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Insights from Swami Vivekananda on How We Each Forge Our Own Destiny

Just before the turn of the 20th century, swami vivekananda,
a brilliant young Hindu monk from India, preached about the great law of
karma in the United States to all who drew near. He explained,
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Released: Thu, 28-May-2009


Using the Power of Penance to Mitigate the Effects of Misdeeds

A few years ago, a devout hindu couple pulled up to the drive-in window of their local Taco Bell fast-food Mexican restaurant in Ventura, California, and ordered a bean burrito
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Released: Thu, 28-May-2009


Seven Ways to Tame Your Most Destructive Emotion

Two cars bang fenders at an intersection; tempers flare and a fist fight breaks out. In a store nearby, a man stomps of in a fury, cursing the clerk for declining his credit card. In an apartment up the street, a mother screams at her daughter to clean up her room.
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Released: Thu, 28-May-2009


Mind and Emotions Are Calmed As We Observe Mauna, Restraint of Speech

Many think of silence simplistically, as just the absence of noise, or not speaking words. But silence, like life itself, is more complex and subtle than that. We all seek silent moments, islands in the sea of sound, to reflect upon and reap the lessons from life
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A 24-Posture System of Body Tuning and Preparation for Meditation

Hatha yoga is a system of handling the physical body so that the mind and the nerve system are calmed and quieted. It is primarily a means to prepare oneself for meditation. Hatha yoga is founded on a principle
of putting the physical body into a position so that the nerve currents in the physical body get tuned up to a perfect pitch.
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Released: Thu, 28-May-2009


Seeking God, Begging for Boons and Atoning for Misdeeds at 14 Holy Places

Five duties, pancha kriya, form the traditional minimal practices expected of every Hindu: upasana (worship); utsava (holy days); dharma (virtuous living); tirthayatra (pilgrimage); and samskara (rites of passage). Thus, most Hindus proceed on pilgrimage from time to time, choosing from among the seven sacred rivers or seven liberation-giving cities, the twelve Siva mandirs or the vast temple complexes of Mathura and Vrindavana, or thousands more holy places of India.
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Released: Thu, 28-May-2009


How Guests Are Treated As God in the Hindu Home

Be one to whom the mother is a God. Be one to whom the father is
a God. Be one to whom the teacher is a God. Be one to whom the guest is a God.
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Released: Thu, 28-May-2009


Parents Are the First Gurus in Religion and Character Building

Many Hindu families visiting our Hawaii monastery, particularly those with young children, ask if I have any advice for them. I usually respond with one or two general suggestions. I always stress the importance of presenting Hinduism to their children in a practical way so that it influences each child
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Released: Thu, 28-May-2009


Keys to Hindu Protocol for Novice Pilgrims to the Holy Lands

Nearly every indigenous people on Earth is reevaluating, rediscovering
and reappreciating its ancient ways, the traditions of the forefathers.
Tradition is the best of the past that has been carried forward for the future. Among Hindus, too
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Personal Ceremonies that Sanctify and Celebrate Life
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