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Indian Music is Mathematically Deep

Posted on 2016/1/5 19:46:48 ( 1358 reads )

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UNITED STATES, January 4, 2016 ( The Hindu): Making a strong case for including classical Indian music in the school curriculum, renowned mathematician Manjul Bhargava said it "can help the country produce not just better artistes, but better scientists, judges, innovators and in general, better humans." To drive home the point that music makes individuals highly creative, he quoted Steve Jobs, famous for his products that married top-notch aesthetics and engineering. "When asked how Macintosh had revolutionized computing, Steve Jobs remarked that it was because he loved to hire computer scientists who were also trained in fine arts, and who showed far greater innovative ability," he said.

Addressing the Sadas of the Music Academy and conferring the Sangita Kalanidhi award on vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Mr. Bhargava, tabla player himself, said classical Indian music was mathematically deep and aesthetically complex and was an extremely expressive art. Mr. Bhargava, the R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University, said there was something about classical music that made one more creative even in other endeavors, reiterating that great mathematicians including Srinivasa Ramanujan and C.S. Seshadri had a classical musical background. Mr. Bhargava explained that what many people were not aware of was that Bharatha's Natyasastra and Sharagadeva's Sangita-ratnakara, the two groundbreaking works on music, were also groundbreaking works on mathematics.

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Yoga Activities Kept AYUSH Ministry Busy in 2015

Posted on 2016/1/5 19:46:37 ( 832 reads )

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NEW DELHI, January 4, 2016 (Economics Times): The newly-formed AYUSH Ministry hogged limelight in 2015 as it successfully organized the first-ever International Day of Yoga during which two Guinness world records were achieved. The Department of AYUSH which was earlier under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was upgraded to a full- fledged ministry on November 9, 2014 with an aim to step up education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy and expanding the reach of these medical systems in public. The Ministry, headed by Shripad Naik, kept itself busy in 2015 with the International Day of Yoga on June 21. Massive celebrations were witnessed at Rajpath where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself performed yoga in the presence of thousands of people including ministers, bureaucrats, foreign delegates, school children, NCC cadets and host of others.

Two Guinness World Records were achieved, the largest yoga lesson involving 35,985 participants and maximum number of nationalities (84) participating in a single yoga lesson. Outside India, the first IDY was celebrated in all countries except war-torn Yemen with the events organized by the Ministry of External Affairs in association with Ministry of AYUSH and various yoga organisations. Simultaneously, a two-day international conference on Yoga for Holistic Health was also organized which witnessed the participation of around 1300 delegates from India and other countries.Apart from this, the Ministry of Culture has filed nomination to inscribe Yoga as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity under UNESCO.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/1/5 19:46:27 ( 742 reads )

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Attach yourself to Him who is free from all attachments. Bind yourself to that bond so all other bonds may be broken.
-- Tirukkural 350

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Unilateral Conversions of Minors to Islam Still Unsolved

Posted on 2016/1/4 19:47:25 ( 1007 reads )

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MALAYSIA, January 4, 2016 (The Malaysian Insider): The rights of a non-Muslim mother over her children's religion remained vulnerable and unprotected by the country's judicial system, says MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. He was commenting on the Court of Appeal's decision in the case of kindergarten teacher, M. Indira Gandhi, whose three children were converted to Islam by her ex-husband. The appeals court, in a majority ruling on Wednesday, held that the validity of conversion of Indira's three children by their Muslim father could only be determined by the shariah court. MIC was disappointed with the ruling and hoped solutions could be found through the Cabinet and Prime Minister's Office, said Dr Subramaniam, who is also health minister. "This has once again reopened the Pandora's box on the vulnerability of a non-Muslim parent in being able to protect the religious status of her child in the case of unilateral conversion of the child by the other spouse," he said in a statement today.

He said in 2009, various levels of government including the Cabinet had discussed the controversial interpretation of Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution. Article 12(4) states that either a father or a mother or a guardian can decide the religion of a child below 18 years of age. "The prime minister had on many occasions stated that this issue should be resolved by taking into consideration the rights of the unconverted non-Muslim parent and that of the Muslim parent. "Unfortunately the issue remains unsolved. The right of the unconverted non-Muslim mother in determining the religion of her minor child still remains vulnerable with no evident protection within our judicial system as exemplified by the recent judgment," said Dr Subramaniam.

The appeals court ruling reversed the Ipoh High Court's order to quash the unilateral conversion of the three children to Islam, saying that the lower court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the conversion. The three-man bench, led by judge Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi, said conversions must be decided by the shariah court.

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Alberni Resident Teaches Yoga in Cuba

Posted on 2016/1/4 19:47:15 ( 956 reads )

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CANADA, December 31, 2015 (Alberni Valley News): Jan Norman recently returned from her third trip to Cuba and her second one as a yoga instructor. Last year she took a group of yoga students from Port Alberni to a retreat in the country while it was under the Communist regime. Despite the lifted embargo, she saw little change as an outsider, and noticed the daily life of locals is still unsettled. Immersed in the culture of yoga herself, Norman considers the government's decision to include yoga in the country's healthcare system a benefit, both mentally and physically.

Three years ago, Norman went to Cuba as a student and practiced under the country's first yoga instructor, Eduardo Pimentel. He travels all over the country to train other instructors but initially was put in prison for his work. "The government was afraid of it at first, but now they endorse it," Norman said. "It is part of the health system so doctors will recommend patients to him."

The Cuban government has embraced the practice so much that yoga instructors are one of the few American professions that are allowed to travel on their own in the country. "Once the embargo was lifted, I thought maybe more people from the U.S. would want to come on my retreat," Norman said. "I looked into it and the rules had not changed. It is still illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba and only journalists and yoga teachers can travel freely. They must see them as a benefit."

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Girl from Poland Becomes Hindu and Starts HSAI Chapter - Her Journey

Posted on 2016/1/4 19:47:04 ( 821 reads )

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POLAND, December 28, 2015 (Hindu Students Association International): Joya Patrycja Krishnadasi may not be your typical Westerner, and maybe that is why she was attracted to Hinduism. Born into a Catholic family in Poland, she became disillusioned with her faith and began a search for spirituality. She found herself studying at the local Mosque for many years and was ready to convert to Islam. However, by chance she began studying Indic studies at her university and became interested in Hinduism.

After Mother Kali sent Joya a dream she realized she had finally found her spiritual home in Hinduism. She now runs a blog called "Hindu From Poland" and a popular facebook page called "Hinduism For Everyone." Joya met HSAI President Nisha Ramracha while Nisha was on an archaeology tour in Europe. Since their meeting, Joya has gathered her Hindu friends in Poland and has begun an HSAI chapter there. For the story of her journey see "source" above.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/1/4 19:46:54 ( 578 reads )

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We want to claim that which we already are. You are already the Self. You are just not aware of it. Do not put it off based upon some concept that we are not ready, we are not worthy, we need more of this or that. None of those principles apply when it comes to Self-realization.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today magazine

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A Chinese Company in India, Stumbling Over a Culture

Posted on 2016/1/3 13:39:24 ( 958 reads )

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SHINDE, INDIA, December 21, 2015 (Today Online): When a Chinese truck company wanted to open a factory in India, its president looked at sites that had a mountain in back and a river in front -- especially auspicious locations in the traditional practice of feng shui. The company, Beiqi Foton Motor, found a seemingly ideal spot, and secured 250 acres of farmland in this western Indian village. Foton wants another 1,250 acres nearby to build an industrial park for suppliers.

But the mountain here is sacred to many Hindus. For at least 2,000 years, the cliffside caves have been home to generations of monks. The culture clash was immediate. Foton erected barbed-wire fences and hired uniformed guards to keep out trespassers. Cattle herders and Hindu pilgrims have repeatedly trampled the fences. The monks do not want a noisy neighbor.

Chinese companies have embarked on ambitious overseas expansion efforts, snapping up land in dozens of countries to build factories, industrial parks, power plants and other operations. While the investments provide critical support for many economies, Chinese businesses are struggling to navigate complex cultural, political and competitive dynamics. But Chinese enterprises lack the experience of their Western counterparts, which have spent decades developing international operations. As Chinese companies have built their businesses largely at home, they haven't had to address the same challenges.

Much more at "source".

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Fifteen Times Plant-Based Diets Stole the Spotlight in 2015

Posted on 2016/1/3 13:39:14 ( 792 reads )

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December 30, 2015 (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) Plant-based diets stole the spotlight in 2015. Top advisors to the U.S. government voted for a vegan diet, a veggie burger was voted "best burger in the world," and prominent figures from Miley Cyrus and Adele to the president of the American College of Cardiology sang the praises of plant-based diets.

1) When the World Health Organization Declared that Red and Processed Meats Cause Cancer: A large-scale international review published in Lancet Oncology in October concluded that red and processed meats are linked to cancer.

2) When a Veggie Burger Took the Top Prize: Where's the beef? Not in the best burger in the world, according to GQ Magazine. In November, the magazine crowned New York City's vegan Superiority Burger as best burger. The veggie burger's win represents a shift in consumer preferences over the past year. More and more, people are pushing the beef off their plates. At the same time that McDonald's closed more than 700 stores this year, demand has increased for plant-based fast-food and fast-casual restaurants, like New York's By Chloe and the West Coast's Veggie Grill. Even a former McDonald's CEO has left beef burgers behind: In November, Don Thompson joined the board of a veggie burger start-up company.

For the full inspiring list see "source" above.

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Caste Hindus vs. Scheduled Castes About a Colonial Distinction and Its Impact

Posted on 2016/1/3 13:39:03 ( 822 reads )

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BELGIUM, January 1, 2016 (this is an academic paper by Jakob De Roover Ghent University, Belgium): Some excerpts: What we can now conclude is that the idea that there were two distinct communities or "communities of communities" in Indian society, namely Caste Hindus and Depressed Classes (or Untouchables or Scheduled Castes or Harijans or Dalits) did not correspond to any empirically retrievable structure in this society. There never were coherent common properties that allowed people to recognize these as two distinct communities across India. Thus, no research or investigation could ever show that these two existed as communities in the social world of India.

We cannot fully unearth the conceptual foundations of the opposition between Caste Hindus and Depressed Classes without dissecting a centuries-old European Orientalist account about India. During the eighteenth and nineteenth century, European scholars, missionaries and colonial officials had developed a standard account about Hinduism and its caste system. By the early twentieth century, this account had achieved the status of a factual description of Indian culture and society. Yet, if we look at the conceptual building blocks that form the core of this account, these cannot be understood without the Christian-theological framework that guided the Europeans in their reasoning about India.

See "source" above for this long paper.


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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2016/1/3 13:38:53 ( 683 reads )

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Discipline your speech. Speak the truth at all costs. Speak little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words. Never condemn, criticize or discourage. Do not raise your voice and shout at little children or subordinates.
-- Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963)

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Kerala's Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum: a Must-Visit for Students of Ancient Indian Medicinal Science

Posted on 2015/12/31 20:27:44 ( 1476 reads )

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INDIA, December 31, 2015 (Economic Times): A cold milkshake, however tempting in summer, must be avoided. Ayurveda, our ancient medicinal science, tells us that fruits and milk are a harmful combine. Likewise, Ayurveda also frowns on mixing a meal of fish with yogurt (foods of different character and taste taken together lead to toxins, allergies and other imbalances). To discover details of the toxic effects of food items or combinations on the body, a good place to visit would be Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum that has come up at Thaikkattuserry, a small town in Thrissur district in central Kerala.

Fans of Ayurveda would be delighted to know that the museum is steeped in history and heritage, recounting the evolution of the science from ancient to the contemporary times. For recent converts and doubters, the museum showcases classical treatment procedures. Initiatives to preserve and develop those methods for future generations have been well documented. For example, the museum tells us how an Ayurveda pharmacy (Rasasala) was maintained in the past or how the special hut (Kudi) was built for rejuvenation treatment (Rasayana Chikitsa).

The museum, billed as the first of its kind in the country, is a tribute to E.T. Neelakandhan Moos, the founder of Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala, an Ayurveda pharmaceutical company. Members of the Thaikkattu Moos family were renowned ashtavaidyas (so called because they were proficient in all the eight branches of Ayurveda) who popularised Ayurveda in Kerala. "The museum has already become part of the itinerary of tourists visiting Thrissur," said E.T. Neelakandhan Moos (who shares the name of his ancestor), the current director of Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala.

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Why Google, Target, and General MIlls Are Investing in Mindfulness

Posted on 2015/12/31 20:27:34 ( 1173 reads )

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UNITED STATES, December 28, 2015 (Harvard Business Review): When was the last time you sat quietly at your desk and did nothing but think? Encouraging employees to slow down to focus on the present can seem at odds with a corporate culture of speed and goal attainment. But in today's hyper-paced work environment, mindfulness practitioners know the importance of recharging in order to regain productivity. And mindfulness research is convincing many managers that investing in reflection, openness, and thoughtfulness will have a positive impact on employees and on the bottom line.

As a leadership strategy, mindfulness helps people to be more effective by directing focus to the most pertinent task at hand. Deprogramming multitasking tendencies and intentionally focusing with full attention results in higher quality interactions and decisions. Mindful decision makers take the time to consider all of their options, and therefore make more-informed decisions. Managers who model and promote mindful practices with their teams create an environment of engagement.

Several well-known and respected organizations have long recognized the benefits that mindfulness brings. Google prides itself on being socially conscious, offering employees substantial benefits and perks, including more than a dozen mindfulness courses. Google's most popular mindfulness course, "Search Inside Yourself," offered since 2007, has thousands of alumni. Google believes that these mindfulness programs teach emotional intelligence, which helps people better understand their colleagues' motivations. They also boost resilience to stress and improve mental focus. Aetna, General Mills, Intel, Target, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are among other major companies offering mindfulness programs.

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India's Newest Internet Sensation: Cow Dung Patties

Posted on 2015/12/31 20:27:24 ( 1203 reads )

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INDIA, December 28, 2015 (Smithsonian): FThe Associated Press reports, patties made of dried cow dung and hay has become an internet sensation for nostalgic shoppers, who use the fragrant cakes for fuel and in ritual fires. The Associated Press writes that cow dung cakes are selling out on websites like Amazon [e.g., www.amazon.com/Big-Indian-Store-Cow-Dung/dp/B0130LVIKQm where one six-inch patty sells for $6.50 plus shipping].

The cakes appear to be selling mainly to urban areas that do not have a ready supply of cow dung, with demand spiking around traditional festivals such as Diwali in November or the upcoming Lohri in January. A spokesperson for Amazon India tells the Associated Press that "people who grew up in rural areas find the peaty smell of dung fires pleasant" and nostalgic.

India has a massive bovine population--nearly 300 million as of 2012. All those cows produce a lot of poop, which is then used as both fertilizer and fuel. Chris Copp writes for Full Stop India that dung is "a commodity so intertwined with daily survival that it is nearly impossible to think of life without it." India is thought to use as much as 400 million tons of cow dung for cooking fuel alone each year, with approximately 30 percent of rural fuel production dependent on animal waste.

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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2015/12/31 20:27:13 ( 1047 reads )

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Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True surrender is the love of God for the sake of love and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation. Love Him unconditionally.
-- Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

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