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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/11 18:00:30 ( 1499 reads )

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There was once a wise man who lived simply. His spartan food habits reflected this. He had a friend who, being a sycophant of the king, lived in great luxury. One day this friend called on the wiseman while he was eating. Looking at the food, the friend said, "My friend, if you can please the king like me, you will be free from this wretched food." The wise man smiled and replied, "My friend, if you can be pleased with this simple food, you can be free from the wretched job of pleasing the king."
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Puri Shankaracharya Blames Chief Administrator for Temple Mess
Posted on 2015/7/11 10:40:27 ( 1230 reads )

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BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, July 10, 2015 (Niti Central): Barely a week before the Nabakalebara Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath gets underway, Shankaracharya of Puri Swami Nischalananda Saraswati today blamed the chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration for the mismanagement in the 12th century shrine. "I hold Shree Jagannath Temple Administration's chief administrator responsible for all the chaos in the temple. He is responsible for irregularities from the selection of Daru (neem tree) for making new statues of the Lords to the Brahma Paribartan rituals," Saraswati told a hurriedly-convened press conference here.

Coming down heavily on the state government for the Nabakalebara rituals mess, the seer demanded complete overhaul of the temple laws. "Chaos prevails in the Jagannath temple and the rituals are not being followed properly. The government doesn't have the right to interfere in the religious affairs of the temple. There is a need to overhaul the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) laws," the Shankaracharya said. "The government should act as a facilitator and nothing more," he said.

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Before And After Photos Of Nepal's Landmarks Reveal Devastating Impact Of Earthquake
Posted on 2015/7/11 10:40:17 ( 1251 reads )

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NEPAL, April 29, 2015 (sociocheck.com): The massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, not only killed more than 5000 people but also destroyed some of the country's most iconic landmarks and flattened many of the country's historic structures. The massive earthquake - the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years - devastated the capital of Kathmandu. Its impact can be seen in dramatic before and after photos taken across the capital city shown at source above.

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Putin Says He Has Not yet Tried Yoga
Posted on 2015/7/11 10:40:07 ( 700 reads )

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA, July 9, 2015 (New York Times): President Vladimir Putin avowed on Wednesday that he was ready to add yoga, the ancient discipline of mindfulness and gentle stretching, to his repertoire of strictly macho sports. "I have tried many things, but never yoga, but it cannot fail to attract," Mr. Putin told Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during a meeting in the southern Russian city of Ufa, according to a transcript on the presidential website. Mr. Putin expressed admiration for yoga after Mr. Modi thanked him for the enthusiasm with which International Yoga Day -- which Mr. Modi helped inaugurate on June 21 -- was greeted in Russia.

Mr. Putin, 62, has not been shy about sharing his athletic prowess with the world. He holds a black belt in judo, has been photographed driving a Formula One race car and has worked assiduously to improve his hockey game since becoming president. Whatever is behind his embrace of yoga, Mr. Putin apparently missed the memo from the central Russian city of Nizhnevartovsk last month announcing that it was booting two yoga studios out of municipal space. The city explained that it was doing so for reasons of public order, "to prevent the spread of new religious cults and movements."


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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/11 10:39:55 ( 639 reads )

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Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Giving up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.
-- Adi Shankara, 9th century Indian philosopher and saint

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/6 19:50:00 ( 891 reads )

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The syllable gu means shadows. The syllable ru, he who disperses them. Because of the power to disperse darkness, the guru is thus named.
-- Advayataraka Upanishad

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2015 Skipping Stones Book Awards Announced
Posted on 2015/7/6 19:50:00 ( 691 reads )

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(Eugene, Oregon. July 2015). Skipping Stones Multicultural Literary Magazine has announced the winners of 2015 Skipping Stones Book Awards in their Summer 2015 issue which may be downloaded from source above. This year, they have selected 25 multicultural and/or nature books and 5 teaching resources. Two of special interest to Hinduism Today readers are: India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People by Robert Arnett (Atman Press) and Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste by Susanna Strafford, illustr. Alex Langenstein.

The Nepal Benefit event organized by Skipping Stones in Eugene on Sunday, May 24th, to help rebuild lives in Nepal after the recent powerful earthquakes was a huge success. The multicultural music and dance performances helped generate close to $6,000 for relief work in Nepal.

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Twelve-page Sanskrit Daily Newspaper in the Works
Posted on 2015/7/6 19:50:00 ( 704 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 4, 2015 (Sunday Guardian): India may get its first multi-page daily newspaper in Sanskrit this Navratri. A group of enthusiastic Sanskrit lovers, who have been publishing the Sanskrit weekly Sajal Sandesh from Delhi for about the last two years, are working overtime to start the daily. "Currently, the lone Sanskrit newspaper Sudharma is published from Bangalore, but it is only one page. Sajal Sandesh will be a 12-page tabloid," said editor Rakesh Kumar Mishra.

Sajal Sandesh was created in 2013 by Mishra, an MA in Sanskrit, and other spirited persons including D.S. Khatri, Manishi Kumar Sinha, Sunder Lal and Ravindra Nath Pathak. Mishra says 22,000 copies of the newspaper are printed. "Most copies go to Sanskrit institutes around the country. In Delhi, there are 46 gurukuls. There are 62 colleges in Delhi University where Sanskrit is taught. Besides, there are two Sanskrit universities in Delhi--Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (Katwaria Sarai) and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Janakpuri). Besides Delhi, there are seven Sanskrit universities and eight Sanskrit Akademis in other states. These are the places which provide the readers of Sajal Sandesh," Mishra said.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/5 17:50:00 ( 891 reads )

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There are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech. Silence prepares, speech creates. The strength of noise and activity is great. But infinite is the strength of stillness and silence, in which great forces prepare for action. To be capable of silence, stillness and illuminated passivity is to be fit for immortality.
-- Sri Aurobido (1879-1950)

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Over 70,000 Transgenders in Rural India: Survey
Posted on 2015/7/5 17:50:00 ( 783 reads )

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KOLKATA, INDIA, July 4, 2015 (Times of India): Rural India has over 70,000 transgenders, with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with nearly 13,000, and West Bengal home to around 10,000, reveals the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011. The census's gender analysis reports rural India has 74,286 transgenders.

According to Ranjita Sinha, transgender activist and a member of Bengal's Transgender Development Board, the survey released on Friday reflects the growing recognition of the third gender in the state. "The census will provide a way to frame better policies for the third gender in the state. A lot of positive things are happening in Bengal and the official record of the numbers are evidence of the growing recognition, especially in the rural areas," Sinha told IANS. Sinha said the statistics and data will help further strategies in health and education of the third gender.

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Indian of Africans Origin Faces Discrimination in India
Posted on 2015/7/5 17:50:00 ( 762 reads )

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INDIA, July 5, 2015 (By Mridula Chari): Travelling to the subcontinent from Africa as mercenaries, merchants and slaves, Sidis are now well assimilated. Yet they are frequent victims of discrimination. When people think of Africans in Indian history, Malik Ambar tends to be the first name to come to mind. Brought to Ahmadnagar as a warrior-slave in the 16th century, he rose to be the general of the Deccan sultanate's army and eventually its regent. Yet Malik Ambar was only the most successful of thousands of Africans brought to India by Arab and Portuguese slavers across the Arabian Sea. Thousands of others came as mercenaries and merchants. Today, Sidis, as people of African origin living in India for centuries call themselves, are a fast disappearing community. Separated by appearance, if not by culture, they are largely misunderstood.

Sidis in India today have to deal with fragmentation within their community and discrimination from without. Despite being Indian for centuries, Sidis constantly face racial discrimination in India, where their identities or origins are not fully understood. In Pakistan too they have suffered similar prejudice because of their physical resemblance to many Africans. Because of discrimination, many look to marry outside the Sidi community and dilute their African appearance. For some that is how they can avoid this discrimination, but for many this is seen as the very disappearance of the Sidi people themselves."

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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Book On HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj Released
Posted on 2015/7/4 17:30:00 ( 1747 reads )

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DELHI, INDIA, July 5, 2015 (By Rajiv Malik, India/South Asia Correspondent, Hinduism Today magazine): A grand celebration and book release event of Dr. Kalam's book "Transcendence" was held at Pramukh Sabhagruh, Akshardham Swaminarayan Mandir , New Delhi on Friday, July 3rd , 2015, in the presence of over 500 dignitaries, well wishers and devotees. The event was graced by the Pujya Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji of Vijaywada, Hon. Shri L.K. Advani, Former Deputy Prime Minister Of India, Dr. S.S. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya, Shri A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO], Shri Mohan Das Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education and Shri G.M. Rao, Chairman, GMR Group.

"Transcendence," beautifully describes Dr. Kalam's spiritual experiences with Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The book, published by Harper-Collins India, also included the social and moral contributions of BAPS to society, the co-relation of science and spirituality and creative leadership. It contains the essence of the Upanishads, Gita and Puranas and other principles propagated by Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

The event began with Vedic prayers and the lighting of the inaugural lamps by Pujya Mahant Swami and Pujay T.S.R. Chinna Jeeyar Swami and was followed by a welcome speech by Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami.

Thereafter the giant 10ft by 40ft LED screen transported the audience back in time through and animation presentation of the stories of two boys- the journeys of how a fisherman's boy became a scientist and later the 11th President of India and how a farmer's boy became the president of BAPS and a world-renowned spiritual leader.

Pujya Brahmavihari Swami in his speech gave glimpses of the mutual interactions between Dr. Kalam and Pramukh Swami Maharaj during their 14 year association [2001-2014]. According to him, "In all Dr. Kalam had seven meetings and many phone call conversations with Pramukh Swami Ji Maharaj. Interestingly while Dr. Kalam did not know a single word of Gujarati and Pramukh Swami did not know a single word of English, this never came in the way of their ever blossoming love and friendship." He added that after Dr. Kalam's first meeting with Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 2001, Delhi, Dr. Kalam had said he felt an inner calm pervade him and on the other hand Swamiji had declared that Dr. Kalam was a rishi.

Brahmavihari Swami went on to say, "When Dr. Kalam had his first meeting with Pramukh Swamiji and presented him his plans for India 2020, Swamiji's first words were-"Along with your five areas to transform India add a sixth one- faith in God" and Dr. Kalam immediately and happily agreed to do so." Dr. Kalam had also told Swamishri , "When I see Akshardham and your work....I feel anything is possible in the world. I want to work with you for a better India."

This was followed by a video clip on Dr. Kalam presenting his book to Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Sarangpur on 20th June, 2015, amidst the chanting of Vedic verses. (See http://www.baps.org/News/2015/Dr-APJ- ... h-Swami-Maharaj-8137.aspx for a report on this.)

While presenting the book to Swamiji Dr. Kalam said, "I have written this book. Your are a great teacher....I learnt to remove I, remove me. That is a great lesson I have learnt. Remove I and mine. I learnt from you." Responding to this Swamishri said, "To rise above I and mine is only possible by God's Grace. It is the best principle by which to remain happy in life." Both Dr. Kalam and Pramukh Swamiji were not physically present during the New Delhi event.

Professor Arun Tiwari, the co-author of "Transcendence", sharing his experiences about writing the book said, "A few weeks after getting this assignment I realized I had not been able to write anything. Then I came to Ahmedabad and Pujya Brahmavihari Swami took me to Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, who blessed me by placing his hand on my head and he gave me a murti of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. I took the murti home and sat down to type on my computer, and then words and sentences started flowing spontaneously." Choked with emotions he shared, "A few days ago I went to my mother in Meerut , Uttar Pradesh. I took the souvenir plate given to me by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. On seeing it , my mother said , "Son, you have done a wonderful thing. One is the an ocean of love- Pramukh Swamiji and another is an ocean of knowledge--Abdul Kalam. You have filled two great oceans in a small pot [book] !"

P.M. Sukumar, the CEO of Harper Collins Publishers[India] , who published "Transcendence" announced that the English version would be translated shortly into six other languages : Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telgu and Malayalam.

Thereafter the celebration ceremony of the book took place amongst chanting of Vedic Mantras and then the stage guests formally inaugurated copies of the book and displayed them to the audience.

The chief guests, including Shri L.K. Advani Ji , paid glowing tributes to the book and recounted their associations with Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Advani Ji, in his address, said that in the childhood he had learnt about Intelligence Quotient and later on came to know about Economic Quotient but as he grew up in life he felt that a happy and fulfilling life has to also have Spiritual Quotient, which is extremely important and with this quotient only it will be considered as complete.

During the event , Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was remembered for having received the book at the hands of Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami at his office in New Delhi on 26th June, 2015. The Prime Minister opined that he would read the book for it would help him and inspire him in his life.

Finally, Pujya T.S. R. Chinna Jeeyar Swami and Pujya Mahant Swami blessed the event. Pujya Mahant Swami noted, " 'Transcendence' is a book that shares about higher values. The content is universal and transcends all human distinctions and barriers to make a person humane."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/4 17:20:00 ( 960 reads )

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"Sweet are the sounds of the flute and the lute," say those who have not heard the prattle of their own children.
-- Tirukkural

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Aryan Invasion of India: The Biggest Lie Propagated by Leftist Historians
Posted on 2015/7/4 17:20:00 ( 1300 reads )

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UNITED STATES, March 20, 2015 (Linkis, by David Frawley): One of the main ideas used to interpret--and generally devalue--the ancient history of India is the theory of the Aryan invasion. According to this account, India was invaded and conquered by nomadic light-skinned Indo-European tribes from Central Asia around 1500-1000 BC, who overthrew an earlier and more advanced dark-skinned Dravidian civilization from which they took most of what later became Hindu culture. This so-called pre-Aryan civilization is said to be evidenced by the large urban ruins of what has been called the Indus valley culture (as most of its initial sites were on the River Indus). The war between the powers of light and darkness, a prevalent idea in ancient Aryan Vedic scriptures, was thus interpreted to refer to this war between light and dark-skinned peoples. The Aryan invasion theory thus turned the 'Vedas', the original scriptures of ancient India and the Indo-Aryans, into little more than primitive poems of uncivilized plunderers.

This idea -- totally foreign to the history of India, whether north or south -- has become almost an unquestioned truth in the interpretation of India's ancient history. Today, after nearly all the reasons for its supposed validity have been refuted, even major Western scholars are at last beginning to call it in question.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/7/3 20:00:00 ( 999 reads )

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When the Creator dances, the worlds He created dance. To the measure that He dances in our knowledge, our thoughts, too, dance. When He in heart-endearing dances, the several elements, too, dance. Witness in rapture surpassing the dance of that One who is a glowing flame.
-- Tirumantiram, 2786

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