Struggle for Hindu Existence

*Hindu Rights to Survive with Dignity *Join us in Hindu Freedom Movement *Jayatu Jayatu Hindu Rashtram *Editor: Upananda Brahmachari

Archive for the ‘Hindu World’ Category

Church changed into Hindu Shiva Temple near Aligarh after 72 Valmikis reconvert to Hinduism.

Posted by hinduexistence on August 29, 2014

Is this the sign of a Hindu Rashtra in the making?

Church turned into ‘temple’ after 72 Valmikis reconvert to Hinduism.

Om Namah Shivay Temple in a place of Church.ERAM AGHA | TNN | ALIGARH | 28 August 2014:: A church with a cross in it that belonged to the 7th Day Adventists overnight turned into a temple adorned with a portrait of Shiva after what some Hindu groups in Aligarh termed the “successful ghar wapasi” (reconversion) of 72 Valmikis who had become Christians in 1995.

There was an elaborate shuddhi karan (purification) ceremony on Tuesday inside the church in Asroi, 30km from Aligarh. Children from the village soon took over the premises and were seen playing in it by afternoon on Wednesday. A cross was allegedly remove from the church and placed outside the gate and a portrait of Shiva installed.

Khem Chandra, Sangh pracharak and pramukh of Dharam Jagran Vivad in Aligarh, said, “This is called ghar wapasi, not conversion. They left by choice and today they have realized their mistake and want to come back. We welcome them. We can’t let our samaj scatter, we have to hold it tight. I have told them that honour comes from within the community and not from outside.” Chandra added that in the years that followed their adoption of Christianity, he met heads of the eight Valmiki families numerous times to convince them to reconsider their decision.

However, as news of the reconversion spread, tension started building up, with sleuths of the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) converging on the spot. Some villagers told TOI, on condition of anonymity, that the Shiva portrait had been removed and kept inside the house of a local resident. Anil Gaur, one of those who returned to the Hindu fold, said it was because they were unhappy with the caste system that they changed their religion. “But we found ourselves in no better position among Christians,” he said.

Hindu Rising“As Hindus we had no status and were restricted to doing menial jobs, but even after remaining a Christian for 19 years, we saw that no one came to us from their community. There was no celebration of Bada Din (Christmas). The missionaries just built a church for us in the vicinity where some of the villagers got married. That was all.”

Seventy-year-old Rajendra Singh said he, too, was happy to reconvert. “While sleeping outside the church one day I suffered a paralytic attack. I found myself unable to move. It happened last year and since then I have been thinking that it may have been Mata Devi’s punishment for abandoning my faith,” he claimed.

Osmond Charles, a lawyer and community leader in Aligarh, isn’t convinced though. “Ghar wapasi sounds like a conspiracy,” he said. “Sometimes we hear ‘love jihad’ and now we have ‘ghar wapasi’. Is this the sign of a Hindu Rashtra in the making?”

Father Jonanthan Lal, pastor at City Methodist Church, said, “The ‘purification’ pooja took place inside the church which belongs to 7th Day Adventists. Such an activity shouldn’t have taken place there. Faith is a personal matter but havan inside a church is not.”

Meanwhile, there is a sudden, eerie quiet in Asroi. Villagers hurry inside their houses if they are asked about the reconversion and most say they know nothing about it. The presence of cops has added to their anxiety. “Don’t ask anything. I don’t know what happened,” a young man said, turning away swiftly from a TOI team.

Courtesy: TOI.

Posted in Hindu Existence, Hindu Honour, HINDU NEWS, Hindu Population, Hindu Rashtra, Hindu World, Practical Hindutva, Save Hindu Dharma, Save Hinduism | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Rise of Hinduism in USA. Is a Hindu USA upcoming?

Posted by hinduexistence on September 14, 2012

Rise of Hinduism in USA

Pew Report Highlights Rise of Hinduism in U.S.

An article by Sunita Sohrabji | Republished from the source INDIAWEST.

A majority of Indian Americans identify as Hindus, concluded a Pew report released last week. Seen above are deities at a San Francisco Bay area-based Hindu temple.

United States. One in 10 Asian Americans identify themselves as Hindus, concluded the results of a report on Asian Americans and their religious affiliations, released July 19 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Hindus and Buddhists counted together represent two percent of the overall population, the same share as Jews.

Ninety percent of Hindu Americans believe there is more than one way to interpret the tenets of their faith, and the majority celebrate both Hindu holidays like Diwali as well as Christmas, noted the report, titled: “Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths.” The report lacked much novel information, and re-stated largely-held beliefs about Indian Americans and their religious practices.

Most Asian American Buddhists and Hindus maintain traditional religious beliefs and practices. Two-thirds of Buddhists surveyed believe in ancestral spirits, while three-quarters of Hindus keep a shrine in their home, concluded the report, adding however that 30 percent of the Hindus surveyed and 20 percent of Buddhists report having attended religious services of another faith, outside of special occasions such as weddings or funerals.

U.S. Buddhists and Hindus tend to be inclusive in their understanding of faith. Most Buddhists and Hindus, for instance, reject the notion that their religion is the one true faith and say instead that many religions can lead to eternal life, or in the case of Buddhists, to enlightenment, noted the survey.

The 182-page report focused on the four major religious groups of Asian Americans: Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and the religiously unaffiliated. Muslims compromise an additional four percent of Asian Americans, but their numbers in the survey were too small to include in the analysis, said an introduction to the report.

Some Current Hindu News from USA.

A pie chart of Indian American faiths included with the report showed that 51 percent of Indian Americans identify as Hindus, 10 percent are Muslim, five percent are Sikhs and two percent are Jain.

Eighteen percent of Indian Americans identify as Christian, though only about three percent of India’s total population is estimated to be Christian. The higher percentages of Indian American Christians may reflect immigration patterns or switching of religions.

Ten percent of Indian Americans are unaffiliated with any religion, according to the pie chart, which did not include a slice for other affiliations, such as Parsis or Jews, whose combined numbers represent less than one percent of the Indian American population.

About one-third of Hindu Americans say that religion is important in their lives, in sharp contrast to the overall U.S. population where religion plays a large role in the lives of 58 percent of those surveyed.

The report also notes that Asian Americans tend to pray less than the overall population, but adds that Asians regard prayer differently than other groups.

“The ritual recitation of mantras in both Buddhism and Hinduism is not the same as prayer to a personal God in the Christian tradition, and this difference may help explain why a smaller number of Asian American Buddhists and Hindus than Asian American Christians report that they pray daily. And although attendance at religious services is higher among U.S. Asian Christians than among U.S. Asian Buddhists and Hindus, many of the Buddhists and Hindus – about 78 percent – report that they maintain religious shrines in their homes.

Nearly three-quarters of Hindu Americans see yoga not just as exercise but also as a spiritual practice. More than half of U.S. Hindus said they believe in reincarnation and moksha, defined in the survey as “the ultimate state transcending pain and desire in which individual consciousness ends.”

Also, about half also believe in astrology defined in the survey as the belief “that the position of the stars and planets can affect people’s lives,” but fewer believe in spiritual energy in physical things or in ancestral spirits.

Interestingly, 24 percent of Hindus say they meditate daily, while only 17 percent of Buddhists – with whom the practice is more commonly affiliated – say they regularly meditate.

“As their numbers rise, Asian Americans are contributing to the diversity of the U.S. religious landscape. From less than one percent of the total U.S. population — including children — in 1965, Asian Americans have increased to 5.8 percent or 18.2 million children and adults in 2011, according to the U.S. Census,” said the Pew researchers in an overview of the report.

“In the process, they have been largely responsible for the growth of non-Abrahamic faiths in the United States, particularly Buddhism and Hinduism,” noted the report, which can be viewed in its entirety at pewforum.org.

Courtesy: All Sources.

ॐ HINDU NEWS ॐ dated 14-09-2012 is published now.Check it here.

Posted in Hindu Existence, Hindu Population, Hindu way of Life, Hindu World, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Grim fate of Hindu minorities in Pakistan: Hindu Girls Abducted and Forced into Muslim Marriages. Who Cares?

Posted by hinduexistence on March 2, 2012

PAKISTAN: Abducted and forced into a Muslim marriage – IRIN Report.

KARACHI, 27 February 2012 (IRIN – Integrated Regional Information Networks) – Sixteen-year-old Ameena Ahmed*, now living in the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, does not always respond when her mother-in-law calls out to her.

“Even after a year of `marriage’ I am not used to my new name. I was called Radha before,” she told IRIN on a rare occasion when she was allowed to go to the corner shop on her own to buy vegetables.

Hindus marking a ritual occasion feel increasingly threatened in Pakistan. Perhaps performing the last rituals for Hindus in Pakistan. Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRIN.

Ameena, or Radha as she still calls herself, was abducted from Karachi about 13 months ago by a group of young men who offered her ice-cream and a ride in their car. Before she knew what was happening, she was dragged into a larger van, and driven to an area she did not know.

She was then pressured into signing forms which she later found meant she was married to Ahmed Salim, 25; she was converted to a Muslim after being asked to recite some verses in front of a cleric. She was obliged to wear a veil. Seven months ago, Ameena, who has not seen her parents or three siblings since then and “misses them a lot”, moved with her new family to southern Punjab.

“The abduction and kidnapping of Hindu girls is becoming more and more common,” Amarnath Motumal, a lawyer and leader of Karachi’s Hindu community, told IRIN. “This trend has been growing over the past four or five years, and it is getting worse day by day.”

He said there were at least 15-20 forced abductions and conversions of young girls from Karachi each month, mainly from the multi-ethnic Lyari area. The fact that more and more people were moving to Karachi from the interior of Sindh Province added to the dangers, as there were now more Hindus in Karachi, he said.

“They come to search for better schooling, for work and to escape growing extremism,” said Motumal who believes Muslim religious schools are involved in the conversion business.

“Hindus are non-believers. They believe in many gods, not one, and are heretics. So they should be converted,” said Abdul Mannan, 20, a Muslim student. He said he would be willing to marry a Hindu girl, if asked to by his teachers, “because conversions brought big rewards from Allah [God]. But later I will marry a `real’ Muslim girl as my second wife,” he said.

According to local law, a Muslim man can take more than one wife, but rights activists argue that the law infringes the rights of women and needs to be altered.

Motumal says Hindu organizations are concerned only with the “forced conversion” of girls under 18. “Adult women are of course free to choose,” he said.

“Lured away”

Sunil Sushmt, 40, who lives in a village close to the city of Mirpurkhas in central Sindh Province, said his 14-year-old daughter was “lured away” by an older neighbour and, her parents believe, forcibly converted after marriage to a Muslim. “She was a child. What choice did she have?” her father asked. He said her mother still cries for her “almost daily” a year after the event.

Sushmat is also concerned about how his daughter is being treated. “We know many converts are treated like slaves, not wives,” he said.

According to official figures, Hindus based mainly in Sindh make up 2 percent of Pakistan’s total population of 165 million. “We believe this figure could be higher,” Motumal said.

According to media reports, a growing number of Hindus have been fleeing Pakistan, mainly for neighbouring India. The kidnapping of girls and other forms of persecution is a factor in this, according to those who have decided not to stay in the country any longer.

“My family has lived in Sindh for generations,” Parvati Devi, 70, told IRIN. “But now I worry for the future of my granddaughters and their children. Maybe we too should leave,” she said. “The entire family is seriously considering this.”

*not her real name

Courtesy: IRIN. (updated on 02/03/2012).

How many Hindus are grasping in Pakistan in front our vacant look? SHAME.

Also See: (Courtesy: News Bharati)

Posted in Attack upon Hindus by Muslims, Attack upon Hindus-Sikhs, Attack upon Hindus-Sikhs by Muslims, Conspiracy against Hindus, Hindu Girls under attack, Hindu Girls victimized by Islamists, Hindu Population, Hindu Women in Trap, Hindu World, HINDUS IN PAKISTAN, Hindus under Islamic Aggression, Persecuted Hindus, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Tribal Rights & Culture Must be Protected – Dr Pravin Togadia, International Working President – VHP.

Posted by hinduexistence on March 1, 2012

Welcome. Back to Hindu Fold. Over Tribal 658 families, 3127 total people, 1513 men & 1614 women from 102 Tribal villages returned to Hindu Dharma from meaningless Christianity. 

Tribal Rights & Culture Must be Protected - Dr Pravin Togadia

Sundergadh, Odisha; February 23, 2012 || Updated: 01-03-2012.

A glorious event of over Tribal 658 families, 3127 total people, 1513 men & 1614 women from 102 Tribal villages coming back to their ancestors’ religious traditions giving up the forced Christianity. In a grand event organized by VHP in the jungles of Sundergadh in Odisha, there were festival like celebrations by 102 Tribal villages. The happy occasion was presided over by VHP International Working President Dr Pravin Togadia.

While thanking the 102 villages & all the Tribals who returned to their ancestors’ religious traditions by choice & with joy, Dr Togadia said, “Tribals are the roots of Bharat. They are the custodians of our age old rich traditions & culture. We all must do everything to protect them & their rights. Govt has extended the reservations to Christians meant only for Hindu Tribals. Many Christians are already availing of the quota meant for the poor Tribals depriving the poor tribals of their right to education, jobs, loans, lands etc. This should immediately stop & all convert or any Christians should be immediately de-listed from the reservations meant for the Tribals. Those who convert to Christianity from Scheduled Castes are not given the benefits of SC reservations. Following the same pattern, the Tribals who convert to Christianity should be de-listed from the Tribal reservations.”

“In 1975, there was a bill for amending the constitution to this regard was brought in by Shri Kartik Urav who himself was a Tribal from Odisha. 300 Member of Parliament had signed the bill agreeing that the Tribals who converted to Christianity should be de-listed from the reservations. The amendment was about to be passed but got shelved for unknown reasons. It should be brought back again & be passed immediately. “

“Rangnath Mishra commission has now recommended that all Christians & Muslims who stayed in Tribal areas & regions before 1947 should be treated as Tribals & be given all Tribal reservations. This will further snatch education, employment, loans, lands & therefore livelihood of the original poor Tribals who did not disregard their ancestors’ traditions & stayed loyal to the roots despite great difficulties. Therefore, this draconian recommendation by Rangnath Mishra Commission should never be accepted & the entire Rangnath Mishra report itself.

Should be rejected as it snatched roti, education, employment, land, loans, businesses & trades of all castes of Hindus & Tribals.”

Dr Togadia appealed to all to support activities that educate, empower & enable Tribals to prosper & come up in life while protecting their glorious traditions. VHP is already running over 40,000 schools, residential schools- colleges for tribal girls & boys in tribal areas all over Bharat & now many bright students studied there are doctors, top govt officers & successful scientists in Bharat & abroad.

VHP also has over 1000 medical facilities including hospitals, ambulances, blood banks & primary health care centres for Tribals in their own areas for quick medical help. There are Self Help centres & vocational guidance units where women & youth are groomed for the traded that are close to their life styles giving them better income & bright future.

Dr Togadia said, “Support from the world & from Bharat from those who care for the well-being of the Tribals in all fields will gain further momentum that will immensely benefit the Tribals & also dissuade them from looking at other religions as an option.”

Picture Courtesy: N Katarian. Report: Hindu Internet Defence Force.

Posted in Attack upon Hindus by Christians, Hindu Movements, Hindu Population, Hindu World, Hindus under Christian Aggression, Re-conversion - Paravartan, Return to Hindu Roots by Shuddhi Yajna, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Quetta’s (Pakistan) Hindus demand govt to protect them from kidnappers, killers & persecutors.

Posted by hinduexistence on December 25, 2011

Hindu Sit-in outside Baloch Assembly against Hindu trader’s killing, ransom, torture.

QUETTA, 23rd December, 2011 : Members of the Hindu community staged a protest demonstration in front of the Balochistan Assembly (BA) on Friday against increasing incidents of kidnapping for ransom in the province.

The protestors took out a procession from Arya Samaj temple on Masjid Road and after marching through different parts of the city, staged a protest demonstration in front of the BA building.

The protesting people, including children, were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans demanding protection from criminals.

Addressing the protestors, Raday Sham and Dr Maher Chand, members of Hindu Panchayat, said police should investigate the killing of young Hindu trader Ravi Kumar, whose bullet-riddled body was found in Quetta after his family failed to pay the ransom money to his abductors.

The members of the Hindu community raised slogans against the government for its failure to protect the life of those belonging to minority communities.

Provincial minister for minorities Basant Lal Gulshan and Minister for Revenue Zamurkh Khan Achakzai addressed the protesting Hindu community members and tried to pacify them.

Achakzai said that the law enforcing agencies were constantly striving against the kidnapping gangs operating in Quetta and other parts of the province.

“Police have booked many suspects and also carrying out raids in different localities including Saryab and Pashtunabad areas of Quetta. Soon, the criminals will be brought to book,” he ensured.

The protestors called off their protest after the provincial minster assured them that he will arrange a meeting between a delegation of Hindu community and Chief Minister, to resolve the issues.

Posted in Attack upon Hindus & Hindu Temples, Attack upon Hindus by Muslims, Attack upon Hindus-Sikhs, Hindu Tradition and Culture under attack, Hindu World, Hindus under Islamic Aggression, Save Hinduism, Violation Hindu-Sikh Rights, Violation of Hindu Religious Rights, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Continuous Genocides of Hindu Tamils in a fatal Sinhala slaughter house in Sri Lanka.

Posted by hinduexistence on August 25, 2011

  • It is estimated that 2500 Hindu temples and 400 churches have been destroyed. The Sinhala forces do not permit the people to reconstruct these worship places and many are in a dilapidated state.
  • Military camps and Sinhala soldiers are a common sight in Tamil areas. Out of a total land mass of 65,619 sq km, the Tamils inhabited 18,880 sq km of land in the north and east, but after May 2009, the defence forces have occupied more than 7,000 sq km of Tamil land.
  • Tamils , Mostly Hindu Shaivaites underwent severe hardship and sufferings from year 1956, 1958, 1977,1983 GENOCIDE OF TAMILS, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009 GENOCIDE OF TAMILS MORE THAN 200,000  Killed & Missing. A rich and erudite Tamil Hindu Culture and people are facing severe Ethnic Cleansing in Sri Lanka.
  • Hindus in this planet can’t keep mum for such a persecutions upon them in the KILLING FIELD IN SINHALA (Sri Lanka) even beside the questions over Tamil insurgency and LTTE etc. Human Rights are grossly violated in SL as per amnesty procedures.

Erasing the cultural leftover of Tamils to convert Sri Lanka into Sinhala country

By A Correspondent || The Weeken Leader || Colombo25 Aug 2011.

Travelling through the Tamil areas in North Sri Lanka, one is shocked to see the changing demography of the land. A land that was once inhabited by Tamils and a land that had a distinct flavor of Tamil culture and heritage is now in the grip of Sinhalese hegemony, seen in the form of Buddhist statues, viharas and stupas dotting the landscape that is also lined by broken Tamil homes and newly built shanties of Tamil refugees.

[PIC. A recently constructed Buddhist stupa at Kanagarayankulam.]

Sinhala and Sinhalisation are now the watch words in the predominantly Tamil areas of North Sri Lanka. Starting from Vavuniya, the change is perceptible as one enters the Tamil heartland. 

All those entering into the north have to pass through Omanthai – which has been given a Sinhalese sounding name, ‘Omantha’ – check point on A9 national highway. At this place where more than 90 per cent of the travelers are Tamil speakers, one needs to go with a person knowing Sinhala to answer the queries from the Sinhalese soldiers.

Throughout our travel into the Tamil hinterland, we could sense an air of Sinhalese triumphalism.

Military camps and Sinhala soldiers are a common sight in Tamil areas. Out of a total land mass of 65,619 sq km, the Tamils inhabited 18,880 sq km of land in the north and east, but after May 2009, the defence forces have occupied more than 7,000 sq km of Tamil land.

It is estimated that 2500 temples and 400 churches have been destroyed. The Sinhala forces do not permit the people to reconstruct these worship places and many are in a dilapidated state.

On the other hand, even though the only Buddhists who are to be found here are the Sinhalese soldiers, nearly 2500 Buddhist stupas and statues have come up in Tamil areas in the last couple of years, according to the locals.

[PIC. A huge Buddha statue at Kilinochchi, the erstwhile capital of Tamil rebels.]

 

A Buddhist Vihara named Mahatota Raja Maha Vihara has come up within 50 meters of the famous Thirukethiswaram temple in Mannar district. The ancient name for Thirukethiswaram area was Mahathottam.

The government has been making a big hype about a so-called development programme in Tamil areas called Vadakin Vasantham (Uthuru Wasanthaya or Northern Springs).

Infrastructure development, electricity, water supply and sanitation, agriculture, irrigation, livestock development, inland fisheries, health, solid waste disposal, education, sports, cultural affairs and transportation are some of the areas that they claim will be covered under this program.

However, the real beneficiaries of this scheme are not going to be Tamils but Sinhala jobless youth, who would be employed in the projects that have been handed to Sinhala contractors.

The defence forces will be the ones who will be utilizing the newly developed infrastructure as a major chunk of the funds will be allocated towards road development to facilitate easy troop movement.

[PIC. A Sinhala-only signboard at an important junction in Puthukudyiruppu.]

 

In Cheddikulam a housing scheme for Sinhala returnees is underway. One would have welcomed it if it was the same 13 displaced families that were to return. Instead, some 75 new Sinhala families are being relocated in the area.

Already 165 Sinhala families have been resettled in Kokkachchaankulam, which is to be renamed Kalabowasewa.

A grand new Sinhala medium school for new returnees has come up on Madhu road, whereas hundreds of schools for Tamil kids in the vicinity are in a state of disarray.

According to locals, forest wealth in the Tamil areas is looted by the Sinhalese from the south who enter the forest with permission of the armed forces for timber logging.

People also complain that Sinhala Buddhist archaeologists are engaged in nefarious activities of Sinhalization. They are said to be visiting Tamil areas and ‘excavating’ Buddha statues that they themselves plant earlier. The purpose of this exercise is allegedly to claim that the territory in question had been a Sinhala Buddhist area.

Where there were only a few old Sinhala sign boards pointing directions and mentioning names of places, today one is dumbstruck at the sheer number of new Sinhala name/direction boards in the Tamil areas.

[PIC. A Sri Lankan defence outpost in Puthukudyiruppu  with name board in Sinhalese and English.]

 

In Mullaithivu and many other places in the north, Tamils are not allowed to enter the sea, while their Sinhala counterparts from the south are allowed to fish in their areas.

Locals say that all petitions to government services and establishments have to be given in Sinhala only since 2009.

In the heart of Kilinochchi town, the erstwhile administrative capital of Tamil rebels, streets sport Sinhalese names such as Mahinda Rajapaksa Mawatha, and Aluth mawatte (The new road).

Three roads close to the A9 highway in Kanakarayankulam have been given Sinhala names – Kosala Perera road, Anura Perera road, and Rev Yatiravana Vimala Thero Street. The first two names are those of soldiers who took part in the war and the last one is the name of a Buddhist monk.

Where will this all lead to? Only time will tell. ???

HINDU EXISTENCE BELIEVES IN A STRONG HINDU-BUDDHIST, TAMIL-SINHALA UNITY TO FIGHT AGAINST MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN CONSPIRACY TO DIVIDE AND ELIMINATE US FROM THIS PLANET IN A SCENARIO OF OUR GREAT CULTURAL COHESION AND APPREHENSIVE STRENGTH AS WORLD POWER.

Also Read: Intellectuals and activists support the Tamil cause across the language divide

The Latest Channel 4 Documentary released so far :

 

Brutality of the Sri Lankan Armed forces:  “They shot people at random. Stabbed people. Raped them. Cut out their tongues, cut women’s breasts off.I saw people soaked in blood.” The witness said……..                                                                                                          


Posted in Attack upon Hindus & Hindu Temples, Conspiracy against Hindus, Hindu Buddhist Unity, Hindu Culture and Tradition, Hindu Demand, Hindu Existence, Hindu Struggle, Hindu Tradition and Culture under attack, Hindu World, Hindus and Media, Save Hindu Tamils, Save Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka, Uncategorized, Violation of Hindu Religious Rights, Violation of Hindu Rights, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Diwali illuminates us with peace, joy and spirituality.

Posted by hinduexistence on November 6, 2010

Lighting Up the World with Diwali

By Anisa Fathima || Nov 5, 2010

It’s that time of the year when the sky outside my window bursts into myriad colours of sheer joy, when my voice is lost in the resonance of a hundred different sounds – a crescendo from the whiiiiissshhh of the ‘sur-sur kaddi’ to the bang-bang-bang of the bombs. And every time a rocket whizzes into the hazy air, I find myself praying it won’t enter my room.

For me the best part of Diwali has always been the late-night fireworks that some blessed soul in my neighbourhood (I don’t know who) spends on so generously. Come Diwali, and I find myself all ready with my camera trying to capture the splendid scene, and time and again cursing the stupid device for not being competitive enough to do justice to the vibrant display of hues. Red, green, golden, orange, blue…the array of colours put even Govinda to shame.

Being somewhat a chicken and with a pyrophobic kind of enmity with fire, I have been blissfully content with watching the Diwali celebrations from a distance – a big, safe distance, of say, five floors above ground level! Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that Diwali is a very special occasion for all, for many reasons, but mostly for simply the fact that at no other time of the year is the world so beautifully adorned and so colourfully lit as on Diwali. Read more here…….

Diwali lights up India

Press Trust Of India || New Delhi, November 05, 2010

Fireworks lit the sky and houses wore a festive look decorated with earthen lamps, flowers  and multi-colour ‘rangolis’ across India on Diwali which also witnessed bonhomie along the Indo-Pak border where soldiers of the two countries exchanged sweets and dry fruits. It was fun and frolic all around in the festival of lights as children and youth burst crackers and lit fireworks while families visited their neighbours, exchanged ‘Happy Diwali’ greetings and sweets.

Youngsters also took the route of SMS and social networking websites to wish each other.

Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), according to Hindu belief, is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya from his exile after vanquishing demon-king Ravana.

The festivities reached a peak in the national capital and other parts of northern India where people decorated their homes and shops with colourful ‘rangolis’, flowers and lightings and lit ‘diyas’ or earthen lamps.

Indian and Pakistani troops deployed along the Line of Control exchanged sweets and dry fruits at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Read more here……..

Diwali, a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

(5th November, 2010 – this year).

Read details……..

Significance of Deepavali celebrations

  • Return of Shri Ram Chandra to Ayodhya
  • Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi
  • Austerities of Shakti
  • Lord Krishna Destroyed Demon Narakasur
  • Krishna defeating Indra
  • The Return of the Pandavas
  • Coronation of King Vikramaditya

Read more here ………….

Read more further…………….

Ayodhya judgement a flicker of hope this Deepavali: RSS

Published: Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010, 19:27 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI | DNA

The RSS has said the Ayodhya title suit judgement of the Allahabad high court offers a flicker of hope this Diwali after 482 years to rebuild the Ram temple at the site.

“The three-member bench in a historic judgment restored the holy Ramjanmabhoomi to Hindus…Hindus have been battling to restore the holy city and rebuild the Sri Ram temple,” Sangh mouthpiece Organiser said in its latest issue.

“This Deepavali, after 482 years, offers a flicker of hope to attain that goal,” it said.

The journal said till the day the judgment was pronounced, it had been a “long wait” for the Hindus who have “fought with abundant faith and unwavering patience..”

But it hastened to add that the matter was far from settled and it might take “many more years” as the title suit went on for six decades.

It claimed that the verdict brings Hindus closer to the final settlement.

See related Slide Show here……..

Deepabali Greetings From Hindu Samhati – An inspiring talk by Tapan Kumar Ghosh, President, HS  – A Must Read.

India Celebrates Diwali

See Live Diwali in Hindustan dot com photo gallery show…………….. 

See Diwali pics slide  Show in The Hindu News Paper (Internet Edn.)………

See Diwali slide  Show in NDTV…………….

Posted in Hindu Celebrations, Hindu Culture and Tradition, Hindu Existence, Hindu Festivals, Hindu Puja, Hindu Rituals, Hindu Temples, Hindu World, Save Hinduism, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Asato Ma Sadgamaya || Subh Deepavali

Posted by hinduexistence on November 4, 2010

  •  Clik here or press the Hindu News Tab above to read details.
  • Threat to blow up Baba Ramdev temple in Rajasthan
  • Hindu-Fire Temple of Baku(Surakhani), Azerbijan
  • BJP calls for Jammu bandh on Nov 8 against ‘accession remarks’ of Omar
  • Cong high command flames RSS, termed it as Terrorist Organization

asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from the asat to the sat.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.

(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28)

This is true prayer—the seeker’s admission of his sense of limitedness and his heartfelt cry for assistance in transcendence. It is not a prayer for the things of the world. It is not a pray for food, shelter, health, partnership, riches, success, fame, glory or even for heaven. One who recites these three mantras has realized that such things are full of holes, soaked in pain and, even in abundance, will forever leave him wanting. It is in this full understanding that one turns to this prayer. The essence of each of these three mantras is the same: “O, Guru, help me free myself from my sundry misunderstandings regarding myself, the universe and God and bless me with true knowledge.”

It is in this spirit that people throughout the world are regularly chanting these mantras, and in which they are chanted twice daily at Bharathiya ashrams—both at the conclusion of the morning arcana and after the evening arati.

The first mantra—asato ma sadgamaya—means, “Lead me from the asat to the sat.” In fact, it is best to not translate sat (nor its negative counterpart asat) for, as with many Sanskrit words, sat has many meanings and not only are most of them applicable here, their deliberate combined import provides a depth that no one of them could hold independently. These co-applicable meanings include: existence, reality and truth. (Co-applicable meanings for asat being: non-existence, non-reality and untruth.)

We often speak of religion or philosophy as a search for Truth. But only in India’s philosophy of Advaita Vedanta has the concept of “truth” been so meticulously and successfully dissected. According to Advaita, for something to be considered true in the ultimate sense, it must be true not just at one given moment, but always be true—true in all three periods of time: the past, present and future. In fact, Advaita goes one step further. It says if something does not exist in all three periods of time that it does not truly exist, it is not ultimately real. Thus, truth, existence and reality are one and the same. That reality, Vedanta says, is what we call God.

The universe and its things are in a constant state of change. The planets are in constant motion, their positions in relation to each other and the other astral bodies are in continuous flux. The seasons similarly are ever-shifting. Scientifically, we can easily understand that our bodies (and the cells within them) come into existence, are born and then go through periods of growth, sustenance, deterioration and death. In fact these six modifications are part-and-parcel of everything in creation. On the level of emotions, we move back and forth between happiness, sorrow and anger. Even our intellectual convictions rarely stay fixed for very long. So, according to Vedanta, we cannot call this world ultimately real. It is not ultimately true. Ultimately, it does not exist. It seems real etc. but it is not. Such a thing is called asat.

The seeker giving voice to this prayer has come to understand the finite nature of all the objects of the world, and he wants the Guru to guide him from the asat to the sat. He is fed up with depending on things that are not real. Why? Because just as the sandcastle is always washed away by the tide, dependence on the asat always ends in pain. Sat is our True Self—the blissful consciousness that ever was, is and ever will be. Being beyond time, this consciousness can never be washed away by the time’s tides. In fact, sat is there as the essential part of all of the asat objects. It is a matter of separating the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

When speaking about the ultimate reality, Sages say it is of the nature of sat-cit-ananda: pure existence, pure consciousness and pure bliss.

The second mantra—tamaso ma jyotirgamaya—means “Lead me from darkness to light.” When the Vedas refer to darkness and light, they mean ignorance and knowledge, respectfully. This is so because ignorance, like darkness, obscures true understanding. And in the same way that the only remedy for darkness is light, the only remedy for ignorance is knowledge. The knowledge spoken of here is again the knowledge of one’s true nature.

Currently, in the darkness of our ignorance, we believe ourselves to be bound and limited (otherwise we would not be reciting these mantras in the first place). But the Guru and the scriptures are telling us that, in truth, we are not, never will be and never have been bound. Eternally we sat-cit-ananda. The only thing that can remove our ignorance regarding our true nature is a spiritual education at the hands of a True Master (Guru). At the culmination of such an education at the feet of a real master, light floods the inner room, as it were; darkness vanishes.

The final mantra—mrtyorma amrtam gamaya—means: “Lead me from death to immortality.” This should not be taken as a prayer to live endless years in heaven or on earth. It is a prayer to the Guru for assistance in realizing the truth that “I was never born, nor can ever die, as I am not the body, mind and intellect, but the eternal, blissful consciousness that serves as the substratum of all creation.”

It is important to remember that, with all these mantras, the leading is not a physical leading. The Atma is not something far away that we have to make a pilgrimage to, nor is it something we need to transform ourselves into. Atma means “self.” We don’t need to transform our self into our self. Nor do we need to travel to it. We are it. The journey is a journey of knowledge. It is journey from what we misunderstand to be our self to what truly is our self. What the mantras really means is “Lead me to the understanding that I am not the limited body, mind and intellect, but am, was and always will be that eternal, absolute, blissful consciousness that serves as their substratum.”

This is the real message of Deepavali and the joy, happiness, enthusiasm and enlightment all come together to applause us as abundant spiritual blessings. Laxmi-Ganesh pujan may give us Riddhi and Siddhi. obviously, then we can be able to strike out all the evils and ills from the society and sojournity.

Hindu Scriptures and spirituality does not mean only for Hindus. Everybody can get the tranquility, spirituality and the prosperity from this most philanthropic and vibrant way of life.

Hindu Existence conveys everybody Subh Deepavali and Happy and prosperous Diwali to all.

Source : amritapuri.org

Posted in Hindu Culture and Tradition, Hindu Existence, Hindu Festivals, Hindu Puja, Hindu Rituals, Hindu Scriptures and Hindu Research, Hindu Temples, Hindu World, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Deepavali preparation set world-wide

Posted by hinduexistence on November 3, 2010

Clik here or press the Hindu News Tab above to read details.

  • Accession of J&K is Full & Final – Autonomy Talk is Treason – RSS
  • Disputed land at Ayodhya belongs to Hindus: Hindu Mahasabha
  • Muslim Tsunami has begun in Kerala to crush Hindu existence

Diwali celebration is Nov. 4 in Mason

Monday, November 01, 2010|| Source: cincinnati.com

The Hindu Society of Mason expects as many as 300 people to attend a program that will celebrate the Festival of Lights, or Diwali, at the Mason Municipal Center on Nov. 4. Mason Mayor Don Prince will light a lamp at 6:30 p.m. to signal the beginning of the program.

Activities include short song-and-dance performances by a choir. In addition, individuals will share what Diwali means to the Hindu community in Mason and to Hindus throughout the world.

In Hinduism, Diwali is the most important festival of the year. It is as important to the Hindu religion as Christmas is to Christians, said Falguni Desai of Mason. Read more here………

Residents invited to Hindu celebration of Diwali

Celebrate Diwali at temple in Etobicoke on Saturday

Nov 01, 2010 – 7:30 AM || Source : insidetoronto.com

Residents are invited to join “the largest celebration of the Hindu faith” this November.

The community is welcomed to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (temple) at 61 Claireville Dr. in Etobicoke on Saturday, Nov. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. for Diwali and Annakut celebrations marking the end of the Hindu calendar year.

Nilesh Mehta, a volunteer and spokesman for the mandir, said Diwali is a five-day celebration with the event condensed into one day at the Mandir featuring a festival of lights and Annakut – meaning ‘mountain of food’ – with a “community feast” near the end of the day.  Read more here………

Australian politician announces $1 million fund for Hindu centre on Diwali

Monday, Nov 1, 2010, 2:22 IST | Place: Melbourne | Agency: PTI

Reaching out to the Indian community ahead of Diwali, Victoria’s premier John Brumby on Saturday offered an assistance of Aus $1 million for the construction of a Hindu cultural and education centre here.

Brumby announced the grant during a Diwali celebration event that attracted thousands of Indians as well as locals in the heart of the city’s business district.

The event is the largest cultural show managed by the company ‘Celebrate India’ that will also put up a lighting festival competition next week.

Brumby said Diwali was an important occasion for the Indian community and a great example of how Victoria’s many communities come together to share their values. Read more here………

Vatican also conveyed Diwali greetings for hindus world wide.

Suvh Deepavali from Hindu Existence Forum. Happy Diwali.

Posted in Hindu Celebrations, Hindu Culture and Tradition, Hindu Festivals, Hindu Puja, Hindu Rituals, Hindu World, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

Ramjanambhoomi in Ayodhya :: Faith, fact and fiction

Posted by hinduexistence on October 23, 2010

Faith, fact and fiction

October 22, 2010   1:51:41 PM

Prafull Goradia || Daily Pioneer, New Delhi, India.

History and ASI records prove Hindu temples have been vandalised time and again by Muslim rulers and invaders. Will Muslims consider returning all those mandirs to Hindus in exchange of the Babri Masjid?

The recent judgement of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi has been criticised by several Muslim leaders and a self-styled secularist as one based on faith and not facts. To insist on facts, when it comes to religion, is a contradiction in terms. That Virgin Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ is a belief inspired by faith and we respect it. Similarly, we do not question that Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from the Dome of Rock.

The short-sightedness of the Muslim institutions wanting to appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court’s recent judgement on Ram Janmabhoomi is obvious. In contrast, recall the vision of Sir Sikander Hayat Khan, the distinguished Premier of undivided Punjab: The Muslim League had sponsored the Punjab Muslim Mosques Protection Bill of 1938. The intention was primarily to secure the restoration of the Shaheed Ganj mosque, which was being used as a gurudwara.

As stated by Professor Coupland, the Bill was expected to create a grave political crisis for Sir Sikander’s Unionist Party. However, he still stood firm against the Bill and stated openly in the Punjab Assembly that the enactment of the legislation would provoke a retaliatory action in other provinces in respect of the numerous non-Muslim places of worship, which had passed into Muslim hands and had become sites of important Muslim holy places such as, the Dargah at Ajmer or the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque near Qutb Minar.

Significantly, the Council of the Muslim League approved of Sir Sikander’s contention and the Punjab Governor accordingly, did not permit the Bill to be introduced. That left Barkat Ali, the sponsor of the Bill, disappointed. The incident is quoted from Modern Muslim India and the Birth of Pakistan by Mr SM Ikram.

As a Hindu, I welcome the insistence on facts. I could go to the extent of offering the Muslims the Babri masjid back provided their leaders agree to give back all the places of worship, which were proven mandirs and were converted into masjids by invaders or Muslim rulers.

I have seen and photographed several mosques whose walls carry integral carvings of Lord Ganesh. The Quwwat-ul-Islam in Delhi and the Adina Mosque near Malda in West Bengal are two such examples. The Jama Masjid in Vidisha near Bhopal is a veritable museum of Hindu idols. The Rudra Mahalaya Complex at Siddhpur in Gujarat with its 11 temples used as Jami Masjid is another interesting example. From within the precincts of the mosque, Hindu idols were excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1979, but were buried back at the insistence of Muslim leaders. This incidence was reported by the Fourth National Minorities Commission Report, 1983. According to Alexander Cunningham, the legendary founder of ASI, it was the resplendent kingdom of Kannauj, which was later destroyed by Muhammad Ghori in 12th century.

In his Mathura : A District Memoir, FS Growse has recorded his exhaustive survey of Brajbhoomi. He was so overwhelmed by the vandalism that he visited the area repeatedly and recorded it in detail. To quote: “Thanks to Muhammadan intolerance, there is not a single building of any antiquity either in Mathura or, its environs. Its most famous temple — that dedicated to Kesava Deva (Krishna) — was destroyed in 1669, the eleventh year of the reign of Aurangzeb or Alamgir. The mosque (idgah) erected on its ruins is a building of little architectural value.”

Over two centuries after the desecration, Growse felt that “of all the sacred places in India, none enjoys a greater popularity than the capital of Braj, the holy city of Mathura. For nine months in the year, festival follows upon festival in rapid succession and the ghats and temples are daily thronged with new troops of way worn pilgrims”.

Today, Balkrishna is worshipped in a little room, which appears like a servant quarter attached to the back of the idgah. Definitely, any visitor, whether a devotee or otherwise, would feel pathetic.

The birthplace of Krishna was vandalised repeatedly. It started with Mahmud of Ghazni in 1017 and went on till Aurangzeb’s rule in 17th century. Historian Sri Ram Sharma in his The Religious Policy of the Mughal Emperors, first published in 1940, wrote: “Then came the turn of the temple of Keshav Rai at Mathura built at a cost of `33,00,000 by Rao Bir Singh Bundela during the reign of Jahangir. It had excited the envy of many Muslims who, however, had not Aurangzeb’s power. It had been built after the style of the famous temple at Bindraban which Man Singh had built at a cost of `5,00,000. But Bir Singh had improved upon his model and spent more than six times as much as Man Singh had lavished on his shrine at Bindraban. It had become a centre of pilgrimage for the whole of India. The idols, studded with precious stones and adorned with gold work, were all taken to Agra and there buried under the steps of Jahanara’s mosque. The temple was levelled to the ground and a mosque was ordered to be built on the site to mark the acquisition of religious merit by the emperor.” Historian Sharma has relied on Maasiri-i-Alamgiri.

The Russians at the end of their conquest of Warsaw had built an Orthodox church, which stood for a hundred years until World War I. It was demolished after the Polish takeover. At the same site, the Poles rebuilt their Catholic church. The incident was described by Sir Arnold Toynbee in the first Azad Memorial lecture delivered in Delhi. He then went on to comment on the irony of independent India tolerating the idgah over Krishna Janmabhoomi and the two tall mosques built on the ghats of Benares.

Ours being a peaceful society, Indians should avoid desecration. A fair and square exchange of the Babri edifice for all the mandirs turned into masjids, which authentic records prove, should be acceptable to all.

Posted in Attack upon Hindu Temple by Muslims, Attack upon Hindus & Hindu Temples, Attack upon Hindus by Muslims, Hindu Movements, Hindu Struggle, Hindu Temples, Hindu World, Save Hinduism | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

An Indian Hindu leader urged for Global Hindu Solidarity.

Posted by hinduexistence on August 30, 2010

An Interview with Tapan Ghosh, President of Hindu Samhati in America.

1. Please tell us something about you and your organization.

I have been associated with organizing Hindu relief and resistance in many parts of India over the last three decades, including spending some time in Kashmir where Hindus have suffered the worst onslaught of Islamic extremism in recent years. My past experience in Jammu and Kashmir taught me that it was not only the Kalashnikov wielding militants that drove Hindus out of their homes; it was also their nondescript Muslim neighbors who largely turned a blind eye and refused to provide any support to their Hindu brethren. When I moved back to West Bengal several years back, I realized that the demographic changes in Assam and W. Bengal bordering Bangladesh are alarming and that Hindus are migrating out of their villages in large numbers. The events of Direct Action Day (Kolkata, 1946), massacre in Noakhali (Oct.1946), communal riots in 1947 and genocide of Hindus in 1971 might be [for detailed reports of Indian Panorama Pl Click here] forgotten events in modern Bengal. But, if Islamic religious extremism cannot be countered today, nothing can stop another holocaust against the Hindus in the near future. It is with this vision that Hindu Samhati was founded in 2008. Today, we are a fast growing, grass-roots organization with completely non-political agenda and strength of over 15,000 volunteers.

2. What type of atrocities are Hindus facing in West Bengal? (Please write in details)

The atrocities that Hindus are facing in villages bordering Bangladesh are multifarious. The case of massive illegal infiltration is well known today. What the people of India and USA don’t know is their activities. This includes crime targeted against Hindu women; from relatively small cases of eve-teasing and harassment, to sexual assault, rape, kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam. Incidences of illegal migrants encroaching upon Hindu lands as well as organized land grabbing by Islamic criminal network by the likes of Majid Master & Arabul Islam in N. 24 Parganas, is also very common. There is also a sharp increase in cases of rioting during Hindu festivals, destruction of Temples and desecration of Deities; large scale provocative cow slaughter during Hindu festivals in Hindu majority localities is also on the rise. Construction of large, illegal mosques, often upon encroached land, is happening in all border areas and has changed the landscape of rural Bengal. While establishment of massive Saudi funded Madrasas across rural Bengal is only contributing to the growing religious extremism among Muslims, implementation of Sharia laws by Chalasi (Islamic) courts is quite prevalent in villages in Malda, Murshidabad and North Dinajpur districts. Finally, the Indo-Bangla border acts as a major conduit for smuggling by the terrorist network and have grave consequences for national security. As a result of growing Islamization of rural Bengal, Hindus are leaving the border area villages. This change in demography is well established in Assam, and I fear that the upcoming census will paint a grimmer scenario in W. Bengal too. Calls for a greater Muslim Bangla are not unheard of in Muslim majority districts and my greatest fear is the day when Muslim zealots will give a call for Nara-e-taqbir and tell Hindus to either convert or leave Bengal. Where will we go then?

2a. What kind of threats are you receiving and from whom?

Hindu Samhati workers face opposition from local political parties, who resent our rising influence in the community. Law enforcement agencies threaten our workers in areas where they face tremendous pressure from political bigwigs.

Personally, I am a prime target of Jihadi elements in areas where our work disrupts their activities.

3. India being a secular country and Bengal being a Marxist-ruled state, how all these are happening?
While India is constitutionally secular, it is also an electoral democracy which means that politicians care about winning elections and cannot ignore 31% of the Bengali Muslim population that are believed to vote en-masse. So, while Kerala CM and a Marxist Mr. Achyutanandan is forced to admit that there is a greater conspiracy to convert Kerala into a Muslim majority state by overt and covert means in 20 years, Bengal CM Mr. Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has to remain silent eyeing state elections in May, 2011. But it is not that the politicians are asleep, it is the middle class Bengalis that are in deep slumber. The entire Bengali intelligentsia and culturally enriched Bengali society could not provide protection to one Muslim lady, Ms. Taslima Nasreen, a poet and an intellectual who dared to raise her voice against Islamic fundamentalism. Do you really think anyone in modern Bengal is concerned about upholding secularism or free speech? We may be too proud to admit this, but a large section of the Bengali  Hindu society has confused tolerance with cowardice and inaction.

4. What is the role of Congress and Trinamool, Mamta Banerjee in particular? Are they silent for losing the minority vote bank?
The Congress, Trinamool, CPI(M) and all other political parties are either willfully ignorant or outright pro-Muslim in their attitude when it comes to communal situations. With an exploding Islamic population in West Bengal and their pattern to vote en-masse, the Muslim vote can no longer be ignored by any political party. It is now well known that the recent surge in the popularity of Ms. Mamata Banerjee, especially after Nandigram, is largely due to the shifting support of the Muslim community. So, while the Trinamool is going all out to win their support, the CPI(M) too is leaving no stone unturned to win them back. This includes the recent overtures to start Muslim reservations in jobs and educational institutions, which of course, we have been vehemently opposing. Under the current situation and with a divided voting pattern, the Hindus have no one to approach.

5. What role is the media playing?
The role of media, generally speaking, varies from being a passive onlooker, to being outright anti-Hindu. Let me give a fairly recent example regarding the meek surrender of the Bengali media to this extremism. When Islamic zealots ransacked the office of renowned newspaper, ‘The Statesman’ in Kolkata, in retaliation to a mere reproduction of an article originally written by Johann Hari for The Independent (UK), the silence in Bengali press, and for that matter national media, was deafening. Any reader of the article would know that there was nothing, even remotely, derogatory against Islam and the article simply denounced religious extremism. In the end, while editor Ravindra Kumar and publisher Anand Sinha were arrested for offending Muslim sentiments, no action was taken against the rioters. Where was the freedom of press then? Now, we all know what happens when Hindu organizations protest against the Press, the news channels repeat the same footage for days at a time. While violence against the press cannot be condoned, then why the double standards? As a general rule, while many Muslims resort to rioting at the slightest provocation, no one in the media wants to report these incidents to preserve the so-called “communal harmony” and for fear of being labeled “communal”.

In fact, I have a strong suspicion, that a section of the media receives money from the Islamic Mafia, through overflow budgets for thousands of Mosques and Madrassas that are funded by Middle Eastern countries.

6. What initiative are you taking?
Our stand is quite clear and it is to openly and if necessary forcibly, defend the Hindus reeling under Muslim aggression in the districts bordering Bangladesh. Even though the police is usually a meek observer under political directive, we always involve the law enforcement agencies, including regularly petitioning them with our grievances. One of our main goals is to resist attack on women, especially minor girls, because the inability to protect the honor of womenfolk is the most important reason why Hindus are forced to migrate out of their village. We are also actively engaged in repatriating and rehabilitating victims of rape, sex trafficking and forced conversion by marriage and making them more acceptable to the Hindu society at large.  In addition to this, we provide financial and legal assistance to victims of communal riots, arson, land grabbing, and property and temple destruction. However, being village oriented grass-roots organization, our funds are very limited and we look forward to people’s help in this regard. And since the Bengali media is not very helpful, we are doing our best to spread awareness on how the Hindus are suffering everyday. The Hindu Samhati blog and website has all these details in English and Bengali.

7. What is the purpose of your USA trip?
The purpose of my visit is in sync with the aspirations of Hindu Samhati, that spreading awareness and raising concerted opposition to the advances of Islamic expansionism, is critical to the survival of secular, liberal democracies like India and much of the western civilization, including United States. People from India and the United States must realize that the war on Islamic terrorism cannot be won without curbing religious extremism among Muslims, be it in the suburbs of Chicago or Delhi or villages in rural Bengal. And this will require the active support and cooperation with each other ranging from cooperation at the highest level to those who work at the grassroots level. In this time of need, we must help and support each other with all possible resources at our disposal.

8. Are you sharing your stories here? with whom?
The purpose of my trip here is primarily to spread awareness about the current, ongoing religious tensions in rural Bengal among the Indian diaspora and seek their help and suggestion on how to best serve the population of Bengal. I will greatly treasure the opportunity that I had to meet a wide background of people, from non-resident Bengalis to US politicians, policy makers and other well wishing Indians and Americans. We have had a phenomenal response to the work done by our volunteers in the villages. Most agree that the situation is alarming and responded very positively to help in any way they can.

9. What kind of reaction are you getting here?
I am overwhelmed by the support and concern showed by the local community. I regret that I could not visit Hindu Samhati supporters in Altanta, Dallas and the Bay Area.

10. Tell us something about your experience in Chicago.

Chicago is a very beautiful place, and I always dreamt of being here one day. As you may know, this is the place where Swami Vivekananda attended the Parliament of Religions in 1893, and started a long lasting relation between the Hindu ethos and Western civilization, that continues to grow to this day. We had a meeting at the Manav Seva Mandir with the local Hindu American community. I also met the Press with whom I could share my concerns and initiatives. I am with the response I got in Chicago. [Ref Link]

Vedio Footage of another Interview of Tapan Ghosh with iTV.

Part – I

Part – II

Compilation : Upananda Brahmachari

Posted in Attack upon Hindus by Christians, Attack upon Hindus by Muslims, Hindu Conference, Hindu Existence, Hindu Honour, Hindu Movements, Hindu Politics, Hindu Women in Trap, Hindu World, New Age Hindutva, Practical Hindutva, Violation of Hindu Religious Rights, Violation of Hindu Rights, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Murals of reclining Shiva, Nataraja with 20 arms found at Thrissur temple

Posted by hinduexistence on August 24, 2010

SURPRISE FIND:The mural of Nataraja with 20 arms at the Vadakkumnathan temple in Thrissur.

The two rare paintings on Nataraja about 350 years old, have been found by ASI

A. Srivathsan||The Hindu

THRISSUR: An ASI study of 600 panels of murals in Kerala has revealed paintings that were hitherto covered, and also new details of the existing ones. Notable among them are the two rare paintings which are about 350 years old — a reclining Shiva and a Nataraja with 20 arms found on the walls of Vadakkumnathan temple at Thrissur.

“For long this painting was thought to be a reclining Vishnu, since it was partly covered with soot. Another reason is that a reclining figure is usually associated with Vishnu and it is common in Kerala to paint Vaishnavaite themes in Saivaite temples. When we cleaned the painting, the details became evident and we could establish that it is a reclining Shiva [Panivarai Siva] with Parvati, Ganga and other attendant deities. This is a rare panel,” said M. Nambirajan, Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Society of India, Thrissur circle.

“Adjacent to this panel, another one depicting Nataraja also held a surprise. This panel is considered unusual since it is portrayed with 16 arms. Our study has revealed that there are more arms to it than what were known before. This Nataraja actually has 20 arms and carries various objects,” says Mr. Nambirajan.

This study, which commenced in 2008, looked at paintings spread over six temples, which include Chemmanthitta and Peruvanam, in and around Thrissur. These temples are under ASI protection.

The Ramayana Gallery at the Mattancherry Palace in Kochi.

The study also includes paintings in the Mattancherry Palace, Kochi.

“Though there are no labels to establish the date of these paintings, stylistically the work can be placed between the 15 {+t} {+h} and 18 {+t} {+h} centuries. At a few places, paintings done over different periods can also be found. The popular themes, apart from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, are the Kiratarjunya and Krishna Leela,” said S. Suresh, archaeologist and convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Tamil Nadu chapter, who was commissioned by the ASI for assisting it in the study.

“The paintings at the Pallimanna temple are an exception. One of the panels carries a label in an old Malayalam script, which gives the date of the paintings there as early 17 {+t} {+h} century, and even mentions the name of the artist and his teacher,” says Mr. Suresh.

Such a study was not undertaken earlier because most of the paintings are located within temples that are still under worship. Extensive documentation was difficult.

Many of the paintings face conservation problems. They are often covered with soot emanating from ritual lamps. Suggestions such as placing a plastic or glass cover have not been received well.

“A critical problem facing some of the paintings, particularly the one at Thriprayar, comes from Vedi Vazhipadu or bursting of crackers. Frequent blasts create vibration and produce soot that deposits on the paintings,” says Mr. Suresh.

“We are regularly cleaning the paintings and will come up with long-term plans to preserve them. Our objective is also to sensitise other temple authorities in Kerala to protect the rare paintings they have rather than erasing or redrawing them,” says Mr. Nambirajan.

Courtesy : The Hindu || Pictures : Archeological Survey of India.

Posted in Hindu Culture and Tradition, Hindu Scriptures and Hindu Research, Hindu Temples, Hindu World, Save Humanity, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Hindu Sangathan Divas (Hindu Unity Day) in New York

Posted by hinduexistence on August 10, 2010

Hindu Sangathan Divas in New York

Tapan Ghosh, President, HINDU SAMHATI in the dais.

Dr. Subramanyam Swamy , Tapan Ghosh and others in the Hindu Unity Day, New York.

Audience in the occasion.

New York, Aug 9, 2010
Hindu Unity Day (Hindu Sangathan Divas) was celebrated at Hindu Temple in Flushing, New York on a grand scale and it was a very successful event. Tapan Ghosh, President of Hindu Samhati, gave a call to the Hindus of America to rise to the need of the hour to support Hindus in the critical flashpoint of Islamic aggression that India has become.
…………………..
Ghosh stated “At this juncture a sense of cohesiveness, a feeling that the community is an extension of one’s own self and an understanding that an attack upon any part of the community is an attack upon the whole Hindu world, has become not a necessity, but an imperative for Hindu society.” He added “The Hindu society now needs Hindu Solidarity, which is Hindu Samhati”. He further said, ” Hindu society is under attack from every direction and in every manner. The need of the hour is to reignite our Kshatriya spirit and stand resolutely”.
…………….
Dr. Subramanyam Swamy, the President of Janata Party and chief guest of the occasion said, “A few years ago I saw Tapan Ghosh working as an activist under the VHP banner. Now he has developed into a full blown leader of the Hindus of Bengal.”
…………….
More than a thousand people attended the event.
……………………
Tapan Ghosh’s speech in full can be obtained from the following link.
…………………………
Courtesy : Hindu Samhati blog.

Posted in Hindu Conference, Hindu Honour, Hindu Struggle, Hindu World, Practical Hindutva, World Hindus | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

Aum and Hinduism give peace to Julia Roberts

Posted by hinduexistence on August 7, 2010

Julia Roberts in Hari Mondir Ashram in Patudi ( India).

Julia practises Hinduism, hopes she will have a quieter innings next time

Aug. 6: Julia Roberts has raised the bar for the art of asking for a “second chance”: she has started practising Hinduism so that she can be reincarnated as “something quiet” without the stress of celebrity.

The superstar with the million-watt smile has disclosed that she is a practising Hindu who goes to the temple to “chant and pray and celebrate”. “I’m definitely a practising Hindu. I’ve been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life. Next time, I want to be just something quiet and supporting,” Julia told Elle magazine.

Julia, who was born to Baptist and Catholic parents, is thought to have been introduced to the religion while shooting her new film, Eat, Pray, Love, in which she plays a woman hoping to find herself through spirituality. The recently divorced character visits Italy for food, India for spirituality and Bali, where she finds love.

The 42-year-old Julia, who married cameraman Daniel Moder in 2002, said the couple worship at a temple together regularly with their three children.

Will her wish for the next life be granted? “You can say the belief in reincarnation gives one hope of a second chance,” said Radharaman Das, the general manager of Iskcon, Calcutta.

Das said there was hope for her in this life itself and she was going about it the right way. “In case of rasogolla, you have to eat it to know what it is. Thinking of it will not do. But God and God’s name is the same. Chanting his name makes you experience God and expiate your sins of millions of earlier births.”   Photo >>>: Julia Roberts with an elephant in Eat, Pray, Love

What would Julia need to do to be considered a practising Hindu? According to Das, all initiates take a vow to follow four regulations. “The main focus is on chanting 16 rounds of Hare Krishna, each round comprising 108 times. Other than that, meat, as also onion and garlic, is to be avoided, as is intoxication, including tea or coffee. Gambling is out of bounds, so is illicit sex, i.e. sex outside marriage.”

But many feel Hinduism does not require such mandates. “Hinduism is more a way of life,” said Mural Bhai, the general secretary of Dakshineshwar Ramkrishna Sangha Adyapeath. “Manu says do not envy, speak the truth, do not steal, help others and lead a restrained life,” he added.

“The religion is so broad in outlook that it does not issue threats of sending one to hell if one fails to follow prescriptions. There are lapses, not sins,” said Swami Gurupadananda of Bharat Sevashram Sangha.

Some reports claimed Julia had converted – an unsettled issue in Hinduism as many purists believe one has to be born a Hindu, although some organisations do carry out conversions.

Julia does not need to give up her name, though some reports claimed that her children had been renamed (Laxmi for Hazel, Ganesh for Phinnaeus and Krishna Balram for Henry). “Taking a new name is not mandatory, though it gives you a Hindu identity,” said Swami Gurupadananda of Bharat Sevashram Sangha.

When Julia came to India, she did carry the ultimate symbols of materialism — 350 guards, bullet-proof cars and a helicopter. A minor controversy also broke out when villagers near Delhi were not allowed to enter a temple on Navratri.

However, in the magazine interview, she spoke with the sagacity expected of someone who has discovered India. Slamming the use of cosmetic surgery, Julia said: “It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates,” she said.

Not that she has forgotten more expressive — and less spiritual — terms. “I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy, and when I’m confounded. Your face tells a story… and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”

The screen adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert is expected to be released in Britain later this year. Trupti Patel, of the Hindu Forum of Britain, told PTI: “If Julia Roberts wants to call herself a Hindu, we welcome her into our Dharma…. The HFB does hope that it is not a cheap publicity stunt to promote her film.”

WITH INPUTS FROM SUDESHNA BANERJEE

Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata, Anandabazar Patrika.

Posted in Hindu Culture and Tradition, Hindu Protest, Hindu Rituals, Hindu World, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hinduism Summit at Chicago

Posted by hinduexistence on June 4, 2010

Updated on 9th June, 2010

Hinduism Summit at Greater Chicago held successfully

Passionate speeches, a rapt audience, reverberations of an auspicious conch, the sound of ancient Sanskrit verses, a unique idol of Lord Ganesh on display and an exhibition of objects attacked by ghosts were just some of the highlights of the second Hinduism Summit held in Chicago on Nija Vaishakh Krushna Ashtami 5112 (5 June 2010) ! The Summit was held by the Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) and the Lake County Hindu Temple. Around 100 attendees in person and 200 attendees online took the benefit of this event. Read Full Report Here.

Hindu Existence Group wish a Grand Spiritual and Social Success of Chicago Hindu Dharma Summit by FHA.

>>Click here for Programme Details

The Hinduism Summit aims to promote an understanding about the unique science behind Hinduism concepts and practices, and provide practical guidance on living Hinduism. The Hinduism Summit aims also to unite everyone interested in Hinduism, to preserve it in the face of denigration and misconceptions about Hinduism today.

Note:

Special attraction of Summit

* Exhibition of visual posters on sattvik living and unique science underlying Hinduism

* Treasure of books on topics of spiritual practice (sadhana), Dharma, sattvik pictures of deities and sattvik products for worship and spiritual practice

For more information, please call our toll free number

+1 877 303 3342

Language: English

Total seats available: 150 Total already booked: 73 Seats remaining: 77 (as on 06/03/2010)
………………………
Where and When:
……………………………………..
Date: Saturday, 5 June 2010 ||Time: 2.30 PM – 6.00 PM [Central Daylight Time - UTC/ GMT -5 hours]||
Hindu Temple Of Lake County||20444 W. Peterson Road||
Grayslake, IL 60030.
…………………………………………………….
Posted by Upananda Brahmachari.

Posted in Hindu Celebrations, Hindu Conference, Hindu Culture and Tradition, Hindu Education, Hindu Existence, Hindu Movements, Hindu World, World Hindus | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,152 other followers