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Devotees Throng Pashupatinath Temple to Pay Obeisance to Lord Shiva

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:47:01 ( 1308 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, July 19, 2017 (Google News): Thousands of pilgrims and locals queued up as early as 2 o'clock on Monday morning in the auspicious Shravan month to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred temples for the devotees of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is the ruling Deity of Monday and the Mondays of Shravan month are even more auspicious as the event of Samudra Mathan--churning of the ocean--took place in the Shravan month when Lord Shiva displayed his might by consuming all the poison that came out of it. Short video can be viewed at "source."

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/19 19:46:50 ( 848 reads )


Peace has three dimensions. Peace within ourselves, peace among nations and peace with nature.
-- Dada J.P. Vaswani, head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Upgrade for Iconic Nadi Hindu Temple

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:53 ( 904 reads )


FIJI, July 12, 2017 (Fiji Sun): The Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam has approved capital projects of US$247,000 for the upgrade and beautification of the Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple in Nadi. This was agreed by the council of management during its meeting on Sunday in Nasinu. In June 2018 the Temple will celebrate its 24th Anniversary with the Maha Kumbabhishekam Pooja, and the capital works are part of this auspicious occasion.

The Sri Siva Subramanya Swami Temple is one of the largest Hindu Temples in the Southern Hemisphere and a landmark for the town of Nadi. Jai Narayan, chief executive officer of TISI Sangam said, Sangam's upgrade of the Temple fits in well with Nadi's efforts to become a city and beautify the township. He said the council of management is very appreciative of the efforts of the Temple Board as the full expenditure for the project is self-funded.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/18 19:32:43 ( 823 reads )


When I think of myself as a body, I am your servant, my Lord; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.
-- Lord Hanuman in the epic Ramayana

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:21 ( 0 reads )

Nearly 6000 Acres of Temple Land Retrieved in Last 6 Years

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:11 ( 2882 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, July 15, 2017 (Times of India): Thousands of acres of land belonging to temples across Tamil Nadu continues to be in the name of private persons. The state government has recovered 5559 acres of such lands owned by 789 temples in the last six years. This vast acreage is 1/10th the size of Coimbatore city. It has been restored and registered in the name of temples now. The land is worth (US) tens of millions of dollars, officials said.

Documents tabled in the assembly on Friday show that vast areas of temple land transferred to private persons as pattas [deeds, or record of land ownership] were wrongly transferred during the implementation of the Updating Registry Scheme (UDR). To rectify this and get the pattas back in the name of Hindu Religious Institutions, two District Revenue Officers (DROs) have been posted as special officers at Madurai and Coimbatore, the government said. This is an ongoing process and steps are being taken across the state to restore temple lands, a senior HR and CE official said.

HPI note: In India, temples are legally in the name of the Deity, eg, "Siva Nataraja." In this scheme, a person with the name "Siva Nataraja" would file to have the deed fraudulently issued to him under the UDR .

California Can't Duck Hindu Students' Claim of Educational Bias

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:33:00 ( 2912 reads )


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, July 14, 2017 (Courthouse News): A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming California treats Hinduism unfavorably compared to other religions in its public education standards and framework. In refusing to dismiss one of four claims against the state, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer cited a student's letter detailing how sixth graders were divided into castes and told the unfair system was derived from Hinduism. "[W]e know that social hierarchies have existed in all societies, so why is Hinduism singled out with such [a] negative portrayal?" the student asked in her letter, submitted as a public comment when the state was drafting new standards last year.

California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials, a group that promotes the accurate portrayal of Hinduism in schools, and three Hindu parents suing on behalf of their children filed their lawsuit in February. They claim the state Board of Education adopted recommendations from an anti-Hindu group of history teachers called the South Asia Faculty Group when it drafted new education standards and frameworks in July 2016. Breyer refused to dismiss a claim that the educational standards violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but he dismissed three other claims alleging violations of due process, free exercise of religion, and equal protection under the law.

More at "source" above on this historic case.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/15 20:32:49 ( 2734 reads )


It is Divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts. Your duty is to treat everybody, including yourself, as a manifestation of the Lord.
-- Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

Federal Court Rules Lawsuit Challenging California Curriculum's Unconstitutional Denigration of Hinduism Will Move Forward

Posted on 2017/7/14 19:05:29 ( 862 reads )


FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, July 14, 2017 (press release): Yesterday afternoon, United States District Court Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco issued an order denying part of California state officials' motion to dismiss the complaint brought by California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM) and three parents of California schoolchildren that challenges the unconstitutional denigration of Hinduism in the state's Curriculum Standards and Framework.

State officials sought dismissal of all four of the constitutional claims and the Court granted the dismissal of three of them. The claim that the curriculum violates the First Amendment's command that government cannot denigrate a religion will go forward. The Court held that "the allegations [in the Complaint] support a reasonable inference that a reasonable and informed sixth grader would consider the content of the Standards and the Framework to have a primary effect of conveying a message of disapproval of Hinduism."

Glenn Katon, the attorney for CAPEEM and the parents, was pleased that they would be able to proceed to gather additional evidence and prove that the State's inferior treatment of Hinduism violates the First Amendment. "The Court's ruling that we have stated a valid constitutional claim is an important step toward getting the State to treat Hinduism with the same care and dignity that its curriculum gives to other faiths."

"The Court's acknowledgment of the harm the current curriculum does to Hindu children is very important to us," said Arvind Kumar, a Director for CAPEEM. "We're hopeful this case will lead to changes that will prevent that harm from continuing."

The Court's decision can be found here, http://capeem.us14.list-manage.com/tr ... d=8b34abb148&e=78ba8b4c15

For media inquiries, contact Glenn Katon at media@capeem.org or (510) 463-3350.

Colombia Recognizes Roma People as Ethnic Minority Group

Posted on 2017/7/14 19:05:19 ( 722 reads )


BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, July 11, 2017 (CGTN America): According to some estimates, 11 million people worldwide consider themselves of the ethnic group known as "Roma." [The Roma or Gypsies are originally from India.] In Colombia the Roma are trying to preserve their culture and traditions as they make their home there. According to a 2005 government census, there are nearly 5,000 Roma living in Colombia. The Colombian Roma organization said that number has exceeded 8,000. In 1999, the Colombian government officially recognized the Roma people as one of the country's ethnic minority groups, so they can access educational, health and legal benefits.

Sixty-eight-year-old Jairo Demetrio, vice president of Union Romani, and his family are Roma living in Colombia. His parents came here from Russia and Greece in the 1940s, fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. A humble and simple life is how the Demetrio family defines Roma life. They are artisans who work with metals and coppers. At home they speak the Romani language (related to Hindi). Jairo said the majority of the Roma people living in Colombia no longer lead the nomadic life for which they're known. While a new generation pursues higher education and new careers, these families try to keep Roma traditions alive.

Short video at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/14 19:05:08 ( 673 reads )


By constantly repeating, "I am free, I am free," a man verily becomes free. On the other hand, by constantly repeating, "I am bound, I am bound," he certainly becomes bound. The fool who says only, "I am a sinner, I am a sinner," verily drowns himself in worldliness. One should rather say: "I praise the name of God. How can I be a sinner? How can I be bound?"
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

New Hindu Temple Opens in Germany

Posted on 2017/7/13 18:30:24 ( 1025 reads )


JUCHEN, GERMANY, July 3, 2017 (NGZ Online, translated from German): It is quite colorful in the new Hindu temple at Hochstrasse 10b in Hochneukirch. Members of the Tamil community transformed a former supermarket into a Hindu temple with several large and small shrines, decorated in every detail, after just seven months of construction. With solemn ceremony and worship, the only Hindu temple in the district has been inaugurated. In the center of the new temple complex, which opened to many visitors, stands the Elephant God (Ganesha), which is the main murthi.

At the ceremony, some honorable guests such as Juegen's mayor Harald Zillikens and Bundestag deputy Ansgar Heveling, slipped into a world that was rather alien to them. For the inauguration, they were dressed in an oriental robe and painted on the forehead with a red dot, a religious symbol of Hinduism. "The Tamils have been well integrated into German society for decades, but they have not forgotten their roots," said Mayor Harald Zillikens, who also said that the new temple complex has improved the whole neighborhood. The temple is to become a center of the community.

The Gentler Symptoms of Dying

Posted on 2017/7/13 18:30:13 ( 752 reads )


UNITED STATES, July 11, 2017 (New York Times by Sara Manning Peskin, MD): Every major organ in the body -- heart, lungs, liver, kidneys -- has the capacity to shut off the brain. It's a biological veto system. The mysterious exception is "terminal lucidity," a term coined by the biologist Michael Nahm in 2009 to describe the brief state of clarity and energy that sometimes precedes death. Alexander Batthyany, another contemporary expert on dying, calls it "the light before the end of the tunnel."

A 5-year-old boy in a coma for three weeks suddenly regains consciousness. He thanks his family for letting him go and tells them he'll be dying soon. The next day, he does.

Early reports of terminal lucidity date back to Hippocrates, Plutarch and Galen. Dr. Nahm collected 83 accounts of terminal lucidity written over 250 years, most of which were witnessed by medical professionals. Nearly 90 percent of cases happened within a week of death and almost half occurred on the final day of life.

More on this fascinating subject at "source" above--and note the valuable comments to the article.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/7/13 18:30:03 ( 625 reads )


Free will is not free--it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect--but there is something behind the will which is free.
-- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

10th Anniversary Celebrations of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Posted on 2017/7/12 18:32:51 ( 873 reads )


ATLANTA, GEORGIA, July 1, 2017 (BAPS): His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj joined devotees and well-wishers in celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, Georgia. The festivities welcomed guests from all parts of North America and from around the globe. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the unforgettable inauguration ceremonies in 2007 surrounded by the enthusiasm and excitement of hundreds of volunteers. Carrying forward his lifework and legacy, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj commemorated this historic milestone by sharing divine memories from the 2007 events and encouraging devotees to remain steadfast in their pursuits towards spirituality.

Highlights from the program included video footage of the inaugural ceremonies, colorful cultural dances, skits and devotional songs. Devotees relived the past ten years of the mandir's history by looking back upon the development of local youth activities, the growth of the Satsang community, and the installation of the sacred image of Nilkanth Varni. The celebrations concluded with blessings from Mahant Swami Maharaj who encouraged all to uphold unity, maintain faith, and serve one another selflessly in advancing the mandir's service to the community.

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