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Bali Set to Observe Day of Silence
Posted on 2014/3/4 17:24:28 ( 874 reads )

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BALI, March 4, 2014 (The Jakarta Post): As Balinese Hindus will observe Nyepi (the Day of Silence) on March 31, the highest Hindu council on the island -- Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) -- has issued guidance related to the celebration of the Caka New Year 1936. A series of rituals would be adjusted to the tradition and situation in each desa pakraman (customary village) on the island. The melasti purification ritual marks the beginning of Nyepi. In this procession, Hindu adherents will bring their pretima (sacred objects) to beaches, lakes or springs that are believed to be sacred, to be cleansed.

After completing melasti, they perform Bhatara Nyejer in the Pura Desa or Bale Agung, the village's temple, which is followed by Tawur Kesanga, or a ritual of sacrifice on Sunday, one day before Nyepi. Tawur Kesanga is carried out at several levels, starting from the highest at the island's mother temple, Pura Besakih, down to the regencies, villages, hamlets and households. This ritual is aimed at strengthening relations between humans, humans and the environment, as well as humans and God.

On the following day, the whole island will turn into a quiet and peaceful sanctuary as Balinese Hindus observe Nyepi and perform the four abstinences known as Catur Brata Penyepian. They will abstain from lighting fire or lights, abstain from work, abstain from traveling outside one's home and abstain from enjoying leisure activities.

All access to Bali will be closed for the duration of Nyepi and only hospitals and emergency services will be in operation. Hotels will also provide suitable activities for their guests. Beaches will also be closed and tourists are urged to stay inside their respective hotels' compound.

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Chinmaya Mission Announces 16th Vedanta Course In English
Posted on 2014/3/4 17:24:13 ( 574 reads )

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MUMBAI, INDIA, March 4, 2014 (Press Release): Chinmaya Mission, Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai opens their 16th Vedanta Course in English. Applications are invited from University graduates, men and women. They must be unmarried and free from family encumbrances, with a sincere interest in the study of Vedanta, a zeal to share the message of the Rishis, and between ages 20-30 years. The course duration is two years starting on August 29, 2014. It is free of cost - all accommodation, food, clothes books and medical care will be provided by Chinmaya Mission. Application forms are available from http://sandeepany.chinmayamission.com. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2014.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/3/4 17:24:07 ( 421 reads )

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Like treasure hidden in the ground, like flavor in the fruit, like gold in the rock, and oil in the seed, the Absolute is hidden in the heart.
-- Akka Mahadevi, twelfth-century Vira Saiva saint

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Sri Lanka's Shared Goddess
Posted on 2014/3/3 18:25:59 ( 613 reads )

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SRI LANKA, March 1, 2014 (Economist): The end of their bitter war, nearly five years ago, has done little to unite Sri Lanka's divided communities. In their modest way, a photographer and an anthropologist are working together to try bridging the distance that separates the country's two largest ethnic groups--by showing them how they worship the same Goddess.

The majority, Sinhala-speaking Buddhists, call Her Pattini while the minority Tamil Hindus name Her Kannaki. For the most part, neither of the two communities knows that the other reveres Her under a different name. But their beliefs are deeply syncretic, and point towards a shared history and traditions.

Sharni Jayawardena, the photographer, and Malathi de Alwis, the anthropologist, are using this shared background in an attempt to foster reconciliation. For more than two years they traversed the country photographing the worship of the Goddess; Her many temples, rituals and processions.

The result is a captivating collection of images that not only displays the similarities between the religious practices of the Sinhalese and the Tamils, but the many variations within their communities. Their work was shown over two days in the cosmopolitan capital, Colombo. The exhibition is still to be staged in Jaffna and in Batticaloa. The creators hope it goes at least a small way towards breaking down the walls of estrangement that were built up over decades of strife.

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Only Tirupati Temple Entitled to Make Or Sell "Tirupati Laddu" Says High Court
Posted on 2014/3/3 18:25:54 ( 510 reads )

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INDIA, March 3, 2014 (The Hindu): The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam alone is entitled to use the brand name "Tirupati Laddu," the Madras High Court has ruled while granting a decree in favor of the TTD on a civil suit filed against a city-based sweet shop. The TTD had claimed that it had the Geographical Indications (GI) tag for making Tirupati Laddus which were being given to pilgrims as prasadam.

Small time vendors as well as well-known big sweet outlets had been selling laddus using the name of Tirupati. This could mislead people into believing that the original Tirupati laddus were being sold through these sources.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/3/3 18:25:47 ( 416 reads )

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Like the household fire, devotees seek the glory of the Lord even from afar and enshrine it in their inner chamber for enlightenment. The glory of our Lord is full of splendor, all-illuminative and worthy to be honored in every heart.
-- Rig Veda 7.1.2

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Trinidad Hindus Observe Sivaratri Amid Carnival Celebration
Posted on 2014/3/2 18:42:49 ( 561 reads )

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINADAD/TOBAGO, March 1, 2014 (Free Press Journal): Away from fetes, dancing and merry-making as Trinidad and Tobago, the oil-rich Caribbean republic observes its annual carnival, devout Hindus went to temples and other public places to observe the annual Sivaratri here February 27.

Thousands of Hindus spent Thursday night in over 400 temples across the land, offering special jhalls (a mixture of milk, dhai, flowers, sugar-cane, sweets) to Lord Siva. Scores of temples hosted special Lord Siva Yagnas, all of which were carried live on several radio stations. Satnarayan Maharaj led Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, which controls approximately 80 primary, secondary and pre-schools, were given the day off from classes.

The observance of Sivaratri was brought by the indentured Indian labourers who came from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar between 1845 and 1917. Out of a population of 1.3 million people, some 25 percent people are devout Hindus.

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Chidambaram Nataraja Temple Starts Reverberating With Natyanjali Festival
Posted on 2014/3/2 18:42:37 ( 578 reads )

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CHIDAMBARAM, INDIA, March 1, 2014 (The Hindu): The hallowed precincts of Lord Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram started reverberating with the 33rd edition of the Natyanjali festival from Thursday. The five-day event that would go on till March 3 will feature performances of exponents, drawn from various parts of the country as well as from abroad, of classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Koodiyattam and Mohiniattam.

Madras High Court Judge Justice V. Ramasubramanian in his chief guest address said that the "Dance of Lord Nataraja actually portrays the elementary particles in their eternal and constant dance of creation, preservation and dissolution." The Judge further said that the parallel between Siva's dance and the dance of atomic particles was first discussed elaborately by Fritjof Capra, an Austrian-born American physicist and founding director of the Centre for Eco Literacy at Berkeley, California, titled "The Dance of Siva: The Hindu view of matter in the light of modern physics" published in 1972.

Capra explained the connection between modern physics and eastern mysticism. Siva's cosmic dance thus became the central metaphor in his international best-seller "The Tao of Physics," first published in 1975 and was still in print in over 40 editions around the world. For the modern physicists the dance of Siva is the dance of subatomic matter.

The Judge also noted that on June 18, 2004, an unusual new landmark was unveiled at CERN (European Centre for Research in Particle Physics) in Geneva. "The 2-meter tall statue of Lord Nataraja, given by the Indian Government, is a dancing Deity representing the cosmic cycle of creation and dissolution and also depicting the dynamic of subatomic particles, the basis of creation of the universe that is being researched by physicists the world over," the Judge said.

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Climate Change Linked To Indus Civilization Decline 4,100 Years Ago
Posted on 2014/3/2 18:42:31 ( 700 reads )

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WASHINGTON, U.S., February 27, 2014 (Top News): A new study, published in the journal Geology, has suggested that climate change may have contributed to the decline of a city-dwelling civilization in Pakistan and India 4,100 years ago.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilisation, which spanned present-day Pakistan and India, suggesting that climate change could be why many of the major cities of the civilisation were abandoned.

The research involved the collection of snail shells preserved in the sediments of an ancient lake bed. By analyzing the oxygen isotopes in the shells, the scientists were able to tell how much rain fell in the lake where the snails lived thousands of years ago. Moreover, the finding now links the decline of the Indus cities to a documented global scale climate event and its impact on the Old Kingdom in Egypt, the Early Bronze Age civilisations of Greece and Crete, and the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia, whose decline has previously been linked to abrupt climate change.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/3/2 18:42:24 ( 453 reads )

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The boundless ocean of births can be crossed, indeed, but not without intimate union with Infinity's Holy Feet.
-- Tirukkural

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Five Thousand Yogis to Visit Nepal's Pashupatinath Temple for Sivaratri
Posted on 2014/2/27 12:58:02 ( 651 reads )

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, February 24, 2014 (My Republica): Around five thousands yogis, santa and mahasanta from India are visiting the Pashupatinath Temple on the occasion of Mahasivaratri festival this year. The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has estimated that around US$141,000 will be spent for food and accommodation of the saints coming to the temple on Mahasivaratri including dakshina (financial offering during farewell) to them. As per age-old tradition, saints from India visit the temple on Mahasivaratri. The 110-year-old Milanbaba from Kamrup Kamaksha has already arrived to Pashupatinath to observe the Mahasivaratri.

A clean up of the temple and its premises, Bagmati river and paintings have been completed. Arrival of saints and temporary installation of Vaishnawidevi Temple at Banakali are the central attractions for the devotees visiting the temple on Mahasivaratri. The temple will be open for the public for homage and pooja on Sivaratri. This year's Mahasivaratri which is observed with much fanfare by the Hindus as the birthday of Lord Shiva falls on February 27, Thursday.

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Security High for Sivaratri in Banaras
Posted on 2014/2/27 12:57:56 ( 609 reads )

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BANARAS, INDIA, February 24, 2014 (Zee News India): Elaborate security arrangements have been made in view large number of devotees visiting Kashi-Vishwanath temple here on the occasion of Maha Sivratri festival on Thursday, Inspector General of Police (IG range Varanasi) Prakash D. told PTI.

"More than 500,000 devotees are expected to visit the Kashi-Vishwanath temple on the day. Last year about 400,000 devotees visited the temple and this time we are expecting a rise in their numbers," he said. Special arrangements have been made for the smooth movements of devotees, sign boards at various diversions are being fixed and a temporary cloak room has been been set up at Godwalia, he said. The officer said the area around the temple has been declared 'no traffic zone' and vehicular traffic would be prohibited from midnight. The IG denied any kind of threat inputs by the intelligence agencies on the day, as reported in a section of media.

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3rd New Zealand Hindu Youth Conference
Posted on 2014/2/27 12:57:50 ( 583 reads )

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, February 27, 2014 (Community Scoop): Hindu Youth New Zealand proudly announces the 3rd National Hindu Youth conference in Auckland on Saturday, 1st March. The theme of the conference is Dynamic You The Power of Youth. The conference will be held at the Aotea Center in Auckland.

It is an exciting time for Hindu Youth New Zealand and New Zealand Hindu Students Forum to be coming together for the National Hindu youth conference at the commencement of the 2014 academic year. Once again Hindu youth have come together to create an opportunity for young people to get motivated, be inspired and advance towards empowerment.

Preliminary findings from the most recent census is indicating that Hinduism has the third largest following in New Zealand (after Christianity and Atheism), a population of 89,000 is spread throughout New Zealand. The census also revealed that Hindi is now the fourth most commonly spoken language in the country. This conference will highlight the contribution of this significant population to their country, New Zealand.


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/2/27 12:57:42 ( 454 reads )

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There are three kinds of devotees. The inferior devotee says, "God is out there" and thinks God is different from His creation. The mediocre devotee says, "God is antaryami, the inner guide who dwells in everyone's heart;" thus the mediocre devotee sees God within. But the superior devotee sees that God alone is everything, for He has become the twenty-four cosmic tattvas. That devotee finds that everything, above and below, is filled with God.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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Hindu Temple Attacked in Gazipur
Posted on 2014/2/26 18:19:20 ( 701 reads )

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GAZIPUR, BANGLADESH, February 26, 2014 (The Daily Star): Criminals vandalized the murthis (Deities) of a Hindu temple at Bathania Chala of Kaliakoir in Gazipur late Tuesday night and left a note. Dilip Kumar, a member of Sarbojanin Temple Committee, said miscreants desecrated all the murthis in the temple, including the Durga, Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik, Ganesh and Asur. All the damaged murthis were dumped in a field near the temple. The thugs also left notes threatening the Hindus to stop worshipping murthis or face bomb attacks. One read: "Stop statue worship. Next here worship we will cast bomb or all of you accept Islam else go to India."

General secretary of the temple committee Surja Mohan Sarker said they left the temple about 7:30 pm on Tuesday night. But in the following morning they found that all the murthis have been vandalized. A case has been filed with Kaliakoir Police Station in this regard. On February 10, miscreants damaged two murthis at the house of Nepal Chandra Barman in Gachgari area of the upazila.

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