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Bali Government Sets Aside $114,076 to Revamp Besakih Temple in 2020


Posted on 2019/11/14 11:21:47 ( 126 reads )

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BALI, INDONESIA, November 8, 2019 (Coconuts): Bali's provincial government is setting aside around US$114,076 to revamp the Besakih Temple complex in Karangasem regency starting next year, with plans to build new food stalls and a parking facility in tow. "All this time we lacked earnestness in taking care [of Besakih Temple] that now it's become less pristine because it's crowded, chaotic and dirty. These things are affecting the purity and sanctity of Besakih," Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said yesterday, as quoted by Detik. The revitalization project is set to start in 2020, with wrap-up scheduled for 2022.

This project includes repairs of the shrines and temples, as well as the development of a four-level parking facility, which will supposedly fit thousands of motorcycles and cars, and hundreds of buses. Furthermore, the government also plans on prohibiting street vendors in the area and instead reorganize them into stalls and kiosks that will be built. Besakih Temple is located on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali, and is considered one of the most important and holiest Hindu temples on the island.



World Hindu Council Conference "Threads 2019" Tells the Story of Hindu Americans


Posted on 2019/11/14 11:21:34 ( 130 reads )

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, November 7, 2019 (India New England News): Attended by about 400 delegates from 30 states in the United States and Canada, the Threads 2019 conference, organized by World Hindu Council of America, concluded on Sunday after three days of thought-provoking and captivating deliberations. Hindu-American thinkers, artists, educators, writers, public policy makers, scientists, medical professionals, technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders came together on one platform to share their stories and journeys, celebrate their accomplishments and share ideas for brighter and better America for future generations. .

Dr. Jai Bansal, the convener, opened the conference by welcoming the 400 delegates and dignitaries, travelling from more than 30 US states and Canada. In his welcome address, Dr. Bansal talked about how Hindu Americans have integrated into the fabric of American culture while retaining their own identity. Rajiv Malhotra, Founder of Infinity Foundation, in his keynote address, explained how Hindu Americans have contributed to the American society at large. He summoned the delegates to take a leadership role in defining and integrating authentic Hindu values in the American mosaic. He said, "We Hindu Americans need to lead to redefine the American exceptionalism while maintaining mutual respect."

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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/11/14 11:21:21 ( 106 reads )

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It is Divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts. Your duty is to treat everybody, including yourself, as a manifestation of the Lord.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh



Sagar Island Festival is Sinking into the Sea


Posted on 2019/11/9 10:42:38 ( 364 reads )

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INDIA, October 10, 2019 (OZY): Sitting in the gardens of the Kapil Muni Temple on Sagar Island, Sanjay Das seems unperturbed by the fact that the temple over which he presides is not, in fact, the original. "Three or four have already been lost in the sea," he says, gesturing vaguely in the direction of the nearby beach where thousands of pilgrims have come to pray and submerge themselves in the waters. At the confluence of the holy River Ganga and the Bay of Bengal, Sagar Island attracts millions of Hindu devotees each January for the Ganga Sagar festival. Last year, in the space of two days, an estimated three million Hindu pilgrims came to bathe in the holy waters.

However, Sagar Island -- and with it, the future of the festival -- is under threat. Rising sea levels and coastal erosion are encroaching upon the land all across the Sundarbans, a delta of tiny islands nestled between east India and Bangladesh. The Kapil Muni Temple, where pilgrims offer prayers after a dip in the sea, has been moved several times to avoid being submerged. While researchers argue over the extent to which climate change is to blame for the disappearing land, a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a stark prediction: If current trends of warming and Antarctic ice melt continue, sea levels globally will rise by as much as one meter by 2100 -- this would submerge most of the Sundarbans.

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Anti-India Narrative: Yoga is American and India is about Cows and Caste


Posted on 2019/11/9 10:42:25 ( 383 reads )

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INDIA, November 6, 2019 (YouTube by Karolina Goswami): India's own intellectual traditions are now being claimed elsewhere. Does India realize that its so called soft power is not completely owned by it anymore? Without even visiting or knowing India, India's own soft power is being consumed, utilized and exploited by many across the world. Yoga can be a good example, across the world many are practicing yoga without necessarily knowing its Dharmic and Indian roots. Yoga is being discussed, taught and consumed without discussing India.

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Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?


Posted on 2019/11/9 10:42:13 ( 361 reads )

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UNITED STATES, June 18, 2018 (Scientific American): In 2015, doctors in Germany reported the extraordinary case of a woman who suffered from what has traditionally been called "multiple personality disorder" and today is known as "dissociative identity disorder" (DID). The woman exhibited a variety of dissociated personalities ("alters"), some of which claimed to be blind. Using EEGs, the doctors were able to ascertain that the brain activity normally associated with sight wasn't present while a blind alter was in control of the woman's body, even though her eyes were open. Remarkably, when a sighted alter assumed control, the usual brain activity returned. This was a compelling demonstration of the literally blinding power of extreme forms of dissociation, a condition in which the psyche gives rise to multiple, operationally separate centers of consciousness, each with its own private inner life.

Now, a newly published paper posits that, although consciousness is indeed fundamental in nature, it isn't fragmented like matter. The idea is to extend consciousness to the entire fabric of spacetime, as opposed to limiting it to the boundaries of individual subatomic particles. This view--called "cosmopsychism" in modern philosophy, although our preferred formulation of it boils down to what has classically been called "idealism"--is that there is only one, universal, consciousness. The physical universe as a whole is the extrinsic appearance of universal inner life, just as a living brain and body are the extrinsic appearance of a person's inner life.

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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/11/9 10:42:00 ( 351 reads )

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Take up one idea and make that your life-- think of it, dream of it, live on it. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. One single soul with good motives, sincerity and infinite love can destroy the dark designs of millions of hypocrites and brutes.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrishna



The Science Behind South India's Mridangam Drum


Posted on 2019/11/7 11:10:24 ( 457 reads )

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CHENNAI, INDIA, November 5, 2019 (Deccan Chronicle): Taking a cue from Nobel laureate C. V. Raman who did an in-depth study into the harmonics of mridangam and published papers in 1920, eminent percussionist Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and scientists Dr. T. Ramasamy and Dr. M. D. Naresh have done new and extensive research for their book "Musical Excellence of Mridangam."" It will be released by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and the first copy will be received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at CLRI auditorium in the city on Tuesday evening.

It all started in the early 20th century when some Western scientists interested in music said Indian percussion instruments don't have harmonics. Their comments left a lasting impact on C. V. Raman who decided to understand the physics behind the mridangam and find out the innate beauty and aesthetics of the percussion instrument. With his keen observations and study, sans modern gadgets, he found that the mridangam produces five harmonics that contribute to the musical quality of the instrument. The three authors are confident that their new research will be a reference book to students of percussion and scientists who want to analyse the finer aspects of the instrument.

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1,000-Year-Old Shivling, Nandi Among Kushan Period Sculptures Unearthed in Karnal


Posted on 2019/11/7 11:10:12 ( 459 reads )

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INDIA, November 7, 2019 (Hindustan Times): The chance discovery of sculptures of Lord Shiva and Nandi and other artifacts dating back to the Kushan period that were unearthed in Faridapur village could give new insights into the history of the region, said heritage experts on Wednesday. The sculptures were discovered by miners while digging sand on the banks of Yamuna river in Karnal's Faridapur village on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. "We will call it a chance discovery since the materials were found 25-30 feet below the surface level and the area is covered with sand. The process of extracting the remains will also be risky," said Banani Bhattacharyya, deputy director, Department of Archaeology and Museums.

Expected to be thousands of years old, the sculptures, besides two stone pillars and some bricks, could give new insights about the Kushan period, she said. "We will first trace out the spread of the area where the statues were discovered since many evidences of artifacts dating back from the Kushan period to the Bhoj period have been found, almost from the 1st century AD to the 10th century AD, which means 1,000 years of history," said Bhattacharyya. She said that officials from the department had visited the site on Tuesday and taken an undertaking from locals, who had taken possession of the discovered materials.

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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/11/7 11:09:59 ( 444 reads )

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By constantly repeating, "I am free, I am free," a man verily becomes free. On the other hand, by constantly repeating, "I am bound, I am bound," he certainly becomes bound. The fool who says only, "I am a sinner, I am a sinner," verily drowns himself in worldliness. One should rather say: "I praise the name of God. How can I be a sinner? How can I be bound?"
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)



One Killed in Nepal During Clash over Statue Immersion


Posted on 2019/11/5 12:00:00 ( 493 reads )

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, November 1, 2019 (PYI): A 20-year-old Indian national was killed after security forces in southern Nepal opened fire to disperse a mob following a clash between two religious groups over a procession to immerse a statue. The clash took place after a group of Muslims raised objection over a route taken by a Hindu group to immerse the statue of Goddess Laxmi after Laxmi Puja in Krishnanagar area of Kapilvastu district on Thursday, according to SP Dipesh Shumsher Rana, chief of the District Police Office. To control the mob, police opened fire in which Indian national Suraj Kumar Pandey, who had a tea stall in the area, was killed. Six police personnel were also injured while trying to control the agitating crowd.



The British Did Not "Invent" India...


Posted on 2019/11/5 11:51:37 ( 661 reads )

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INDIA, April 24, 2019 (Quora by Vittal Setty): Even before the Brits set foot in India a group of them founded The East India Company in 1600 It was called East India Company, not East Jodhpur Company, East Travancore Company, Mysore Company, East Maratha Company or Junagadh Company or Punjab Company, CoochBehar Company or any of the 400 princely states that were present. If you go back further into the Mughal empire, still we find reference to the term Hindustan in Ain-i-Akbari. And then if you go further back to the time of Chandragupta Maurya, we have Megasthenes (from 3rd Century BC) the Greek ambassador sent by Seleucus Nicator. Megasthenes widely traveled all over this land and came up with his magnum opus which was called--guess what--Indica!

Kingdoms might come and go. States might unify or split. But the idea of a nation is not just the political structure, but the culture and the philosophy of the land -- that is a greater unifier than the lines drawn by kings and politicians. So India has existed long before the British stepped unto it. India has existed as an entity for thousands of years because of the people following the common culture of the land. So the idea of the British unifying India is simply out of the picture.

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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/11/5 11:51:25 ( 586 reads )

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As long as there is searching, Parasiva has not been found, for searching is two, while It is one.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



1,500 Dalits Convert to Buddhism in India


Posted on 2019/11/1 13:48:13 ( 840 reads )

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AHMEDABAD, INDIA, October 31, 2019 (Buddhist Door): Some 1,500 Dalits embraced Buddhism in a mass conversion ceremony in the Indian state of Gujarat on 27 October. The ceremony was held at the Sardar Vallabhahai Patel National Memorial in Ahmedabad in the southwest of the state. The city is approximately 186 miles north of Mumbai in Maharashtra, a major center for the ongoing Ambedkarite movement and other Dalits seeking social advancement through conversion to Buddhism. The mass conversion was organized by the Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA), an international Buddhist organization founded by Ven. Hsing Yun in 1992.

Although the term "dalit" was first used by the British in the 1930s, it represents ethnic groups in India and Nepal that have historically been excluded from the fourfold varna system of class and caste in the region, dating back to and preceding the life of the historical Buddha. The term was popularized by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, an economist and reformer and the chairman of India's Constitution Drafting Committee in 1947. Ambedkar famously led a mass conversion to Buddhism of some 500,000 of his supporters in 1956. Suggesting caution, Badri Narayan, a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University School of Social Sciences, said: "This is the beginning of a Quit Hinduism movement, and if upper-caste Hindus continue to chase Dalits away, the count of Hindus would come down significantly." Narayan suggested that Hindus in India should take note and seek ways to avoid further large-scale conversions.

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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/11/1 13:48:00 ( 650 reads )

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We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
-- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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