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University of Southern California Appoints Hindu Dean of Religious Life

Varun Soni, scholar and the first Hindu spiritual leader on a U.S. campus, has been named dean of religious life at University of Southern California, marking the first appointment of a member of the Hindu faith as primary spiritual leader of an American university. University of Southern California (USC) news reportsSoni, whose appointment is effective July 1, is a lawyer and religious scholar. He previously taught in the Law and Society Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.Soni, a member of the Hindu faith, spent part of his academic career in India, his native country.Soni holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from TuftsUniversity, a master’s degree in theological studies from HarvardUniversity, a master’s degree in comparative religion from UC Santa Barbara and a juris doctor degree from UCLA. He is currently completing a Ph.D. degree in religious studies from the University of Cape Town and is a member of the State Bar of California.

“I feel deeply honored an…

Videos of Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu

Narasimha or Nirsimha or Nrsinghadeva is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This Half-man Half-lion incarnation of Vishnu was to save Prahlad, an ardent devote of Vishnu. The first two videos are narration – with dialogues and pictures – of the story of Narasimha, Prahlad, and Demon Hrinyakasipu. The third video is the climax scene from a Telugu Narasimha Avatar movie.

The first two videos contain the complete account that leads up to the Narasimha Avatar.
Narasimha Avatar Story narration with pictures part I

Narasimha Avatar narration part II

RelatedNarasimha Jayanthi

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in June 2008

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2008 June - based on major Hindu calendars in India.1st June – Pradosham or Pradosh Vrat3rd June – Orissa Savitri Utshav or Savitri Brata3rd June – Amavasi (New Moon)3rd June – Vat Savitri Pooja based on Amavasi Paksha3rd June – Shani Jayanthi
4th June – Hindi month Jyeshtha begins7th June – Shaturthi or Chaturthi8th June – Shitala Sasthi in Orissa9th June – Shasti11th June – Jammu and Kashmir Khir Bhawani Mela 200813th June – Ganga Dashami14th June – Ekadasi – Bhim or Nirjala Ekadashi14th June – Gayatri Jayanti15th June – Tamil Month Aani begins15th June – Malaylam Month Mithunam begins15th June – Pradosham or Pradosh Vrat15th June – Orissa Raja Sankranthi 200816th June – Bengali Month Aashar begins16th June – Vat Savitri Vrat Begins18th June – Vat Savitri Poornima and Pooja18th June – Purnima or Pournami (Full Moon)18th June – Birthday of Sri Jagannath in Puri, Orissa – Snana Purnima18th June – Sant Kabir Das Jayanthi22nd Jun…

Thoughts of Swami Rama Tirtha

Myself, the self, is all to me,
The body, whither it goes, what care I,
If tossed here and there, or left to die.
I am freedom's Self, let the body, as salt-sea spray,
Be dashed hither and thither or up and away!
Come on, ye pleasures, come on, ye pains!
To me ye are equal, the same, the same.
The sun lights the gardens, as well as the waste,
Alike I do light all changes of fate.
Vast ocean of heaven-blue, pure and high,
Is never affected, clouds rise and die.
Life or death, and health or disease,
In me, like vapours rise, play and cease.
The smooth brow of youth, and the wrinkles of age,
Are surface figures on me as a page.
Success or failure makes no difference to me,
For I am free. I am free, I am free!
All planets, suns, stars and skies,
My twine-less kite of Liberty,
Leaves far behind and higher flies,
With full breast sing I songs of glee:
I am free, I am free, I am free!
The world, the world is naught to me.

Swami Rama Tirtha

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