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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/14 19:05:08 ( 453 reads )


By constantly repeating, "I am free, I am free," a man verily becomes free. On the other hand, by constantly repeating, "I am bound, I am bound," he certainly becomes bound. The fool who says only, "I am a sinner, I am a sinner," verily drowns himself in worldliness. One should rather say: "I praise the name of God. How can I be a sinner? How can I be bound?"
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

New Hindu Temple Opens in Germany

Posted on 2017/7/13 18:30:24 ( 834 reads )


JUCHEN, GERMANY, July 3, 2017 (NGZ Online, translated from German): It is quite colorful in the new Hindu temple at Hochstrasse 10b in Hochneukirch. Members of the Tamil community transformed a former supermarket into a Hindu temple with several large and small shrines, decorated in every detail, after just seven months of construction. With solemn ceremony and worship, the only Hindu temple in the district has been inaugurated. In the center of the new temple complex, which opened to many visitors, stands the Elephant God (Ganesha), which is the main murthi.

At the ceremony, some honorable guests such as Juegen's mayor Harald Zillikens and Bundestag deputy Ansgar Heveling, slipped into a world that was rather alien to them. For the inauguration, they were dressed in an oriental robe and painted on the forehead with a red dot, a religious symbol of Hinduism. "The Tamils have been well integrated into German society for decades, but they have not forgotten their roots," said Mayor Harald Zillikens, who also said that the new temple complex has improved the whole neighborhood. The temple is to become a center of the community.

The Gentler Symptoms of Dying

Posted on 2017/7/13 18:30:13 ( 583 reads )


UNITED STATES, July 11, 2017 (New York Times by Sara Manning Peskin, MD): Every major organ in the body -- heart, lungs, liver, kidneys -- has the capacity to shut off the brain. It's a biological veto system. The mysterious exception is "terminal lucidity," a term coined by the biologist Michael Nahm in 2009 to describe the brief state of clarity and energy that sometimes precedes death. Alexander Batthyany, another contemporary expert on dying, calls it "the light before the end of the tunnel."

A 5-year-old boy in a coma for three weeks suddenly regains consciousness. He thanks his family for letting him go and tells them he'll be dying soon. The next day, he does.

Early reports of terminal lucidity date back to Hippocrates, Plutarch and Galen. Dr. Nahm collected 83 accounts of terminal lucidity written over 250 years, most of which were witnessed by medical professionals. Nearly 90 percent of cases happened within a week of death and almost half occurred on the final day of life.

More on this fascinating subject at "source" above--and note the valuable comments to the article.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/13 18:30:03 ( 470 reads )


Free will is not free--it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect--but there is something behind the will which is free.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

10th Anniversary Celebrations of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Posted on 2017/7/12 18:32:51 ( 706 reads )


ATLANTA, GEORGIA, July 1, 2017 (BAPS): His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj joined devotees and well-wishers in celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, Georgia. The festivities welcomed guests from all parts of North America and from around the globe. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the unforgettable inauguration ceremonies in 2007 surrounded by the enthusiasm and excitement of hundreds of volunteers. Carrying forward his lifework and legacy, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj commemorated this historic milestone by sharing divine memories from the 2007 events and encouraging devotees to remain steadfast in their pursuits towards spirituality.

Highlights from the program included video footage of the inaugural ceremonies, colorful cultural dances, skits and devotional songs. Devotees relived the past ten years of the mandir's history by looking back upon the development of local youth activities, the growth of the Satsang community, and the installation of the sacred image of Nilkanth Varni. The celebrations concluded with blessings from Mahant Swami Maharaj who encouraged all to uphold unity, maintain faith, and serve one another selflessly in advancing the mandir's service to the community.

Uttarakhand Getting Ready for Mystical, Supernatural Tourism, says Minister

Posted on 2017/7/12 18:31:35 ( 602 reads )


UTTARAKHAND, INDIA, July 6, 2017 (Hindustan Times): After the Union government's plans to start a spiritual circuit, Uttarakhand said it was all set to promote "mystical and supernatural" tourism. "Uttarakhand is not just about the five dhams. We are making a new tourism policy and I need to tell you that in our state there is an unusual (kind of) tourism - mystical and supernatural tourism," the state's senior-most cabinet minister, Satpal Maharaj, said at a FICCI tourism investors' function in Delhi.

Explaining the concept, the minister narrated tales of myths and miracles inspired by local deities. He said there were specific times when these Gods appeared and bestowed Their powers on humans. These activities, he said, attract huge crowds in the state. He said he also wanted to explore circuits that were "off the beaten track". These two circuits would concentrate on myths and miracles surrounding deities in Jaghdhar in Rudraprayag and Joshimath.

Thousands Take Part in Hindu Parade in Downtown Grand Rapids

Posted on 2017/7/12 18:31:25 ( 585 reads )


GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, July 8, 2017 (mlive.com): For the first time, a Hindu parade called Granth Dindi was performed in the U.S., bringing 3,000 people to downtown Grand Rapids. The parade began at 8 a.m. July 8 outside DeVos Place and ended an hour later at Van Andel Arena. The intricately-choreographed performance included dancing, drumming and Hindu scriptures being carried on palanquins.

The ritual procession goes back at least 700 years, and has never been performed on this scale before in America, said Fred Stella, a Pracharak -- outreach minister -- at the West Michigan Hindu Temple. The Granth Dindi parade was performed as part of the Bruhan Maharashtra Madal of North America, which is a conference that brings together Hindus from the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Short video and photos at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/12 18:31:14 ( 479 reads )


Love says, "I am everything." Wisdom says, "I am nothing." Between the two, my life flows. I express it by saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both.
-- Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Hindu sage

Hindu Pilgrims Killed in Militant Attack in Kashmir

Posted on 2017/7/11 18:14:58 ( 593 reads )


KASHMIR, INDIA, July 11, 2017 (BBC): Seven Hindu pilgrims, six of them women, have been killed in a militant attack in Indian-administered Kashmir after their bus apparently got caught in crossfire. The bus was returning from the Amarnath Cave pilgrimage site in the Anantnag district when the attack took place. Police told the BBC the target appeared to be a nearby counter-insurgency base. The attack, which also left 19 injured, is likely to heighten tensions in the disputed region.

Nearly all the survivors praised the driver, who did not stop the vehicle and got them to safety, only stopping near an army convoy 1.24 miles away. Many say that without him, the death toll would have been much higher.

Lord Ganesha Procession Celebrates 11 Years

Posted on 2017/7/11 18:14:48 ( 452 reads )


SOUTH AFRICA, July 8, 2017 (Rising Sun): The organizers for the Lord Ganesha Float Procession held its 11th annual launch at the Shree Marieammen Temple in Mount Edgecombe on Friday. The function was well attended and devotees enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of satsangs, dances and tucked into a delicious supper. The organizers awarded certificates to the temples who had made floats and joined the procession from Umgeni Road Temple to the Blue Lagoon.

The procession will take place at the Durban Hindu Temple in Somtseu Road on August 19 and 20. The invocation will take place at the temple on August 10 which will see three Lord Ganesha murthis invoked. It will go to 27 temples in Newlands West, Durban North and Phoenix. The twenty seven temples will host a murthi of Lord Ganesha at their temple everyday. The concluding havan for Lord Ganesha will take place at the Durban Hindu Temple on Saturday, August 19, followed by the breaking of the 108 coconuts.

Hinduism: Understanding Image and Temple Worship

Posted on 2017/7/11 18:14:38 ( 691 reads )


(place of origin unknown), July 7, 2017 (YouTube): Image and temple worship form the central practice for many Hindus. However, the unfamiliar rituals and ideas can often be judged as primitive and pagan. But as this video explains, Hindus see God not only as transcendent but immanent in creation. Through the science of ritual and faith the infinite omnipresent Divinity can be awakened and enlivened even in inanimate objects. The Masters have understood that before we can see God everywhere we have to see God somewhere--this is the role of murthi worship. Click "source" above for this excellent video.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/11 18:14:27 ( 413 reads )


The way to freedom is a way of silence--of silent resolve and silent service.
-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

India Seeks Recognition of Ayurveda in Singapore As Traditional Medicine

Posted on 2017/7/6 20:29:50 ( 1015 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 6, 2017: India is looking about for the acknowledgement of Ayurveda in Singapore as a traditional medicine and has been in talks with Singapore for the protection, propagation and certification of Ayurveda as such. On June 21, Singapore hosted the second International Conference on Ayurveda. "People look at the rising costs of medical treatments, the side effects of chemicals, of dealing with the lifestyle diseases which are growing both in developed and undeveloped countries, people are turning to traditional medicines, whether it is Chinese or Indian and Ayurveda is suddenly becoming very popular," said Jawed Ashraf, India's High Commissioner to Singapore. Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine, is completely naturalistic and comprehensive in nature. Jawed Ashraf talks about the global growth of Ayurveda by stating that the parts of Latin America, Asia and Africa have accepted Ayurveda as any other healthcare systems.

171 Temples Under GST in Andhra Pradesh State

Posted on 2017/7/6 20:29:39 ( 600 reads )


HYDERABAD, INDIA, July2, 2017 (Deccan Herald): It seems even gods cannot exempt themselves from GST (the newly instituted Goods and Services Tax), as 171 temples in Andhra Pradesh above US$31,000 income have come under the new tax regime. There are 23,834 temples in the state, of which 45 temples come under the $155,000 income category, 63 temples up to $4 million and seven temples with more than $4 million annual income, including Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the country's richest.

149 Temples Under GST Purview in Telangana State

Posted on 2017/7/6 20:29:29 ( 537 reads )


HYDERABAD, INDIA, July 3, 2017 (Deccan Chronicle): Devotees visiting major temples have to pay more from July. Major temples, which have more than US$31,000 annual revenue, are brought under GST purview. There are 149 such temples in Telangana state. Section 73 of the GST Act states renting of rooms, where charges are $15.50 or more per day, renting of premises, community halls, Kalyanamandapam or open area where charges are $155 or more per day, will attract 18 per cent tax. Telangana endowment minister A. Indrakaran Reddy said that there were 149 temples that earn over $31,000 annual revenue. Out of which, 16 temples had over $155,000 annual revenue while three had over $4 million annual revenue, he said.

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