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The Hindu Community Celebrates Anniversary

Posted on 2017/5/14 20:01:28 ( 454 reads )


SPAIN, May 7, 2017 (Ceuta Actualidad, translated from Spanish): The Hindu temple celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. A distant memory are the meetings in private homes that had a sacred book and where even weddings were held. Much has changed for the Hindu community over the years. The construction of the temple was a watershed event. Before its construction the local government's councilor for development, Nicolas Fernandez Cucurull, offered a site on Echegaray street at a symbolic price of one euro and for a period of 50 years through a concession. Economic contributions of the Hindu devotees and the City allowed the place to take shape. Today it is the meeting point, for prayers of the community but it is also a place for visitors from other religions that come to meet the Hindus.

"The evolution has been very positive. We are fully integrated and our customs and festivities are known by all the citizens of Ceuta, who also participate actively," says the president of the community, Ramesh Chandiramani, who assures that "if it were not for our elderly who still wear typical Hindu clothing, we would go unnoticed in the day to day life in the city."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/14 20:01:18 ( 394 reads )


When you obey laws of health, your body is your friend. When you love God, nature is your friend. When you love man, God is your friend. When you love hard work, success is your friend. When you possess an understanding heart, peace and harmony are your friends. Everywhere you have a friend. In all things there is a friend for you.
-- Swami Omkarananda Saraswati (1930-2000), guru and founder Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas

Railway Minister Lays Foundation Stone for Final Location Survey on Famed Char Dham Pilgrimage Route

Posted on 2017/5/13 19:02:30 ( 514 reads )


DEHRADUN, INDIA, May 13, 2017 (Times of India): In major welcome news for Uttarakhand, railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday laid the foundation at Badrinath for the final location survey for a single broad gauge line rail system on the Char Dham pilgrimage route. This follows the start of a project to create an all-weather road for the same route.

Prabhu, who first flew to Kedarnath to offer prayers, came to Badrinath in a chopper to pay obeisance. Later, in the presence of CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, he laid the foundation stone for the ambitious project worth US$6.7 billion. The route length of 203 miles through rough Himalayan terrain is likely to have 21 new station, 61 tunnels, totalling of 173 miles tunnel length and 59 bridges. On the occasion, Prabhu said, "The project will benefit the tourists as well as the locals. It will help people in the hills travel from one place to another."

Thai King Inaugurates Annual Royal Rice Plowing Ceremony

Posted on 2017/5/13 19:02:20 ( 446 reads )


THAILAND, May 12, 2017 (The financial Express): Thailand's king presided over an annual ceremony Friday marking the start of the rice-planting season. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun sat quietly, his daughter at his side, as two oxen named "Increase" and "Abundance" ploughed a furrow around a section of the royal field in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. An official scattered rice seeds in the oxen's wake. The Brahmin rites, led by Hindu priests and the first to be presided over by Thailand's new king, were attended by the prime minister, Cabinet members and diplomats as well as farmers seeking signs of good fortune.

According to Thai historical accounts, the Royal ploughing Ceremony dates back around 700 years. Then as now, the success of the harvest is vital to the economy but also to the culture of the country. Thailand is one of the world's leading producers of the crop, at around 30 million tons a year. It is also, surprisingly, the world's second largest exporter of rice. It exports US$4.4 billion worth of rice a year, just behind number one India ($5.3 billion) and well ahead of number three, the US ($1.9 billion).

Further Defense Against Charges Art of Living Event Damaged Yamuna Floodplains

Posted on 2017/5/13 19:02:10 ( 433 reads )


INDIA, May 13, 2017 (Art of Living): The World Culture Festival was held on the banks of the River Yamuna on March 11-13, 2016. The expert committee set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has submitted 2 reports that contain the claims of alleged damage to the Yamuna floodplains due to the event. This video extensively challenges the claims of both reports.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/13 19:01:59 ( 396 reads )


Hinduism is wholly free from the strange obsession of some faiths that the acceptance of a particular religious metaphysics is necessary for salvation, and non-acceptance thereof is a heinous sin meriting eternal punishment in hell.
-- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), Philosopher, statesmen and second president of India

Analysis of Religion Data of Indian Census 2011: Comparisons Across Asia

Posted on 2017/5/12 20:11:11 ( 593 reads )


INDIA, May 10, 2017 (Center for Policy Studies India by Dr. JK Bajaj): We have posted our 44th and 45th notes in the series on the Religious Demography of India and the World. These notes describe the changing distribution and share of the three older religion of Asia, namely Hinduism, Buddhism and Chinese Religions in different regions and countries of Asia. The first of these notes narrates the changes that have taken place between 1900 and 2010 and the second shows these changes graphically in Maps. It would be instructive to read the two notes together.

The three religions that we describe here are largely confined to South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia. Hindus (including Sikhs and Jains), who form about a quarter of the population of Asia, are confined almost entirely to South Asia. During the last 110 years, they have lost about 10 percentage points off their share in South Asia and by a similar amount in India according to the Census data. They have suffered a loss of about 10 percentage points in Sri Lanka and Nepal also. The loss has been much bigger in Pakistan, where their share has declined from nearly 17 to merely 1.3 percent, and in Bangladesh, where they have declined from 33 to 9.5 percent of the population. With these losses, Hindus have been contracting to the boundaries of what currently constitutes India and they are losing their share even within those shrunken boundaries.

The full reports can be read at "source" above and at:
http://blog.cpsindia.org/2017/05/reli ... census-2011-xlv-asia.html

Hindu Lifestyle - A Contemporary Voice about Hinduism for Today's Generation

Posted on 2017/5/12 20:11:00 ( 577 reads )


UNITED STATES, May 10, 2017 (youtube): The last 5 years has made Shawn Binda realize that one of his deepest passions has been learning more about Hinduism and equally important, teaching Hinduism to a new generation of Hindus who have been born in North America. Shawn says that the teaching of Hinduism must go beyond attending temple, satsangs, yagnas and pujas. Discussions, open forums, Q&A's and more importantly, understanding the needs of a new generation of Hindus is necessary if we want to ensure the longevity of our Hindu teachings.

Shawn has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to understanding the Hindu Experience. New videos are posted on the 1st and the 15th of every month with the focus on making sense of the Hindu identity, reconciling Western culture with a Hindu outlook and hopefully inspire more people to rethink what it means to be Hindu in 2017 and beyond. Shawn has written for Hinduism Today before on how to engage young Hindus and has spoken extensively at conferences and workshops with young Hindus.

Informative videos can be viewed at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/12 20:10:49 ( 387 reads )


It is the duty of parents to safeguard the spiritual interests of their child. As the parents have to feed a child which cannot feed itself, so have they to look after its spiritual interests also till it is able to take care of them.
-- Chandrashekara Bharathi Mahaswami (1892-1954), 34th Jagadguru of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham

Sanskrit in the Digital Era

Posted on 2017/5/8 19:49:14 ( 881 reads )


INDIA, April 29, 2017 (The Hindu): In early March, the Madras Sanskrit College (MSC) unveiled a digital campus to expand the reach of Sanskrit through online courses, live books and live podcasts. "Students can register any time for the online courses, but they start only in certain batches, every two weeks. The fourth batch started on April 29, and the fifth will start on May 13," says Ramesh Mahalingam, trustee of the college's parent body, and great grandson of V. Krishnaswami Iyer, college founder.

Each batch lasts about four months, offering 30 modules at the beginner's level. The first 10 modules provide a general overview, starting with lessons on the Sanskrit alphabet. Though the physical campus is a Sanskrit-only zone with daily conversations taking place in the language, the digital one has some of the teaching done in English, to ease beginners into the course. In the few weeks since the inception of the course, the four batches that started have already amassed about 590 students globally, from Australia, the Middle-East and the U.S, besides India. "In the first 23 days, we registered about 20 a day. My target for the year is about 3000. We are well on the way to that number," says Ramesh.

Mexico City "Yoga in Your Neighborhood" Schedules May Festival

Posted on 2017/5/8 19:49:04 ( 522 reads )


MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, (gocdmx): Yoga, a Hindu practice to balance body, mind and spirit, is not only for a selected few. With the "Yoga in your Neighborhood" program, Mexico City seeks to bring the activity to various sites throughout the city at no cost. One of the project's founders, Berenice Hernandez, said that the project, which began in 2011, seeks to spread yoga and facilitate access to all people. She explained that this practice was previously considered as an activity for only the wealthy.

Hernandez mentioned that Yoga in your Neighborhood seeks to promote the benefits of Yoga regardless of color, age, sex or social status, through free classes in various public spaces in Mexico City. For six years, the program has changed into a festive setting to included a bazaar with holistic products from small and medium-sized Mexican companies that offer various products and services. Initially, the programs were visited by about 1,500 people per day, a number that has doubled over the years to reach 3,000. The next edition of this festival will be on May 6 and 7 in the Naucalli Park.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/8 19:48:53 ( 500 reads )


The knowing Self is not born; It does not die. It has not sprung from anything; nothing has sprung from It. Birthless, eternal, everlasting and ancient, It is not killed when the body is killed.
-- Yajur Veda, Katha Upanishad, 1.2.18

Thrissur Pooram 2017: History, Timings, Schedules and Festivities

Posted on 2017/5/6 20:27:24 ( 599 reads )


KERALA, INDIA, May 5, 2017 (International Business Times): Thrissur Pooram, the annual Hindu temple festival and also one of the most prominent festivals in Kerala will be celebrated on Friday, May 5, 2017 in accordance with the Malayalam calendar month of the Medam. According to the Malayalam calendar, the Pooram star (part of the Leo constellation) rises with the moon on May 5 and the ancient temples of Kerala celebrates this day grandly.

The name Thrissur originated from "Thiru-Shiva-Perur" meaning "The city of the Sacred Siva". Thrissur Pooram was started in the 18th century by Raja Rama Varma, the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin. With millions of tourists thronging the temples, Kerala comes alive to the tune of music, drums and an array of brilliantly decorated elephants that are sent to Thrissur from all across Kerala. On the last day, devotees carry out a procession of thirty decorated elephants that are divided into two groups. While the first group carries the statue of Lord Krishna, the other group carries the statue of the Goddess.

More at "source" above.

Did the "Art of Living" Event Destroy the Yamuna, as Alleged?

Posted on 2017/5/6 20:26:16 ( 541 reads )


INDIA, April 30, 2017 (YouTube, press release by Rajiv Malhotra): Please watch this important episode concerning bias against prominent Hindu gurus. I spent many days investigating the legal case filed against Art of Living in which AoL was accused of destroying the Yamuna river (at the World Cultural Event 2016). In this episode, I am interviewing environmental and legal experts who have studied this matter. The mainstream media has once again failed to present a balanced view. It is vital that AoL's side of the story must come out.

55 minute youtube video discussing this matter at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/6 20:26:05 ( 416 reads )


He is a man on the path of enlightenment who has arrived at a certain subsuperconscious state and wishes to stay there. Therefore, he automatically has released various interactions with the world, physically and emotionally, and remains poised in a contemplative, monastic lifestyle.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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