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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2020/6/16 12:29:19 ( 358 reads )


The sun can give heat and light to the whole world, but he cannot do so when the clouds shut out his rays. When egotism veils the heart, God cannot shine upon you.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886), guru of Swami Vivekananda

Why Britain Owes Reparations to India

Posted on 2020/6/14 6:45:17 ( 299 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, July 14, 2015 (youtube): India's share of the world economy when Britain arrived on its shores was 23%, by the time the British left it was down to below 4%. Why? Simply because India had been governed for the benefit of Britain. Britain's rise for 200 years was financed by its deprivations in India and other colonies. Today's Britains may not be responsible for some of those deprivations but many of today's problems--including the persistence and in some cases the creation of ethnic, religious and racial tensions--were the direct result of the colonial experience. So, there is a moral debt that needs to be paid.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP is an Indian politician currently serving as a member of parliament. The above passionate and witty speech was given at the Oxford Union and can be viewed in its entirety at "source" above.

For more of Tharoor see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB5ykS-_-CI

COVID-19: Temple Installs Remote Sensor Bell to Avoid Touch

Posted on 2020/6/14 6:45:04 ( 393 reads )


MANDSAUR, INDIA, June 14, 2020 (Business Insider): As religious places are being reopened for devotees after easing of restrictions, a famous Shiva temple in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur has installed a bell with a sensor, which can ring without the need for physically touching it. This contactless bell, developed by an elderly Muslim man, has been fitted at the famous Ashtmukhi Pashupatinath Mahadev temple to avoid physical contact and thereby curb the spread of coronavirus. In Hindu temples, bells are usually hung in the area or porch preceding the inner sanctum and devotees ring them as an invocation to the Deity.

Talking to on Sunday, 62-year-old Nahru Khan Mev, the brain behind this sensor-operated bell, said, "When I saw that azaan [call to prayer] was allowed in mosques after the coronavirus-induced-lockdown and religious places were opened for devotees, I thought that temple bells should also be allowed to be rung." "Keeping this in mind, I got a sensor from Indore and prepared a machine at my factory here at a cost of about US$80 and placed it in the temple," he said. The bell starts ringing as soon as a devotee comes under it or folds his hands beneath it to pay respect to the Deity.

Yoga No Good for Cooped-Up Greeks, Says Church

Posted on 2020/6/14 6:44:52 ( 275 reads )


ATHENS, GREECE, June 3, 2020 (Urdu Point): Greece's influential church on Wednesday said it strongly frowned upon the use of yoga to combat quarantine stress, calling it "absolutely incompatible" with Christian faith. The Orthodox Church is one of the most powerful institutions in Greece, with influence in politics and justice, and actively tries to avert perceived proselytizing by other religions. "Yoga is absolutely incompatible with our Orthodox faith and has no place in the life of Christians," the Holy Synod, governing body of the Church of Greece said in a statement.

"It is a fundamental chapter in Hindu religion. ..it is not a 'kind of physical exercise'," the synod said, adding that it had decided to intervene after "various news media" recommended yoga as a means to "combat stress" during the COVID-19 pandemic. So far the country has come out relatively well compared to other EU states, with fewer than 180 deaths in a population of 11 million. The church sparked criticism early in the pandemic by insisting that the coronavirus does not spread via Holy Communion.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2020/6/14 6:44:38 ( 313 reads )


Acquire the transcendental knowledge from a Self-realized master by humble reverence, by sincere inquiry and by service. The wise ones who have realized the Truth will impart the Knowledge to you.
-- Bhagavad Gita

Temples in Karnataka Lost $79.5 Million During Lockdown

Posted on 2020/6/3 6:30:52 ( 430 reads )


MANGALURU, INDIA, June 1, 2020 (Times of India): The temples coming under the Muzrai department in Karnataka suffered a loss of nearly US$79.5 million revenue during the lockdown period due to the pandemic, state Muzrai minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said Monday. Addressing reporters here, he said the Kollur Sri Mookambika temple alone lost a revenue of at least $1.854 million during April and May. Around 300 A and B grade temples under Muzrai (Hindu religious institutions and charitable endowments) department in the state lost around 35 percent of their annual income, he said.

The state government had earlier allowed temples to reopen from Monday, but later postponed it to June 8 in keeping with the new directions of the Centre. The minister said the governments' Saptapadi mass marriage program in temples, postponed due to the lockdown, will be held as per the new guidelines issued by the government. Chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa has given permission to hold the programme. Poojary, Dakshina Kannada district-in-charge, said all precautionary measures have been taken ahead of the monsoon to protect lives and property in the district in view of the forecast of heavy downpour.

YouTube Historical Video: Oppenheimer on Quoting the Bhagavad Gita

Posted on 2020/6/3 6:30:39 ( 497 reads )


USA, June 3, 2020 (HPI): This short video recounts the first atomic bomb test, July 16, 1945, in New Mexico, and includes video of Robert Oppenheimer explaining why he quoted from the Bhagavad Gita following the successful explosion of the first atomic bomb. Oppenheimer was a student of Sanskrit.

Wikipedia states:
Oppenheimer later recalled that, while witnessing the explosion, he thought of a verse from a Hindu holy book, the Bhagavad Gita (XI,12):

"If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one ..."

Years later he would explain [in this video] that another verse had also entered his head at that time:

"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2020/6/3 6:30:25 ( 367 reads )


Do you realize now 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. For the true Indian knows that the guru is the only guarantee for the individual to transcend the bondage of sorrow and death, and experience the Consciousness of the Reality.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Hindu Endowment Board Against Reopening Temples

Posted on 2020/6/2 13:26:30 ( 365 reads )


GEORGETOWN, MALAYSIA, May 29, 2020 (The Star): The Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) will recommend to the state government against the reopening of temples in Penang. PHEB chairman Dr P. Ramasamy said the board would submit the recommendation during the state Covid-19 meeting on June 2. "The conditional movement control order (MCO) is still in force and reopening the temples would jeopardize Penang's green zone status. "We are against the opening of the 19 temples here next month, " he said yesterday.

The National Unity Ministry yesterday announced that it had given the green light to 174 non-Muslim places of worship to reopen from June 10. Ramasamy claimed that National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique had received "bad advice" from the Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) which had recommended the opening of the temples. "It's a hasty decision as the criteria for the recommendation were not made public and done without proper consultation with the state authorities. "The board should have been consulted as we are the entity on Hindu religious matters in the state and reopening of temples falls under the purview of the state.

HGH Raises $100,000 for Covid-19 Relief; Hosts Blood Drive

Posted on 2020/6/2 13:26:17 ( 350 reads )


HOUSTON, TEXAS, May 26, 2020 (India Herald): Since the early days of the pandemic, Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) has channeled the community's combined resources into multiple food drives, distribution of PPE's and actively fundraising to help Houstonians impacted by the economic shutdown. About $100,000 has been raised by HGH to date for Sewa International and other organizations for their relief efforts. In a meeting organized on May 23 and moderated by Secretary of Meenakshi Temple Parthasarthy Krishnaswamy, HGH Board of Trustees, Advisors and other community leaders once again got together virtually to share updates and chart the way forward.

HGH Chairman Dev Mahajan apprised the gathering about the commendable work done by the Hindu Worship Society, Arya Samaj and VPSS with respect to food drives and the blood donation camp. VPSS was going to "targeted communities" to distribute food instead of requiring them to come to the temple. Sanjay Jain from the Arya Samaj and Rajinder Soni from the Hindu Worship Society filled in more details about the events. On May 31th, a blood donation drive will be held at the Arya Samaj School building from 9:00 am to 1.30 pm in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Blood Center.

More at "source"

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2020/6/2 13:26:04 ( 346 reads )


Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with wool to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.
-- Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

Tirupati Temple Board Resolves Not to Sell Any Properties Including Those Donated by Devotees

Posted on 2020/5/31 11:13:28 ( 344 reads )


TIRUMALA, INDIA, May 28, 2020 (New Indian Express): Putting an end to the controversy over the proposed auction of its unviable properties [to alleviate income shortfall during the covid crisis], the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board of Trustees on Thursday resolved not to sell any properties of the Lord Venkateswara or TTD including those donated by the devotees, through auction or otherwise. TTD chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy said in view of the controversy over their review on how to deal with the previous board's decision to auction the unviable properties and also following Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy's directions, the Board passed the resolution that under no circumstances any of the properties, including those offered by the devotees, would be sold henceforth.

With regard to safeguarding the properties donated by the devotees that are found to be unviable and which are not encroached upon, the board resolved to constitute a committee with Board Members, elders (swamijis, peetadipathis) of Hindu dharma, intellectuals and some devotees. "The committee will explore the ways and means to protect such properties and how best to utilize them. The board will take a decision based on the committee's recommendations," the TTD chairman explained and reiterated that there will not be any sale of properties in any form.

Time for India to Quantify Its Public Diplomacy

Posted on 2020/5/31 11:13:15 ( 310 reads )


INDIA, May 27, 2020 (Stand Point India, by Sudarshan Ramabadran): The Cham civilization in Vietnam is back in focus, thanks to the latest find of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as part of the conservation project in My Son in Vietnam. India's foreign minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar tweeted about a 1,100-year-old monolithic sandstone Shivalinga of 9th CE, as per ASI's project, which has been found. This only reiterates the authentic evidence of how Indian culture has been accepted in the context of Southeast Asian countries. My Son was the first place to be visited by India's President Ram Nath Kovind during his visit to Vietnam in 2018. The significance of My Son to India-Vietnam's shared civilizational culture is there for everyone to see. Cham, in its time, was one of the most refined and scientifically advanced civilizations. The populace of the civilization has continued to keep traditions alive in its own unique way and India's connection with it is ancient and relevant.

Culture, commerce and connectivity are the three pillars of India's ties with the Southeast Asian region. These pillars have emerged in contemporary times due to the comprehensive history that India has shared with the region that has facilitated cordial relations in the past. As archaeological conservation and related efforts take center stage in India's public diplomacy and soft power outreach especially in Southeast Asia, it becomes imperative to quantify these efforts. Documenting the strengths, opportunities, and challenges of these initiatives is indeed necessary. Apart from quantifying, India has also to explore options in which it can effectively enable people to people exchanges in ensuring that the historicity of the Cham civilization is contemporized for the benefit of all. A simple step could be to enable leading spiritual organizations in the country to engage with the populace in partnership with credible think tanks that are in touch with the community.

More at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2020/5/31 11:13:02 ( 283 reads )


Enquire: 'Who am I?' and you will find the answer. Look at a tree: from one seed arises a huge tree; from it comes numerous seeds, each one of which in its turn grows into a tree. No two fruits are alike. Yet it is one life that throbs in every particle of the tree. So, it is the same atman everywhere.
-- Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Bengali mystic

Odisha's Konark Sun Temple and Town To Go 100% Solar

Posted on 2020/5/23 11:00:51 ( 461 reads )


ODISHA, INDIA, May 21, 2020 (PV Magazine): The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up the complete solarization of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha. The scheme envisages setting up of 10 MW grid-connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications like solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks, off-grid solar power plants with battery storage. The project will be done by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency with 100% central financial assistance (CFA) of around US$3.3 million through MNRE. The scheme will meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy. Speaking about the scheme, power minister R.K. Singh said, "The government of India launched the scheme with an objective to take forward the Prime Minister's vision to develop the historical Sun Temple town of Konark in Odisha as Surya Nagri, to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy."

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