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Remnants of 100 Undiscovered Ancient Temples Unearthed in Cambodian Jungle

Posted on 2019/5/17 13:29:49 ( 305 reads )


CAMBODIA, May 16, 2019 (Daily Mail): Archaeologists claim to have found the remnants of nearly 100 previously undiscovered ancient Hindu temples in the jungles of Cambodia. The temples, which in many cases are just foundations, were unearthed in Kratie Province's historical Samphu Borak area of eastern Cambodia's Kratie Province. The team believe they date back to the 6th and 7th centuries, hundreds of years older than the country's world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex which dates back to the 12th century. Samphu Borak was one of the most densely populated regions of the pre-Angkorian era of Cambodia. Thuy Chanthourn, deputy director of the Institute of Arts and Culture of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the remains of the temples had not been recorded in earlier studies, by either French or Cambodian archaeologists.

Alison Carter from the Anthropology Dept at the University of Oregon, who is a director of P'teah Cambodia, researching ancient ruins, told Asia Wire: "I think when we hear temple sites people think of Angkor Wat or Ta Prohm, but in fact many Angkorian and especially Pre-Angkorian temple sites were quite small. Everyone focuses on the places in Cambodia where there is standing architecture but finding so many sites in other parts of the country demonstrates that other parts of Cambodia were occupied in the past and are important places. Compared to the Angkorian period, we don't know very much about the Pre-Angkorian period. Any new information like this helps us complete a more holistic picture of the past."

Third Song Released in Our History of Hindu India Music Video Series: Hindus Love Celebrations

Posted on 2019/5/17 13:28:53 ( 177 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, May 17, 2019 (HPI): Hinduism today has just posted to YouTube a new music video : "Hindus Love Celebrations." Click "source" above to see and hear. It is a song for children intended to supplement the popular History of Hindu India documentary "From Ancient Times." 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 an overview of Hindu home and community worship, including Diwali, Holi and the Kumbh Mela.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/17 13:17:41 ( 180 reads )


It's indescribable. That should be clear. Neti, neti. We're not trying to describe it. Other experiences in meditation we describe. We say, "Okay let's go from a moon-like glow inner light into a slightly more intense one." But when it comes to the Self there's no description except that awareness is missing.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Japan Abode of Hindu Deities Explored in Film by India Expert

Posted on 2019/5/15 11:01:16 ( 608 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 13, 2019 (Asian Age): It may surprise many Indians but scores of Hindu Deities, including Saraswati, Lakshmi, Brahma, Ganesha, and Garuda, are actively worshiped in their temples by the Japanese, preserving Indian traditions that have practically been forgotten in India, shows a film screened in Delhi on Sunday. It revealed that there are hundreds of shrines of Saraswati in the land of rising sun. The well-researched 30-minute documentary, "Indian Deities Worshipped in Japan", (https://youtu.be/8WaenzbSJwk) funded by the ministry of external affairs, is directed by global fame photographer and art historian Benoy K. Behl (62), who specialises in the study of ancient cultures and historical monuments across the world. He has been engaged in research on Hindu Deities in Japan since 1994.

"Unlike most cultures that spread with the force of sword, Indian philosophy of ethical living travelled to every corner of Asia through our traders who showcased the link between ethics and commercial success," Mr. Behl told this newspaper, quoting a former Japanese ambassador who said that the "Japanese culture is founded on the Indian culture". "The film depicts the science of living and Indian philosophy of ethical living as most Hindu Gods are the personification of the fine qualities inside you," said Mr. Behl, who holds the Limca Book Record for being the most travelled photographer.

Hinduism Today Seeks Sanskrit Expert to Proofread Ganesha Puja

Posted on 2019/5/15 11:01:02 ( 340 reads )

KAUAI, HAWAII, May 15, 2019 (HPI): Here at Kauai's Hindu Monastery, headquarters of Hinduism Today, we are preparing a new edition of "Loving Ganesha," one of Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's most popular books. This will be an upgraded color edition. As part of the effort, we are seeking the help of one or more Sanskrit experts to proofread and offer corrections for the Ganesha Puja in chapter 12. For those who respond, we will make the text available on Google docs. We have Devanagari, transliteration and English translation. We are looking for errors in the Devanagari and transliteration for chants, and especially in the English translation. Please contact Acharya Kumarnathaswami at kumar@hindu.org if you would like to help. Many thanks!

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/15 11:00:45 ( 312 reads )


Youth is not a time of life--it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions. It is freshness of the deep springs of life. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
-- Swami Bua Ji Maharaj (1889-2010), centenarian yogi

Cyclone Fani Causes no Structural Damage to Konark Sun Temple or Jagannath Puri Temple

Posted on 2019/5/13 12:40:00 ( 433 reads )


INDIA, May 10, 2019 (Devdiscourse): The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Friday said there is no structural damage to the Konark Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site, due to Cyclone Fani, which made its landfall near Puri in Odisha on May 3. There is also no major damage to the Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri, a top Hindu pilgrim spot, it said. The repair and restoration of the Jagannath Temple will be completed ahead of the annual Rath Yatra festival on July 4, the ASI said.

A high-level team led by ASI director general Usha Sharma visited both the monuments located in Puri district a day after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dashed off a letter to the Centre seeking immediate inspection of both the temples following the extremely severe cyclone which had packed windspeeds of about 124 mph. After the visit to Konark temple, a 12th century edifice, the ASI team observed that there is by and large no structural damage to the monument.

Students and Funds Fall Short at Sanskrit School

Posted on 2019/5/13 12:35:55 ( 358 reads )


PONDA, GOA, INDIA, May 11, 2019 (Herald): There's a shortage of Hindu priests in Goa, and the shortfall is being made up by purohits from the neighboring States. Whether it is to celebrate marriages or at Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Tulsi vivah, Laxmi poojan when priests are required to perform the rituals at people's homes, or on a daily basis at temples, the shortage of priests is glaring. A trip to the only Sanskrit school in the State at Kavlem, led to the discovery that the school is struggling to find students, and that it has a lot of expenditure to meet which the management is struggling to bear. Around 49 students study in the school and they have to stay there for seven years.

The school is managed by the Gomantak Sanskritotezak Mandal and its president Arun Desai said that to become a purohit and perform religious rites, poojas, worship in temples as well as residences, the study of Vedic Literature in Sankrit is necessary and this is imparted at the school. But he regretted the lack of students and funds. "We are struggling as we have to bear the expenditure. However, we get help from kind donors and this helps us to manage the school. We tried for more assistance from the government but the laws restrict further help due to various requirements and conditions," Desai said. Asked about government assistance, he said the State helped in renovating the premises. "Government provided us grants for three teachers, including one for imparting English education to our students," Desai said.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/13 12:35:41 ( 387 reads )


Whatever world the man of purified mind desires, whatever desires he wishes to fulfill, all these he attains. Therefore, let whoever is desirous of prosperity worship the man of Self Realization. The man of Self Realization knows the supreme Brahman upon which the universe is based and shines radiantly.
-- Atharva Veda, Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.10

Swept up in Muslim Crisis, Hindu Rohingyas Are Stuck in Bangladesh

Posted on 2019/5/10 12:27:39 ( 514 reads )


KUTUPALONG, BANGLADESH, May 8, 2019 (Religion News): As talks restart this month about repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh back to Myanmar, neither country's government has an answer for the fate of Hindu Rohingyas still stuck in Bangladesh. More than a million Rohingya have fled Myanmar to settle in at least 27 camps in neighboring Bangladesh. The refugees are commonly recognized as a Muslim minority group that has been persecuted for its members' faith by authorities in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. But outside the largest camp, Kutupalong, approximately 500 Hindu refugees live in a heavily policed settlement that looks more like a village than the crammed camps the Muslim refugees live in. The crisis has largely focused on the Muslim refugees, but these Hindus have their own set of problems.

The Hindu families began arriving in Bangladesh along with the Muslim Rohingya in late August 2017, after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a militant Rohingya Muslim group, attacked 30 Myanmar military outposts, kickstarting the exodus of some 700,000 Rohingya. The Hindu refugees claimed ARSA attacked Hindu homes in addition to Myanmar military outposts the day the fighting began. Invested in keeping the country a Buddhist-majority land, the Myanmar government had already stripped Rohingyas' citizenship rights in 1982, claiming they were illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. When asked why they don't just cross the border and go back home, given that the Myanmar government has promised to keep them safe, Rohingya refugee Mintu Rudro and other Hindu refugees say they are too afraid to be mistaken for Muslims and shot at the border. "We just want the Bangladesh government to send us back properly. They took care of us all this time and they should be the ones to send us back."

Much more at "source".

Indian Roots In Foreign Soil

Posted on 2019/5/10 12:27:25 ( 525 reads )


MALAYSIA, May 5, 2019 (Tribune): Some 500 years back, a trading community from South India settled in Malaysia. They married native women and adapted to the local culture. Yet, the Chettis continue to hold on to their Indianness -- they still have Hindu names and celebrate Diwali and Pongal. They carry Indian names but don't look Indian, they speak no Indian language but are Hindus. Most do not have a familial connection to India yet their race is listed as Indian on their identity cards. These are the little known Chettis of Melaka (formerly Malacca) in Malaysia. Melaka, with its sheltered harbor and strategic location, became a major trading hub in the heyday of the spice trade attracting Indian traders to the Malayan archipelago. Away from their families for several months at a time, these men began to develop relationships with local Malay, Javanese and Chinese women. Many settled down in Melaka, started families and became part of the local community. Thus, around the 15th century, an entirely new community known as the Chetti Melaka was born.

Unaware about the place their forefathers originally came from in India, the Chettis settled down at Kampung Chetti (Chetti village in Malay) at Gajah Berang in Melaka. By 18th century the community had become so influential that Dutch colonizers assigned land to them in 1781. In the same year they established the Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple, which is the oldest Hindu temple in Melaka, Malaysia. Kampung Chetti continues to be the spiritual and cultural base of the Chettis and this is where they gather to celebrate all their major festivals. Today, only 20 to 30 families live at Kampung Chetti. Many members of the community migrated to Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore in the early part of the 20th century. An estimated 5,000 Chettis live in Singapore at present. In recent times, there has been a growing awareness about the need to save the Chetti culture before it disappears. Despite dilution of their Indian ethnicity, the Chettis have survived for so long because of their flexibility and willingness to adapt.

More of this history at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/10 12:27:05 ( 570 reads )


Live morality before you talk of it. Practice meditation before you preach it. Taste goodness before you recommend it. Gain bliss before you offer it to others.
-- Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993), founder of Chinmaya mission

History of Hindu India Music Video, "That's What Hindus Believe" Posted to YouTube

Posted on 2019/5/9 13:57:26 ( 0 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, May 8, 2019 (HPI): "That's What Hindus Believe" is a song for children intended to supplement the popular History of Hindu India documentary "From Ancient Times." The documentary and song, the second of three for this time period, neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. An easy way for kids to get an overview of the largest civilization in ancient times.

Music: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Video and subtitles: Igro Burenkov
Complete History Series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list= ... A5kTwKf5gHchrJliKCMTM__7B
Part One, Song One, "Let's Go Back 6,000 Years:" https://youtu.be/YHS7dyN6sgM

Huge Australian Sandalwood Company Comes Back to Life

Posted on 2019/5/9 13:55:15 ( 519 reads )


AUSTRALIA, October 30, 2018 (abc.net.au): [HPI note-we're a bit late on reporting on this, but wanted to keep our readers informed. In Hinduism Today, April, 2018, issue we did an extensive report on Quintis company which had become the world's largest sandalwood producer:
https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/ ... tion/item.php?itemid=5851
Just at the time of our story, the company declared bankruptcy and faced a bleak future. But according to this report, they have been refinanced.]

Indian sandalwood company Quintis has emerged from administration as a private company after a $145 million cash injection from its creditors. Global investment giant BlackRock yesterday became the majority owner of the company, which manages 12,500 hectares of forestry plantations across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. The recapitalization means Quintis will honor all its agreements with managed investment scheme (MIS) investors, and about 200 employees will keep their jobs.

Quintis has had a difficult 18 months, with key contracts cancelled, the loss of its founder and managing director, entering into a trading halt, and appointing bankruptcy administrators in January. At the same time, a splinter group of shareholders and growers have been battling to take over some Quintis-managed sandalwood plantations. Quintis chief executive and director Julius Matthys said [the appointed bankruptcy] administrators left the company yesterday once the $145 million had been received from BlackRock. "We have all of that money today, and the money is to fund our business operations until we are cash positive from the sale of our plantation wood," he said. "Quintis is now a private company, it has a debt and equity structure, and the $145 million is cash to underwrite the operations over the next four or five years. "The problems of the past were generally around having to raise money on an annual basis to maintain operations. With this cash injection we don't need to do this anymore."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/5/9 13:55:02 ( 554 reads )


When diksha is given to a competent disciple, the guru enters into his soul, establishes himself as the disciple's inner Self and by means of his power, removes all the impurities that limit the essential nature of the disciple's Self.
-- Sarvajnananottara Agama

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