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Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2007 by Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Released

A human rights report titled Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2007 was released by Hindu American Foundation (HAF) on May 19, 2008. The report indicates that persecution, discrimination and terror are daily realities for millions of Hindus in South Asia. The fourth annual report covers human rights conditions in ten nations and regions across the world during 2007 – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, the Indian state Jammu and Kashmir, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. Some of these countries had a sizeable Hindu population but it is no longer the case today.The Hindu American Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism.You can download the entire report from the official website of Hindu American Foundation.

Sanskrit Blogs – Blogging in Samskritam

One of the less mentioned and less explored aspects of blogging is that it provides an opportunity to revive classical languages – converse and exchange ideas with people from around the world in classical and struggling languages. Although few in number, Sanskrit blogs are today connecting Sanskrit or Samskritam enthusiasts around the world and majority of them rise above the confines of religion. Some of the blogs are written purely in Sanskrit and few others use English to explain the meanings and sometimes Sanskrit texts are also written in English alphabets.Sanskrit Links was started way back in September 2003 and provides links and information on Sanskrit related activities on the internet.Samskrtam, a continuously publishing blog, by Kartik does general musings in Sanskrit.Vyakaranam deals with Sanskrit Grammar.Learn Sanskrit as the name indicates is a blog on its author’s self-learning attempts.Sanskrit Literature forum by Venetia Ansel deals with Sanskrit literature.Samskru…

Svetasvatara Upanishad on How to Begin the Practice Yoga and the Initial Experiences

Holding the body steady with the three (upper parts – chest, neck and head) erect, causing the senses and the mind to enter into the heart, the wise man should cross by the boat of Brahman all the streams which cause fear.Repressing his breathings here (in the body), let him who has controlled all movements, breathe through his nostrils, with diminished breath; let the wise man restrain his mind vigilantly as (he would) a chariot yoked with vicious horses.In a level clean place, free from pebbles, fire and gravel, favorable to thought by the sound of water and other features, not offensive to the eye, in a hidden retreat protected from the wind, let him practice yoga.Initial ExperiencesFog, smoke, sun, wind, fire, fireflies, lightning, crystal moon, these are the preliminary forms which produce the manifestation of Brahman in Yoga.When the fivefold quality of Yoga is produced, as earth, water, fire, air and ether arise, then there is no longer sickness, no old age, no death to him who…