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Himachal Police Alert Interpol, Immigration Authorities after Statue Theft http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/himachal-police-alerts-interpol-immigration-authorities-after-idol-theft/
Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:51 ( 636 reads )




There is still a sense of disbelief and shock in Kullu about the theft as the police suspect involvement of some persons who had information about lack of security at the temple during the night hours.

Maheshwar Singh, sitting MLA and Chief kardar (servant ) of Lord Raghunath - which is a presiding Deity of historic Kullu Dussehra - had claimed that the burglars have adopted the same modus operandi as they did in January 2014 when an aborted attempt was made to steal the statue.

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CORRECTION: NEXT ISSUE TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 15TH.
Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:45 ( 637 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, December 9, 2014 (by the editors of Hinduism Today): We made a premature announcement yesterday! The January, 2015, issue of Hinduism Today goes live on-line in five days, on December 15th. So stand by....

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/10 16:36:39 ( 709 reads )

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O Mother! Let all my speech be your prayer; let all my crafts and technology be your worship and be the mystic gestures of my hand, adorning you. May all my movements become your devotional circumambulations. May everything I eat or drink be oblations to you. Let my lying down in rest and sleep be prostrations to you. Mother! Whatever I do, may all that become a sacramental service and worship for you.
-- Adi Sankaracharya's 'Hymn to the Divine Mother'

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Himachal Temples House Gold and Silver Worth $29 million
Posted on 2014/12/9 16:50:22 ( 1182 reads )

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DHARAMSALA, INDIA, December 6, 2014 (Free Press Journal): Gold and silver worth approx. US$29 million is in the possession of 29 prominent government-controlled Hindu temples in Himachal Pradesh, Revenue Minister Kaul Singh said in the state assembly Saturday.

The government will sign an agreement with the public sector Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) for purification of 1,000 lbs. of gold and 35,000 lbs. of silver gifted to the temples, he said. Replying to a question, he said the total worth of the gold at the current market price is $20.5 million, while the worth of the silver is $8.4 million.

Ten percent of the gold can be used for various activities related to the temples, 20 percent can be invested in the State Bank of India's gold bond scheme, 20 percent in reserve of the temples, while the remaining 50 percent will be minted for souvenirs, including coins and the mementoes for sale.

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Hinduism Today's January-February-March 2015 Released.
Posted on 2014/12/9 16:50:15 ( 749 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, December 9, 2014 (by the editors of Hinduism Today): This issue, taking you around the Hindu world, begins in exotic Java and then travels to a grand festival in Nepal then pauses to see the West's largest Hindu temple complex now being built inNew Jersey before taking off for to Southern India to meet a masterful, traditional sculptor of Deities. In these pages you will visit a dazzling Krishna museum in Kurukshetra, then enter Japan for a report on Hindu Deities that immigrated there and became part of the culture centuries ago.

This issue also explores the role of women and the Vedas in ancient India. You'll find an illuminating 11-page comparison & contrast article on the core beliefs of the world's twelve major religions -- a truly rare and valuable resource for thinking, sensitive people in an age of growing pluralism.

Page 47 presents an contemporary piece by a young writer on how to NOT alienate the youth at your temple, but engage them instead. This advice cries out to be known, thought deeply about, shared, discussed and applied. We hope many temple elders will read it.

A devotee offers her moving testimonial on how the guru, even when he is far away, can inspire families and individuals their whole life long, and give them the security that he will always be there to help and guide, through thick and thin.

And there is more: an inspired writing by the publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, on the key practices of Hinduism and how we can make them work to lead us to our life's goals.

The title of a page from the Agamas, "I Am the Supreme Self," says it all. Here is the ultimate teaching of all teachings, that of the Self, the knowledge passed on since time immemorial about the true, divine, magnificent-beyond-words nature of each one of us, the goal of us all, our destiny wherein all human longings and aspirations converge in perfect and total fulfillment.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/9 16:50:00 ( 844 reads )

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There are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech. Silence prepares, speech creates. The strength of noise and activity is great. But infinite is the strength of stillness and silence, in which great forces prepare for action. To be capable of silence, stillness and illuminated passivity is to be fit for immortality.
-- Sri Aurobindo (1879-1950)

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Timeline of Hinduism in America
Posted on 2014/12/8 18:14:41 ( 778 reads )

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUCETTS, December 4, 2014 (Harvard University): The Pluralism Project at Harvard University was created to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources. It is a two-decade-long research program to engage students in studying the new religious diversity in the United States.

The Hinduism in America Timeline begins in the 1780's when trade is started between India and America and ends in 2012 when the first Hindu American, Tulsi Gabbard, is elected to Congress.

According to the timeline, in 1820-70 Ralph Waldo Emerson discovered Hindu thought as an undergraduate at Harvard. In 1893 Hindus at the World's Parliament of Religions presented their teaching to American audiences. Immediately afterward Swami Vivekananda toured America. In 1920 Paramahansa Yogananda becomes the first Hindu Vedanta and yoga teacher to settle in the U.S. In 1957 Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami established the Palaniswami Temple in San Francisco, CA which was the first Hindu temple in North America performing traditional deity worship.

More of the interesting 100 entries at source.

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Yoga Portraits to Deepen Your Practice
Posted on 2014/12/8 18:14:35 ( 736 reads )

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MYSORE, INDIA, December 5, 2014 (Huffington Post): "I have found my best work comes in the form of 'environmental portraits'," photographer Christine Hewitt writes on her website, "where I am able to capture the subject and their surroundings in a fine balance of aesthetic appeal, visual interest and storytelling."

Now, she's combining that aesthetic storytelling with a good cause. In her first-annual Yogic Photos Calendar for Charity, she's showcasing powerful portraits shot around Mysore, India -- and all of the proceeds help bring much-needed resources to local underprivileged families. All of the people in the photographs are yoga students who have come to Mysore to study.

To view a selection of the somewhat strange calendar shots see source.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/8 18:14:24 ( 641 reads )

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I loved my motherland dearly before I went to America and England. After my return, every particle of dust of this land seems sacred to me.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

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Attacks on Hindu Temples in Pakistan, a Worrying Trend
Posted on 2014/12/4 18:29:31 ( 965 reads )

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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, December 3, 2014 (Times of India): A Hindu temple was attacked by fanatics in Pakistan, the temple was torched, the stone Deity of Lord Hanuman blackened with soot, and some religious books burnt. This attack on November 21, in the Tando Mohammad Khan area in Sindh, and reported in the Dawn newspaper, is however, not a one-off incident in a country where such attacks are increasingly turning out to be the rule, rather than an exception. In a similar attack March 28 this year, a small Hindu temple was torched near Fateh Chowk in Hyderabad, Sindh, triggering widespread protests by the Hindu community. Only a couple of weeks before that, a dharamshala, or a pilgrims' rest-house, was set ablaze and some statues of Hindu deities in an adjacent temple in Larkana were damaged

With a population of around seven million, Hindus form the largest religious minority group in Pakistan, which, at 195 million, is the second largest Muslim nation in the world after Indonesia. The arson attacks on Hindu temples and other incidents of religious intolerance have made the Hindu community in Pakistan nervous, according to media here. "As a last resort, we have decided to migrate to India," a Dawn report in November quoted a Hindu man in Sindh as saying. "We are completely insecure here. We are looted, but our voice is not heard by the people in the saddle, our temples are attacked in broad daylight, but no one takes action, our girls are kidnapped and forcibly converted only to hear more empty promises of justice," he said. "Nothing happened in the last 65 years and we don't expect any improvement in future. Things will only become worse," he added.

Following this attack, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the setting up of a national commission on minorities to promote religious tolerance and harmony in the country, in accordance with the June 19 Supreme Court judgment on rights of minority communities.

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India: Gem Trader Funds "Mass Fatherless Wedding"
Posted on 2014/12/4 18:29:25 ( 902 reads )

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INDIA, December 1, 2014 (BBC): Businessman Mahesh Savani hosted a mass wedding for 111 couples near the city of Surat, in the western state of Gujarat, the NDTV website reports. All of the women came from humble backgrounds and had lost their fathers, so wouldn't have been able to finance the nuptials themselves, the website says. On top of paying for the ceremony, Mr. Savani, who describes himself as a foster father to the women, also shelled out gifts worth up to US$7300 for each of them. "We gave them gold and silver ornaments, utensils, electronics items, clothes and all the expenses related to marriage," he says. He's also committed to paying for "post-marriage expenses," including maternity costs.

Mass marriages are common in India as a way of cutting down on costs for poorer couples. Mr. Savani says he began funding weddings several years ago, after an employee died 12 days before he was due to marry off his two daughters. "I do not ask for any donations for the mass marriage. This is my endeavor, as there is nothing more pious than giving away a daughter in marriage," he was quoted as saying in The Times of India.

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India Aims to Rebrand and Promote Yoga in India
Posted on 2014/12/4 18:29:19 ( 1140 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 3, 2014 (Washington Post): Shripad Yesso Naik, India's new yoga minister, dreams of a day when sun salutations and downward-facing dog pose will be as popular in their homeland as they are around the world. Yes, India now has a minister of yoga -- and he and his government want their cultural bliss back. Indian yogic tradition appears in Hindu texts written thousands of years ago. But the discipline bears scant resemblance to the popular exercise regime that has become a multibillion-dollar industry in the West, home of $90 Lululemon stretch pants and Mommy and Me fitness classes.

In recent weeks, Indian officials have begun efforts to reclaim yoga for the home team, making plans for a broad expansion of the wellness practice into all facets of civic life -- including more than 600,000 schools, and thousands of hospitals and police training centers. They are spearheading efforts to promote and protect India's most famous export, even quietly weighing a "geographical indication" for yoga, a trade protection normally given to region-specific goods such as Champagne from France or oranges from Florida. "There is little doubt about yoga being an Indian art form," Naik said. "We're trying to establish to the world that it's ours."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/4 18:29:13 ( 758 reads )

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To define God is grinding what is already ground; for He is the only being we know.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), founder of the Ramakrishna Mission

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Training Course for Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith
Posted on 2014/12/3 18:10:00 ( 989 reads )

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VIRGINIA, USA, December 3, 2014: Hindu University of America, in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders to become Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith. The course will be presented at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, in Buckingham, Virginia, Monday Januar 5 through 9, 2015.

The three main instructors will be: 1) Dr. Sarvaananda is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Dr. Sarvaananda spent 15 years in medical and hospice chaplaincy. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Satchidananda Ashram and is active in many national chaplaincy as well as community projects on and off the ashram. 2) Madhu Sharma is the Hindu Chaplain to students at Duke University with Masters in Social Work and BS in Engineering. She is an Executive Coach and also on the Board of Directors of Hindu Society of North Carolina. 3) Pratima Dharm is the first Hindu Chaplain in the history of the Department of Defense, having served the US Army for nine years including two combat tours to Iraq. She is an Army CPE trained hospital chaplain. She holds masters degrees in Psychology and theology, is a trained Yoga and Yoga Nidra teacher and currently serves as Hindu chaplain at Georgetown University, She is a wife, mother, and is involved in US Military and community outreach projects.

Please contact Swami Sarvaananda (swami.sarvaananda@gmail.com, 434 989 4585), before December with questions and confirmation. Reservations for Ashram stays are available through the Ashram Reservation Center, Chaplaincy Program, (800) 858 9642 or 434 969 3121, ext. 111.

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Tiruvalluvar Statue Likely in Moscow
Posted on 2014/12/3 18:06:24 ( 660 reads )

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INDIA, December 1, 2014 (The Hindu): At a time when the central government decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar in schools across the country, his majestic statue may soon find a place in Moscow, Russia.

"Tiruvalluvar is a great and celebrated poet. His contribution to the Tamil literature is well known. We have received a request from an organization to install his statue in Moscow. We are eager to establish his statue," Sergey L. Kotov, Consul General of Russia, told The Hindu here. There is also a move to set up a statue of Aleksandr Pushkin, legendary Russian poet and founder of modern Russian literature, in Chennai. His country would be pleased to have his statue in India, the envoy said.

The modalities of installing the statue, its location and the agency to be involved in it were being worked out. It would improve the overall India-Russia relationship, he said, adding that it would also help step up cultural exchanges between the two countries. Stating that Tamil folk music, cinema and dances were popular in Russia, Mr. Kotov said such opportunities to showcase the cultural richness had not been utilized for long.

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