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2,000-Year-Old Crystal Shivalingam Unearthed In Vietnam

Posted on 2010/1/3 8:03:01 ( 1761 reads )

Source: www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn

SAIGON, VIETNAM, January 2, 2009: The Archaeology Institute and the Khanh Hoa Museum have unearthed thousands of artifacts at the site of the ancient village of Vinh Yen in the south-central province. After preliminary studies, the archaeologists determined that the ancient inhabitants who left the artifacts lived 2,000-2,500 years ago during the end of the Neolithic period and early Bronze Age.

Among the more important findings were a Shiva lingam made of rock crystal, moulds for casting bronze and iron objects, and jewelry.

Dr. Tran Quy Thinh, the leader of the excavation group, said the discoveries contribute significantly to knowledge of prehistoric development in the southern part of the central region.

Finding A Way, Far From Home

Posted on 2010/1/3 8:02:01 ( 1104 reads )

Source: www.alaskadispatch.com

ALASKA, U.S., December 22, 2009: Leela Subba was born in Bhutan, but now he works at the Burger King on Northern Lights in Anchorage, cooking burgers and fries to help pay the rent on the four-bedroom Midtown apartment he shares with his family. When Subba was a few years old, the Bhutanese government evicted his family and others of Nepalese ancestry from the country. Subba and his family lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for 18 years before they were allowed to emigrate to Anchorage.

The Bhutanese Hindus are the newest of the waves of refugees Anchorage has welcomed. Since April, 50 to 60 Bhutanese refugees have moved to Anchorage.

The Bhutanese refugees currently living in Anchorage landed here with no relatives to explain the bus schedules or help them look for a job. In order for the State Department to send Bhutanese refugees to Anchorage, Sarah Ferguson, the local director for Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (a branch of Catholic Social Services), had to demonstrate that the city had the lingual and cultural foundation to successfully settle them. Ferguson pointed to the fact that Anchorage has a Hindu temple as well as a relatively large population of Nepali speakers due to earlier waves of immigration from both Nepal and Tibet.

Every Bhutanese refugee gets $425 from the State Department as a "welcome to Alaska." Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services also provides full social services for the refugees, including case workers to pick them up at the airport and help them apply for work. The agency also has money that can be used directly on behalf of a refugee, for things like bus passes or the fees necessary to get a driver's license.

[HPI note: The US State department has strong policies against social work mixed with proselytizing. However, religious organizations are the most likely source of help to resettled refugees.]

Landmark Malaysian "Allah" Ruling

Posted on 2010/1/3 8:01:01 ( 1048 reads )

Source: news.bbc.co.uk

UNITED KINGDOM, December 31, 2009: After the authorities had insisted that Allah in the Malay language refers only to the God in Islam, which could only be sued by Muslims, a court in Malaysia has ruled that other faiths have a constitutional right to use the word Allah to refer to God.

Ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Herald, a publication of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, in 2007, the High Court said a government ban on non-Muslims using the world was unconstitutional.

The BBC's Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur said some Muslim groups suspect the Catholic Church is seeking to encourage Muslims to convert to Christianity - a move which is illegal in Malaysia.

More than half of Malaysia's population is Muslim but the large Chinese and Indian communities are mainly Christian, Buddhist or Hindu.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2010/1/3 8:00:01 ( 976 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

To define God--is grinding what is already ground; for He is the only being we know.
   Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

Fund Managers' Newfound Faith

Posted on 2010/1/2 8:03:01 ( 930 reads )

Source: in.biz.yahoo.com

NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 30, 2009: With a turnaround in the air, fund managers have regained the confidence to return to their annual vacation schedule, unlike last year when the insecurity in the financial sector left them stuck to their seats. There is a difference, though. The honchos are not reaching for their bermuda shorts and heading south for the winter. They are setting out on pilgrimages to get blessings for a good investing and trading year in 2010.

"There is lot of optimism compared to last year. People are to back their schedules," said Sundeep Sikka, chief executive officer, Reliance Mutual Fund.

Over 1700 Reconverted To Hinduism In Gujarat

Posted on 2010/1/2 8:02:01 ( 863 reads )

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

SURAT, GUJARAT, INDIA, December 22, 2009: In its offensive against conversion of tribals to Christianity, Maharashtra-based Shree Sampraday sect claimed to have reconverted 1,747 people back to Hinduism in Surat on Monday. The Surat district magistrate, however, took note of the organizers' failure to seek permission for reconversion as stipulated in the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003.

The camp to reconvert tribals who had embraced Christianity was held in the city for the first time. Nearly 5,000 people from Maharashtra and Gujarat participated in the ceremony. The participants were given sacred thread to mark their reconversion.

"We organized the event in Surat to promote Hinduism in urban areas. We have a series of events planned in the near future to hold such reconversion camps in urban areas of Gujarat," said Yashwant More, secretary of Surat District Seva Samiti of Shree Sampraday.

British High Court Says Jewish School's Ethnic-Based Admissions Policy Is Illegal

Posted on 2010/1/2 8:01:01 ( 899 reads )

Source: www.nytimes.com

[HPI note: This law ruling will possibly affect future decisions on who is, and is not, a Hindu in UK law.]

LONDON, ENGLAND, December 17, 2009: Britain's Supreme Court declared Wednesday that it was illegal for a Jewish school that favors Jewish applicants to base its admissions policy on a classic test of Jewishness -- whether one's mother is Jewish. "One thing is clear about the matrilineal test; it is a test of ethnic origin," Lord Phillips, president of the court, said in his majority opinion. Under the law, he said, "by definition, discrimination that is based upon that test is discrimination on racial grounds."

The decision, by Britain's highest court, brings an end to a case that has exposed deep divisions among Britain's 300,000 Jews and forced the judiciary to consider an ancient question at the heart of Judaism: Who is a Jew?

The case concerns the efforts of a 12-year-old boy, known as M in court papers, to be admitted to J.F.S., formerly the Jews' Free School, one of Britain's best-performing Jewish secondary schools. Although it is financed by the state, J.F.S., in North London, is allowed by law to give preference to Jewish applicants.

But its definition of Jewishness is the Orthodox one, set by the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Though M is an observant Jew whose father is Jewish and whose mother is a Jewish convert, he is not considered a Jew by the school because his mother converted in a progressive, not Orthodox, synagogue.

"The ruling represents a definitive end to six decades of exclusion of children who are devout in their Jewish faith, but considered by some to be not quite Jewish enough to enjoy the benefits of their community's leading faith school," John Halford, a lawyer for M, said in a statement.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2010/1/2 8:00:01 ( 984 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

To listen to some devout people, one would imagine God never laughs.
   Aurobindo Ghose, Indian Philosopher (1872-1950)

Temple Car Must Pass Through Dalit Colony, Rules High Court

Posted on 2010/1/1 8:06:01 ( 824 reads )

Source: lite.epaper.timesofindia.com

CHENNAI, INDIA, December 29, 2009: Madras high court has ordered the trustees of a temple in Pottai village in Villupuram district to allow the the temple car to go through a dalit colony.

Passing orders on two writ petitions, one filed by the trustee of Aru lmighu Poottai Mariamman Temple near Sankarapuram and an opposing one filed by 10 dalits belonging to the village, Justice K. Chandru said that the trustee's petition "...cannot be accepted by this court. Any such order in their favor will amount to perpetuating untouchability, which has been specifically prohibited by Article 17 of the Constitution."

The festival turned controversial in 2007 when Dalits staked their religious rights over the temple, which is under the control of the state government's Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department. Last year, the authorities were able to broker peace by running a sagadai, which is a small-sized temple car, through the Dalit colony. This year no amount of persuasion and peace committee meetings could solve the tangle.

Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts Has Acquired Rare Hindu Artwork

Posted on 2010/1/1 8:05:01 ( 790 reads )

Source: www.littleabout.com

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, December, 2009: Renowned Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond (USA) has acquired a rare 18th-century legend scroll from Andhra Pradesh, one of the few of its kind to survive today.

Dr. Joseph M. Dye III, VMFA's curatorial chair, reportedly says it is a "rare and unrivaled painting" that is "dramatically" longer than other known examples and is clearly the work of a master atelier. "I can say with complete confidence that this is the greatest South Indian painting that I have seen in my 42-year professional career."

The VMFA already has a large collection of Hindu arts and artifacts and has organized Hinduism related exhibitions in the past.

Indian Religious Leaders Join Hands To Address Global Warming and Nuclear Weapons

Posted on 2010/1/1 8:04:01 ( 898 reads )

Source: fore.research.yale.edu

NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 19, 2009: Apprehending the threats posed by global warming and nuclear armament, religious leaders of different faiths on Thursday came together to voice their concern over these issues which, they said, were pushing the world to the path of destruction.

Addressing a conference on 'Global Warming and Nuclear Disarmament' in the national capital, Swami Jayendra Saraswathi, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt and Hazrat Maulana Imam Umair Ahmed Ilyasi, President of the All India Organisation of Imams of Mosques, highlighted the ill effects of nuclear armaments.

"Today, science is moving towards the path of destruction in the form of atomic power. In the ancient times, they used bow and arrow to destroy their enemies, but today due to science, the country is moving towards the path of destruction," Swami Jayendra Saraswathi said.

Addressing global warming awareness, Hazrat Maulana Imam Umair Ahmed Ilyasi said, "We have started the initiative from India after which we will go to Vatican and from there we will go to Chief Rabbinate and from there Mecca and like this, leaders of all religious headquarters will go on a world tour."

Mass Weddings for the Poor

Posted on 2010/1/1 8:03:01 ( 936 reads )

Source: www.hindustantimes.com

NOIDA, INDIA, December 27, 2009:As many as 101 couples "from economically weaker sections of the society" tied the knot at a mass marriage ceremony held in Noida on Saturday. The event was organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad, a socio-cultural voluntary organization.

Rajinder, one of the bridegrooms said, "I felt on top of the world when I was asked to board a horse chariot. I am so poor I cannot even think of hiring a band party. Had I not been selected for the mass marriage, I would have married a girl in a temple in the presence of a few relatives."

Parishad member T.N. Chaurasia said, "The couples were given televisions, sewing machines, cycles, utensils, beds and other household items each needed to start a new married life."

Raga Unveiled

Posted on 2010/1/1 8:02:01 ( 1004 reads )

Source: www.ragaunveiled.com

USA, January 2, 2009 (Press release): The four-hour documentary "Raga Unveiled" is an introduction to North Indian classical music, with a treasury of interviews with many of India's greatest living musicians and music scholars and great musical performances.

Along with commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars and musicologists the film contains spectacular cinematography and rare archival footage. Each of its twelve sections sheds light on an important element of musical composition and performance--beginning with the deeply moving philosophy that underlies Indian music. See more at the link above.

School Officials Drop Requirement To Read Bible

Posted on 2010/1/1 8:01:01 ( 813 reads )

Source: www.wickedlocal.com

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS, December 16, 2009: Newton South High School officials dropped a requirement to read excerpts from the Bible for one student last month, after he refused to read the Biblical passages as a literature assignment because he is an atheist.

South Principal Joel Stembridge wouldn't comment on the case, but said the school uses the Bible to introduce students to the cultural traditions and allusions found in much of Western literature.

All sophomores study parts of the Bible as literature as part of 10th-grade English classes, along with Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," "Antigone" and works by Shakespeare.

In the 1963 United States Supreme Court case School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, the court ruled that schools can use the Bible and other religious works for studying literature and culture, so long as it's not used to proselytize.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2010/1/1 8:00:01 ( 932 reads )

Source: www.hinduismtoday.com

A spiritual man always has to have the upper hand on the lower nature.
   Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

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