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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/4 18:29:13 ( 913 reads )

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

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Training Course for Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith
Posted on 2014/12/3 18:10:00 ( 1120 reads )

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VIRGINIA, USA, December 3, 2014: Hindu University of America, in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders to become Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith. The course will be presented at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, in Buckingham, Virginia, Monday Januar 5 through 9, 2015.

The three main instructors will be: 1) Dr. Sarvaananda is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Dr. Sarvaananda spent 15 years in medical and hospice chaplaincy. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Satchidananda Ashram and is active in many national chaplaincy as well as community projects on and off the ashram. 2) Madhu Sharma is the Hindu Chaplain to students at Duke University with Masters in Social Work and BS in Engineering. She is an Executive Coach and also on the Board of Directors of Hindu Society of North Carolina. 3) Pratima Dharm is the first Hindu Chaplain in the history of the Department of Defense, having served the US Army for nine years including two combat tours to Iraq. She is an Army CPE trained hospital chaplain. She holds masters degrees in Psychology and theology, is a trained Yoga and Yoga Nidra teacher and currently serves as Hindu chaplain at Georgetown University, She is a wife, mother, and is involved in US Military and community outreach projects.

Please contact Swami Sarvaananda (swami.sarvaananda@gmail.com, 434 989 4585), before December with questions and confirmation. Reservations for Ashram stays are available through the Ashram Reservation Center, Chaplaincy Program, (800) 858 9642 or 434 969 3121, ext. 111.

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Tiruvalluvar Statue Likely in Moscow
Posted on 2014/12/3 18:06:24 ( 749 reads )

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INDIA, December 1, 2014 (The Hindu): At a time when the central government decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar in schools across the country, his majestic statue may soon find a place in Moscow, Russia.

"Tiruvalluvar is a great and celebrated poet. His contribution to the Tamil literature is well known. We have received a request from an organization to install his statue in Moscow. We are eager to establish his statue," Sergey L. Kotov, Consul General of Russia, told The Hindu here. There is also a move to set up a statue of Aleksandr Pushkin, legendary Russian poet and founder of modern Russian literature, in Chennai. His country would be pleased to have his statue in India, the envoy said.

The modalities of installing the statue, its location and the agency to be involved in it were being worked out. It would improve the overall India-Russia relationship, he said, adding that it would also help step up cultural exchanges between the two countries. Stating that Tamil folk music, cinema and dances were popular in Russia, Mr. Kotov said such opportunities to showcase the cultural richness had not been utilized for long.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/3 18:06:11 ( 571 reads )

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You shine, all living things emerge. You disappear, they go to rest. Recognizing our innocence, O golden-haired Sun, arise; let each day be better than the last.
--Rig Veda (X, 37, 9)

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Hinduism Today Launches Digital Dharma Fund-Raising Drive 2014
Posted on 2014/12/2 17:22:53 ( 673 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, December 2, 2014: The Editors of Hinduism Today and HPI announce our 2014 "Digital Dharma Drive" to raise funds to support our free websites, and this HPI service. The editors write:

From the first day of his life's mission, in 1957, our Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, placed much emphasis on publications. What began with a mimeograph machine that he used to print his own books and literature evolved into the pioneering magazine, Hinduism Today, and a few dozen books in which he captured the essence of Hindu dharma and sadhana's profound path within. He directed his monks to reach the world through these works, uplift the spirit and serve humanity. Publishing was to be Kauai's Hindu Monastery's singular service, just as other maths and ashrams serve through hospitals, orphanages, eye clinics or retreat centers.

Following his edict, we have spent a lifetime crafting the tools and books, art and literature that convey the profundity of the Sanatana Dharma. Our magazine has reached the leaders of the Hindu world. Just last month our Editor in Chief, Sadasivanathaswami, was called to New Delhi to give the opening keynote talk for the media panel of the World Hindu Congress. With the changes happening in India, the conveners felt this is the time to strengthen Hindu media throughout the world, and called on Hinduism Today to lead the charge.

The resources produced by the monks have touched hundreds of thousands of people, from school kids learning Hindu history, to Rotary Clubs seeking to understand their new neighbors, to doctors wanting a Hindu take on medical ethics.

This seems to be a special moment for Hinduism, in India and beyond, and we are poised to be a significant part of that historic renaissance. In a way, we have been preparing for this moment since Gurudeva founded the magazine in 1979.

In the last decade our resource-building efforts have shifted toward the web, following the fast-evolving world of communications and publishing. It takes a deft team to gather and sculpt the needed tools and stories. Creating and sharing an articulate and graphically elegant repository of Hinduism is neither easy nor without costs. Hindu youth are learning their spiritual ABCs online, and millions of seekers are discovering Hinduism digitally. What they encounter should be thoughtful, lucid, elegant and authentic. That's what compels our annual fundraising campaign. It's a chance for you to help us to help explain and share Hinduism globally.

In his appeal, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami speaks of the need to provide support for the monks, to draw on a greater expertise. Yes, we could charge for the online books and magazine, but we are determined not to do that. We ourselves are seldom motivated to pay for online information. We like that it is without cost. But free to the world is not free to us. We have significant costs in running our websites. The needs are modest, but they are real.

Among those needs has been a space conducive to creative thinking and collaboration. For four decades the publishing team worked in a dim space, not exactly a hovel, but not much to inspire either. The recent changes in the Media Studio are changing that dramatically, and this year's contributions will help us complete a fresh and suitable facility, one worthy to be the headquarters of Hinduism Today and Himalayan Academy Publications.

In order to provide it all without charging for downloads, without showing advertisements on our sites, without commercializing our mission, we turn to you for help.

In 2010 we received $60,000, in 2011 we received $64,600 and in 2013 it was $55,600. Last year was $50,890. The goal for this year is $70,000. Our two-month-long Digital Dharma Drive ends on January 31. We hope you will join in helping us meet our goal. In the right hands, and leveraged by the unsalaried work of the monks, these funds will have a profound impact on the future of Hinduism around the world. Please make a donation today to keep our sites strong well into 2015.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/2 17:22:39 ( 640 reads )

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Enquire: 'Who am I?' and you will find the answer. Look at a tree: from one seed arises a huge tree; from it comes numerous seeds, each one of which in its turn grows into a tree. No two fruits are alike. Yet it is one life that throbs in every particle of the tree. So, it is the same atman everywhere.
-- Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Bengali mystic

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The State of Ancient Indian Historical Studies in Modern India
Posted on 2014/12/1 17:50:00 ( 1361 reads )

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DELHI, INDIA, November 27, 2014 (report supplied to HPI by Dr. J.K. Bajaj, Center for Policy Studies): Dilip K. Chakrabarti prepared this a summary of the talk by given by him at Lala Diwan Chand Trust in Delhi and sponsored by the Centre for Policy Studies and the Diwan Chand Institute of National Affairs. Dr. Chakrabarti is Emeritus professor of South Asian Archaeology, Cambridge University, and Dean, Historical and Civilizational Centre, Vivekananda International Foundation, Delhi.

A number of points regarding the present state of ancient Indian historical studies deserve consideration. Out of the few hundred universities and university-level institutions, only a few offer courses in ancient India. Even among this handful of institutions, the places where the subject is taught with some kind of competence and expertise are very few. Why is the study of ancient India in modern Indian educational system so limited and so poor ? The answer is rather unpleasant: we Indians are not seriously interested professionally in our ancient past; there is no prestige in its study and at the end no job. More unpleasantly, there is also some hostility from the vested interest groups of historians of "modern India." To give only two examples, Nalanda International University, in which the Ministry of External Affairs is directly involved, is known to have recently filled the posts in its "school of historical studies." The selected professor/dean is an anthropologist with specialization in Rajasthani folk literature. The academic credibility of another professor recruited to this school seems to be his knowledge of the Korean language. He has done some translation work but his research credentials in history are not at all clear. A third person recruited on a junior level seems to have done primarily de-construction work so far; detailed empirical research does not seem to have played any major role in his research record. Although the other recruits have something to do with history, none of them has anything to do with ancient India. Secondly, Presidency College University in Kolkata does not have any ancient Indian historian among the people recently recruited for its Department of History. For the last 50 years at least historians of the West Bengal universities have shown profound contempt for ancient India. This has taken different forms, one of which is that the MAs in Ancient Indian History and Culture, and Archaeology are usually not recruited for history teaching in the undergraduate colleges of the state.

The third point is that '"Hindu-baiting" is also a feature of many of the current studies on ancient India. Upinder Singh, a Delhi university historian, criticizes R.C. Majumdar by saying that he equated ancient India to Hinduism. She forgets that Buddhism and Jainism, two other visible religions of ancient India, were offshoots of Hinduism and that historians like R.C. Dutt had no hesitation to equate ancient India to Hindu civilization. When it comes to the study of the religion of the Indus civilization, a good number of Indian and foreign scholars are rather disturbed by the mention of Hinduism in that context. Hindu-baiting is also manifest in the way the status of Hinduism as a religion has been denied by various scholars. Their idea is that if the census operators of British India had categorized people not as Hindus but as adherents of Siva, Vishnu and others, Hinduism would not have emerged as the majority religion of India.. It would have emerged as an agglomeration of different sectarian groups. Western scholars have consistently argued this ignoring the overarching principle of unity that one finds in the Upanishads and they have been joined by Indian scholars like Romila Thapar.

The fourth point is that there is very little sense of nationalism among the Indian ancient historians and archaeologists of the post-Independence generation. The situation has deteriorated so much that any claim of high antiquity for anything Indian is viewed with suspicion. It is this almost endemic attitude which prevented people from looking at Indian history in proper historical perspective. H. D. Sankalia's influence on Indian archaeology has been enormous --- he was a kind of archaeological guru in the Deccan College, Pune, but according to him the sun of civilization for India lay always in the West. This is a bizarre opinion, but it is this attitude which still persists in the institute where he spent many years.

The fifth point is that most of the teachers and students of ancient India feel no affinity with the history and culture of the period because they do not have much clue to the language in which the ethos of the period manifested itself. There was a time when Sanskrit was more or less compulsory in Indian schools. As most of the Indian languages are rooted in different forms in Sanskrit, the sense of alienation between the past and the present was much less. A Bengali of my generation could fall in love with the Sanskrit-inspired passages of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, among others. Not many Bengalis of the modern generation can read them in original. I consider that a calamity for Bengali culture but we cannot do anything about it unless the study of Sanskrit is made mandatory in schools.

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World Hindu Congress 2018 to Be Held in USA
Posted on 2014/12/1 17:45:58 ( 746 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 28, 2014 (World Hindu News): In the concluding session of World Hindu Congress 2014, the apex body announced the World Hindu Congress 2018 to be held in the USA under the stewardship of Dr. Abhaya Asthana. the USA has a myriad of Hindu organization with an estimated 3 million Hindu population and nearly two thousand Hindu organizations which makes it rich in terms of voluntary events. During the visit of Hon. Indian PM Narendra Modi, nearly 20,000 people attended the Madison Square Garden event.

World Hindu Congress is a transnational Hindu movement where representatives from Hindu youth, media, business, organizations and politics meet, discuss issues & challenges and come up with solutions after brainstorming sessions. Later solutions are to be implemented as per geographic scope. What makes World Hindu Congress 2018 unique is its scope which is international, agenda which is comprehensive, leadership which has distinguished intellectual board members and support from Hindu business houses.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/1 17:45:51 ( 688 reads )

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India has come to preserve spiritual traditions which many ancient cultures and countries have lost. Today Hinduism represents not only India but the ancient wisdom of humanity. In Hinduism many ancient countries can still rediscover their religious past, their old Gods and their old spiritual traditions.
-- Ram Swarup (1920-1998), Indian writer and scholar

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Government Says Railways Responsible for Maha Kumbha Mela Tragedy http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/cag-says-railways-responsible-for-maha-kumbh-tragedy/1/404325.html
Posted on 2014/11/30 15:37:50 ( 668 reads )




The report squarely blames the railways for the deaths on platform number 6 of the station. The report says that the railway administration was aware that more than 30 million pilgrims would be present for Shahi Snan on Mauni Amavasya and 410 thousand passengers might travel via trains.

However, the railway administration failed to coordinate with government authorities regarding crowd management. The railways also failed to block the influx of pilgrims towards the station, including their diversion to designated mela stations, which led to their huge build-up. It found a 33 per cent security staff shortfall at the station for ensuring passenger safety and this deficit rose to 48 percent on the fateful day.

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A Conglomeration of Worldwide Hindu Voice on Spectrum of Hindu Issues
Posted on 2014/11/30 15:37:44 ( 699 reads )

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DELHI, INDIA, November, 2014 (World Hindu News): Never before in recent decades of Hindu history has such a conference been implemented with such a far reaching worldwide scope and magnitude. At World Hindu Congress-2014 we witnessed the intellectual might of Hindu leaders. History was made when under the stewardship of Swami Vigyananand ji (President - World Hindu Foundation), World Hindu Congress-2014 was successfully organized and implemented. The sheer magnitude of World Congress was so immense that invited media representatives were seen running haywire from one conference to another as one after the another distinguished delegates from across the globe presented challenges, victories and programs aimed towards global Hindu empowerment.

The Congress was unique in terms of the spectrum of Hindu subjects such as media, women, youth, organization, business and other key areas constituting Hindu society. The presenters were subject matter experts of above said fields who have travelled thousands of miles at their own expense to attend this massive Hindu conglomeration. From the congress it can be concluded that the efforts for Hindu empowerment is in the initial phases and much more effort is required to bring Hindus and Hinduism in its past powerful glories history.

Global Hindus look forward to attend World Hindu Congress 2018 which will be held in United States under the stewardship of Dr. Abhaya Asthana (current president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America).

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/30 15:37:37 ( 647 reads )

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This body of mine brought seeds with it. Illness is one of them. Activity passes on and so does the body. Of what concern is it to us? All this was settled long ago. Don't be afraid of anything.
-- Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan mystic

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Century-old Kajang Temple Wins Land and Cash from Developer
Posted on 2014/11/27 18:29:39 ( 783 reads )

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MALAYSIA, November 20, 2014 (Yahoo News):A decade-long battle for a Hindu temple in Kajang to obtain a piece of land has ended on a happy note through an out-of-court settlement. The Sri Maha Mariamman Ladang Baemar (Saujana Impian) temple was given 0.44 ha of land, about 300m from its current location by land owner Bandar Subang Sdn Bhd.Besides the land, the company also contributed US$178,000 to the temple for the relocation exercise as part of the settlement. The terms and condition of the settlement also stated that the company would provide another alternative site if the authorities were unable to gazette the current proposed plot as a place of worship for Hindus.

Temple committee legal adviser Alagendra Ramani said there was now certainty for 500 devotees who worshipped at the temple. "We are glad that the matter has come to an amicable solution without having to fight it in court," he told The Malaysian Insider. The committee and the company have spent nearly 10 years negotiating on an alternative site to locate the temple, which is believed to have been established 100 years ago. In April this year, the company ordered the temple management committee to surrender the land. Met with their refusal, the company went to court.

Today, the consent judgment was recorded before judicial commissioner Choo Kah Sing in the Shah Alam High Court.

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RK Misson Open Meditation Center in Fiji
Posted on 2014/11/27 18:29:33 ( 695 reads )

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NADI, FIJI, November 28, 2014 (Fiji Times): The lack of spiritual learning in schools prompted the Ramakrishna Mission to build a US$1 million universal meditation center in Nadi as part of its long-established center there. The centre was inaugurated by leaders of the Hindu, Christian, and Muslim faiths yesterday and will serve as a meditation spot for people of all faiths.

Ramakrishna Mission secretary Swami Tadananda Maharaj said the planning started in 2010 and the building was designed by 2011. "Construction started in August 2012 and it has taken about two years and three months to complete the project."

Mr. Maharaj said 95 per cent of high schools in Fiji were run by NGOs who looked after the building and maintenance of schools. "However, the NGOs are not having that impact that we want to contribute to the education," he said.
-- Chinese proverb

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/27 18:29:27 ( 677 reads )

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

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