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Sunday, September 03, 2006

September 11, 2006: Day of Prayer - Gandhi Institute to organize 'Day of Prayer, Peace, Reconciliation - Faithwise Review of the Week


  • Monday September 11, 2006 - 11:30 AM Gathering to Celebrate the Force of Peace at the Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC
  • Day of Prayer - Gandhi Institute to organize 'Day of Prayer, Peace, Reconciliation, and Non-Violence' By Ela Dutt
    [Tennessee-based Gandhi Institute which is pushing for a curriculum in public schools in the United States and Canada on non-violence.]
  • Saudi women to fight Mecca restriction
    NEWS UPDATE:
    Saudi clerics backtrack on Makkah women prayer ban
    RIYADH: Saudi clerics appear to have backtracked on controversial plans to ban women from praying at the centre of Islam's holiest shrine in Makkah.
    At present, women can pray in the immediate vicinity of the Kaaba, a cube-shaped structure inside the Grand Mosque which forms the centrepiece of the Haj pilgrimage in Islam.

  • NRI men cry foul on marriages of convenience
  • Phony funeral letter has MP fearing immigration scam, Newton-North Delta Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal.
    Peter Severinson, CanWest News Service; Vancouver Province
  • Being Hindu is much different in the US than in India Indians Abroad, New York, September 4, 2006
  • To die again and again, by Saroop Krishen
    It is interesting how on occasions great minds belonging to two different civilisations, almost a world apart, express some of their basic thoughts in words which appear to be echoes of each other.

    Schopenhauer, the famous German philosopher, describes the life of man on this earth in the terms of a weakling riding a very strong and well-built horse which is rushing along at breakneck speed in a hilly area. The problem, however, is that the horse is blind and without any reins or stirrups. The rider thus has no means whatever of controlling it and can only see helplessly that any moment the horse might dash itself against the rocks or plunge down a deep gorge along with him. His heart is thus in his mouth all the time: in fact, the danger to him is so grave and imminent that it makes him die a death again and again.

    Ghalib expresses the same thought in almost identical terms. His couplet on the subject runs as follows:

    "Rau mein hai rakhsh-i-umr, kahan dekhiye thamey/na haath bag per hai, na paa hai rakaab mein." (The steed of life is in a rush, let us see where it stops/ there are no reins in my hand, nor are my feet in any stirrups).

  • Unity in diversity at Leh
    Sindhu Darshan festival to help promote tourism
    by Ruchika M. Khanna
    Are we finally beginning to get out of our communal nemesis? Well, the change in the political leadership at the top hopes to redefine the cultural heritage and reconstruct the religious thought to a nationalist thought. It’s time that the pure is separated from the profane. As Swami Vivekananda has rightly observed, “Each nation, like an individual, has one theme in life, which is at its centre. In India, religious life forms the centre.”

    Hence a reawakened Hinduism (not religious bigotry, but a commitment to a selfless way of life and to the cultural heritage of the land) is a must to keep the country’s institutions from fragmenting. If the celebration of festivals without associating these with narrow religious motives is the first infantile step in this regard, let the spark spread everywhere so that spiritual secularism reigns.

  • Khan Saheb in Kashi, Shekhar Gupta, Saturday, August 26, 2006

    Far from all the noise over Amsterdam and the war on terror, in the Ustad’s shehnai lies the note of reason

    What was the difference between Hindu and Muslim, he asked. What, indeed, when he sang to Allah in Rag Bhairav (composed for Shiva) and brought to tears the Iraqi maulana who had just told him music was blasphemy, “evil, a trap of the devil”. Khan Saheb said, “I told him, Maulana, I will sing to Allah. All I ask you is to be fair. And when I finished I asked him if it is blasphemy. He was speechless.” And then Khan Saheb told me with that trademark mischievous glint: “But I did not tell him it was in Rag Bhairav.” click here to continue reading


    Punchline: Succes breeds success* and spiritual formula helps in this process, a great deal!
    The God above you- Formula for Spiritual Success

    If you want to be distressed- look within.
    If you want to be defeated - look back.
    If you want to be distracted- look around.
    If you want to be dismayed- look ahead.
    If you want to be delivered- look above!


    * The old saying that “success breeds success” has something to it. It's that feeling of confidence that can banish negativity and procrastination and get you going the right way.
    Donald Trump
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