BIELEFELD, GERMANY, July 2, 2014 (Westfalen-Blatt): There are almost 5,000 Hindus in Bielefeld. Among them the devotees of Krishna now have a new focal point: the Hindu temple at Am Stebkamp 10. In 2013 the first Hindu temple (the Kalyana Thiru Murugan Temple) opened nearby. Iyer Sarma Parameswaran, priest of the new temple, explains why the new temple is important to Krishna devotees: "In Hinduism we have a similar distinction (between groups worshipping different Deities) as does the Christian church between Protestant and Catholics. We believe in Radha Krishna. Krishna is the Deity and Radha, his wife, is always called first. The core of this faith is devotion and peace."
The Hindus wanted to also introduce the neighbors to the new temple last weekend. "We are very open and invite everyone to visit us. Whether German, Indian, Hindu or not, everyone is welcome," says Sarma Parameswaran. Every night from 6 to 7:30PM the temple is open for prayer, singing and meditation.
INDIA, July 19, 2014 (Press Information Bureau): The 2nd India-China Yoga Summit was held in Dali, Yunnan Province in China recently. Around 1,500 yoga practitioners participated in the event besides local government officials, media professionals and academicians. The theme of the Summit was "Science of Yoga."
Speaking on the opening ceremony, India's Ambassador to China Shri Ashok K. Kantha highlighted the importance of yoga and traced its long history. He also said the summit which is the biggest yoga event in China has already become a signature event and is generally viewed by serious yoga practitioners as a platform where one can directly learn from the masters of this practice and to engage in a dialogue that will help disperse all the doubts of the practitioners and helping them align with the roots of this ancient Indian practice.
Seventeen yoga teachers from all over India participated in the summit including Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar from Iyengar Yoga School Pune, Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore and from Department of Ayush Shri Ishwar V. Basavaraddi. The purpose of the summit was to guide Chinese yoga enthusiasts to have a more scientific, rational, and objective look towards yoga.
INDIA, July 17, 2014 (Press Information Bureau): Millets are one of the oldest foods known to humans. These are the small-seeded hardy crops belonging to gramineae family which can grow well in dry zones/rain-fed areas under marginal conditions of soil fertility and moisture. Due to their short growing season, these can develop from seeds to ready to harvest crops in about 65 days. This highly beneficial characteristic of the millets is of vital importance in thickly populated regions of the world. If stored properly, millets can keep well for two years or beyond.
Most of the millets are highly nutritious, non-glutinous, non-acid forming and easily digestible foods. Being gluten free, individuals suffering from celiac disease can easily incorporate various millets in their diets. Millet ingestion helps in a slower release of glucose over a longer period of time; thus, due to low glycemic index (GI), their habitual intake reduces the risk of diabetes mellitus.
Further, millets are rich sources of minerals like iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Ragi (Finger millet) is very rich in calcium; and bajra in iron. These also contain appreciable amounts of dietary fibre and various vitamins (Carotene, niacin, vitamin B6 and folic acid); high amounts of lecithin are useful for strengthening the nervous system.
Wealth and happiness are not related to each other as cause and effect. An attempt to secure happiness by securing wealth is as futile as it is absurd.
-- Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal(1912-1954), 34th pontiff of the Sarada Peetham
BALTAL, KASHMIR, July 18, 2014 (Rising Kashmir): At least 24 people were injured in clashes in Baltal area of Sonamarg, which serves as base camp for Amarnath yatra, after a scuffle between a ponywala and one of the members of a free yatra langer (community kitchen) over some issue. At least 100 tents and four yatra langars were damaged in the fire while authorities suspended yatra from the route. As the news about the incident spread, hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the incident.
Sources said after the clashes, yatra from the route was suspended [HPI-it has since been resumed]. Meanwhile, senior civil and police officials visited the spot to take stock of the situation. A police official said the situation was brought under control and all the yatries are safe.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma, along with senior officers of civil and police administration today visited Shri Amarnath Yatra base camp at Baltal and took stock of the situation. He urged the service providers to maintain peace and order to ensure a smooth yatra. He also directed the police and civil administration to keep close watch on the situation to ensure smooth conduct of yatra and safety of yatries and all service providers.
Photos of the destruction at Batal can be viewed at:
http://www.kashmirdispatch.com/story- ... ures/301125014-baltal.htm
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