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ARUNACHAL PRADESH, INDIA , February 11, 2016 (by Jatinder K Bajaj, Centre for Policy Studies): During 2001-11, the share of Christians in the population of the State has risen from less than 19 to more than 30 percent, and they now form a majority or near majority of the population in several districts. The share of Christians in the Scheduled Tribes population is much higher and several major tribes seem to have become nearly fully Christianized. Arunachal Pradesh, unlike other hill States of the northeast, had escaped widespread Christianisation until 1981 and, to a large extent, even until 1991. Christian presence in the State began to acquire serious proportions in 2001; the latest data indicates that the State is now well on its way towards nearly complete Christianisation of the Schedule Tribes

Census 2011 thus marks a historical milestone in the religious demography of Arunachal Pradesh, and of the Northeast in general. From the time of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, the Indian State and Society had made a conscious attempt to keep Arunachal Pradesh away from the evangelical tide that had swept the hill States of the Northeast. That effort, it seems, has failed and Arunachal Pradesh has now been submerged.

      
 

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INDIA, February 9, 2016 (dharmathatrustJK): Ancient manuscripts from the Sanskrit Collection at Raghunath Temple of the Royal Family of Jammu & Kashmir, courtesy: H.E. Maharaja Karan Singh Dharmartha Trust J&K, are now available online at source above.

      
 

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Sattvic knowledge sees the one indestructible Being in all beings, the unity underlying the multiplicity of creation. Rajasic knowledge sees all things and creatures as separate and distinct. Tamasic knowledge, lacking any sense of perspective, sees one small part and mistakes it for the whole.
-- Bhagavad Gita 18:20-22

      
 

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JAPAN, February 10, 2016 (youtube): There is a bridge of religiousu culture joining the countries of India and Japan. In the words of Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Former Ambassador of Japan, "It is very important for the Japanese to know that in the bottom of Japanese culture, Indian culture is very firmly imprinted".

Along with the ideas of Buddhism and Hinduism, the culture of Indian deities traveled all across Asia. Buddhist and Hindu deities of India are worshiped by the people of Japan. The 5th century Sanskrit script is revered in Japan and its letters denoting different deities, are considered sacred by the Japanese.

Very nice video on this topic at "source" by Benoy Behl. Highly recommended.

      
 

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UNITED STATES, February 10, 2016 (Daily O by Dr. David Frawley): Saying "I am a Hindu" is bound to meet with denigration in the West and even in India - more so if someone born in the West states to have formally become a Hindu. Yet for someone in the West to say that they have become a Buddhist or a Muslim does not meet with the same negative response. Nor does it occur for someone in India, even from a Hindu background, to say that they have become a Christian or a Muslim.

Like a number of Westerners starting in the 1960s, I became immersed in Hindu based practices of yoga and vedanta, extending to the worship of Hindu deities like Shiva and Devi. When people asked me what religion I followed, I realized that I was clearly a Hindu in my way of life from puja and pilgrimage, to mantra and meditation. I decided to formally become a Hindu to affirm this.

However, most in the West who take up yogic teachings do not formally call themselves Hindus, even if they adopt Sanskrit names relating to Hindu deities. This is owing to deep-seated propaganda against Hinduism as characterized by backward social customs, not enlightened spiritual teachings.

Many yoga students claim to be followers of their particular guru or sect. Others claim to be part of a universal tradition of yoga that includes all religions, of which Hinduism is only one. Yet all follow ideas and practices rooted in the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras - primarily Hindu sources - overlooking the fact that they are benefitting enormously from Hindu teachings. Fortunately, there is a slow awakening to the value of Hindu dharma and its rishi traditions. To respect Hinduism is to respect our ancient spiritual roots and our potential for higher consciousness.

      
 


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