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Friday, 05 February 2016 21:49
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Lord Ganesha embodied in an elegant life-like statue gracing the town of Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. The golden writing on His trunk includes the Sanskrit Aum. How sincerely approaching Him as a real being can deepen your relationship with the Lord of Obstacles Hinduism in Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist nation, has been the subject of many articles in Hinduism Today magazine over the years. To many people’s surprise, the country has a number of Hindu temples, including a large and ornate Ganesha shrine right in the middle of Bangkok’s financial district. Our journalist asked several Thais why so many in the country worship regularly at Hindu temples. The common answer was, “The worship of Buddha helps us in a purely spiritual way, whereas worshiping the Hindu Gods helps in our daily…
Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:47
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As we begin February 2016, I reflect on the significance of Pongal which is celebrated in the middle of January every year. What is Pongal? ‘Pongal' is the only Hindu festival that follows a solar calendar. All important events are scheduled during this period. Also known as Makara Sankranthi, a reference to the event of the Sun entering the zodiac sign of Makara or Capricorn.’ In India, the festival is celebrated for three days. On the first day, Bhogi, old clothes and materials are thrown away and burnt, marking the beginning of a new life. The second day, the Pongal day, is observed by boiling fresh milk early in the morning and allowing it to boil over the vessel - a tradition that is the literal translation for Pongal –…
Thursday, 28 January 2016 22:34
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The Hindu Hub (Singapore) has launched an academic wing, called the World Institute for Hinduism (WISH), it aims to be the world’s premier learning centre that provides exceptional education in Hindu Faith. WISH is a non-profit progressive educational institution. A vision that was conceived in 2014 and realised in 2016. It has multiple departments covering areas such as Philosophy, Yoga, Hindu Psychology and Counselling, Sanskrit, Vedic Management and Leadership and Vedic Sciences. Most of its courses will be delivered via an online platform as this will enable the students to learn from any location around the globe. There will be courses from certificate levels all the way up to doctorate programs. WISH has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Hindu University of America (HUA) from Florida, USA…
Saturday, 19 December 2015 21:21
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Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for the Roman Catholic nun to be declared a saint next year. The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumours in 2008, the Vatican said. Mother Teresa died in 1997 and was beatified - the first step towards sainthood - in 2003. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in the slums of the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta). "The Holy Father has authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa," the Vatican said on Friday. She is expected to be canonised in Rome in September. Sister Christie, a spokeswoman for…
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