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Puducherry Opening Up More Avenues in Yoga
Posted on 2015/1/16 17:48:34 ( 1704 reads )

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PUDUCHERRY, INDIA, January 7, 2015 (The Hindu): More than 120 years after Swami Vivekananda crossed the Atlantic and introduced yoga to the Western world, the discipline is a thriving industry in that part of the world with different variations taking shape every other day. 2014 proved a significant year for yoga in India, with the United Nations declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, following a proposal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Now, it seems the discipline is catching the attention of other countries if one goes by the turnout at the ongoing 21st International Yoga Festival 2015 being held in Puducherry and organized by the Department of Tourism. Young-Hun Cho, president of the World Sports Yoga Alliance based in South Korea, is here to pick up a few tips. His organization wants to conduct an international yoga tournament in South Korea in March this year through a tie-up with the Chennai-based Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre.

"At first, it was the English-speaking world which took up yoga from India. Now, we are seeing the world opening up to yoga and interest from non-English speaking countries," says Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhuvanani, wife of the late Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri who established the Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry in 1968. She says their International Centre for Yoga Education and Research which she oversees, has begun attracting students from Vietnam, South Korea, Hungary and Czech Republic.

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To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This
Posted on 2015/1/16 17:48:27 ( 1809 reads )

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UNITED STATES, January 9, 2015 (New York Times by Mandy Catron): HPI Note: We were struck by how this research relates to the process of arranged marriages.

More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. Last summer, I applied his technique in my own life, which is how I found myself standing on a bridge at midnight, staring into a man's eyes for exactly four minutes.

Let me explain. Earlier in the evening, that man had said: "I suspect, given a few commonalities, you could fall in love with anyone. If so, how do you choose someone?" "Actually, psychologists have tried making people fall in love," I said, remembering Dr. Aron's study. "It's fascinating. I've always wanted to try it."

Much of Dr. Aron's research focuses on creating interpersonal closeness. In particular, several studies investigate the ways we incorporate others into our sense of self. It's easy to see how the questions encourage what they call "self-expansion." Saying things like, "I like your voice, your taste in beer, the way all your friends seem to admire you," makes certain positive qualities belonging to one person explicitly valuable to the other.

But what I like about this study is how it assumes that love is an action. It assumes that what matters to my partner matters to me because we have at least three things in common. I've begun to think love is a more pliable thing than we make it out to be. Arthur Aron's study taught me that it's possible -- simple, even -- to generate trust and intimacy, the feelings love needs to thrive.

In the rest of the story, the author explains how she followed the methodical method of Dr. Aron, resulting indeed with her falling in love with a near stranger.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/16 17:48:21 ( 1053 reads )

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Try to treat with equal love all the people with whom you have relations. Thus the abyss between 'myself' and 'yourself' will be filled in, which is the goal of all religious worship.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated yogini and mystic Bengali saint

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Facing Intolerance, Many Sikhs and Hindus Leave Afghanistan
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:39 ( 1464 reads )

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, January 14, 2015 ( Rawa News): Rawail Singh, a leader of Kabul's Sikh community, is a big supporter of recently sworn-in President Ashraf Ghani. But despite Mr. Ghani's pledge to make Afghanistan more inclusive, Mr. Singh says he worries that his tiny religious minority could disappear as more Sikhs and Hindus leave their homeland because of persistent discrimination. "If the new government of Afghanistan doesn't pay attention to this issue, obviously one day there will be no Sikh or Hindu left in Afghanistan," he said.

Islam is Afghanistan's official religion. Though the country's constitution recognizes the right of members of other faiths to practice freely, and many moderate Afghan Muslims embrace diversity, Sikhs and Hindus say they often face intolerance of their religious practices and customs here.

One autumn evening, Sikhs and Hindus lit candles as they gathered in a temple in Kabul for Diwali, the festival of lights that is their most important annual celebration. Every year, members of the community say, attendance at Diwali dwindles. So does their population in the country. No official data exists, but community members say they are down to around 7,000 people, the majority of whom are Sikhs, from roughly 200,000 before the country's civil war began in 1992.

Much more of this interesting article at 'source'.

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Don't Touch Me on My Religion...or Identity
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:33 ( 1311 reads )

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SOUTH AFRICA, December 14, 2014 (Times Live by S. Makhanya): Rarely do we in South Africa have a year in which someone does not touch someone else on their religion, race, culture or ethnic heritage. We have reported on recurring disputes such as the spat over fireworks during Diwali every year.

In 2002, Hindu vets Vis Pillay, Ramona Rambally, Sanil Singh and Vis Govender - who lost an eye during a fireworks display - called for a ban on "big bang" fireworks. Their call followed the tabling of an Explosives Bill, with Hindu leaders Ram Maharaj and Ashwin Trikamjee blasting policy-makers for not consulting the Hindu community before declaring that people wanting to use fireworks would have to apply for permits. In 2007, the bill was still being debated, and by 2013 nobody was sure whether a national ban on the use of fireworks at private homes was in place.

Conflicts over religious issues have not been restricted to adults. Children have often found themselves at the centre of religious and cultural battles, mostly at schools. In November 2012, we reported on a row over a Johannesburg private primary school exam set on the same day as Diwali. The matter was reported to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities by a mother whose son attended the school.

Commission CEO Pheagane Moreroa said at the time that the matter would be cited in a report that would form part of the recommendations for a Public Holidays Act, which would propose seven more religious holy days converted to public holidays. The act remains in the works at the Home Affairs Department.

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USA Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Visits Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:27 ( 1341 reads )

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PUNE, INDIA, January 13, 2015 (Sadhu Vaswani Mission): On her first visit to India, Tulsi Gabbard met Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani on Christmas Day, December 25, 2014. This was her first-time visit to India, upon the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. She made a halt in Pune. During this time, she attended a session at the spiritual camp arranged by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.

Tulsi Gabbard in her address said, "I am coming to you today all the way from Hawaii in the spirit of Aloha: deep respect and open heart." She said that her motivation and inspiration has been the Bhagavad Gita, which teaches us to live for others. She first met Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani in New Jersey earlier this year at the inauguration of the Gandhi Statue in New Jersey by Rev. Dada at the Sadhu Vaswani Meditation Garden, on May 31, 2014.

Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu Member of the United States Congress. She is also the first Congresswoman to take an oath on Bhagavad Gita.

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Swiss Festival Honors Cows
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:19 ( 745 reads )

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SWITZERLAND, September 22, 2012 (Swiss Haywards): The traditional Alpabfahrt festival in Schupfheim, Switzerland celebrates bringing the cows down from the high alps to their wintering grounds. The festival occurs all across Switzerland this time of year. The farmers and rural community are very proud of this tradition. They are also very proud of their cows. The most productive cows in the charming video (at the bottom of the page, or directly at http://vimeo.com/49976720) are the ones with the largest cowbells and prettiest decorations.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/15 15:58:11 ( 751 reads )

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According as one acts, so does he become. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action.
-- Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5

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Shankaracharya of Srinigeri Announces Appointment of Successor
Posted on 2015/1/11 18:31:50 ( 1774 reads )

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INDIA, January 6, 2015 (Sringeri Press Release): Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha the Mahaswamiji, the 36th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the unbroken lineage of Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham Sringeri, has announced His decision to nominate Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma as His successor-designate.

In a public function organized in Sringeri on January 4, 2015, the Jagadguru expressed that with the divine will of Goddess Sharada, He would initiate Brahmachari Venkateshwara Prasad Sharma into Sannyasa on Jan 23, 2015, to continue the Guru Parampara of the 1200 year old unbroken lineage that stretches directly back to Sri Adi Shankaracharya.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, the presiding Acharya of the Peetham and the thirty-sixth in the Guru Parampara, is a scholar nonpareil. Since becoming the Peethadhipati in 1989, the Jagadguru has propagated and spread the tenets of Sanatana Dharma and the Vedanta philosophy. The Jagadguru has consecrated many new temples and renovated dilapidated ones. He has undertaken several Vijaya Yatras across the country.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Asks Police Personnel to Practice Yoga
Posted on 2015/1/11 18:31:44 ( 1486 reads )

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MUMBAI, INDIA, January 8, 2015 (Deccan Chronicle): Acknowledging the stress and pressure faced by policemen during duty hours, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday asked the officials to make yoga a part of their lives as it brings positive energy to the body and mind.

"I think yoga is essential for every individual. I am confident that after the workshop, the participants will feel nice and find a change in themselves," Fadnavis said after inaugurating a one-day yoga workshop for Mumbai Police at Prena Hall in south Mumbai. Fadnavis said everybody knows the importance of yoga, but they hardly practice it. "I think the police department should regularly do yoga," he said.

As many as 60 personnel from different police stations across the city are participating in the course in an effort to reduce stress endured by them.

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Recommended Video: Teaching Hinduism in a British Classroom
Posted on 2015/1/11 18:31:38 ( 1572 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, January 10, 2015 (YouTube): When teaching principles of spirituality the challenge is how to avoid the subject seeming abstract and divorced from the peoples own life experience. Beth Stockly, an religious education consultant for Brent, has devised a new scheme of work which aims to make the teaching of religion more relevant to peoples lives. She has worked with Hindu experts to develop more open units on Hinduism. This short YouTube video follows the Year 9 lesson on Hindu Pluralism. This interesting approach emphasizes different ways in which Hindus approach God.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/1/11 18:31:32 ( 1400 reads )

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Remember, your own soul knows the reasons why you were born in this life. It knows what you need to accomplish in this birth. As a soul, you know what obstacles and challenges you need to face and overcome to grow stronger and conquer past karmic patterns through fulfilling your chosen dharma.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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Seeking a Bhajan/Kirtan Group Performance for Filming in Surat, Pune or Mumbai
Posted on 2015/1/10 19:10:00 ( 1493 reads )

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INDIA, January 10, 2015: Hinduism Today is producing the next parts of its series on The History of Hindu India and very much needs to find a quality bhajan/kirtan group to film for the documentary. The first part of the documentary, source above, has passed 210,000 hits on YouTube.

The need is quite specific, and tied to our film team's schedule in India right now. Any of these dates will work, but we only need to film one group:

In Surat on January 11th or 12th

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In Pune on January 13th

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In Mumbai on January 14th or 15th.



If you have a group and want to be part of this, call the documentary's Production Manager, Ankur Singh directly at 09769490286.

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Kerala Sabarimala Temple Has a Post Box That Delivers Letters to God
Posted on 2015/1/10 15:37:17 ( 1552 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 1, 2015 (India Today): A temple in Kerala on the foothills of the holy city of Sabarimala has a post office that works only during the special Sankaranti season. But what makes this post office stand apart is that it receives letters to God. People write their wish and prayers, hoping that God is reading them. Most of the mail is wedding invitations and shop openings.

This post office is offering a unusual service which is attracting a lot of attention. A post office dedicated to Lord Ayappa. Located near the famed Hindu temple at the Sabarimala hills, the post office comes alive when the peak pilgrimage season of the Ayyappa shrine begins on the first day of the Malayalam month in November, and the period ends towards the middle of January.

Situated in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at 3,000 feet above sea level, the Sabarimala temple is 2.5 miles uphill from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, around 62 miles from Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is accessible only on foot from Pamba. During the last pilgrimage season, more than 4.5 million devotees visited the shrine. This season the authorities expect a 10 percent increase.

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Kendriya Vidyalayas Schools to Teach Sanskrit in Classes XI, XII
Posted on 2015/1/10 15:37:10 ( 1331 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 9, 2014 (IBN) After replacing German with Sanskrit as third language from Classes VI to VIII, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has decided to revive a policy of teaching Sanskrit in Classes XI and XII. The decision of reviving Sanskrit as an elective in Classes XI and XII was taken at the 99th meeting of the Board of Governors of KVS held on October 27.

"The Board approved the proposal to offer teaching of Sanskrit language in Class XI from session 2015-16 in all KVs having senior secondary classes. Sanskrit (core) will be offered as one of the options in lieu of an elective subject. For this teachers may be appointed initially on contract basis," the communication said.

WIKIPEDIA NOTES: Kendriya Vidyalaya is a system of central government schools in India that have been instituted under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development. It comprises over 1,000 schools in India and three abroad. The system came into being in 1963 under the name "central schools" and has been affiliated with CBSE since then. Later, the name was changed to Kendriya Vidyalaya. Its objective is to educate children of the Indian Defence Services personnel who are often posted to remote locations. With the army starting its own Army Public Schools, the service was extended (but not restricted) to all central government employees. The uniform curriculum followed by these schools all over India was intended to ensure that the children of government employees do not face education disadvantages when their parents are transferred by providing a common syllabus and system of education. It still operates after 50 years.


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