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A New Hindu Temple For Switzerland


Posted on 2010/3/3 0:06:40 ( 2228 reads )

Source: http://www.zo-online.ch/article24077/ ... at-einen-hindu-tempel.htm

DURNTEN, SWITZERLAND, February 24, 2010: The opening ceremony of the new premises of the Sri Vishnu Thurkkai Amman Temple took place on January 27th. The temple, formerly located in Adliswil, was moved 40 kilometers to a building located in pasture land at Edikerstrasse 24 in Durnten. More than 100 devotees attended the morning opening ceremony.

Water from the creek nearby was used by the priests to bless the shrines and the devotees. A neighboring farm brought a cow to participate in the ritual. See the link above for a slide show of the event.



A New Hindu Temple For Switzerland


Posted on 2010/3/3 0:06:21 ( 2154 reads )

Source: http://www.zo-online.ch/article24077/ ... at-einen-hindu-tempel.htm

DURNTEN, SWITZERLAND, February 24, 2010: The opening ceremony of the new premises of the Sri Vishnu Thurkkai Amman Temple took place on January 27th. The temple, formerly located in Adliswil, was moved 40 kilometers to a building located in pasture land at Edikerstrasse 24 in Durnten. More than 100 devotees attended the morning opening ceremony.

Water from the creek nearby was used by the priests to bless the shrines and the devotees. A neighboring farm brought a cow to participate in the ritual. See the link above for a slide show of the event.



Exploring Hinduism Today's April/May/June Issue, Now Available


Posted on 2010/3/1 8:02:01 ( 1042 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

KAPAA, HI, USA, March 2, 2010: The April-May-June edition of Hinduism's flagship spiritual magazine, Hinduism Today is now available on bookstores and newsstands everywhere and also in digital format. This issue brings you a new installment of our acclaimed Hindu History for Children insight and a feature on the power and magic of Hindu festivals.

In this issue we explore 15 of the major Hindu holy days in the 32-page feature "Festivals!" It's a marvelous romp through the year, stopping every month or so to tell about our celebrations. Festivals bind Hindu culture to the devotees, touching our lives, connecting families and neighbors, bringing together entire cities. Soumya Sitaraman, author of Random House's "Following the Hindu Moon" helped the Hinduism Today editorial staff by contributing fascinating details, typical holiday recipes and her mother's marvelous photography. The editors added "Fact & Fiction" sections to explore (and emend) some of the gnarly myths that people in the West hold about Sanatana Dharma. This is a great resource that can find its way into the schoolroom, the summer camp, anywhere students are learning about Hinduism past and present. As you would expect, it is elegantly designed by the HT team. See more about this interactive initiative to strengthen the Hindu world in the next HPI article, below.

A 16-page history lesson is the fourth in our series aimed at a sixth-grade audience. It covers the period from 1850 to 1947, when India was colonized by the British. As our readers know, Indian history in Western textbooks for children is appallingly inaccurate and skewed toward the strange. This segment continues our effort to rectify that, to give well-researched lessons that tell the true story of India's place in the world down through the centuries. Here we present the facts about the British occupancy, their economic exploitation and sometimes ruthless repressions. Get ready to discover lots of new insights into those difficult days before Independence.

When our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, was in Melbourne in December, he gave a wonderful keynote talk on yoga and its place in the world, particularly its applicability to nonHindus. His current editorial gives us a glimpse of that talk, "Can Everyone Benefit from Yoga?"

And Bodhinatha's Australian itinerary included the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, touted as the world's largest interfaith meeting--a reprise of the 1893 meeting that featured Swami Vivekananda. As part of the 2009 program, a rare gathering of Hindu leaders from around the world met to discuss key modern issues, trends and challenges. Our story brings you the opinions of the swamis who attended from all over the world. Their views of climate change, one of the key topics in Melbourne, will inform and perhaps surprise you.

Isn't this an issue to look forward to? Run to your local bookstore, subscribe to the magazine here or download the digital version here.



Fifteen Fabulous Festivals


Posted on 2010/3/1 8:01:01 ( 1006 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com/festivals/

KAPAA, HI, USA, March 2, 2010: Hinduism Today is reaching out with accurate and uplifting information about Hinduism for Hindu communities and your local newspapers. And you can help.

Imprecise information, unflattering photos and an obsession for the bizarre are common when the media features our faith. For most Hindus, there seems little or nothing that can be done about this, except to practice detachment and soulful acceptance. That was the tone at a 2007 Hindu conference in Dallas, Texas, when suddenly the leaders collectively declared "Enough." Determined to complain less and do more, they masterminded the Hindu Festival Media Initiative, a strategic project designed by Hinduism Today in collaboration with the Sanatana Dharma Foundation.

We selected fifteen major festivals as the core of the project and, in collaboration with Soumya Sitaraman of Bangalore, created a series of "pagers," ready-to-print, newspaper-sized posters. They match standard US newspapers in journalistic style and size, making them easy to use, especially for small publishers with limited staff.

Newspapers (especially in these days of budgetary cutbacks) welcome input from faith communities if the material is of high editorial quality, with polished text and eye-catching photos, more so if it's free. Motivated Hindus are encouraged to approach their local newspapers' religion or lifestyle editors with the appropriate pager in the weeks before each festival. Editors may elect to use them as is, or draw from the graphics and words and adapt them to their own style. Television and public radio stations can also be approached; the pagers can provide a comprehensive and authentic summary for voice-overs. They are available on the web as teaching resources for families, schools, summer camps, temples, ashrams, bloggers, etc.

Talk to your local temple board, the local Hindu association and newspapers in your area. On this page you will find PDF's of the pages. Download the PDF and take it to the editor of your local newspaper, or send them the URL to come to this page you are reading with the link https://www.hinduismtoday.com/festivals/

No matter where you live, these festival summaries will provide your local media with informative, factual information about your faith. By preemptively explaining how Hindus experience and understand Sanatana Dharma, we bridge the we-they cultural gap and participate proactively in bringing more tolerance, acceptance and understanding into the world.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/3/1 8:00:01 ( 1016 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

Prayer is not asking, it is yearning of the soul for communion with God.
   Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)



Ancient Hindu Temples Unearthed in Perfect Condition in Indonesia


Posted on 2010/2/25 8:04:01 ( 1438 reads )

Source: www.nytimes.com

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA, February 24, 2010: ILast August when the private Islamic University of Indonesia decided to build a library next to the mosque. In the two decades the university had occupied its 79-acre campus outside Yogyakarta, no temple had ever been found. But chances were high that they were around. By Dec. 11, a construction crew had already removed nearly seven feet of earth. But the soil proved unstable, and the crew decided to dig 20 inches deeper. A backhoe then struck something unusually hard. The crack the backhoe left on the temple wall would become the main sign of damage on what experts say could be the best-preserved ancient monument found in Java, a Hindu temple.

Researchers from the government's Archaeological Office in Yogyakarta headed to the campus the next day, excavated for 35 days and eventually unearthed two 1,100-year-old small temples. "The temples are not so big, but they have features that we haven't found in Indonesia before," Herni Pramastuti, who runs the Archaeological Office, said, pointing to the rectangle-shaped temple, the existence of two sets of linga and yoni, and the presence of two altars.

Historians believe that Hinduism spread in Java in the fifth century, followed three centuries later by Buddhism. Kingdoms hewing to both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs flourished in Java before Islam in the 15th century. But Islam itself incorporated beliefs and ceremonies from the other two religions. Just as some unearthed temples in east Java have a Hindu upper half and a Buddhist lower half, some early mosques had roofs in the shape of Hindu temples, said Timbul Haryono, a professor of archaeology at Gadjah Mada University here and an expert on Hinduism in Southeast Asia. Early mosques faced not in Mecca's direction, but west or east in the manner of Hindu temples.

"Things didn't change all of a sudden," Mr. Haryono said. "Islam was adopted through a process of acculturation." In Indonesia's arts, like the wayang shadow puppetry that dramatizes Hindu epics, or in people's private lives, traces of the earlier religions survive, he said. Food, flowers and incense still accompany many funerals for Muslims, in keeping with Hindu and Buddhist traditions. "Hinduism was Indonesia's main religion for 1,000 years," he said, "so its influence is still strong." "This is Indonesia," said Suwarsono Muhammad, an official at the Islamic University. In the long history of Indonesia, we have proven that different religions can live peacefully."



Ramayana Casts Its Ancient Spell In Singapore


Posted on 2010/2/25 8:03:01 ( 911 reads )

Source: www.nytimes.com

SINGAPORE, February 3, 2010: The Ramayana has been one of the great epic poems of Indian culture for centuries. It has also captured the imagination of many other cultures beyond its origins in India. In Southeast Asia, scenes from the Ramayana can be found in places ranging from Prambanan, a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Yogyakarta in central Java, Indonesia, to the magnificent 12th-century Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

"Ramayana Revisited: A Tale of Love & Adventure," an exhibition that is running at the Peranakan Museum, Singapore until Aug. 22, underlines the cross-cultural power of the popular epic.

While some of the artifacts that are shown are ancient and quite rare, like a 12th-century bronze Hanuman from the late Chola period in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, or a 12th-to-13th century bas-relief from the state of Madhya Pradesh of a reclining image of Vishnu on cosmic snake, others -- especially shadow puppets and masks -- are more recent. Some have been commissioned by the museum over the past 15 years.



Hindu Ashram A First For Omaha


Posted on 2010/2/25 8:02:01 ( 1263 reads )

Source: www.omaha.com

OMAHA, NEBRASKA, February 21, 2010: An orthodox Hindu ashram opened Saturday in Omaha. Frank Morales, 46, its spiritual director, described it as the first of its kind in the area. The Center for Dharma Studies, 13917 P St., will offer classes on topics such as yoga, Hindu scripture and spirituality, Morales said.

The ashram is designed to be an educational resource. Its activities are open to all. Those of other faiths are not excluded, Morales said, and there will be no attempt to convert them.

"There is so much anxiety because of the economy, the wars taking place... the idea is basically to show people that, by applying spirituality in their life in a very practical way, they can begin to relieve much of the anxiety they are feeling," he said.



The Underestimated Power of Physical Communication


Posted on 2010/2/25 8:01:01 ( 1005 reads )

Source: www.nytimes.com

UNITED STATES, February 22, 2010: Psychologists have long studied the grunts and winks of nonverbal communication, the vocal tones and facial expressions that carry emotion. A warm tone of voice, a hostile stare -- both have the same meaning in Terre Haute or Timbuktu, and are among dozens of signals that form a universal human vocabulary. But in recent years some researchers have begun to focus on a different, often more subtle kind of wordless communication: physical contact.

Momentary touches, they say -- whether an exuberant high five, a warm hand on the shoulder, or a creepy touch to the arm -- can communicate an even wider range of emotion than gestures or expressions, and sometimes do so more quickly and accurately than words. "It is the first language we learn," said Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. It remains, he said, "our richest means of emotional expression" throughout life.

In a series of experiments led by Matthew Hertenstein, a psychologist at DePauw University in Indiana, volunteers tried to communicate a list of emotions by touching a blindfolded stranger. The participants were able to communicate eight distinct emotions, from gratitude to disgust to love, some with about 70 percent accuracy. "We used to think that touch only served to intensify communicated emotions," Dr. Hertenstein said. Now it turns out to be "a much more differentiated signaling system than we had imagined."



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/2/25 8:00:01 ( 975 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

"I think it would be a good idea."
    Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) when asked what he thought of Western civilization



Declare Nepal A Hindu State, Students Tell Government


Posted on 2010/2/24 8:04:01 ( 918 reads )

Source: www.thehimalayantimes.com

KATHMANDU, NEPAL, February 21, 2010: The Free Students' Union (FSU), Balmiki Campus, today demanded that Nepal be declared a Hindu state. Issuing a press statement, FSU demanded that ancient religions, norms and values of the Nepali society be preserved.

"We'll not be able to accept secular state," the statement said, adding that the culture of the country is not resembled through this declaration. The statement mentioned that the Hindu religion is the identity of the country and it should be protected at all cost.

The statement urged the concerned agencies to protect the national identity and to ensure the future of people living in the country. The statement further stated that the Hindu religion is the backbone of the country and demanded the concerned bodies to go for referendum to take the decision regarding the issue.



India Supreme Court Directive On Religious Structures


Posted on 2010/2/24 8:03:01 ( 945 reads )

Source: www.expressbuzz.com

NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 17, 2010: The Supreme Court has directed all the State Governments and Union Territories to come out with a clear policy with regard to the demolition or regularization or relocation of religious structures in public places, public parks, play grounds, roads, etc within six weeks.

A Bench comprising Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice K. S.
Radhakrishnan also directed the Chief Secretaries to expressly
disclose the number of unauthorized religious structures in each
state.



Yamuna Today Is What Thames Was 150 Years Ago


Posted on 2010/2/24 8:02:01 ( 967 reads )

Source: www.dailypioneer.com

NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 17, 2010: The river Yamuna, having been declared dead with its water all poisonous from 22 drains from all over Delhi feeding 800 million gallons of sewage into it per day, can kill a healthy human being. It's the rapid industrialization that is helping the inevitable pollute to the river, pointed out Robert Oates, Director, Thames Rivers Restoration Trust (TRRT), and the industrial revolution of India is 10 times that of England when it took place.

"It is not just Government's but every citizen of Delhi's responsibility to make sure that the river's cleanliness is restored and its purity revived," he said.

In a presentation, the TRRT detailed how the whole Thames river restoration project was undertaken. The Yamuna today is what London's Thames was 150 years ago, with all its water polluted almost irrevocably. It seemed impossible to restore it to its natural state, but good governance brought life back to the river.



Protecting India's Folk Lore and Traditions


Posted on 2010/2/24 8:01:01 ( 1005 reads )

Source: www.expressbuzz.com

INDIA, February 16, 2010: In 1997 M.D. Muthukumaraswamy, along with 15 others including Komal Kothari, the then Director of Rajasthan Institute of Folklore started the National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC), when they observed that the country lacked a national level organization for folklore. "We knew everything about European folklore and arts but had no knowledge about our own diverse folklore heritage. There was no body that could address issues in the discipline at the national level. Our education system too imparted no knowledge about these folk forms." It was amidst these necessities that NFSC came to be.

Today the organization, which occupies a small office space in a weathered complex on Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, is like an anthropologist's treasure trove. It aims at promoting Indian folklore research, education, training, networking, and publications.

In Tamil Nadu alone, there are 534 oral epic traditions. The Ramayana and Mahabharatha are just the tip of the iceberg," exclaims Muthukumaraswamy.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/2/24 8:00:01 ( 1099 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

Whether Hindu or Muslim or Christian, whoever tries to convert, it's wrong, not good.
   Dalai Lama, speaking at the Kumbha Mela

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