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Hinduism in Second Life

Second Life is the online game produced by San Francisco-based Linden Lab in which participants create a virtual world. It is attracting 4 million users and several religions are finding a presence in Second Life. Incidentally, the online 3-D persona which users create is known as an avatar – Sanskrit word for the incarnation of a Hindu deity. Hindu religion has only a small presence in Second Life. This will change soon, as more and more Hindus get to know about second life. Hare Krishna community has more than 75 members.How does religion exist in Second Life? For example, Jewish citizens of Second Life have created synagogues. Shona Crabtree writes in Washington PostBeth Brown, a 33-year-old Orthodox Jewish artist from Dallas, says she didn't intend to start a community when she built the first virtual synagogue, Second Life Synagogue-Temple Beit Israel, in September."When it came to be, it shed a light on the lack of Jewish community," she said. Within an hour of its…

Ganga River Endangered by Global Warming

Gangotri glacier, which provides up to 70 percent of the water of the GangaRiver during the summer months, could disappear by 2030 due to global warming. This means Ganga Ma will disappear during the summer seasons.Emily Wax writes in Washington Post…the prayer rituals carried out at the water's edge may not last forever -- or even another generation, according to scientists and meteorologists. The Himalayan source of Hinduism's holiest river, they say, is drying up."This may be the first place on Earth where global warming could hurt our very religion. We are becoming an endangered species of Hindus," said Veer Bhadra Mishra, an engineer and director of the Varanasi-based Sankat Mochan Foundation, an organization that advocates for the preservation of the Ganges. "The melting glaciers are a terrible thing. We have to ask ourselves, who are the custodians of our culture if we can't even help our beloved Ganga?"The article in Washington Post reiterates t…

The Metaphysical Intuition: Seeing Brahman with Open Eyes – Swami Siddheswarananda

The Metaphysical Intuition: Seeing Brahman with Open Eyes is a series of Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Siddheswarananda of the Ramakrishna Order. The book deals with some of the higher aspects of the Vedanta philosophy, and contains a biographical sketch of the swami.In the book, Swami Siddheswarananda sought to convey an experience of intuition beyond logic, outside the play of opposites, through which we will be better able to understand the nature of reality. To elucidate his meanings and make them accessible, he draws on the writings of others including Meister Eckhart, Ramana Mararshi, Shankara, Hubert Benoit, Ramakrishna and Vivekananda.Swami Siddheswarananda, born in 1897 in Kerala (Tripunithura), was the spiritual head of the Centre Vedantique Ramakrichna at Gretz, France. He passed away in 1957 in France.The articles in the book were originally written in French and a translation into English by André van den was published by Arunachala Press and Monkfish Book Pub…

Thought of the Day – Ramana Maharshi

That inner Self, as the primeval Spirit,
Eternal, ever effulgent, full and infinite Bliss,
Single, indivisible, whole and living,
Shines in everyone as the witnessing awareness.
That self in its splendor, shining in the cavity of the heart
This self is neither born nor dies,
Neither grows nor decays,
Nor does it suffer any change.
When a pot is broken, the space within it is not,
And similarly, when the body dies the Self in it remains eternal.Ramana Maharshi

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