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"We want teachers to start thinking beyond snake charmers, elephants and camels."

ParentArpita Mishra, appealing to a California school board to rectify current misconceptions of India in teaching programs"


Thursday is Shirdi temple, Saturday is disco temple. Eighteen-year-old Shalini, commenting in India Today magazine on the wide range of youth activities in Mumbai.

It's not all that hard. Anybody can do it. All you need is the financial resources of a third world nation, enough hardware to fill a small building, the wisdom of a hundred pundits and journalistic skills of Newsweek, the love of a mother for all things Indian, the OS of Mac, knowledge of nerds, good merit of lives lived, luck of the Irish and the patience of Job. Our editor responding to a visitor's inquiry on how Hinduism Today is produced each month for 20 years.

The ashram environment is there for those who wish to learn the lessons of the Spirit. For those who still have a passion for things of the world, they will have to learn in the worldly "School of Hard Knocks." Swami Gitananda (1905?1993)

Humility is understanding a title but not letting it be confusing to your ego. Baseball's Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel. He draws daily inspiration from the life of Mahatma Gandhi, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

It is freedom indeed to be able to attend a puja wearing dhotis and saris, the women flaunting sindoor and sankha (wedding signs), and to let our children celebrate our tradition fearlessly." Dwijen Bhattacharya, of New York's Bangladeshi community, commenting on their freedom to practice their Hindu faith fully as opposed to living in Bangladesh, which is an Islamic State.

Dharma is the only solution for all the ills the society is facing today. H.H. Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Peetam, calling on families--
during his 64th birthday--to adopt the morals and culture of India in daily life.

I went as a sort of critic, but once you sit there you get into a different mood. When she hugs you, you forget about everything. You are absorbed. It is difficult to describe. Vijay Badhwar, a Sydney engineer, on his visit with Mata Amritanandamayi.

There was once an enlightened, but dyslexic cow. It said OOOM.

DID YOU KNOW?

Spice of life

Have you wondered why food in cold, northern climates tends to be bland, while dishes from tropical and subtropical regions pack a spicy punch? If you think it's because hot food cools the body, think again. According to Yoga Journal, two Cornell University researchers speculate that having a taste for spice is an adaptive "neme"--social science's cousin to genes. Because spices like garlic, onion and hot pepper can inhibit growth in 75 to 100 percent of bacteria species tested, they may have evolved as natural, good tasting preservatives used by people to pre-vent rapid spoilage in warm climates.


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