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Showing posts from October 19, 2006

NASDAQ joins in Diwali

It is not just the Indian Stock Markets that are celebrating Diwali. NASDAQ has added Diwali to the list of events it celebrates on the screen at New York's Times Square. (link)

Understanding Diwali

Diwali or Deepawali or Deepavali literally means 'an array of lamps.’It signifies the victory of good over evil. On a symbolic level, the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of removing suffering. Diwali is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar so there is no exact date. It falls approximately mid-October to mid-November. Like most of the Hindu festivals it occurs at the end of a harvest season. Legends: There are several stories associated with Diwali. The most important one is the commemoration of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Another story is associated with Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth). It is believed that the goddess emerged from the ocean on this day during the samudra manthan (churning of ocean) by demons and gods. So for the business people, the new business year begins on diwali. In South India, it is the day on which Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura. Dhanteras is celebrated two days before …

Exhibition on the Goddesses in New South Wales, Australia

The exhibition being held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales surveys the innumerable, imaginative expressions of the divine Mother found in the art of India, Tibet and Nepal. Sculptures and paintings from the ancient to the modern are on display. Major public and private collections of Asian art around the world are lenders to the exhibition. The website of the artgallery is worth a visit. (link)

The tale of a Computer Game to teach Hindu principles

This interesting story is posted on the Escapist Magazine. The game, Hindu non-shooter, was conceived by Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa and funded by a young heir to a chain of furniture stores. But the project was shelved halfway through. The most curious aspect of the game – “you could only win if you never killed, injured or damaged anyone or anything in the game.” This is perhaps the weakest link in the whole idea and why the game did not work out. Escapist Magazine writes:“A nonviolent shooter presents interesting, if not necessarily sensible, design challenges. We decided on a story of demonic invasion in mythic ancient India. Gameplay would permit violence and perhaps even reward it in the short term, but violence would pollute your karma and ultimately complicate your long-term progress.This was indeed ambitious, not to say foolhardy. If you're facing powerful adversaries but must circumvent them nonviolently, obviously the game needs that always-tr…

Quote for the day

My eighteenth guru is a little bird who was flying with a worm in its beak. Larger birds flew after him and began pecking him. They stopped only when the little bird dropped the worm. Thus, I learned that the secret of survival lies in renunciation, not in possession.

Hindu links for 10/19/2006

Report on the exhibition on Hindu culture and Dharmic traditions of India held in Michigan.“The exhibition had several colorful and informative posters about the advances made by the Hindu civilization and the ancient Dharmic traditions of the Indian subcontinent. A live demonstration of some Yogic postures, Surya namaskara and meditation.”Diwali celebration at Trafalgar Square“Trafalgar Square at the heart of the British capital was ablaze with lights and color as Mayor Ken Livingstone led hundreds of Londoners in celebrating Diwali.”Ram Janki temple at Allahabad“Ram Janki temple has been built of stone. The pale brown facade of the structure fails to make it conspicuous for the passersby. The real charm is highlighted only on entering the premises.”On the performance of duty"The spiritual tradition lays emphasis on the performance of one's duties, as it is not possible to realise the ultimate goal of liberation without discharging them. Spiritual discipline will not bear …