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“Rajiv Satyal, who is Hindu, will tour India with an Indian-American Muslim and one other performer on a Jan. 4-17 trip organized by the U.S. State Department. Their comedy show “Make Chai Not War” will include messages of diversity and religious harmony, with a measure of diplomacy.”
“At its purest, Jainism is almost an atheistic religion, and the images of the tirthankaras represent less a divine presence than a profound divine absence.”
“MUMBAI: In the run-up to Diwali, the shopping mood in India’s financial capital is upbeat despite the spiralling cost of living. Garments, furnishings and high value consumer electronics are flying off the shelves, but gold, silver and dry fruits are getting a cold shoulder thanks to a jump in their prices this year.”
“Jobs and his college friend Daniel Kottke, who later worked for him at Apple, visited Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram. He returned home to California a Buddhist, complete with a shaved head and traditional Indian clothing and a philosophy that may have shaped much of his corporate values.”
IN ARM’S WAY Youths stretched their hands out to reach and break an earthenware pot filled with yogurt as part of Janamashtami celebrations in Mumbai Monday. Janamashtami marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (Photo: Rafiq Maqbool / AP via the Wall Street Journal)
“Krishna means “all-attractive” and avatar means “decent of the divine.” Today is Krishna Janmastami, the birth or descent of Krishna, the god worshipped by millions of Hindus around the world. Krishna appeared on this earth, at midnight, approximately 5,000 years ago in Mathura, located in Northern India, 91 miles south of New Delhi.”
“Hindu communities tend to prioritize two ways types of connections: one is local, usually via the temples, and one is back home to India. But there are not as many connections between temples, or between Hindu organizations themselves, or between them and other organizations in America,” said Vasudha Narayana, a religious studies professor at the University of Florida who specializes in the Hinduism diaspora.’