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India Court Affirms Christian Priests' Right to Property Despite Poverty Oath

Posted on 2017/6/18 19:28:17 ( 653 reads )


KOCHI, INDIA, June 16, 2016 (Religion News Service): A high court in southern India has ruled that Christian priests and nuns are entitled to their right to property despite their vows of poverty, signaling an end to a centuries-old tradition that has left many in the clergy destitute. In its order last week in favor of a priest whose relatives cut him out of his share of ancestral property, the court in Kerala state said a priest can give up his property if he wishes to, but there can be no "automatic deprivation" because he is in a religious order and has "renounced worldly pleasures." The ruling applies to all religions in the state, and to women in a religious order as well.

The high court, which overturned a lower court's ruling against the priest, placed the Indian Succession Act -- which guarantees all citizens equal inheritance rights -- above canon law, which requires the surrender of any inheritance to the church, said Sabu George, a lawyer for the priest. The Catholic priests' association has long demanded a state pension and compensation from the church for retired priests and those who leave the clergy. They are often forced to live on a small stipend or depend on the largesse of the parish. A spokesman for the Catholic church in the state said they were disappointed with the ruling, and may appeal.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/18 19:28:07 ( 506 reads )


The key to unusual success lies in one's ability to be sensitive to opportunities as they arise, and more so, in one's courage and willpower to actually act on them. These moments pass quickly and if not seized will often not come again. We are in a flow and must willfully act at the appropriate times to be successful.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Sydney Church to Ban Yoga to Prevent "Spiritual Confusion"

Posted on 2017/6/14 19:30:43 ( 1741 reads )


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, June 13, 2017 (7 News Yahoo): Church officials believe some of the poses done in yoga may lead to spiritual confusion amid a push to remove the exercise from Sydney churches. For many it's a weekly routine, a good way to relax the mind and stretch out. But could it be sacrilegious? From the end of June, the Erskineville Anglican Church will ban yoga classes, citing a 2015 report that found it could breach the first commandment of Christianity ("Thou shalt have no other gods before me").

"It really comes down to the meditation and the mantras that people might chant in the course of the yoga class," South Sydney Anglican Bishop Michael Stead said. "They might be chanting things which actually have a religious connotation without realising what they are." "It's a particular class, which is a particular form of Hindu spirituality, which is problematic for us," Bishop Stead said.

Short video at "source" above.

Trinidad Tobago Hosts Series of Activities to Mark International Day of Yoga

Posted on 2017/6/14 19:30:32 ( 655 reads )

Paras Ramoutar

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD/TOBAGO, June 14, 2017 (HPI): Indian High Commissioner, Shri Bishwadip Dey has launched a series of activities in Trinidad and Tobago marking International Yoga Day. He told scores of guests and media personnel at the Normandie Hotel that yoga is an invaluable gift of Indian ancient tradition for over 6,000 years, and this was recognized world-wide when 193 members of the United Nations passed a resolution on December 11th 2004 declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga (IDY).

The Yoga Meditation Society will organize, "108 Surya Namaskar" at the National Council of Indian Culture's (NCIC) Divali Nagar on Thursday June 15. There will be a yoga awareness campaign by schools from June 17 to 26, yoga exercise at the Board Walk Chaguaramas on June 18, and a yoga fest at Divali Naga on Sunday June 25, from 9.30.a.m Dey said that this year's program is organized by the High Commission of India with the United Nations, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the International Day of Yoga Committee.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/14 19:30:22 ( 457 reads )


A million times they are born and die; In a million follies they forget this. In the darkness of mala they are enveloped. When at last the hidden grace of Siva bursts forth and chases away the night, then comes the moment for the soul to renounce, and it then becomes a radiant light.
-- Tirumantiram 1615

RSS Women's Wing Focuses on Gender-Specific Roles to Uphold Family Values

Posted on 2017/6/13 19:03:50 ( 617 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 12, 2017 (Indian Express): Over fifty school-going adolescent girls, armed with lathis, swords and knives, with a saffron ribbon tied around their wrists, brandished their weapon-wielding skills in the open courtyard of GLT Saraswati Bal Mandir school in New Delhi on Sunday. This was the culmination of a 15-day training camp, which began on May 27, organized by the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, the right-wing RSS women's wing, which trained the girls to fight while also instilling moral values in them. During the performance, the girls exhibited yoga asanas and later huddled to form pyramids, where they cried in unison, "Bharat maata ki jai!" (Long live India!)

"This is the goal of the sanstha," said Rashtriya Sevika Samiti's Uttar Shetra Karyavahika, Chandrakantha, who was the chief guest at the event. "We teach the girls to be fully empowered and equipped - that is, physically, mentally and spiritually strong, so that a girl is capable of protecting herself and is able to guard her country, its traditions, its sanskriti and its languages. The Samiti instills pride for the nation in her." While training the young girls to combat, the Samiti also teaches them the importance of upholding the family values. Chandrakantha said that at the end of the day, a woman was responsible for keeping the family together as a tight unit.

New Hindu Temple for Switzerland

Posted on 2017/6/13 19:03:40 ( 657 reads )


EMMENBRUeCKE, SWITZERLAND, June 9, 2017 (Obwaldner Zeitung, translated from German): It was a rare religious ceremony for Switzerland: The third Hindu temple of central Switzerland was opened with elaborate rituals. The building is dedicated to the Goddess Sri Rajarajeswary. On Thursday at 5 pm, on Emmenweid Street in the middle of the industrial area of Emmenbruecke, several Tamil women arrived at the scene. But even for the local people, it is difficult to know where to go, as the temple is not recognizable as such from the outside. The temple hall is located on the upper floor of a commercial building. On entering the interior, however, it soon becomes clear that this is a sacred space of a special kind. The first visual impression is overwhelming: in an area of 1,100 square feet there are eleven opulently decorated shrines, which in a few days will serve as a new "home" for numerous murtis.

Countless offerings, coconuts, flower garlands, and vessels with sacred water, which has been brought from the Ganges to Emmenbruecke for the ceremony, are ready for the initiation. "During the temple consecration, it is very important for us to pour the water of the sacred rivers over all the altars, thus providing our temple with cosmic energy," explains Saseetharen Ramakrishna Sarma, the Lucerne-based Hindu priest, who previously inaugurated the first Hindu temple of Central Switzerland in Gisikon-Root. According to Ramakrishna, it will be a definite advantage for the nearly 3,000 Tamil Hindus in the region to have another nearby temple at their disposal, especially since many of them live in Emmenbruecke and the surrounding area.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/13 19:03:29 ( 519 reads )


When one remains without thinking, one understands another by means of the universal language of silence.
-- Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

Canadian City Gets a New Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/6/12 19:33:38 ( 748 reads )


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, May 16, 2017 (Indian Sun): On 22 April, members of the Hindu community flocked to Wyndham, Victoria, for the opening ceremony of the city's newest temple. The Hindu temple in Wyndham is now the home of many sacred statues--called murtis--and their presence is already drawing devotees daily and in large numbers on the weekend.

"This is now a living, breathing house of God," said Pandit Radha Raman. The temple offers a community room free of cost to the people to have their special prayers, devotional functions, bhandaras, birthday havans etc, and even teaching Hindi. The temple is open to people from all walks of life and religion. The murti sthapana, which means placing of sacred murtis through religious ceremonies, was done over the course of two auspicious days. On the second day the murtis were made visible to public.

Temple Priests Continue Protest

Posted on 2017/6/12 19:33:28 ( 488 reads )


INDIA, June 8, 2017 (The Hindu): Temple priests (archakas) on Wednesday continued their protest at the Deputy Commissioner, Endowments, office at Turner's Choultry, on a charter of long-pending demands, including implementation of the Supreme Court judgment on Pay Revision Commission scales forming a fund. The three-day protest began on Tuesday.

Agitating under the banner of Visakhapatnam District (North Andhra) Archaka Sangham, they were also demanding recognition of priests and temple staff as government employees and payment of salaries through Treasury and in temples under "6B" category with sufficient revenue as per the 2010 PRC and a minimum pay of Rs.10,000 (US$155) to those under "6C" irrespective of revenue. Other demands include implementation of the GO on hereditary priesthood, issue of health cards and extension of "Dhoopa Deepa Naivedya Scheme" to more temples and increasing the grant to Rs.10,000.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/12 19:33:17 ( 481 reads )


We want to claim that which we already are. You are already the Self, you are just not aware of it. Do not put it off based upon some concept that we are not ready, we are not worthy, we need more of this or that. None of those principles apply when it comes to Self Realization.
-- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Ramayana to be Performed at Late King Bhumibol's Royal Cremation

Posted on 2017/6/11 19:42:59 ( 1151 reads )


BANGKOK, THAILAND, June 8, 2017 (Coconuts): Amidst the mourning of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, thousands of Thai artists will showcase Thai traditional performances at the royal cremation on Oct. 26. The Minister of Culture, Veera Rojpojanarat, revealed that "all characters, casts and details" are now complete, and the artists are beginning to rehearse for the best and the grandest performances of their lives.

October 26 marks the date of the royal cremation at Sanam Luang, and to the north of the ceremonial ground, from 6pm until 6am the following day. Three stages will be set for performances organized by the Fine Arts Department. Performances on the first stage will feature a shadow puppet show, alongside a Khon performance of the Ramayana, the famous Hindu epic.

"Thinking Together: Decolonizing Time" Lecture by Prof. C. K. Raju

Posted on 2017/6/11 19:42:49 ( 551 reads )


BERLIN, GERMANY, March 18, 2017: Above is a thought-provoking hour-long lecture by Prof. CK Raju on the contrast between Western and Indian concepts of time, part of his work in rooting out the impact of the Western ideas and specifically of British colonization on present-day Indian thinking.

See also his video, "A Tale of Two Calendars - Dr C K Raju - India Inspires Talks" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvpuC7Dg4e0.

From the video description:
About Dr. Chandra Kant Raju - He is a computer scientist, mathematician, educator, physicist,and polymath researcher. He is affiliated with the Centre for Studies in Civilizations in New Delhi. Currently living in Malaysia, he occupies a function as lecturer of History and philosophy of science at Albukhary International University. He has also done considerable historical research, most notably claiming infinitesimal calculus was transmitted to Europe from India. Through his research, Raju has claimed that the philosophies that underlie subjects like TIME and MATHEMATICS are rooted in the theocratic needs of the Roman Catholic Church. He has authored 12 books and dozens of articles, mainly on the subjects of physics, mathematics, and the history and philosophy of science.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/6/11 19:42:38 ( 572 reads )


A spiritual person should be a normal person, a sound person. In order to reach God, a spiritual person has to be divinely practical in his day-to-day activities.
-- Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), renowned spiritual leader and author

Prime Minister Theresa May Visits London Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/6/7 19:23:37 ( 1214 reads )


LONDON, ENGLAND, June 5, 2017 (National Council of Hindu Temples UK): On Saturday evening Prime Minister Theresa May visited BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, and over 3,500 Hindus gave the PM and her husband Philip a rapturous welcome. Arriving to a warm and dignified reception and welcome, the Prime Minister opened her address with "Jai Swaminarayan" the spiritual greeting of the Swaminarayan tradition and the congregation exploding into thunderous applause, opened their hearts to her.

Her speech which recognised the contribution of British Hindus and the importance of strengthening Indo British ties in a post Brexit world, received passionate applause. The PM recognised the "Karma Bhumi" principle behind the Hindu ethics of hard work and social service "to the land where one lives" and she made particular reference to the world renowned Hindu commitment to education. Prime Minister went on to reiterate that "British Hindus provide a shining example of how a community can integrate successfully and embrace British values whilst retaining their cultural heritage and identity. "British Indians provide inspiring role models across all walks of life, from business to medicine; finance to charities; and teaching to the creative industries."

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