Hinduism

Opinion: New Hindu Temple Stands for "Fraternity and Peace"

June 17, 2005

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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On June 17, 2005 the Orlando Sentinel ran an opinion piece by Dr. Aravind Pillai who was involved in planning the new Hindu Temple in Casselberry, Florida. "Twenty-four years ago, there was no place of worship for the Hindus of Orlando. There were only a handful of Hindus. By 1989, nearly 500 families were living here, and the Hindu Society of Central Florida was founded. Ever since, the society...

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Andhra Pradesh to Reserve Jobs for Muslims in Education and Government

June 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4104818.stm

On June 17, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is to reserve 5% of jobs in education and government for the Muslim minority.

The state cabinet took the decision on Friday in light of the findings of a special commission.

Hardline Hindus had opposed the policy when it was floated last year and a court that was hearing their...

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Update: Troy Interfaith Group Plants Tree on City Hall Grounds

June 16, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

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On June 16, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "Bruce Dickmeyer, a member of the Troy Interfaith Group, wanted to do something out of the ordinary Sunday to celebrate Troy's 50th birthday. So Dickmeyer, administrator of the Bharatiya Temple in Troy, a Hindu house of worship, decided to plant a tree. The tree, representing the family tree of man, would be adorned with ribbons containing statements of the Golden Rule -- 'Do unto others as you would have...

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Christian Journalist Advocates for Interfaith Education to "Promote Peace and Harmony"

June 16, 2005

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2005/06/msg00134.html

On June 16, 2005 the Worldwide Faith News reported, "How to teach religion in multifaith contexts is a growing concern for churches and religious communities everywhere. This interview presents a specific experience emerging from a multireligious context in Asia. 'Children from different religions can pray together in school,' says Usha Jesudasan, a journalist and writer from India, where Christians, Hindus,...

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Camarillo Jewish Temple Offers Prayer Room for Hindu Worship

June 16, 2005

Source: Ventura County Star

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On June 16, 2005 the Ventura County Star reported , "The Hindu community [of Ventura County] is using a prayer room in a Camarillo Jewish temple, Temple Ner Ami, every second Saturday for Hindu services. Before services started in Camarillo a couple of months ago, the closest temple... was about 40 miles away in Calabasas... More than 60 people have shown up to pray at Ner Ami, said Mahesh Talwar, [a] supporter of the local...

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VHP Said to Advocate Hindu Population Growth

June 16, 2005

Source: Daily Times

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On June 16, 2005 the Daily Times reported, "The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday asked Hindus to be virile and increase their numbers to counter the 'unbridled' growth in the Muslim population... Reading out a resolution on ‘population imbalance’ adopted on the second day of the central advisory board meeting, Swami Avedeshanand Giri urged the Hindu society increase the community’s population, saying, 'A society with a large population...

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Four-Day Meeting on Religious Tolerance to be Held in Dallas

June 15, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

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On June 15, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "A Nigerian Yoruba priestess and two shamans – one an African Zulu spiritualist, the other an African-American spiritual healer – will add African and American black perspectives when more than 25 multiethnic spiritual leaders gather in Dallas this month. Hindus, Jews, Native Americans, Hare Krishnas, Catholics, Congregationalists and Wiccans...

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America's Sacred Hindu Landscape

June 15, 2005

Source: INDOlink

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On June 15, 2005 INDOlink reported, "like so many Americans who like to play 'Indian', Indian-Americans too have been traversing America’s sacred landscape without connecting with the deeply held beliefs of its ancient inhabitants, the American Indians. But not anymore. They are becoming grounded on American soil. And from Hindu temples in Juneau, Alaska, to Tallahassee, Florida, and to Kauai, Hawaii, they are chanting praises such as this: America vasa...

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Opinion: American Hindus Should Take Pride in their Heritage

June 15, 2005

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/archives/2005/4-6/09_opinion.shtml

On June 15, 2005 Hinduism Today ran an opinion piece by Mona Vijaykar, author and illustrator of the Vee Family children's books. A Hindu herself, she encourages American Hindus to practice their faith openly and proudly. She laments that, "even today the true Vedic roots of Indian culture remain a mystery to most Americans and some Indians as well... We Indian Hindus...

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Survivors of Gujarat Riots, Relatives Seek Damages

June 14, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

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On June 14, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Survivors of one of the worst massacres during the 2002 sectarian riots in Gujarat filed a compensation claim against the western Indian state's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party. Over 120 people from the minority Muslim community were burnt or hacked to death by Hindu mobs in February 2002 in two separate residential...

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New Sanctuary Dedicated for Hindu Temple in Somerset County

June 13, 2005

Source: Courier News Online

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On June 13, 2005 Courier News Online reported, "Sunday was a new beginning for Hindu devotees of the Arsha Bodha Center, who say they already feel blessed just from the peace of mind they get from the facility's many services and classes. But Sunday, as they witnessed the consecration of a new place for spiritual guidance, Hindu residents were showered with another special gift -- a sizable sanctuary that finally accommodates the...

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