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Udupi: Sri Krishna Math Renovated - Kalabhisheka Held, Brahmakalashotsava on May 18

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:40 ( 679 reads )


UDUPI, INDIA, May 17 (Daiji World): Sri Krishna Math in the city, which is eight centuries old, has been thoroughly renovated and reconstructed for the first time under the initiative undertaken by Paryaya Sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Pejawar Math. The Swamiji's long-cherished dream has come true. The outer precincts of the Math, which were built of mud in the past, have been replaced with tastefully carved wooden sculptures and the height of the precincts has been increased by one level. With this, more air and light will enter Sri Krishna Math. Brahmakalashotsava as part of the renovation and reconstruction is being held on May 18 on a grand scale. Thousands of devotees pay obeisance at Sri Krishna Math every day. The Math is famous across the country and abroad. Sri Krishna Math happens to be the hub for Dwaita philosophy, which is one of the three main philosophies of Hindu religion.

Full article and many colorful photos at "source" above.

International Conference on Sri Aurobindo at Hindu University of America

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:30 ( 715 reads )


ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 17, 2017 (Press Release): The Hindu University of America, Orlando, USA, organized a two-day international conference on May 4 and 5, 2017, on the theme Relevance of Sri Aurobindo and the Grand Visions of the Ancient Indian Wisdom. Twenty-six speakers from India and the US participated in the conference and focused on various aspects of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy and its relevance for the contemporary world.

The conference aimed at a discussion of Sri Aurobindo's perspectives on the intersection of spirituality and practicality towards a better organization of human life and society. The deliberations positioned his ideas in theoretical and policy debates on individual, state, society and world. Despite the profundity of his philosophy and its wider implications, Sri Aurobindo and his ideas are relatively less known in the West, and there have been few events to make an in-depth study of his philosophy. The conference was a step towards filling this gap.

For details on the conference see "source" above.

Aldous Huxley Describes the Dancing Shiva Image

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:19 ( 663 reads )


LONDON, U.K., 1961 (YouTube): The great writer Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, The Perennial Philosophy, The Doors of Perception, Island) describes the "Dancing Shiva" image (Nataraj) of the Hindu tradition and its immense significance and comprehensiveness. This is from an interview with Mr. Huxley which was done in 1961 in London and was recorded and distributed under the title "Speaking Personally". Fascinating short video at "source".

International Yoga Day Will Be Held at Tata Motors with Free Classes

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:49:09 ( 606 reads )


BOLIVIA, May 18, 2017 (Eju.tv, translated from Spanish): The International Association of Yoga and Yogism (Yoga en Sintesis) in Bolivia, with the collaboration of India's automotive icon, Tata Motors and its exclusive distributor, Bolivian Auto Motors, will celebrate on June 21, in the capital of Santa Cruz, the International Yoga Day with a program that is open and free to the public. In this way, Santa Cruz de la Sierra joins this worldwide initiative that many cities have welcomed with large public gatherings since the United Nations agreed three years ago to celebrate this international holiday in recognition of the contribution that yoga, as a holistic system, provides to those who practice it.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/21 19:48:59 ( 504 reads )


If you stick to your principles, life becomes meaningful. Otherwise you become a rudderless vessel that is at the mercy of the winds.
-- Swami Tejomayananda, spiritual head of Chinmaya Mission

Why Are Millions of Indian Women Dropping out of Work?

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:39 ( 651 reads )


INDIA, May18, 2017 (BBC): The numbers are stark - for the first time in India's recent history, not only was there a decline in the female labour participation rate, but also a shrinking of the total number of women in the workforce. Nearly 20 million Indian women quit work between 2004-05 to 2011-12 The labour force participation rate for women of working age declined from 42% in 1993-94 to 31% in 2011-12. While more than 24 million men joined the work force between 2004-5 to 2009-10, the number of women in the the work force dropped by 21.7 million.

Using data gleaned from successive rounds of National Sample Survey Organisation and census data, a team of researchers from World Bank have attempted to find out why this is happening - at a time when India's economy has grown at steady clip. Women need better and more suitable job opportunities outside farming, the authors say. Predictable social norms are attributed to women quitting work in India: marriage, motherhood, vexed gender relations and biases, and patriarchy. But they may not be the only reasons. Significantly, rising aspirations and relative prosperity may be actually responsible for putting a large cohort of women out of work in India.

More at "source" above

India's Lost Party Mansions

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:29 ( 533 reads )


TAMIL NADU, INDIA, May 17, 2017 (New York Times): Driving on the main roads in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the barely there villages that materialize every few miles take on a comforting rhythm. Cement lean-tos and shacks give way to a formal grid of streets with mansion after looming mansion in various states of maintained opulence and elegant decay, their decorative facades partly hidden by high walls. Built between 1850 and 1950, these homes -- some of which dwarf the grand cottages of Newport and the villas of Cap Ferrat -- number over 15,000 throughout Chettinad, which covers about 600 square miles. Many have more than 60 rooms spread over interiors as large as one and a half acres.

The globe-trotting Hindu merchant and banking clan called the Nattukottai Chettiars thrived during colonialist expansion. The massive homes -- at least those not abandoned due to the crushing cost of upkeep, then pillaged for the remarkable architectural details within -- are still owned by the families whose ancestors built them. Few of those owners actually live in them full time now, but, like the castles and manor houses that dot the English countryside, the residences are familial status symbols of staggering heft, worrisome expense and emotional attachment. Except for salvage, they have no resale value. Who might buy an 150-year-old, 85-room villa two hours from the nearest airport in an area that modern industry has forgotten?

Much more on the Chettiar mansions, including colorful photos, at "source" above.

Here's the Story of Gama "The Undefeated" Pehalwan and How He Saved Hindus During 1947 Riots

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:19 ( 624 reads )


INDIA, May 16, 2017 (India Times): Whether it was Rustam-e-Hind (Champion of India) or Rustam-e-Zamana (Champion of the Universe), the titles conferred on Gama Pehalwan always fell short in describing the legend. His legacy is such that even 57 years after his death, every wrestler in India and Pakistan aspires to be like Gama-The Undefeated. Like all other true champions and icons of sports, Gama Pehalwan too was far above the petty concerns of religion, caste, creed and all the things that divide human beings. And the example of it came in the thick of the riots that marked the partition of British India into India and Pakistan. Gama, a Muslim by faith saved hundreds of Hindus of his colony in Lahore from the bloodthirsty mob.

Gama Pehalwan lived in Amritsar, where he was born in 1878. But citing the political atmosphere of the country in which the buzz of partition was reaching crescendo, Gama Pehalwan shifted to Lahore in early 1947. The majority of the colony he was settled in was Hindu and all were jubilant about the great wrestler becoming their neighbour. Gama had sensed what was coming and therefore, he promised Hindus of his colony that he would defend them with his life. As riots escalated, Gama knew his colony wasn't safe and he wouldn't be able to protect them beyond a point. Therefore, he escorted them to the border. Gama bore all the expenses from his pocket and bid adieu his neighbours with teary eyes.

More of this history at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/20 19:31:09 ( 447 reads )


Listen for silence in noisy places; feel at peace in the midst of disturbance; awaken joy when there is no reason.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

California Department of Educations Releases History-Social Science Textbooks Submitted for Adoption in 2017

Posted on 2017/5/16 20:33:59 ( 880 reads )


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, May 16, 2017 (CDE): The California Department of Education has posted a web page at "source" above which allows access to 14 programs teaching history at various grade levels. Of interest to Hindus are those that cover grades six and seven when India and the Hindu religion is covered. In theory, these new programs reflected the revised Framework for History-Social Studies which has been revised over the last three years by the Board's Instructional Quality Commission. They are called "programs" because all are either entirely Web-based, or have extensive web resources for a printed textbook.

Publishers submitting for sixth and seventh grade include Discovery Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, McGraw-Hill School Education LLC, National Geographic Learning, Pearson Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall, and Teacher's Curriculum Institute.

Instructions for submitting public comment on these programs is available here:

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/16 20:33:48 ( 576 reads )


Man needs a guru. But a man must have faith in the guru's words. He succeeds in spiritual life by looking on his guru as God Himself.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

The Only Place in the U.S. You Can Get a Master's in Yoga Studies? Los Angeles

Posted on 2017/5/15 20:37:15 ( 707 reads )


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, May 13, 2017 (LA Times): Ana Funes is a philosophy professor at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She sat under a whiteboard she'd filled with flow charts and Sanskrit. Her graduate students had just spent more than an hour examining the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika," a 15th century manual. Now they were eager to understand how the ancient text could be translated into physical experience. They were studying to earn a master's degrees in yoga studies in the only university in the country where it is possible to do so. Forty-million people in America say they do yoga -- twice as many as five years ago -- but how many of them really learn about what it is and where it comes from? It's an important area of study, says the practice's few (but growing number of) scholars.

At LMU, studying yoga takes two years and is more in the books than on the mat. Five professors -- two full time, three part time -- lead about 30 students through numerous disciplines. Students study health sciences. They learn Sanskrit in order to read the "Yoga Sutras," the "Upanishads," the "Bhagavad Gita" in their original language. They grapple with Eastern philosophy and numerous Indian theologies.

Much more of this interesting article at "source" above.

Natya Shastra Lectures at Kalakshetra

Posted on 2017/5/15 20:37:04 ( 531 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, May 15, 2017 (YouTube, Press Release by Bharat Gupt): You will be happy to know that I have uploaded 25 hours of my lectures delivered in Kalakshetra Chennai, India. They begin with the first and go up to 53 videos. The lectures-interactions provided a detailed exposition of all the principles of performance in each of the 36 chapters of the Natya Shastra (Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts at least 2,000 years old) and have been related to the present genres of performance such as plays, cinema and sculpture. The text and the ensuing discussion made a springboard to analyse and contrast many classical ideas with Indian modernity not only in the area of performing arts but in the approach to life as a whole.

Introductory video at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/5/15 20:36:54 ( 478 reads )


Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.
-- J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), theoretical physicist

How Artists Are Keeping the Ancient Practice of Theyyam Alive

Posted on 2017/5/14 20:01:39 ( 594 reads )


KERALA, INDIA, May 10, 2017 (Euro News): In Kerala, a state in South India, the cult of Theyyam, a ritualistic folk art incorporating dance, mime, and music, is still alive. The ritual form of worship involves traditions that some say date back as far as neolithic times. These rituals, practiced across North Kerala's Malabar region, are rooted in the natural world.

Annooran Balan Nenikkem, a senior Theyyam artist, said: "Every community has its own unique rituals. "When these rituals are performed, after lots of preparation, they believe this is a God - this is the truth." Preparations begin hours before the performance with artists creating elaborate costumes made from palm leaves. Late into the night, the drums beat in rhythm as the performance gives way to a trance that can last until daybreak. It is believed at this point the performers are no longer men, but have transformed into Gods and the crowds are eager to seek their blessings.

Video of Theyyam preparation and performance at "source" above.

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