Hinduism

John Kerry Acknowledges Importance of Studying Comparative Religion - World Religion News

August 27, 2016
JOHN KERRY BELIEVES THAT UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER’S FAITH CAN LEAD TO A HEALTHIER SOCIETY. Ever since the beginning of civilization, religion has played an important, even central role in the lives of people. Much of what we are today is the result of a society whose ideologies have been shaped by the religious evolution of humans. Religion has had a monopoly over legal, educational and most secular aspects of human life for ages. Today, however, there is a separation of state and religion, so that religion does not enjoy the kind of hold over all human activities today as it...
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USPS Set to Release Postage Stamps Commemorating Diwali - World Religion News

August 27, 2016
USPS FOREVER STAMP HONORS THE HINDU FESTIVAL DIWALI. In an act that showcases America's religious harmony and cultural equality, the U.S. Postal Service will be issuing a special “Diwali Forever” stamp to commemorate the Hindu festival of Diwali. America has a sizable number of Hindus, Sikhs and adherents of other Indian religions. Diwali being a festival common to all of them, the Postal Department saw it as apt to issue stamps that would be representative of the nation's participation in the celebrations of the communities.

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Hindus Prepare for Varalakshmi Vratam to Honor Lakshmi - World Religion News

August 14, 2016
HISTORY OF VARALAKSHMI VRATAM, THE FESTIVAL HONORING HINDU GOD LAKSHMI. Varalakshmi Vratam is a Hindu festival honoring the goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu. What makes this celebration much more important for Hindus is the observance of the Varalakshmi Pooja (ritual) which is believed to be auspicious. Hindus believed that requests and wishes can be granted if the pooja is performed. From the time the festivity was created, it is the Hindi women, particularly the wives and mothers, who observe and perform the rituals. Most women perform the Varalakshmi Vratam asking for...
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Indian Soft Power at Work: International Yoga Day Captures Global Attention - Hindu Press International - Hindu Press International - Hinduism Today Magazine

June 27, 2016
INDIA, June 23, 2016 (The Diplomat): On June 21, 2016, the world welcomed the second celebration of the International Day of Yoga - constituted last year by the United Nations through a resolution that won the support of 177 member states. In his message on Yoga Day, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared the importance of promoting healthier lifestyles as part of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, which all member states adopted last year.

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For Hindus far from home, online religious services can be a valued connection - LA Times

June 1, 2016
Four Hindu priests sat cross-legged on the floor in front of silver trays of rice, flowers and vermillion powder, chanting in low baritones that reverberated off the bare walls of the old brick temple.An iPhone propped on a chair captured the service — known as a puja — and beamed it via Skype to a home in San Francisco, where a middle-aged woman wearing a red bindi and a head scarf watched intently.Every so often, the priests peered into the screen and instructed her to mimic a gesture or repeat an invocation.

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2016 Feb 25

Religion and Resettlement: The role of religion in diaspora communities in the US

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The United States has been described as a nation of immigrants, but refugee and diaspora communities have come under close scrutiny in recent months. The World Faiths Development Dialogue, with support from the GHR Foundation, has undertaken a pilot project in partnership with Harvard University’s Pluralism Project in early 2015. Its goal was to explore the religious lives of refugees who settle in the US to better understand how religious communities, traditions, networks, or personal faith affect their adaptation and community-building in... Read more about Religion and Resettlement: The role of religion in diaspora communities in the US

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as Lord Vishnu? Magazine apologizes for deity depiction

January 15, 2016
(RNS) Hinduism certainly has numerous memorable manifestations of God, from Brahma the Creator to Shiva the Destroyer.But despite the remarkable success of retail giant Amazon, its founder Jeff Bezos is not one of them.That’s why the editor of Fortune magazine is now apologizing for a colorful cover that depicts Bezos as the Hindu deity Vishnu — known as the Preserver — in a story on Amazon’s plans to “conquer” the enormous marketplace in India.“Neither the artist nor the editors of Fortune had any intention of parodying a particular deity or of offending members of the Hindu...
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