Sukacita adalah Hasil dari Cinta

November 21, 2014 by · Comments Off
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Ketika orang mengatakan dirinya sedang jatuh cinta, kebanyakan pada kenyataannya dia sedang jatuh cintrong alias cinta campur rongrongan. Jatuh cintrong bikin orang mabuk kepayang. Tetapi kalau cintrongnya sampai jatuh jungkir balik, pasti akan mabuk berat jadinya; bisa bikin muntah-muntah, semua yang tadinya “dimakan” begitu nikmat, akan keluar lagi dengan bau yang sangat menyengat. Ketika lagi jatuh cintrong, ditelpon pacar, wah, langsung mabuk kepayang serasa melayang kleyang-kleyang. Tetapi, ketika cintrongnya terpeleset dan jatuh jungkir balik, ditelpon, jawabnya: “Jangan ganggu aku lagiiiiiii … pengkhianaaaaat … bla .. bla .. bla …” Muntahan seperti itu sering kita lihat dalam status facebook dari anak-anak muda, bahkan ada dari orang yang sudah berkeluarga, yang cintrongnya jatuh jungkir balik. Tidak ada rongrongan dari cinta sejati. Rongrongan atau tuntutan akan ini dan itu datang dari ego, bukan dari cinta. Mencintai adalah pelatihan untuk melakukan pengabdian penuh kebajikan, tanpa pamrih. Pelatihan itu akan membuat seseorang menjadi semakin tidak egois, dan menjadi orang yang tidak egois merupakan persyaratan untuk mencapai pencerahan sejati, yang merupakan tujuan hakiki dari semua sadhana. Kasih sayang yang berbasis luas bagi orang lain menyebabkan sukacita dalam kehidupan ini, dan semakin luas basisnya akan semakin mendekatkan seseorang kepada kebahagiaan sesungguhnya. Kebahagiaan sejati yang dirasakan para bijak di dunia ini adalah hasil dari cinta untuk semua kehidupan. Cinta yang melandasi pengabdian tanpa pamrih adalah penjaga sukacita dalam kehidupan ini, sekaligus adalah pengantar menuju kebahagiaan tertinggi. Kehidupan material yang temporal ini adalah jalan menuju kehidupan spiritual yang abadi, melalui perilaku yang benar dan sadhana yang konsisten, mengembangkan kemurnian cinta kita terhadap semua kehidupan ini. Senada dengan hal ini, ada tertuang dalam satu puisi cantik yang mengungkapkan, “Aku mencari Tuhan, ya Tuhan aku tidak bisa menemukan. Aku mencari jiwaku, jiwaku menghindariku. Aku mencari tetanggaku, dan dalam dirinya aku temukan ketiganya.” Makna “mencari tetangga” adalah mencintai semua kehidupan. Dalam Katha Upanishad 2.24 disebutkan, “Orang yang belum berpaling dari kejahatan, yang tidak memiliki kedamaian, yang tidak terkonsentrasi, yang pikirannya masih gelisah—dia tidak akan bisa menyadari atman, yang dikenal oleh para bijaksana.” 

Youths Clean up Streets around Meenakshi Temple

November 21, 2014 by · Comments Off
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INDIA, November 19, 2014 (The Hindu):

While most of the city was just about starting a calm and peaceful Sunday morning, a group of youngsters got ready at the crack of dawn with brooms and dustpans. The members of Maatralaam, a city-based youth organisation, organized a clean-up of the streets around Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here. Speaking about the initiative, G. Sriraman, one of the founders of the organization, said that they wanted to focus on cleanliness around the temple which was a world-renowned tourist site and one of the city’s most important landmarks.

M. Pradeepa, a city-based software engineer and a founder of Maatralaam, said that they were joined by nearly 35 volunteers. “From students of class XII to teachers and professionals, most of the volunteers joined us after seeing a post on Facebook. They were very enthusiastic and we expect more support for such future initiatives as people are rearing to contribute towards helping their city progress,” she said. The members of Maatralaam further said that they hoped to carry out more clean-up drives through the city.

First Bhutanese American Advocacy Day

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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2014 (Hindu American Foundation):

A delegation of nearly 30 Bhutanese Hindus from across the country made history on Capitol Hill on Monday with the first ever Bhutanese American Advocacy Day. The unprecedented event, organized by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), featured a congressional briefing along with meetings with the State Department and several House and Senate offices.

“The Hindu American Foundation is honored to have provided a platform to give voice to some 80,000 Bhutanese refugees resettling in the U.S., and the entire Diaspora in exile worldwide,” said Suhag Shukla, Esq., HAF’s Executive Director. “Equally notable is the documentary, The Refugees of Shangri La, that has given international focus to an otherwise untold story.”

The briefing, titled Casualties of Gross National Happiness, was held in conjunction with the Congressional Nepal Caucus co-chairs Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Panelists sought to educate policy makers on the challenges endured by Bhutanese Hindus resettling here in the U.S., as well as the ongoing human rights concerns in Bhutan. The day was capped off with a meeting between the entire delegation and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), the first and only Hindu in the United States Congress.

Three-day Global Hindu Set to Begin in Delhi

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NEW DELHI, INDIA , November 20, 2014 (by Deeptiman Tiwari, Times of India):

With the objective of bringing together Hindus at a time “when the community is beset by very serious challenges and is standing at a critical crossroad,” a three-day conference will kick off on Friday with the blessings of the Sangh Parivar. Called World Hindu Congress (WHC), the event will have RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Dalai Lama as part of the inaugural ceremony, while BJP president Amit Shah, Union ministers Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari and Nirmala Sitharaman will be key speakers among others.

According to the organizers, the event is expected to have 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries. This will include politicians from Mauritius, the Caribbean, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, where the Hindu population is significant. Organizers say the necessity for the event was felt because Hindus were not only being persecuted in countries such as Malaysia, Mauritius and Bangladesh, they were also discriminated against in their own country.

“World over, Christians and Muslims and even Jews have organized themselves and have global platforms to address their issues. We are one billion strong, but we don’t have such a platform. Pandit said it was time the elite and the intellectuals among Hindus came together and introspected on the challenges facing the community and found a solution irrespective of the government. “We have realized, governments have political compulsions. It can only do as much,” Pandit said. “Society needs revamped education that is not aping the West blindly, it needs impetus to business, market access, women’s empowerment. That’s what this conference aims to do by bringing together CEOs, engineers, doctors, politicians and economists on one platform,” Pandit said.

Attains Liberation in Course of Time

November 20, 2014 by · Comments Off
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The yogi who first performs actions and then turns away from them and who practises one, two, three, or eight disciplines, unites one principle with another principle and with the help of virtues cultivated by the self and of subtle tendencies attains Liberation in course of time.

– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter VI, 3

New BAPS Temple Opens in Lisbon

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LISBON, PORTUGAL, September 26, 2014 (dnoticias):

The procession of Deities represented by statues, will be the highlight of the opening ceremonies of a new Hindu temple in Portugal, located on Avenida Gago Coutinho in Lisbon.

The opening ceremonies of the BAPS temple, which follows the Swaminarayan tradition, began today with the maha puja, a prayer for the success of the new religious community. During the prayer, the priests recite mantras and perform the ritual cleansing of the space and the main Deity to whom the temple is dedicated.

The highlight of the celebration is set for Saturday with a procession that will run between the Alameda D. Afonso Henriques and the temple. About a thousand believers and many curious onlookers are expected. The opening of the BAPS temple will be the fourth Hindu temple in Portugal. Are all located in the Greater Lisbon area.

Assets handed over to Dikshitars

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INDIA, October 28, 2014 (The Hindu):

Officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Department on Monday night handed over the hundi collections of the Lord Nataraja temple here, including US$532,000 in bank deposits, 330 grams of gold and golden articles and 1,458 grams of silver articles to the Podhu Dikshithars.

By this, the department has completed the formalities of restoring the full administrative rights of the temple to the Podhu Dikshithars as directed by the Supreme Court. Secretary of the Podhu Dikshithars’ Committee R. Bhaskara Dikshithar told The Hindu that the HR&CE Department officials had deposited the hundi collections, since the government takeover in 2009, in three nationalized banks in the name of the Executive Officer of the temple.

India Appoints Minister Of Yoga

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INDIA, November 13, 2014 (The Huffington post):

Living up to his promise to promote India’s therapeutic traditions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi created a ministry of yoga and alternative therapies for the country this week. Reuters reports that the AAYUSH portfolio will include traditional medicines and practices of ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy. Shripad Yesso Naik was appointed to head the ministry. “This is our system and it has not received enough prominence. We will take it to the masses,” Naik said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

India’s prime minister is known as an avid yoga fan. Modi used his September address to the United Nations General Assembly to promote the practice and call on member countries to mark June 21 as International Yoga Day. “Yoga should not be just an exercise for us, but it should be a means to get connected with the world and with nature,” Modi said at the U.N. “It should bring a change in our lifestyle and create awareness in us, and it can help fighting against climate change.”

India’s mission to the U.N. has started preparing a draft resolution on the topic of International Yoga Day and will push for its adoption by the end of the year. So far, the resolution has received support from countries like the United States, China, Nepal, Bhutan and Canada.

Cinta adalah Jiwa Kehidupan

November 20, 2014 by · Comments Off
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Sebagaimana halnya jiwa yang terkait dengan tubuh, cinta merupakan bagian integral dari kehidupan. Tubuh ini dapat hidup hanya ketika jiwa kita masih bersemayam di dalamnya. Namun demikian, hidup tanpa kasih sayang menjadikan kehidupan tidak hidup sama sekali. Kasih sayang manusia sebagai representasi dari cinta hanya mungkin jika jiwa mengenakan sarira, baik sthula maupun suksma sarira, sebagaimana listrik bisa mengalir hanya ketika ada obyek pengantarnya. Dan, sebagaimana arus listrik, jika tidak dapat mengalir dengan baik karena tidak sempurnanya sambungan kabel satu dan lainnya, akan terjadi hubungan arus pendek, menimbulkan percikan api, dan jika dibiarkan bisa menimbulkan ledakan dan kebakaran besar, demikian pula halnya ketika aliran energi cinta tidak bisa mengalir dengan baik karena buruknya instalasi pikiran kita, maka akan menimbulkan percikan amarah, sumber dari penderitaan, yang jika dibiarkan bisa menimbulkan ledakan emosi yang dahsyat dan mendatangkan kehancuran. Untuk menghindari terjadinya arus pendek aliran energi cinta, kita harus menata instalasi pikiran kita dengan baik. Jiwa kembali lagi dan lagi mengenakan sarira untuk lebih menyempurnakan kinerjanya dalam menata instalasi penerangan, sampai akhirnya benar-benar sempurna sehingga lampu kebajikan di seluruh ruang batinnya bisa menyala dan memberikan pencerahan sempurna. Cinta dalam kemurniannya menghasilkan ikatan kasih sayang untuk semua, yang menuntun ke arah hubungan yang tak ternilai. Cinta bukanlah sebatas gelora asmara, sebagaimana orang-orang yang lagi kasmaran memaknainya, walaupun itu bersumber dari energi kasih yang sama, tetapi kemudian menjadi demikian menghebohkan dengan sejuta cerita yang muncul dari sejuta rasa ketika alirannya tersalurkan melalui kesadaran naluriahnya yang cenderung ingin memuaskan keinginan indriyanya. Dengan nalurinya, orang mudah saja untuk menjalin asmara, tapi tidak mudah untuk saling mencintai. Mencintai adalah pelatihan untuk melakukan pengabdian penuh kebajikan, tanpa pamrih, dan dari pelatihan itu akan membuat seseorang menjadi semakin tidak egois, dan menjadi orang yang tidak egois adalah persyaratan untuk mencapai pencerahan sejati, yang merupakan tujuan hakiki dari semua sadhana. Amritanandamayi Devi mengatakan, “Cinta melihat dan merasakan kehidupan di mana-mana. Ketika hati anda penuh dengan cinta, anda merasakan kehidupan berdenyut melalui semua ciptaan.” 

Led by the Three Gunas

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Endowed with gunas, the jiva performs action, seeking its fruit; and again, it reaps the fruit of what it has done. Assuming all forms and led by the three gunas, the jiva, ruler of the pranas, roams about following the three paths, according to its deeds.

– Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter V, 7

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