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Years in the Making, Taos Hindu Temple Housing Rare Statue Opens

Posted on 2019/7/14 13:55:33 ( 246 reads )


TAOS, NEW MEXICO, July 12, 2019 (KRQE News): Thousands of people are expected in Taos this weekend for the opening of the new Neem Karoli Baba Temple. Click "source" above to access a video on the project, which features a 1,600-pound marble statue carved in Jaipur, India. It's said to be one of the only Hanuman statues in the U.S. Installation ceremonies are still going on through the 17th.

For details, click https://nkbashram.org/guru-purnima/

Hindus in Richmond Hill Oppose 14-Storeys near Ganesha Temple at Bayview and Elgin Mills

Posted on 2019/7/14 13:55:17 ( 193 reads )


ONTARIO, CANADA, June 26, 2019 (York Region): As long as the Hindus can see the temple, they can pray. Richmond Hill resident Rathy Ponnampalam worries that the Ganesha Hindu Temple on Bayview Avenue would become invisible from afar as highrise condos have been proposed in the neighborhood. Richmond Hill council was considering raising the maximum building height from 10 storeys to 14 storeys at a vacant lot near the temple and a public meeting was scheduled a week later to receive comments, the notice reads. Two 14-storey mixed-used apartment buildings are planned for the northeast corner of the busy intersection, together with 97 townhouses of varying heights along the two major roads, according to the proposed development. The two corner towers are expected to be as tall as 153 feet, far exceeding the Ganesha Temple which is about 72 feet at the highest point.

Kidambi Raj, a senior member of the trustee board of the Hindu Temple Society of Canada, who attended the public meeting with other concerned citizens on June 19 said he was appalled at the fact that the developer came up with the new plan with no prior consultation, and urged council to turn it down. The five intricate towers on top of the white temple, known as Gopuram, act as beacons for devotees from afar, allowing them to pray or meditate in preparation for their entrance into the temple, he added. "We are not anti-development protesters," said R.K. Moorthy, past president of the society. "To put structures 14 or 15 storeys high in the middle of an idyllic environment eclipsing the elegance of our towers and the majestic appearance of our temple is not something we can accept on behalf of thousands of our devotees." Council agreed to take their concerns into account in the review of the 14-storey application. But it's unlikely the height limit will go lower than 10 storeys due to a previous OMB ruling.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/14 13:55:03 ( 179 reads )


If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
-- Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), famed Hindu mystic

Report: India Lifted 271 Million People Out of Poverty In a Decade

Posted on 2019/7/13 13:34:58 ( 381 reads )


UNITED STATES, July 12, 2019 (Forbes): The United Nations Development Programme has released its 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index which highlights the number of people around the world experiencing poverty at regional, national and subnational levels. The term "multidimensional poverty" goes a step further than simply focusing on a lack of finances. It encompasses other factors such as poor health or malnutrition, lack of clean water or electricity, poor quality of work and limited education access in order to provide a broader picture of poverty's true reality. The index found that across 101 countries, 1.3 billion - 23% - are multidimensionally poor with half that number aged under 18.

Despite those grim figures, some countries are successfully tackling multidimensional poverty and India is the most notable example. The report found that over 640 million people across India were in multidimensional poverty in 2005/2006 and that fell steeply to slightly more than 365.55 million by 2016/2017 - an impressive reduction of 271 million. In recent years, India has embarked on several ambitious programs aimed at improving living standards such as improving electricity access and extending sanitation coverage. According to the World Bank, 70% of the population had electricity access in 2007 and that increased to 93% by 2017. Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, just under 40% of the Indian population had access to a household toilet. Today, India's Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation states that basic sanitation coverage across the country has increased to 99.45% as of July 2019.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/13 13:34:40 ( 279 reads )


Ever afterward, though the dance of creation changes around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated yogini and mystic Bengali saint

Over 144,000 Pilgrims Perform Amarnath Yatra in First 11 Days

Posted on 2019/7/12 11:06:19 ( 306 reads )


JAMMU, INDIA, July 12, 2019 (Canindia): 144,058 pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra since it started on July 1 as another batch of 5,395 Yatris left Jammu for the Valley on Friday. Officials said 144,058 pilgrims had darshan during the first 11 days after the Yatra started on July 1 this year. The cave shrine is situated 12,750 feet above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas.

"Another batch of 5,395 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas today morning in two escorted convoys. "Of these, 1,966 pilgrims are going to Baltal base camp while 3,429 are going to Pahalgam base camp." The Cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. The ice stalagmite structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. Pilgrims approach the Cave shrine either from the shorter 8.7-mile Baltal trek or through the 28-mile Pahalgam trek. Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims at both the base camps. This year's Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/12 11:06:05 ( 305 reads )


Selfless service to mankind makes you free in the world of mortals.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

Conservative Legal Groups Are Suing Public School Yoga and Mindfulness Programs. This Explains Why.

Posted on 2019/7/11 12:20:57 ( 383 reads )


WASHINGTON D.C., U.S., July 10, 2019 (Washington Post by Candy G. Brown): The American Center for Law and Justice is challenging public-school mindfulness programs for endorsing Buddhism. This is not the first time religious conservatives have argued that schools violate the First Amendment by establishing non-Christian religions. In 2013, the National Center for Law & Policy, supported by Alliance Defending Freedom, sued a California school district for advancing Hinduism through yoga. Thousands of schools have begun to use yoga and/or mindfulness techniques with the goals of reducing stress and improving learning. Schools that use these approaches argue that yoga and mindfulness techniques are scientifically validated to teach life skills and develop character by helping kids learn to be compassionate, kind and nonjudgmental.

But many Christians, Jews and Muslims in the United States and globally argue that yoga and meditation--even when used as a physical warm-up or to reduce stress--are fundamentally religious activities connected with Hinduism and Buddhism. Even some Hindus and Buddhists consider it inappropriate to teach these practices in public schools. Many of the most vocal critics of school yoga and mindfulness are conservative Christians who lost the battle for school prayer and Bible reading. These Christians worry that schools now coerce children to practice other religions. But complaints go deeper than suggesting courts bar one religion yet allow another. Many critics charge that school yoga and mindfulness pressure kids to commit idolatry -- which Christians, Jews and Muslims consider the worst of all religious transgressions.

Candy Brown is the author of "Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools," the full article can be viewed at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/11 12:20:43 ( 373 reads )


We are already divine. No one has to redeem us; Divinity is in there. We just have to find it.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Reincarnation Research at the University of Virginia

Posted on 2019/7/10 12:14:24 ( 776 reads )


UNITED STATES, July 10, 2019 (YouTube): John Cleese interviews Dr. Jim Tucker regarding research at the University of Virginia into children's past life memories. 2,500 cases have been documented since the early 60's. In the strongest cases there is verification that the children's statements match with a past life. For verification they start with the child's side and then examine the previous life side. The children typically recount a recent ordinary life and present knowledge that they have no ordinary means of obtaining. This research is in continuation of the work of Ian Stevenson.

The project developed not so much from an examination of the religious belief in reincarnation but from the fact that children will spontaneously start describing an past life, generally startling the parents and sometimes resulting in consultation with a child psychiatrist, which is Dr. Tucker's field.

This interesting video can be viewed at "source" above as well as several additional videos that detail individual cases.

Introduction to Hinduism

Posted on 2019/7/10 12:14:08 ( 414 reads )


UNITED STATES, July 3, 2019, (YouTube): What do yoga, meditation, karma, and vegetarianism have in common? There origin is very much related to Hinduism--the oldest religion in the world and practiced by 1.1 billion people. This beautifully filmed video produced by the BAPS channel gives a short overview of karma, moksha, ahimsa, bhakti yoga, the guru and more. View at "source".

Pearland Is Home to Rare Hindu Temple Crafted by Hand

Posted on 2019/7/10 12:13:52 ( 426 reads )


PEARLAND, TEXAS, July 5, 2019 (Yahoo News): The Houston area Pearland temple is the only temple dedicated to the Deity Meenakshi outside of India. This very short video features views of the temple and the work of the silpis in the temple's creation.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2019/7/10 12:13:35 ( 382 reads )


Who is there who can conquer those who have relinquished all hostilities?
-- Tirukural 855

Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra Commences

Posted on 2019/7/4 11:58:56 ( 631 reads )


INDIA, June 30, 2019 (Daily Excelsior by Rajan Gandhi): With the annual Holy Yatra starting on 1st July, the whole city of Jammu gets into a festive mode to greet and serve hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the City of Temples. Shri Amarnath ji cave shrine is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism and is one of the most highly revered religious places throughout South Asia. According to Hindu religious beliefs, this is the place where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort, Mata Parvati.

The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims. Out of all Hindu deities, Lord Shiva is extremely popular not only amongst Indians but also amongst the people of other nationalities. To get closer to their revered God, who appears on this earth in the unique form of an Ice Lingam, millions of devotees trek through the daunting mountains to Shri Amarnath ji Shrine in South Kashmir every year in the summer months to pay obeisance. The Holy Cave itself is at a height of around 13,500 ft with track to cave passing through highest altitude of 14,500 ft and as such problems of high altitude sickness as well as rain and snowfall make this pilgrimage as one of the toughest among all.

The article goes on to tell much more about the pilgrimage, including major adjustments to the food offered to pilgrims during their multi-day trek. The festival-style food being served was entirely unsuited for consumption during the rigorous high altitude hike. For one, deep fried delicacies enjoyed at normal altitudes were banned in favor of simple kicheri and other easily digested dishes.

See also Hinduism Today's 2013 story on the pilgrimage: https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/ ... tion/item.php?itemid=5363

Documentary on Indians in Chile

Posted on 2019/7/4 11:58:38 ( 583 reads )


CHILE, July 1, 2019 (YouTube): The Embassy of India in Chile has sponsored the production of a 77 minute video about the Indian community in Chile. Filmed by Pablo Henriquez Palma of Nitrato Films in 2018. It features interviews with prominent community members and highlights the Hindu temples in the country. The video features members of the Indian community, the history of their arrival in the country and how they are preserving their Hindu traditions. See it at the Embassy's YouTube channel above. Or view a short version (7-1/2 minutes) on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/325513584

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