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1. Being a Mother - Nice Reading From: Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan
2a. Re: To make Judiciary Loyal to Congress Party, courts should be pack From: NathanK
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1. Being a Mother - Nice Reading
Posted by: "Ananthanarayanan Vaidyanathan" indvoice
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:41 am (PDT)

sree maathre namah€ ขร’ข € ขร’ข € ขร ยคยถร ยฅย’ญร ยคยฐร ยฅโ’ขฌร ยคยฎร ยคยพร ยคยคร ยฅย’ญร ยคยฐร ยฅโ’ ก € ขร ยคยจร ยคยฎร ยคฦ’ฒ

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From: Srinivasan Ravi
Date: Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 7:31 AM
Subject: Being a Mother - Nice Reading

repeat? no worry sooo good!

(both men & women, sons & daughters - need to read this)€ ขร’ข


After 17 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to
take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She€ ขร’ข
said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman loves
you and would love to spend some time with you.'
* * *
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit
was my MOTHER, who has been alone for 20 years,
but the demands of my work and my two boys had
made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
* * *
That night I called to invite her to go out for
dinner and a movie.
* * *
'What's wrong, aren't you well,' she asked?
* * *
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a
late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign
of bad news.
* * *
'I thought it would be pleasant to spend some
time with you,' I responded. 'Just the two of us.'
She thought about it for a moment, and then said,
'I would like that very much..'
* * *
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick€ ขร’ข
her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her
house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous
about our date. She waited in the door. She had curled her hair and was wearing the
dress that she had worn to celebrate her last
birthday on November 19th.
* * *
She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an
angel's. 'I told my friends that I was going to go
out with my son, and they were impressed,' she said,
as she got into that new white van. 'They can't wait to hear about our date'.
* * *
We went to a restaurant that, although not
elegant, was very nice and cozy.. My mother took my
arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat
down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only
read large print. Half way through the entries, I
lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at
me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.. 'It was I
who used to have to read the menu when you were
small,' she said. 'Then it's time that you relax and
let me return the favor,' I responded.
* * *
During the dinner, we had an agreeable€ ขร’ข
conversation- -nothing extraordinary but catching up
on recent events of each other's life. We talked so
much that we missed the movie.
* * *
As we arrived at her house later, she said,€ ขร’ข
'I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me€ ขร’ข
invite you.' I agreed.
* * *
'How was your dinner date ?'€ ขร’ข
asked my wife when I got home.€ ขร’ข
'Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,'€ ขร’ข
I answered.
* * *
A few days later, my mother died of a massive
heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't
have a chance to do anything for her.
* * *
Some time later, I received an envelope with a
copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place
mother and I had dined. An attached note said: 'I
paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I
could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two€ ขร’ข
plates - one for you and the other for your wife.
You will never know what that night meant for me.€ ขร’ข
I love you, son..'
* * *
At that moment, I understood the importance of
saying in time: 'I LOVE YOU' and to give our loved
ones the time that they deserve.. Nothing in life is
more important than your family. Give them the time
they deserve, because these things cannot be put off
till 'some other time.'
* * *
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back
to normal after you've had a baby..... somebody
doesn't know that once you're a mother,€ ขร’ข
'normal' is history.
* * *
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by
instinct .... somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.€ ขร’ข
* * *
Somebody said being a mother is boring ....
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.€ ขร’ข
Somebody said if you're a'good' mother,€ ขร’ข
your child will 'turn out good'....€ ขร’ข
somebody thinks a child comes with
directions and a guarantee.
* * *
Somebody said you don't need an education to be a
mother.... somebody never helped a fourth grader
with his math.
* * *
Somebody said you can't love the second child as
much as you love the first .... somebody doesn't€ ขร’ข
have two children.
* * *
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother
is labor and delivery....€ ขร’ข
somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus€ ขร’ข
for the first day of kindergarten ...€ ขร’ข
or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'
* * *
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her
child gets married....somebody doesn't know that
marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a
mother's heartstrings.
* * *
Somebody said a mother's job is done when€ ขร’ข
her last child leaves home......

somebody never had grandchildren.
* * *
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so
you don't need to tell her....€ ขร’ข
somebody isn't a mother.

Pass this along to all the 'mothers' in your life
and to everyone who ever had a mother. This isn't
just about being a mother; it's about appreciating
the people in your life while you have€ ขร’ข
matter who that person is.

S Ravi

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2a. Re: To make Judiciary Loyal to Congress Party, courts should be pack
Posted by: "NathanK" kollengode99
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:42 am (PDT)

This is a serious matter with far reaching consequences. This tactic they have learned from US Republican party play book. President Bush packed US Supreme court with conservative evangelical rednecks who are shooting down all popular poor people supporting bills & laws like health care. In India same thing is happening whether it is muslim & christian special reservations in schools, colleges, jobs , haj & vatican trips etc; anti-Hindu Congress is busy distributing all the goodies to minorities as if it their private property. The court will not even support the publication of names of Congress goons who have deposited billions of illegal $ in Swiss & Italian banks.

--- In, "Mohan Gupta" wrote:
> From: - N Hirani
> Sent: Monday, March 29, 2010 11:41 AM
> Subject: Re: To make Judiciary Loyal to Congress Party, courts should be packed with party loyalists?
> Hare Krishna
> To everyone out there
> And Indian media
> You know what this means, it means that, that it is Congi they are fearful of their crime or they want to commit more crime, there is no word of impartiality, is there? I keep on saying these Ba........ are not impartial they just make show of (Gandhi) that they are impartial,
> It is always with them, them and us, like in Bhagavad-gita but brain dead, BJP and RSS wouldn't listen, they keep on talking Hindu unity there is no Hindu unity with people like these, they have just borne in Hindu families but they are not Hindus just like lots of Muslim are borne in Muslim families but they are not Muslim and Muslim being Asuric religion want let them go to the religion that is naturally incline to their nature.
> Remember people are borne with brain to be inclining them to be free and Krishna would not do anything otherwise to people's free inclination brain, he will give you true knowledge (scriptures) and then let you decide what you want to do, that is what he did to Arjuna in Bhagavad-gita. So that is what RSS and BJP should know, simply by being one Hindu it in not necessary that he will be Hindu like Congi.
> Indian court can grind down anyone with its corrupt and slowness and even after that if Congi can not defend in Indian court in Congi Raj imagine there crime how much naked it would be that most obnoxious corrupt judge can not give any other decision but guilty. Remember that Manjit Sikh former Chief Minster of Punjab f.......... off.
> These is what Congi is trying to do here, turn court in to Congi Tabela, thinking they will get away with their crime or they can commit more crime. In short what they want is no body can do us anything and we can commit our crime as we want or we can get away with our crime that we have committed.
> NaranH
> ________________________________________________
> On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM, Kishor Ruparelia wrote:
> ALARMING ???? This is only the tip of looming iceberg.
> WAKE UP CALL ?? You can only wake up the living.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: rti-times-owner@... [mailto:rti-times-owner@...] On Behalf Of Milap Choraria
> Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2010 6:09 AM
> To: rti-times@...
> Subject: [rti-times] To make Judiciary Loyal to Congress Party, courts should be packed with party loyalists?
> To ensure the freedom of Judiciary from the political embracements, why joining of any political party should not be defined as a professional misconduct under Advocates Act, 1961?
> Milap Choraria
> Cong to pack courts with party loyalists?
> TNN, Mar 28, 2010, 02.58am IST
> NEW DELHI: Congress-leaning lawyers have raised the pitch for assignments from the government. A Congress convention, which brought together lawyers from Congress legal cells in the states, was set abuzz when populist voices were raised, with one directly asking for party-affiliated lawyers to be accommodated in various panels, and even in the judiciary.
> Union law minister Veerappa Moily urged the AICC's legal department headed by Abhishek Singhvi to create a national database of lawyers affiliated with Congress. ``... we can form domain expertise using their experience; we can train them in different fields and ultimately bond them into mainstream of judiciary,'' he said.
> The call, with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the dais, led to murmurs in the gathering as it was interpreted that there will be a preference for lawyers affiliated with the Congress in the selection for judiciary.
> The organizing body headed by Abhishek Singhvi demanded that an Alternative Disputes Redressal system be formed and named after Rajiv Gandhi. Government sources said there is an International Centre for ADR lying dysfunctional and the Prime Minister is unhappy about it. Sources said it could be renamed and made active.
> DPCC chief J P Aggarwal got a thunderous applause when he said Congress needed to bring its lawyers on official panels and appointments. Aggarwal, speaking at a working session on ``Human rights, common man and contemporary exigencies'' chaired by home minister P Chidambaram, said it was found that lawyers who were with the Congress were ignored at the time of selection for various panels. ``Why will they carry your flag?'' he asked, making a forceful plea.
> At the end of the day, Singhvi assured the meeting that the law minister
> agreed with the demand made by Aggarwal and steps would be taken in this direction in future.
> Milap Choraria Editor: Suchna Ka Adhikar / RTI TIMES
> National Convenor : Movement for Accountability to Public (MAP)

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3. HPI - Apr 02, 2010 - as Board of Education Changes the Value of Pi
Posted by: "Hindu Press International" indvoice
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:42 am (PDT)

Temple Elephant Learns to Return Change to Devotees
Texas Board of Education Changes the Value of Pi
News Corp Acquires Hinduism Today
Government Management at Chidambaram Temple, One Year On
Fast-Food Chain€ ขโ’ ’นs Green Challenge: Composting
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Temple Elephant Learns to Return Change to Devotees
Source: HPI

MADURAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA, April 1, 2010: Meenakshiji, the temple elephant at the ancient Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai, has learned to give change to devotees for the traditional tap on the head blessing.

When offered a hundred rupee note, for example, the pachyderm carefully picks up 95 rupees in change from a nearby pile and returns it to the devotee, and then graces him or her with a gentle tap on the head. Her mahout said it only took about ten minutes to teach her how to do this, as she could already count to 200. € ขโ’ ’ผShe helps me with the accounting,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ he said. If the nearby pile does not have the right amount for change, devotees can feel safe about coming back later for their money. Meenakshiji has an elephant€ ขโ’ ’นs memory.
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Texas Board of Education Changes the Value of Pi

AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 1, 2010: Even as series of conservative changes to educational standards by the Texas Board of Education sparked controversy across the nation, with changes such as the removal of Thomas Jefferson from parts of the curriculum, new changes promise wider repercussions. In a bold move, the Board has now announced that it is changing the value of mathematical constant pi.

The motion to change the value of pi to exactly three was introduced without fanfare and rapidly gained support after a letter-writing campaign by members of the Solomon Society, a traditional values group.

Engineers and mathematicians in Texas€ ขโ’ ’น high-tech industry are stunned. The law took the state€ ขโ’ ’นs engineering community by surprise. € ขโ’ ’ผIt would have been nice if they had consulted with someone who actually uses pi,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ said Marshall Bergman, a manager at Texas€ ขโ’ ’น Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. € ขโ’ ’ผHow can we hire someone who learned at school that pi is exactly three? If my missiles used that number they would all miss their target,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ he reasoned.

€ ขโ’ ’ผI think that it is the mathematicians that are being irrational, and it is time for them to admit it,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ said a spokesperson for the Texas Board of Education. € ขโ’ ’ผThe Bible very clearly says in I Kings 7:23 that the altar font of Solomon€ ขโ’ ’นs Temple was ten cubits across and thirty cubits in diameter, and that it was round in compass. The Biblical standard is inequivocal.€ ขโ’ ’ฝ

Many experts are warning that this is just the beginning of a national battle over pi between traditional values supporters and the technical elite. Solomon Society member Lawson agrees. € ขโ’ ’ผWe just want to return pi to its traditional value, before science made it all confused,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ he said. Lawson called into question the usefulness of any number that cannot be calculated exactly, and suggested that never knowing the exact answer could harm students€ ขโ’ ’น self-esteem. € ขโ’ ’ผWe need to return to some absolutes in our society,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ he explained.
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News Corp Acquires Hinduism Today
Source: HPI

KAPAA, HAWAII, USA, April 1, 2010: After several weeks of intense negotiations, Rupert Murdoch€ ขโ’ ’นs News Corporation announced today that it has acquired Hinduism Today Magazine, whose editorial staff produces Hindu Press International. In a $10.8 million deal, the purchase of Hinduism Today represents the conservative media magnate€ ขโ’ ’นs first foray into Eastern religious news media. Paramacharya Palaniswami, the magazine€ ขโ’ ’นs Editor-in-Chief, averred, € ขโ’ ’ผThough consultants considered the offer to be far too small, we found that it fit perfectly the needs of our small operation. The funds allow us to wrap up the fund-raising on the temple we are building at the monastery where we are headquartered, replete with a new nine-story editorial office building adjacent to the temple.€ ขโ’ ’ฝ The new building will allow for the expansion of the editorial and advertising staff to 101, required by the purchase contract. Palaniswami continued, € ขโ’ ’ผBesides, we are just simple monks. What would we do with extra funds?€ ขโ’ ’ฝ News Corporation€ ขโ’ ’นs interest in the quarterly religious journal was sparked after years of analysis resulting in Hinduism Today being in the top ten journals in an internal report on publications that favor traditional family values. While editorial control will remain with the monastic staff, other stipulations of the contract include unbiased reporting on US political candidates€ ขโ’ ’น decisions affecting Hindus and other Asian religions, as well as strict qualifications for reporting to be € ขโ’ ’ผfair and balanced,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ as on the Fox News Channel and other News Corporation brands.
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Government Management at Chidambaram Temple, One Year On
Source: HPI

CHIDAMBARAM, INDIA, April 1, 2010: After the hostile takeover of the famed Siva Temple at Chidambaram one year ago by the Government of Tamil Nadu, devotees report great improvements in the temple. They say 11 brand new hundis (collection boxes) have been installed at various locations throughout the temple. Previously, all donations were given directly to the priests. The income, running to some five lakh rupees per month (US$11,000) is used to pay government employees and supervisors to collect and count the hundi money. A separate group has been hired to polish the hundis.

As yet, no other visible improvement to the temple can be seen. But devotees are impressed with the efficient use of the hundis. € ขโ’ ’ผThey are so shiny, really a nice improvement,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ Mrs. Pillai from Chennai said.
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Fast-Food Chain€ ขโ’ ’นs Green Challenge: Composting
Source: HPI

LONDON, UK, April 1, 2010: We live in green times. It does not matter if you are a climate change skeptic or a die-hard ecologist: being green is good for business, health is the word of the day, and even fast food chains have taken notice.

Recently, major fast-food conglomerates began large scale operations to compost their organic waste€ ขโ’ ’ณleftover sandwiches, food-like substances and some materials that resemble chickens. But the technological challenge was greater than expected, as John McBurger, assistant director for green marketing of a well-known company, explains. The challenge, according to him, is that their food will not decompose. € ขโ’ ’ผThese are really good foods. I mean, good. They are healthy, they are made to stay heathy. Like, forever.€ ขโ’ ’ฝ

Facing a public relations issue with ever-growing piles of resilient foodstuff, John McBurger said that decisive action was being taken. € ขโ’ ’ผWe are starting a marketing campaign aimed at bacteria, specially the young ones,€ ขโ’ ’ฝ he carefully explained. € ขโ’ ’ผWe will make them familiar with this food, show trendy and cool bacteria eating it. They will love it.€ ขโ’ ’ฝ

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fun! Back to Top <#top> UT Austin Celebrates Holi to
Commemorate Spring's Arrival Monday, March 29, 2010 Austin,
Texas Source: The Daily Texan\
SeD1U3vXqoBwoBf47lIUzuW0CtiZy1Z0A6_jGhLw8kq0NB0iBivlZ> A cloud
of multicolored dust hung over the Main Mall on Saturday as
lively Indian music boomed from the speakers people people chased
each other on the lawn, tossing powdered paint at each other in
celebration of spring. The Hindu Students Council hosted
Holi, the festival of colors. The holiday typically falls on the
last full moon of the winter season, which occurred March 1.
Masses of students in white T-shirts frantically swarmed the
tables for plastic bags of "rang," the colored powder, before
tossing the powder on each other and smearing it into each
other's shirts, faces and hair. The Main Mall quickly turned into
a floral-scented sea of pink, green, purple and orange.
Attendees also enjoyed samosas and participated in games, such as
racing while balancing a lime on a spoon. While rallying for the
event on Friday, the group asked students passing by to
contribute to a paper mural by painting a particular aspect of
their culture. Council President Apoorva Murthy described Holi
as a combination of various traditions found throughout India.
The festival in modern times has become more significant as a
cultural event for a diverse crowd rather than a religious event,
she said. "This is going to sound cheesy, but everyone comes in
looking different, and at the end of the day we all look the
same," Murthy said. Like many Hindu holidays, one of the
folktales associated with Holi involves the triumph of good over
evil, Murthy said. According to folklore, the arrogant,
power-hungry demon-king Hiranyakashipu was angry that his son
worshipped Vishnu, the highest Hindu god, instead of him.
Hiranyakashipu ordered his son, Prahlada, to burn himself in the
fiery lap of the demon-king's sister, Holika, who never burned
because she was protected by a special shawl. Vishnu intervened
and caused Holika to burn to death instead of Prahlada.
Traditionally, people light bonfires the day before Holi to
celebrate the burning of Holika. The flowers used in rang
traditionally have medicinal properties so the powder will be
healthy for people, but that is not always the case these days,
Murthy said. Avni Chopra, a finance and government sophomore,
said she attended the Holi festival in her hometown of Sugar Land
before moving to Austin. "It's huge there," Chopra said.
"Sometimes, people throw water balloons with ice cubes, and those
really hurt. The best part about Holi, though, is seeing people
you know at the festival but also just throwing color and having
fun with a bunch of people you don't know."
Back to Top <#top> HSC Chapter at Pittsburgh
Organizes a Conference on Eastern Religions Thursday, March
18th, 2010
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Source: The Pitts News\
ts1inACjMrKvNuH0A2cQ> The Hindu Students Council chapter at
University of Pittsburg organized a conference on Eastern
Religions in Dining Room A of the William Pitt Union last
night.The event was designed to give students the opportunity to
learn about Eastern religions, said president Kunj Gala. This
is the fourth year for the event. Pitt student Nila Devanath, now
a senior, created the event in her freshman year as a way to
learn about different religions. The event included a slideshow
concerning different aspects of Hinduism, Islam,
well as a question and answer session. Speakers focusing on
Sikhism and Buddism were scheduled to attend but could not attend
due to communication conflicts that arose when the event was
postponed because of last month's historic snowstorm. Someone
specializing in Greek Orthodox Christianity was also scheduled to
attend, but could not attend because of a Lenten dinner. "We're
all so bogged down on religion that we forget to come together,"
said Sanjay Mehta one of the five speakers at the Conference.
"This is the goal of the Eastern Religions Conference."

Pitt student Caitlin Kempf who attended the Eastern Religions
Conference for the third time last night, said, "It's interesting
to hear about religion from a different perspective. The event
gives a more broad understanding than religious classes would."
Back to Top <#top> UC Berkeley Chapter Holds
Candelight Vigil for Haiti Earthquake by Kevin Gandhi, External
Affairs Vice-President Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 Berkeley,
On February 23, 2010, UCB Hindu Students Council with INDUS &
Interfaith Action Initiative held a Candlelight Vigil &
Fundraiser for Haiti from 6-8 PM in Tan Oak room. We raised
money to hopes of helping out the victims of Haiti's earthquake.
All the proceeding went to the American Red Cross @ CAL. On the
day of the Vigil, we had different faiths/organizations say a few
words and prayers for the victims in Haiti. We also had each
group light a candle in memory of the lives lost to the disaster.
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expressed by the authors and sources are their own.
Paradise in Hawaii - The Kauai Hindu Monastery
By Nikunj Trivedi
If Lord Shiva were to descend from the Himalayas and
establish an abode in the West, He would certainly fall in love
with the beautiful grounds of the Kauai Hindu Monastery ("Kauai
Aadheenam"). Ever since reading my first copy of "Hinduism
Today" upon joining HSC in 2000, I was amazed by the information
provided by the magazine and by the dedication of the monks
behind the effort. Ever since then, it had been a dream to visit
this monastery. That came true on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. My
wife and I took a trip to Hawaii for her birthday and had the
opportunity to visit the monastery.

Founded in 1970 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001),
lovingly known as "Gurudeva", the monastery's guru lineage is
linked to the Tamil Shaivite tradition of Southern India and Sri
Lanka. The 376 acre mo [Satguru Sivaya Subramuninayswami and
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami] nastery is situated at the foot
of an extinct volcano amidst lush green and pristine surroundings
in Kauai, Hawaii. Rare plants, herbs and flowers populate this
beautiful paradise along with two dozen monks. One can find
sprawling ferns and 300 feet wide banyan trees, coco palms and
lava rock gardens, alongside waterfalls and the Wailua River
passing through the monastery. The West's only Rudraksha
(literally - "the eye of Rudra or Lord Shiva"; a seed from which
prayer beads are made) forest is also located here. Sacred and
ayurvedic plants and herbs such as neem, bilva, amala, champaka,
sandalwood, etc. can be found carefully preserved here.

As you enter the monastery, you leave behind all your worries and
drift away into a relaxing trance inspired by the silent sanctity
and spiritual vibrations of the place.

There are two temples on the premises - the Kadavul (Tamil word
for God, meaning "He who is both immanent and transcendental)
temple and the future white granite Iraivan (Tamil [Ashok Bail
at UT Austin] word for God, meaning "He who is worshipped")
temple. A 16 ton Nandi (Lord Shiva's bull) stands guard at the
Kadavul temple, which is dedicated to Shiva's Nataraja form.
Directly in front of Nataraja sits a crystal Lingam that will one
day be the central icon of the Iraivan temple. The inner walls
of the Kudaval temple display 108 golden statues of Lord Shiva,
each depicting one pose of His cosmic dance of creation,
preservation and absorption, and the paired graces which conceal
and reveal. In the right rear corner sits an image of Satguru
Subramuniyaswami. The premises are open from 9:00 AM to 12:00
Noon for outsiders. But, the monks begin their day at 5:30 AM and
end at 9:00 PM.

We were late and barely able to have the Lord's Darshan. On the
way out at the g [Ashok Bail at UT Austin] ift shop, we met a
lovely elderly disciple of the Satguru - Amala. A Caucasian
American, she had been a Hindu for the last 30 odd years and had
travelled with the Satguru extensively, before settling in
Hawaii. Amala gave us a brief overview of the gift shop and was
excited that we were visiting the monastery. I gave her my
contact information, and we left the monastery, thankful but
disappointed to have had a rushed Darshan.

But, perhaps the Lord's plan was something else. The next
morning, before my scheduled flight to New Jersey, I got a call
at 7:30 AM from Paramacharya Palaniswami, the editor-in-chief of
Hinduism Today and we set up a time to meet. This time, we got
there at 9:00 AM at the time of the Pooja.

After a beautiful Darshan, we headed over with another elderly
lady disciple (Shama, a Caucasian American who has also been with
the Satguru for the past 30 odd years) to meet with Paramacharya
Palaniswami in [Ashok Bail at UT Austin] his office. With a
gleaming smile, he welcomed us into his office, a high tech
facility where each monk carried the latest Macbook to produce
the Hinduism Today magazine as well as other visually rich
literature and media. During our brief chat, I thanked him for
their long standing support of HSC. He encouraged us to continue
educating the youth on Hindu Dharma and extended his help in this
matter. Shama then gave us a quick but beautiful tour of the
gardens and the Iraivan temple that's under construction. We
left the premises feeling awed and gratified.

The monastery and its monks are true testaments to the global
Hindu renaissance and the impact of our Hindu heritage around the
world. Indeed, being in the company of such personalities
rejuvenates our spirits, inspires us to "dance with the Lord" and
continue our quest of preserving and protecting our beloved

Aum Namah Shivay!

Written with permission from the Kauai Hindu Monastery.

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Back to Top <#top> Rama Navami
By Krishna Maheshwari
Hindupedia, The Hindu Encyclopedia

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is the day on which Lord Rama
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incarnated in human form in the land of Ayodhya. He is the ardha
ansh of Vishnu or has half the divinitive qualities of Lord
Vishnu. The word "Rama
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literally means one who is divinely blissful and who gives joy to
others, and one in whom the sages rejoice.

Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the bright fortnight in the
month of Chaitra (April/May) and coincides with Vasant Navratri
or Chait Durga
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Therefore in some regions, the festival is spread over nine days.
This day, marking the birthday of Lord Rama, is also observed as
the marriage day of Rama and Sita and thus also referred to as
* 1 Background
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* 4.1 Popular Bhajans
* 5 Pilgrimage
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Bhagwan Rama exemplified the perfect person (maryada
purushottam). He was the embodiment of compassion, gentleness,
kindness, righteousness and integrity. Although he had all the
power in the world, he still was peaceful and gentle.

His reign in Ayodha is referred to as Ramarajya, the epitome of
perfect governance. Ayodhya was the capital founded by the
king-rishi Manu. During the reign of King Dasharath, Ayodhya
reached a period of great prosperity. But Dasharath had one
problem--he had no children. Therefore he decided to perform the
ashvamedh sacrifice. Elaborate and difficult rituals had to be
observed. Rishi Rishyashring presided over the yagya. The
performance of this sacrifice was a great event in Ayodhya. At
the end, Rishyashring recited a Mantra
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an offering to the fire. Then the gods, gandharvas, siddhas, and
rishis present around began to pray to Brahma. During that time
Ravana, the king of Lanka, was terrorizing the people, and they
were longing for liberation from his menace. Ravana had acquired
great power because he had obtained from God Brahma the boon that
he would never die at the hands of gods, or gandharvas, or
yakshas (demigods) or demons. As he was not afraid of men, he did
not care to include men in the list of his potential slayers. So
Brahmadev declared that Ravana would die at the hands of a man.
Then the gods went to Vishnu for help and requested him that
since Dasharath was a glorious king, that He take birth in the
wombs of his three queens in four different incarnations of His
divinity. When Dasharath's sacrifice came to an end, a shining
figure appeared over the sacrificial kund, and offered the king a
divine beverage called "payasam", which was to be given to his
queens Kausalya, Kaikayi, and Sumitra. In due time, Kausalya gave
birth to Rama, Kaikayi to Bharat and Sumitra to Laxman and

The Sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama's dynasty,
which is called the Solar Dynasty (Raghukula or Raghuvamsa -
Raghu means Sun and Kula or Vamsa mean familial descendant). Rama
is also known as Raghunatha, Raghupati, Raghavendra etc. That all
these names begin with the prefix Raghu is also suggestive of
some link with Sun-worship. The hour chosen for the observance of
the Lord's birth is that when the Sun is overhead and is at its
maximum brilliance. In some Hindu
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prayers on Ramnavami day start not with an invocation to Rama but
to Surya (Sun). Again the syllable Ra is used in the word to
describe the Sun and brilliance in many languages. In Sanskrit
=> , Ravi and Ravindra both mean "Sun".
Significance of Ram Navami
The story of the Ramayan is a classic, eternal, universal message
of Dharma
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adharma, of deva versus demon, of good versus evil, as
represented in the battle between Rama and Ravana.

Ravana was a brahmin; he was a great scholar who wrote numerous
works on scriptural philosophy. He was powerful, dynamic, and
beautiful in appearance. As the brilliant, handsome king of
Lanka, he had everything one would need to be happy and peaceful.
Yet, he was arrogant, egoistic, greedy and lustful. His
insatiable desires led him to crave more and more power, more and
more money, and more and more ladies to fulfill his every whim.

There is one main difference: Bhagwan Rama's heart overflowed
with divinity, love, generosity, humility, and a sense of duty.
Ravana's heart, in contrast, was filled with avarice, hatred, and
egoism. Under Bhagwan Rama's divine touch, the animals became his
devotees and his divine helpers. Under Ravana's touch, even
humans became animals.

Through his noble and divine choices, he teaches the world to
choose dharma over Artha
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leaves for the forest rather than be coronated as King) and to
choose Moksha
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chooses his kingdom over his marriage).

Bhagwan Rama teaches that :
As a son Respectfully and lovingly obey your father's orders.
Sacrifice your own comfort for your father's dignity. As a
step-son Even when your step mother (or mother-in-law) is not
kind to you, even when she clearly dis- criminates against you in
favor of her own birth child, do not resent her, do not fight
against her. Respect her and her wishes. As a brother Remain
loyal to your brother. Care for him. As a husband Protect your
wife. Fight for her protection and her purity. But there are
times when one's divine path must even take precedence over the
path of householder. Do not keep the role of householder as the
ultimate role. As a King Sacrifice everything for your people.
Do not worry about your own comfort, your own convenience or your
own pleasure. Be willing to put the kingdom ahead of your own
Ravana's ego led to his own demise, first the demise of his
spirit and heart and then the demise of his body. He thought he
was the one who ran everything. He thought that he was the "doer"
of it all. On the other hand, Bhagwan Rama was always humble, and
he never took credit for anything. At the end of the war in
Lanka, Bhagwan Rama was giving Sitaji a tour of the city, showing
her where all of the various events had occurred. When, they
reached the place where he victoriously slew Ravana, he reported
it to Sitaji only as, "and this is where Ravana died." He didn't
say, "This is where I crushed the demon," or "This is where I
killed Ravana."

Ram Navami is a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama,
the son of King Dasharath. It was a joyous occasion in Ayodhya
all those centuries ago when King Dasharath's heir was finally
born. It was like a dream come true for the king as the lack of
an heir had troubled him sorely for many years.

Lord Rama is an Avatar
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down to earth to battle the invincible Ravana in human form. Lord
Brahma had been receiving complaints from all the gods about the
havoc that Ravana was wreaking on earth, but because Lord Brahma
had granted Ravana so many boons, he could not be killed by a
god. But Ravana had become so overconfident that he would never
expect an attack from a human being. So Lord Vishnu agreed to go
to earth in the guise of Prince Ram, the son of King Dasharath
and Queen Kaushalya.

The story of Lord Rama as told in the great epic Ramayana
=> is one that most Indians know irrespective of caste, creed
and religion. Lord Rama is a legendary figure, the epitome of all
that is good and true, the man who vanquished the demon king,
Ravana. Lord Rama is not just a hero, but has been given the
status of a god by the Hindus. Therefore, it comes as no surprise
that his birth is celebrated year after year with great pomp and
enjoyment on the ninth day after the new moon in Sukul Paksh (the
waxing moon), which falls sometime in the month of April.
Fasting Guidelines
There are three different types of fasts that can be held on this

* Fasting until noon * Eating only once during the day
* Fasting until midnight * Fasting for for nine days
beginning on the first day of Chaitra

When eating a single meal during the fast, it may consist of
fruits and fruit extracts. Alternatively, if eating a full meal,
it can include potatoes made in any form without haldi
(turmeric), garlic, ginger or onion, fruits and any type of
vegatable. Curd, tea, coffee, milk, and water are also permitted.
Ram Navami is celebrated in a variety of ways ranging from bhajan
programs and pujas to ratha yatras and pandal programs.

Bhajan programs are organized both at homes as well as in Temples
=> . During these programs, bhajans extolling the virtues of Lord
Rama, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman are sung. If in a temple, these
programs are often accompanied by Ramayana Katha, in which
details of the Ramayana are presented, or chanting of the whole
Ramayana. Many people either perform akhanda ramayana pat or just
chant sunderkand.

* Performing akhanda Ramayana Pat involves chanting the entire
Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas, which usually takes 24 hours *
Chanting Sunderkand takes three hours. Sunderkand discusses some
of Hanuman's exploits and his meeting with Sita in Lanka. *
Temples will usually have the chanting of the Valmiki
=> Ramayana or larger pandal programs in which the Ramayana is
discussed for nine days, beginning on Ugadi and ending on Rama

In addition, people clean their homes and put pictures of Lord
Rama, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman on a dais in preparation for the
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and incense are kept before the deities. There are two thaalis
kept ready in the puja area. One contains the prasad and the
other the items necessary for the puja like roli, aipun, rice,
water, flowers, a bell and a conch. The puja begins with the
youngest female member of the family applying teeka to all the
male members of the family. A red bindi is applied on the
foreheads of all the female members. Everyone participates in the
puja by first sprinkling the water, roli, and aipun on the gods
and then showering handfuls of rice on the deities. Then
everybody stands up to perform the aarti, at the end of which
ganga jal or plain water is sprinkled over the gathering. The
singing of bhajans goes on for the entire puja. Finally, the
prasad is distributed among all the people who have gathered.

In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, a huge fair is held with
thousands of devotees gathering to celebrate this festival. The
fair continues for two days, and rathyatras, carrying the Dieties
=> of Ram, his brother Laxman, His wife Sita, and His greatest
devotee Mahavir Hanuman, are taken out from almost all Ram
Temples. Hanuman is known for is his devotion to Rama, and his
tales form an important part of the celebration.