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Hindu Prayer to Open United States Senate Session in July 2007

For the first time in its history, on July 12, 2007 the United States senate will open with a Hindu Prayer. Rajan Zed, a Hindu priest from Nevada, who had previously offered prayers to open sessions of the Nevada State Assembly in March and Nevada State Senate in May this year will become the first Hindu to deliver the opening prayer in U.S. Senate. Jewish and Islamic leaders have earlier delivered opening prayer in the U.S. Senate apart from Protestant and Catholic priests. The senators recommend religious leaders from their home states to serve as guest chaplains.Cnsnews reportsZed, a U.S. citizen originally from India, said he has not finalized the prayer but that it will likely quote Hindu scriptures including the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita.

He said he plans to start and end the prayers with ‘OM,’ the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

The Monsoon Wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati in Orissa

The Monsoon wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is a five-day long festival in Sambalpur, Orissa and is known as Shital Shashthi (Sital Sasthi). An actual marriage of the two deities is conducted during the festival, which takes place in May-end or June. Preparations for the marriage begin with the selection of two couples from the area, who act as the parents of the groom and bride (Lord Shiva and Parvati).
The bride’s parents adopt Goddess Parvati and this initiation is observed as Patrapendi. On this day a lavish dinner is arranged at the bride’s house. Two days later Goddess Parvati arrives at the home of her adopted parents. From her adopted home, the bride is taken in a grand procession for the marriage ceremony, which takes place during the night. Similarly, Lord Shiva, the bridegroom, arrives for the marriage ceremony. All the rituals that are part of normal marriage ceremony are followed for the divine wedding.
The marriage takes place at the auspicious time and larg…

Razmnama – Illustrated Persian Translation of Mahabharata

Razmnama is an abridged translation of the Mahabharata written in Persian at the behest of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dates to around 1598–99. The original book is no longer available as the pages from the original Razmnama are scattered around the world; and are today the proud possessions of various collectors. Twenty-five elaborately illustrated folios of Razmnama are part of the large impressive collection in the John Fredrick Lewis Collection in the Free Library of Philadelphia, United States.
For the first time since 1923, an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art brought together 25 pages of Razmnama at the John Fredrick Lewis Collection. The exhibition was held from July 14, 2007 to December 9, 2007. Razmnama is noted for it elaborate and exquisite illustrations. In the below painting, Karna Slays the Kaikeya Prince Vishoka. Style – Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper.

Swami Chinmayananda Quotes and Teachings

Quotes and Teachings of Swami Chinmayananda (8 May 1916 – 3 August 1993) from various sources including books, talks, newspaper and magazine articles. This is a collection of thoughts and sayings collected over a period of more than 10 years.
Live morality before you talk of it.Practice meditation before you preach it.Taste goodness before you recommend it.Gain bliss before you offer it to others.A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.Learn to be happy alone. If we do not enjoy our own company, why inflict it on others?The tragedy of human history is that there is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts.Happiness depends on what you can give. Not on what you can get.Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you have got it, you have lost it.The quality of a mind would determine how the ego would react to a given challenge.Scriptures are not mere books for intellectual studies. We must learn to assimilate t…