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“Ism means mindlessness”: Sadhguru on spirituality and consumerism

A 6.47- minute video.
ET Now

Pakistan’s Sufis Preach Faith and Ecstasy
In the desert swelter of southern Pakistan, the scent of rose­water mixed with a waft of hashish smoke. Drummers pounded away as celebrants swathed in red pushed a camel bedecked with garlands, tinsel and multihued scarfs through the heaving crowd. A man skirted past, grinning and dancing, his face glistening like the golden dome of a shrine nearby. “Mast Qalandar!” he cried. “The ecstasy of Qalandar!”
Smithsonian

Christians in Libya cast anxious eye at religious freedom
Libya has undergone a two-year transition since 2011 when demonstrations toppled Moammar Gadhafi. Before the revolution, Christians were granted religious freedom, but with the change of power, they have been arbitrarily arrested, attacked, killed and forced by the Islamist groups to convert to Islam.
Washington Post

Atheists reject God without exploring the evidence for his existence
An atheist is a person who believes that God doesn’t exist (in contrast to an agnostic, who says he doesn’t know whether or not God exists). But look carefully at that definition: An atheist believes God doesn’t exist. He can’t prove it; he can’t verify it; he can’t demonstrate it. He lives only by faith — faith that he is right and everyone else is wrong.
Kansas City

Comparative religion series will focus on ‘evil’
“The goal is to help people understand different faiths and that we’re not in opposition to each other, but we have different views,” said Gene Meyers, chairman of the Comparative Religion Series committee. “There are a lot of places you can go and learn about the basics of religion.
The Charlotte Observer

Science, religion coexist to help us flourish
When it comes to the two — religion and science — the general sentiment with our group was that they have to coexist to flourish. The foundation of religion is faith and the foundation of science is research. The Lord has created a formula for each element of the universe and it is humanity’s (scientists’) job to research these formulas and apply them to our everyday lives. This is why the world spends so much money on scientific research and development, to help humanity understand and enjoy the wonders of the universe.
Tri-City Herald

New ‘SoulPulse’ app lets users monitor their spirituality in real time
“I discovered I was more tired than I knew that I was. I have begun going to bed earlier and I was tested for sleep apnea. I also realized, as an introvert, I’m more aware of God if I have a bigger chunk of quiet time. I started scheduling more time to be alone with God so when I am with people I can really be with them.”
Washington Post

 

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Kejriwal’s AAP forms task force to win the trust of Muslims

AAP’s National Executive and Political Advisory Committee member Sanjay Singh said, “We realised that the party did not perform well in the Muslim-dominated areas. I feel that the reason for this was that they did not trust us since we were a new party but now they have seen how we have done and I’m hopeful they will now trust us.”
The Indian Express

Why can’t there be a New Year Puja in a Hindu Temple?
Given the fact that Hinduism has absorbed so much from other religions, I wonder which holy book they referred to incur this conclusion. It is indeed interesting to observe that visiting a temple, early on the January 1 is a custom that probably started in Chennai but it has now grown to all parts of South India. Often temples in Chennai have serpentine queues on January 1.
The Economic Times

For human rights to flourish, religious rights have to come second
We are all human. We are not all of the same religion, or religious at all. One cannot protect religious rights if they are used as a reason to abuse human rights, human equalities, as so often they are. Britain may not be able to export its new-found anti-discriminatory zeal to the rest of the world with much ease. But Britain is in a good position to start working out a framework whereby people with diverse beliefs can live together without conflict, safe in the knowledge that the religious beliefs of all who respect human rights will be respected in turn. People need to answer on Earth to our fellow humans. We can square things with our God, if we have one, when and if that day arrives. Compliments of the season, whatever that means to you.
The Guardian

“Learn what they know, so you know what they need to know”
“A free series of presentations for students to seniors” by Benedictine Father Michael G. Brunner from January four to March one on Saturdays at Saint Anselm Parish Centre in Creve Coeur (Missouri) include Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Islam. The flyer, created to announce these World Religions series contains the tagline “Learn what they know, so you know what they need to know.” Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Tuesday, said that this “need to know” tagline was highly inappropriate reference to great world religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Islam.
India Blooms

Christians and Muslims: Is there Any Common Ground?
The single most surprising, and disappointing, thing about the various Christian-Muslim dialogue efforts is that the topic of the need for a re-hellenization of Islam – a restoration of philosophy and critical thinking – is almost never addressed in a major, serious way. Yet it is upon this that the future of real dialogue depends. The year before becoming Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that, “without peace between reason and faith, there cannot be peace at the world level, because without peace between reason and religion, the very sources of morals and the rule of law dry out.”
Intercollegiate Review

First religious freedom chief aims to make Canada ‘world leader’ in the field
Canada’s first religious freedom ambassador says his job advancing and promoting religious liberty around the globe has an equally important role: to support Canadian diplomats as they work abroad. Andrew Bennett’s vote of confidence in the Canadian foreign service comes despite years of tension between diplomats and the very Conservative government that created his job early last year.
CTV News

When Jews and Blacks Got Along Better Than Ever — in Hip-Hop World
Some of the most talked about releases in hip-hop this year were recorded by Jewish artists: Drake, Mac Miller and Action Bronson. But 2013 also saw a slew of Jewish mentions in hip-hop. “I be out tomorrow, my lawyer’s Jewish,” sang A$AP Ferg in January’s “Work.” “He put in work, got these n—-s going bezerk.” By August, a YouTube video compilation went viral, showing rappers Kanye West, Cam’ron, Killer Mike, Gucci Mane and Jay-Z thanking their Jewish lawyers in songs; a huge Star of David bling adorned the cover of Rick Ross’s latest “The Black Bar Mitzvah.”
Jewish Daily Forward

 

 

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