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Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/3/17 9:00:01 ( 1127 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

If you would walk the way of love, never feel hurt nor yield to anger, but accept pain as a part of life.
   Dada J.P. Vaswani, spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission



Thai Filmmakers Rely On Hindu Rituals To Ensure Success


Posted on 2010/3/17 0:55:14 ( 1850 reads )

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/entertainm ... 34338/divine-intervention

THAILAND, March 12, 2010: In Thailand, Hindu ceremonies are a must for the showbiz people. The rite is a necessity for studio execs, directors, stars and crew who seek comfort from the divine before they go into the set.

Usually, practitioners of traditional Thai arts, like puppetry, masked dance or muay Thai, must perform the wai kru rite -- paying respects to the teachers -- before going on stage. The same philosophy seems to have trickled into the relatively recent art of movie-making. Since the early days, Thai film actors and directors came from the stage, but along the way, the rite morphed into the act of asking the assembly of Indian gods, especially Ganesha, the protector of artists, to come down from their abodes to bless the operation. Like other ceremonies in Buddhist Thailand, the Hindu influence lends mystique that is sometimes synonymous with luck, confidence and moral uplift.

''The studio executives and directors want to go onto the set without worries. They want the operation to be smooth,'' says Sophon Chuwatsawasdi, who has performed the Hindu ritual for television and movie sets for 10 years _ though he's not ordained as a Priest. ''It's a way to boost the morale of the crew, to give them the confidence that the shoot will be accident-free. For the executives, the rite also makes them feel that the movie or the TV series will be a financial success.''

The first day of shooting is usually timed to the lucky moment calculated from planetary movements, and sometimes even the release date of a movie is predicted by an astrologer.



Thai Filmmakers Rely On Hindu Rituals To Ensure Success


Posted on 2010/3/17 0:54:58 ( 1717 reads )

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/entertainm ... 34338/divine-intervention

THAILAND, March 12, 2010: In Thailand, Hindu ceremonies are a must for the showbiz people. The rite is a necessity for studio execs, directors, stars and crew who seek comfort from the divine before they go into the set.

Usually, practitioners of traditional Thai arts, like puppetry, masked dance or muay Thai, must perform the wai kru rite -- paying respects to the teachers -- before going on stage. The same philosophy seems to have trickled into the relatively recent art of movie-making. Since the early days, Thai film actors and directors came from the stage, but along the way, the rite morphed into the act of asking the assembly of Indian gods, especially Ganesha, the protector of artists, to come down from their abodes to bless the operation. Like other ceremonies in Buddhist Thailand, the Hindu influence lends mystique that is sometimes synonymous with luck, confidence and moral uplift.

''The studio executives and directors want to go onto the set without worries. They want the operation to be smooth,'' says Sophon Chuwatsawasdi, who has performed the Hindu ritual for television and movie sets for 10 years _ though he's not ordained as a Priest. ''It's a way to boost the morale of the crew, to give them the confidence that the shoot will be accident-free. For the executives, the rite also makes them feel that the movie or the TV series will be a financial success.''

The first day of shooting is usually timed to the lucky moment calculated from planetary movements, and sometimes even the release date of a movie is predicted by an astrologer.



Fifth Hindu Executive Mandir Executive Conference's Dates Announced


Posted on 2010/3/17 0:54:26 ( 1672 reads )

Source: Press Release

PEARLAND, TX, USA, March 17, 2010: The dates for the Fifth Hindu Executive Mandir Executive Conference have been announced as October 22 - 24, 2010. The Conference will be held in Houston and is sponsored by the Sri Meenakshi Temple, Pearland, Texas.

The Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference (HMEC) is an annual initiative seeking development of network between the executives of all Hindu mandirs of America. Mandir and temple executives deliberate on ways of ensuring the sustenance of Hindu Dharma in America, explore ways of anchoring Hindu Dharma's values in the hearts of coming generations and roles which mandirs can play to make that happen. For more information contact office@vhp-america.org



Fifth Hindu Executive Mandir Executive Conference's Dates Announced


Posted on 2010/3/17 0:54:22 ( 2019 reads )



Bali Hiring Hindu Studies Teachers


Posted on 2010/3/15 9:05:01 ( 1252 reads )

Source: www.thejakartapost.com

INDONESIA, March 5, 2010: Bali province will need 9,000 more teachers of Hindu studies at elementary to high school level by 2014. Nyoman Arya from the religious affairs agency said many teachers were now close to their retirement period, while the recruitment of new teachers was slow. There are 2,476 elementary schools in Bali, both state and private schools, 298 junior high schools and 275 senior high schools. The majority of state schools in Bali teach Hindu as the main religious subject.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika expressed concern over the shortage of Hindu teachers. "I have already coordinated with the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Bali Education Agency to find a solution," he said. "Given that the majority of Balinese are Hindu, I am concerned by the shortage of teachers we now face, especially for Hindu studies," Pastika said.



Hinduism Today's Publisher Talks About Yoga


Posted on 2010/3/15 9:04:01 ( 1043 reads )

Source: www.youtube.com

KAUAI, HI, USA, March 13, 2010: Can anyone benefit from yoga? Does it affect one's religious practice and, ultimately, one's connection with God? Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of HInduism Today, sheds light on this interesting topic here.



Hinduism Today's Publisher Talks About Yoga's


Posted on 2010/3/15 9:04:01 ( 2095 reads )

Source: www.youtube.com

KAUAI, HI, USA, March 13, 2010: Can anyone benefit from yoga? Does it affect one's religious practice and, ultimately, one's connection with God? Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of HInduism Today, sheds light on this interesting topic here.



Texas Conservatives Win Textbooks Curriculum Change


Posted on 2010/3/15 9:03:01 ( 965 reads )

Source: www.nytimes.com

AUSTIN, TX, USA, March 12, 2010: [HPI note: Because the Texas schoolbook standards are adopted by most American states, this influences how Hinduism -- and many other topics -- will be taught to young Americans. ]

After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks.

In recent years, board members have been locked in an ideological battle between a bloc of conservatives who question Darwin's theory of evolution and believe the Founding Fathers were guided by Christian principles, and a handful of Democrats and moderate Republicans who have fought to preserve the teaching of Darwinism and the separation of church and state. Rarely in recent history has a group of conservative board members left such a mark on a social studies curriculum.

Efforts by Hispanic board members to include more Latino figures as role models for the state's large Hispanic population were consistently defeated, prompting one member, Mary Helen Berlanga, to storm out of a meeting late Thursday night, saying, "They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics don't exist." "They are going overboard, they are not experts, they are not historians," she said. "They are rewriting history, not only of Texas but of the United States and the world."

The conservative members maintain that they are trying to correct what they see as a liberal bias among the teachers who proposed the curriculum. To that end, they made dozens of minor changes aimed at calling into question, among other things, concepts like the separation of church and state and the secular nature of the American Revolution. "I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state," said David Bradley, a conservative from Beaumont who works in real estate.

They also included a plank to ensure that students learn about "the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association."

Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas, introduced an amendment requiring that students study the reasons "the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others." It was defeated on a party-line vote. After the vote, Ms. Knight said, "The social conservatives have perverted accurate history to fulfill their own agenda."

In economics, they also replaced the word "capitalism" throughout their texts with the "free-enterprise system." "Let's face it, capitalism does have a negative connotation," said one conservative member, Terri Leo.

Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term "separation between church and state.")



Writer Sought for Hinduism Today Story on 2012


Posted on 2010/3/15 9:02:01 ( 1025 reads )

Source: mailto:ar@hindu.org

KAUAI, HAWAII, March 17, 2010: Hinduism Today is seeking a writer for a 2,400 word story on the predictions based on the Mayan calendar that some disaster will occur December 21, 2012. Must be done on a short deadline, by April 5. The story will cover the origins of the issue, the roll of Jose Arguelles, the Hindu astrology of the same date, comments of Hindu leaders and any other useful analysis. If interested, please contact Arumugaswami, managing editor, at ar@hindu.org



Hinduism Today Needs Dates for Hindu Festivals for 2010-2015


Posted on 2010/3/15 9:01:01 ( 1221 reads )

Source: HPI

KAUAI, HI, USA: Hinduism Today magazine is looking for a pundit or an astrologer to define the dates of the following festivals for 2010-2015. If you can help, please contact hpinews@hindu.org . Thank you.

Hindu New Year, Guru Purnima, Varalakshmi Vrata, Krishna Jayanti, Ganesha Chaturthi, Navaratri, Diwali, Skanda Sashti, Pancha Ganapati, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Sankranti/Pongal, Thai Pusam, Mahasivaratri, Holi and Rama Navami.



Daily Inspiration


Posted on 2010/3/15 9:00:01 ( 1068 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

Hindu Dharma is like a boundless ocean teeming with priceless gems. The deeper you dive, the more treasures you find.
   Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)



Millions Of Women Throng Kerala Festival


Posted on 2010/3/12 8:03:01 ( 976 reads )

Source: news.bbc.co.uk

UNITED KINGDOM, March 2010: India's southern state of Kerala may have hosted the largest gathering of women ever seen on the planet. Clad in traditional Kerala saris and bearing offerings of food, more than two million women thronged the state capital Trivandrum on Sunday.

The women braved searing heat to offer a special meal at the Attukal temple to Hindu Goddess Bhagavathy - one incarnation of the potent Goddesses Kali and Saraswati. They were seeking her blessing for the health and prosperity of their families - and the special meal, known as the pongala, was later distributed among family and friends back at home.

This is a unique festival the size of which is unmatched. Guinness Worlds Records certified the crowd strength was 1.5 million when it was assessed for the first time in 1997. Last year turnout was 2.5 million and this year, according to festival organizers, it was estimated to be 3 million. It is an elaborate logistical feat: almost 3,000 police, 600 of them women, were on duty around the clock. Two hundred priests positioned themselves at different points to sprinkle holy water on the pongala.

Dianne Jennet has been coming every year since 1997 from San Francisco. The collective spirituality she observed in female devotees at Attukal became the subject of of her PhD dissertation back in the United States. "There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world. It is amazing the way a whole city makes arrangements for women to make this offering. Nobody could imagine shutting down San Francisco for a day, blocking the vehicles for a women's gathering," she said.



Karan Vir Wants To Take Indian Gods To The Oscars


Posted on 2010/3/12 8:02:01 ( 975 reads )

Source: getahead.rediff.com

INDIA, February, 24, 2010: Karan Vir is 27 years old. In an interview, the young entrepreneur explains how he plans to change the face of the India comic book industry forever and, somewhat ostentatiously, declares that he wants to get an Oscar for India sometime soon. "I grew up listening to a lot of stories from the Indian epics from Amar Chitra Katha comics as well as the Lord of the Rings. Somewhere along the way the syntax of these tales began to enamour me. I learned to imagine and narrate tales myself," says Vir.

His visiting card calls him a visionary and tells you that the man who it belongs to runs a comic book company called Vimanika. The Mumbai-based company has been in the business for about two years now and recently won the Golden Cursor Animation express CNBC TV18 Best Comics award for 2009.

"The eventual plan is to get a movie based on one of our comics, a movie that will be something like Avatar and get the Oscar for India," says Vir.



Jews, Muslims Worry Body Scanners Violate Religious Laws


Posted on 2010/3/12 8:01:01 ( 868 reads )

Source: Religion News Service

UNITED STATES, March 2010: Canadian lawyer Kerry Gearin is planning to fly to Washington, D.C., this summer for a conference on Islamic family law, but the full-body scanners being deployed in some U.S. airports make her wonder if she'll be forced to leave her modesty at home. "When I saw the pictures, I thought, it's too much information," said Gearin, a Muslim.

The scanners, which are produced for the Transportation Security Administration can detect items -- guns or small containers, for example -- or explosives hidden under clothing. The images are basically grainy outlines of the human body, but also show the outlines the flesh. To minimize passenger discomfort, screeners who view the images work in separate booths away from screening lines, and don't see the passengers they scrutinize. All images are immediately deleted.

Concerns about the grainy body images produced by the scanners prompted the 18-member Fiqh Council of North America to issue a fatwa, or religious edict, which said the scanners violate Islamic law. Muslims, the fatwa said, should instead request a pat-down. "It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women.

Buddhism and Hinduism, however, seem to have fewer problems with the scanners. "Everything in Buddhism is a matter of intent. If the screening is done to oppress and in a way that is insensitive, then it's bad," said Andrew Olendzki, executive director of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. "But if it's done to protect, and done respectfully, then it's OK." Modesty is also important in Hindu tradition, but it does not trump a serious security threat, said Suhag Shukla, managing director of the Hindu American Foundation. "Hindu tradition is replete with examples of sacrificing for the greater good," she said.

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