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Hinduism Today April/May/June, 2009

Hinduism Today April/May/June, 2009

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The April/May/June edition of the international magazine, Hinduism Today, is a power packed issue with a unique 17 page introduction to Hinduism by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and an educational center section on "The Power of Affirmations - How to Remold Your Mind." Don't miss it!
The April/May/June edition of the international magazine, Hinduism Today, is a power packed issue with a unique 17 page introduction to Hinduism by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and an educational center section on "The Power of Affirmations - How to Remold Your Mind." Don't miss it!

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05/11/2014

 
YEARS
1979–2009
HINDUISMTODAY
 
YEARS
– 
IN UI M
 
Y
INTERNATIONAL
Feature:
Hindu American Foundation: Young,Professional, Savvy Defenders of the Faith
24 Village Life:
Meet Basava, a Temple Ox WhoBlesses, Scolds and Resolves Village Problems
34Culture:
India Imports the “New Age” from theWest, with Unexpected Results
59Pilgrimage:
The 22 Wells of Rameswaram AllayKarmas, Bestow Blessings and Cleanse the Soul
64
LIFESTYLE
Energy & Nonviolence:
Cows, Chickens and Pigs MayFuel Your Vehicle—Without Your Ever Knowing
40Insight:
Learn How to Remold Your Mind withPositive Statements that Will Shape Your Future
42
OPINION
In My Opinion:
My Housewife Role Is Sacred:a Letter from a Homemaker
9Publisher’s Desk:
Ever Needed a De
nitiveIntroduction to Hinduism? Here it Is.
10
Letters
 
18
From the Agamas:
The Sacred Text called
 Ajita Agama
Dares Speak of the Nature of Lord Siva
23 Vegetarianism:
R.P. Jain Articulates a Faith-BasedArgument for Following a Non-Meat Diet
38 Youth:
India’s Colonial Era Continues to DistortOur Identity and Our Religious Values
58
DIGESTS
Global Dharma 6 Digital Dharma 86Quotes & Quips 20
Letters to the editor, subscription and editorial inquiries may be sent to
Hinduism Today
,
107
Kaholalele Road, Kapaa, Hawaii
96746-9304
USA,letters@hindu.org. H
INDUISM
T
ODAY
(
ISSN# 0896-0801; USPS# 023082
), April/May/June,
2009,
Volume
31,
No.
2.
Editorial:
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or (from all countries)
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1-888-464-1008,
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.
All-department fax:
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H
INDUISM
T
ODAY
is published four times a year in January, April, July and October by Himalayan Acad-emy, a nonpro
t educational institution at
107
Kaholalele Road, Kapaa, Hawaii
96746
-
9304
USA. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Founder; SatguruBodhinatha Veylanswami, Publisher; Paramacharya Palaniswami, Editor-in-Chief. USA subscriptions:us$
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ODAY
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©2009 himalayan academy, 107 kaholalele road, kapaa, hawaii 96746-9304 usa. all rights reserved.
 April/May/June, 2009
Hindu Year 5111 Virodhin, the Year of Adversities
COVER: (left) Af 
rmations improve spiritual and material life; (above) Hindu American Foundation representatives brief FloridaCongresswoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinen (center) on issues (left to right, Nikhil Joshi, Adeeti Joshi , Suhag Shukla, Pawan Deshpande)
 
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THE
 THE
POWER OF
POWER OF
AFFIRMATION
 AFFIRMATION
MANTRAS TO REMOLD THE MIND
MANTRAS TO REMOLD THE MIND
Affirming Sanatana Dharma and Recording the Modern History of a Billion-Strong Global Religion in Renaissance
April/May/June, 2009
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Basic
Basic
Hindu
Hindu
Beliefs
Beliefs
hinduism today april/may/june, 2009
1
Reverence for OurRevealed Scriptures
2
 All-PervasiveDivinity
3
 Three Worlds andCycles of Creation
Hindus believe in the divinityof the
Vedas
, the world’s mostancient scripture, and veneratethe
 Agamas
as equally revealed.These primordial hymns are God’sword and the bedrock of SanatanaDharma, the eternal religion whichhas neither beginning nor end.Hindus believe in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Beingwho is both immanent andtranscendent, both Creatorand Unmanifest Reality.Hindus believe there are threeworlds of existence—physical,astral and causal—and thatthe universe undergoesendless cycles of creation,preservation and dissolution.
4
 The Laws of Karma and Dharma
5
Reincarnationand Liberation
6
 Temples and theInner Worlds
Hindus believe in karma—the lawof cause and effect by which eachindividual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and deeds—and in dharma, righteous living.Hindus believe that the soulreincarnates, evolving throughmany births until all karmashave been resolved, and moksha—spiritual knowledge and liberationfrom the cycle of rebirth—isattained. Not a single soul will beeternally deprived of this destiny.Hindus believe that divine beings exist in unseen worldsand that temple worship, rituals,sacraments as well as personaldevotionals create a communionwith these devas and Gods.
7
 Yoga Guided bya Satguru
8
Compassionand Noninjury
9
Genuine Respect for Other Faiths
Hindus believe that a spirituallyawakened master, or satguru,is essential to know theTranscendent Absolute, asare personal discipline, goodconduct, puri
cation, pilgrimage,self-inquiry and meditation.Hindus believe that all lifeis sacred, to be loved andrevered, and therefore practiceahimsa, “noninjury.”Hindus believe that no particularreligion teaches the only wayto salvation above all others, but that all genuine religiouspaths are facets of God’s PureLove and Light, deservingtolerance and understanding.Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, H
INDUISM
 T
ODAY
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founder, assembled these beliefs, acreed shared by most Hindus, to summarize avast and profound faith. He wrote, “The Hinduis completely
lled with his religion all of thetime. It is a religion of love. The common bondsuniting all Hindus into a singular spiritual body are the laws of karma and dharma, the belief in reincarnation, all-pervasive Divinity,the ageless traditions and our Gods. Ourreligion is a religion of closeness, one to another, because of the common bond of loving thesame Gods. All Hindu people are a one family,for we cannot separate one God too far fromanother. Each in His heavenly realm is also of aone family, a divine hierarchy which governsand has governed the Hindu religion fromtime immemorial, and will govern SanatanaDharma on into the in
nite. The enduringsense of an ever-present Truth that is Godwithin man is the essence of the SanatanaDharma. Such an inherent reality wells uplifetime after lifetime after lifetime, unfoldingthe innate perfection of the soul as man comesmore fully into the awakened state of seeinghis total and complete oneness with God.”
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am pleased to welcome you to the ree digital edition o HinduismToday magazine. It is the ulfllment o a vision held by my SatguruSivaya Subramuniyaswami, ounder o Hinduism Today, to bring themagazine’s proound Hindu teachings to the widest possible audience.The text o each issue has long been available on the Web, right back to 1979, but without the photographs and art. Now you have here theentire contents o the printed edition, with all photos and art. Plus, itis interactive—every link is live; click and you go to a web page. Youcan participate in the magazine in a number o ways, accessed throughbuttons on the right. And you can help support this ree edition in twoways: make an online contribution (even a small one); patronize ourspecialized advertisers. Explore the resources here, enjoy our latestedition and e-mail us i you are inspired.

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