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Hindu Temples and the Kerala State Government

Who should manage the Hindu temples in Kerala? The State government or the devotees. This is an ongoing debate in Kerala. The debate gained momentum recently with the present Communist government in Kerala bringing ordinances to take over the administration of various temples in Kerala. The latest being the Malabar Devaswom Ordinance to take over the temples in Malabar.The Hindu population in Kerala is just over fifty percent. The rest of the nearly fifty percent consists of Muslims and Christians. The Hindus in Kerala are a divided lot and are mainly represented by caste based organizations like the Nair Service Society (NSS), Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) and numerous other such organizations. It must also be noted here that the Communist parties in Kerala finds its support base mainly among the Hindus.The temples in Kerala are mainly administrated by the Travancore Devaswom Board, Cochin Devaswom Board and Guruvayur Devaswom Board. Recently, the government took over the va…

Ignore the three Christian protestors in Senate – they were shouted down by American Public

Thousands of blogs – new, old, popular, and not popular – wrote about the Christian protesters disrupting the first ever Hindu prayer in United States senate. Majority of the blogs criticized the three Christian protesters. Even practicing Christians and priests joined in criticizing the protesters. Rev. Currie writes As a Christian minister this makes me sick. My advice to the US Senate tonight: invite Chaplain Zed back and give him a proper welcome. The video of protesters disrupting the prayer has got 1408 diggs while writing this post. Some of the other reactions As a Christian I'm appalled and embarrassed that this man was treated so rudely and intolerantly. There are many paths to God. A shameful display. As a human being I am upset that this man was treated so rudely and intolerantly. I don't condone shouting down anyone. That was downright rude and simply shows the protesters to be the narrow-minded bigots that they are. There are fundamentalists in all religions in…

Thoughts on the Hindu Concept of Maya

All visible things are ‘maya.’ Maya will vanish through the effect of knowledge (jnana). One must strive to get rid of maya, which devastates the mind; the destruction of the mind (manas) means the annihilation of maya. Meditation is the only way in which to dominate maya. Swami SivanandaThe truth is that god alone is real and all else unreal. Men, universe, house, children – all these are like the magic of the magician. The magician strikes his wand and says: ‘come delusion! come confusion!’ then he says to the audience. ‘Open the lid of the pot: see the birds fly into the sky.’ but the magician alone is real and his magic unreal. The unreal exists for a second and then vanishes. Sri RamakrishnaMaya literally means ‘that which is not.’ It refers to accepting the temporary as having lasting value, and looking for enduring happiness in this world. In the twilight, one may easily mistake a rope for a snake. In so doing, we feel fear. Hence fear and other emotions may often be based on i…

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