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Islamabad City Agency Approves Plot for Hindu Temple, Crematorium

Posted on 2017/1/31 19:14:19 ( 534 reads )


ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, January 29, 2017 (Nation): Capital Development Authority (CDA) has sanctioned a plot for construction of the first Hindu temple and crematorium in federal capital. A letter has been written to Directorate of State Management in this regard and the plot would be handed over to the community through the Auqaf department. However, CDA has conditioned allotment of the plot with approval of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony and other concerned departments.

National Assembly (NA) Parliamentary committee had approved allotment of the plot on July 15, 2016, after dismissing concerns put forward by the government that there would be security issues if a temple is built for Hindus. In the absence of a temple, around 1,200 Hindus from Islamabad have been celebrating festivals in their homes, and in case of a death in their community, they take the bodies either to Rawalpindi or to their native towns for cremation. The only temple in the twin cities is Krishna Mandir in Kabari Bazaar, Saddar Rawalpindi. There are also some small temples in residential parts of the Rawalpindi cantonment.

Hindus Seen Through Foreign Eyes Over the Centuries

Posted on 2017/1/31 19:14:08 ( 505 reads )


INDIA, January 30, 2017 (New Indian Express by Guatam Pingle): Describing the character of an entire group of people is difficult. And, it is almost impossible to describe the character of Hindus--divided by region, language, caste and sect. Nonetheless, foreign observers have attempted the task based on their personal experience. The following is an account of some of these over time.

Ktesias, the Greek Physician of Persian King Artaxerxes [404-358 BC] has a special chapter "on the justice of the Hindus" in his Indica. Megasthenes [c.350-c.290 BC] states thefts were extremely rare, and the people honored truth and virtue. Arrian [c.86-160 AD] said on officials: "They oversee what goes on in the country or towns, and report everything to the king, where the people have a king, and to the magistrates, where the people are self-governed, and it is against the use and wont of these to give a false report; but indeed no Hindu is accused of lying."

British comments of their Hindu subjects are interesting. Warren Hastings [1732-1818]: "They are gentle and benevolent, more susceptible of gratitude for kindness, and less prompted to vengeance for wrongs inflicted than any people on the face of the earth; faithful, affectionate, submissive to legal authority." Bishop Heber [1783-1826]: "The Hindus are brave, courteous, intelligent, most eager for knowledge and improvement; sober, industrious, dutiful to parents, affectionate to their children, uniformly gentle and patient, and more easily affected by kindness and attention to their wants and feelings than any people I ever met with."

Many more such historical quotes at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/1/31 19:13:58 ( 339 reads )


The wise man should merge his speech in his mind and his mind in his intellect. He should merge his intellect in the Cosmic Mind and the Cosmic Mind in the Tranquil Self.
-- Katha Upanishad 1.3.13

Maoists Blamed for Destruction of 1100-Year-Old Ganesha Statue on Bastar Hilltop

Posted on 2017/1/30 19:11:59 ( 473 reads )


RAIPUR, INDIA, January 28, 2017 (Times of India): A 1,100-year-old Ganesha statue located atop Dholkal hill in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, fell from a height of 13,000 feet and broke into pieces in the dense forest area dominated by the Maoists. Experts and conservationists term this a major blow to archaeology.

Bastar police believe Maoists pushed the statue off the hill to destroy it in an attempt to stop development works and prevent visitors in the area where they have a strong presence as the incident took place after the recent government announcement to sanction US$294,000 for developing the area as a tourist spot.

With information about the missing statue spreading like wildfire, pictures of the spot went viral on the social media amid speculation that the 10th century statue was stolen. Later, a group of people launched a search and finally found pieces of the historic statue scattered at the foothill. The 1,100 year old Ganesha statue was discovered 5 years ago by a local journalist, who reached the Dholkal hilltop in 2012. Located atop of Dhol-shaped hill called Dholkal, the six-foot statue belonged to Nagvanshi dynasty of 9th or 10th century.

Basics of Indian Dance Video Posted to YouTube

Posted on 2017/1/30 19:11:49 ( 520 reads )


UNITED STATES, January 27, 2017 (YouTube): Introduction to Indian Dance is a nine-minute video developed by the Editors of Hinduism Today Magazine in collaboration with Bharatanatyam dancer Shivani Thakkar of Los Angeles and Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge, Los Angeles. It was funded by a grant from Uberoi Foundation and filmed at the Malibu Hindu Temple.

The video covers in brief the history of Indian classical dance, a comparison with Western ballet style, hand gestures of Bharatanatyam, methods of character depiction, choreography and storytelling, abstract dance, and clips of many other styles of Indian dance. This is the first installment in our Teach Indic Culture series of short videos intended for K-12 school use and adaptable to Common Core teaching methods.

Beautiful video at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/1/30 19:11:39 ( 302 reads )


Love, love, love--that is what life is about. Study, pray, meditate, but love, love, love--that is what life is about. All scriptures sing of love. All saints roar of love. All the known prophets continuously demonstrate love.
-- Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993), founder of Chinmaya Mission

Hindu American Foundation Executive Director Named "Faith Leader to Watch in 2017"

Posted on 2017/1/29 18:50:29 ( 486 reads )


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2017(HAF): Suhag Shukla, Executive Director, Legal Counsel, and co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), has been named one of twelve "faith leaders to watch in 2017" by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

CAP says, "Shukla has positioned HAF as a strong voice in the national debate about the separation of church and state, consistently speaking out about issues of Hinduphobia and the rights of religious minorities. Prioritizing legal advocacy, HAF regularly weighs in on cases related to religious discrimination and accommodations. Educating the Hindu American community on their rights regarding religious liberty is a core part of this work."

"HAF participates in the [Obama Administration's] White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders Act to Change platform to combat bullying; it recently published Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias Against Hindu Students in American Schools. The report examines Hindu American students' experiences with bullying in schools and offers recommendations to address this bias. Shukla embodies true religious liberty, ensuring that plurality and the rights of religious minorities are at the heart of religious freedom advocacy."

Rhode Island Hindu Society Buys Jewish Temple

Posted on 2017/1/29 18:50:18 ( 513 reads )


WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND, August 25, 2016 (Providence Journal): Temple Am David, which has been in receivership since November, is expected to soon turn over to new owners - and a new faith. Theodore Orson, the temple's temporary receiver, said Wednesday that the Rhode Island Hindu Temple Society Inc. signed a purchase-and-sale agreement in June for $400,001. Kent County Superior Court approved the agreement in July, said Orson, of the Providence law firm Orson and Brusini Ltd. The temple had experienced declining attendance for years before the decision was taken to close it. "I was absolutely thrilled that the purchaser was a group that intended to keep the building for the purpose that it was created" and that it would not be razed for commercial use, he said. A Hindu temple has been a priority for the group, which began meeting in 2013, according to its website. Rhode Island has no Hindu temple, the website states.

How to Eat Like a Hindu God

Posted on 2017/1/29 18:50:08 ( 346 reads )


QUEENS, NEW YORK, January 26, 2017 (Yahoo): The Ganesha Temple in Queens, New York, has been a cultural hub for Hindus in the United States since the 1970s. But this temple isn't just dedicated to religious practice. The canteen in the temple's basement is a bonafide restaurant, serving up more than 100 traditional vegetarian Indian dishes. What started as a kitchen to prepare food offerings to the Gods has become a place for Hindus and non-Hindus alike to chow down on some of the most authentic South Indian food in New York City.

Charming video at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/1/29 18:49:58 ( 270 reads )


Greater than a thousand ghee offerings consumed in sacrificial fires is to not sacrifice and consume any living creature.
-- Tirukural 259

Two Scholars from Varanasi Get Padma Awards

Posted on 2017/1/28 18:24:27 ( 387 reads )


VARANASI, INDIA, January 25, 2017 (Times of India): Two distinguished persons of the city are among the recipients of this year's Padma awards in the field of literature and education. Noted Sanskrit scholar Professor Devi Prasad Dwivedi has been felicitated with Padma Bhushan, while another scholar, Harihar Kripalu Tripathi, has been honoured with Padma Shri award.

"It is the blessings of Lord Vishwanath and Maa Annapurna. It is a honor for me that I live in Kashi, the city of knowledge and wisdom," said Dwivedi, who was also honored with Padma Shri Award in 2011. Dwivedi, who served as the head of the department of modern languages and linguistics at Sampurnanand Sanskrit University (SSU), is presently on deputation with Union Service Public Commission. After doing his MA in Sociology from Banaras Hindu University, he obtained the degrees of Acharya (MA) in Linguistics, Ph.D and DLitt from SSU.

The Padma Shri awardee Harihar Kripalu Tripathi also said that he takes this honor as prasad of Lord Vishwanath. He was nominated as the chairman of Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust in 2009. He is former Chancellor - Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth.

Study: Canada to be 2.5% to 2.9% Hindu in 2036

Posted on 2017/1/28 18:24:16 ( 287 reads )


CANADA, January 25, 2017 (Statistics Canada): If recent trends in the composition of immigration remain the same throughout the projection, in 2036 between 55.7% and 57.9% of Canada's immigrant population [not the total population] would be Asian-born, up from 44.8% in 2011. Conversely, the proportion of European immigrants [again, of total immigrants, not the total population] would decrease from 31.6% in 2011 to between 15.4% and 17.8% in 2036. Therefore, the arrival of many individuals born abroad affects not only population growth, but also the ethnocultural and language composition of the immigrant population.

The number of people with a non-Christian religion could almost double by 2036, accounting for between 13% and 16% of Canada's population, compared with 9% in 2011. Within this group, the Muslim (between 5.6% and 7.2% of the total population in 2036), Hindu (between 2.5% and 2.9%) and Sikh (between 2.3% and 2.7%) faiths would see the number of their followers grow more quickly because of their representation among immigrants, although they would still represent a small proportion of the total Canadian population.

The number of unaffiliated people would continue to increase and could represent between 28.2% and 34.6% of all Canadians in 2036.

More at "source" above.

Planned Six-Star Hotel in Bali Risks Angering the Gods Because It Would Be Taller Than a Coconut Tree

Posted on 2017/1/28 18:24:06 ( 301 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, January 26, 2017 (Daily Mail): A planned six star hotel in Bali has sparked anger with locals who say the development risks angering the God because it would be taller than a coconut tree. Trump Hotels plans to start work on the resort next year and it will be built on a clifftop overlooking the famous 16th century Hindu temple, Tanah Lot.

Local people on Bali have taken issue with the development given the hotel will feature a large tower. Many Hindus on the island measure the height of buildings in coconut trees and believe that any buildings taller than the trees will anger the Gods.

I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, the local chief of Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia, the country's peak Hindu organization told Bloomberg: "I would strongly recommend against any new developments that impact the temple. These things are sensitive in Bali. The Balinese don't tend to speak up, but these things related to the sacredness of the temple are very sensitive, only the enforcement is too weak."

HPI Note: Our island of Kauai, where Hinduism Today and HPI are produced, has the same restriction in its county building codes: nothing may be built taller than 48 feet, four stories, based on the height of a coconut tree.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/1/28 18:23:56 ( 287 reads )


Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Just Released: Body, Self and Consciousness According to Tirumular's Tirumandiram: A Comparative Study with Kashmir Saivism

Posted on 2017/1/24 20:30:07 ( 691 reads )


INDIA, January 24, 2017 (International Journal Dharma Studies, by Drs. G. Anand and S. Menon): A new study of the Tirumandiram, the earliest known Tamil treatise on yoga, while elaborating on its monistic theism and metaphysics, also examines the shared philosophical thoughts between the monistic Kashmir Saivism and Tamil Siddha mystics. It describes Tirumular's analysis of consciousness, the impurities of egoity (anava), delusion (maya) and karma which hide the soul's innate divinity as Siva, the types of souls according to the degree by which they are affected by these impurities, the limiting factors (tattvas), the five states of consciousness, and the nine higher states of consciousness with turya, the supreme state beyond waking, dreaming, deep sleep. Kashmir Saiva concepts of souls and states of consciousness are also described and compared with those in the Tirumandiram.

Much more of this lengthy and informative article at "source" above.

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