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Monkeys Employed to Scare Smaller Monkeys

This is happening in Delhi, which has now become famous for its monkey troubles. The monkeys, even after the intervention of the Supreme Court, continue to be a menace. No company would like to lose their business because of monkeys. Therefore companies are now taking the services of large langur monkeys to scare of small monkeys. The Time reports:In parts of Delhi, companies are now employing imposing langur monkeys to protect buildings and scare off the smaller rhesus monkeys. "Any langur will do the business," says Zahid Khan, 20, a langur handler who regularly chains one or two outside the Press Trust of India building. Khan says business is good, despite the recent proliferation of competitors. The company he works for employs 12 langurs. "If they hit you with their tail, it will break the skin," says Khan.But for how long will the langurs scare smaller monkeys? What if they become friends? The companies might then employ tigers or lions!! Man-animal conflic…

Mittal Senior on Hinduism

Lakshmi Mittal’s father, Mohan Lal Mittal, on his eightieth birthday opened his mind on Hinduism.The Telegraph Calcutta reportsHe says that like all traditional Hindus, he strongly believes in the joint family system and treats his sons as “best friends”. “If I can’t bring unity to my family, how can I bring unity among Hindus around the world?” he jokes. “Family is more important than money.”Mittal Senior is into Hinduism in a big way (unlike his son): “I have made enough money and traveled the world but now want to do something for the Hindu community. I regret I did not do this sooner.” While he finds it reassuring that Hindus in Britain are “more Hindu than Hindus in India”, he is concerned that those in many other countries knew little about their religion and were suffering a loss of identity. “Something has to be done.”It is not just Mohan Lal Mittal but almost all successful Hindus after retirement remembers Hinduism. They feel they have not done enough for their religion. But…

Another Woman of Indian Origin for NASA Space Mission

Sunita Williams of Indian origin, a NASA astronaut, is scheduled to lift off in December aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. She will spend six months working with a team of Americans and Russians outfitting the International Space Station, which will include some space walks. Boston Globe reports:Williams excelled in math and science at Needham High, graduating in 1983. She followed her older brother, Jay Pandya, into the USNavalAcademy, where she swam competitively and trained in aviation.As a Navy helicopter pilot, she traveled to the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Persian Gulf. She once spent nine days under 47 feet of water in the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Aquarius habitat, off Key Largo.The report details about her preparation for the space travel. Boston Globe writes:Williams will talk with her parents from space via video conference equipment NASA set up in their Falmouth house. And she'll be taking into space the Hindu Om, a gift …

Some People Think Hindus are under Seige

Dr Subramanian Swamy's new book thinks Hindus are under siege. The title of the book is interesting - Hindus under Siege - the Way Out. News Today reports:Subramanian Swamy, in his introductory remarks on his book, explained that a close scrutiny of national and international events revealed a conspiracy to defame the Hindu religious beliefs, icons and its spiritual leaders. Sri Jeyanadra Saraswathi Swami, Puttapartthi Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Swami Ramdas are some who have become targets in recent times. Moreover, Hindus are under attack from all sides and the only way out is to realize the threats the community faces and build a new mindset to drive out the perils, he pointed out.It is true that there are attacks on Hinduism from pseudo-secularists and missionaries. But Hinduism is capable of defending itself and it has been doing this from time immemorial. Instead of fearing about attack on Hinduism these people should concentrate on alleviating poverty from Hindu society. They …

Quote for the day

Purify your mind and make it one-pointed so that you can understand the apparent contradictions in various scriptures or in the teachings of the sages. Do not allow anyone's teachings or doctrines to confuse you. Select gems of truth from every possible source and integrate them into your personal philosophy of life. Disregard information that diverts your focus.You can do this when you know how to compromise between reason and faith. First, abandon polemics and form a habit of relying on constructive reasoning. Constructive reasoning will remove your doubts and will convince you that the practice you have undertaken is genuine and fruitful. Then faith will unfold naturally in your heart. Thereafter, faith and constructive reasoning will support and guide each other.Thoughtful consideration, enriched with faith and constructive reasoning, is called vichara, discrimination. The greatest motivating factor in sadhana is discrimination. Through discrimination an aspirant will certainl…

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