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Hinduism Course: Summer 2008 Hindu Studies Program at Rutgers University

The Summer Hindu Studies Program at RutgersUniversity for 2008 offers courses addressing different elements of and approaches to Hindu philosophy and culture. The program is open to visiting students and community members, as well as Rutgers students. Following are the courses in Hinduism conducted in Summer 2008Hinduism Through its Arts, Legends, Mystics and Yogis - This course will explore some of the most prominent features of the universe of Hindu narratives in their myriad expressions, both traditional and modern, and how they inform their audiences about the Hindu view of life. (Duration: June 23, 2008 - August 1, 2008)
Hinduism: Engagement with the Modern World - The course will consider some of the ways voices speaking from within the Hindu tradition have responded to issues of importance to modern sensitivities, ranging from Orientalism, gender and social equality, ecology, globalization, materialism and consumerism. ( July 7, 2008 - August 13, 2008)Hindu Philosophy - This c…

Thulabaram Offering at Guruvayur Krishna Temple with Paracetamol Tablets

One of the most important offering at the famous Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayur, Kerala, is the ‘thulabharam.’ In the Thulabaram ritual, a devotee sits on a pan of the weighing balance and the other pan is filled with materials greater than the weight of the devotee. Devotees usually offer sugar, jaggery, tulsi leaves and banana. Recently, Paracetamol tablet was added into the long list offerings made by devotees.Devotees are known to make unique offerings while performing Thulabharam ritual. Hundreds of ‘thulabharam’ are offered daily at the temple. A couple of years ago, a person performed ‘thulabharam’ with gold. The unique allopathic medicine thulabaram was performed by the son of a wholesale medicine dealer. Temple authorities later handed over the 72 kg Paracetamol tablets to the Government hospital in Guruvayur. (The Hindu)Thulabaram ritual is performed in major temples in South India including Tirupati.

Brahma Kumaris Tips on Managing Thoughts to Achieve Success and Happiness in Life.

Excerpts from an article published by Prajapita BrahmaKumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (Brahma Kumaris).Have you ever thought about the fact that there is never a moment when you are not thinking and that whatever you are not thinking and that whatever happens in this world begins with a thought?Here are some simple steps to help you manage your thoughts and achieve success and happiness in life.Start watching your thoughts, without identifying them.At the outset thoughts are like the waves of the ocean, which do not stop even for a moment like the watch ticking.Do not be discouraged by the fact that you are becoming a part of your thoughts. Just watch your thoughts as an observer.You may even get carried away by your thoughts. Never mind.What you need to do whenever you detect this, is to take yourself out of your thoughts immediately and get back as a detached observer.Just watch after some time you will be able to know your negative thoughts. Now concentrate on all the positive t…