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Telangana Agrees to Hike Pay for Priests, Strike Called Off
Posted on 2015/6/8 19:50:04 ( 1295 reads )

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HYDERABAD, June 9, 2015 ( Deccan Chronicle): Priests and temple staff called off their three-day-old strike after the government agreed to increase their salaries. The government will hike the grant to each temple from Rs 2,500 per month to Rs 6,000, of which Rs 4,500 would be paid to priests and Rs 1,500 to conduct basic rituals.

Endowments minister A. Indrakaran Reddy briefed Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao about the priests' demands, following which he agreed to an immediate increase in the salaries. Mr Rao also agreed to give a special Telangana increment to priests. Mr G. Bhanumurthy, leader of the priests joint action committee, said he was confident the CM would approve paying salaries from the treasury after the committee submits its report.

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Religious Devotees Worry About the Yoga-ization of Meditation in the U.S.
Posted on 2015/6/8 19:49:54 ( 1349 reads )

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UNITED STATES, June 6, 2015 (Washington Post): Inside the newly opened Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, exhibits refer to the pursuit of "God," the "Supreme Soul" and often "The One." A constant visual theme is orangeish-reddish light emanating from a vague, otherworldly source. The message is clear: Meditation is about connecting with the divine.

Yet in gyms, businesses and public schools in every direction from the museum -- which sits on busy Georgia Avenue -- meditation is often presented as something akin to mental weight-lifting: a secular practice that keeps your brain and emotions in shape. Gyms list it alongside Zumba classes, and public schools say it can help students chill out before tests by calming the mind and training it to look upon disruptive thoughts from a non-judgmental distance.

This rough juxtaposition between the religious and secular versions of meditation epitomizes a key debate about the ancient practice as it explodes in the United States: What is the purpose of meditation? And who decides?

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/8 19:49:48 ( 1243 reads )

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Devotion must not be like the flood of the rainy season in which all get washed away. Devotion should be like the river that retains water even in the hottest season.

-- Saint Kabir (1440-1518)

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Nearly Three Million Nepalis in Need of Humanitarian Aid: UN
Posted on 2015/6/7 13:58:49 ( 1100 reads )

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, June 2, 2015 (Times of India): The UN said on Tuesday that approximately 2.8 million Nepali people affected by the April 25 earthquake and aftershocks were in need of humanitarian assistance. Of those affected, 864,000 people, who live in remote, mountainous areas, need urgent assistance, as they lost their homes and livelihoods, the UN office in Kathmandu said. "However, funding for the relief intervention remains insufficient," the UN said.

Jamie McGoldrick, humanitarian coordinator in Nepal, has said that the UN's priority is to provide vulnerable people of Nepal with the basics to ensure their survival through the monsoon, Xinhua news agency reported. "If we cannot achieve this, the progress that was made to reduce vulnerabilities before the quakes will be lost forever and we will have to face an even starker reality," he said. On April 29, the UN issued a "flash appeal" to the international community, seeking $415 million to help Nepal deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. "To date, $120 million were received against the $422-million Flash Appeal," the UN said.

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Portuguese Yogi Honored by Government of India
Posted on 2015/6/7 13:57:14 ( 1150 reads )

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PORTUGAL, April 9, 2015 (Boas Noticias): The president of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, Jorge Veiga e Castro (Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda), has just been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri prize by the Government of India, for his "exceptional contribution" to the promotion of peace and yoga in the world. This is the first time anyone from Portugal has received this honor. The Padma Shri award, which was created by the Indian Government in 1954, is rarely given to foreign dignitaries.

A statement from the Portuguese Yoga Confederation explains that it is a "high distinction," equivalent to an award from Portugal's Order of Prince Henry, which recognizes Jorge Veiga e Castro "for his decisive role in creating the International Day of Yoga." The establishment of this Yoga Day was the "culmination of 14 years of hard work in promoting Yoga in Portugal and in the World." The International Yoga Day has subsequently been officially recognized by the United Nations in December 2014. It was made possible with the supporting votes of 177 of the 193 UN member countries which resulted in the formalization of the International Day of Yoga on June 21, the summer solstice.

HPI adds: See complete coverage of Portugal's International Yoga Day in the January/February/March 2014 issue of Hinduism Today magazine.

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/ ... tion/item.php?itemid=5463


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/7 13:57:09 ( 1042 reads )

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Joys and sorrows are time-born and cannot last. Therefore, do not be perturbed by these. The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within. And when the time is ripe, you will gain mastery over this power.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated Bengali saint

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Priests and Temple Staff in Telangana on Indefinite Strike
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:56:56 ( 1154 reads )

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HYDERABAD, INDIA, June 5, 2015 (Deccan Chronicle): Archakas and temple staff in several temples, under the banner of the Telangana State Archaka Sangam, went on an indefinite strike across the state on Thursday demanding the government treat them at par with government employees and pay salaries besides other perks. However, archakas and staff of some of the major temples like Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswami temple at Yadagirigutta, Sri Raja Rajeswara Swami temple at Vemulawada, Sri Seetha Rama temple at Bhadrachallam, Saraswathi Devi temple at Basar and some others did not participate in the strike, but extended support to striking colleagues.

There are 2,300 temples under the TS endowments department out of which the strike has paralyzed functioning of about 2,000 temples, claimed Bhanumurthy, president of the TS Archaka Sangam. These temples have 3,500 archakas and 2,000 staff on the rolls. "We performed morning pujas as usual and later struck work. We request devotees to extend support to the striking staff," he said.

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No Entry for Non-Hindus to Somnath Temple Without Permit in Gujarat
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:55:30 ( 1163 reads )

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RAJKOT, INDIA, June 3, 2015 (Times of India): Now non-Hindus will have to take permission from THE office of general manager of Shree Somnath Trust before entering into Somnath Temple for darshan. It has been made mandatory to all non-Hindu pilgrims. Shree Somnath Trust, which manages the ancient Somnath temple, put up a prominent notice board at the temple campus on the coastal town of Gir-Somnath district. The notice reads: "The Somnath Jyotirling Tirthdham is a holy place for Hindus. In this holy place of Hindus, non-Hindus will only be allowed for Darshan in Somnath temple who have taken permission from the General Manager's office."

Somnath temple stands at the shore of the Arabian Sea on the western corner of the Subcontinent on Saurashtra. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest in the country. Shree Somnath Trust is first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. The pran-Pratishtha at the existing temple was done in 1951 by the then President of India Dr. Rajendra Prashad.

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Black and Desi: A Shared History
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:55:20 ( 1065 reads )

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INDIA, June 2, 2015 (by Anirvan Chatterjee, India currents): In January 28, 1900, Swami Vivekananda looked out at the white audience at the Universalist Church in Pasadena, California, and spoke out against anti-Black racism. "As soon as a man becomes a Mohammedan, the whole of Islam receives him as a brother with open arms, without making any distinction, which no other religion does ... In this country, I have never yet seen a church where the white man and the Negro can kneel side by side to pray.

Half a century later, in 1950, a young Black man sat down inside the British Embassy in Washington, DC, and refused to move. African American pacifist Bayard Rustin became director of the Free India Committee in 1945, working to end British rule in India. But it wasn't enough to just talk, so Rustin began leading sit-in protests at the British Embassy, repeatedly getting arrested as he worked to help free India, two decades before he went on to organize the 1963 March on Washington, site of Martin Luther King, Jr's "I have a dream" speech.

Why would a Hindu monk speak out against anti-Black racism? Why would a gay African American civil rights leader repeatedly face arrest fighting for India's independence? South Asians and African Americans have been standing up for each other for over a century.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/6 18:55:14 ( 868 reads )

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If you long to see God, take to spiritual practices. What is the good of merely crying, "O God! O God!"?
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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Mansarovar Yatra Via Nepal Hit as China Shuts Tibet Border
Posted on 2015/6/5 18:47:21 ( 1250 reads )

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KATHMANDU, TIBET, June 2, 2015 (by Shirish B Pradhan, Outlook India News): About 25,000 foreign tourists, mostly Indians, planning to visit Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet through Nepal have been forced to change their plans as China has shut down all border points in the region after the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal. Nepal's tourism and civil aviation ministry has asked the foreign ministry to raise the issue with the Chinese authorities, saying that taking 25,000 foreigners to Kailash Mansarovar through Nepal will benefit the country at a time when the tourism sector has been hard hit by the April 25 devastating earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

China has closed border points at Tatopani, Rasuwa and other places, stating that there can be landslides and it would be difficult to travel or trek. Travel operators have asked the government to take initiative to allow tourists to visit Kailash Mansarovar by helicopter or on foot from Nepalgunj Surkhet, the western part of Nepal that is close to the Hindu pilgrimage site, local media reported. About 80 per cent of tourists visiting Kailash Mansarovar are Indians and around 40,000 visit the pilgrimage site via Nepal every year. The May/July period is considered the main season for visiting Kailash Mansarovar, a popular Hindu and Buddhist shrine. Nepali tourism operators in association with Indian tour operators make all arrangements for tourists to visit Kailash Mansarovar.

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SandHI Series--Everyday Equations
Posted on 2015/6/5 18:47:10 ( 919 reads )

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INDIA, May 25, 2015 (Mydigitalfc by MD Srinivas): The word algorithm, which is commonly used for any systematic procedure of computation, has an interesting history. It derives from the medieval word "algorism", which referred to the process of doing arithmetic by means of Indian numerals (the so called "Hindu-Arabic numerals") following the Indian methods of calculation based on the decimal place value system. The word algorism itself is a corruption of the name of the Central Asian mathematician al Khwarizmi (c 825) whose book on the Indian method of reckoning (Hisab al Hind) was the source from which the Indian methods of calculation reached the western world. The "algorists" in medieval Europe, who computed by algorism were at a great advantage compared to those who used the abacus or any other system of numeration such as the Roman system.

More of this SandHI--Indian Knowledge--Series article at source above. The whole series is here: http://www.mydigitalfc.com/sandhiseries

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/6/5 18:47:05 ( 930 reads )

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He cannot be seen by the eye, and words cannot reveal Him. He cannot be reached by the senses, or by austerity or sacred actions. By the grace of wisdom and purity of mind, He can be seen, indivisible, in the silence of contemplation. This invisible Atman can be seen by the mind wherein the five senses are resting.
-- Atharva Veda

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$12 Billion at Stake in Legal battle over Royal House of Mysore
Posted on 2015/6/4 18:00:00 ( 1187 reads )

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INDIA, May 27, 2015 (The Guardian): On Thursday the widow of the late maharaja will crown a new king -- but his nephew is preparing a legal challenge to claim the US$12 billion estate estate. The fortune is the legacy of one of India's richest princes, which tens of thousands have died in battle to protect. Now however, it will be a battery of lawyers who will defend the palaces, fortresses, jewels, crowns, paintings and vast domains of the royal house of Mysore, once an independent kingdom that was founded more than 500 years ago, and quickly established itself as one of the most powerful in southern India.

And it will be Indian judges, not force of arms, that will decide on their ownership. In June, a court in the southern city of Bangalore will hear the claim of Kanthraj Urs, the eldest nephew of the 28th maharaja of Mysore, the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar. Urs wants the entire estate and properties -- worth approx. $12 billion by some estimates -- to be split equally among the family. Urs, 42, claims that his uncle divided his immense wealth between his five sisters almost 30 years before he died two years ago, childless and without naming an heir.

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Youth Symposium Held in White House
Posted on 2015/6/4 17:57:27 ( 717 reads )

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UNITED STATES, May 26, 2015 (Telugu People, from a press release): South Asian Youth Symposium at the White House spearheaded by North America Telugu Society was a Thunder success! Close to 200 South Asian youth got the opportunity to be part of a prestigious event. With the support from the White House, NATS leadership, Chapter Coordinators and other volunteers, the conference was elegantly executed by the NATS team.

The conference started with the youth's American National Anthem followed by the introduction by the White House associate director of public engagement office Aditi Hardikar. The event then started with remarks by Swami Chidatmananda followed by the panel discussions on Public service, Career and Leadership development, Bullying, and First Lady, Mrs. Obama's, Let's Move initiative. There was a tremendous participation from the youth in these discussions and they received educative information from panelists like, Jackie Dao- Office of the First Lady, Zaid Hassan--Office of Public Engagement, Ashwain Jain--U.S department of HUD, VirumAiyer-NEC, Parag Mehta--Office of Surgeon general, Sarada Peri--Senior Presidential Speech Writer, and Jyothi Jasrasaria--U.S Trade representative.

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