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What Ancient India DNA Shows

Posted on 2019/9/16 12:40:00 ( 174 reads )


INDIA, September 8, 2018 (YouTube report by NewsX): A newly published paper reports that the skeletal remains of a 5,000 year-old-woman from around 2800 BC were recently found at a Harappan site. Miraculously, one bone from the inner ear held usable DNA. The DNA was found to be unique to the Indian Subcontinent. This finding disputes the common theory that the original inhabitants of India came from the West, but much more likely migrated to the West.

The introduction of the original paper begins: We report an ancient genome from the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC). The individual we sequenced fits as a mixture of people related to ancient Iranians (the largest component) and Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers, a unique profile that matches ancient DNA from 11 genetic outliers from sites in Iran and Turkmenistan in cultural communication with the IVC. These individuals had little if any [Eurasian] Steppe pastoralist-derived ancestry, showing that it was not ubiquitous in northwest South Asia during the IVC as it is today. The Iranian-related ancestry in the IVC derives from a lineage leading to early Iranian farmers, herders, and hunter gatherers before their ancestors separated, contradicting the hypothesis that the shared ancestry between early Iranians and South Asians reflects a large-scale spread of western Iranian farmers east. Instead, sampled ancient genomes from the Iranian plateau and IVC descend from different groups of hunter-gatherers who began farming without being connected by substantial movement of people.

You can watch the full news report at "source" above or read the original technical paper here:

Dream Comes True: The Hindu Temple in The Hague is Finished after Years of Building

Posted on 2019/9/16 12:37:07 ( 161 reads )


THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS, September 13, 2019 (Omroepwest, translated from Dutch): The Hindu temple in The Hague, which is said to be the largest on the European mainland, is finally finished after 10 years. The opening is Saturday, but the festive atmosphere can be felt everywhere in the building on Friday. Hindus in colored robes sing and pray around a bowl of fire and perform their rituals in the prayer room on the first floor. Downstairs there is cooking and vegetarian dishes are ready for guests.

"A dream has come true," cries Pandit Suruj Biere. 'It is a multi-cultural, spiritual, multi-functional, educational, cultural center and prayer room. The intention is to be open to everyone on a daily basis. For example, on Tuesday we hold senior meetings. For people who are home alone. We want to combat loneliness so those people can come over. Everyone is welcome here."

Experiencing Theyyam Dance

Posted on 2019/9/16 12:36:54 ( 112 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, September 8, 2019 (Hinduism Today by Naina Lepes): Kerala is home to an ancient dance form featuring deliriously elaborate costume design and choreography--all offered to God as a form of worship. A Theyyam performance exudes the primordial sense of eternity ongoing. This dance-drama form of art and worship, loosely stylized in open nature, supports the open heart. The newly emerging historical stories brought from far and wide seem to merge and thrive with the telling and listening. The performer is acknowledged as man-God combined, and the audience serves as natural participant, interacting as an intrinsic part of the whole through time and space.

Read the full article in the July issue of Hinduism Today at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/9/16 12:36:41 ( 118 reads )


A million times they are born and die; In a million follies they forget this. In the darkness of mala they are enveloped. When at last the hidden grace of Siva bursts forth and chases away the night, then comes the moment for the soul to renounce, and it then becomes a radiant light.
-- Tirumantiram 1615

Thousands of Ganesha Statues Immersed in Bay of Bengal

Posted on 2019/9/10 7:49:53 ( 374 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, September 9, 2019 (Deccan Chronicle): More than 2,300 Lord Vinayaka statues - worshipped in different parts of the city since Vinayaka Chathurthi was celebrated on September 2 - were taken in processions and immersed in the Bay of Bengal at Foreshore Estate and other beaches on Sunday. The beating of drums and dancing by devotees to a variety of devotional songs marked the processions that stretched to several miles across the city. The statues from Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts were immersed at six different places. A majority of the statues were immersed in the sea off Foreshore Estate, many being lowered into the sea with the help of cranes.

The statues were taken in processions in vehicles and immersed in the sea over the past two days. Sunday was the final day of statue immersion and the city witnessed processions of Ganesha statues on several roads. The police made special arrangements for the processions, diverting traffic on several roads. As per an order of the Madras High Court, the statues were immersed in the sea within a three-day window.

Sixth Song Released in Our History of Hindu India Music Video Series: "Sanskrit Culture Blossomed"

Posted on 2019/9/10 7:49:40 ( 344 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, September 9, 2019 (HPI): Hinduism Today has posted to YouTube a new music video: "Sanskrit Culture Blossomed." It is a song for children intended to complement the second of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "Hindu India: 300 to 1100ce." The documentary and song, the third of three for this time period, neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. An easy way for students to get a quick overview of the golden age of India during which classic Hindu customs, arts and sciences arose.

Produced by Hinduism Today
Music: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Video and subtitles: Igro Burenkov (https://www.upwork.com/fl/burenkov, conger.style@gmail.com)

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/9/10 7:49:27 ( 441 reads )


When one remains without thinking, one understands another by means of the universal language of silence.
-- Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

Our Free Spiritual Workout App Gets an Upgrade!

Posted on 2019/9/9 12:01:40 ( 441 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, September 9, 2019 (Himalayan Academy Publications): Today we are officially announcing the version 2.0 release of our free Spiritual Workout App. The app was inspired by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's publisher's desk article, "The Ten Minute Spiritual Workout." While today nearly everyone appreciates the need for daily exercise to stay fit and healthy, many don't realize the need to maintain a balanced spiritual life through daily practices. The Spiritual Workout is designed primarily for Hindus who would like to maintain a daily spiritual practice, but who might not have much time to give to spiritual well-being.

The app has four main areas: worship, introspection, affirmation and study. The Worship section includes mantras, chants and a Ganesha Puja (including audio files for learning). The Introspection section includes "Aum" chanting, a simple breathing exercise and a guided meditation. The Affirmation section presents several affirmations which can be repeated to positively reprogram one's subconscious mind, and the Study section makes available some of Himalayan Academy's important publications. There is a "10 Minute Sadhana" section which organizes these four areas, as well as a Hatha Yoga section and a simple timer for use in your own custom spiritual practice.

For the free iOS and Android versions, click "source" above.

NOTE: Android users might not see an update for several days due to the Google Play Store managing a high volume of app updates on a daily basis.

Read the original Ten Minute Spiritual Workout article here:
https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/ ... tion/item.php?itemid=5454

Why Eggs Are not Vegetables

Posted on 2019/9/9 12:01:27 ( 399 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, September 7, 2019 (Hinduism Today): On the first look, answering this question is easy. Chickens lay eggs, chickens are animals, so an egg must be an animal since it has an animal origin and grows into a new animal. But...what if the eggs are not fertilized? Commercially available eggs from your local grocery store in most cases originate from the large hen farms which hold chickens in cages without a chance for fertilization. Since there is no fertilization, a new animal organism will not develop from these eggs. Does this lack of animal development make these eggs plants? In short, no.

Read the full article from Hinduism Today's July issue at "source".

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/9/9 12:01:14 ( 483 reads )


Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Mystic Bengali saint

Hinduism's Today July Feature Story: Kumbh Mela 2019

Posted on 2019/9/8 12:51:21 ( 404 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, September 6, 2019 (Hinduism Today): There are many ways to conceptualize 240 million people: 3.2% of the world's population or 72% of the US; 200 times the population of Paris; enough to be the fifth largest country in the world. On January 15th alone, fourteen million--some say 20 million--joined the Royal Bath at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and celestial Saraswati Rivers adjacent to the host city of Prayagraj (population a mere 1.5 million). It was the largest gathering of humans for one event in history. In attendance were India's foremost religious leaders, hundreds of thousands of sadhus and millions of Hindus. They were there to take a holy dip in the sacred rivers, have darshan of the saints and enjoy each other's company in grand celebration.

Hinduism Today correspondent Rajiv Malik provides an in-depth report with many photos of the 2019 Kumbh Mela in the magazine's July issue at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/9/8 12:51:08 ( 453 reads )


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

Tirupati Goes the Extra Mile, Makes Recyclable Statues

Posted on 2019/9/7 10:57:44 ( 465 reads )


TIRUPATI, INDIA, September 2, 2019 (The Hindu): At a time when eco-friendly celebrations have become the mantra for Vinayaka Chaturthi, Tirupati has emerged as a trailblazer by going a step ahead to present recyclable statues. There are at least two huge statues in the temple town which need no immersion as they will be dismantled and distributed among the devotees after the festival. At Thummalagunta village on the city outskirts, a huge Vinayaka statue made of clay bangles is drawing the attention of the passersby. The Bala Vinayaka Committee and Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Youth Association have plans to welcome the Lord of Wisdom in a novel form. They have chosen bangles as the raw material this festive season. Made of a whopping 200,000 bangles, the 30-foot Deity has become the cynosure of all eyes.

"Unlike the regular spherical shape, the Laddu placed in the palm of the Lord has been crafted in the form of Vinayaka himself. The prasadam weighing 2,460 lbs. will be distributed among the devotees on the Nimajjanam day," a representative of the puja committee says. Another huge statue is made of dry coconut (copra). The statue is made of 375 lbs. of copra and 200 coconuts. "After the festival, the dry coconut pieces will be distributed as prasadam," says Murali Checharla, one of the organizers. Meanwhile, clay idols are being distributed across the city by the civic authorities and charitable organisations to promote eco-friendly celebration.

Many Takers for Eco-Friendly Ganesha Statues

Posted on 2019/9/7 10:57:31 ( 417 reads )


INDIA, September 2, 2019 (The Hindu): Both Vizianagaram and Srikakulam towns wore a festive look on Sunday, ahead of Vinayaka Chaviti. Despite the rain, Vizianagaram's PW Market was bustling with activity, as people rushed in to buy Ganesh statues and puja materials. YSRCP leaders Eswar Kaushik, Kolagatla Sravani and others distributed eco-friendly statues to the devotees. In Srikakulam, the distribution of clay statues continued at Vijaya Ganapati Temple, Samapath Vinayak Temple among other places. Sampath Vinayak Temple Trust Board chairman Konda Rambabu expressed happiness over the positive response from the devotees to the concept of celebrating the festival in an eco-friendly manner.

Improving the Kumbh

Posted on 2019/9/7 10:57:19 ( 472 reads )


INDIA, September 4, 2019 (Hinduism Today by Purnendu Singh): There were times during thes Kumbh I went without sleep for two days at a stretch because of my duties overseeing VIP visits. But when I saw that, despite the huge rush, the pilgrims were able to comfortably and smoothly take their bath and felt blissful, I got a very special kind of satisfaction which cannot be easily explained in words. Seeing that, feeling the bliss and peace on the faces of the pilgrims, is the biggest achievement of my posting here. It was such an energy booster for me.

Purendu Singh, one of the Kumbh Mela senior police officers, shares his thoughts and feelings on the duty of a lifetime in the July issue of Hinduism Today. The full article can be viewed at "source".

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