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Important archeological finds at Dwarka

Important archeological finds have been made under water and on land at Dwarka in Gujarat. The Underwater Archaeology Wing (UAW) of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is conducting a major excavation at Dwarka, which is mentioned in the Mahabharata as kingdom of Lord Krishna. Legend has it that Dwarka was submerged by sea.The archeologists have found ancient structures and copper coins. On land, the excavations are taking place near the famous Dwarakadhish temple.The Hindu reportsAlok Tripathi, Superintending Archaeologist, UAW, said the ancient underwater structures found in the Arabian Sea were yet to be identified. "We have to find out what they are. They are fragments. I would not like to call them a wall or a temple. They are part of some structure," said Dr. TripathiThe Hindu also has some pictures of the excavations at Dwarka.

Sayings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during an interactive session in Patna

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living, answered to several queries during an interactive session in Patna.
Some of his important sayings:
“I don't say always smile. Sometimes anger also works. Even mothers do not feed their children unless they cry. But the anger should be like a lining on water and not like a lining on the rock.”Youngsters should not treat elders like peels of fruits.Elders should learn to respect the feeling of youngsters and from the joy of getting, one should move to the joy of giving.“It is the elixir of human presence that lends meaning to otherwise impersonal words of greeting. If an air-hostess wishes you a good day it means nothing but if your grandmother does so, the sense travels with the words.” “Love is an experience. If you want to experience love, sit with a dog. The dog will teach you what is love.”From Hindustan Times and Times of India

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Important Social Issues

In a dialogue session in Patna, Bihar, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living, touched upon several burning social issues in India. This included female feticide, dowry, Dalit issues, situation in Manipur, and organic farming.Some of his comments on the social issues“Aborting the female fetus is at odds with the ethos of a country in which women are worshipped as Lakshmi and Durga.”The majority Meitis in Manipur are barred from purchasing land in Manipur due to an archaic British Law. Raising this issue he said “the result is that just 20 per cent of the minority Nagas control 90 per cent of the land to the detriment of Meitis. This has to change.” He also said “Manipuri youths are turning to terrorism because of this. A strong political will is needed to end this injustice. Otherwise Manipur will go Kashmir way.”He said that terrorism is due to the lack of religious, moral and spiritual teachings. Therefore children should be provided with moral education. He also called for …

Pakistani History Texts and Hinduism and Buddhism

There is an ongoing controversy in Pakistan over the inclusion of chapters related to Hinduism and Buddhism in history texts. Muthahida Majlis Amal (MMA) has opposed the inclusion of content related to South Asia's pre-Islamic history. The pre-Islamic history of South Asia deals with Hinduism, Buddhism and the many empires including Mauryan Empire of Chandra Gupta Maurya.The present History texts in Pakistan talks about the Indus civilization and skips Hinduism, birth and spread of Buddhism and the rule of Hindu kings in the region that forms present day Pakistan.Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman writes in an editorial in The NewsAfter all, these civilizations are very much a part of our history, whether the MMA likes it or not. It is not Hindu history, as the MMA would have it, but Pakistani, and, in fact, world history. If Hinduism and Buddhism, or, for that matter, any other culture or religion, are a part of this history, then they, too, must be covered.History is always written by the vic…

Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka

Edited by Professor S. Pathmanathan, the book ‘Hindu Temples of Sri Lanka’ captures the progress of Hinduism in Sri Lanka through the Hindu temples on the Island Nation. The book delves into the different aspects of the ancient temples including history, architecture, administration, endowments, festivals, rituals and traditions. The book contains fifteen essays written by nine authors. Majority of the essays are written by S. Pathmanathan. In the introduction part, Pathmanathan throws light on various cults and traditions of Hindu religion. Equally important is his thoughts on the contacts between Hinduism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka.The book contains a map which provides the geographical location of the important temples. There are also images of temples in the book. A review on the book by Kanaganayagam Kanag-Isvaran can be found here.

Quote for the day – Raja Ram Mohan Roy

OM, when considered as one letter, uttered by the help of one articulation, is the symbol of the Supreme Spirit. But when considered a trilateral word consisting of a, u, m, it implies the three Vedas, the three states of human nature, the divisions of the universe, and the three deities – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, agents in the creation, preservation and destruction of this world; or, properly speaking, the three principal attributes of the Supreme Being personified in those three deities. In this sense it implies, in fact, the universe controlled by the Supreme Spirit.Raja Ram Mohan Roy