Category Archive for: ‘Religion’

Swami Chinmayananda

Centenary Celebrations of Swami Chinmayananda’s Life and Legacy

Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda (1916‐1993) is counted among the greatest spiritual leaders of India in the 20th century. He is considered an authority on the ancient Indian scriptures of Advaita (nondual) Vedanta, especially the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. He inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission to spread these teachings. Beginning 1951, he spearheaded a Hindu spiritual and cultural renaissance that popularized …

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Bhagavad Gita

Faith is a Cradle of Trees

Author by Nila Bala   When I was in high school, I tried to discover God and ethics through science looking into physics, biochemistry, and neurology. If there was a moral center to ourselves, I wondered, where was it located? But then, I fell off a cliff and stopped wondering as much. I was at an overlook in Peru, and I …

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RakshaBandhan By Satya Nauth

RakshaBandhan By Satya Nauth

                        The Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan was born over 6000 years ago, and as time has drifted on the significance has remained untouched, though the way it is celebrated has metamorphosed with the changing times. Rakhi day is a day to seek the blessing and protection given by …

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Janmashtami - 2014

Janmashtami – 2014

  On August 17, states across India will come alive with celebrations. People will form human pyramids to crack a pot hanging high in the air. Women dressed in colorful lehenga-cholis will dance in joy around a blue-colored man holding a flute and wearing a peacock feather in his head. Yes, that means Janmashtami is coming. The festival commemorates the …

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Hema Malini as Durga - A Review By Anita Rao

Hema Malini as Durga – A Review By Anita Rao

  Hema Malini, Bollywood’s ‘Dream Girl,’ took audiences on a mythological journey in the dance ballet Durga at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on June 22 sponsored by Sham Chhabria and South Florida Hindu Temple. Supported by a group of 25 male and female dancers, Malini, a classical dancer of international fame, entertained the audience with her grace, talent, beauty …

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Celebrating Ramadan

Celebrating Ramadan

              Another Ramadan is upon us this mid-summer. This auspicious month gives Muslims the opportunity to truly reflect on the past year, earn extra blessings, and turn towards Allah more so than any other month. During this time, Muslims forgo that which is most important – food and drink -in an effort to control …

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HOW I ESSENTIALLY1

How I Essentially Became a Hindu

Can you imagine in Europe there are people who believe there is no Bhagawan (God)!” Baba Ramdev, a highly popular yogi, said this to a sea of thousands of Indian school children with an expression of genuine wonderment on his face. I saw it on TV, and it made me smile. He is right. In Europe, there are people who …

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Desh-Videsh Congratulates the HAF 2013 NextGen Essay Contest Winners

Desh-Videsh Congratulates the HAF 2013 NextGen Essay Contest Winners

Young writers participating in the 2013 NextGen Essay Contest, sponsored by Hindu American Foundation (HAF), were asked how this quote inspired them to be Hindu American advocates. Contestants, in three categories based upon their age — 14-17, 18-22, and 23-27 years — were judged on their creativity, style, and focus by a six person panel consisting of HAF Executive Council …

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Ramadan Growing Closer To God

Ramadan Growing Closer To God

The holy month of Ramadan is well underway, all set to climax with a day of unbridled festivity and celebration this Id. Visit any area heavily populated with devout Muslims and you will notice each day bears a quiet solitude with sudden bursts of frenzied activity in the evening. These bursts correspond with evening prayers and the breaking of the …

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Love In India By Maria Wirth

Love In India By Maria Wirth

Author by Maria Wirth There is no other country where basic questions crop up as quickly as in India,” a young Spanish woman recently told me. I fully agreed with her, as it reminded me of my early time in India some 30 years ago. One basic question then was about love. In the west, love refers mainly to the …

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