Saturday, August 22, 2015

Land for Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple

The Indian government has lauded a decision by the United Arab Emirates to allocate land for the building of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.  Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, currently on a two-day trip to the UAE, said in a tweet on Sunday that he was thankful to the UAE government, describing the move, a great step.


There are currently two Hindu temples and one Sikh Gurudwara in Dubai, but none in Abu Dhabi.

On Sunday, Modi became the first Indian premier to visit the country in 34 years, meeting with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The trip is seen as an important step in burgeoning trade relations between India and the UAE, and the decision to allocate land for a temple in Abu Dhabi underpins the strategic vision of the two nations.

The UAE, a federation of seven emirates, is home to about 2.6 million Indian expatriates who comprise a third of the total population and outnumber the local Emirati population. Annual Indian remittances from the UAE are estimated at $14bn.

India is the UAE’s second-largest trading partner and the UAE is India’s third largest trading partner behind the US and China. Trade between the two countries reached $60bn last year.

Samir Saran, vice president of the Observer Research Foundation, a think tank based in Delhi, told Al Jazeera that UAE got it right by allocating land for such a venture.

“There will be those who will think that it is about him [Modi] demanding a temple or pushing a religious agenda. It is none of that. It was simply a case of him being the first leader from India to go to UAE after a long time, and it was a goodwill gesture.


“It is still a relationship centred around trade … Modi certainly didn’t go lobbying for a temple,” Saran said.

In July 2013, The Times of India, citing a source within the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), said a Muslim businessman had donated five acres of land for the building of a temple in Abu Dhabi.

According to the source, the move came after the BAPS had traveled to UAE on invitation from the Invest AD group based in the Dubai.

It is not clear if Sunday’s announcement referred to the same land.


It is a good news to the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhists and Sanatani Omkar followers that they will be able to perform their Dharma in an upcoming State recognized temple upon the lands donated by the Royal authorities of UAE. The United Arab Emirates on Sunday decided to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi for the Indian community, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on a two-day state visit.

“A long wait for the Indian community ends. On the occasion of PM’s visit, UAE Government decides to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

“PM @narendramodi thanks UAE leadership for this landmark decision,” he said.


Afterwards PM Modi also tweeted the matter and thanked the UAE authority accordingly.

The UAE is home to 2.6 million Indian workers, of who around 20 percent are white-collar professionals. Indian expatriates comprise 30 percent of the UAE’s population and are the largest nationality group.

So, far there are some unrecognized and in-house restricted Hindu-Sikh worship places in Dubai and in some vicinities in UAE, the Islamic Royal State has decided to allow public non-Islamic worship place for the Indian roots people very significantly.


The upcoming Temple in Abu Dhabi will accommodate the worshipers of Panch Upasana (Ganapati-Shankar-Vishnu-Shakti-Surya), Omkar, Gurugranth Shahib, Buddha and Mahavir with the facilities of Indian festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Ram Navmi etc. and most obviously the practice of Yoga and Meditation.


Indian nationals staying in UAE has heartily welcomed the decision. They expect that this Temple will be a symbol of World Peace and Harmony, as well as the landmark of Indian spirituality.


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Sunday, July 05, 2015

American Dream

American Dream

4th July – Happy Independence Day – United States of America - @librahitech

The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking and hard work, not by chance. Both native-born Americans and American immigrants pursue and can achieve the American dream. In contrast to other political and economic systems, such as communist dictatorships, America’s free-enterprise system makes possible the circumstances that allow individuals to go beyond meeting their basic needs to achieve self-actualization and personal fulfillment.

The tenets of the American dream can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In a society based on these principles, an individual can live life to its fullest as he or she defines it.

The American dream requires political and economic freedom as well as rules of law and private property rights. Without them, individuals cannot make the choices that will permit them to attain success, nor can they have confidence that their achievements will not be taken away from them through arbitrary force.

The American dream offers the freedom to make both the large and small decisions that affect one’s life; the freedom to aspire to bigger and better things and the possibility of achieving them; the freedom to accumulate wealth; the opportunity to lead a dignified life; and the freedom to live in accordance with one’s values, even if those values are not widely held or accepted.

Home ownership is frequently cited as an example of attaining the American dream. It is a symbol of financial success and independence, and it means having the ability to control one’s own piece of property instead of being subjected to the whims of a landlord. Owning one’s own business and being one’s own boss also represent American dream fulfillment.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PM Shri Narendra Modi address Indian community in Shanghai, China : 16.0...

Obama breaks Guinness record with new Twitter account

Obama breaks Guinness record with new Twitter account

Obama breaks Guinness record with new Twitter account

(IANS) / 20 May 2015

The president’s self-description on his Twitter profile reads: “Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States.” 

Washington -US President Barack Obama broke a Guinness record by becoming the fastest person to garner one million followers on Twitter, a feat he accomplished in less than five hours with his new account @POTUS, Efe news agency reported.

Guinness World Records, which verifies and keeps an official list of world records, said on Tuesday on its website that the president has set the new record on the social network the day before.

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Bhagavad - Gītā – 18:65



man-manā bhava mad-bhakto
mām evaiṣyasi satyaḿ te
pratijāne priyo 'si me

SYNONYM

mat-manāḥ - thinking of Me;  bhava - just become;  mat-bhaktaḥ - My devotee; mat-yājī - My worshiper; mām - unto Me; namaskuru - offer your obeisances; mām - unto Me; eva - certainly; eṣyasi - you will come; satyam - truly; te - to you; pratijāne - I promise; priyaḥ - dear; asi - you are; me - to Me.

TRANSLATION

Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.

PURPORT

The most confidential part of knowledge is that one should become a pure devotee of Krishna and always think of Him and act for Him.

One should not become an official meditator. Life should be so molded that one will always have the chance to think of Kṛishṇa.

One should always act in such a way that all his daily activities are in connection with Kṛishṇa.

He should arrange his life in such a way that throughout the twenty-four hours he cannot but think of Kṛishṇa.

And the Lord's promise is that anyone who is in such pure Kṛiṣhṇa consciousness will certainly return to the abode of Kṛishṇa, where he will be engaged in the association of Kṛishṇa face to face.

This most confidential part of knowledge is spoken to Arjuna because he is the dear friend of Kṛiṣhṇa. Everyone who follows the path of Arjuna can become a dear friend to Kṛiṣhṇa and obtain the same perfection as Arjuna.

These words stress that one should concentrate his mind upon Kṛiṣhṇa — the very form with two hands carrying a flute, the bluish boy with a beautiful face and peacock feathers in His hair.

There are descriptions of Kṛiṣhṇa found in the Brahma-saḿhitā and other literatures. One should fix his mind on this original form of Godhead, Kṛiṣhṇa.

One should not even divert his attention to other forms of the Lord. The Lord has multi-forms as Viṣṇu, Nārāyaṇa, Rāma, Varāha, etc., but a devotee should concentrate his mind on the form that was present before Arjuna.

Concentration of the mind on the form of Kṛiṣhṇa constitutes the most confidential part of knowledge, and this is disclosed to Arjuna because Arjuna is the most dear friend of Kṛiṣhṇa, the Lord.