Wednesday February 20, 2019

Hindu Temple in Greater Toronto: Vishnu Mandir installs 50-feet Lord Hanuman statue

Hinduism has about one billion supporters around the globe and it is the third largest religion

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto, Wikimedia Commons
  • The temple also organised three sessions of Ramayana Yagana and 108 recitations of Hanuman Chalisa in July 2
  • Vishnu Mandir also regulates a Canadian Museum of Indian Civilization exhibiting Hinduism, Anand Bhavan Seniors Home, Academy of Learning & Montessori School for 2.5 to 6-year-old
  • Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, praised temple leaders and area community for efforts at installing Lord Hanuman statue and for conducting various activities/programs to accentuate Hinduism
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Morari Bapu, Wikimedia Commons

This year in 2016, a 50 feet idol of Lord Hanuman was installed on July 2, in a Hindu temple, Vishnu Mandir in Richmond Hill in Greater Toronto area, which was established in 1979.

Morari Bapu, a popular Hindu Kathakaar (preacher) from India, led the installation ceremony. This temple has a tagline “Institution that nurtures families from Cradle to Golden years”. And has also organised three sessions of Ramayana Yagana and 108 recitations of Hanuman Chalisa in July.

Vishnu Mandir also regulates a Canadian Museum of Indian Civilization exhibiting Hinduism, Anand Bhavan Senior’s Home, Academy of Learning & Montessori School for 2.5 to 6-year-old, Global Care Outreach Program in Guyana, Bal-Vihaar program for 5-16 years-old, toddler’s program, sangeet Academy for encouraging India’s music and dance, and Lakshmi Sabha Women’s Club for the enrichment of women– mentioned a worldhindunews.com report. Its other special projects include Wall of Peace and Peace Park. It also organises summer camp; offers lessons in tabla, harmonium, violin, vocal music and Kathak dancing; and conducts yoga classes.

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In the meantime, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, praised temple leaders and area community for efforts at installing Lord Hanuman statue and for conducting various activities/programs to accentuate Hinduism.

President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed said, it was crucial passing on Hindu spirituality, notion and tradition to the future generations when there are so many distractions in the consumerist society and it is expected that this temple will help people moving towards this direction. He further emphasised that instead of chasing materialism; we should search for our inner self to attain Moksha (liberation) to break the cycle of reincarnation, which was the main goal of Hinduism.

Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay is the Chairman of the Executive Board & Religious Advisor of Vishnu Mandir. S. Krishna Misir and Dr. Kuvear Balbahadur are President and General Secretary respectively. Chief Priest is Bhoj Sharma. Other priests are Natraj Kidambi Rajagopal and Raghavan Madangopalan.

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Lord Hanuman, the devotee of Lord Rama, is greatly worshipped in Hinduism and is known for his incredible strength and devotion towards Rama. Hinduism has about one billion supporters around the globe and it is the third largest religion.

Multicultural Richmond Hill was incorporated in 1872 and comes with a tagline “where people come together to build our community” and where “96% of Residents Satisfied with Life”, is home to the world-famousDavid Dunlap Observatory telescope. Renowned people who were associated with Richmond Hill include- actor Dylan Neal, figure skater Elvis Stojko and novelist Farley Mowat. Dave Barrow, Vito Spatafora and Neil Garbe are Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer respectively.

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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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)