Thursday March 21, 2019

Wilton Hindu Temple of Connecticut: The Temple draws Hindu community in Fairfield County

Read how, Wilton Hindu Temple gave new life to people living in Connecticut.

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Wilton Hindu Temple. Image Source: World Hindu News.
  • Wilton Hindu Temple has motivated many families to move to Wilton
  • There is no specific offshoot attached to its name and hence any Hindu can come to the temple, anytime he pleases
  • One of the major benefits of the temple is that no specific offshoot is attached to its name and hence any Hindu can come to the temple, anytime he pleases

The temple gave us new life in Connecticut, when we came here, we felt so lonely. But Swami Balgopal taught us new things about how to live and how to worship to improve our lives.” Said Rajesh Ohri.

Rajesh Ohri just like many others moved from different parts of USA to Wilton where Swami Balgopal founded the Wilton Hindu Temple to serve the growing needs of the Hindu community, which as of today is thriving in the USA. Swami Balgopal founded the temple in 2014 and this temple represents Hindu community in the Fairfield County. He says, “When we chose Wilton, we came here for them, eighty families have moved to Wilton after we built the temple here.”

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68 Westport Road is the location where one can find the sacred temple; it was built to provide a safe and affordable location to Hindus, the population of whom have increased from 4,000 to 20,000 adherents since 2010. Based on his involvement with local Hindu committees in Fairfield County and the American Hindu RCO Mandir in New York for the past 15 years, Balgopal has assumed this number since official census no longer gather data based on religious affiliations reported worldhindunews.com.

One of the major benefits of the temple is that no specific offshoot is attached to its name and hence any Hindu can come to the temple, anytime he pleases. This universality not only gives the temple a better reputation but also displays a wider representation of the community in Fairfield. “Every week I see new cars, new babies, new homes,” he said. “You can really see that the Hindu population is growing. It’s an amazing thing.”

Life Before Wilton Hindu Temple

All Hindu families stayed in Middletown, Flushing, N.Y., or Pomona, N.J. as that’s where all the available temples were. Families wanted to raise their kids in an environment that had some trace of their backgrounds which would in turn help inculcating strong moral values about their cultural community. Artie Rokkam faced this same scenario; she lived in Stamford for 10 years before she moved to Wilton. “We are a young generation of Indians that have immigrated and we all have very young kids,” she said. “The desire to be able to raise your kids in knowledge and awareness of their roots is a common thread across the community.

According to worldhindunews.com, the above case existed even in the late 60’s when the numbers of Indians were far lesser – 50 to 70 people – as the same desire to fulfil spiritual and cultural needs filled their hearts. Janardan Upadhyaya who moved to Stamford from India in 1968 and later to Fairfield said, “We used to get together and have a prayer at somebody’s house once a month, from childhood, I had the opportunity to stay with my grandparents and they taught me what is Indian culture and why we need to pray to have peace of mind. I saw that and people got the knowledge and that way I started helping people how to pray.

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Wilton Hindu Temple has motivated many families to move to Wilton, not only for the temple but also for a greater sense of bonding, to keep the faith alive in the religion and to see the Hindu community grow.

– by Karishma Vanjani, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @BladesnBoots

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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)