The Candid Eye

April 9, 2010

Dalai Lama stresses on Indian traditions and values

Filed under: Hinduism,India — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has appealed the youth not to ignore traditions and ethics.The Dalai Lama was releasing the ‘Encyclopaedia of Hinduism’, which took more than 15 years to compile, along with renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev, and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani in Haridwar.

Primordial Sound Om

The ‘Encyclopaedia of Hinduism’, compiled by Swami Chidanand Muni, is available in 11 parts in English language. It would also be available on-line.

“Indian public, I think, should know that, particularly younger generation, should know that while we are getting modern education and modern technology, you must preserve 8,000-year old India’s traditions,” the Dalai Lama said.

On the occasion, Baba Ramdev said that Indian seers would guide the world.”Knowledge, lives, character of Indian seers is so great that world can learn from it,” said Ramdev.

Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Advani said that the ‘Encyclopaedia of Hinduism’ should be translated in all the languages so that people of the country can benefit.”My own suggestion would be that it should not be confined to the English language; it should be, after all it is intended, of course, for the whole world,” said Advani.

“People in India deserve it even more and therefore it needs to be translated in all the major Indian languages,” he added.Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who had come to participate in the inter-faith conference, termed his experience as ‘invaluable’.

“Great saints from every religion such as Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam had come. It was an invaluable experience as I got company of, blessings of these great saints. I feel blessed,” Oberoi said.

The Dalai Lama is on a two-day visit to Uttarakhand, for a series of programmes being organised by Parmarth Niketan, an ashram in Rishikesh, as a part of the ongoing Maha Kumbh mela.

Source: One India

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January 19, 2010

Temple discovery reveals clues of Indonesia’s association with Hinduism

Filed under: Hinduism,Indian History,Temples — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Archaeologists in Indonesia have uncovered a 1,000-year-old temple that could shed light on the country’s Hindu past.The intricately carved statues and reliefs are some of the best preserved in Indonesia, but the dig is being conducted under tight security to protect the site from well-organised relic thieves.

The temple was found on the grounds of Yogyakarta's Islamic University. (ABC News)

The temple was found on the grounds of Yogyakarta’s Islamic University as workers probed the ground to lay foundations for a new library, and they realised the earth beneath their feet was not stable.Digging soon revealed an extraordinary find: three metres underground were still-standing temple walls. Heavy rains then exposed the top of a statue of the god Ganesha in pristine condition.

A few weeks into the excavation, archaeologists are declaring the temple and its rare and beautiful statues an important discovery that could provide insights into Indonesia’s pre-Islamic culture.”This temple is a quite significant and very valuable because we have never found a temple as whole and intact as this one,” said archaeologist Dr Budhy Sancoyo, who is one of the researchers painstakingly cleaning up the temple.

“For example, looking at where the statues are placed in this temple, they are in their original positions, unlike the other temples.”This temple is important for understanding the culture of our ancestors.”A volcanic eruption is thought most likely to have covered the temple around the 10th century, about 100 years after it was built.

The eruption preserved its statues and reliefs in better condition than almost everything else discovered in Indonesia from that period, including the Borobodur and Prambanan temple complexes.But now that they are exposed, the temple’s contents need to be protected with 24-hour security.

Last November, thieves plundered the nearby Plaosan Temple.The heads of two rare Buddhist statues were stolen, to be traded by organised syndicates dealing in artefacts.Tri Wismabudhi from central Java’s culture and heritage agency says temple thieves are robbing Indonesians of a piece of their history.

“To us, archaeological sites like this are archaeological data, so if the data is missing or incomplete, that means the history of the nation is also missing,” he said.”People don’t understand that. That’s why they steal, because they don’t realise how important this is for us as a nation.”

At the Kimpulan temple on the campus of Yogyakarta’s Islamic University, the statue of Ganesha is being kept slightly buried to make it harder to steal.It could sell for up to $250,000 on the black market.The university wants to open the site to the public once the dig is complete.The library that was destined for the site will be redesigned to incorporate the Hindu temple.

Source: ABC News

November 20, 2009

iPranayama!!!

A new iPhone app called myMeditation aims to enhance and deepen your daily practice by providing a framework with which to practice pranayama. Under the instruction of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, who provides the focus and mantras, the program provides gentle alarm sounds to bring you out from contemplation, inspiring Hindu imagery, and even breathing instructions for your yoga.

myMeditation is a modern way to engage in an age-old practice.Fully customizable,this app is designed to demystify meditation and help you with every step of your practice.With just a few minuutes of guided deep breathing, you can quiet your mind,bring clarity to your thoughts,and put yourself on the road to good health.

 

Water bubble

What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning “lengthening of the prana or breath.”The word is composed of two Sanskrit words – “Prana”, life force, or vital energy,particularly,the breath,and “ayama”, to lengthen or extend.When used in yoga,it is often translated more specifically as “breath control”.

Slow,full breaths are the foundation of a focussed meditation practice.Most of the time,we breathe very shallowly,and our breath sits at the top of our lungs.Pranayama deepens the breath,allowing the lungs to deliver more oxygen to the whole system,thus relaxing the body.This type of oxygenating breath is involuntarily taken while in deep sleep – your body’s natural restorative time.

The iPhone application is completely charitable; BLT Helps, the software maker, will use 100% of their proceeds toward funding design projects and providing design training that will benefit other non-profits and charitable organizations in need of these resources.

Sources:

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BLT Helps

October 17, 2009

Diwali!!

Filed under: Festivals,Hinduism,India,USA — thecandideye @ 12:00 AM
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Diwali is the festival of lights & Victory of light over darkness.

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY DIWALI!!

Diwali!!

Diwali!!

On this auspicious day,when all Indians are happy celebrating Diwali at home,Indian-American community in USA is not so happy with Obama’s decision to cancel Diwali celebrations in Whitehouse,that has been the practice for past six years.Indians in America are concerned about the Obama’s decision not to recognize India’s festival or I can say a Hindu’s festival.It is a known secret that Whitehouse and Opus-Dei work hand in glove when it comes to India and Hinduism.

Latest update – Obama agrees to Diwali celebrations in whitehouse and seeks light and knowledge from Diwali!


September 24, 2009

Dancing Jesus!!

Filed under: Christianity,Evangelists — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Dancing Jesus illustration in The New Community Bible published by The Bombay St. Paul’s Society, 2008, and released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India. The “Indian Bible” as it is called, contains invented and interpolated phrases such as “he will dance with songs of joy for you” for Zephaniah 3:17, and numerous quotations from the Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas. The vedic and puranic slokas are described as sourced from “Indian Scriptures”, not Hindu Scriptures.

Dancing Jesus

Dancing Jesus

The newfangled Bible has been strongly condemned by Hindus in India and abroad, and by many Christians in India who regard it as blasphemous. It is designed to subvert and subsume the Hindu scriptures to the Christian scriptures, and assist in the mission of “fulfilling” Hinduism in the “saving truth” of Jesus Christ.

The Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram Sri Jayendra Saraswati made special mention of the Indian Bible to the Vatican’s representative Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran at a private interfaith meeting in Mumbai on June 12, 2009. He demanded that the Indian Bible be withdrawn and that the Catholic Church cease and desist from further use and abuse of Hindu dress, scriptures, symbols, and rituals.

He also demanded that the Catholic Church give up its mission to convert Hindus to Christianity, and that a firm commitment to this end be given to Hindus by the Vatican even as a similar commitment to stop evangelizing Jews was given to the Chief Rabbi of Israel by Pope Benedict XVI in Jerusalem on May 12, 2009.

See also these articles from Vigil Online:

Kanchi Acharya at interfaith dialogue with Vatican in Mumbai

Vatican surrenders right to convert Jews

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New Indian bible draws fire over Hindu references

September 22, 2009

Hindu observes ‘roza’, Muslim studies ‘vachanas’

Filed under: Hinduism,Islam — Abhay @ 11:55 PM
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Hindu observes ‘roza,’ Muslim studies ‘vachanas’

16 September 2009

BAGALKOT: Breaking religious barriers, a Dalit Hindu leader here has been observing ‘roza’ during this holy month of Ramzan, while a 27-year old

Muslim youth has set forth on a spiritual tour to study Hindu scriptures.

Standing out as a symbol of unity, Ramchandra Khatedar, a Dalit leader and director of a local urban bank here, has been on fast during Ramzan. The 53-year old Khatedar has been doing so for the past 22 years.

“I believe in God, he is in every religion. God is one. We have to perform our duties irrespective of caste, creed and religion,” said Khatedar.

While 27-year-old Muslim youth, Salim Shekh, hailing from Haveri district was bade an emotional farewell on Saturday, as he set out to Himachal Pradesh to study about Hindu scriptures, religion and yoga.

Shekh had earlier been impressed by the 12th century social reformer Basvanna’s Vachana Sahitya, short insightful poems in Kannada, and had studied them. He later met Jagadguru Jaya Mrutuyanjaya swami of Pancham Sali Peeth Kudlsangam in Bagalkot district.

The Jagadguru blessed him and christened him as swami Sangamanand and encouraged him to study the scriptures in details.

September 16, 2009

We are all Hindus now!

Filed under: Hinduism,USA — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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A very interesting article by Lisa Miller about Hinduism.Excerpts follow:

Om - The primordial sound

Om - The primordial sound

America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that’s the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity.

The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says this: “Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names.” A Hindu believes there are many paths to God. Jesus is one way, the Qur’an is another, yoga practice is a third. None is better than any other; all are equal. The most traditional, conservative Christians have not been taught to think like this. They learn in Sunday school that their religion is true, and others are false. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”

Om at the center of different cultures

Om at the center of different cultures

Americans are no longer buying it. According to a 2008 Pew Forum survey, 65 percent of us believe that “many religions can lead to eternal life”—including 37 percent of white evangelicals, the group most likely to believe that salvation is theirs alone. Also, the number of people who seek spiritual truth outside church is growing. Thirty percent of Americans call themselves “spiritual, not religious,” according to a 2009 NEWSWEEK Poll, up from 24 percent in 2005. Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has long framed the American propensity for “the divine-deli-cafeteria religion” as “very much in the spirit of Hinduism. You’re not picking and choosing from different religions, because they’re all the same,” he says. “It isn’t about orthodoxy. It’s about whatever works. If going to yoga works, great—and if going to Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that’s great, too.”

Then there’s the question of what happens when you die. Christians traditionally believe that bodies and souls are sacred, that together they comprise the “self,” and that at the end of time they will be reunited in the Resurrection. You need both, in other words, and you need them forever. Hindus believe no such thing. At death, the body burns on a pyre, while the spirit—where identity resides—escapes. In reincarnation, central to Hinduism, selves come back to earth again and again in different bodies. So here is another way in which Americans are becoming more Hindu: 24 percent of Americans say they believe in reincarnation, according to a 2008 Harris poll. So agnostic are we about the ultimate fates of our bodies that we’re burning them—like Hindus—after death. More than a third of Americans now choose cremation, according to the Cremation Association of North America, up from 6 percent in 1975. “I do think the more spiritual role of religion tends to deemphasize some of the more starkly literal interpretations of the Resurrection,” agrees Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard. So let us all say “om.”

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