Vatican Library carries books on Hinduism and Yoga

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is the ex-officio head of state of Vatican City, a sovereign city-state within the city of Rome (Italy). Pope also heads the Roman Catholic Church, which is the largest of the Christian denominations. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about a billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. (ANI)   Even the Vatican Library has books on Hinduism and Yoga. Catalogue search reveals that besides nine books on Read more [...]

Children learn Hindu scriptures at summer camp in Varanasi

From ANI Varanasi, May 14(ANI): As an initiative to inculcate cultural values and allied Indian ethos among youngsters, a special summer camp has been organized for school children in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This summer camp has been mooted by Ishita School where the children are taught essence of Hindu culture, relevance of rituals and recitation of passages from holy scriptures such as Vedas, Bhagwad Gita, Upanishads and Puranas. At the outset, every day, the teacher conducting the classes Read more [...]

Nevada Assembly in USA opened with Hindu prayer

From ANI Nevada (US), April 26: Nevada Assembly reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures in Carson City, USA, on Monday. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Nevada Assembly. After Sanskrit delivery, he read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages. Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited Read more [...]

Hindus Cultural Traditions and Beliefs in Nepal

NEPAL. 7 May 2011. Nepal was bigger during the ancient time. ‘Himwatkhanda-Nepal’ extended from Bramhaputra in the East to Hindukush in the west, Kailash Mansovar in the North and Ganga in the South. In time the ‘Himwatkhanda Nepal’ disintegrated into many smaller nations. The fact is mentioned in the Prayaga archive of Samudra Gupta, the son of Bikramaditya, that ‘Nepal’ is a place lying in between Kamrup (current Assam) and Karkarpur (current Kumau). We can infer from these facts Read more [...]

Gayatri Mantra read at Baha’i Ridvan Festival in Nevada

Gayatri Mantra read at Baha’i Ridvan Festival in Nevada   In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed recited prayer from ancient Hindu scriptures at the “12th day of Ridvan” festival of Baha’is in Reno (Nevada, USA) on May two evening. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, read Gayatri Mantra, the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, in Sanskrit and attendees repeated after him. He later translated Gayatri Mantra and other Sanskrit prayers into English. Rajan Read more [...]

Nevada Senate in USA opens with Gayatri Mantra

  Nevada State Senate reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures in Carson City (USA) on February 14. Notable Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Nevada Senate on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages. Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, Read more [...]

Hindus ask UNESCO intervention to save ancient Hindu temples from lava in …

Nevada (US), Jan 19 (ANI): Hindus have asked UNESCO to urgently save the ancient Hindu temples in Indonesia, which are reportedly being threatened by volcanic lava. According to reports, volcanic debris presently flowing from slopes of Mount Merapi was threatening ninth century Hindu temple complex of Prambanan, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Sengi Temple complex containing 8-10th century sites, which were located near the lava path. Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society Read more [...]

River of life and death

Laundry day ... women prepare to dry their saris on the ghats of the Ganges. Photo: AP Although lined with funeral pyres, the Ganges is the lifeblood of Varanasi, along with its silk industry, writes Anthony Dennis. A JEEP with a corpse conspicuously wrapped in a brocade-like orange silk shroud and strapped to the roof is negotiating its way through the hectic early-morning streets of Varanasi. The male Hindu mourners squeezed inside the Read more [...]

Wealthy Indians revive ancient fire ritual

The tradition faded in modern times, and pious Hindus fear it could die out as young Indians embrace a Western lifestyle and a culture of lavish spending. But in this rapidly modernizing country, new money is also reviving old traditions. A group of mostly urban professionals has teamed up to help conduct the fire ritual this spring in a village that last witnessed it 35 years ago. "We want to do our bit to ensure that Indian culture survives," said Neelakantan Pillai, a banker and member of the Read more [...]

What about caste and untouchability?

A: Caste is the hereditary division of Indian society based on occu-pation. The lowest class, deemed untouchables, suffer from discrimination and mistreatment. It is illegal in India to discriminate against, abuse or insult anyone on the basis of caste .Longer answer: Caste, from the Portu guese casta, meaning "clan" or "lineage," refers to two systems within Hindu society.The first is varna, the division of society into four groups: workers, business people, lawmakers/law enforcers and priests. Read more [...]