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The Hindu Temple at Edison, Shri Krishna Vrundavana is organizing Pratishtapana and Brahma Kalash Othsava that is scheduled to be held from 28th May to 15th June

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  • The Hindu Temple at Edison in New Jersey is organizing Pratishtapana and Brahma Kalash uthsava
  • The present pontiff of ‘Shri Puthige Matha’ from Udupi in India, Sri Sugunendra Teertha, is reportedly participating in the event

Nevada (USA), June 11, 2017: The Hindu Temple at Edison in New Jersey, ‘Shri Krishna Vrundavana Hindu Temple’ is organizing Pratishtapana and Brahma Kalash uthsava that is scheduled to be held from 28th May to 15th June. The activities involve myriads of festivities, multiple philosophical conferences, and a plethora of traditional ancient rituals.

Six months were spent to finish the sculpting of the idol of Lord Krishna, crafted from the Saligrama rock that was searched for months and finally found and brought from the Gandaki riverbanks in Nepal. Post its arrival from the India, the sacred idol has visited over 100 homes of devotees residing in New Jersey. Then holy statue was installed in the ‘Grabha Griham’ inside the temple that was specially constructed for it to become its main deity.

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The Hindu Temple is situated in the location where the Saint Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church used to be present long ago. The history of the holy Hindu temple dates back to 2002, the year on which it was first established at Iselin in New Jersey. The renovation of the temple began in May and it included importing of teakwood (about 3000 cubic feet) from Burma for the ‘Garba Gudi’ ritual, along with several other materials from India.

Symposiums-rituals-festivities-events during this period include Homas, Japas, Sapta Shuddhi, Samkeertanas, Veda Paarayayanas, Balis, Saligrama Krishna Pratishthapana, several Poojas, Kalash Pratishta, Mantrakshate, Avabhruta, music and dance performances, discourse, and knowledge conferences on Karma and Moksha etc. The ‘Maha Prasada’ is being served as free lunch and dinner daily. The present pontiff of ‘Shri Puthige Matha’ from Udupi in India, Sri Sugunendra Teertha, is reportedly participating in the event.

It has been noted that it was necessary to pass on to the next generation; the concepts, traditions and the spirituality of the Hindu religion, amidst the multiple societal distractions of the consumerist society.

The temple is situated in South Edison on a 15,000 square feet area with 3.5 acres of land. It opens daily 6.30 in the morning and conducts daily Poojas including the morning- evening rituals. Along with the worship services, the temple committee also celebrates the plethora of Hindu festivities while conducting multiple free classes on Sanskrit, Slokas, Sthotra, Bhajan, Geetha, Sandhya Vandana etcetera. The programs of the ‘Spiritual Sunday’ include sessions focusing on ‘personal growth and development’ and interactive sessions on ‘Dharma Tradition’.

There is a specific dress code in the ‘Pooja Hall’ of the temple. It is mandatory to cover the shoulders and the knees, and wearing ‘dhoti’ is a compulsion during the recitation of the Veda Mantras. A Hindu Matrimonial site is also run by it and it is called Dampathi.com that states that the bond of marriage not only ensures living the outer life but the inner life as well. The donation for ‘Nithya Archane’ in a year is $3001 and the amount of the suggested donation for the ‘Chandikaa Homa’ in the home of the devotee, is $451 and the ‘Car Pooja’ at the temple requires $51.

The oldest and the third largest religion in the world, Hinduism, has over millions of followers around the globe, and there are about three million Hindus in the USA.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC
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Shankaracharya: A remarkable genius that Hinduism produced (Book Review)

The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara's philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.

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He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita
He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita.

Title: Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker; Author: Pavan K. Varma; Publisher: Tranquebar Press; Pages: 364; Price: Rs 699

This must be one of the greatest tributes ever paid to Shankaracharya, the quintessential “paramarthachintakh”, who wished to search for the ultimate truths behind the mysteries of the universe. His genius lay in building a complete and original philosophical edifice upon the foundational wisdom of the Upanishads.

A gifted writer, Pavan Varma, diplomat-turned-politician and author of several books including one on Lord Krishna, takes us through Shankara’s short but eventful span of life during which, from having been born in what is present-day Kerala, he made unparalleled contributions to Hindu religion that encompassed the entire country. Hinduism has not seen a thinker of his calibre and one with such indefatigable energy, before or since.

Shankara’s real contribution was to cull out a rigorous system of philosophy that was based on the essential thrust of Upanishadic thought but without being constrained by its unstructured presentation and contradictory meanderings.

He was greatly influenced by three basic texts of Hindu philosophy: Upanishads, the Brahma Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita. He wrote extensive and definitive commentaries on each of them. Of course, the importance he gave to the Mother Goddess, in the form of Shakti or Devi, can be traced to his own attachment to his mother whom he left when he set off, at a young age, in search of a guru and higher learning.

The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara's philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.
Shankara wrote hymns in praise of many deities but his personal preference was the worship of the Mother Goddess.

Against all odds, Shankara created institutions for the preservation and propagation of Vedantic philosophy. He established “mathas” with the specific aim of creating institutions that would develop and project the Advaita doctrine. He spoke against both caste discriminations and social inequality, at a time when large sections of conservative Hindu opinion thought otherwise.

Shankara was both the absolutist Vedantin, uncompromising in his belief in the non-dual Brahman, and a great synthesiser, willing to assimilate within his theoretical canvas several key elements of other schools of philosophy. He revived and restored Hinduism both as a philosophy and a religion that appealed to its followers.

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Varma rightly says that it must have required great courage of conviction as well as deep spiritual and philosophical insight for Shankaracharya to build on the insights of the Upanishads a structure of thought, over a millennium ago, that saw the universe and our own lives within it with a clairvoyance that is being so amazingly endorsed by science today. The irony is that most leading scientists, particularly outside India but also within, have little knowledge of the structure of Shankara’s philosophy and the transparent interface it has with scientific discoveries today.

Shankara wrote hymns in praise of many deities but his personal preference was the worship of the Mother Goddess. The added value of the book is that it has, in English, a great deal of Shankara’s writings. Unfortunately, most Hindus today are often largely uninformed about the remarkable philosophical foundations of their religion. They are, the author points out, deliberately choosing the shell for the great treasure that lies within. This is indeed a rich book. (IANS)