Hinduism

Great American Hindu Leader Dies at 74

November 23, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 23, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, a California native who converted to Hinduism, founded the magazine Hinduism Today and represented his religion around the world, died Nov. 12 at his ashram home on Kauai. He was 74. The satguru, or spiritual teacher, died on the 32nd day of a self-imposed fast, which he began shortly after learning that he had incurabl intestinal cancer, said Paramacharya Palaniswami, the editor of Hinduism Today. His death followed an ancient practice...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 21, 2001

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-nyseas212473093nov21.story?coll=ny%2Dnews%2Dprint

On November 21, 2001, Newsday reported that "gratitude for life is the focus this year as families celebrate Thanksgiving in the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States and a later plane crash that together took the lives of thousands...Live and let live may well be the motto of the newly formed Coalition of...

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Somerville's South Asian Community Celebrates Diwali

November 19, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 19, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Somerville, MA South Asian Center hosted a Diwali celebration "inside a tent at the Assembly Square Mall parking lot...Though the event is a Hindu holiday commemorating the epic hero Ramas's victorious return from exile, its organizers hope it sent a message of unity...The South Asian Center, a volunteer organization founded last December, is hosting a similar festival next month for the Muslim holiday Eid." Somerville is home to a large South Asian community; "a recent survey...

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DC Area Hindus Observe Diwali, Reflect on September 11

November 19, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 19, 2001, The Washington Post reported that Hindus from the area gathered at a Temple in Beltsville, MD to celebrate Diwali. "There are more than 800 million Hindus in the world and 75,000 in the Washington area, primarily Indian Americans and Indians. Hitesh Patel, spokesman for the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, or sanctuary, in Beltsville, said the celebration is a time for those of the Hindu faith to reflect and set goals in the same way that Christians mark the New Year...'This is a time when we come together and...

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California Hindus Pray for Peace on Diwali

November 17, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 17, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that to celebrate Diwali "more than 2,000 of the faithful gathered...at Valley Hindu Temple to light ritual fires, recite prayers for peace and offer food to Lord Krishna...After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the temple hosted a candlelight vigil and peace rally, temple officials said...'Even though our origin is in India, we have adopted this country as our home,' Kadam Shodhan said before the ceremony. 'We pray that the New Year will bring peace and prosperity to this country...

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Muncie Interfaith Roundtable

November 14, 2001

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/Local_News/1114faith.html

On November 14, 2001, The Star Press reported, "Tragedy brings varied faiths together." It reported on a gathering of local Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus: "The Muncie Interfaith Roundtable event was the first time in recent years that members of such varied religions in Muncie [IN] had gathered to share their beliefs and feelings about current events. This time they had good reason to...

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Boston Area Family Celebrates Diwali

November 14, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 14, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Indra Prasad-Milowe is preparing for the Hindu festival of lights, called Diwali ...'Everyone opens their homes, everyone forgives and forgets,' says Prasad-Milowe. Her family gives money to charities and they "light lamps of unity and brotherhood to make the world happy'...The festival honors Lakshimi, a Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. According to the myth, on the third day of this five-day festival, Lakshimi descends to Earth to visit places that are lit and clean,...

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Connecticut Indian Americans Raise Funds

November 12, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 12, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "many Indians in the state and region are members of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society, which runs the temple on Training Hill Road [in Middletown, CT]. They have been channeling their efforts [for victims of the terror attacks] through the society. A fund-raiser last month brought in nearly $20,000. The society is coordinating its efforts with other Indian organizations in the state and plan to make a combined donation to the American Red Cross that they hope...

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Connecticut Diwali Celebration Embraces Multiculturalism

November 12, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 12, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "Indian graduate students from the University of Hartford are working with members of a Hindu temple in Middletown to share their celebration, called Diwali...Diwali represents a cross-section of the diverse elements of Indian culture...In the past, the program for Diwali has been designed to appeal to an Indian audience, but the focus has changed...This year, organizers wanted to create more of a multicultural event...Local dignitaries have been invited to attend, and...

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Atlanta Mixed-Faith Couples Influenced by Terror Attacks

November 11, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 11, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured an article on "Atlanta couples where one partner is Muslim and the other is of a different faith. In interviews with four such couples, all said the events of Sept. 11 had a profound influence on their relationships. They've questioned each other about their cultures. Two couples said the attacks have brought them closer."

New Hampshire Indian Community Explains Central Tenants of Hinduism and the Diwali Festival

November 8, 2001

Source: Portsmouth Herald

http://www.seacoastonline.com/2001news/11_8living_a.htm

On November 8, 2001 the Portsmouth Herald published an article detailing the history and central tenants of Hinduism as explained by local members of the Indian Association of New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire Indian Student Association. The article also covered the local activities surrounding the Hindu festival of Diwali, or "Festival of Lights."

After the Attacks, Tech Workers Face Challenges

October 17, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2001/10/17/tech-visa-worker-woes.htm

On October 17, 2001, USA TODAY reported "Tech visa workers feel heat from attacks, layoffs." The article notes that "It's a tense time for...Asian and Middle Eastern workers in the United States on H-1B visas. They came in large numbers in recent years to fill high-tech jobs. Many came from India, and they are predominately Hindus. But tensions �...

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