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Shiva and Ganesha Puppets by United States Firm Creates Uproar

Fluffy Ganesha and Shiva puppets being sold by Unemployed Philosophers Guild based at Brooklyn, New York, have attracted the ire of some United States-based Hindu organizations. The product is a magnetic finger puppet. You can play with the puppet or stick it on fridge or metal substances. The puppets are priced at $5.95Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has described the use of Hindu deities aspuppets "inappropriate" and demanded that the company should recall these puppets. "Using Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or any other agenda is not okay as it hurts the sentiments of the devotees," he told local newspapers.Bhavna Shinde of the Forum for Hindu Awakening has written to the guild, saying the company had trivialised "the revered symbols of the Hindu faith". Her letter stated: "The concept of manipulating puppets and playing with dolls made after deities is downright denigrating, given that Hindus perform devoted …

Thoughts on Grief from Mahabharata

Dhirtharashtra who had lost all his sons and relatives in the battle laments over is foolish decisions which led to destruction of his family. Sanjaya tries to console the king. These are the words spoken by Sanjaya on grief.
A person may by indulging in grief perish himself, but grief itself, by being indulged in, never becomes light. If you feel your grief to be heavy, it should be counteracted by not indulging in it. Even this is a medicine for grief, viz., that one should not indulge in it.
By dwelling on grief, one cannot lessen it. On the other hand, it grows with indulgence. Upon the advent of evil or upon the bereavement of something that is dear, only they that are of little intelligence suffer and allow their minds to be afflicted with grief.
There is no profit or spiritual gains or happiness, on which the heart is dwelling and which is the result of grief.
Grief results from the pain of losing that is dear to one. This only results in walking away from the ultimate truth.…