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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The age of Green


This is definitely needed, perhaps the temples of the west can help drive the agenda on this and eventually percolate across the rest of the country

Which brings me to another thought - how about a resurgence of our ancient Hindu temples? I remember the floor of Kedarnath temple was so slick with oil (I think) all over the floor. Perhaps we need to think of how these offerings are recycled in some ways?

Perhaps, we need a commission in charge to outline policies toward this - a Religious Commission mandated with preservation of religion.

Look at the Somanath Temple above. Looks regale, but I wonder

Now look at the old Somnath Temple. There is a sense of history. How do we go forward in preserving the richness of these temples? But at the same time, be environmentally conscious about it? We have to make the religion attractive to future generations. And I like the new look to the Somnath temple, but why lose the old too. Perhaps there is a middle ground.

We need to showcase Hinduism in the best positive light - not that it matters since it has really withstood the test of time, a plethora of invaders superimposing their collective will on the psyche of Bharat, but we have remained unscathed...the core India preserves our history.

What is the solution on this? Need to think some more, but I do think I am onto something here.
What about the syambhu lingams that we find all over the world? Don't we need to preserve them somehow too?

Hindu Temples should go green

by David Masters

A senior Hindu leader is calling for Hindu temples around the world to go green.

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said Hindu temples should take the lead on environmental issues in their local communities.

Eco-friendly temples are a ‘toxic free’ sacred space, Zed said, being free from complicity in the destruction of God’s creation.

The ecological destruction caused by humankind is entering a crisis point, the Hindu statesman said, and Hindus should not stand by as ’silent spectators’.

Hindu scriptures are highly respectful for mother nature, Zed said.

To be eco-friendly, Hindu temples should become energy efficient, choose environmentally friendly products, limit the use of cleaning chemicals, purchase energy saving devices, switch off lights and computers when not in use, limit water usage, plant more trees, install renewable energy such as solar power or wind power, and use the temple grounds in environmentally friendly ways.

Religion is the most far reaching force in society, and could be a vital resource for promoting ecological responsibility, Zed concluded.

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, with around one billion adherents.


Largest Meditation Center in Western Hemisphere Opens November 8th: A Reflection of Changing Spirituality in America
In what could be a sign of America's changing spiritual composition, Mahima (a 39,000 square foot meditation center), will officially open its doors on November 8th. Mahima is being developed as a destination for spiritual growth to seekers from the West regardless of their religious affiliation. According to the Pew Research Center, the 4th largest religious group in the United States is "Unaffiliated" or those who are not associated with any religion at all. In addition, Unaffiliated is the number one (31%) religious tradition group in the 18-29 age demographic nationwide and 70% of those who are in this group believe in God or a Universal Spirit.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 3, 2008 -- In what could be a sign of America's changing spiritual composition, Mahima (a 39,000 square foot meditation center), will officially open its doors on November 8th. Mahima, (located amidst 1,200 acres of green forests in the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee), will be a resource for the science of yoga and will be the largest meditation center in the Western hemisphere. Prominent spiritual leader Sadhguru Vasudev, the founder of Isha Foundation and the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences (IIIS) will consecrate the center.

Invoking his mastery of the science of yoga, Sadhguru Vasudev will enshrine Mahima using his physical body and energy as a tool-- a process referred to as 'Prana Prathista (a Sanskrit term). This process will energize Mahima for over a thousand years, without the need for rituals or re energizing processes.

Mahima will not be a place of prayer, but a space with a vortex of energy where people can transform their lives to achieve freedom and a new dimension of perception. Of all the human pursuits, striving to transform oneself into a higher possibility is considered the most sacred
The basic purpose of the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences is to inspire, to stoke, and to nurture this innate search in every being, helping them realize the ultimate potential within.
The word yoga, literally means union. When you experience everything as a part of yourself, then you are in yoga
"Mahima will not be a place of prayer, but a space with a vortex of energy where people can transform their lives to achieve freedom and a new dimension of perception. Of all the human pursuits, striving to transform oneself into a higher possibility is considered the most sacred," said Sadhguru Vasudev. "The basic purpose of the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences is to inspire, to stoke, and to nurture this innate search in every being, helping them realize the ultimate potential within."

According to the Pew Research Center, 92% of Americans believe in God or a Universal Spirit yet, 70% say that many religions can lead to eternal life instead of just one. Also, the 4th largest religious group in the United States is "Unaffiliated" or those who are not associated with any religion at all. In addition, Unaffiliated is the number one (31%) religious tradition group in the 18-29 age demographic nationwide and 70% of those who are in this group believe in God or a Universal Spirit.

The significance of this data and the opening of Mahima could be an insight into possible future changes of American perspectives on religion and spirituality. Mahima is being developed as a destination for spiritual growth to seekers from the West regardless of their religious affiliation.

"The word yoga, literally means union. When you experience everything as a part of yourself, then you are in yoga," said Sadhguru Vasudev.

About the Isha Foundation:
Founded by Sadhguru in 1992, the Isha Foundation (www.ishafoundation.org) is an entirely volunteer-run, international nonprofit, non-religious organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. Isha Foundation is headquartered at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains near Coimbatore, India, and houses Dhyanalinga, a meditation shrine and multi-religious temple that includes a 13 ft powerful and unique energy form-- the first of its kind to be completed in over 2,000 years. At the core of the Foundation's activities is a customized system of yoga called Inner Engineering. Inner Engineering distills powerful, ancient yogic methods for a modern person, creating peak physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This basis of total wellbeing accelerates inner growth, allowing each individual to reach his or her ultimate potential.

About Sadhguru Vasudev
Sadhguru Vasudev is a yogi, mystic, humanitarian and a prominent spiritual leader. In January 2007, Sadhguru participated in four panels at the World Economic Forum and spoke on issues ranging from diplomacy and economic development, to education and the environment. In 2006, he addressed the World Economic Forum, the Tallberg Forum in Sweden, and the Australian Leadership Retreat. He has also served as a delegate to the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and the World Peace Congress. Sadhguru's vision and understanding of modern social and economic issues have led to interviews with BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNNfn, and Newsweek International. His insights are regularly featured in India's leading national newspapers. A well-known public figure, he regularly draws crowds of more than 300,000 people for his public talks and "sathsangs" (group meditation).

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Shruti Tiwari
Mediasphere
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shruti @ mediasphere.us

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