KAUAI, HAWAII, August 28, 2015 (HPI): The Hinduism Today app, rolled out August 12 for the iPhone, is now available for all Android smart phones. You can get it on Google Play: Click here and install!
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For many months now the monks have been working among themselves and with experts to create an internet application worthy of Hinduism's flagship magazine. Around the globe there are millions who have no access to the Internet, and whose go-to device is an iPhone or Android phone. A recent poll claims that 70% of India's digitally-connected population have only a mobile device, without a computer at home.
This app is designed to give access to our rich resources for students in Fiji, housewives in Mauritius, yogis in Rishikesh, seekers in Kuala Lumpur and Indophiles everywhere and provide them with a mobile-friendly reading experience of the magazine's one-of-a-kind stories and elegant graphics each quarter.
We hope you will not only download and test-drive it, but share the link with family and friends to enrich their lives and bring the Hindu community even closer. Be sure to register so we can tell you when the next issue is available for downloading.
At "source" above is a short visual tutorial on its use. Follow the slideshow and captions for a quick introduction and overview.
NASHIK, INDIA, August 26, 2015 (Indian Express): Today marked the first day of bathing for those attending this year's Kumbh Mela festival on the banks of the Godavari River in Maharashtra state. For colorful photos see source above.
UNITED STATES, August 26, 2015 (Vedanet by Vamadeva Shastri): Western academia has had an almost uncritical control of Hindu studies, unlike that of any other religion. There are few practicing Hindus in academic positions in the West, and those that exist rarely challenge the dominant discourse openly in front of their peers. Indians seem to be encouraged if they are Marxists or Non-Hindus. This is very different than Christianity, Judaism and Islam that have many practicing members in the ranks of academic teachers in the West, who openly defend their faith.
There is a new battle over Hindu studies and what Hinduism means in a global context, particularly since India now has what is regarded as a more pro-Hindu government. The popularity of Hindu based movements worldwide like the many different Yoga groups, Vedanta and Ayurveda are part of this issue. While Hinduism is being denigrated at an academic level as backward and superstitious, Hindu-based ideas are at the forefront of much of the new spiritual, healing and ecological thought in the world.
While Americans today have learned to respect the Hindu-American community -- which is one of the most affluent and educated minority groups in the country -- they would be surprised to know that much of American academia, which is supposed to represent tolerance, still treats them in a demeaning manner.
Much more of this interesting article at source.
WASHINGTON D.C., August 24, 2015 (Hindu American Foundation): Teachers from around the Washington, DC region took part in the three-day Teach India! teacher training workshop organized by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), California State University-Long Beach, and the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple (SSVT), the first ever program featuring a partnership of this kind. The workshop was held from Aug. 20-22.
The workshop focused on applying historical thinking to teaching approaches. Sessions featured HAF's well-regarded Hinduism 101 program, discussions on how to read and interpret primary source documents such as the Upanishads, and lectures on Indian history from the Harappan era to modern times. Though the workshop featured lessons on how to better understand Hinduism and Hindu texts, facilitators also highlighted India's rich cultural and religious history, including the development of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and the interactions between Dharmic traditions and Abrahamic ones such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
HYDERABAD, INDIA, august 22, 2015 (The Hindu): Environmental concerns is an issue that crops up each year in the runup to Vinayak Chaturthi in the city. And like in previous years, immersion of statues in Hussainsagar Lake scheduled in the last week of September grabbed the spotlight this time too. Built in 1562, the lake dividing the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad has pollution of all sorts, from sewage to industrial effluents, flowing in it for several decades converting it into a cesspool of contamination. Various initiatives over the years aimed at cleaning the lake and restoring its glory of being a drinking water source have failed and crores of rupees have gone down the drain.
It's this lake where scores of statues of Lord Ganesha head for immersion after eleven days of festivities. Environmentalists raise objection to the practice on the grounds that the plaster of paris, paint and other material used in statue making pollute the water body. Estimates suggest that at least 25,000 to 30,000 big statues are immersed in the lake, apart from a large number of smaller ones, all put together crossing the 50,000 mark. And each year, cases are filed in courts seeking to stop the immersion. This year too, permission has been given for statue immersion as the festival is just a month away and work on statues has already begun.
Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi, however, rejects the contention of statues polluting the lake. Samithi general secretary, Bhagwant Rao, argues that the damage to water body was from the sewage and industrial effluents and not statues. Earlier, High Court had directed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to immediately remove statues after immersion and the same is any way being done, Dr. Rao says.