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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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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

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Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)