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Church and State: us Judge Foists Prayer
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Cults: Heaven's Gate Tragedy Discloses
Media Bias 22
Heritage: Kerala Temples: Magical
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Religion: K:-enya's Kinetic Service Ethic 34
Sacrilege: SONY Apologizes for
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Astrology: Was Suicide in their Stars? 36
Discipline: Beating the Devil Out of Kids 40
Leisure: Call it a "Nice-Word Puzzle" 48
~rt:' Satish Gupta Paints Indias Soul 52-
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Editorial: Hinduism Denied Cult Status 8
My Turn: Heaven's G~te Did Not Open 9
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PUBLISHER'S DESK Meditating together: A family shares quiet moments in a foresJ. Fa-
ther has taught good posture, breath control, and indrawing atten-
tion first to the body's heat, then the nerve currents/ then the pow-
er within thl3 spine. Soon pure awareness is experienced .

Meditation: the . in rllllIling around the block three times. A powerful meditation
fills and thrills us with an abundance of energy to be used cre-

I(ey Is Preparation
atively in the external world .during the activities of daily life.
Great effort is required to make inner strides; we J;Ilust strive very,
very hard and meet each inner challenge. .
But what to meditate upon? What do we focus on during medi-
tation? Usually the sincere devotee will have a guru or spil7itual
You've heard you are not your mind, boco/ or emotions. guide' and ~llow his instructions. He may have a mantra, or sound,
which he concentrates upon or a particular technique or attitude
Here's a way to experience that reality every day. he is perfecting. If he has no guru or specific instructions, then
here is a raja yoga exercise that can enhance inn'er life, making it
tang]bly real and opening4Jmer doors of the mind. Use it to begin
BY SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI each meditation for the rest of yoUl' life.
Simply sit, quiet the mind and feel the warmth of the body.
EDITATION IS A LONG strong inner strides. The finest times to Feel the natural warmth in the feet, in the legs, in the head, in the
a pilgrimage into the meditate are just before sunrise and neck, in the'hands and face. Simply sit and be aware of tha:t'
itself Generally, we be- sunset. The period of meditation should , warmth. Feel the glow of the body. This is very easy, because the'
aware that there is such be from ten minutes to one-half hour to physical body is what many of us are most aware of Take five or
thing as meditation after begin with. ten minutes to do this. There's no hurry. Once you can feel this
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the material world has lost it attraction By sitting up-straight, with the spine warmth that is cre::rted by the life force as it flows in and through
to us, and previous desires-no longer erect, the energies of the physical body the' body's cells, go within to the next step. .
bind us to patterns of fear, greed, at- are transmuted. Posture is important, es- ,The second step is to feel the nerve currerits of the bO'dy. There
tachment and ramification. We then pecially as meditation deepens and are thousands of miles of nerve Cl!lrrents in each of us. Don't try to
seek through philosoRhy and religion lengthens. With the spine erect and the f~el them all at once. Start with the little ones, with the feeling of
to answer the questio~s, "Who am I? head balanced at the top of the spine, ):he hands. Now,Jeel the life force going through these nerves ener-
Where did I come from? Where am I the life force is qui.ckened and intensi- gizing the body. Try to sense t11e subtle nerve~ that extend out and
going?" We ask others. We read books. fied as energies flood freely through the around the body about three or four feet. Tune into the currents of
We ponder and wonder. We pray. We nerve system. In a position such as this, life force as they flow through these nerves. This is a subtle feeling,
even doubt for a while that there is a Truth to be realized or that we cannot become worried, fretful, de- and most likely awareness will wander into some other area of the
we with all our seeming imperfection can realize it if it does exist. pressed or sleepy during our meditation. mind. When this happens, gently bring it back to your point of
Oddly enough this is the beginning of the meditator's journey on But if we slump the shoulders for- concenrration;'to feeling the nerves within the body and the ener-
th"e path, for we must empty ourselves fully before the pure super- ward, we short-circuit the life energies. gy within the nerves.
conscious energies can flow freely through us. In a position such as rhis, it is easy to The third step takes us deeper inside as we become dynamical-
When we try to internalize awareness too quickly through vari- become depressed, to have mental argu- ly aware in the spine. Feel the power within the spine, the power-
ous intense and sometimes fanatical ways, we reap the reaction. ments with oneself or another, or to ex- house of energy that feeds out to the external nerves and muscles.
Meditation goes fine for a brief span, but then externalizes again perience unhappiness. So learn to sit dy- Visualize the spine in your mind's eye. See it as a hoHow tube or
according to the pro'gramming of our family and culture. To per- namically, relaxed and yet poised. The channel through which life energies flow. Feel it with your inner
manently alter these patterns, we hjive to work gently to develop a first obser'vation you may have when feelings. It's there-subtle and silent, yet totally intense. It is a sim-
new lifestyle for the totality of our being: physically, emotionally, thus seated for meditation is that ple feeling. As }'0U feel this hollow spine filled with energy, realize
intellEtctually and spiritually. This we do a little at a time. ~isdom thoughts are racing through the mind that you ru;e more that energy than you are the physical body
tells ~s that it cannot be done all at once. We have to be patient substance. You may become aware of through which it flows, more that pure energy than the emotions,
with ourselves. If we are impatient on the path, failure is in vie;vv. many, many thoughts. Also, the breath than the thought force. Identify yourself with this energy and begin
We are going to fail because instant spiritual unfoldment is a fairy- may be irregular. Therefore, the next to live your true spiritual heritage on this E,arth. As you dive deep-
tale concept. It is far better that we recognize that there will be step is to tr.ansmute the energies from . er into that energy, you will find that this great P9wer, your sense I

difficult challenges as the subconscious looms up with all of its the intellectual area of th~ mind through of awru;eness and your willp9wer are all one and the same thing. '
conflicts and confusions, heavy and strong. If our eventual goal is the breath, in just the same way as the The fourth step c'omes as we plunge awareness into the essence,
clearly in mind and we have a positive step-by-step plan on how to proper attitude, preparation and posture the center of this energy in the head and spine. This requires gJ eat
reach that goal, then we won't,get excited when something goes transmuted the physical-instinctive en- discipline and exacting control to bring awareness to the point of
wr ong, because we view our mental and emotional storms in their ergie? Through regulation of the Ifreath, being a\~are of itself-pure awareness~ not aware of any object,
proper and temporary perspectii('e. thoughts C\!e stilled and awareness moves ..; '-'!..lLlU.lu.u...".........". feeling or thQ!lght. The Yajur Vedas states, "Sublest of the subtle,
In the beginning, it is best to find a suitable room that is dedi- into an area of the mind which does not greatest of of the great, the u.tman is hidden in the cave of the
cated solely to meditation. If you were a carpenter, you would get think, but conceives and intuits. we are counting to the beat of the heart. This exercise allows -heart of all beings." Go into the physical forces that flood day and
a shop for that purpose. You have a room for eating, a room for There ru;e vast and powerful systems of breathing that can stim- awareness to flow int.o an area of the mind that is intensely alive, night through the spine and body. Then go into the energy of that,
sleeping. Now, you need a room just for the purpose of meditation. ulate the mind, sometimes to excess. Deep meditation requires peaceful, blissful and conceives the totality of a concept rather deeper into the vast inner space of that, into the essence of that,
When you find it, wash the walls and ceiling, clean the windows. only that the breath be systematically slowed or lengthened. This than thinking out the various parts. ' into the that of that, ~d into the that of that. As you sit in th!s
Pt~pare a small altar if you like,bringing together the elements of happens naturally as we go within, but can be encouraged by a After you have quieted the body and the breath is flowing reg- state, new energies will flood the body, flowing out through the
earth, air, fire and water and any divine images that inspire you. simple method of breathing, called pranayama, during which the ularly, close your eyes. Close your ears and shut off the external nerve system, out int{) the exWrior world. The nature becomes
Establish a time for your meditations and meet those times breath is counted: nine counts as we inhale, hold one count, nine sense perceptionS. Having thus quieted the outer forces, we are very refined in meditating in this way. Once you are thus C'entered
strictly. There will be days when you just don't feel like meditating. counts as we exhale, hold one count. The length of the beats or the prepared to meditate. Just sitting is not enough. To meditate 'for wifhin yourself, you are ready to pursue a meditation, a mantra or ,I
j
Good. Those are often the best days, the times when we make rhythm of the breath will slow as the meditation is sustained, until even ten or fifteen minutes takes as much energy as one would use a deep philosophical question.

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EDITORIAL fessional cult, requiring blind obedience of


neophytes (called interns) , making them MY TURN
work 36 to 72 hours at a stretch without

Cult Status Denied ~


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sleep, feeding them drugs and cafeteria food
until they submit their weary wills to the
leaders who live luxuriously on the dona-
tions of aspiring doctors. Clewly, if we think
This Suicide Got ,
it's good to preserve human institutions
An apocryphhlletter we received, explaining
why Hindus are discriminat~d against
which "brainwash" y.oung minds with the
persuasions we call:bulture, the science we
call medicine anG! the rites we ca'll religion,
No One to Heaven
then we can no longer denigrate the institu-
BY THE EDITOR
tion of the cult. Before legislation was enact-
ed, most cults were nothing but the other
Blame the wrong-thinking philosophy of
man's way of life. You ~an easily see why
governmental controll:s so very needed.
Heaveiis Gate, not the 'Eastern·faiths
From the Office of Cult Regulation and Licensing Of course, some orgaRizations, like some families, are harmful, so
United States Department of Justice,Washington, DC we have two designations: Grade A (for altruistic) and Grade B (for BY SWAMI BRAHMAVIDYANA,NDA SARAsWA),I
To Acharya P'alaniswami, Editor, )finduism Today bad). Our manual defmes a Grade B qualifier as "a malevolent
group, often with a charismatic leader, which deceives and abuses
OR THE MEDIA TO ASSOCI- .one body, it enters another, Loving Ganesa, at once simple,
" .l REETIN(;S FROM A VERY HIGH PLACE. WE ARE TRULY SORR,Y members' and causes real harm to the society In which it functi~ns."
ate the lunacy of Heaven's . depending on the actions (kar-
application for recognition as a US-Approved cult, Grade B licensees include dangerous groups that arm themselves
Gate suicides with Eastern ma) of the individual. Such
~Jr"'f''''''''rl 1ast year, has been delayed. As you may know, al- with automatic rifles, preach fear and hate and stockpile cyanide. deep and practical. teaches ever so /
beliefs is the height of igno- siinple and beautiful concepts
everybody in this country either wants to start a cult or Grade A groups include churches and institutions. Indeed, most of
rance. The philosophy of Heaven's were so twisted and contorted
one down, ane! this offiGe (established by Bill Clinton to our licensees are'Christian. The reason behind this predominance is many ways that Ganesas grace
Gate members was man-made by a warped mind.
monitor and license cults) has been inundated wi~ requests. When not governmental bias, but Congressiohal expert testimony that
, and not based on scriptures, • Heaven's Gate group mem-
tHe 39 members of a Christian group iIllSan Diego, California, left ChristiaI).ity dwells on the End of the WorlcP, the Apocalypse and the
. whe~eas the' Hindl!! philosophy is bers spoke about spacecraft can be attained by sincere devo-
their "containers" prematurely on March 23 [story on page 22], the Day of Judgment. Psychologists, have concluded that when groups
a timeless gift from God to and ascending in these to
enormous outpguring of media awareness helped us to acquire new hold the idea that the ,end is near, coupled with the belief that their
mankind. heaven. Their concept, in light
funding, and so we are able at last' to process your application. leader is the Chosen One (as with "Do" of the Heaven's Gate group), tion, song, prayer and meditation
There are three' kinds'b f proof: of tne seriousness of the E~r-
That said, we regret to inform you that your application has been you have all the ingredients for being a legitimate cult.
perceptional, inferential and scriptural. nal Vedic Dharma kno':"'n as Hinduism, is
denied, and .¥.ou will not-qualify for special tax breaks available to our We realize that the US press does sometimes ineptly brand East- to bring greater harmony,
Perceptional evidence is a -very weak fOl;m utterly silly. These people lived in a dream
licensees. By iaw, you are entitled to an explanation of this decision. ern religions as cultish, but their misjudgment will not help your-
The US government takes no position for or against c~lts. While of proof Basicafly, it says, "I see, therefore I world, hoping for a better experience out-
group to receive recognition from this office. That brings us to your
believe." But this proof fails very e?sily. An side of this world. Hinduism, on the other contentment and spirituality into
cults have historically been viewed as dreadful, dangercrus and even failed ·application. In your submissions, you have noted that we have
inferential 'evidence is, "Where there is hand, teaches one to live in the material
wicked, it is our'view that, like pharmaceuticals and nuclear fuels, not approvehl a single Hindu cult, an9. you have said this strikes you
smoke, there is fire:" Fire may not 'be visi- world but to not allow the material wdrld to ones daily life. An BOO-page il/us-
t~y can have a salubrious social impact if properly controlled by u~, as unjust. Scholarly informants assure us that Hindus just don't quali-
, ' ble, ~ut we infer the existence of fire look- live in the mind. It teaches the individual
your trusted elected officials. After all, we run the military, arguably fy. They cite the OsholRajneesh phenomenon in the '80s, but note he
ing at smoke. Sometimes, both these proofs to see the Omnipresent Lord in all beings
the most sophisticated, lethal'and well-equiped cult (we mean that in was a renegade Jain, not a Hindu. Transcendentpl Meditation is high trated resource by Satguru
the most positive sense of the term) in the world. As you know, the fail, and that is where the third~ scriptural and objects.
on many cult lists, but they make no claims of being Hindu, and the
evidence comes in. This is the greatest proof In all that has been said of the Heaven's
word cult is not inher~ntly negative. It derives from the same linguis- only danger they pose is a ruinous loss of follower( anxiety. .
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It may seem discriminatory, but there are no credible Hindu cults.
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I think the Heaven's Gate group were Hinduism is a tolerant religion, true, but we
oil:e can read. It may even monitor liefs" on others, thinking, as they do,
members' sex life, forbid the free ' meant to die when they did: they would. tend to remain qUiet even as sO¥1eone de-
that all paths are worthy and each
use of certain language, require not have even lived a moment long~, but nounces our faith right in front of u~ I am
soul will ultimately attain spirituallih-
still God will punish them for taking their not by any means propagating violent or
that official clothes be worn and
dem~d obedience while denying
eration, with none suffering eternally I
in Hell: They are, to put it quite plain-
lives. The reason being that although the belligerent behaviors towards those who LOVING
time of death" right q,own to the exact mo- attack our faith. But I am saying, that we
all challenges to leaders' authofity. ly, too occult to be a cult.
Under that defiflition everyone's grandparents ran the original cult If ever these shortcomings are rectified-and especially ifyou or
ment, is determined even before 'birth, the
method of death is pot.
should become more familiar with om; own
, religion and defend it with a calm and
GANESA
operation-the family. Families do all the above, and more. So do the your affiliated ashrams and,temples could offer some verifiable proof
Other concepts which were completely rational voice.
Boy Scouts, the White House, boarding schools, the armies and pris- of commitment to'a Messiah or a millenarian worldview or if Hindus
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ons of every civilized nation, Olympic-bound sports teams !IDd virtu- are ever implicated in a mass suicide or if your tradition ever miti-
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and with a.feelingof ~Ioseness as to a father and mother." .Rock Star with
Sri Karunamayi Hindu Planets
VULA SHAKER, LONDON'S
. A deeply devout man lived down in a val-. "Now I am become death, the destroyer of NJ.ot band named after an In-
ley. He had absolute faith that C{od would worlds." J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904---1967) dian.empel\.or poet combines Laugh club works out in India
always look alter him. One day a great quoting from the Bhagavad Gita as he Indian rhythms, Sanskrit
mantras and pop melodies. YOGA
storm came. It rained for days, and the . watched the mushroQ..1n cloud of tlW first
Lead singer Crispian Mills, son
vaHey flooded. The waters submerged the
first £loor of his home. As he looked out
'atomic bomb rise in the New Mexico, US4-
desert on July 16, 1945
of actress Haley Mills, says, Laugh Asanas
"We have lost touch with spiri-
from the second floor, a rescue boat came tualism in the West. Kula is ORE THEN 100 LAUGHING
by. "Come. We will save you," t1!e rescuers There once was a salesman who knocked on about spirituality, innocence
and a bright future. " In 1993,
M clubs now provide Indians
with venues for chortlirig exer-
cried. "Thank you," the man replied, "but the door of a Buddhist monk and. tried to
God will save me. You go help the others in sell him a vacuum cleaner. The Buddhist The cover of the USCR's March report on Sri Lankan Refugees he lived in a Hindu temple in cise. The Wall Street Journal
India, and last year returned to reported that Dr. Madan j
need." They tried to convince him to join monk thought about it for a minute and said, SRI LANKA Bharat for his Hindu wedding. Kataria started by organizing a
them, but finally gave up and left. The / "OK, I'll take one-but no attachments." Last September, Mills asked that group of five jokers at his home
flqod continued, submerging the entire War's Ravages Finally Told Columbia Records wait for a in Bombay. The meetings grew
house. The man took ~efuge on the roof A Mahatma Gandhi visited London in 1932. He plantery alignment at exactly , in number and now the good
5:05PM, Sept. 29, to sign on Kula. doctor has "popularized an an-
helicopter flew (wer. "Come. The dam has
broken upstream. ~e will save you," the
toured the city wearing traditional dhoti and
khadi shawl. People who met him were
Finto the war-torn Jaffna areas in the north of the ancient is-
OR YEARS MEDIA OBSERVERS WERE BARRED FROM ENTRY

land of Sri Lanka. In August of 1996, two representatives.of the


cient yoga breathing and yoga
posture" that exercises all 32 fa-
rescuers cried. "Thank you, no," the man shocked with his "ba,rbaric" attire, and he was privately-funded U.S. Committee for Refugees-policy analyst cial muscles. Club members
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calmly replied. "I know beyond any doubt the subject of ridicule-notably by Churchill Hiram A. Ruiz and research assistant Katie Hope-were grant- from all ag~s and walks of life
If even a single one of the senses is uncon- that God will save me." They tried and himsel£ On one occasion Gandhi accepted an ed permission to visit Jaffna by the Sri Lankan government. line up, stretch and warm up
trolled, -all knowledge leaves a p'erson just tried t«: convince him. But h~ remained. invitation to tea from King George V, "Emper- Their thorough March 1997 report details, with interviews and with a few "ha ha has" and ''ho
recommendations, the plight of over half a million displaced Sri ho ho's." They gradually move
as water drainsofrom a leakinKwater vesseL The waters continued to rise, and the man or of India." When asked afterwards if he felt Lankan Tamils under key categories: conflict assessment; Jaffna on to a rib-splitting workout
M~nu Samhita, Verse II. 99 drowned. He soared into the inner worlds underdressecl, G~dhi replied, "His Majesty city security issues of rape, disappearances, checkpoints; the that devotees say opens the
in hfs soul body and found himself face to had enough clothes on for both of us." possible food crisis facing 500,000 civilians in the Wanni area breathing, builds self-confi-
"Fasting is possible. You can"stay without face with God. "I trusted you," he cried. under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; dence and evep alleviates high
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of an immortal Hindu artistic sculpture." In rejecting their request, Chief Justice /

yogi. Babaji passed away William H. Rehnquist said the frieze honors the pmphet and
in 1984. In 14 years he carved will not be altered. Literature describing the £reize, however,
a pristine Hindu path: purity, will be changed to reflect Muslim sentiments on the issue.
simplIcity in living, the perfor- Kashmiri Muslims responded to his decision with demonstra-
mance of the Vedic fire wor- tions and a protest letter to the US. The situation is similar to
ship, chanting of God's name- the Hindu 1996 protests over Muslim artist Maqbool Fida Hus-
Om Nama Sivaya, meditation sain's 20-year-old nude painting of the Goddess Saraswati.
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taj>tic. Gurudeva is really bringing forward many of ISKCON's shortcomings. Like most Kalamukhas and Lingayats. This influence Yoga Vani innermost essence. Many long-lost
the pure teachings of Saivis£ In India, members, I chose to continue to work with is only upon the external ritual worship. The Instructions for the attain- truths come to life in his new transla-
child beating, child labor and child abuse Prabhupada's society to advance the high original esoteric teachings of this sampra- ment of Siddhayoga during tion and commentary, illuminating the
are so common. Gurudeva is ~ rare soul who ideals he taught us, while overcoming the im- daya, which are obviously more Kaula Shak- sadhana. eternal questions found in every heart.
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Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda ,
The bliss of Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic knowledge the Judeo-Christian
God-awareness is Physician and Director of the God," not the gods of other
not an exclusive Institute, with visiting faculty, faiths, Moore said. "We are not a
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Paramahansa DH contact a local rabbi but couldn't
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not invite representatives of oth-
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imbalances (Spring). said.
not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely
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were troubled that Moore was in-
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search is not in vain. Julie country was founded," Moore says. cluding display in government offices and Kaiman of the ADLS Southeast regional of-
Shaktipat initiation will be McKay, a student of Swami
Tens of thousands attended a rally at the courthouses should be permitted.' Repre- fice in Atlanta. "If I had a problem ... and I
offered by appointment each weekend. "With Shaktipat, the Radha since 1979, worked closely with her for seven years Alabama Capitol on April 12 to show their sentative Scott of Virginia complained that was in front of Judge Moore-and he knew
student is saturated with Divine Energy. After Shaktipat, the until Swami Radha's death in November, 1995. It was this inti- support for Moore, including national con- "the courtroom loses its neutrality when it what I did for a living and he knew my
Kundalini is permanently awakened and, like a mother, con- mate contact that allowed her to write this very personal story servative leaders like Ralph Reed of the endorses as pecific religious doctrine, and faith-I would feel tha; would bias his atti-
stantly cares for and nourishes her infant. One may be of Christian Coalition and the Rev. Don Wild- one Federal court has already decided that tude," said Kaiman, who is Jewish.
any religion, caste, or creed to benefit; for all persons, the "This is a charming, stirring and elevating love song within a mon of the American Famiiy Association. . the posting of the Ten Commandments in a Other critics noter;!. that Muslims worship
field of inner joy is the same. After Shaktipat, the Shakti will love song... a modern Gita Govinda."-Georg Feuerstein, PhD, The judge has won wide suppor~ from con- courtroom is unconstitutional." Others com- the same God as Jews and Christians, just in
take the student to the ultimate goal, without doubt." author of Structures of Consciousness . servaMve groups, as well a's Alabama politi- plained legal rulings were driving all s~s of a different way "With all due respect to the
cians and congressional leaders, as he ap- any religion from public view: . good judge, he is clearly wrong," said Leon J.
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rate prediction published in India Today think this is the biggest news ofthe centu- best decision. Also, there is no really good
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Comet Express: (jar left) The Heaven's Gate iveb page as it was lasPupdat-
ed. Everythose close to the grotfp did not realize this I'Red Alert" (a '17attle
stat-ions"'command from the Star Trek TV series) meant they would com-
mit su..icide the next day. (above left) Depict-ion of the benevolent aliens
they expected to join on the spaceship. ~bove right) The supposed com-
panion to Hale- Bopp appears to the right of the comet in this amateur pho-
/
tograph. The Saturn-like rings are likely an artifact of the telescope's op-
tics. (right) Shroud-coverfJd Heaven's Gate members dead in their beds at
the San Diego mansion. Visible are their identical black pants, new Nike
shoes and neatly packed suitcases and 3-foot purple tria:ngular cloths cov-
. eringJtheir faces.
• .J
CULTS Bonnie Lu Trusdale Nettles, a nurse he met group to b~lieve they were destined for res- a theory might in the past not get much
while undergoing treatment at a mental in- cue from planet Earth by aliens. However, publicity in the mass meclia, but the Inter-

The ·Spaceship Suicide stitution. She left her family behind to join earlier groups who announced exactly when net is a method of communication that PFQ-
Applewhite in a nomadic ex;i~tence, camping and where it would happen have been em- v.ides equal access to the legitimate and the
their way across America. Together they barrassingly stood up as the promised flying far-fetched, to the responsible report and the
concluded they were the two witnesses saucer failed to arrive. -Applewhite initially outright fraud. The website which advocates
mentioned in the Christitm Bible's "Book of believed that a real flying saucer would land the existence of this accompanying object
Revelations." They slowly collected followers to pick them up-armoupcing so in 1975. (and a coverup by world governments) is
Eastern Faiths falsely implicated as 39 members of a radical Christian by holding meetings where they frankly de- That never happened, and he too was derid- just as available on the Internet as is that of
, clareB. that they and whoever choose to fol- ed. Uter his belief change(i to one of shed- NASA or any of the irorlds observatories.
UFO cult die in hopes of joining an alien craft following comet IJale-Bopp low them would be picked up-by spaceships 'ding the "vehicle," the body, to allow tran~ But what was a harmless argument over
and taken to heaven. They went by the port of the soul to a new physical body some photos-all of which were explained or
name "The Two" or "The UFO Two" and by aboard a spacecraft crewed by ET-like dismissed as hoaxes-became something
N MARCH 23, 1997, THE FIRST man" and join him on a, spaceship a variety of nicknames, lastly "Ti and Do," ali~ns. Though'he and his followers clid not very different when Applewhite decided the
members of Heaven's Gate, following Comet Hale-Bopp. after the musical notes in the Western scale. know when thi§ might occur, they were con- object was indeed Ti's spacecraft and initI-
a . self-described "cult of Even as refrigerated coroner's vans "Unidentified Flying Object" (UFO) has tinuously on alert for departure. Apparently ated earnest preparations for the group's sui-
cults," mixed phenobarbital removed decomposing bodies from come to name an entire movement of people they awaited fulfillment of the prophecy of cide. In January, Applewhite posted a four- ,.
sweet pudding, washed the hous~, Eastern faiths, the New who beheve alien spacecraft are visiting the Revelation 11.12: 'f\nd t.hey heard a great page message on the Web and 95
it down with vodka, covered Age and the Jillternet became theI Earth. voice from heaven saying Ul).to them, 'Come newsgroups entitled "Undercover Jesus Sur-
their heads with plastic bags and suffo- scapegoats in a desperate search for Bonnie-Ti-dieQ. of cajlcer in 1985, ~d up hither.' And they ascended up to heaven faces Before Departure." He wrote, "I am
cated to death. Fifteen more took their some kind of rational explanation oJ after that Applewhite-Do-continued the in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them." about to ' return to my 'Father'S Kin-gdom.
own lives the next day in the swank, this bizarre incident-the largest organization, claiming that Ti was now in When Cemet 'Hale-Bopp appeared, Ap- This return requires that I prepare to lay
$1.6 million rented mansion pear San " mass suicide in US history. Parallels heaven waiting for the others. He insisted plewhite-now openly saying he vias Jesus down my berrowed human body ... as I did
DIego, California. On the third day, the were drawn with the People's Temple his followers regard their physical bodies as retumed-took this to be a sign that the end . approximately 2,000 years ago as Jesus."
remaining nine died. When disCQvered suicide of 900 persons in Guyana in "vehicles" and forbade sex among mem- had come. Earth was about to be "recycled, Members went to Mexico to buy the lethal
the next morning by a former member, the 1970s, the Branch Davidians bers-even to the point of castration for sev- , spaded un<ffir." Ti-whom Applewhite said drugs. Those in San I}iego bought a tele-
each body was neatly laid out on a cot deaths in Waco, Texas, in 1993 aneY eral of the men, including Applewhite him- was really the "Holy Father," as in "Our Fa- scope to check on the supposed spaceship
or bed, dressed identically in black ~ the Solar Temple suicides in Europe self. Everyone wore black and kept their .ther WhO art in heaven ... "-was piloting a trailing the comet, but returned it a week
pants and brand new black Nike sneak- Applewhite: Group's leader on their farewell video tape and Canada in '94 and '95. These hair trimmed short. The group s upported spacecraft, follOWing in the wake of :tIale- later when they wer'e unable to locate any
ers, partly covered with a purple I groups' obvious common denomina- .themselves by odd jobs as they wandered Bopp which had come. to transport them- such object. Nevertheless, preparations pro-
shroud, identification in one pocket, a five- turned to Earth. Tragically, this charismatic tor~Christianity-was unwanted knowledge about the United States, and fmally by de- the ascent into heaven, w hich they Veld to ceeded apace, and the day after Hale-Bopps
dollar bill and some coins in another. A former opera singer and son of a Presby.ter- for Americans, and the media was loathe to signing Internet Web pages frSlm their San be a physical place. closest approach to Earth on March 22nd,
packed suitcase sat nearby. ian Christian minister had convinced 21 fe- mention it is as they recounted the strange Diego mansion. They were proficien:t prs- an
These b~liefs were reinforced by inter- the suicides began.
Their leader, Marshall Herff Applewhite, male and '17 male wetl-educated, middle- history and theology of Heaven's Gate. grammers and counted among their clients net-wide debate over whether an unidenti- Searching for Blame: HINDUISM TODAY'S
died.with them, shortly after proclaiming on class Amerioans, ages 26 to 72, to kill Applewhite had been assembling his cho- many local businesses. _ fied object was indeed accompanying Hale- analysis of media reports suggests that bias
the Internet that he was Jesus Christ re- themselves, attain the "Level Beyond Hu- sen group since the 1970s, initially with Heaven's Gate was not the first Ameri'can Bopp, as, three photographs suggested. Such in wording and emphasis repeatedly shifted
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the blame apd "responsibility as far East as spawned from corrupted truths." A word is already something wrong, something Swamis contacted wanted circumstances is a poor I choice to
possible, and J?!ayed down or covered up the count on the 470-page book published on twisted'about Eastern beliefs. It is a subtle by tIINDmSM TODAY make. The soul is left in a ·state of limbo,
Christian baSIS of Applewhite's pltiloSQphy. thOO website found Jesus 331 times, Bible bias, one which obscufes the very real judged the Heaven's earthbound, aimlessly floating on the astral
A few publications did nor do this. For ex- 41, but guru only 3, and no mention at all of Christian basis of Applewhite's philosophy Gate group misguid-· planey,where it remains untiJ-the time death
ample, The Washington Post, citing experts Vedas, dharma or mqksha. . and tries again to shift the blame to the East. ed, and their goal of would have occurred naturally Then it rapid-
su~h as Jim Lewis (whq had actually known In analyzing Applewhite's pltilosophy, Protest can change detrimental de scrip- reaching a spaceship ly r~incamates into exactly the same unwant-
the group, unlike most other 8!Cperts sound- most publications would cite "Christianity" tions. In a March 28th Reuter's wire service impossible, but were ed karmic situation it sought to escape.
ing forth ·on Heaven's ~te) said, 'l\pple- and "Eastern beliefs," as dual sources. Each report titled "Ma~s suicide shows no sign of sympathetic to their The issue for Hindus is not so much that
white never strayed entirely from hi~ Chris- time Christianity was mentioned, it would shaking U.S. cults," a swiftly-issued correc~ .sincerity and disci- of suicide, but the continuing media slant
tian upbrInging, and to the end his theology be carefully qualified. For example, tion replaced "Church of Scientology, a pline in searching for which attributes the Heaven's Gate incident
was bas~d on the Book of Revelation." Like- . Newsweek called his philosophy a "strange movement that has been accused of driving a higher mea1'iing to to some cornJ.pting Eastern influence. As
wise, the Sacramento Bee quoted University brew of twisted Christian theology." Th~n members to suicide and bankruptcy" with life. From the Hindu was found rec~ntly with an offensive music
of California professor of sociology Dr. John they said it also contailled, "~lements of "Church of Scientology, a U.S.-based inter- point of view, suicide album cover [see page 47] and by the
R. Hall that "all kinds of' Applewhite's views Eastern religions." Not "twisted elements," national religion"-obviously a result of pro- committed as a means change the Scientologists finessed in their
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Suicide: Upside/Downside Padmani and the others surely
rose to a higher level of being-
because they died to pleserve
person, he may be reborn in a
miserable state in a human
form, or he may enter into low-
to that magazine's own four- their honor, not just to satisfy
page analysis of Applewhite's Flve swamis critique media, spaceships and suicide their cm;iosity. To grasp the j
philosophy, its single, tenuous Truth, one has to let go of one's
connection with Hinduism was own ego and misconceptions.
his "vision of time as cyc1i<;al." Swami Atmarupananda is philosophically free to do. It beliefs or Hinduism. It is pure- One is not enlightened
ti!me magazinel too, wrote, "the (Vedanta Society of Southern was, I think, a mistake to fol- ly a Western or American phe- overnight, nor is one enlight-
future-guru ... " Now, in the West, California, San Diego): I am in low someone with a promise nomenon. Almost all of these ened by chasing after a comet,
guru has come. to be .~ common the area where the suicides that had no verification outside tragedies have occurred in or jumping on the bandwagon
word, used for media guru, stock ' happened. In reporting on the of his own words. That's the Christian groups. It is the re- of some cult. We need to still
mp,rket guru, software ·guru, Heaven's Gate suicide, the me- value of a tradition, it is time- Swami Chetanandanda (Head, case). In these situations sui- our own mind and become
more or less, as in ,India guru dia showed more restraint than tested in the experience of Hltyananda Institute, Oregon): cide leads to a higher reincar- humble, responsible and re-
means any kind of teacher. But usual: with some exceptions, many, and that's the value of From the Hindu perspective, nation. In other cases, such as sourceful human beings. If we
when it comes to religion, guru, they didrit rush to demonize scriptures, which are the the idea that going fwm one attempting to escape difficult want to leave our mark on the
means just one thing: Hinduism. the participants as they often recoJ"ded experiences of oth- place in a physical universe to circumstances, suicide might er species. There is a defInite
There are no Ciitholic gurus, u.o ers. Perhaps the participants another place in a physical uni- be an unfortunate decision. rule in the universe. One can-
PJiotestant gurus, no Muslim gu- had a personality flaw which verse is an advancement is Suicide simply would be an ex- not escape it. Whatever a per-
rus, no Buddhist gurus. Apple- made them susceptible to the ridiculous. Because the soul is tension of the unfortunate cir- sons' mind is before death, agi-
white- wh.o did call himself'Fa- influence of one man's strange eternal and one, suicide is not cumstances-circumstances tated, envious, worldly,
ther John Do- was not labeled promise. But the followers of considered such a terrible thing that one will inevitably face non-Godly, etc., in a similar
minister, priest, imp,m, roshi, Heaven's Gate also showed re- under certain circumstances. It countless times until they are state is he reborn in this very
... is not terrible when suicide surmounted. world. Thinking of going into a
lama, pastor or chaplain in the markable -sincerity, singleness '"
of purpose, discipline, purity, ::; takes place under conditions by spaceship by committing sui-
media, but guru, and not to QL-____________________
"' Swami Bua Mahar~ (lndo-
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mean "remover of darkness," no matter how mistaken they cide is the product of a sick
the word's real and literal sense, were in their basic premise. sult of failure of the modern American yoga-Vedanta Soci- mind. The public must be
but -Row as . "cause of death." Such good qualities never go to Western culture and religion. ety, Hew York): In the wake of aware of such cults and not fall
The term for Hinduisms highest waste. No genuine sacrifice, The media portrayal of such this' suicide, some persons have for them. There are three main
religious guides, souls often of even if misguided, goes to incidents is very unfair, trying tried to compare this abhorrent indications of such cults: A)
immense personal attainment, do with strange religious phe- waste. To believe that people to "pass the buck" as well as act to Hindu beliefs and pmc- They do not worship an om-
had been su~oned to imply nomena. However there was that are sincerely motivated place the blame "at the door of tices. Some cite Gandhi's will- wor1d, then let it not be written nipresent personal form of God
sinister legdership. . once again this strange and to- and good-hearted but mistak- Eastern beliefs." In principle, I ingness to "fast to death" or the in blood and tears, But in the as prescribed in our main scrip-
Applewhite did not call him- tally unfair association of the en in the obj~ct of their moti- do not support suicide-it is self-im.molation of Padmani sweet sweat of our own unno- tures; B) Their way of worship
self a guru, and he did not fql- Heaven's Gate with Eastern re- vation will, because of that not right-but in practice there (and all women of the Jaipur ticed and unselfish service. is more or less secretive; it is not
low Hindu teachings. In fact, he ligion. Just as Jews, Christians mistake, be in any sense com- are exceptions which can be palace) during the terror of the open to the public, and they
stated, "One of the major tools ' and Muslims have voices to re- pletely lost is a hellish doctrine, acceptable and have their own Moguls in the 16th century. H.D. Swami Praushanand like to remain aloof from the
of Lucifer i:s the New Age move- spond to unfair treatment in and contrary to the Hindu tra- use/need. [The threat to fast to There is no comparison what- Saraswatl (Founder, Barsana general society; C) They be-
ment- Theosophy, Ascended the media, so Hindus need the dition which recognizes good- death] as in the case of Mahat- soever between the Heaven's Dham, Texas, USA): Intention or lieve in the supernatural power
Masters, channeli:Q.g, Eastern re- same: not a fanatical voice that ness-and the triumphant ma Gandhi, whose method which you are preserving your Gate deaths and the countless action of committing suicide is or existence which they may
ligions, mysticism, yoga, Christ imagines insult at every turn, power of goodness-wherever was nonviolent and selfless, own personal integrity or con- Hindus who have embraced sin according to Hindu religion. call as God and talk of joining
cOJ;lsciousness within, and the , but a reasoned and balanced it is found. was alright and even laudable. serving limited resources used death rather than compromise Human life is a gift of God to with that, but they don't believe
'~ are God' concept. All are a. voice that responds to genuine But the same can and has been better by others (self-sacrifice). their honor. The Heavens Gate receive His love and vision; it is in the gracious kindness, love
fantasy and a .trap. " He 'else- prejudicial treatment. I think Prabhushrl Swami Amar Jyotl explOited by some others for It is not terrible to sacrifice members have not risel). to a not for destrOying willfully. The and the vision of Supreme God.
where wrote ''karma is a coun- the act of the Heaven's Gate (Founder, Desert Ashram, Ari- the wrong purposes, stubborn- oneself for the real possibility higher level, but have sunken to consequence is always a down- 4
}o ULL TEXT OF SWAMI'S COMr-.!ENTS AVAlI'..-
terfeit," "reincarnation at birth members was a mistake, but I zona, USA): It is unfair to asso- ly, as brats would do selfishly to of advancing important human- a lower one. Like many other fall of the soul. Depending ABLE AT: 'H1NDUlSMTODAY.KAUAI.HI .'u slRE·

is a completely inaccurate con- also see much good, as a Hindu ciate these things with Eastern get their own way. itarian ideas (as in Gandhi's lost sows, they were misguided upon the non-Godly beliefs, de- SOUROEsis UICIDElLEJillERSVIEWS.liTML

cept," and "mantras ... are


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other than thos,e of the Hindus"-one main
reason, he believes, behind ilie poor mainte-
nance of most temples. Also trade I.JniQllS
formed among temple staff have resulted in
~ significant number of communists work-
.ing in the temples and a cpnsequent loss of
sanctity, accorp.ing to Swami.
The Hindu Ikyavedi has .Qow created a
"Kerala Devaswom Board" administrated by
Hindus whjch seeks 'first t~ oversee all the
private temples left in the state (about ,300
small rural sanctuaries), and then to take
over ilie rest-at least 2,000-from the gov-
ernment. But given ilie trend in india,
where major temples such as Tirupati have.
just come under complete·government man~
agement, such transfer is unlikely. Some
devotees don't wait for administrative re-
forms. 1'he Kaduthuruthy Sivan temple was
Busy tempi": (clockwise from top left) Women pray in a neglected state but wiili the concerted
for suitable husbands, children or long niarriage at efforts' of a few devotees, is being-renovated
Emakulam. Drummers and hom players at Por- at a cost of US$35,000. "The money just . 1
ram festival. Yagna fire worship at Emakulam. pours in from the devotees. It is the grace of I
Ayyapan devotees at Kaduthuruthy temple. Lord Siva," says Mr. Kaimal, president of ilie
renovation committee.
It is espeCially auspicious to-visit ilie three
Siva-'sanctmiries of Ettumanoor, Kaduthu-
ruthy and Vaikom all in one day. Ettuma- Procession: Kathakali dancers and drummers leading the temple elephants '1
noor, in particular~ is f~ous for I
the miraculous cure of epileptic
I
fits and stomach ailments. "Lerd
Siva saved my Vfe," says Pi.Ira-
mattom Mani. He suf.fered fits
after contracting cerebral malar-
The Lord's Wooden Wonders ,
ia in 1973. "Even after undergo-
,ing ayurvedic aria allopathic Princess Aswathi ThirunalGouri on Keralas Temples
treatl{lents for years, there was
no cure, and the frequenoy of fits ERALA TEMPLES are a complementary contrast beams and painted along the
increased. I even considered sui~ evolved from the resi- to the lush rainbow back- walls in a runnipg canvas of
cide. Then I took refuge in the dential form, this ground nature has provided multiple scenes.
Ettumanoor temple in 1})78 and " metamorphosis from for this enchanting land. Its In keeping witl(the funda-
in a couple of weeks I $ cured. house to temple being unique conical roof with copper or mental simplicity 'of concept
Ever since then I never had any tt) Kerala and not seen any- clay tiles crowning the central of ilie Malayalee mind, the
, attack of this disease. My family where else. These temples, sanctum has a ~enerous slope, outer entrance had padipi
and evening.after lighting a lamp and avoid large area w~th compound walls surround- Jagatguru Sathyananda Saraswati. He is Ma- and I are fully indebted to the lo- hence, were brought puras, simple single
all wrong thoughts. At least ten ladies were ing the chuttambalam (building constructed dadhipathi (head) of the Sree Rama Dasa tus feet ~f Lord Siva," said Mani. wiiliin human,scale or double-storied
recently blessed with marriage after attend- around the sanqtum sanctorum). The roofs Madom, near Thirvananthapuram and also The princes of erstwhile Tra- and endowed with vi- stylized, tiled wood-
ing just three pujas, the events organizing are made of treated hardwood (teak and chairman of Hinp.u Ikyavedi (United Hindu vancore and Cochin states built sual modesty. The con- ~n structures instead
secretary reports. And what about the social- rosewood) and covered with copper sheets. Forum) which seeks to{ransfer control o£ ilie Siva, Vishnu and ~akti templ~s centric development of • of th~ ornate, impos-
ist professor's daughter? "In a fortnight, to Up to 100,000 deepa (oil) lamps are perma- teplples from the government to Hindus. throughout their kipgdoms. With Kerala temples with ing rajagopurams
our surprise, a suitable proposal came up, nently mounted on the compound walls. The 'temple's lands were encroached upoU proper maintenance, these the Sreekovil (sanc- (entry towers) fa-
and both the families have accepted it," re- Kerala's temples are uniquely warm, friendly by neighbors, and then legally transfe, red to , wooden structures last easily 300 tum) in the middle of vored in the other ,
ports a family member. This teplple also con- and accessible. One feels the presence of the the encroachers as part of 1960 government years. The challenge now for the I the central open C01>l.rt- South 'Indian states.
ducts a monthly abheeshta bhala siddhi yag- Deity immediately upon dr~wing near, un- land refonfts. Thus, explained Swami Sath- Hinc'fu. community is to continue YaI'd surrounded by a The most important
nam (roughly, "ritual resulting in.,fulfilling of like the experience of approachirJ;g some of yananda, many temples have no property to invigorate and care for ilie , row of built-up spaces auxiliary buildings,
ambition"). Begun just last year, it now at- the great stone temples of Tamil Nadu. except the acre of land upon' which they sit. temples, and - erect new ones. is identical to the tradi- especially since the
tracts so many devotees-more than ten Krishnam Embranthin, a temple head All these temples are now controlled and ad.! Preferably iliese will be in the tional nalukettu, the 15th century, are the
thousand-that closed-circuit TV was set up priest, says, 'i\ll of these temples were rich ministered by Devaswom Boards, statutory traditIonal wood styl", .although Malayalee-home. In- beautifully worked
to broadcast the ceremony to crowds gath- until 80 years ago, but now 80% cannot meet bodies constituted by the government for concrete (oheap and fireproof) is I stead of the vertical ex- Intricate: Interior ofVadakkumnathan temple koothambalam, halls
I
ered in and around the temple. ' day-to-day expenses." When the temples fhis purpose-as is the case in ail other In- gaining ground. The.true miracle , pansion favored else- for dance and music.
Xerala has some 700 Siva temples, spread were built by the rulers of various small dian states. Only Hindu temples are so con- is that even after centuries of where ill India, these temples, for Kerala is the delight of the Her Royal Highness is a -
from Shucheendram, now in Tamil Nadu's princely kingdoms, adequate cultivable land tro1led; oilier religions manage their proper- Christian and Musli:m incursions, as,do the homes, favor axial or rain god. "' member of the royal family of
Kanyakumari Clistrict, to Kasargode in the was alloc~t~d fer meeting expenses. But ty and affairs without government oversight. and 'decades of c6mmunist rule, ' circumferential expansion. Ornate figures, .themes and Travancore--one of the great
North bordering Karnataka. Most are built since the arrival of the British and the sub- Swami Sathyananda said the temple revenue Hinduism in Kerala has not only 'f-he temple's simplicity of patterns are intricately carved builders and benefactors of
of WGod in the unique Kerala style. Sixty are sequent creation of secular India, 90% of the collected by the boards goes to the govern- remained strong but is actually' style and subdued coloFin~ in ilie wooden ceilings and" Kerala's Hindu temples.
classified as major temples and occupy a temples have lost their wealth, according to ment treasury and is utilized for purposes in resurgence. _

28 HIND U ISM TOD A,Y J l\LY , 1997 JULY , 1997 HINDUISM T O DAY 29
Five Parenting Guidelines
Paneha Kutumba Sadhana
q~q:;e~ ~
"-!N>

1. Good Conduct-Dharmachara ~q+Jt 1'(


Loving fathers and mothers, knowing they are the greatest
influence in a child's life; behave the way their dear children
should when aduits. They never anger or argue before young
ones. Father in a dhoti, mother in a sari at home, all sing
to God, Gods and guru.

2. Home Worship-Dharma Svagriha ~q~ ~ .


Loving fathers and mothers establish a separate shrine room
in the home for God, Gods and guardian devas of the family.
Ideally it should be large enough for all the dear children.
It is a sacred place for scriptural study, a refuge from the
karmic storms of life.

3. Talking about Religion-Dharma Sambhashana ~q~Cl:tI~~


Loving fathers and mothers speak Vedic precepts while
driving, eating and playing. This helps dear children
understand experiences in right perspective. Parents know
many worldly voices are blaring, and their dharmic voice
must be stronger.

4. Continuing Self.-Study-Dharma Svadhyaya ~


Loving fathers and mothers keep informed by studying the.
A basic blueprint to guide the passing of dharma to the next generation
Vedas, Agamas and sacred literature, listening to swamis and
slokas on the following three pages are the result.
panditas. Youth face a world they will one day own, thus
E THEY IN INDIA OR TRANSPORTED TQ OTHER CULTURES
of the wotld, today\; Hindu youth are routinely tempted by On the right are the Five Parenting Guidelines, developed with parents prepare their dear children to guide their own
ways and tested by other religions. 'Ji'hey often face the understanding tB.at children are constantly learning, and that
a crisis of fait1\. when confronted with such typical questions their learning must be guided carefully. Parents provide a good ex- future progeny.
as, "What does it mean to be a Hindu? Why do Hindus wor- ample to their children, being certain that, they are taught the Hin-
ship cows? What do you believe?" They toG frequently dis-
cover they do not know the answers, and they turn t@their parents,
du religious heritage and €ulture along with: ]lious values, ethics,
strength of character and discipline. Their religious education is al- 5. Joining a Fellowship-Dharma Sanga ~4~"1
bewildered. Consequently, loving fIindu parents worldwide have most always in the hands of the mother and father. Children need Loving fatheF~ and mothers cho0se a preceptoF, a traditional
called for a common religious code to teach their sons and daughters. and seek guidance, and only the parents ean truly provide it.
They have asked, "What is the minimum I must do to dispatch my On pages 32 and 33, the five precepts constitute the essential satguru, and line.age to follow. They support their lineage
duty to my religion ana my children?" The World Hindu Federation Hindu beliefs, and the five practices are the corresponding obser- with all their heart, energy and service. He in turn provides
of Nepal discussed this need at its international conference in Bali in vances performed in expression of these beliefs. The modern Hin-
late 1992. In response, the publisheF of H1NDUISM TODAY, a member du child raised up with these precepts and praetices will soon be- them clear guidance for a successful life, material
of the WHF advisory board, told the Bali Mahasangha that he would come a fully functioning hUman being, one who is tolerant,
work with his research staff to prepare the minimal duties for parents devotional, fair, fearless, obedient, secure, happy, selfless, detached and religious.
to pass on the Sanatana Dharma to the next generation. The fifteen and traditiona1.

JUL Y, 1997 HINDUISM TODAY 31


30 H~NDurSM TODAY JULY , 1 997
Five Precepts. Paneha Shraddha • q%{~ Five Practices. Paneha Kriya • q%i bf;'l11
THESE FIVE SLOKAS OONSTITUTE THE MINIMAL HINDU THESE FI'V E SLOKAS OUTLINE THE MINIMAL HINDU
BELIEFS. BY TEACHING THESE TO SONS AND DAUGHTERS, PRACTICES THAT PARENTS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN IN
PARENTS WORLDWIDE PASS ON THE SANATANA DHARMA ORDER TO NURTURE FUTURE CITIZENS WHO ARE STRONG,
TO THEIR CHILDREN. SECURE, RESPONSIBLE, 'FOr.iERANT AND T ADITIONAL.
. .

1. God is All in all-Sarva Brahma ~ ~ 1. Worship-Upasana \3qlft~1


The dear children are taught of one Supreme Being, all- The dear children are taught daily wOFship in the family
pervasive, transcendent, creator, preserver, destroyer, mani- shrine room-rituals, disoiplines, chants, yogas and religious
festing·in various forms, worshiped in all religions by many study. They learn to be secure through devotion in home
names, the immortal Self in all. They learn to be tolerant, and temple, wearing traditional dress, bringing forth lov~ of
knowing the souls divinity and the unity ot all mankind. the Divine and preparing the mind for serene meditation.

2. Holy Temples-Mandira qPe:'( 2. Holy Days-Utsava \3ct'iq


The dear children are taught that God, other divine beings The dear children are taught to participate in Hindu festivals
and highly evolved souls exist in unseen worlds. They learn and holy days in the home and temple. They learn to be
to be devoted, knowing that temple worship, fITe-ceremonies, happy through sweet oommunion with God at such aus-
sacraments and devotionals open channels for loving pieious celebFations. Utsava includes fastiing and atten:ding
blessings, help and guidance from these beings. the temple on Monday or Friday and other holy days.

3. Cosmic Justice-Karma ~ 3. Virtuous Living-Dharma ~


The dear children are taught of karma, the divine law of The dear children are taught to live a life of duty aI'ld gQod
cause and effect by which every thought, word and deed conduct. They learn to be selfless by thinking of others first,
justly returns to them in this or a future life. They learn to be being Fespectful of pareRts, elders and swamis, following
compassionate, knowing that each experience, good or bad, divine law, especially ahimsa, mental, emotional and physical
is the self-created reward of prior expressions of free will. noninjury to all beings. Thus they resolve karmas.

4. Uberation-Samsara-Moksha ~ft 14: -qrar 4. Pilgrim age- Tirthayatra (ft~l{ 1S11


The dear children are taught that souls experience righteous- The dear children are taught the value of pilgrimage and are
ness, wealth and pleasure in many births, while maturing taken at least once a year for darshana of holy pers~ms,
spiritually. They learn to be fearless, knowing that all souls, temples and places, near or far. They learn to be detached by
without exception, will ultimately attain Self Realization, setting aside wor~dly affairs and making God, Gods and
liberation from rebirth and union with God. gurus life's singular focus during these journeys.

5. Veda, Guru: Scripture, Preceptor ~ ~ 5. Rites of Passage-Samskara ~W;I '(


The dear children are taught that God revealed the Vedas The crear children are taught to observe the many
and Agamas, which contain the eternal truths. They learn to sacraments which mark and sandify their passages through
be obedient, following the precepts of these sacred scriptures life. They learn to be traditional by celebrating the rites of
and awakened satgurus, whose guidance is absolutely birth, name-giving, head-shaving, first feeding, ear-piercing,
essential for spiritual progress and enlightenment. first learning, coming of age, marriage and death.
Happy 50th: Prof Singh lights a
lamp to commemorate the Jubilee
I

donations from the local Hindu pop-


ulation. He handed over a check for
Shs. 82,260 (us$l,443), collected by
the Sthanakvasi Jain Sangh, to the
headmast'er of Jamhuri High School
to meet the tuitions of deserving
students. DUring a meeting with the
President of Kenya, H. E. Daniel
Arap Moi, he gave Shs. 300,000
(US$5,263) for the president's Moi
Street Children Charitable Founda-
tion on behalLof the Hindu Council
of Kenya. Team spirit: Members practice drills at a
Singh, an ex-professor of nuclear training session, called Shakha (above).
physics at Allahabad University, B SS donates wheelchairs to handicapped
spoke to a receptive audience of I yn.u tns..in..the.pr.e.s.ence..oj.Pr.ai-.Singh ............. .
mostly African students at Nairobi /

University, saying," "The modern members. Rendering service to the society


age has seen a conflict between sci- is not,only helpful to the society but also el-
ence and religion. Einstein says 'Sci-
ence without spirituality is blind
evating to the doer." /
Some youths complaip.ed the khaki shorts,
and religion without science is lame.' part of the uniform of the BSS, are a source
In our ancient literature science is of ridicule, and youths are repelled from
called aVidya and spiritual knowl- shakha because of this dress. Shri Rajju
edge is called vidya. The necessity replied, "We have that problem in Bharat,
of using both has been beautifully too. But the outfits are more comfortable for
expressed in one of the slokas of . games and other ?-ctivities. And when we
Isopanishad. 'With the help of sci- march in uniform it makes a great impact
ence conquer death, and with the and a sense of pride. If you are proud of it,
help of spirituality attain bliss.' This it will be all right."
is what is needed today.:' One evening Prof. Singh spoke to Sangh
At every stop and turn, Shri Rajju members gathered from allover Kenya:
was _ bombarded with questions "There are 30,000 Hindus in Nairobi, in
about the RSS, Hinduism and life in about 6,000 families. We'have in our contact
general, especially by young people. about 4,000 swayamsevaks (religious work-
Asked how to ,inspire youth to be- ers), probably from 400 families. There
come future leaders, he replied, •. should not be any Hindu family which had thousands of temples, what good will one between Asians and Africans."
"We consider youth the most impor- not come into our contact." Prof. Singh'is in- more do. Prof. Singh replied, "There aFe In Mombasa, Prof. Singh visited the
tant part of our organization. We sistent that the entire family participate in three temples sacred and most revered by Swaminarayan temple and the famous Jain
make them think, 'This country and Sangh activities. He remarked, "Sometimes Hindus among thousands of temples demol- Mandir on Langoni Road. At the Patel Samaj
society have given us I so much. I hear people remarking that the children of ished by Muslim rulers. Hindus want to re- he spoke about the sad state of corruption in
What have we done in return?' " very good swayamsevaks do no.t come to build them. The mosques at these sites are India's political life. "This is a ~ad and
Several youth told Shri Rajju they shakha. This should not happen." not holy for Muslims like Mecca, Medina or shameful matter. Why have we come to this
felt the RSS-style shakha (one-hour Some/ ladies in Kenya complained their Jerusale;p.. Now lakhs of Hindu pilgrims are stage? For· us it is very simple. We have not
training llleetings) with their para- husbands were neglecting their families and visiting these places. They return with a paid attention to morality in life, to dharma
military-style - organization were spending too much time in daily sha~ha, hurt feeling and ill-will towards Muslims. If ane! to propagation of moral values."
outdated-they could not attract the camps and other activities. Shri Rajju re- these 'three places are restored to the charge The RSS was founded jn India in 1925 by
By LILADHARJ . BHARADIA, KENYA tacular afternoon. Unlike in India where the youth in Kenya where there is a tremendo~ sponded, "The wives, sisters and mothers in of Hindus and g~and temples are built there, Dr. K.B. Hedgewar as a voluntary organiza-
ITH GARLANDS IN HAND, HINDUS RSS is constantly defending itself against ac- influence of Western culture. Shri R~jju ad- our families must be given an understanding Hindus will forget the historical wrongs tion of Hindus, initially to aid India's inde-
and non-Hindus, VI,Ps and well- cusations from so-called secular Hindus of vised, "In India it is also the case. Material- of our work. They should have more associ- done to them, and there will-be goodwill be- pendence movement. Today its aims are pri-
wishers gathered on January 10, being too radical, in Kenya the organization ism is nilin"g. The West is economically well ation with our work and evince enthusiasm tween Hindus and Muslims. So this is not a marily to uplift Hindus worldwide by
1997 at Nairobi's airport tb welcome has unquestionably been a stabQizing and off. But it is riddled with many problems, it it. Swayamsevaks stand in front of the question of one more temple, but of restor- inculcating in its members-two million
Prof. Rajendra Singh, 75, head of India's unifying force. such as alcoholism, drugs and violence. Our Bhagwa Dhwaj (the RSS flag) and take a ing goodwill. Muslims have to hand over worldwide-a spirit of..service and self-sac-
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The beloved During his stay, Shri Rajju, as he is affec- people are aping the West and forgetting' vow to make the sarnaj strong. A number of these places to Hindus to win their confi- rifice. It is active in religious education, so-
leader had come to inaugurate celebrations tionately known, undertook a whirlwind that ours is the world's oldest civilization. It mothers and sisters are prese:nt here. When . dence, with whom they have to live." cial s'ervice and nota.bly effective at disaster
marking 50 years of service by the RSS in tour of BSS projects in Kenya. At the Deen is not a question of attraction but of under- swayamsevaks from their families spend When asked about the misconceptions relief in time of earthquakes, cyclones and
Kenya (known locally as the "Bharatiya Dayal Bhavan he presented fifteen am- standing Hindu thought and the p}lrpose of . time in Sangh work, they should understand and misunderstandings among the African other calamities.
Swayamsevak Sangh," or BSS). putees with "Jaipur feet"-artificiallegs in- life, Shakha activities are not old-fashioned. that their menfolk do not waste their time people toward Asians in Kenya, Shr( -Rajju Prior to his departure to South Africa
Seven thousand Hindus from over 32 in- vented in Jaipur, India, and gave wheel Sometimes they are just not appreciated and on idle pursuits." said, "The service activities undertaken by (and later Mauritius), Prof. Singh told mem-
stitutions from all across Kenya joined to- chairs to the handicapped and sewing ma- given due credit. A society becomes great Concern was expressed by several that the BSS-HCK such as medical camps, help- bers of the Sangh: "The Ken{'a BSS has com-
gether in the "Virat Hindu Sangam" to hon- chines to Individuals, all part of a program by molding its youth, bringing unity among the Sangh's wisK to build a temple at Shri ing the' disabled and helping educational in- pleted 50 years. At the same time, we have
or Prof. Singh. Processions, bagpipers and to promote self-employment. In keeping all sections of the society and inculcating a Rama Janmabhoomi is drawing criticism in stitutions and I?oor students create goodwill not completed our chosen mission. This feel-
marching bands were all part of the spec- with RSS tradition, all gifts were a result of sense of patriotism and discipline among its Kenya from many 'who argue that amongst among Africans. This will bridge the gap ing prompts us to hasten the work." ...,./

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Hindu Students Council Celebrates
HEALING EVOLUTIONS
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For Pubescence
ficiency in Shastras.
Formerly Professor Freedom Festival '97 is a series ofl year-long activities to be held throughout the USA and Canada.
of Sanskrit at Ra-
jasthan University, Conferences: Regional coh~ rences will proviCte great opportunities for all of us learn more about the achievements,
India, and Professor
Hatha yoga, exercise and a pitta-reducIng diet: of Religion at Mc- trials and tribulations of tne people of India and define the future role of Indian people the world over. Guest
Master University, speakers and upcoming conferences are shown below (these are subject to change).
prerequisites for boys and girls during puber~y Canada, Dr. Bhar-
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"" numerous research Region Venue Date / Contact
BY DEVANANDA TANDAVAN, M . D. papers and books on Indology. He is
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E HAVE EMPHASIZED below as a guide. The emphasis- editions of his celebrated books Midwest Univ. of Michigan ·Sep.19-21 Jwalant Lakhia jlakhia@umich.edu 810-926-15-1'3
that exercise is very during the years of puberty Founders of India's Civilization and New E",glar:lEl.J MIT at Cambridge, MA Sep.26-28 Chandran Bandhopadhya cDall'do@ynx.ne ,.ef u 617-227-3023
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body to work normally and stay they are prepared may alter the and researcher, became a Hindu in a

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in good health, and is of tWQ effects of the diet. While simple ceremony by the Arya Samaj in
types. Hatha yoga, an organized preparing food, mothers should . New Delhi. A Tamil, his forefathers be-
form of asanas, or physical pos- also keep in mind the health came Christian under the British Raj.
tures, will maintain healthy requirements of.other :glembers On another occasion, Philip Charles, a
functioping of the muscles through stretch- of the family. This may require making British man who reins as the World TBD: To B8 Decided
ing and contracting. Minimal asanas to separate dishes for the various doshas, or Karate Champion, embraced Hinduism
perform daily are called Surya Namaskar. individual bodily constitutions, and the and now uses the name Chinmaya. Seminars: Day-long seminars on more than 50 campuses throughout North Americ~ wl ~1 explore Indian tlistory and
Done slowly,' they exercise every muscle in different age groups within the home. Few ~e. Prese I tations by scholars and students, discussions, exhibits and shows.; 0 drganize a semirtJr in your
the body and aid in proper respiration. fats or oils should be used for cooking, and REVIVED: From a near-death experi- region, call Jwafant Lakhia Jlkhia@umich.edu 810-926-1513 Study Centers: Re€lt1la s udy centers are being held
The second form of exercise is called should not be reuseCl.. Use heat-producing ence, Shrimati Capideo, 75, was said to
spices and vegetables very sparingly.
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metabolism. Some of the best aerobic exer- include beets, raw carrots, chilies, daikon, temple on the island of Trinidad. A yo-
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while doctors tried to restore her pulse
India Darshan: rt exhibitions and multimedia presentations on Indian,~y, culture, arts of India.
heart rate should be raised to 60% to 80% tomatoes. All fruits should be ripe and she saw Lord Siva come towards her
of its maximum (270 minus age) and main- , sweet. Avoid apricots, bananas, berries, with His arms open. "I went into the Golbal Freedo Prayer Meet: On August 15, 1997, midnight (India.?time) , prayer meets will be held throughout the
tained for about 15 to 30 minutes. After cranberries, green grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, Lords arms as a child longing for her world to salute Mother India and party for the freedom, peac,..?and prosperity of India and the world. Request your
exercising there should be a cooling-off lemon, lime, papaya, peaches, rhubarb and parent's love." She continues to visit the
period to allow the heart and respiratory strawberries. Grains to avoid are brown temple every day.
city/town to obsenve this event. For details call Arvind Sant,(asant@erols.com 718-979-6144.
rate~ to return to normal. During puberty, rice, buckwheat, corn, millet, dry oats, rye .-.-/
team' sports are beneficial for boys, helping and guinoa. Stay completely away from DISCOVERED: At least on paper, a new Essay & Art Competition: Focus on Indian histor , Hindu culture & heritage. $4,000 in awards for different age
them get through this period without ex- lentils, brown sugar, molasses and old hon- sub-atomic particle by nine-year-old groups. Contact Priy,a Pandit, rpandit@luc.edu 708-386-7826.
cessive wet dreams anel will help them to ey~ Other foods to steer clear of, especially Tathagat Avtar Thlsi of New Delhi. The
harness sexual fantasy and avoid carnal if acne is present, are alcohol, chocolate, boy-genius plans to test his theory of
temptations. coffee, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pick- the particle's existence, dubbed the
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pitta, or a fire humor condition. There are Parents can help guide their growing - mother says she first realized her son
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have to pay''aIl the winner's legal
fees-perhaps more than a million
But not for long. The AHADC launched dollars), they opted for a financial
an all-out offensive against the CD, mostly settlement. "Our rationale was: If
throllgh a World Wide Web site (hindunet. we couldn't ~top them, at least we
orglanti_defamation/sony/). 'Within weeks it should make it hurt," said BBTI
was visited by 10,000 people, 1,400 of whom president Madhava Puri das.
signed on-line protests to Sony and its sub- Terms of the settlement are a se-
sidiary Columbia (producer and distributor cret, but Tanna was informed it
· of the album), Aerl:lsmith and several major was "well in excess of a hundred
chaiFl, stores. These companies were bom- thou~and dollars." The BBTI says
barded with e-mail, faxes and phone calls, the money will go toward "the
conveying everything from riglfteous indig- building of the, new temple and
nation and threats of boycotts to promises to city project in Mayapur, India,
interfere with Sony's la,rge India business and to fight future infringements."
and even violent retaliation. But Tanna queries>" Do we really
Patterns & Borders Sony and Aerosmith got the message. In want to use this tainted money to
an April 16 call, Joseph Salvo, senior lawyer build a temple?' is the ~uestion
for Sony, told Chetan P Tanna, attorney for Hindus really want to ask. '
othing lends a sense of Indian-ness to a design AHAD~, that an apology would be issued
N better than traditional borders and patterns. Clip~rt
There are hundreds to choose from on this creative
and the offensive cover withdrawn. On
April 18, Aerosmith, through their New York
On April 26, in response to
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any images are or-
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themes, like nature,
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sued a rare rebuke to their affili-
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made a big mistake to not just
disrespect to the Hindu community, nor.did fight this all the way. Frankly, no
Deities, people, borders, they intend to denigrate any religio~ image. one in ISKCON was consulted
symbols, etc. Use the The image will be replaced in all future runs about the decision. to negotiate
Fetch browser to get a with a completely different image." with Sony. Many members are ex-
quick overview, then And so 'it might have ended, except the is- tremely angry about the album
sue had nines live, too. First, contrary to the already-issued CDs and will continue to and incensed to know the BBTI decided not
double clic on a page for Sony'sJawyers first representation (that they ' protest to Sony, Columbia and individual to fight. Sadly, the BBTI did not consult Sri-
a detailed preview. will a"ttempt to recall CDs on the market al- stores. HINDUISM TODAY has added its com- la Pralilhupada's followers and thus failed to
ready), Aerosmith was only promising to re- plaints about the obscene depiction of Lord upholCl that heritage." .-
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12 13 4 "Standing inside oneself:"
English for samadhi
5 Brahmacharis may sometimes have to
• • ;..> • • away sensuous thoughts
6 Jains say: " .... .. no creature on earth."
7 ,Mrs. Peron of Argentina
8 In the ..... . of luxury; materially secure
9 Sanskrit prefix meaning "after," "near
to" or "under"
Early civilization in India was far from
· .... . say historians
Akbar's rute hastened the ...... of the
Moghul Empire
12 Introductory word in Vedas meaning
"now then" ..-
13 !ill early God of the Semitic people
18 Vaishnava Rajput princess (with ''bai'') ,
19 \Agamas detail tllis aspect of Hindu life
23 Reciprocal of sectant (trig.)
·24 Sher Shah's 1540 ...... drove away Hu-
Surrounding Iraivan Temple is an mayun
25 These are found on crystals
extraordinary botanical garden 26 An ~normous collection of Sanskrit
scriptures
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paradise, providing an area of Solution in hand: Kumar Balani and his puzzling computer produce one-of-a-kind pesers 27 The garden island, homeof HINDUISM
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Pilgrims enjoy groves of plumeria,

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30 Indian physicist who won a Nobel Prize
31 First of seven hellish regions of con-
-'
sciousness (hips)
Hawaiian plant species and more. There are no cross words in his brain-teasers 32 Hindi film actors Bobby and Sunny
34 Skilled sculptor qualified to work in
At the entrance to the 5 I-acre Siva temples
ACROSS: 41 Domesticated South American llama 37 Subconscious inclination (driving force)
sanctuary is a forest of healing F YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SOLVE Instead of.being deterred, the word-wield- 1 Latin religious song: Vies ... .. . 43 Temerity, impudence, perhaps audacity in Sanskrit
the special crossword puzzle on the ing Balani became determined-even ob- 5 A guFUS disciple: a shishya (synonym) 44 An org. of Indian-Americans 42 Hindu· ascetics may vow to keep an
rudraksha trees. Send US$ 12 to right, consider yourself fortunate that . sessed. "I was still not satisfied, so I worked 10 Pseudo yegetaFians eat this seafood ' 45 Six ...... s from Siva's eye created Lord · ..... aloft for years
you didn't have to create it. This first-of-
its-kind puzzle contains 68 words out of 80
the puzzle over and over until I came up with ·
a puzzle containing 68 ';"ords that were either
14 tn 15 across, Hindus ...... small strips Ifurtikkeya 43 " ... ... Mantra:" us~d in puja .and in
purchase a single-bead necklace of of wood . 46 In Sanskrit, the instinctive mind chanting
that pe1tain to Hinduism and India. That is from the book, related to Hinduism and India 15 Fire pit in Hindu puja ceremonies 47 Belief in Satya Sai Baba's teachings 46 Sanskrit prefix meaning "great"
a sacred rudraksha, receive as our 85%. And, as brain-teaser builder Kumar or words on which clues could be written to 16 Hindu sacred order, cosmic law, truth 48 Humanitarians ..... ., "Serve your fel- 47 The manipura chakra signifies the
Balani affirmed, it was not alt fun and relate them to Hindu concepts. I am pleased 17 The soul under Siva's foot of obscuring lowman." .. .... of sight
gift another bead to plant and sup- games, even with the help of his intrepid with the result, and I must than~ HINDUISM grace, as seen in icons 49 God's purpose is seen in nature, said 48 A fellowship of Hindu devotees .
computer. "It was an arduous task, involving TODAY for the request for a puzzle with near- 20 Hindu denomiNation of Devi wor- this Greek 49 " ...... of Four" (associated with widow
port the Iraivan Temple project. a time-consuming multi-stage process. But ly all Hindu words-it was a real challenge!" shigers 52 ..... . lekhana sadhana: writing an affir- of 39 Across)
the result is well worth it. I learned that if Balani was born in Poona, spent most of 21 An. : ... . goal, e.g., no more rebirths matGm 1,008 times 50 South Asia: ...... with largest popula-
one perseveres, ~uccess is inevitable." ,his early years ill India and migrated to the a
22 At Karnavedha Samskara, baby's ears 56 South Indian Saivite poet who lived in ....tions of Hindus
1-808-639-8886 Admit it. We take the dilemmas of puzzle- Philippines in 1960. .-!Ie started dabbling ...... pierced . / the 1500s 51 ' Sannyasins never imj,ulge in this desire
making for granted. But aft~r hearing Bal,ani w,ith puzzle creation in 1965, during his first 23 Hindu hierarchical social system based 60 Suffix after "one:" unity of human soul 52 Origin of most devotees of Dada (ashan
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detail how he solved this puzzle's creation co- on occupations with God Vaswani
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more seriously. Balani explained, "First, I school newspaper, The Sebastinian (of 29 Tamil for bindu, source of creation few rebirths philosophies
manually keyed in over 1,200.words from the which he was editor), as his outlets. Now, 30 100 ergs of energy per gram of material 62 World-famous Sitarist: .... .. Shankar 54 Some Hindus ... . . , about their particu-
lexicon of Dancing with Siva, J;tinduism's Balani's occupation is his export business, 33 Indiana city near Lake Michigan 63 India. :::... , a well-known lar sect ..-
Contemporary Catechism. But 1,200 words Asia Connection Ltd., in East Brunswick, 34 Hindu sacred text or a Hindu teaching Delhi attraction 55 A Lincoln Center show item
RUDRAKSHA resulted in only about eight words from the
lexicon getting into the puzzle. So I manually
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35 Hindu priests ... ... first ::(fter pujas, in
olden days
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Reincarnation is a new .. .... to some
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inputted another 1,400 words from the index plethora of puzzles. "My primary concern is . 36 B0dy of listeners, (abbt. ) Westerners having an .. ....
FOREST of the book, plus anpther 500 words from a that the readers enjoy my puzzles," Balani
stresses. But he also strives not to make the
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list I had previously developed on Hinduism. 38 Some Hindus remember G.od only DOWN: · ..... from oneself
Armed with 3,100 words, I was finally able to puz zles too easy, being aware that the av.er- when they .. '.. .. ' 1 NBA Coach Hank , .. ... and family
SAN MARGA IRAJVAN TEMPLE create a 15 x 15 square puzzle containing 32 age Indian immigrant is well-edncated. 39 Chinese propounder of an 'ism' incom- 2 ".. ..... tattv a," an assudha tattva, repre-
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LIFESTYLE .
Reborn
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as
An ,A rtist
After facing his
mortali ty, Satish Gupta
now celebrates life
By LAVINA MELWANI, N.EW YORK
au CAN CALL IT HIS BRUSH WITH
death. Three years ago, noted Delhi \fu;jn V,al~~av,a h0L~ ~aees tfu0 gh
artist Satish Gupta discovered he had a this magnificent 800 page volume.
brain tumor. The chances of survival This hand-made hard bound
were fifty-fifty. He recalls, "Before the 11" x 14" volume with its 249 pages
surgery, I was almost suicidal. I had no will death of his father in a plane crash. He with- been working on a series called Poems to the ......IIiII!""""!~~!!!!_=~...iI' of color photos will take you and
to live." The tumor was removed successful- drew into his own world, creating a perfect Sea, painting as many oceans and seas of the your family on a wonder of discovery.
ly, and his surgeon told him, "It's really a re- world with paints and paper. After attending world as he can. He takes 30-foot-Iong
birth. Don't waste this life~" ' D.,elhi's College of Art, he earned a scholar- scrolls, paints'on them with water-proof inks, SEE OUR ELEVEN PAGE ADVERTISEMENT ON THE INTERNET
. Three years have passed, and Gupta has ship to Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. sometimes writes a poem on them and sub-
remembered those words every day, almost
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pacted his work. He observes, "It gives you a rently -ae's doing a significant piece for an Gupta is a Hindu but is open to all faiths.
deeper understanding, a deepe.r perspective. atrium in a corporate building in Delhi. The He says, "I think religion can be very beau-
I.can empathize much more with people. I 24-foot-high sculpture depicts the deities of tiful, and it can be very ugly, too. Unfortu-
can almost get into their soul and paint the 'five elements-Agni, Prithivi, Vayu, ' nately, the ugly part of religion-the com-
them." The artist is the son 'of the late free- Vishnu and Brahma-in five columns, each munalism and orthodoJCy-takes over, and it
dom fighter Deshbandu Gupta, and as a child made of a different metal and weighing sev- can be used by a handful of people to really
was profoundly infll\enced by the untimely eral tons. For the past two years, be's also control the masses. It can'be a-power thing.
But if you go deeper into it, it can be so
nourishing." He adds, "What's beautiful
about Hinduism is that it's all-pmbracing.
When I painted the priest at Pushkar, there
were Muslims coming in and praying. They
were fed like all the other worshipers."
I Gupta's first night in Pushkar was unfor-
gettable. He reoalls, "It, was a dark night/and
tl}.e hills were silhouetted against the moon.
There was this white temple which wci.s
bluish-indigo in the moonlight. The y.ntique
door was open and through it I saw the priest
playing his harmonium at midnight. There
was no one else there, and he was singing
bhajans all by himself I stood iliere, outside
in the dark, for about 45 minutes, listening to'
him. He wasn't aware of me at all. I was so
taken up with the id.ea that this man would
just sing to the Gods, not for an audience, not
for,any thing. I've painted him twice, and it
was a wonderful experience." ..,.;

Doleful and dour: Two of the suqects cap-


tured on canvas by Satish Gupta: Meena
(left) and the courageous Kasim.

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PROTECTION
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instqlling Cyber Patrol
(www.cyber.patrol.com!)
Web , . after receiving reports of Cyber
patrons using library
Police computers to view sexu- A-shram
ally explicit, graphical
THE WORLD WIDE material on the Web. OME ONE FOOT TO-
I Web's doors have
been wide open to any-
Cyber Patrol maintains
two databases: a Cy-
C wards me. I 'Will
come a thousand feet to-
one, including children, berYes list of 40,000 re- ward~ yoa" beokons Sri
who want to play violent searched sites contain- Karunamayis new home
shoot'em-up games or ing only appropriate page. A lew minutes. at
sneak-a-peak at XXX material for children, Aroma's web-ashram im-
adults-only websi.tes. and the Cyber Not list of mediately transports you
But not anymore. Oyber nine categories of 15,000 into a mood of cyber-pil-
Patrol is the Internets websites deemed by its grimage as you follow
latest version of an elec- review committee to Intel chief Dr. Craig Barrett at PC school opening her blograprucal history
tronic nanny. The soft- have potentially offen- BUSINESS of intense sadhana and
ware is designed to sive material. One cate- service. Sri Karunamayi
block access to websites,
partioularly those which
gory-Satanic/Cults-
unfortunately includes India's Cyberskools is truly one of Hin-
duisms Web mission-
promote violence, porn- websites of recognized aries. fIer site is a virtu-
ography, gambling or ex- religions and legitimate N CONJUNCTION WITH THE NATIONAL COUN- al mini-catechism with
tremist politics. !Installed
on a personal computer
Or an Internet server, it
manages Internet access,
provides ChatGard®
(but non-Christian) al-
ternative spiritual com-
munities. Appeals are
possible, and one such
banned group, Avatar-
I cil of Science Museums, Intel established in
1996 two state-of-the-art multimedia labs
called Intel Cyberskool in New Delhi and
Mumbai. The labs give school children, teachers
and parents easy access to Pentium-processor
inspired talks on chaFac-
ter building, meditation
and the do's and: do.p.'ts of
Hinduism. Anunas quo-
tations are some of the
which prevents children Search (AvatarSearoh.- based multimedia computers, educational soft- Web's best, and Gl~votees
from divulging com), has devel- ware and the Internet. The Intel Cyberskool at can subscribe to·her
-g personal • oped the the National Science Centre, New Delhi, has pro- quarterly magazine and
3 informa- AvatarPa- vided over 25,000 students with hands-on expo- download her photos.
~ tion on- trol soft- sure to multimedia computers. Intel is also work- Back in the real world,
~ line and has an option ware which checks if ing with the JIVA Institute, ERNET (Education follow Anima on her
.. to limit the total time your URL has been mis- Research Netware) and other organizations to world tours using online
"~ spent on the Web. Some takenly banned by Cy- help schools purchase total computing solutions calendars and maps. -
~ US libraries have begun ber Patrols censors. at subsidized prices. (globeworks.comlkaruna
mayilkaruna2.htm)
DATA to be the top 1,000, added HINDUISM To-
hourly, daily and weekly
visitor statistics on yours doesn't Tepresent the DAY to the list, and sev-
WebStats and over 8,900 website world's major religions. eral days later HT was
links in thir- Ohristian sites ranking near the top,
THE PEOPLE AT WEB- ty-eight cat- are predomi- #20 in the average num-
I side Story are now egories, nant, and a ber of daily visitors-
offering a free web page ranging ~~~~P" Hindu pres- just one above
statistics service that from adver- ence is conspic- Vatican.org. Have your
provides a simple, easy tising to Web uously absent. Among Hindu webs1,te counted
way to monitor the out- resources. We were sur- the 252 home pages not among religions best at
reaCh of your website. prised to find that the one Hindu website was wss5. websidestory. com!
Here you can view religion section, touted -, listed. Undaunted, we world.html

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