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Will Rising Prices Affect Ganesha Chaturthi?

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2228 reads )

Source: sify.com

INDIA, August 1, 2010: Every year the Ganesha festival is commemorated with deep fervor in Maharashtra. However, this year the surge in the petrol and diesel-price is likely to affect the ardent devotees.

The murthi makers lament that the price of commodities. Rising prices of petrol and diesel in the last five years, and increased transport charges have affected the price of plaster of paris and coloring, which are required to make a murthi. Higher labor charges have also contributed to the increase prices of Lord Ganesha murthis in the last five years.

The Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which falls on September 11 this year, is also quite popular in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Karnataka, as well as in Gujarat and Maharashtra in the west. Millions of ardent devotees worship the Lord Ganesha murthis and immerse them into water bodies on the final day.

Spirituality In The Corporate Work Arena

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2365 reads )

Source: www.businessweek.com

UNITED STATES, July 2010: Across the country, major-league executives are meeting for prayer breakfasts and spiritual conferences.

If America's chief executives had tried any of this 10 years ago, they probably would have inspired ridicule and maybe even ostracism. But today, a spiritual revival is sweeping across Corporate America as executives of all stripes are mixing mysticism into their management, importing into office corridors the lessons usually doled out in churches, temples, and mosques. Gone is the old taboo against talking about God at work. In its place is a new spirituality, evident in the prayer groups at Deloitte & Touche and the Talmud studies at New York law firms such as Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Haroller.

In Minneapolis, 150 business chiefs lunch monthly at a private, ivy-draped club to hear chief executives such as Medtronic Inc.'s William George and Carlson Co.'s Marilyn Carlson Nelson draw business solutions from the Bible. In Silicon Valley, a group of high-powered, high-tech Hindus--including Suhas Patil, founder of Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Desh Deshpande, founder of Cascade Communications, and Krishan Kalra, founder of BioGenex--are part of a movement to connect technology to spirituality. In Boston, heavy hitters such as retired Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Phillips meet at an invitation-only prayer breakfast called First Tuesday, an ecumenical affair long shrouded in secrecy. More publicly, Aetna International (AET) Chairman Michael A. Stephen has extolled the benefits of meditation and talked with Aetna employees about using spirituality in their careers.

Spiritual events and seminares are happening at executive enclaves. For the past six years, 300 Xerox Corp. (XRX) employees--from senior managers to clerks--have participated in "vision quests" as part of the struggling copier company's $400 million project to revolutionize product development. Alone for 24 hours with nothing more than sleeping bags and water jugs in New Mexico's desert or New York's Catskill Mountains, the workers have communed with nature, seeking inspiration and guidance about building Xerox' first digital copier-fax-printer.

For Kris Kalra, chief executive of BioGenex, it's the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu holy text, that offers the best lessons for steering a business out of trouble. He dropped out of corporate life for three months, studying the Bhagavad Gita for eight hours a day. After he returned to work, he started listening to other people's ideas and slowly let go of his micromanaging ways.

Tamilnadu Temples Seek ISO Approval

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 623 reads )

Source: www.siliconindia.com

CHENNAI, INDIA, July 26, 2010: A number of temples and religious bodies in Tamilnadu are applying for the International Standard Organization's (ISO) certification. This step has been initiated by the state government's Hindu religious and charitable endowments (HR&CE) department.

Three popular temples -- the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore, Parthasarathy Temple in Triplicane and Dhandayudhapani Temple in Vadapalani -- have sought and received the ISO 9001:2008 certification. The ISO officials checked for the fixed assets of the temples, their accounts and strict adherence to rituals.

Other temples will also join the queue of ISO's stamp of approval. Most likely among them are Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam.

India's Caste System and American Society: Similarities

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2442 reads )

Source: www.uwf.edu

[HPI note: Dr. M. Lal Goel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at The University of West Florida, wrote about the similarities between India's caste system and American society. You can read the full article at the source link, above. Here is a summary provided by the author.]

UNITED STATES, July 30, 2010: A recent article in Newsweek by Lisa Miller indicated that Americans "are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity." The author cites the following poll data: 67 percent of Americans believe that many religions, not only Christianity can lead to eternal life, reflecting pluralistic Hindu ethos rather than monotheistic Christian view; 30 percent of Americans call themselves "spiritual, not religious;" 24 percent say they believe in reincarnation; and more than a third choose cremation rather than burial.

To this list may be added the growing caste-like pluralism and multiculturalism of the American populace. This essay describes features of India's caste system, its origin, the negative impact of Muslim and British imperial rule, and concludes with a description of the American social landscape.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2468 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

The greatest source of strength for any society is its faith in God. The day it renounces such faith will be the day that society begins to die.
   Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

Indian Tradition Celebrates Virtue and Lights

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2612 reads )

Source: www.signonsandiego.com

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 24, 2010: As the sun began to set Sunday night, volunteers lit the wicks of dozens of ornate brass lamps arranged near Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden. They were among the thousands of people who had gathered for the third annual Diwali Festival of Light, a little early, in San Diego. [HPI note: Diwali happens on November 4 (India) or 5 (America) this year, though local communities may celebrate them at different dates.]

The holiday is celebrated widely in India and by Indians around the world, said M.C.Madhavan, a professor emeritus of economics and Asian studies at San Diego State University and founder of the San Diego Indian American Society, which helped create the event. The lamps, which were made in India, symbolize fire, sun and the removal of darkness, he said. "It is the celebration of virtue over vice," Madhavan said. More than 1,000 more small lamps were later lit on stage at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

The Festival of Light has grown each year since it started in 2008, said Martha Ehringer, of the Mingei International Museum, which organized the event along with the San Diego Musem of Art and the San Diego Indian American Society. About 700 people attended that first year, then 3,000 last year. Thousands were expected again this year. "Every year it gets a little grander," Ehringer said.

Participants ate Indian food, got their hands designed with henna, and perused Indian comic books donated by a Bombay-based publishing company. Hundreds of people dressed in colorful traditional Indian garb marched and danced in a procession through the park.

Diwali Lights Up Tribal Lives Liveshttp://www.hindustantimes.com/Diwali-campaign-to-light-up-students-lives/Article1-617589.aspx

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2377 reads )


"Schedule tribes or endogenous communities are amongst the most ecologically evolved communities amongst the world, but sadly also amongst the most economically backward ones in India," says Darren Lobo of Grassroutes. He informs that most tribal villages just receive two-three hours of electricity per day, hampering a child's ability to read or play once the sun sets. Lobo says, "Most parts of rural India function without electricity for several hours a day. We are offering them a renewable lighting system as part of our festive gift gesture to help make a difference to their life."

The renewable lighting system is worth US$15 and will be either be a solar powered lantern or a wind up lantern. The visit to the villages to hand out the lanterns will be made post Diwali on November 13 and 14 (Children's Day). At the village, patrons can also indulge in activities such as milking cows and seeing how the milk is distributed. You could also chop wood, draw water, trek, and star gaze or participate in light rappelling.

Designer Diyas Light up Dewali

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2782 reads )

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

ALLAHABAD, INDIA, October 27, 2010: When it comes to lighting on Diwali, diyas (traditional oil lamps made of clay) occupy a special place. Despite the influx of LED lights and Chinese bulbs, people in the city are still going for the traditional diyas this Diwali. With the changing trends, potters too are wheeling out designer diyas.

A potter in trans-Yamuna area said, "People prefer performing puja in traditional style. At least 11 diyas are lit before Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi on Diwali. Their fire cannot be matched by electrical gadgets.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 1999/11/28 19:00:00 ( 2903 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

The writers of the Indian philosophies will survive when the British dominion in India shall long have ceased to exist, and when the sources which it yielded of wealth and power are lost to remembrances.
   Lord Warren Hastings (1754-1826), the first governor general of British India

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