Tuesday, July 17"Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara" - Taittiriya Upanishad

Month: March 2018

Ancient fire ritual has positive impact on environment: Scientists [Excerpts]

Ancient fire ritual has positive impact on environment: Scientists [Excerpts]

Hinduism, Indic Religions
Source: - The Hindu. A 4,000 year old fire ritual conducted in the remote village in Kerala in April this year has a positive impact on the atmosphere, soil and other environment effects, according to scientists who are now ready with their findings. The “Athirathram” ritual held on April 4— 15 at Panjal village in Thrissur district was the focus of a detailed study by a team of scientists led by Prof V P N Nampoori, former director of the International School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology. The scientists had focused on the fire ritual’s scientific dimensions and impact on the atmosphere, soil and its micro—organisms and other potential environmental effects. The yagna seems to have accelerated the process of seed germination and also the microbial presence
Explanation of Maha Shivaratri Day By Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Explanation of Maha Shivaratri Day By Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Hinduism, Indic Religions, What is Hinduism
Source: - Prashant Parikh FB Post. By tradition, based mostly upon the planetary position, the fourteenth day of this particular fortnight every year [one day before new moon when Sun is in Kumbha] is looked upon as a day of initiation, religious, spiritual initiation. Also, it is a day dedicated purely for prayers. Many people take sannyas on this day. Today in India many Anandas might have been born. Today barbers also have a field day. They remove the hair; it is sort of a wholesale thing. So in Rishikesh you will find a number of people getting initiated into monastic order, a sannyasa, a life of a monk, on this particular day, Shivaratri day. And I also became a sannyasi on this particular day. The teachers decide to givesannyas to the students and they call the students and tell th...
‘Jesus Hasn’t Saved Us’: The Young Black Women Returning to Ancestral Religions [Excerpts]

‘Jesus Hasn’t Saved Us’: The Young Black Women Returning to Ancestral Religions [Excerpts]

Miscellaneous
Source: - broadly.vice.com/ Michelle Yaa does not feel she converted to Comfa, the Afro-American religion practiced in Guyana. "I call it an awakening." she says. "It's just waking up." Yaa, like increasing numbers of the African diaspora, decided to stop practicing Christianity in favor of a religion of African heritage. Raised a Seventh Day Adventist, she spent her childhood questioning Christian doctrine. When she didn't receive the answers she sought from church, she stopped attending. It wasn't until the end of university that Yaa reconnected with any form of religion. One day, she says, she began hearing voices. Rather than call her doctor, she called on her ancestors, writing down the names of those she could remember and surrounding herself with the slips of paper. She claims th
BURNING OUT: WHAT REALLY HAPPENS INSIDE A CREMATORIUM [Excerpts]

BURNING OUT: WHAT REALLY HAPPENS INSIDE A CREMATORIUM [Excerpts]

Miscellaneous
Source: - Popularmechanics.com We are seeing a fundamental shift in how we approach death and what comes after. Compared to just a few decades ago, vastly more Americans are foregoing the old-fashioned burial and turning to the alternative of cremation. This is what brought me here to Rosehill, and now my tour with Jim Koslovski, president of the Rosehill and Rosedale Cemetery, is about to go deeper into his world to see how cemeteries are dealing with America’s after-death revolution. As I follow him deeper inside the columbarium, we pass through the Rose Room. Urns here are not hidden in niches behind glass, but instead are on display in the open air. I prefer it this way. The glass cases remind me of the razors at the drug store—the ones you can only access by notifying a salesperson wi