He who constantly rules the world is verily the cause of bondage and Liberation. Established in His own glory, He is the Immortal, the Embodiment of Consciousness, the omnipresent Protector of the universe. There is no one else able to rule it.
– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter VI, 17
NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 25, 2014 (World Hindu News):
World Hindu Congress 2014 was completed successfully with more than 1600 Hindu leaders from 50 countries participating. The mammoth congress had seven conference agendas, 45 sessions, 1500 delegates and 200 speakers from 50 countries. The conference reverberated the Hindu resurgence globally and enabled Hindu leaders and representatives from across the globe to share solution models for Hindu social, political, youth, women, business and media requirements.
The conference was held at Ashoka Hotel New Delhi under World Hindu Foundation (WHF). Swami Vigyanananda, president of World Hindu Foundation, thanked all participants and wished all the best of learning and development from World Hindu Congress 2014. The next World Hindu Congress 2018 is planned in United States under the stewardship of Dr. Abhaya Asthana.
UNITED STATES, November 17, 2014 (The Hindu):
Indian-American Pratima Dharm has been a pioneer on multiple counts – last month she was appointed as the first ever Hindu chaplain of a U.S. university and in 2011 she made history after the Pentagon named her as its first Hindu and inter-faith chaplain.
She served in the U.S. military through some of the hardest times faced by its soldiers in the battlefields of Iraq, and she counseled many of them afflicted by PTSD, steering them away from suicide, and helping them reclaim their familial relationships. She also participated in humanitarian aid missions into the Kurdish regions of northern Iraq, an experience that left her with a lasting ties to the people there.
In a conversation with Narayan Lakshman Ms. Dharm spoke of her deep links with India and the principles of Hinduism that she associates with her upbringing in the country, and also shared her thoughts on Hindus in the U.S. military and the kind of leader she hopes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be.
Much more of this interesting article at ‘source.’
He who is the support of both the unmanifested prakriti and the jiva, who is the Lord of the three gunas and who is the cause of bondage, existence and Liberation from samsara, is verily the Creator of the universe, the Knower, the inmost Self of all things and their Source-the omniscient Lord, the Author of time, the Possessor of virtues, the Knower of everything.
– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter VI, 16
USA, November 19, 2014 (By Arun Venugopal, WNYC):
Hema Ramaswamy, a young Indian-American woman with Down syndrome, performs her arangetram. After many years of preparation, Hema Ramaswamy of Middletown, N.J., is ready to unveil her arangetram, which literally means “ascending the stage.” It is a major accomplishment that takes years of preparation. This moment, when a student of dance or music asserts her artistic independence, usually happens in the teen years. Ramaswamy is 23.
Ramaswamy, who has Down syndrome, originally began dancing for health reasons. “But then it became part of her, and she really loves and enjoys it, and it took her 13 years with a lot of challenges, midway, to complete this,” explained her father, Ram. “And now today is a perfect day for her — her graduating in this art.” She was able to achieve this despite her diagnosis and despite two major surgeries for a dangerous leak of cerebrospinal fluid. Her father said dance has strengthened Ramaswamy’s muscles and given her fine motor skills she simply didn’t have before.”I feel so happy in dancing,” she beams, surrounded by a flurry of doting aunties while preparing for her performance.
Her father tells the crowd that Ramaswamy’s arangetram was more than a dance graduation; it was the day she became, in the eyes of the world, a full individual. Having achieved this goal, Ramaswamy says, she now plans to go to college.
ENGLAND, November 19, 2014 (BBC):
Pupils in England will have to study two faiths under government proposals for a new “more academically rigorous” religious studies GCSE. The aim is to ensure pupils have a strong understanding of the central role of religion on British culture, says the government. The Department for Education says it has worked closely with experts from “all the major faith groups” to develop the qualification which is due for first teaching in September 2016.
Under the proposals, pupils will study “the beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom” of at least two religions for the first half of their GCSE. The second half of the syllabus will allow pupils to study one or both in depth: looking at religious practice, religious texts and how faiths tackle philosophical and ethical issues.
Students may choose from Buddhism, Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism. The option to study a humanist or non-religious world view is not included in this list.
The non-dual and resplendent Lord is hidden in all beings. All-pervading, the inmost Self of all creatures, the impeller to actions, abiding in all things, He is the Witness, the Animator and the Absolute, free from gunas.
– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter VI, 11
Sebagaimana terik matahari mengeringkan ikan yang ada di tempat tak berair, demikian halnya kebenaran akan mengeringkan hidup orang yang tidak memiliki kasih sayang. Seperti tulang belakang menopang tubuh kita, demikian halnya kasih sayang menopang jiwa kita. Tanpa kasih sayang, kebajikan dalam hidup akan merosot dan jiwa tidak mengalami perkembangan kesadaran, tetap terikat dan terdelusi oleh maya. Pada tahap awal evolusi moral ada konflik antara hak dan kewajiban. Pada waktunya, ketika benih cinta kasih sayang yang tertanam di setiap hati telah berkembang dengan baik, orang akan menyadari bahwa hak dan kewajiban adalah satu kesatuan yang tak terpisahkan; hak untuk hidup dan kewajiban dalam hidup adalah satu kesatuan, hak untuk mendapatkan keadilan dan kewajiban hidup berkeadilan adalah satu kesatuan, dan sebagainya. Hak dan kewajiban paralel dengan cinta kepada diri sendiri dan cinta kepada Tuhan. Dalam perkembangannya, secara bertahap, cinta kepada diri sendiri akan digantikan oleh cinta kepada Tuhan dan seluruh ciptaan-Nya dan kewajiban terhadap mereka, itu paralel dengan proses tumbuhnya kesadaran akan integritas dari hak dan kewajiban. Dengan pemahaman seperti itu, kita akan memperhatikan semua hak kita secara berdampingan dengan kewajiban atas hak tersebut. Menuntut hak tanpa disertai kesadaran akan kewajiban atas hak itu adalah pelanggaran terhadap kebajikan. Setiap orang berhak untuk dicintai, dan atas hak itu dia memiliki kewajiban untuk mencintai. Ketika cinta dimaknai sebatas sebagai hubungan asmara, dan ketika hubungan itu mengalami gangguan karena egoisme yang mendominasi dalam hubungan tersebut, tidak jarang mereka yang mengalaminya melontarkan pernyataan bahwa cinta hanya mendatangkan penderitaan. Ini jelas pemahaman yang keliru tentang cinta. Ketika seseorang mengenakan perhiasan emas penuh jelaga, bukanlah perhiasan emas itu yang membuatnya menjadi kotor, tetapi jelaga yang melumurinya. Demikian halnya ketika seseorang memiliki cinta berlumuran egoisme, dia menjadi menderita bukan karena cinta, tetapi karena egoisme yang melumurinya. Tugas kita adalah terus berusaha memurnikan cinta kita untuk semua, dengan menghilangkan semua egoisme kita yang masih menempel di sana. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi mengatakan, “Membangkitkan kemanunggalan spiritual—dan menyebarkan cinta kepada orang lain yang merupakan alam kita yang tak terpisahkan—adalah tujuan hakiki kehidupan manusia.”
The Great Lord is the beginning, the cause which unites the soul with the body; He is above the three kinds of time and is seen to be without parts. After having worshipped that adorable God dwelling in the heart, who is of many forms and is the true source of all things, man attains final Liberation.
– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter VI, 5
He who attains purity of heart by performing actions as an offering to the Lord and merges prakriti and all its effects in Brahman, realises his true Self and thereby transcends phenomena. In the absence of maya, both collective and individual, all his past actions are destroyed. After the destruction of the prarabdha karma he attains final Liberation.
– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter VI, 4