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NCHT UK Announces Formation of the British Board of Hindu Scholars
Posted on 2014/3/31 18:49:51 ( 537 reads )

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LONDON, March 31, 2013 (Press Release of National Council of Hindu Temple UK): The last decade has seen a dramatic upsurge in the area of "Indology" the academic study of Hindus and their civilization and typically this involves non-Hindus dissecting and commenting upon what they think we Hindus are all about. Of late, this has developed a nasty unpleasant streak where members of other religions, (very very commonly members of the Church), usually "academics", have openly taken to demeaning and humiliating Hindus and Sanatan Dharma, on a global scale. This is done usually by deliberately misrepresenting the contents of Hindu Sacred texts or by misrepresenting historical events. The British Board of Hindu Scholars has been established to provide an authoritative scholarly source of the unpolluted essence contained in the oldest scriptures known to the Human race, without the taint caused by either very poor quality academic ability, or deliberate religiously motivated intellectual terrorism.

As "source" is a quick video (no more than a few minutes worth!) to introduce the BBHS.

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CORRECTION FOR SOURCE URL: Indian Pandits Attack Sheriff's Truck at Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa
Posted on 2014/3/31 18:49:44 ( 399 reads )

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FAIRFIELD, IOWA, US, March 22, 2014 (Altoona Herald, by Rekha Basu): Whatever you call what happened, it was an unfortunate introduction to the community of 350 Indian "pandits" and their purpose here. Curious about what could have provoked purveyors of peace to such disruptive measures, I spent a couple of days last week in Fairfield and nearby Maharishi Vedic City, the municipality where the pandits live -- in a large, fenced-in compound out of view. I toured it, talked to leaders of the program, members of the Fairfield community and local, state and federal officials.

"Maharishi saw that America plays a leading part in the fate of people around the world, so we should bring large groups of pandits to America to make sure America stays on the track of world peace," said Bill Goldstein, dean of Global Country and the legal counsel for the Fairfield university. He launched the program with donated funds -- he didn't reveal the budget -- hoping to bring in as many as 1,200 priests for 30-month stays.

The priests get room and meals plus a mere $200 a month, $150 of which is deposited in Indian bank accounts for their families. Administrators say that was decided by program heads in India. The priests have placed makeshift barriers from the cold or sun over their shadeless windows. They have a recreation space, prayer centers and a courtyard where they play cricket. They have no access to the Internet or cellphone communications (they buy prepaid calling cards to phone home) and their TV viewing choices are limited to Indian news programs via satellite in a common area.[For more details from this investigative piece see 'source' above.



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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/3/31 18:49:37 ( 340 reads )

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Today is in your hands. Tomorrow the chance may never come.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society

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Bali Temples Boost Security
Posted on 2014/3/28 17:44:59 ( 501 reads )

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DENPASAR, BALI, March 21, 2014 (The Bali Daily): The Jagatnatha Temple in Denpasar said it had increased security measures by assigning special guards to accompany the existing pemangku (priests) that had been guarding the temple. The decision was in follow-up to the thefts of pretima -- small, sacred effigies usually made of precious woods and bedecked with jewels -- from 34 temples since 2008. The Bali Police successfully resolved several cases late last year and arrested some suspects, including a priest.

The most high-profile case occurred in 2010 and involved an Italian art collector, Roberto Gamba, who was believed to be the mastermind behind a ring of thieves. The police and prosecutors, however, failed to prove that accusation and Gamba was only charged with fencing stolen goods and punished with a brief sentence of five months' imprisonment before being deported to his home country.

Indonesian Parisadha Hindu Council (PHDI) and scores of Hindu organizations demanded the police not release the confiscated items. The police caved in and agreed to shift the custody of more than 400 confiscated pretima to Bali Museum. Council deputy chairman Ketut Pasek said, "stolen pretima are considered defiled, no longer sacred and no temple wants them, explaining why no temple took the stolen pretima after they were recovered by the police.

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95% Of Pakistan's Hindu Temples Put To Commercial Use
Posted on 2014/3/28 17:44:53 ( 654 reads )

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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, March 25, 2014 (Tribune): Out of 428 Hindu places of worship in the country, 408 have been converted into commercial use including toy stores, restaurants, government offices and schools after 1990, a survey has found. Another shocking figure disclosed in the survey conducted by the All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement (PHRM) was that only 20 Hindu temples out of the 428 places of worship are operational.

"The remaining places of worship have been leased for commercial and residential purposes by the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), said PHRM Chairman Haroon Sarab Diyal. The 135,000 acres of land owned by around four million Hindus is now under ETPB's control.

Representatives of the Hindu community also wrote to all the chief ministers of the four provinces but have not received a response yet, Diyal added. He urged the government to hand over these religious places to the Hindu community to mitigate their resentment and fear of being forced to leave their homeland.

"Even if we have control of the temples, local residents dump oil drums, utensils and animals around them," complained Diyal. However, Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Yousaf assured that the Evacuee Trust has already been directed to gather the data pertaining to all religious places owned by minority communities. "At least, [all this] did not happen during our government's tenure," he said when he was informed of the survey's findings. "I'll take up this matter with minorities' leaders. It's a serious matter." A committee will be constituted to address these concerns, he routinely added.

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Stanford: Big Bang Tremors May Back Physicist's Universe-Birth Theory
Posted on 2014/3/28 17:44:47 ( 391 reads )

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CALIFORNIA, U.S., March 17, 2014 (Mercury News): In the beginning, there was nothing. And then, in an explosive instant: Everything. That explains not just Stanford physicist Andrei Linde's landmark theory, but also his moment of epiphany, in Moscow 30 years ago, that transformed our understanding of the beginnings of the universe. Astronomers announced new findings last week that, if corroborated, validate his pioneering vision that the universe was born in a fraction of a second, expanding exponentially from a size smaller than a proton.

Last Monday, a team of scientists reported that a telescope at the South Pole had detected gravitational waves that are the first tremors of the Big Bang, when the universe was a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old. The news, heralded as one of cosmology's biggest discoveries, lends "smoking gun" evidence to Linde's once-radical Chaotic Inflation theory about the universe's violent expansion.

"Even if one tries to interpret our results in religious terms, I think that it would be such a waste of energy for 'God' not to use this way of creating a universe -- to take a milligram of matter and then the universe does the rest of the job by itself, producing infinite number of universes," he said.

If there was a creator of the universe, was the work signed? Is there a hidden message? The inflationary expansion could make it too huge to read, he concedes. But perhaps the message is encoded in the laws of that universe -- legible only to physicists. The thought brings him joy. "Maybe God is a physicist hacker," Linde laughed. Then he turned quiet. "I am not so sure this is just a joke."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/3/28 17:44:41 ( 334 reads )

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As to a mountain that's enflamed, deer and birds do not resort--so, with knowers of God, sins find no shelter.
-- Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitreya Upanishads 6.18

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Indian Pandits Attack Sheriff's Truck at Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa
Posted on 2014/3/27 18:40:00 ( 679 reads )

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Whatever you call what happened, it was an unfortunate introduction to the community of 350 Indian "pandits" and their purpose here. Curious about what could have provoked purveyors of peace to such disruptive measures, I spent a couple of days last week in Fairfield and nearby Maharishi Vedic City, the municipality where the pandits live -- in a large, fenced-in compound out of view. I toured it, talked to leaders of the program, members of the Fairfield community and local, state and federal officials.

"Maharishi saw that America plays a leading part in the fate of people around the world, so we should bring large groups of pandits to America to make sure America stays on the track of world peace," said Bill Goldstein, dean of Global Country and the legal counsel for the Fairfield university. He launched the program with donated funds -- he didn't reveal the budget -- hoping to bring in as many as 1,200 priests for 30-month stays.

The priests get room and meals plus a mere $200 a month, $150 of which is deposited in Indian bank accounts for their families. Administrators say that was decided by program heads in India. The priests have placed makeshift barriers from the cold or sun over their shadeless windows. They have a recreation space, prayer centers and a courtyard where they play cricket. They have no access to the Internet or cellphone communications (they buy prepaid calling cards to phone home) and their TV viewing choices are limited to Indian news programs via satellite in a common area.

[For more details from this investigative piece see 'source' above. The Pandits are in the US on the Religious Worker Visa Progam.]

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Museum Threw Caution To the Winds In Buying Siva Deity: Australian Minister
Posted on 2014/3/27 18:39:47 ( 474 reads )

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AUSTRALIA, March 26, 2014 (The Hindu): India's case for getting back the stolen Nataraja statue strengthened further when Australian Minister for Arts George Brandis criticized the national art museum of the country for its slack practices in purchasing the 1,000-year-old sculpture, allegedly stolen from Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Brandis, who is also the Attorney-General, told Four Corners, the current affairs program of Australia Broadcasting Corporation, that the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) did not "sufficiently comply" with due diligence standards while purchasing the statue. "When there was a sufficient level of doubt about the provenance of the object," the gallery's decision to recommend the purchase "was incautious."

The NGA has been claiming that it followed proper procedures before purchasing the statue from Subhash Kapoor, U.S.-based antiquities dealer now lodged in a Chennai prison for his alleged role in the theft.

The ABC programme has unearthed evidence that dismantles the NGA's claims. The ABC programme also accessed documents that show, Shane Simpson, heritage lawyer with Simpsons Solicitors, Australia, in 2008, cautioning the NGA against the proposed purchase of the Nataraja statue. In his written note, he mentioned that "the available evidence is minimal and inadequate investigations have been carried out." Mr. Simpson warned that the NGA must be aware, "there is an inherent risk in the purchase" and "there is no evidence that provides any clue as to the origin of the object." He even mentioned a possibility that "it was stolen from the original source [for example, a temple]."

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In Pictures: Beautiful Ramayana Manuscript Goes Digital
Posted on 2014/3/27 18:39:35 ( 719 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, March 24, 2014 (BBC): A stunning manuscript of the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, is brought together by the British Library for the first time in 150 years. The 17th century manuscript was split between Britain and India in the early 19th century and has been reunited in digital form by the British Library and the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai. It is considered one of the most beautiful versions of the Ramayana, produced in the 17th century for the royal court in Rajastan.

Slideshow at source.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/3/27 18:39:29 ( 365 reads )

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No fruit is too heavy for the tender creeper. Similarly, a mother will always find some means to support her child.
-- Tamil Proverb

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Madurai's Meenakshi Temple Re-Dedicates East Gopuram in Large Ceremony
Posted on 2014/3/26 17:50:00 ( 459 reads )

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MADURAI, INDIA, March 24, 2013 (The Hindu): Thousands of devotees witnessed the kumbabishekam of Sri Thirumarainathar Temple in Tiruvathavur, performed after a gap of 14 years, on Wednesday. The Sri Thirumarainathar Temple, which is more than 1,600 years old, is one of the sub-temples of Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.

The temple was renovated ahead of the kumbabishekam at a cost of about US$165,000, said P. Jayaraman, Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Department and Executive Officer of Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here.

About 120 sivachariyars performed special pujas at the grand yagasala, specially constructed for the kumbabishekam, from Sunday evening to Wednesday morning. "The special pujas at the yagasala concluded at 10.15 a.m. on Wednesday. Following this, pujas were performed on the vimanas of the Deities - Lord Thirumarainathar, Goddess Vedanayaki Amman and Manickavasagar," Mr.Jayaraman said. Abishekams to the deities and deeparadhana followed the pujas.

The temple is located at the birthplace of Manickavasagar, who wrote Thiruvasagam, a book of Shaiva hymns. The temple was adorned with floral decorations for the occasion and after the kumbabishekam, blessed food was provided to the devotees, Mr.Jayaraman added.

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Why Hindus Are a Happy People
Posted on 2014/3/26 17:44:15 ( 553 reads )

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November 29, 2013 (Positive Bunch by K. S. Kumar): There are many reasons why Hindus are so contented, but I'll point out some of the important reasons I believe that Hindus are happier than most people of many other religions. One important reason is that Hindus don't pursue love, which is sometimes lust, but they follow dharma. That means taking care of the family and society. But an even more important reason is that Hindus believe in reincarnation (karma), which means every human being is at a different level of consciousness so they have different needs in spirituality.

Hinduism provides this as it gives complete freedom of thoughts and beliefs. There are some Hindus who are happy doing pujas and others are happy doing yagnas, some are happy just doing meditation while others are atheist. There are some who like to go on pilgrimages, while others are happy not having to go to Temple. Some like to read spiritual books or believe in no form for God. Some Hindus enjoy going to Temple or Satsang while others like to follow and worship a Guru. People of different levels of consciousness are all happy doing their thing.

Hindus are also happy because they respect and love people of all religions, and believe in non-violence. Hindus believe God is one but names are many, truth is one but religions are many.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/3/26 17:44:08 ( 332 reads )

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One party says thought is caused by matter, and the other says matter is caused by thought. Both statements are wrong; matter and thought are coexistent. There is a third something of which both matter and thought are products.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

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Myanmar's Tamils Seek To Protect Their Identity
Posted on 2014/3/25 17:31:36 ( 361 reads )

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UNITED KINGDOM, March 5, 2014 (BBC):People of Indian origin make up of roughly two percent of Myanmar's 55-million population, but the experiences of Tamil people - who comprise the largest group - have veered from one extreme to the other in the past 200 years. After independence in 1948, the introduction of land reforms, the imposition of the Burmese language and the decision to give preferential treatment to the majority Burmese community pushed Tamils down in the social hierarchy. They are now trying to revive their language and culture by opening new schools.

Tamils from south India began migrating to Myanmar - also now known as Burma - during the early 19th Century. But unlike indentured laborers who went from India to countries such as Sri Lanka and South Africa, Tamils in Burma were not taken on by the colonial administration. Instead they worked as agricultural laborers for members of the traditional merchant caste known as Nagarathars.

But their fortunes took a huge downturn during the World War Two and subsequent political upheavals. After the Japanese invasion of Burma, many thousands of Tamils who worked in urban areas for the British colonial administration returned to India.

The imposition of the Burmese language as the medium of instruction - combined with the forced closure of Tamil schools in the 1960s - triggered another wave of reverse migration. But many Tamils have deep roots in the country. They kept a low profile and slowly improved their fortunes by mending their relationship with the majority community and staying away from politics.

Much more at source.

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