Washington: Dr Vivek Murthy, the Indian-American US surgeon general, also known as “America’s Doctor”, has been presented with the Pride of the Community Award by the Hindu American Foundation, a Hindu advocacy group.
Accepting the award at HAF’s annual Capitol Hill reception Tuesday, Murthy, son of Indian immigrant parents, said that he draws inspiration from the life of Swami Vivekananda.
HAF also honoured Senator Mark Kirk and House member Joe Crowley, with Friend of the Community awards at the reception attended by over a dozen lawmakers.
Anantanand Rambachan, professor of religion at St. Olaf College was presented with Dharma Seva award while Harpreet Singh Mokha of the Justice Department was given the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Pluralism.
Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu member of the US Congress, said it was a proud moment to see the continued progress made by HAF over a short period of time. (IANS)
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), a non-profit advocacy organization for the Hindu American community is celebrating October as Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation month.
Hindu American Foundation has been officially recognized by the state of California. But you don’t have to live in California to celebrate our heritage!
Join us this year in using this unique opportunity to educate others about Hindu teachings and traditions, including the true meaning of yoga in order to ensure the well-being of for all people around the world.
Hindu Awareness & Appreciation Month:
Recognizes contributions of Hindu culture and spirituality to American life.
Allows our children to feel proud of their Hindu identity as Americans.
Allows the broader American society to understand and appreciate Hindu Americans and Hindu traditions.
Promotes diversity and pluralism
When most people say they do yoga, what they’re really talking about is asana. But is just one of the eight limbs of yoga as explained by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. Of course, Yoga is so much more, and no one knows this better than Hindus around the world.
For Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month, HAF invites you to participate in all four paths of yoga to share the broader meaning of yoga and demonstrate the power yoga has to ensure the wellbeing of all people and the planet.
For each of these, please share what you’re doing on social media, using the hashtags #HinduAmericans, #HAAAM, #karmayoga, #bhaktiyoga, #rajayoga, #jnanayoga, #yogabeyondasana, and be sure to tag HAF @HinduAmerican
10/1-10/8: Bhakti Yoga
The path of love: The essence of bhakti is devotion to a personal form of the Divine. It opens up opportunities for every individual to develop a love for the Divine, and ultimately recognize the Divine in everything and everyone. This week practice bhakti yoga by:
Learning to sing a new bhajan or committing to singing a favorite every day this week with your family.
Visiting your local temple and reading a story about a presiding deity or the story of great devotees such as Prahlad, Akka Mahadevi, or Meerabai as a family.
Volunteering at or donating to a local animal shelter recognizing that all of Creation shares the same divine spark and is thus deserving of love and dignity
10/9-10/15: Karma Yoga
The path of work: Performing selfless service, doing work without expectation of reward and holding the Divine in your mind and heart, is the essence of karma yoga. This week practice karma yoga by:
Cleaning up trash at a local park, playground, or beach.
Participating in food distribution for the needy or donating to a food bank in your community.
Running an errand or making a meal for someone who’s elderly or not in the best of health or at the hospital.
10/16-10/22: Jnana Yoga
The path of knowledge: In jnana yoga ‘knowledge’ isn’t intellectual knowledge or accumulation of facts, but rather knowing the Divine, distinguishing between what is transitory and what is permanent in existence, and ultimately seeing the sameness or shared essence between our individuals selves and the Divine. This week practice jnana yoga by:
Reading and discussing as a family the practical applications of teachings of Chapters 2 and 3 of the Gita.
Volunteering to teach about Diwali in your child’s school.
Visiting HAF’s Hinduism 101: Learning About Hinduism Inside and Out and reviewing 2 or 3 modules of your choice and discussing them with your school-aged children to better equip them to respond to errors in their school textbooks
10/23-10/31: Raja Yoga
The path of meditation: Here is where ‘yoga’ as the word is most commonly used resides. Remember that raja yoga uses the physical to transcend the physical. Asana, or poses, are an important part of the path, not the ultimate goal of yoga, which is samadhi, or union with the Divine. This week practice raja yoga by:
Commit to starting your day with five Surya namaskar and observe the effect on your breathing, posture, stamina, and ability to manage stress.
Practicing the yama of ahimsa by going vegetarian for the week. If you already follow a vegetarian diet, consider ahimsa of thought by becoming mindful of how you react and respond to daily stressors such as aggressive drivers, a pushy colleague, or the demands of family members.
Learning pranayama or committing to doing pranayama for at least 5 minutes every day this week and observing the effects on your stress level or stamina.
Please share this with you family and in your network, directing them to the HAF site: October is Hindu American Appreciation and Awareness Month. (HAF)
Washington, DC, September 12, 2017— The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has called for the immediate release of Arti Kumari Sharma, a 20 year-old Hindu woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint this past Saturday near her home in Khairpur District in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.
Arti, a teacher at Qasim Model School, was abducted on her way home by a Muslim landlord, Ammer Wassan, taken to a local mosque where she was forcibly converted to Islam and married against her will to a man named Amir Bux. She was also reportedly coerced into signing an affidavit claiming that she married Bux and converted out of her own free will.
Hindus, Sikhs & Christians are severely persecuted in Pakistan. This girl Arti Kumari got abducted, converted. Why running away from truth?
Despite her family filing a First Information Report with local police, Arti has not been allowed to return home and will be brought before the Sindh High Court on September 12.
“Arti’s basic civil rights and freedom have been flagrantly violated, in contradiction of Pakistani law and international human rights law,” said Rishi Bhutada, HAF Board Member and Houston resident. “We urge the Sindh High Court to order the immediate release and safe return of Arti to her family.”
The abduction of a Hindu girl #ArtiKumari in Pakistan and her forced marriage to a Muslim, but the liberal media of India is sleeping.
Many NGOs and human rights groups, including Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) and the Movement for Solidarity and Peace, have estimated that more than 1,000 Hindu and Christian girls and women are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam annually. The courts and legal system in Pakistan are often complicit in sanctioning this practice by accepting false documents and statements obtained through force, threats, or coercion.
plight of three girls of Sindh Tania killed in Dadu,Arti Kumari abducted from Gambat and Ruksana Chandio in Larkana, where is Sindh govt?
The Foundation has extensively documented this trend and other human rights violations against Pakistani Hindus in its annual human rights report, Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2017.
The Hindu American Foundation from the US aims to inform the society about Hinduism
The Foundation is responsible for various research and reports on Hindus all over the world
The website of the foundation has released forms for further survey of bullying of Hindu American Youth
New Delhi, August 18, 2017: nonprofit organization for Hindu community in America, Hindu American Foundation (HAF) works for the well-being of Hindus and spread the Hindu philosophy.
Earlier this year, the Hindu American Foundation had published a report titled ‘Hindus in South Asia and Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2017’. The report was an extensive research work that enlisted the numerous incidents of Human Rights violations against Hindus in various countries.
Now the HAF is coming out with its second survey of Hindu American youth being bullied in American schools. To reach out to the masses and get the widest survey outreach, their website has released a form. The responses from these forms will be compiled and reported. The second survey will be published next year.
The deadline for the form is until 1st December 2017. The form can be accessed here.
Last year the foundation came out with its first survey report of Hindu American youth being bullied. The survey was titled ‘Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias against Hindu Students in American Schools’ which had concluded that Hindu American students continue to be bullied and feel socially ostracized for their religious beliefs.”
In this first edition, it was unfortunate to find out that half of the respondents to the survey felt socially outcasted because of their religious background.
But the report’s objectives were successful. It was a recommended resource at the state as well as federal level.
Bullying is one of the biggest social evils that face our society. With this survey, HAF aims to highlight and combat bullying of the minority on the basis of their religion.
– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
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