CAPEEM and the parents, was pleased that they would be able to proceed to gather additional evidence and prove that the State's inferior treatment of Hinduism violates the First Amendment. "The Court's ruling that we have stated a valid constitutional claim is an important step toward getting the State to treat Hinduism with the same care and dignity that its curriculum gives to other faiths."

"The Court's acknowledgment of the harm the current curriculum does to Hindu children is very important to us," said Arvind Kumar, a Director for CAPEEM. "We're hopeful this case will lead to changes that will prevent that harm from continuing."

The Court's decision can be found here, http://capeem.us14.list-manage.com/tr ... d=8b34abb148&e=78ba8b4c15

For media inquiries, contact Glenn Katon at media@capeem.org or (510) 463-3350.

Colombia Recognizes Roma People as Ethnic Minority Group

Posted on 2017/7/14 19:05:19 ( 722 reads )


BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, July 11, 2017 (CGTN America): According to some estimates, 11 million people worldwide consider themselves of the ethnic group known as "Roma." [The Roma or Gypsies are originally from India.] In Colombia the Roma are trying to preserve their culture and traditions as they make their home there. According to a 2005 government census, there are nearly 5,000 Roma living in Colombia. The Colombian Roma organization said that number has exceeded 8,000. In 1999, the Colombian government officially recognized the Roma people as one of the country's ethnic minority groups, so they can access educational, health and legal benefits.

Sixty-eight-year-old Jairo Demetrio, vice president of Union Romani, and his family are Roma living in Colombia. His parents came here from Russia and Greece in the 1940s, fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. A humble and simple life is how the Demetrio family defines Roma life. They are artisans who work with metals and coppers. At home they speak the Romani language (related to Hindi). Jairo said the majority of the Roma people living in Colombia no longer lead the nomadic life for which they're known. While a new generation pursues higher education and new careers, these families try to keep Roma traditions alive.

Short video at "source" above.

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