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More than 100 Sacred Balinese Dances Barred from Commercial Use


Posted on 2019/9/20 13:31:52 ( 192 reads )

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BALI, INDONESIA, September 19, 2019 (Jakarta Post): At 63 years old, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati has dedicated his life to Balinese arts and culture. The prominent member of the Ubud royal family and the Bali deputy governor, popularly called Cok Ace, actively performs the sacred dances of Calonarang and Topeng Sidakarya in religious ceremonies at temples across Bali. Cok Ace, who is also the chairman of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association, said he felt sad to see sacred dances being performed only for tourists. The dances are also often performed at tourism festivals, including to break Indonesian-held world records. "Sacred dances should not be performed for commercial purposes. It's a deviation," he said.

Cok Ace is not the only one who has an uneasy feeling about the phenomenon. As a response, Bali's government, along with several concerned institutions, on Tuesday banned 127 sacred dances from being performed in any form for commercial purposes. Their joint statement read: "We prohibit all parties from demonstrating/showing/staging/performing all kinds of sacred Balinese dances beyond the sacred purposes of Hindu ceremonies." Bali Governor Wayan Koster added that since the prohibition is the form of an agreement, not a regulation, no sanctions would be applied. "Living orderly doesn't mean applying sanctions; [we only need] a mutual understanding, since our concern is to protect Balinese sacred dances."

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Inspiring a New Generation in Malaysia


Posted on 2019/9/20 13:31:40 ( 210 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, September 10, 2019 (Hinduism Today): Divine Life Society Malaysia offers young Hindus an infusion of fun and philosophy, empowering them with their religion for the rest of their lives. A generation of teenage Hindus in Malaysia is discovering Hinduism at creative camps, crafted by the Divine Life Society at Batu Caves. The live-in experience is designed to be informative, but, in a way that is also fun and engaging. Hinduism Today reporter, Ratnavathy Sivalingam, went there last fall to detail the curriculum, describe the daily schedule and interview the kids to find out what they think of all this.

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



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/9/20 13:31:27 ( 201 reads )

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Every belief creates certain attitudes. Attitudes govern our actions. Our actions can thus be traced to our inmost beliefs about ourself and the world around us.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Indian Diaspora in the Netherlands


Posted on 2019/9/19 10:53:31 ( 236 reads )

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INDIA, September 18, 2019 (India Post): Indo-Dutch contacts go back to more than 400 years. Official relations with independent India, established in 1947, have been cordial and friendly. India's economic growth, its large market, its pool of knowledge workers are of interest to the Netherlands. The two countries also share common ideals of democracy, pluralism and the rule of law. Bilateral ties have been marked by strong economic and commercial relations. The Netherlands hosts the second largest Indian diaspora (after the UK) in Europe and the largest Indian diaspora community on mainland Europe, totalling around 235,000 comprising 35,000 Indians and 200,000 Suriname-Hindustani community of Indian origin.

Since the early 1980s, the Dutch government has identified India as an important economic partner. Bilateral relations underwent further intensification after India's economic liberalization in the early 1990s. In 2006, former Prime Minister Balkenende's government declared India, along with China and Russia, as priority countries in Dutch foreign policy. The successful visit of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to India (June 5-6, 2015) set the stage to take bilateral ties to the next level and realize the full potential of the relationship. The highlight of 2017, which was the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between India and the Netherlands, was the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Netherlands in June 2017.

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Hinduism in a Nutshell


Posted on 2019/9/19 10:53:18 ( 209 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, September 9, 2019 (Hinduism Today): A recent Google search on "What is Hinduism?" yielded some 223,000 answers. Many are from outsiders offering their best take; many are from antagonists taking their best shot. Too few are knowledgeable; fewer still are authentic. Rare is the answer that goes beyond parochial sectarian understandings; scarcely any encompasses the huge gamut implied in the question. The founder of Hinduism Today magazine, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), well understood the challenges that all religions face in today's world, whether from outside or within. He wrote that every religion consists of the spiritual precepts, practices and customs of a people or society, transmitted from generation to generation, that maintain the connection with higher realms of consciousness, thus connecting man to God and keeping alive the highest ideals of culture and tradition.

Read A Simple Overview of a Complex Faith from the teachings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in the Educational Insight article of Hinduism Today's July issue at "source".



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/9/19 10:53:05 ( 215 reads )

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The key to unusual success lies in one's ability to be sensitive to opportunities as they arise, and more so, in one's courage and willpower to actually act on them. These moments pass quickly and if not seized will often not come again. We are in a flow and must willfully act at the appropriate times to be successful.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today



What Ancient India DNA Shows


Posted on 2019/9/16 12:40:00 ( 420 reads )

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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:
http://bit.ly/2kOn7SG



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


Posted on 2019/9/16 12:37:07 ( 391 reads )

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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 ( 279 reads )

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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 ( 339 reads )

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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 ( 531 reads )

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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 ( 497 reads )

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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 ( 683 reads )

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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 ( 579 reads )

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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 ( 544 reads )

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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".

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