The History of Hindu India (Part Three)

“The History of Hindu India” (Part Three) was developed by the
editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva
Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University
Northridge. It is intended to provide an authentic presentation of
the history of India and Hinduism for use in American middle and
high school classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups, dharma
classes and general presentations on the Hindu religion and
history.

The documentary is based on the third chapter of the
textbook,
The History of Hindu India,
published by Himalayan Academy in 2011. It covers Indian history
from 1000 to 1847 ce, from the Arab Muslim invasions to the British
rule, a time of great difficulty for the Indian people. The foreign
invasions are recounted from the 10th century onward, including the
sacking of the great Siva temple at Somnat. The establishment of
the Mugul Empire by the 16th century in most of India is explored,
as is its subsequent decline by the mid-18th century and the
gradual control of India by the British. The documentary provides
an account of the saints of the Bhakti Movement which gathered
strength during this time, including Ramananda and Kabir. One
section is devoted to an overview of the Sikh religion, from its
founding in the 16th century by Guru Nanak to formation of the
Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh in the 18th century. This is followed
by a brief introduction to Indian music and its basic concepts of
tala (rhythm), raga (scale) and improvisation.

For more information and for class lesson plans based on the book
visit www.hinduismtoday.com/education/. The film, funded by the
Uberoi Foundation, Institute for Curriculum Advancement, may be
freely distributed for educational purposes.

Directed and Produced by Sushma Khadepaun. Narrated by Roger (Raj)
Narayan.

The History of Hindu India (Part Two) Released!

“The History of Hindu India” (Part Two) was developed by the
editors of Hinduism Today magazine in collaboration with Dr. Shiva
Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University
Northridge. It is intended to provide an authentic presentation of
the history of India and Hinduism for use in American middle and
high school classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups, dharma
classes and general presentations on the Hindu religion and
history.

The documentary is based on the second chapter of the
textbook,
The History of Hindu India,
published by Himalayan Academy in 2011. It covers Indian history
from 300 ce to 1000 ce and opens with magnificent footage of the
famed Kailasanatha Temple in Maharashtra, then discusses the Gupta
Empire, the Huna invasions, the visits of the Chinese Buddhist
monks Faxian and Xuanzang, the initial incursions of Arab Muslim
armies in the 8th century, as well as the great Chola kingdom of
South India, with a brief foray into the political history of
India, all at a time when one third of world’s population lived
there. City and village life are described, along with jati, the
joint family structure and marriage arranging. This period also
witnessed the beginning of the Bhakti Movement and the development
of many still-famous Hindu temples.

For more information and for class lesson plans based on the book
visit www.hinduismtoday.com/education/. The film, funded by the
Uberoi Foundation, Institute for Curriculum Advancement, may be
freely distributed for educational purposes.

Directed and Produced by Sushma Khadepaun. Narrated by Roger (Raj)
Narayan.

November California Trip Part 2

Recently Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Natyam Jayanatha have returned from their short trip to California. Above are some photos from their journey. The two flew into San Jose, CA, late at night and drove on empty highways to the state's capital of Sacramento. Their goal is to keep tabs on the developing California textbook narrative draft process. See here for details as to what this process is all about.

Basically we are doing our small part to ensure that the presentation of Hinduism in public school textbooks is fair and accurate as opposed to the current, slightly slanderous content. Our monks checked into a hotel down the street from the Department of Education, and next attended the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) meeting, in which comments can be submitted and vocalized in regards to the IQC's current work on the draft narrative.

After two days of meetings, with our monks giving public testimony, the task was done until the next meeting. Before returning to Kauai, the monks had an evening meeting with local members of the Hindu Education Foundation. The HEF had been very helpful in this process by encouraging their children to testify at the meeting about their experiences in the classroom when studying world religions in 6th grade. The monks also took an opportunity to take a short hike through the Bay Area's (currently dry) hills. Then back to Kauai they went!

Bodhinatha Talks About Handling the Conscious Mind

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha's Sun One, September 9th, upadesha has wonderful guidance on dealing with the external, conscious mind in our spiritual life.

"Dealing with the Conscious Mind" (September 9th, 2015)

On the spiritual path be careful to not let the worldly approach of others influence us. Take time each day for spiritual practice; turn off the externalizing and limiting conscious mind thinking. Overcome the use of anger in the world. Become strong, get greater willpower, gain control over the mind. Consciousness of the Sat Yuga is in the mind of those of us who are spiritually oriented but not in the world of those who are oriented toward violence.

Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 171.

Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

Ganesha Painting Parties

Some images from our members and missions. First in California Kartikkey Katir's murtis are a big hit... the pre-Ganesha Chaturthi painting party in progress here... then off to Chicago with the Malhotras who organized a painting party at the Shivalya Mandir in Chicago

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