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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/9/7 10:57:06 ( 515 reads )

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Sunder your desires even unto the Lord. The more the desires, the more the sorrows, the more one gives up, the more bliss there shall be.
-- Tirumantiram verse 2585



Discontent Grows Against Demolition near Odisha's Jagannath Temple


Posted on 2019/9/4 11:40:32 ( 528 reads )

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BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, September 1, 2019 (Hindustan Times): The ongoing demolition drive of mutts and other commercial structures around the 246-foot perimeter of Jagannath temple in Puri has taken a political turn with the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party lashing out at the BJD government over the drive. Since August 27, the Puri district administration is on a demolition spree of old structures within 246 foot radius of the 12th century temple after a committee headed by retired judge of Orissa High Court BP Das recommended the removal of such structures early this year. The district administration began by demolishing the Languli Mutt, a 14th century Hindu monastery of Dasanami cult, and on Friday it followed up with demolition of 12th century Emar Math belonging to the Ramanujacharya sect and one of the oldest Hindu monasteries of Puri.

According to officials familiar with the demolition drive, a dozen such Hindu monasteries around the temple are set to be demolished in the coming days. About a week ago, chief minister Naveen Patnaik had approved the demolition drive urging people to cooperate to ensure security of the Jagannath temple. "Odias made tremendous sacrifice for the safety of Jagannath temple and the presiding Deities. Our tradition is centered around Jagannath culture. But global terrorism is a big challenge. Terror groups are targeting religious institutions. So, it is imperative to implement various security related suggestions in the temple," said Patnaik, defending the demolition while announcing a US$69.5 million mega plan to turn the holy town of Puri into a World Heritage City.

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Puri Shankaracharya Objects to Demolition Drive


Posted on 2019/9/4 11:40:19 ( 511 reads )

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PURI, INDIA, August 31, 2019 (Orissa Post): The ongoing eviction drive around the Jagannath Temple in Puri ran into rough weather once again Saturday, with Govardhan Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati declaring the recommendations of Justice B.P. Das commission illegal. Based on the recommendations of the commission, the Odisha government and the Puri district administration launched an eviction drive a week ago in the area surrounding the temple and all structures within 246 feet of its boundary wall are being cleared. "According to the special power vested on the Shankaracharya, I declare the recommendation of the Das commission illegal," the seer told reporters at Govardhan Peeth in Puri.

The seer expressed displeasure that he was not consulted by the judicial panel before submitting its report on temple reforms to the state government, which had accepted the recommendations. He also did not approve the function of the Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae on the reforms in the 12th-century shrine. The seer said the Shankaracharya should be consulted on religious and spiritual matters. "How can the Chief Minister, law minister or administrators take decision on religious and spiritual mater?" he asked. Underlining that Puri is first a spiritual place and then a place for tourism, he suggested the state government to undertake reforms in the holy town and temple from the religious and spiritual point of view and not for the comfort and luxury of the tourists visiting the place.



A Mystical View of Sanatana Dharma


Posted on 2019/9/4 11:40:06 ( 513 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, September 3, 2019 (Hinduism Today, by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami): As an emanation of God, each soul has the eternal truths of Hinduism encoded within itself, available through meditation. Hinduism is often referred to by the Sanskrit term Sanatana Dharma. Sanatana means eternal and dharma in this context means religion. Thus, Hinduism is the "Eternal Religion." Calling a religion eternal naturally leads to the reflection, "What is it that is eternal in the universe?" The answer, of course is just one entity--God. I propose that Hinduism's eternal essence is possible only if it abides in the intelligence of God. How then does this spiritual knowledge pass from God to man, whose inmost being is also immortal?"

Read the full Publishers Desk article from Hinduism Today's July issue at "source' above.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/9/4 11:33:08 ( 374 reads )

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Joys and sorrows are time-born and cannot last. Therefore, do not be perturbed by these. The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within. And when the time is ripe, you will gain mastery over this power.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated Bengali saint



All-Time Great Ganpati Songs Classical and Devotional


Posted on 2019/9/2 11:50:00 ( 520 reads )

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GOA, INDIA, September 12, 2018 (inditales.com, by Anuradha Goyal): This is that time of the year when Ganesh Chaturthi fervor is in the air. Like every festival, Ganesh Chaturthi also has popular bhajans and songs associated with it. The first worshipped, the remover of obstacles is the favorite Devta across India. However, there is nothing like celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, and Telangana. At "source" is a list of best of the Ganapati songs and videos to celebrate with.

HPI note: As readers might have noticed, yesterday's list of Ganesh Chaturthi songs came from Bollywood movies; this list is of more classical renditions. Both types are very popular in India.



Khairatabad Set to Honor Ganesha with 1,653 pound Laddu


Posted on 2019/9/2 11:50:00 ( 427 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, September 2, 2019 (Deccan Chronicle): The 61-foot Khairatabad Ganesha statue is set for the festival on Monday, together with a 1,653 lb. laddu, and a 70-foot shawl that was contributed by devotees. The bamboo scaffolding used during the construction was removed on Sunday, revealing the statue in its glory. Devotees thronged Khairatabad to have the first look at the city's tallest-ever statue. This year, the statue is named Dwadashaditya.

One of the devotees, Mr. J. Srikanth donated the laddu. He said 15 people worked on preparing the laddu and its container. The cooks, fabricators and welders worked for 36 hours to complete the prasadam. The total cost was put at US$1,250. The Dwadashaditya Ganesha statue has 24 hands and 12 heads which is adorned with 12 snakes. The statue and the arrangements cost approximately $111,000, and about 150 artists took part in its making. Special prayers will be conducted on Monday morning by Veda pandits from Warangal and local priests.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/9/2 11:44:44 ( 438 reads )

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That dark dweller is my only refuge. O my companion, worldly comfort is illusion; as soon you get it, it goes. I have chosen the indestructible for my refuge, Him whom the snake of death will not devour. My beloved dwells in my heart all day. I have actually seen that abode of joy. Meera's lord is Hari, the indestructible. My Lord, I have taken refuge with you.
-- Mira Bai (1500-1550), princess of Rajasthan, Northwest India, a saint celebrated for her lyrical poetry dedicated to Krishna



Ten Lord Ganesha Songs that Brings the Devotional Spirit in You for Ganesha Chaturthi


Posted on 2019/9/1 12:14:49 ( 481 reads )

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INDIA, August 30, 2019 (Silicon India): Any celebration in India is incomplete without special song dedications. With the proper emotional touch and also the dance numbers, this 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is no different from the others. The festival marks the birth of Hindu God Ganesha and to make the celebrations exciting, devotional songs brings that spiritual atmosphere into every house. Along with the smooth soothing tracks, Indian music also offers the right essence into the devotees with the apt mix of devotion and positive energy as they perform on the streets as procession dancing with the mighty statue of Lord Ganesh.

Listen to all 10 songs at "source" above starting with Ganpati Bappa Moriya sung by Mahendra Kapoor.



The Android Priest That's Revolutionizing Buddhism


Posted on 2019/9/1 12:14:36 ( 457 reads )

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JAPAN, August 28, 2019 (CNN): It may seem like an out there move, but a 400-year-old Japanese temple has brought in a robot named Mindar to preach sermons. The adult-sized android, modeled after Kannon Bodhisattva, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, was introduced to the Kodaiji temple in Kyoto earlier this year. Although some critics have compared it to "Frankenstein's monster," Mindar has gone down well with colleagues, who say it's doing wonders for the spiritual tradition founded by Siddhartha Gautama over 2,500 years ago. "The big difference between a monk and a robot is that we are going to die," says Buddhist monk Tensho Goto, emphasizing the android's "immortality."

The temple has been accused of sacrilege by some critics, but Goto rejects these claims. "Buddhism isn't a belief in a God, it's pursuing Buddha's path," he adds. "It doesn't matter whether it's represented by a machine, a piece of scrap metal or a tree." Standing at over 6 ft. tall, Mindar is mainly made from aluminum, although its hands, face and shoulders are covered in silicone to appear similar to human skin. The android is programmed to deliver a 25-minute sermon on the Heart Sutra, a Buddhist scripture, while moving its torso, arms and head.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/9/1 12:14:23 ( 457 reads )

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The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is you who must raise your sails.
-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), celebrated Bengali writer



Two Thousand People at Italy's Ganesha Festival"


Posted on 2019/8/28 11:46:06 ( 613 reads )

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ALTARE, ITALY, August 28, 2019 (IVG translated from Italian): Two thousand faithful of the Hindu communities participated, as every year, in the Pellegrino ad Altare area at the Ganesh Festival. The pilgrims also came from outside to then find themselves, as tradition dictates, the anniversary dedicated to the God Ganesh. The celebrations took place at the Shri Lalita Mahatripurasundari Temple which stands inside the Monastery (Matha) Svami Gitananda Ashram. The theme of prayer was the peace and quiet of the elements. This year, a statue of the Deity Ganesh was carried in procession. And so between rituals, songs, dances and traditional food the main Hindu center in Europe was animated by the presence of thousands of devotees mainly from India and Sri Lanka coming from all over Italy France and Switzerland.

In Italy, according to estimates, there are one million devotees to the Hindu religion. In a sense this is the main center of the Italian Hindu Union, where Hindus of various traditions and backgrounds, both from India and not, come together. Altar is also a place of monastic formation: there is a temple with many deities that represent that God who is one but manifests itself in many names. Today a dozen people live in the monastery, including some Italian monks.



Hindu Youth Camp Focuses on Heritage, Indian Culture


Posted on 2019/8/28 11:45:53 ( 531 reads )

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HOUSTON, TEXAS, August 8, 2019 (Houston Chronicle): The last day of school is the beginning of the countdown to Hindu Heritage Youth Camp. Namita Pallod remembers eagerly awaiting the start of camp each year, crossing off the days on her calendar along with her friends. "We always called camp the best five days of the year," she said. Now, the 24-year-old is returning for the third year as director of the Hindu Heritage Youth Camp. She was a counselor for the past four years and a camper since age 7. The camp lasts two weeks, from July 30 to Sunday at Camp Lantern Creek, 4045 N. FM1486 in Montgomery. The first five-day session is for grades third through seventh, and the following week for students in eighth through 12th grades.

Like traditional summer camps, time is reserved for basketball, volleyball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, canoeing, archery and swimming. At the same time, campers take a deep dive into their heritage and Indian culture. Children get to try kho-kho, kabaddi and langri, sports from India, as well as learn traditional dances like garba, raas and bhangra. They also have their own version of Holi, a Hindu festival of color celebrated in the spring. Pallod explained that each afternoon centers around a topic for discussion -- ranging from a Hindu God to yoga and meditation. This is a chance for campers to learn more about their religion. "It's been a huge part of my spiritual journey as a Hindu," Pallod said. "The charm of our camp is that you learn from people who grew up in the U.S. just like you."

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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2019/8/28 11:39:21 ( 559 reads )


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ALTARE, ITALY, August 28, 2019 (IVG translated from Italian): Two thousand faithful of the Hindu communities participated, as every year, in the Pellegrino ad Altare area at the Ganesh Festival. The pilgrims also came from outside to then find themselves, as tradition dictates, the anniversary dedicated to the God Ganesh. The celebrations took place at the Shri Lalita Mahatripurasundari Temple which stands inside the Monastery (Matha) Svami Gitananda Ashram. The theme of prayer was the peace and quiet of the elements. This year, a statue of the Deity Ganesh was carried in procession. And so between rituals, songs, dances and traditional food the main Hindu center in Europe was animated by the presence of thousands of devotees mainly from India and Sri Lanka coming from all over Italy France and Switzerland.

In Italy, according to estimates, there are one million devotees to the Hindu religion. In a sense this is the main center of the Italian Hindu Union, where Hindus of various traditions and backgrounds, both from India and not, come together. Altar is also a place of monastic formation: there is a temple with many deities that represent that God who is one but manifests itself in many names. Today a dozen people live in the monastery, including some Italian monks.
HOUSTON, TEXAS, August 8, 2019 (Houston Chronicle): The last day of school is the beginning of the countdown to Hindu Heritage Youth Camp. Namita Pallod remembers eagerly awaiting the start of camp each year, crossing off the days on her calendar along with her friends. "We always called camp the best five days of the year," she said. Now, the 24-year-old is returning for the third year as director of the Hindu Heritage Youth Camp. She was a counselor for the past four years and a camper since age 7. The camp lasts two weeks, from July 30 to Sunday at Camp Lantern Creek, 4045 N. FM1486 in Montgomery. The first five-day session is for grades third through seventh, and the following week for students in eighth through 12th grades.

Like traditional summer camps, time is reserved for basketball, volleyball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, canoeing, archery and swimming. At the same time, campers take a deep dive into their heritage and Indian culture. Children get to try kho-kho, kabaddi and langri, sports from India, as well as learn traditional dances like garba, raas and bhangra. They also have their own version of Holi, a Hindu festival of color celebrated in the spring. Pallod explained that each afternoon centers around a topic for discussion -- ranging from a Hindu God to yoga and meditation. This is a chance for campers to learn more about their religion. "It's been a huge part of my spiritual journey as a Hindu," Pallod said. "The charm of our camp is that you learn from people who grew up in the U.S. just like you."

More at "source".

-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today



Expats Celebrate Janmashtami at Abu Dhabi Temple Site


Posted on 2019/8/26 11:37:09 ( 617 reads )

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ABU DHABI, August 25, 2019 (Menafn): Thousands of expatriates marked Janmashtami, the annual Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Deity Krishna, with various events across Abu Dhabi. Festivities started at the BAPS Hindu Mandir site and various associations across the capital and Al Ain during the evening hours. The celebrations included singing devotional songs, recitation of the Bhagavad Gita, praying together for peace and harmony, dance-drama plays, swinging the cradle of baby Krishna and more. There were close to 4,000 devotees at the BAPS Hindu Mandir site. "The festival is a celebration of the victory of good over evil and one that reminds us of our personal responsibility to live righteous lives," volunteer Pranav Desai said.

BAPS Hindu Mandir priests and officials thanked the UAE and Indian leadership for the historic and first-of-its-kind festival. "We are all blessed to be living in a nation that supports the universal values of tolerance and harmony," said senior priest of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Swami Brahmaviharidas.

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