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Kullu Religious Body Decides to Continue with Animal Sacrifice Despite High Court Ban
Posted on 2014/9/29 18:51:10 ( 800 reads )

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INDIA, September 26, 2014 (Indian Express): Less than a month after the Himachal Pradesh High Court banned animal sacrifice at religious places during fairs and festivals, the caretakers of the Deities, at their rare congregation, decided to continue with the age-old tradition.

The development has created a piquant situation for law enforcing agencies, which had earlier told the caretakers' body that High Court orders would be enforced strictly to stop animal sacrifice of any sort. Its immediate effect will be in Kullu Dussehra on October 3 wherein animal sacrifice is part of the rituals.

The Dharam Sansad witnessed an overwhelming presence of representatives of the local Deities. "Just in one voice every caretaker of the 260 Deities spoke of upholding of the tradition and appealed the High Court to reconsider the order on ban as it goes against the accepted traditions and customs approved by supreme deities", said Maheshwar Singh, an erstwhile raja of Kullu, who is chief kardar (caretaker) of Lord Raghunath.

Dot Ram Thakur, president of Dev Samaj, made it clear at the Dharam Sansad that animal sacrifice is an important part of the religious beliefs in the area since ages. He said, "There cannot be changes in the tradition as it is the order of the Gods and people have to follow. No religious festival will be completed if animal sacrifice is not carried out." [The sacrificed animals are taken home and eaten by the devotees.]

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Indonesian Puppetry and a Festival of West Javanese Culture Come to Freer/Sackler
Posted on 2014/9/29 18:51:04 ( 671 reads )

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WASHINGTON D.C., September 26, 2014 (Washington Post): Epic narrative. Exquisite music. Spirited humor. And puppets. The performing-art form wayang golek has it all, says Kathy Foley, a scholar and master puppeteer who is deeply versed in this brand of theater, traditional to the Sundanese culture of West Java, Indonesia.

Wayang golek could be likened to "a combination of what we would think of as opera, Shakespeare and popular stand-up comedy," with dance (by puppets) and some "high philosophical wisdom" thrown in, says Foley, a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She was speaking by phone in the lead-up to "The Miraculous Birth of Hanuman, the Monkey King," the wayang golek production in which she's scheduled to perform at the Freer Gallery of Art on Oct. 4.

The show, which dramatizes an episode from Hindu mythology, also will feature gamelan musicians from the Indonesian College of the Arts in the city of Bandung. It's all part of "Performing Indonesia: Music, Dance and Theater From West Java," a two-day festival being presented by the Smithsonian's Freer/Arthur M. Sackler galleries and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

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Calling All Young Writers: Announcing HAF's 6th Annual NextGen Essay Contest
Posted on 2014/9/29 18:50:58 ( 557 reads )

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WASHINGTON D.C., September 4, 2014 (HAF): ) The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) announces its sixth annual NextGen Essay Contest, open to writers ages 14 through 27. As HAF continues its efforts to build a credible Hindu American voice, it is also working to ensure the voices of future Hindu American leaders are heard. The NextGen Essay Contest was established in 2009 to engage the youth and to continue to emphasize the importance of a Hindu American identity.

Submissions should address an issue relating to Green Living. Green Living is a hot topic these days. From eating only organic to biking to work to composting, and a growing interest in productive, yet sustainable farming, people around the globe, including researchers, are trying to find ways to live in greater harmony with the Earth. The Contest Deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014. For more details see source above.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/29 18:50:52 ( 515 reads )

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I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and acceptance. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites who came to Southern India in the very year in which their holy temple was destroyed by Romans. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the last of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I, my friends, am a Hindu.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrisha

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Navratri Mandals in Mumbai Provide Wi-Fi to Feature on Social Media
Posted on 2014/9/28 17:04:04 ( 602 reads )

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MUMBAI, INDIA, September 26, 2014 (Hindustan Times): Every festive season, cultural events take the city by storm. Now, to ensure that the buzz and excitement spreads on social media as well, mandals across the city are providing Wi-Fi connections in their venues this year. This new trend can be attributed to the fact that young visitors to the mandals are fond of clicking selfies against a festive backdrop, and Wi-Fi connections allow them to promptly upload the photos on to social networking sites. This, in turn, translates into publicity for the mandals, say organizers.

While the recently concluded 10-day Ganeshotsav saw several decorative pandals equipped with high-speed Internet for the first time, even sprawling garba grounds are now offering the facility. "Mandals these days have a website, social media pages and mobile apps, but these are not enough. There is tremendous marketing opportunity in people liking and sharing photos or status updates about us on social media. That happens when visitors upload photos such as selfies on sites, or share them on messaging groups. Free Wi-Fi comes in handy then," said Ganesh Naidu, president of Naidu Club, which is celebrating the nine-day Navratri festival at Kora Kendra, Borivli (West).

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Understanding Navaratri
Posted on 2014/9/28 17:03:58 ( 593 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, September 26, 2014 (National Council of Hindu Temples UK): Hindu spiritual philosophy suggests that the Universe and everything therein that we can see and feel, is Feminine (creative and dynamic) in nature. Further we humans can "connect" with this aspect of the Universe by connecting with its highest expression i.e. Energy (called Shakti), its next largest local form (the Earth) followed by its next highest form, the human form i.e. especially the female form. Energetic expression is a feature of the Navratri festival which involves energetic dance, cooking, rituals, light and color - all very exuberant and dynamic.

At the Festival of Navratri, Hindus celebrate the Divine feminine in 9 different forms, navdurga individually and on consecutive nights. There are two elements which are critical to all of the activities in the festival - Energetic dynamic expressions throughout the day and deep contemplation and meditation throughout the night - exuberantly connecting with the outer world during the day and tranquilly connecting with the inner world during the night are core features of the festival.

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Popular Swami from Europe Visiting Mexico
Posted on 2014/9/28 17:03:52 ( 602 reads )

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, September 28, 2014: Swami Satyananda Saraswati will be visiting Mexico City, September 25th to November 30th, 2014. He'll be giving talks in Spanish, a meditation seminar and presenting his new book, El Hinduismo. He'll also be appearing at the Encuentro Nacional de Yoga conference to speak about the HIndu Roots of Yoga. More info:

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Dalai Lama Says India a Model of Religious Harmony
Posted on 2014/9/28 17:03:46 ( 519 reads )

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INDIA, September 20, 2014 (Hindustan Times): The Dalai Lama says the enduring harmony between India's many religions is proof to the world that different communities can live peacefully and solve problems together.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader has lived for decades in exile in India's Himalayan foothill city of Dharamsala, after fleeing China after a failed 1959 uprising. He said Saturday that "India is the only country where all major world religions live together, not only in modern time, but over 1,000 years."

The Dalai Lama was speaking to leaders from nine religious groups invited for two days of meetings to mull some of India's biggest problems, including poverty, attacks on women, environmental degradation and communal violence. He stressed that there was no justification for fighting in the name of faith, calling it "unthinkable."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/28 17:03:40 ( 489 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

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Ninth Hindu Mandir Executives Conference Concludes
Posted on 2014/9/27 16:53:15 ( 507 reads )

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA, September 26, 2014 (HMEC): Over 200 adult and youth delegates representing over 85 Mandirs (Temples) and Hindu organizations, from across the world, attended the ninth annual Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference (HMEC) that was held from September 19 through 21, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The 9th HMEC was co-hosted by a record 47 Hindu temples and Hindu organizations from across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The theme of the conference was: "The Role of Temples in Hindu Education."

Mandir issues were at the forefront of the discussion. The Hindu community in North America has always sought effective ways to deal with the challenges of a Western / American society. The participants discussed how the temples, through community involvement, can contribute to the American society in many ways such as, coping with and reducing stressful situations through traditional practices, and by referrals to the right resources available via local city, county, and federal agencies.

A special session was dedicated to teaching Hinduism in Universities. With the increasing academic awareness of Hinduism, many universities and colleges offer courses on the subject which are often taught by non-Hindu practitioners. This session was aimed at gaining an understanding of the perspective and experiences of the professors. Swami Sadasivanatha Palaniswami of Hinduism Today presented practical proposals on the topic of "Mandirs' Educational Model."

For more information on HMEC visit www.myhmec.com.

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Navaratri Fast, a Nine Day Observance begins in Trinadad and Tobago
Posted on 2014/9/27 16:53:09 ( 642 reads )

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, September 24, 2014 ( by Paras Ramoutar for HPI): Religious leaders see the urgent need to enrich society by enhancing cosmic values aimed at fighting injustice and spiritual decay that haunt mankind. Hindus believe that special oblation, penance, meditation, devotion and prayers to their goddesses will provide a new manifestation for a spiritually-charged humanity. This spiritual environment is long overdue. All mandirs and other places of worship will hold special religious services in honor of the Goddesses during the period. This observance is called Nau Raatri (Navaratri--Nine Nights) and is dedicated to the worship of Maha Shakti, according to Pundit Ramesh Tiwari, spiritual leader of the Edinburgh Hindu Temple. "Shakti means energy or power, and the universe is an expression of the Divine Energy," he added. During these nine-days and nights, the Feminine Aspect of God in the Form of Mother Durga, Mother Lakshmi and Mother Saraswati is extolled and revered.

Prior to the commencement of this observance, Hindus will have cleansed their homes and bodies from all alcoholic, meats or any forms of merriment. Nau Raatri is considered as one of the most holy periods in the Hindu calendar as it not only celebrate special obeisance to the Hindu Goddesses, but it is an opportunity to give, reverence and honor to one's earthly mother. It is a very serious period for not only Hindu women, but for all women, as these Goddesses, according to the various scriptural texts, become easily accessible to mankind. Hindus believe if one shows true affection, devotion and love to one's mother, then blessings from the Heavenly Mothers will be assured.

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RSS Spending $82,000 to 'Re-Convert' 1,000 Families to Hinduism Every Month
Posted on 2014/9/27 16:53:03 ( 753 reads )

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LUCKNOW, INDIA, September 20, 2014 (Bhaskar News): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is spending close to US$82,000 every month to 're-convert 1,000 people to the Hindu religion. The organisation is spending close to $13,000 to $16,500 in Western UP alone as part of its Dharam Jagaran campaign.

"It takes an expense of $82 to re-convert a single family. A team of 100 workers is working round the clock and spreading awareness among the people about the pitfalls of religious conversion," said Dharam Jagaran's Western UP in-charge Rajeshwar Singh. These family members are then counselled by volunteers for re-conversion to Hinduism.

[For comparision, a 1989 Hinduism Today article, "The Big Business of Evangelizing," (http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/ ... ction/item.php?itemid=598) estimated from Christian reports that the cost of converting 177,000 Hindus over a period of ten years, from 1970 to 1980, was US$100 million, or almost $6,000 each.]

A volunteer from Shahjahanpur explained that once a family gets ready for re-conversion, the volunteers bear the expenses of their affidavit and other paperwork. A shudhi-yagya (purification ritual) is performed once the initial paperwork is complete. A public function is organised to ensure the re-converted family is accepted into the society.

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Warning: The 21st Century May Get a Lot More Crowded than Previously Thought.
Posted on 2014/9/27 16:52:56 ( 431 reads )

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U.S., September 18, 2014 (National Geographic): In a paper published Thursday in Science, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude that instead of leveling off in the second half of the 21st century, as the UN predicted less than a decade ago, the world's population will continue to grow beyond 2100.

And for the first time, through the use of a "probabilistic" statistical method, the Science paper establishes a range of uncertainty around its central estimate - 9.6 billion Earthlings in 2050, 10.9 billion by 2100. There's an 80 percent chance, the authors conclude, that the actual number of people in 2100 will be somewhere between 9.6 and 12.3 billion.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria uses a different method to calculate probable population, however, both groups foresee India becoming the world's most populous country, with its numbers peaking around 2070 and declining to around 1.5 or 1.6 billion by 2100.

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Sanskrit Slokas at Buckingham Palace
Posted on 2014/9/27 16:52:50 ( 683 reads )

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ENGLAND, September 24, 2015 (YouTube): Charming video at source of British Schoolchildren chanting Vedic Mantras in 2010.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/27 16:52:43 ( 370 reads )

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The sages, being filled with universal love for all beings, did not want to keep their enlightenment to themselves. They declared to all: "O mortals, striving and struggling upon this Earth plane, weeping, wailing, buffeted by the vicissitudes of life: we have come upon a great discovery. There is something beyond these appearances, these vanishing names and forms that go to make up this universe. There is something beyond, which is the very source and support of all these objects of the phenomenal world. Why do you search in vain for happiness outside? Come, come, happiness resides within."
-- Swami Chidananda (1916-2008), president of Divine Life Society

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