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Student in Trouble for Posting Hindu Swastika
Posted on 2015/3/25 18:37:08 ( 717 reads )

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WASHINGTON D.C., March 24, 2015 (WTOP): A senior law professor at George Washington University is blasting the school for a decision to crack down on a student who posted an image of a Hindu swastika on a bulletin board. The student, a Jewish man, posted the religious symbol on a bulletin board belonging to his largely-Jewish fraternity on March 16. University President Steven Knapp issued a statement calling the display "utterly unacceptable." The symbol has long been associated with hatred toward Jews, Knapp writes in his statement. And the case has been handed over to D.C. police to be reviewed by the department's hate crimes unit.

The student says the whole incident was a misunderstanding. He claims the symbol he posted was a Hindu symbol representing peace that he brought home from a spring break trip to India. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "The swastika has an extensive history. It was used at least 5,000 years before Adolf Hitler designed the Nazi flag. The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means "good fortune" or "well-being."

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Bhagavad Gita English-Translation Collection, 70+ Books Up For Auction--One Day Left!
Posted on 2015/3/25 18:37:02 ( 714 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, March 25, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today is offering at auction its collection of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. These range from Edwin Arnold's early translation to multiple editions issued since 2000. Condition of books is from new (many of them) to fair or poor condition, mostly depending on age.

To see the Ebay auction with a complete list of authors, titles, dates of publication and condition, click "source" above. Bidding started at $101 and is now at $310. Auction ends March 26th at 4:46 pm Hawaii time. There is no reserve.

Direct link to auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bhagavad-Gita ... ranslation-/281632110136?

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/25 18:36:56 ( 606 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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Oxford University Cancels Lectures by Dr. Subramanian Swamy (on India's Economy) and Rajiv Malhotra (on "Revisionist History")
Posted on 2015/3/24 16:29:35 ( 992 reads )

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LONDON, ENGLAND, March 23, 2015 (Press Release from National Council of Hindu Temples UK): Following a series of meetings between prominent and influential members of Oxford University's academic faculty and members of the Oxford India Society on Friday, March 20th, a decision was taken to cancel the lectures of Dr. Subramaniam Swami and Rajiv Malhotra during an April 3 to 6th event at Oxford University, citing 'logistical and internal issues.' We [NCHTUK] have asked for further clarification as to the reasons and justification and await clarification. In light of this very significant development, Shri Rajiv Malhotraji who had been battling health issues to ensure his participation at the events, has now bowed to his physicians recommendation not to travel, and will be participating fully in all of the remaining events by live video conference. Dr. Subramanian Swamy remains undeterred and unsurprised and will be present and will join the other speakers at the remaining events as planned.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy was to speak on "Economic development over the years and new reforms need to take India forward," and Rajiv Malhotra on "Rethinking Indian history based on the book Breaking India: Western interventions in Dravidian and Dalit faultlines."

"We are stunned that a leading British University that should be championing free speech and freedom of thought, has taken such a cowardly decision. We cannot allow the appeasement of extremists to stifle cherished values and I fear this decision will reflect very badly on Oxford University and their much publicized "free rigorous thinking" credentials." Satish K Sharma, General Secretary, National Council of Hindu Temples (UK)

Of interest will be this online petition (mostly aimed at Dr. Subramaniam Swami) by "Oxford Students" on change.org requesting the lectures be cancelled:

https://www.change.org/p/oxford-india- ... custom_msg&fb_ref=Default

And this somewhat defensive post by the same group when the lectures actually were canceled, apparently to their surprise:

https://www.change.org/p/oxford-india- ... y-and-malhotra/u/10161516

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Anita Ratnam tells A Million Sitas
Posted on 2015/3/24 16:29:29 ( 729 reads )

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, March 20, 2015 (NYU Steinhardt school of music): Through the lens of Sita, timeless icon of womanhood, Anita Ratnam refracts and reweaves the many strands of the majestic and sweeping Hindu epic. One of India's most celebrated dance-actors, Ratnam brings storytelling, theatre, and dance to her rendering of Sita, who stands at the epicenter of this story of love, honor, courage, treachery, and sacrifice.

Dr. Anita Ratnam, one of India's most renowned performers, describes herself as a "contemporary classicist" whose solo work re-imagines notions of what is sacred and what is secular from within the framework of her life and experience. Her ability to connect through storytelling, musical theatre, and gesture to a wide variety of audiences has led to international engagements in diverse venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Korzo Theatre in The Hague, Substation Singapore, Newark Museum, and Peabody Essex Museum in the US. arangham.com.
All shows, scheduled for May 3, 2015 at 3.00 p.m, are at the historic Provincetown Playhouse at 133 MacDougal Street, New York City, and are appropriate for adults and children over 12.

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Bhagavad Gita English-Translation Collection, 70+ Books Up For Auction--Ending in Two Days
Posted on 2015/3/24 16:29:23 ( 745 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, March 22, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today is offering at auction its collection of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. These range from Edwin Arnold's early translation to multiple editions issued since 2000. Condition of books is from new (many of them) to fair or poor condition, mostly depending on age.

To see the Ebay auction with a complete list of authors, titles, dates of publication and condition, click "source" above. Bidding started at $101 and is now at $300. Auction ends March 26th. There is no reserve.

Direct link to auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bhagavad-Gita ... ranslation-/281632110136?

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/24 16:29:16 ( 690 reads )

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Parents must teach children to appreciate those who are different, those who believe differently; teach them the openness that they need to live in a pluralistic world where others have their unique ways, their life and culture; teach them the value of human diversity and the narrow-mindedness of a provincial outlook; give them the tools to live in a world of differences without feeling threatened, without forcing their ways or their will on others; teach them that it never helps to hurt another of our brothers or sisters.
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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Modi Visits War-Hit Jaffna, Visits Keerimalai Temple
Posted on 2015/3/23 10:44:07 ( 930 reads )

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SRI LANKA, March 22, 2015 (by Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times): Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured Tamil minorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday of India's support in their fight for equal political rights during a highly symbolic first visit by an Indian premier to the island nation's war-scarred Tamil heartland since the end of the civil war. Modi's trip to Jaffna came a day after he nudged Colombo to give greater autonomy to the Tamil community through early implementation of the 13th Amendment on devolution of powers to Tamils that was introduced by an India-Sri Lanka pact in 1987 under former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.To this, Northern Province chief minister and Tamil leader CV Wigneswaran asked that India be the guarantor for the political rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"Unity, peace and amity are essential ingredients for equitable development where there is respect for all citizens," Modi said at the auditorium of the historic Jaffna public library after unveiling a plaque for a cultural centre built with Indian help. Later, the PM handed over 27,000 houses built with Indian assistance to Tamils displaced by the civil war as part of New Delhi's efforts to help in the reconciliation process. "I am glad this program is my final public programme during my Sri Lanka visit, and is one to wipe away tears from the eyes of those who suffered," he said. "These houses are not merely walls of bricks and stone. These houses are an effort to make the lives of those who have suffered happier."

Modi offered prayers at Keerimalai Naguleswaram temple, a famous Hindu temple north of Jaffna, as he concluded a packed four-hour visit to the former war zone. "Feeling blessed," he tweeted later.

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Ma Yoga Shakti Attains Maha Samadhi
Posted on 2015/3/23 10:44:00 ( 889 reads )

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FLORIDA, USA, March 22, 2015 (Announcement from Yogashakti Mission): "Our Beloved Guru Her Holiness Maha Mandaleshwar Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati left her physical body February 20, 2015 and attained Maha Samadhi. Hers was a life dedicated to service. Through deep devotion to God, strong determination, single-mindedness, and constant tapas, Mataji has been able to accomplish so much. Not only are her spiritual and material accomplishments enormous, but more importantly she has personally touched, transformed, and elevated countless lives. She was truly a loving Mother who showered her blessings on all that came to her. She will remain in our hearts forever." She was born April 6, 1927.

Ma was a long-time friend of Hinduism Today's founder, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami; the two first meeting in the late 70s. We wrote about her in the May, 1988, issue of Hinduism Today (http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/ ... ction/item.php?itemid=519), and named her "Hindu of the Year" in 2000 (http://www.yogashakti.org/ma_yogashakti/awards.php).

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Bhagavad Gita English-Translation Collection, 70+ Books Up For Auction--Ending in Three Days
Posted on 2015/3/23 10:43:54 ( 804 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, March 22, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today is offering at auction its collection of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. These range from Edwin Arnold's early translation to multiple editions issued since 2000. Condition of books is from new (many of them) to fair or poor condition, mostly depending on age.

To see the Ebay auction with a complete list of authors, titles and dates of publication, click "source" above. Bidding started at $101 and is not at $281. Auction ends March 26th. There is no reserve.

Direct link to auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bhagavad-Gita ... ranslation-/281632110136?

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/23 10:43:48 ( 690 reads )

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Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
-- Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship

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City Abuzz with Cheti Chand Preparations
Posted on 2015/3/22 18:15:43 ( 803 reads )

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LUCKNOW, March 20, 2015 (TNN): Ahead of Cheti Chand festival, falling on March 21, this year, members of the Sindhi community in the city have already made special arrangements. The festival is celebrated by the Sindhi diaspora across the world in honor of the birth of their patron saint Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal.

As Sindhis believe Jhulelal to be the Varunavtaar (incarnation of Lord Varuna), water holds a very important place in the festival. The women prepare the puja thaal for the Baharana Sahib procession with an oil lamp, fruits, coconut, flowers, leaves along with a Deity of Jhulelal which is very carefully submersed in the river praying for the wellness of the community. Considering the day to be the most auspicious, businessmen of the community open new account books, undertake new ventures and even properties are bought and booked around the occasion.

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Free Yoga Classes for 3.1 Million Government Employees and Their Families
Posted on 2015/3/22 18:15:37 ( 852 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, March 20, 2015 (NDTV): "The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is organising regular yoga training sessions from April 1, 2015, for the benefit of central government employees and their dependents," an official order issued today said. The sessions will be held all days except Sundays or gazetted holidays at Grih Kalyan Kendra, Samaj Sadan in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in Delhi. No registration or training fees will be charged. There are about 3.1 million central government employees working across the country.

The central government has been emphasizing on popularizing use of traditional medicine and yoga among others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year in his speech at the United Nations appealed to the international community to adopt an International Yoga Day. Last December, UN General Assembly declared June 21 as International Yoga Day.

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Bhagavad Gita English-Translation Collection, 70+ Books Up For Auction--Ending in Four Days
Posted on 2015/3/22 18:15:31 ( 807 reads )

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KAUAI, HAWAII, March 22, 2015 (Hinduism Today): Hinduism Today is offering at auction its collection of English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. These range from Edwin Arnold's early translation to multiple editions issued since 2000. Condition of books is from new (many of them) to fair or poor condition, mostly depending on age.

To see the Ebay auction with a complete list of authors, titles and dates of publication, click "source" above. Bidding started at $101 and is not at $281. Auction ends March 26th. There is no reserve.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/3/22 18:15:25 ( 501 reads )

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O Mother! Let all my speech be your prayer; let all my crafts and technology be your worship and be the mystic gestures of my hand, adorning you. May all my movements become your devotional circumambulations. May everything I eat or drink be oblations to you. Let my lying down in rest and sleep be prostrations to you. Mother! Whatever I do, may all that become a sacramental service and worship for you.
-- Adi Sankaracharya's 'Hymn to the Divine Mother'

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