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Can Being Nice to Cows Save the World? A Hindu Man in the Poconos Would Like to Believe So.

Posted on 2018/12/11 12:45:06 ( 184 reads )


STROUDSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, November 19, 2018 (The Inquirer): Every day, a joyful man in dung-covered boots tries to balance the world's karma by dishing out love, compassion, and the occasional fried Indian delight to his ragtag herd of cows. The mighty Krishna, a tall and hefty Angus, appears to be a favorite, but Sastri said each of his 23 cows is equally beloved at his Poconos sanctuary. Sastri, 78, is wiry, bespectacled, and constantly smiling, and wears a blazer over his farm clothes while he walks around his 90-acre Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary in Monroe County. Sastri still resembles a college professor, albeit one who fell in mud. He grew up in Chidambaram, by the Bay of Bengal in Southern India, moved to the United States in 1964 for grad school, and spent 28 years teaching engineering at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn.

As the millennium approached, however, Sastri, a devout Hindu, began to ponder his next life and wonder if he'd done enough good deeds. He wasn't just thinking about a life after retirement. "The Hindu philosophy says whatever karma you have done in the past, in this life, follows you," he explained. Sastri decided in 2000 that saving cows was his way forward and traded a Brooklyn brownstone and academic life for pickup trucks on life support and a farm in Northampton County, and eventually a 90-acre spread in Jackson Township, Monroe County, with a ramshackle farmhouse. The goal of the Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary, a nonprofit, is to save cows destined for the slaughterhouse, but Sastri has also taken in animals other kindhearted people had kept as pets. "If you look at all the living beings in this world, the most loving and compassionate animal is the cow," Sastri said. "They give and give and give."

California University Expresses Continued Interest in Hindu Chairs

Posted on 2018/12/11 12:44:53 ( 203 reads )


CALIFORNIA, U.S., March 18, 2018 (DCF USA): After sustained engagement with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD), the University of California has issued a letter to Dharma Civilization Foundation, expressing both regret for any misunderstanding as well as continued interest in working with the Hindu community to establish Chairs at UCI. The letter begins:

"t the current moment, the process initiated by DCF with UCI, from 2012 onwards has successfully resulted in the creation of the Jain and Sikh Chairs at UCI, whereas the Hindu Chairs stand rejected, even today. In December 2015, certain UCI Faculty from the School of Humanities initiated a petition, calling into question the Hindu communities' motives, and engaged in an orchestrated campaign of slander designed to delegitimize both Dharma Civilization Foundation, and Dean Georges Van Dan Abbeele, and in the process, ensured that the efforts of gift giving by the Hindu Community to the UCI were shut down without any semblance of constructive dialog or engagement. The overwhelming message that the Faculty members behind the public petitions, and highly prejudicial open letter delivered is that the Hindus alone are not welcome to participate at the academic table. Ironically, they did so, in the name of academic freedom, while not advancing the cause of civil discourse. DCF welcomes the letter from UCI, and the opportunity for constructive, professional and meaningful engagement with UCI Administration, Faculty and Students that it seems to invite.

The full text of the letter can be read at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/12/11 12:44:39 ( 210 reads )


A happy man is he who desires nothing, claims nothing, expects nothing and is free from hatred and fear.
-- Dada Vaswani, leader of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

How Much Money Did Britain Take Away from India? About $45 Trillion in 173 years, says Top Economist

Posted on 2018/12/10 10:47:29 ( 384 reads )


INDIA, November 19, 2018 (Business Today): Britain ruled India for about 200 years, a period that was marred with extreme poverty and famine. Renowned economist Utsa Patnaik, who has done a research on the fiscal relations between Colonial India and Britain, has tried to answer a question many Indians are likely to be interested to know -- how much money did Britishers take away from India? Patnaik, in her essay published in Columbia University Press recently, said Britain drained out over $45 trillion from India, which to date has hampered the country's ability to come out of poverty.

Patnaik said the scars of colonization remain despite Britain leaving India over 70 years ago. "Between 1765 and 1938, the drain amounted to 9.2 trillion pounds ($45 trillion), taking India's export surplus earnings as the measure, and compounding it at a 5 per cent rate of interest," Patnaik said during an interview with Mint. She added Indians were never given due credit for their precious resources like gold and forex earnings, which all went to feed the people of the British country. As per Utsa, every year the Britishers siphoned off resources equivalent to 26-36 per cent of the Central government's budget. This would have made a huge difference in India's journey towards being a developed nation. The economist believes if these international earnings had remained in India, the country would have been much ahead in terms of proper healthcare and social welfare indicators.

Putting forward some shocking figures, Patnaik said while people of India died due to malnutrition and several other diseases just like "flies," the Britishers kept taking away hard-earned money of poor Indians. "...Indian expectation of life at birth was just 22 years in 1911," said Utsa. She said Britain exported foodgrains and imposed high taxes, which spread famine in India and reduced its purchasing power. As per the economist, per capita annual consumption of food, which was 200 kg in 1900, went down to 137kg during World War II in 1946. She said India's position at the time of independence was dismal on all social factors.

Kanaka Durga Temple to Have Traditional Dress Code

Posted on 2018/12/10 10:47:16 ( 253 reads )


VIJAYAWADA, INDIA, December 10, 2018 (Deccan Chronicle): Come January 1, devotees to the famous Kanaka Durga temple on the Indirakeeladri hill here will have to wear traditional dresses for darshan. From next year, the temple is banning Bermudas, shorts, mini-skirts, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts, middies, sleeveless tops. According to the code, a woman devotee has to wear a saree or a chudidhar-pajama and men must wear dhoti or lungi with uttareeyam or kurta-pyjama.

Speaking to this newspaper, temple executive officer V. Koteswaramma said, "A simple shirt and trousers are also allowed, but it would be ideal if men wear dhoti and uttariyam. Other than these traditional dresses, outfits like Bermudas, T-shirts, jeans, shorts and Western-style dresses are not permitted." "We have decided not to allow Western outfits to maintain spiritual ambience in the temple. If any devotee forgets to follow this dress code, he or she will be advised to change the dress before entering the queue complex," said Ms Koteswaramma said. "It would be applicable even to foreign devotees," she said.

Silencing the Voice of the Indigenous: The Aryan Invasion/Migration Theory

Posted on 2018/12/10 10:47:02 ( 263 reads )


UNITED STATES, June 20, 2018 (DCF USA by Kundan Singh): The Roundtable discussion at the World History Association Conference examined the ongoing problems associated with the Aryan Invasion/Migration Theory, and the controversies involving the late 18th and 19th-century origins of this theory and its explicit service to European national and colonialist interests and agendas. This historiographical controversy centers on academic arguments that still dominate the field, continuing outmoded Western Orientalist paradigms that persist in today's area studies, despite a rich and growing body of evidence and scholarship to the contrary. The problem is deeper than that of historiographical and cultural misrepresentation, however, involving a kind of intellectual ownership of the historical narrative. Grounded in European Indology and imposed on the history of India, the Aryan Invasion / Migration Theory, emerges as an ideological and less-than rational set of ideas.

The Aryan Invasion Theory has been replaced by the Aryan Migration Theory - but whether invasion or migration, essentially it is the same Aryans coming from outside the Indian subcontinent who have given the Indians any semblance of civilization, however other-worldly or material that it may be. School textbooks across the USA and India continue to serve up as near scientific objective truth of a supposed Aryan migration / invasion into India that took place sometime around 1500 BCE, masquerading the racist underpinnings of the earlier theory under the politically correct linguistic version of Aryans as people carrying Indo-European languages from one place to another as they migrated from some place in Europe. Such is the mainstream academic blind-spot i.e. its patent racism, that despite almost all nationalities in Europe having claimed the origins of the Aryan people in their land, it does not question the veracity or the "scientific" truth of the migration of the Aryan people from Europe to the Middle-East to India. Portrayals of world cultures and history remain central to the goals of World History with an aim to restore--or to establish for the first time--Indigenous agency to the historical narrative, respect for traditional cultures and values,

Much more of this article at "source".

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/12/10 10:46:49 ( 237 reads )


Our nerve system is just like a harp. It can be played by us or by other people. Others can cause many tones to be heard in our nerve system; that is why it is imperative for those on the path to be in good company. But we want it to be played from the inside out through the beautiful rhythm of superconsciousness, which is bliss.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

High Court Quashes Tamil Nadu Government Order Transferring Statue Theft Cases to India's Central Bureau of Investigation

Posted on 2018/12/9 12:23:54 ( 234 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, November 30, 2018 (Outlook India): The Madras High Court Friday quashed a Tamil Nadu government order transferring the investigation of statue theft cases to the CBI (India's equivalent of the FBI), holding that it was unreasonable, mala fide and transgression of judicial orders. A special bench of justices R. Mahadevan and P. D. Audikesavulu, set up to hear petitions related to statue thefts, criticized the government for "hurriedly" taking the decision to transfer the cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by its August 1 order, when the court entrusted the job to a team appointed by it. It ordered appointment of Inspector General Pon Manickavel, who retired Friday as the Statue Wing chief, as a special officer to investigate present and future cases for one year. Reposing its faith in the IPS officer, the court said he was instrumental in recovering many stolen statues.

The court came down on the government for issuing an order Thursday upgrading the post of IG Statue Wing to additional director general of police and appointing ADGP Abhay Kumar Singh to succeed Manickavel after it reserved orders on the petitions challenging the CBI probe. "The entire process followed in the issuance of the (August 1) government order is illegal. The decision seems to have been taken by four officials, and not by the government, within a day, for reasons which would not require an investigation by the CBI or any central agency," it said. The state government had contended it was a policy decision and there were enough and sufficient grounds for transferring the investigation to the CBI as in some cases, there were international and inter-state ramifications.

Aryan Invasion-Migration of India and German Anti-Semitism

Posted on 2018/12/9 12:23:41 ( 319 reads )


UNITED STATES, October 4, 2018 (DCF USA by Vishwa Alduri): A debate has been raging between proponents of the view that the Aryans migrated into India, and those who hold the opposite view. In this blog, I do not attempt to resolve that debate; indeed, I make no claims about the historical reality of an ethnic group, whether called "Aryan," "Indian" or "Indo-German." Rather, I seek to bring historical perspective to this debate by illustrating the political and rhetorical uses to which the search for origins has been put, especially the origins of a semi-divine "culture people" (Kulturvolk) held to be responsible for bringing civilization and progress to the rest of humanity.

German Indologists' historical accounts about ancient India were neither objective nor secular. The Indologists lacked historical training. What they peddled as "history" was, in fact, racial prejudices disguised in teleological terms (for example, that it was natural for the "stronger" race to defeat the "weaker"). We must learn to recognize that the "history" we have been told is fundamentally a racial history. Even indigenous accounts of history (see, for example, the work of D. D. Kosambi) attest to this racial bias. In many ways, the "official" history of India has functioned as an apology for colonization and a legitimation for cultural and ethnic genocides.

Much more of this article at "source" above.

Ayush Minister Calls for Bringing Yoga into Modern Healthcare

Posted on 2018/12/9 12:23:27 ( 284 reads )


PANAJI, INDIA, November 13, 2018 (Times of India): While modern medicine is necessary, it has several adverse effects. The cost of medication and hospitalisation is dragging many middle class families to poverty. Therefore, this is the right time to introduce yoga in public health systems as it brings the body, mind and soul in alignment to rid the body of diseases, Union minister for commerce and industry Suresh Prabhu said on Monday. Stating that this was a great opportunity to bring in yoga as an answer to the many problems facing the world, Prabhu said, "You cannot help the body unless you align your soul with the body. There is also the mind. So many of the problems human beings face today are caused by the mind. The science (of yoga) brings all the elements that influence the body together."

Founder of Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, said that the health systems today are not competent to handle all the issues that mankind is facing, because only the physical body is being treated. People have forgotten the panchkroshas or five elements that make up a being, he said. "We are in a fortunate era where science has accepted that healthcare has many dimensions, including a mental and even a spiritual dimension. So, let us bring this to all the institutes. It is just because of lack of awareness that we find ourselves dealing with so many health-related issues. I am very glad that our leadership, the Prime Minister, the Ayush ministry, have decided to combine both yoga and ayurveda," the spiritual leader said.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2018/12/9 12:23:13 ( 279 reads )


You need to be a great theist before you can become a great monist. Theistic practices of humility, service and worship form the basis of yoga, which then leads to levels of samadhi and monistic realizations. It is a ladder with definite, clear steps.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Hindu American Foundation Announces Launch of "I Am Hindu American" Campaign

Posted on 2018/12/4 10:42:42 ( 555 reads )


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, December 4, 2018 (HAF): Today the Hindu American Foundation launched a new campaign - I Am Hindu American - to improve awareness of the Hindu religion and Hindu Americans. The multi-platform initiative includes a social-media campaign, a 30-second PSA, and a companion website to provide valuable resources about Hinduism and Hindu Americans. In collaboration with more than 300 community partners around the country, the PSA is being distributed through social media networks nationwide to boost awareness and clarify common stereotypes and misunderstandings about Hinduism. The platform will be interactive, encouraging Hindu Americans to upload a photo of themselves and share how Hinduism inspires them in their everyday lives. There are many Hindu contributions to our daily lives: from yoga and meditation to the decimal system as well as an understanding of the law of cause and effect known as karma.

"The goal of the I Am Hindu American campaign is to drive online conversation by putting a face on the Hindu American community. Despite the fact that Hindus are one of the most successful minority communities, knowledge about Hindus and Hinduism is very low among the US general public," says Suhag Shukla, executive director and co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation. "Our own data shows that one in three Hindu-American students report being bullied for their religious beliefs. Most of this is based on misperceptions about Hindus and we want to change that narrative."

Much more of this article at "source" and be sure to view PSA at www.IAmHinduAmerican.org.

Yoga for Peace 2018: "Peaceful People Can also Make Noise"

Posted on 2018/12/4 10:42:28 ( 532 reads )


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, November 30, 2018 (infobae, translated from Spanish): In the middle of the G20 summit in the city of Buenos Aires, the Yoga for Peace mass meeting was held on Thursday afternoon at the city's fairgrounds, where Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, gave a message of unity and harmony to the world society. With free entry, almost eight thousand people came to enjoy the event which included a massive meditation, yoga stretches and live mantra music shows. On Thursday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m., a Grand Encuentro de Yoga y Meditacion took place in the Ocre Room at the La Rural Exhibition Center, which was attended by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. The president, who is visiting the country to attend the summit of leaders of the G20, brings a message of awareness of nonviolence and a call for peace.

The row of people lined up for two blocks on the street was filled with great anticipation and expectation of an evening of pure relaxation and spiritual connection. The quiet atmosphere, set by traditional mantras and chants of India, was the scene of a room full of men and women who were participating for the first time in a day of this kind. "At times like these, where violence is present on the streets, in football and in politics, thousands of people join together with a Prime Minister, for a cause of this kind, speaks of a society that wants to improve. Peaceful people can also make noise," explained Beatriz Goyoaga, founder of The Art of Living in Latin America, in an interview with Infobae.

Nice short video at "source".

Maha Sabha Loses its Spiritual Head

Posted on 2018/12/4 10:42:15 ( 502 reads )


TRINIDAD/TOBAGO, November 30, 2018 (Newsday): Dharmacharya and President General and Spiritual Head of the Maha Sabha, His Holiness Shri Uttam Maharaj died on Thursday morning at the age of 70. Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar remembered Pundit Maharaj as an advocate for peace and harmony and said she was saddened by his passing. "Pundit Maharaj was known for his humility, calm demeanor, and as a kind person who was always willing to help those in need, or to offer sage advice."

Having served as Spiritual Head of the Maha Sabha for more than 13 years, Persad-Bissessar said he made immense contributions to TT, recalling that he spent a great part of his life as an educator in his hometown of Rousillac and throughout the country, teaching Hindi, Music and Sanskrit. She said he was a firm believer in the important role education plays in ensuring children are instilled with positive values and learn important life skills to become productive citizens of the nation. "Pundit Maharaj will be missed, and it is my hope that his legacy of devotion to his faith and service to people will live on. As a religious and spiritual leader, he called on people of all faiths and backgrounds to live in harmony. His message is important, as there is a great need for our citizens to unite and work together to develop our nation and shape a brighter and stronger future for us all."

India as a Knowledge Creator

Posted on 2018/12/1 10:43:44 ( 670 reads )


INDIA, November 29, 2018 (New Indian Express, by Michel Danino): Launched with great fanfare in 2005, India's National Knowledge Commission claimed to work "towards a Knowledge Society," an objective which Dr. Manmohan Singh, then prime minister, repeated on many public platforms. It sounded quite noble, but few noticed how it implied that India was not yet a "knowledge society," and perhaps never was one. Paradoxically, such a statement reflects a profound ignorance of the cult of -- almost obsession for -- knowledge in pre-modern India. Indeed, India is the only ancient civilisation where knowledge was deified, with the honor going to Sarasvati.

An estimates of the number of manuscripts available in Indian libraries, repositories or private collections runs into millions, with the U.S. scholar David Pingree once reaching an educated guess of 30 million. This figure is but a tiny fraction of the mass of production over the last three millenniums. These manuscripts deal with every topic under the Indian sun: philosophies, systems of yoga, grammar, language, logic, debate, poetics, aesthetics, cosmology, mythology, ethics, literature of all genres from poetry to historical tradition, performing and non-performing arts, architecture, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, chemistry, metallurgy, botany, zoology, geology, medical systems, governance, administration, water management, town planning, civil engineering, ship making, agriculture, polity, martial arts, games, brain teasers, omens, ghosts, accounting, and much more.

More at "source".

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