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Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/1/30 19:11:39 ( 310 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 ( 493 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 ( 526 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 ( 356 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 ( 277 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 ( 391 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 ( 297 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 ( 308 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 ( 294 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 ( 706 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.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/1/24 20:29:56 ( 336 reads )


Hinduism is such a joyous religion, freed of all the mental encumbrances that are prevalent in the various Western faiths. It is freed of the notion of a vengeful God. It is freed of the notion of eternal suffering. It is freed from the notion of original sin. It is freed from the notion of a single spiritual path, a One Way.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

Christian Group Shuts Down India Operations After Restrictions on Foreign NGOs Take Effect

Posted on 2017/1/23 19:41:13 ( 559 reads )


INDIA, January 17, 2017 (Christianity Today): "We want to be honest with you, there is very little hope." So wrote Compassion International to its 130,000 sponsors of Indian children this past Friday. One week after sharing the good news of four nations no longer needing child sponsors due to the passion of millennials, the ministry shared the bad news of another nation that will probably not need child sponsors due to government interference.

A little more than a year after the Indian government told Compassion that it [and many other foreign NGOs] could no longer receive funding from outside the subcontinent, the humanitarian organization will likely be closing its last operations there. "Since we can no longer distribute funds to our field offices, we have just had to notify our India country staff that we must formally close our field offices in India by March 15," Compassion told sponsors by email. Compassion, which has been working in India for more than 48 years, said it has tried everything in the last 10 months to stay afloat.

The Indian government objects to Compassion's Christianity, according to the ministry's testimony to US lawmakers. Hindu nationalists have put increasing pressure on Christians in India since the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.

HPI note: According to a July 19, 2016, Indian Express report here:
http://indianexpress.com/article/indi ... reign-funds-govt-2924258/

"As many as 14,222 NGOs were barred from receiving foreign funds in the past four years for violating norms, the government said on Tuesday. Of these, the largest number of 10,020 Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) were barred last year. A total of 4138, 4 and 59 NGOs were restrained from receiving foreign contributions in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha."

The article also provides a link to a government website (https://fcraonline.nic.in/home/index.aspx) with a complete list of the organizations so barred.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/1/23 19:41:03 ( 315 reads )


The tragedy of human history is that there is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts.
-- Swami Chinamayananda, (1916-1993)

The UK Caste Issue Heats Up

Posted on 2017/1/22 20:16:36 ( 525 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, January 19, 2017 (BBC): India's caste system is among the world's oldest surviving forms of social stratification. However, some British Asians say they still experience discrimination due to their caste. So, why are so many Hindu bodies in the UK opposed to this being made illegal?

Sudesh Rani was shopping in the Home Counties two years ago when she experienced such discrimination first hand. The 42-year-old from Bedford identifies herself as Ravidassia -- a group regarded by some as at the lower end of the caste system. She says she was in a supermarket when two women began verbally abusing her. Ms. Rani says the police did not know how to handle her complaint, because they had no idea about caste. Campaigners say cases like this highlight why caste legislation is needed in the UK.

In 2010, conversations began in the House of Lords about making caste discrimination illegal. A clause proposed for the Equality Act is currently awaiting the result of a public consultation. However, many Hindu organizations are against legislation and there is controversy over the extent to which caste is a feature of Hindu religion. Some academics have claimed the caste system was introduced in its current guise during colonial rule in an attempt by the British authorities to classify and better understand the Indian society they were governing. They assert that Indians have started behaving as if part of a caste hierarchy as a result of being taught to. Legislating on caste is complex business, not least as many Hindus do not accept caste is an integral feature of the Hindu religion.

More at "source" above.

Caste Legislation, an Unacceptable Attack on Indian Traditions

Posted on 2017/1/22 20:16:26 ( 415 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, January 9, 2017 (Anti-Caste Legislation Committee, an editorial): You will be aware of the government's impending consultation on whether the clause on caste in the Equality Act should be implemented. The caste law is being promoted as a way to attack some ordinary but significant aspects of the Indian traditions and will create a great deal of hurt and resentment against the British legal system as well as community cohesion. Even though the caste clause has not been effected, the dangers are already manifest in the unwarranted judicial extension of the case law to caste.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission Study on the caste legislation released in 2014 stated that the Equality Act scope should be applied as widely as possible to caste. In several instances, parliamentarians supporting the law have sought not only to attack what they fictitiously perceive as the hierarchical and oppressive caste system, but they wish to mount an attack on caste wherever they see it.

Those advocating the caste legislation have within their sights ordinary practices within the Indian traditions as their target. The spectre of marriage is often raised as the key to the caste system and thus relentlessly attacked. One academic who indulges in such attacks has previously accused British Indians of practicing "apartheid" through the caste system. They recommended the law should help identify and eliminate marriage practices based on caste.

More at "source" above.

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