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Famed NY Musueum Reviews Items from India It Received From a Dealer, Now a Looting Suspect

Posted on 2019/8/20 11:23:48 ( 322 reads )


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 18, 2019 (NY Times): Officials of the Indian government and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are discussing whether a number of prized antiquities that the museum began acquiring three decades ago were the product of looting by Subhash Kapoor, a Manhattan art dealer accused of being one of the world's most prolific smugglers of stolen artifacts. Since 1990, the Met has acquired some 15 antiquities that passed through Mr. Kapoor's hands during a period in which, the authorities say, his smuggling ring was active and he routinely sold or donated rare and costly artifacts to at least a dozen American museums. The discussions are part of a major push by India to recover some of the tens of thousands of sacred statues and ancient relics now known to have been plundered in the last half-century by a variety of smugglers and temple raiders.

"As we have since learned of the multiple law enforcement actions, and in the spirit of our enhanced procedures over recent years, we are now seeking to identify additional provenance information," the museum said in a statement. "It is a good initiative," D.M. Dimri, a spokesman for the Archaeological Survey of India, said of the Met's effort. His agency is responsible for safeguarding India's most illustrious objects and monuments. "We hope other museums will follow suit too and verify the source of their acquisitions in case they have our stolen antiquities."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/8/20 11:18:51 ( 350 reads )


Hinduism is not a definite dogmatic creed, but a vast, complex and subtly unified mass of spiritual thought and realization. Its tradition of the Godward endeavor of the human spirit has been continuously enlarging through the ages.
-- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), philosopher, statesmen and second President of India

Hindu Temple in Ipoh Vandalised, but Cops Have Suspect

Posted on 2019/8/18 11:12:28 ( 462 reads )


IPOH,MALAYSIA, August 17, 2019 (Malay Mail): The Sri Maha Mariaman Temple in Kampung Dusun, Bertam was a wreck when Hindu worshippers entered the prayer hall and saw 15 Deities smashed or in a broken heaps. The sacrilegious vandalism looked like it could have been the work of a group, but police have zoomed in on one person they suspect to be the culprit. "We arrested an Indonesian man at around 4.15am today," Perak deputy police chief Datuk Lim Hong Shuan said in a statement today.
Police are investigating the case under Section 295, 427 and 448 of the Penal Code for defiling a place of worship, committing mischief by causing damage and trespass respectively.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/8/18 11:03:56 ( 452 reads )


Do you realize the sacred significance and the supreme importance of the guru's role in the evolution of man? It was not without reason that the India of the past carefully tended and kept alive the lamp of guru-tattva. It is therefore not without reason that India, year after year, age after age, commemorates anew this ancient concept of the guru, adores it and pays homage to it again and again, and thereby reaffirms its belief and allegiance to it.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project Ahead of Schedule

Posted on 2019/8/17 11:57:27 ( 578 reads )


INDIA, August 15, 2019 (Fortune India): A unique project in Varanasi is pushing for modern development in the heartland of Indian antiquity. It may well become a model for historic precincts in the country as India develops economically. The Kashi Vishwanath corridor project, which is being personally supervised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and funded by the local Uttar Pradesh government, is monumental. Varanasi, considered one of the oldest living cities in the world, is also Modi's political constituency from where he has won his last two elections.In a country where real estate and land redevelopment in public spaces is fraught with litigation, the project has successfully evacuated 250 families and over a 100 small businesses that had been in the area for at least 80 years and even longer in some cases. The land acquisition stands nearly completed a good year ahead of schedule.

As a part of the dramatic transformation of the ancient city, the first in nearly 200 years, the land will be used to construct a 65 ft. wide pathway for the about 1000 ft. distance from the river to the temple. The new construction is expected to cost the state government about US$35 million, in addition to the $42 million already spent on land acquisition. Though no concrete plans are yet available, a walk-through created by Gujarat-based architecture firm HCP Design outlines a pilgrim centre, public utilities such as toilets, a library, cafes, and a museum. It will help ease congestion and make access easier for pilgrims to the temple, which has a golden spire and domes.

More at "source" above including several photos of the project.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/8/17 11:57:14 ( 580 reads )


Listen for silence in noisy places; feel at peace in the midst of disturbance; awaken joy when there is no reason.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

Chennai Soft Power 30 Project Update

Posted on 2019/8/16 13:20:00 ( 531 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, August 15, 2019 (Press Release): The Center for Soft Power has undertaken a project to document those performing artists from Chennai who have acted as India's Soft Power Assets globally. This project will take the form of interviews with 30 of Chennai's most internationally recognized performing artists, and will look at their journeys and how they have spread Indian culture through their art, at the global level. All videos have English subtitles wherever Tamil has been spoken. The videos are both entertaining and informative.

Six interviews have been posted so far:

1. Vikku Vinayakram, Ghatam Maestro, someone who has a school in Japan, performed in UN, etc:

2. Rajhesh Vaidya, Veena Maestro, the only country where he has not performed is Japan:

3. Lydian Nadhaswaram, Child Piano Prodigy, the winner of the World's Best Global Talent Competition:

4. Vishaka Hari, an exponent on Indian storytelling form also known as Harikatha, she travels to 13 countries annually, an integral aspect of our soft power story in India:

5. Renjith - Vijna, a young dance couple with expertise in Bharatanatyam:

6. Shashank Subramanyam. He is a Grammy-nominated flute player:

Fifth International Conference on Mt. Kailash Scheduled for March, 2020

Posted on 2019/8/15 11:51:54 ( 594 reads )


HAMBURG, GERMANY, August 15, 2019 (Press Release by Dr. Wolfgang Woellmer): The 5th International Conference on the Phenomenon of the Holy Mt. Kailash will take place at the University of Hamburg, Germany, March 21-22, 2020. Detailed information is available at "source" above. The conference theme is "Compilation of Traditional and New Aspects of Mt Kailash and Surrounding Pilgrimage Sites." It is sponsored by the Khyentse Center for Tibetan Buddhist Textual Scholarship, Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies at the University of Hamburg, supported by the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies and the Academy of World Religions and organized by the Phenomenon of Kailash Research Group of Bulgaria, Germany and Russia. The conference will be conducted in English.

Kailash in the far west of Tibet is one of the holiest mountains in the world, revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpo. During the last two decades, more Westerners have set out for this remote region and Indian pilgrims have increased on a large scale in part because of recent improvements in the infrastructure and more. Neighboring sites of interest include Lake Manasarovar, Lake Raksas Valley, Tirthapuri and the historical Guge Kingdom, as well as the sources of the four big rivers: Brahmaputra, Karnali (headstream of the Ganges), Sutlej and Indus.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/8/15 11:51:37 ( 577 reads )


When you obey laws of health, your body is your friend. When you love God, nature is your friend. When you love man, God is your friend. When you love hard work, success is your friend. When you possess an understanding heart, peace and harmony are your friends. Everywhere you have a friend. In all things there is a friend for you.
-- Swami Omkarananda Saraswati (1930-2000), guru and founder Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas

Fifth Song Released in Our History of Hindu India Music Video Series: "CIty and Village Life"

Posted on 2019/8/14 13:42:37 ( 540 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, August 14, 2019 (HPI): Hinduism today has posted to YouTube a new music video: "City and Village Life." 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 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 students to get a quick overview of life in India's citys and villages during this time, including the various occupations, business life, political system, family life including arranged marriage,

Produced by HinduismToday
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)

Two Events from the Chennai Soft Power 30 Project

Posted on 2019/8/14 13:38:49 ( 505 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, August 9, 2019 (Facebook): In an on-going series of events called the Chennai Soft Power 30, two stand out. One is the presentation by Vishaka Hari, a storytelling exponent on the works of Kalidasa. The second is a dance presentation and interview with Renjith and Vijna, rising starts in Bharatanatyam: https://t.co/bPMTh65XuK.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/8/14 13:38:35 ( 575 reads )


Hinduism is wholly free from the strange obsession of some faiths that the acceptance of a particular religious metaphysics is necessary for salvation, and non-acceptance thereof is a heinous sin meriting eternal punishment in hell.
-- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), Philosopher, statesmen and second president of India

Ganesh Festival in La Courneuve: "It's Important to be able to Practice our Religion Here"

Posted on 2019/8/13 11:02:42 ( 581 reads )


LA COURNEUVE, FRANCE, August 11, 2019 (Le Parisien, translated from French): Prayers and songs in Tamil resound in the procession advancing through the streets of La Courneuve. Dressed in traditional dress, several hundred people participated this past Sunday in the celebrations of their God Ganesh. The event was organized for the third time in a row in the municipality. The ceremony for the famous elephant-headed God was organized by the Sri Sithi Vinayagar temple, in this commune which, after Paris, has the largest Hindu community in France.

"The festival of Ganesh has existed since the beginning of time. It's a tradition and it's great to be able to organize it in France," insists Pheepa, a resident of Aulnay-sous-Bois who arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010." This is a great moment that allows us to share our culture," adds Sophie, 26, who lives with her family in La Courneuve. For its part, the municipality (PCF) explains that it is committed "to allow all residents to practice their religion in good conditions, within the framework of secularism," says Rachid Maiza, deputy mayor of La Courneuve.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/8/13 11:02:27 ( 620 reads )


It is the duty of parents to safeguard the spiritual interests of their child. As the parents have to feed a child which cannot feed itself, so have they to look after its spiritual interests also till it is able to take care of them.
-- Chandrashekara Bharathi Mahaswami (1892-1954), 34th Jagadguru of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham

The Festival of Sacred Thread

Posted on 2019/8/12 11:57:35 ( 626 reads )


INDIA, August 11, 2019 (Daily Excelsior by Ashok Sharma): India is famous for various festivals which reflect our rich culture and heritage. There are festivals for almost every religious and social occasion in our country. We have festivals associated with seasons, human bonds, harvest of crops, glory of Gods and Goddesses etc. One such eagerly awaited function named Rakshabandhan, literally meaning the Bond of Protection, is celebrated to mark the unconditional love of brothers and sisters. Primarily a North Indian festival, it symbolizes the subliminal bond of unconditional love and affection between a brother and a sister. This day is also known as Rakhi Poornima, falls on the Full Moon day, in the Month of Shravan as per the Hindu Lunar Calendar.

This is a secular festival celebrated irrespective of caste, religion, state and is also popular in our neighboring countries such as Nepal and Mauritius. On this day, sisters tie a sacred thread on the wrist of their brothers, male cousins, and adopted brothers who promise them protection from untoward happenings and assure them their unconditional love. The sisters, in turn, pray for a long and happy life of their brothers. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Preparations for the celebration of this festival start many days in advance. Sisters start buying raakhis as per the age and taste of their brothers and their own budgets while the brothers start surveying the markets for gifts to be presented to their sisters on this pious occasion. As the day of Raakhi comes, there is an atmosphere of joy and festivity in each and every household.

More on the festival at "source" above.

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