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The Police in San Luis Practice Yoga for Stress
Posted on 2014/9/21 11:39:11 ( 593 reads )

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SAN LUIS, ARGENTINA, September 8, 2014 (La Nacion): With support from the Ministry of Education of the province of San Luis, an Ayurvedic program, a system of traditional Indian medicine that balances mind and body, has begun. The police in the province of San Luis will have a rare opportunity to learn how to reduce stress levels in a program called "Ayurvedic Anti-Stress Program," a scientifically valid way to achieve balance between mind and body.

This program, which will be given at the Institute of Public Security, is intended for security officers who carry out their front-line duties in street services and law enforcement agencies, such as firefighters, police, radio command, traffic police and special units. The turnout is 50 per month, which will make a total of 200, and the total duration of the program shall be the final four months of 2014; with a provision that it will be continued with more participants in 2015.

According to the government of San Luis, since 1974 there have been over 600 scientific studies on this program at more than 250 universities and medical schools in 33 countries, which have shown many benefits among which are: faster recovery from post-traumatic stress, increase in short term memory and long-term increase in the rate of growth of intelligence, improvement in study and learning, less need for medical care, reducing hypertension, lowering cholesterol, free radicals, anxiety, insomnia and depression, marked stress reduction, deep relaxation, greater efficiency and productivity, effective rehabilitation of prisoners, reduced substance abuse, among many others.

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Calf in India Born with Third Eye Causes a Stir
Posted on 2014/9/21 11:39:05 ( 714 reads )

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CHENNAI, INDIA, September 17, 2014 (UPI): A calf born in India with a third eye in the middle of its forehead is being hailed as an incarnation of the Hindu God Siva. The owner of the animal, a Tamil Nadu state resident identified as Meghala, said the "miracle calf" born two weeks ago is an incarnation of Lord Siva sent to the village to bring good luck. Hindu children have been visiting the calf to touch its head for good luck and a blessing from Shiva.

Short video at "source" of a calf which indeed has a third eye in the middle of its forehead.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/21 11:38:58 ( 448 reads )

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You may develop a thousand virtues and be reckoned as the greatest in the land. But the lotus of your heart will not blossom until you receive the grace of the Guru, the grace of God!
-- Dada Sadhu Vaswani

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Preparations for Kate Festival Vietnam
Posted on 2014/9/20 16:41:21 ( 550 reads )

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VIETNAM, September 3, 2014 (Muinetourism). Kate Festival 2014 (commemorating the dead and honoring heroes) will officially take place from the 22nd to 23rd of October (in the beginning of the seventh month of the Cham calendar) at Po Sah Inu towers (Phan Thiet city) with many interesting traditional Hindu rituals and festivities.

In order to continue to introduce and promote cultural assets and traditional art of the Cham people and to participate in local tourism activities, ritual and festive parts of this festival are logically connected according to traditional rites, to show reverence, provide a cheerful atmosphere and solidarity between ethnic communities in Binh Thuan. the ritual program of Kate Festival will be strictly organized according to traditional custom, under the direction of Cham dignitaries from Ham Thuan Bac district.

As scheduled, rites will be officially started from 10:00 am on 22nd October. Afterwards, a ceremony to pray for peace will be performed by Bani and Balamon dignitaries at the Main Tower in the afternoon. Festive activities, such as a competition of arranging and decorating sacrifice to Po Sah Inu Goddess or traditional art performances with the participation of artists from Blue Ocean Theatre of Binh Thuan, will also be organized in this afternoon.

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Dharma Studies to Open in Berkeley
Posted on 2014/9/20 16:41:14 ( 535 reads )

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SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, May 14, 2014 (India Journal): The southern California-based Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF) and the Berkeley-based Graduate Theological Union (GTU) have agreed to establish a Center for Dharma Studies within the GTU, as well as the first Graduate School of Hindu Dharma Studies in higher education. The first two courses in Dharma studies will be offered in the fall semester of 2014.

Initial course offerings will include a course on the classical sacred texts of Hinduism, with emphasis on commentaries of Adi Shankara, taught by Dr. Ann Berliner, Professor Emerita at Cal State Fresno; and a course on comparative Indian ethics taught by Dr. Purushottama Bilimoria, Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Studies at Deakin University, Australia and former Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley. In the near future are moves to enhance GTUs common M.A. and Ph.D. programs with Hindu and Dharma centered concentrations.

The Dharma Civilization Foundation, founded in Los Angeles two years ago, is an organization of academic, professional, and spiritual leaders from the Indian-American community aiming to establish the systematic study of Dharma, its interpretation and contemporary application, through the creation of academic and intellectual infrastructure in the U.S. Swami Dayananda Saraswati, founder of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in the U.S. and India initially recommended the GTU for a meaningful collaboration with DCF. He expressed the view that the GTU's uniqueness lies in its way of teaching - where each professor is also a practitioner of the religion.

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Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams to Effect Changes in Darshan Patterns
Posted on 2014/9/20 16:41:08 ( 508 reads )

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TIRUMALA, INDIA, September 17, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is all set to effect changes in the darshan patterns during the nine-day annual Brahmotsavam slated between September 26 and October 4 at Tirumala. In view of the heavy influx of devotees expected to throng the Tirumala hill shrine during the festivities, the temple administration has already cancelled VIP break darshan and select arjitha sevas till the completion of the festival.

TTD JEO K.S. Srinivasa Raju, who inspected the ongoing arrangements here on Tuesday, told media persons that darshan for the aged, physically challenged and the parents of newborns would be cancelled during Brahmotsavam. The JEO added that current booking of US$5 special entry tickets would also be cancelled during the festival.

However, the temple administration would allow the devotees who booked their tickets in advance through the internet and e-Darshan quota for the darshan of Lord Venkateswara under the $5 special darshan. The temple administration also plans to restrict the number of tickets to be issued under the $.80 darshan system. Mr Srinivasa Raju appealed to all the devotees to turn up in traditional wear for the darshan of Lord Venkateswara as it has been made mandatory for select darshan systems.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/20 16:41:02 ( 421 reads )

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After death, the soul goes to the next world bearing in mind the subtle impressions of its deeds, and after reaping their harvest returns again to this world of action. Thus, he who has desires continues subject to rebirth.
-- Shukla Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.6

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Dharma Civilization Foundation to Establish Chair in Hindu/Vedic Stauces at University of California Irvine
Posted on 2014/9/18 18:00:00 ( 741 reads )

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IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, September 9, 2014 (Dharma Civilization Foundation press release): The University of California offers a religious studies program through its School of Humanities. However, these programs currently do not offer a graduate degree in religious studies, and are confined to a Bachelor's Degree. The University of California Irvine (UCI), has expressed a commitment to establish a graduate degree program in religious studies, and is working towards developing the faculty necessary to teach at the Masters and Ph.D. levels.

This initiative was born primarily through the proactive interest of the UCI's School of Humanities, which came to Dharma Civilization Foundation with a proposal, where in one half of the financial commitment necessary to establish a fully endowed chair would come from the State of California, and the other half would be raised by the Dharma Civilization Foundation.

Thanks to a very generous gift by Drs. Irma and Ushakant Thakkar, DCF plans to establish the DCF-Thakkar Family chair in Hindu/Vedic Studies at the University of California. The program will create and facilitate the opportunity for the serious study of the Hindu/Vedic ethos that will emphasize serious scholarship in Indian history of religion, culture, philosophy, religion, and theology.

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Dam to Submerge Hindu Temples and Historical Structures
Posted on 2014/9/18 17:57:41 ( 774 reads )

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NALGONDA, TELAGANA, INDIA, September 2, 2014 (The Hindu): Villages under the Pulichintala project have many monuments that are likely to go under water. Even with 11 tmcft (one thousand million cubic feet) storage, four of 13 villages where a majority of temples are located would submerge.

Efforts for rehabilitating 6,775 displaced families from 13 villages in Nalgonda district (near Hyderabad), which are set to submerge under Pulichintala multipurpose project are on, but the translocation of over 100 temples including 21 historical monuments has been delayed by the State government.

The officials in the Endowment and Archaeology Departments said that they had prepared detail project reports by estimating cost for shifting over 100 religious structures close to Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) centres, but the funds were not yet granted. The storage capacity of the multipurpose irrigation project is 45.77 tmcft, but the irrigation authorities would store only a little over 11 tmcft for this year, which would be increased to the total capacity of the project in next three years gradually.

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Police Close Case of Ganesha Found in Newington Pond
Posted on 2014/9/18 17:57:35 ( 504 reads )

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NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT, September 11, 2014 (Courant): A town employee made an unusual discovery at Mill Pond Park Thursday morning: In the pond was an ornate figure with an elephant's head, a man's body and four arms.

The employee fished the large, colorful statue from the water and brought it to the police department, Sgt. Christopher Perry said. Officers quickly ascertained that the half-man, half-pachyderm was a likeness of the Hindu God Ganesha. Thinking the statue might have been lost or stolen, police posted a picture of it on their Facebook page and asked anyone with information to contact them.

By day's end, the mystery had been solved. A lawyer for a Hindu group that had a party in the park called to say his clients had intentionally left the statue in the water, Perry said. Such observances are part of the Hindu festival honoring Ganesha, traditionally held this time of year. The figure is designed to dissolve in water, and the group had permission from the parks and recreation department to dispose of it in the pond, Perry said. "Case closed," he said.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/18 17:57:23 ( 528 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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Festival Parade of Palermo's Hindus
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:37 ( 495 reads )

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PALERMO, ITALY, August 31, 2014 (Repubblica Palermo): The Vinayakar Chathurthy holy day was celebrated yesterday by hundreds of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in the shipyard district of Palermo. The festival commemorates the birthday of Ganesha; one of the most beloved Deities of the Tamil community. The event began with a function at the Muthu Vinaayakar Aalayam on Via Venancio Marvuglia and continued with a procession of the Deity through the neighboring streets.

The chariot carrying the Deity was accompanied by men carrying kavadi (small wooden altars) on their shoulders. Tradition has it that the hooks and spears inserted in various parts of their bodies resolved the vows they had previously made to God.

The ceremony ended with the ritual of the "breaking of the coconut." A small bazaar selling goods imported from India and Sri Lanka, set up in the street outside the temple rounded out this celebration which invoked good humored curiosity among the inhabitants of the district.

Slideshow at "source."

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Devotees May Immerse Statues in Small Water-Filled Containers
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:30 ( 440 reads )

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BHOPAL, INDIA, September 5, 2014 (Daily Pioneer): To avoid pollution in the water bodies during the Ganesha statue immersion, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to place small containers filled with water, where the devotees may immerse statues in Narmada water.

These containers would be placed at every ward. With the implementation of the instructions given by BMC Commissioner Tejaswi S. Naik, the development works are being carried out for the statue immersion. The officials concerned are instructed to take speedy actions and complete the work within the given time. Further, to keep the water pollution free, the water of sacred Narmada River will be arranged at the immersion ghats of various wards so that the devotees may perform the rituals observing the required customs and also the rivers will remain pollution free.

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Himachal Pradesh's Outlaws Animal Sacrifice in Hindu Temples
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:24 ( 467 reads )

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INDIA, September 2, 2014 (The Guardian): A court in remote northern India has banned a long tradition of sacrificing animals for religious reasons, deeming the practice cruel and barbaric. The high court in Himachal Pradesh has asked police and other officials to enforce its ban on the slaughter, mainly of goats, in Hindu temples throughout the state.

"A startling revelation has been made ... thousands of animals are sacrificed every year in the name of worship," the court said. "Sacrifice causes immense pain and suffering to innocent animals. They cannot be permitted to be sacrificed to appease a god or deity in a barbaric manner," it said.

Animals are symbolically offered to the deity and later taken home by villagers and their guests for eating during the Himalayan state's bitterly cold winter.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/9/17 15:34:18 ( 348 reads )

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It is easy to tame the rogue elephant. It is easy to tie the mouth of a bear. It is easy to mount the back of a lion. It is easy to charm poisonous snakes. It is easy to conquer the celestial and the noncelestial realms. It is easy to trek the worlds invisible. It is easy to command the angelic heavens. It is easy to retain youth eternally. It is easy to enter the body of others. It is easy to walk on water and sit in burning fire. It is easy to attain all of the siddhis (yogic powers). But to remain still is very, very difficult indeed.
Tayumanavar (1706-1744), Tamil saint, mystic and poet

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