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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/19 16:02:59 ( 491 reads )

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Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her, it is best to bear with those who despise us.
-- Tirukkural

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Excellent YouTube Video on Promoting Dharma Through Education
Posted on 2014/11/13 17:29:29 ( 1188 reads )

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, November 11, 2014 (YouTube.com): Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF)--is dedicated to the idea of unfolding dharma for the well being of the individual and the world by promoting the understanding of India's civilization, religion and culture through education.

Hindu dharma, also called Sanatana Dharma, is the oldest spiritual tradition in the world. It gave rise to the wisdom traditions indigenous to India--Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. This 10-minute DCF YouTube video presents the unique challenges of preserving the authenticity of these dharma traditions within the modern educational system.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/13 17:29:23 ( 794 reads )

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Let me tell you the truth: there is nothing wrong in your being in the world. But you must direct your mind towards God; otherwise you will not succeed. Do your duty with one hand and with the other hold to God. After the duty is over, you will hold to God with both hands.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

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Chidambaram Priests Heading for Another Legal Tangle
Posted on 2014/11/12 18:34:58 ( 834 reads )

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CHIDAMBARAM, INDIA, November 12, 2014 (The Hindu): The Podhu Dikshithars of the Sri Sabanayagar Temple here (the Nataraja temple) seem to be heading for another legal tangle over the conferment of the title Uthsav Acharya. The title is conferred on a Dikshithar through the draw of lots before organizing very special events such as kumbabhishekam and yagnas and important festivals being held in the Tamil months of Aani and Margazhi.

For the conduct of the Margazhi festival in 2012, the Podhu Dikshithars' Committee selected S. Swarna Sabesa Dikshithar as Uthsav Acharya. However, after his selection, it was found that he was not living with his wife, a prerequisite for the title. [In this South Indian tradition, a temple priest can only fulfill his duties after his marriage, and has to give them up upon the death of his wife]. Therefore, the committee took back the title from him and instead selected S.V. Nagabushana Dikshithar to perform the rituals.

However, for the coming Margazhi event scheduled for December 27, Swarna Sabesa Dikshithar has staked his claim for the title. He told reporters here recently that there were no rules that prevented a Dikshthar, who got estranged from his spouse, from holding the title. He also filed a case in the Chidambaram Munsif Court. In response, Bhaskar Dikshithar, secretary of the committee, told reporters that the affairs of the temple were managed as per the rules and tenets for thousands of years. All the events were being conducted as per Agamas and Sastras.

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Environment-Friendly Paint used in Ranganathaswamy Temple Renovation
Posted on 2014/11/12 18:34:51 ( 839 reads )

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The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department has decided to apply environment-friendly painting on all towers (gopurams) and the rajagopuram of the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.This is the first time that the emulsion paint is being used. Although a bit expensive, it is not only more durable but can withstand bad weather conditions also particularly heat during summer. Explaining the advantages of this water-based emulsion paint over the conventional material, sources said that upper layers of the painted surface got peeled off in course of time due to heat and rain under the old method. The temple accounts for 26 gopurams apart from the massive structure of rajagopuram and 33 vimanams.

The HR and CE Department has fixed December 31 as the deadline for completing the painting process. Periodical meeting with sthapathis is being held to review the progress of the painting programme. Work on renovation of the temple began in June this year.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/12 18:34:36 ( 790 reads )

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Like the household fire, devotees seek the glory of the Lord even from afar and enshrine it in their inner chamber for enlightenment. The glory of our Lord is full of splendor, all-illuminative and worthy to be honored in every heart.
-- Rig Veda 7.1.2

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Temples Vandalized in Brahmanbaria
Posted on 2014/11/9 17:17:09 ( 961 reads )

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BANGLADESH, November 11, 2014 (Bdnews24): Five temples have been vandalised in a Brahmanbaria village following allegation that a Hindu man had defamed Prophet Muhammad on Facebook, police say. The temples -- Loknath Mandir, Kali Mandir, Ramthakurer Mandir, Doyamoy Mandir, and Anukul Thakurer Mandir -- are located at Lalpur village in Ashuganj Upazila.

Police have detained three Lalpur residents - Md Babul Mia, 21, Md Rasel Mia, 20, and Md Jewel Mia, 18 - for the attacks. A case is being filed over the incident. Ashuganj police OC Abu Zafar said a band of men vandalized one Debashish Das Sohel's house in Lalpur on Wednesday claiming he had made derogatory comments on Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Sohel was accused in a case under the ICT Act and was detained the same night. Zafar added a group of stick-wielding men vandalized five temples in Lalpur on Friday night over the alleged defamation.

Dilip Dasgupta, a local, said some people brandishing sticks took out a procession in the village on Friday evening."They attacked the five temples simultaneously later in the night," he said.

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Accentuate Life, Negate Suicide
Posted on 2014/11/9 17:17:03 ( 868 reads )

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GUYANA, November 8, 2014 (Guyana Chronicle, Editorial by Cecil Ramkirath): In terms of population, the number of suicides in Guyana is alarmingly high. This situation is most distressing and sad and it represents a clarion call for action. Now mere words are no longer enough. There has to be concerted action at the national and local level to address and directly confront this rising scourge. Silence is not an option. But the silence of our pandits, priests, and national civic and religious leaders is almost deafening. To what avail are our many yagnas if we cannot save our youths from this utterly dark and eternally destructible path.

Educators have a crucial role to play in stopping this rising tide of suicide. While academic excellence is commendable, teachers have to inculcate in their students the equally important life skills that will ensure that they can cope well with the pressures of growing up and be able to face the bitterly cold, selfish, harsh and cruel winds of the real world.

The great poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, "Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them/Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it."

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/9 17:16:56 ( 702 reads )

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He is the Supreme Brahman, the Self of all, the chief foundation of this world, subtler than the subtle, eternal. That thou art; thou art That.
-- Atharva Veda, Kaivalya Upanishad

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Rare Mukhalinga on Display in Vietnam
Posted on 2014/11/8 17:15:59 ( 898 reads )

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VIETNAM, November 24, 2013 (Thanhnien News): A Hindu lingam with Shiva's face carved into it was placed on display at the My Son Champa ruins in central Vietnam Saturday, becoming the first intact mukhalinga to be exhibited in Southeast Asia.

The statue is estimated to date back to the 7th or 8th centuries. It was uncovered in November of last year as rains eroded the ground, around 33 feet from the temple of My Son, which is a complex of Cham temple ruins in Quang Nam Province, not far from Hoi An.

Mukhalingas, lingams with the faces of humans and Gods, began appearing in northern India during the 1st to 3rd centuries. The item on display made from a block of brownish gold sandstone stands 5 feet high, with the Shiva bust on the round head.

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How Love Emerges in Arranged Marriages
Posted on 2014/11/8 17:15:53 ( 902 reads )

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FINLAND, November 7, 2014, (By Samuli Kangaslampi): Despite the prevalence of autonomous ("love") marriages in "Western" countries, most marriages in the world are still arranged by parents or matchmakers. Quite a number of studies have been conducted comparing and contrasting arranged marriages and autonomous marriages. Such studies have arrived at somewhat mixed results as regards love and satisfaction in these two types of marriages. However, overall, most of the evidence suggests that there is at least as much love in arranged marriages as in autonomous ones, and that love in such marriages grows over time as opposed to autonomous marriages where it tends to diminish over time. Similarly, satisfaction seems to be at the same level or better in arranged marriages as in autonomous ones.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/8 17:15:47 ( 629 reads )

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Discipline your speech. Speak the truth at all costs. Speak little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words. Never condemn, criticize or discourage. Do not raise your voice and shout at little children or subordinates.
-- Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963)

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Alagappa Alagappan, Founder of the Flushing Ganesha Temple, Passes on at 88
Posted on 2014/11/3 17:11:03 ( 1130 reads )

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 1, 2014 (New York Times): In 1968, on a trip to his native India, Alagappa Alagappan dreamed that an ancient Hindu God told him to visit a medium. So he did, and on his first visit the medium read palm leaves to tell him that Lord Ganesha wanted to settle in a city beginning with the letter N.

By the time of his death, on Oct. 24 at the age of 88, Mr. Alagappan, a retired United Nations official who lived in Queens, had become "the father of the temple-building movement in North America," as a Hindu leader in Texas wrote in an email to Mr. Alagappan's family.

Mr. Alagappan started the project close to home, in his adopted city whose name began with N [New York]. Mr. Alagappan helped form the Hindu Temple Society of North America, which in 1977 opened a temple in Flushing, Queens (a borough of New York City). Today there are 700 Hindu temples in the United States, serving a Hindu population that since 1965 has increased thirtyfold, to about 1.5 million.

HPI Note: Our founder, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, knew Alagappan and was a strong supporter of Flushing Ganesha temple in its early years, encouraging him to set an example of traditional orthodox worship for future Hindu temples in the US.

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Sanskrit and Russian: Ancient Kinship
Posted on 2014/11/3 17:10:57 ( 1195 reads )

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INDIA/RUSSIA, November 3, 2014 (by Rakesh Krishnan Simha, In.Rbth): When was the last time you had a shot of vodka? Well, next time you have one, remember that this Russian word has its origins in the Vedic Sanskrit word for water - udaka. The striking similarities in Sanskrit and Russian indicate that during some period of history, the speakers of the two languages lived close together. While it is commonly known that both languages belong to the Indo-European family of languages, most people believe the relation between Russian and Sanskrit is as distant as that between Persian and Sanskrit or Latin and Sanskrit. Linguist and author W.R. Rishi writes in his book "India & Russia: Linguistic & Cultural Affinity" that Russian and Sanskrit share a deeper connection.

According to Rishi, the relation between these two languages is very close and correspondence between these two languages is so minute that it cannot be attributed to mere chance. "The facts...lead us to conclude that during some period of history the speakers of Sanskrit and Russian lived close together." The two languages have two broad similarities. One, Russian is the only European language that shares a strong common grammatical base with Sanskrit. Secondly, both Russian and Sanskrit are pleasing to the ear. The very name Sanskrit means carefully constructed, systematically formed, polished and refined. Colonial era linguist William Jones wrote: "Sanskrit language is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either."

Linguist S. Zharnikova writes in Science & Life: "There are many Russian names and words in Russian the origin of which can easily be traced with the help of the Sanskrit language. What explains the similarities? Vedic Sanskrit was spoken as late as 300 BCE but its antiquity may stretch back thousands of years from that date. Russian may either be the result of ancient Indians taking their language and culture from the banks of the Saraswati river to the banks of the Ob River (in Siberia). The discovery of Shiva statues in Central Asia and Russia points to the spread of Hindu culture far beyond the Indian heartland.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/11/3 17:10:51 ( 871 reads )

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The son's duty to his father is to make the world ask, "by what great austerities did he merit such a son?"
-- Tirukkural

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