INDIA, July 25, 2015 (The Hindu): Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on Thursday exhorted Non-Resident Indians to adopt at least one dilapidated village temple and also fund the education of at least one poor student from their motherland. Quoting a sloka from the Ramayana, the Sankaracharya said one should realise that "mother and motherland are superior to heaven."
They should chip in with their contributions either individually or collectively through organisations like Telugu Association of North America (TANA) or American Telugu Association (ATA) to reconstruct grama devalayams and sponsor the educational expenses of at least one poor student, the pontiff said after performing an elaborate Trikala pooja here. "It is imperative to protect the existing temples than constructing new ones," he added. The seer wanted the TTD to appoint at least 1,000 gram purohits to revive the past glory of village temples, which, he said, had been the nerve-centre of all socio-economic and cultural activities in the past.
There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not. We cannot understand how He can be explained. He is above the known, and He is above the unknown. Thus have we heard from the ancient sages who explained this truth to us.
-- Sama Veda, Kena Upanishad 1.3
NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 25, 2015 (NDTV): It is fine to use pictures of Gods and Goddesses for commercial products, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing a petition that asked for a ban. "There are 33,000 crore (330 billion) Gods and Goddesses and everybody is to free to have their images. How can we say that there should be no image of God for the whole country?" Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu said.
A petition had sought a ban on the use of images of Gods on products, arguing that it is disrespectful. The petitioner said he was "aggrieved" that pictures of Gods were printed on puja articles, food items, spices, medicines and clothes. The Chief Justice responded: "A businessman may say I am a devotee of Lord Balaji or Goddess Lakshmi and I have named my son and daughter with these names. What is wrong if I use the God's pictures with these names in the name-plate, car or the products? What is wrong with it? Why should we restrain people from using picture of God?" The court said businessmen may feel if they had God's pictures on their products, it would help their business.
LONDON, UK, July 23, 2015 (by Michael Knowles, London News): Hindus from Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton and Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore celebrated Rath Yatra on Sunday, July 19. Three chariots moved through six miles of roads, including Kenton Road, Honeypot Lane, Marsh Lane and Wood Lane after starting at Kenton Temple. Kanji Kerai, general secretary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, and Nitesh Hirani, secretary of the temple, said: "The devotees were singing, dancing, playing drums, hand symbols and blowing conch shells with the spiritual atmosphere throughout the procession.
"Spectators were amazed to see devotees in such an ecstatic mood. "It was a good day in the neighborhood and the community. It is something to be proud of and it is an achievement for the whole Harrow community." Guests from India and MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman attended the festival.
By practicing tolerance of those who insult us, we will feel honor and insult as the same. Just as we feel good when someone praises us, we should feel just as good when we are insulted. Stability in honor or insult is the ability to still have love for our aggressor.
-- Sri Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Spiritual Guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha