History of Hindu India (Part One) Video Released Today!

Acharya Arumuganathaswami and the Ganapati Kulam have been working with our long-time friend Dr. Shiva Bajai for over a decade on books for Hindu education. This collective initiative to produce the book, the “History of Hindu India,” has been Himalayan Academy’s/Hinduism Today’s response to the problem of negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in school text books. While school boards and courts and publishers wrangle over making changes, we went ahead and produced the content that really should be in those books. After the printed lessons and book by that title were so well received, the initiative took on a new development when a video was proposed and the Uberoi Foundation agree to fund this effort. We are proud to announce today the official release of The History of Hindu India (Part One) on YouTube. Versions with sub-titles in other languages will be coming on line in the weeks ahead. Special mentioned goes first, of course, to Shivaji, who is Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge as he was instrumental in guiding the content development. We also thank video producer Sushma Khadepaun for her infinite patience and long hours she put in both here and in India to get this done on a shoestring budget. Kudos also to narrator Raj Narayan for his collaboration and drive to produce the best audio track we could. This video is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American 6th grade social study classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations on the Hindu religion and history. The documentary is based on the first chapter of the textbook, The History of Hindu India, published in 2011. For more information and for class lesson plans based on the book visit http://www.hinduismtoday.com/education/. Funded by the Uberoi Foundation, Institute for Curriculum Advancement. May be freely distributed for educational purposes. Directed and Produced by Sushma Khadepaun; Produced and Narrated by Roger (Raj) Narayan

Hinduism Today July Issue – Rishikesh Feature Story

The online version of the July/August/September issue of Hinduism Today will go live in a day or so. Here is a sneak preview of the feature on Rishikesh. You may have heard about this fabled city on the banks of Mother Ganga but always wondered what went on there. Learn all about it in the July issue of Hinduism Today. You can also view the longer slideshow with captions by clicking here

Learning Never Ends

The monks love to explore new words, introduce each other to a lost gem or dust off a seldom-used term. Today that word was xyst, and no one had ever heard the term.

On the web we found the meaning:  "Among the ancient Greeks, a long covered portico or court used for athletic exercises; among the ancient Romans, an open colonnade, or walk planted with trees, used for recreation and conversation; hence occas. allusively."

What a fun word, we thought. Then one among us (with a nod to Robert Browning) offered up a short poem to honor this new term among us.


Lest a xyst not subsist, would it ever be missed?
Might it sustain a cursory tryst?
Would it ever be longingly missed in a mist?
Can it right twist or left list?
If it meets a stone schist, can the two coexist?

German Edition of Gurudeva’s Toolbox Online!

We are very happy to announce the release of the German edition of Gurudeva's Toolbox, translated by Professor Devarajan Sankaran. PDF, Kindle, Nook, ePub and Web viewing versions are available here: Gurudevas Werkzeugkasten. Thanks to our Digital Dharma Donors for their support which sponsors the cost of these productions.

Gurudeva's Werkzeugkasten für ein spirituelles Leben wurde von den Mönchen des Kauai Hindu Klosters anlässlich Gurudeva's Todestages 2005 als Andenken und zu Ehren seines Vermächtnisses und seiner Lehren zusammengestellt. Bei dem europäischen „Innersearch " Treffen verkündete er: „Ich habe Ihnen alle Werkzeuge zur Verfügung gestellt und es liegt an Ihnen, ob Sie sie nutzen oder nicht." Seine wesentlichen Lehren beinhalten eine vollständige Sammlung von Werkzeugen (Hilfsmitteln) und Vorgehensweisen, die den Fortschritt auf unserer spirituellen Reise bewirken. Er hat diese Methoden ab 1949 über eine Periode von 52 Jahren Praxis als Guru entwickelt. Er hat immer betont, daß es keine Notwendigkeit für zusätzliche Werkzeuge und Methoden gibt – die vorhandenen Werkzeuge sollten wirklich genutzt werden.

Growing the Fictionary

CyberCadets know that the monks maintain a Fictionary: A lexicon of words that should be in the dictionary but are not. This grows from time to time as we stumble on the moment we have all known, those awkward (and fun) moments when we know the word but the world has not yet discovered it. Is this not how language has always evolved? Are Shakespeare and street kids the only ones who can make this stuff up? No, we cry out. Not now. Not ever. Which is precisely how the word "never" evolved.

So today we share the latest inclusions in the Fictionary, and again invite submissions in case you have a word or two that should be immortalized.

play-pretend: A Gurudevaism (sbaw);  describing when an adult is doing something serious in a frivolous or foolish way. "The swami was married, making his life mere play-pretend."

sbaw: Should be a word

dutious: Different from dutiful, parallel to study and studious. Doing something with a conscious sense that you are executing your duty, achieving a high standard in one's work.

emptillness: Describes the state of seeing all existence as simultaneously infinitely full and totally empty.

microtyaga: A small letting go, renunciation, surrender, such as letting someone else be right, or skipping that second helping at the dinner table, our accepting something that you don't like. As opposed to major sacrifices and acts of tyaga.

coolth: The missing noun for cool, as warm is to warmth.

nonbreviation (or nontraction):  Two words which would ordinarily be abbreviated or contracted, but which in their current context must remain separate.  Example:  You can not only see it, but touch it as well.  Here, "can not" is a nonbreviation, since "can" is being used in its positive sense and "not" relates to only.  Therefore, neither cannot nor can't is appropriate here.

biasist: One who is not neutral, and who holds a bias

casuality: an arrived state of being casual, mentally and physically. 
"His general casuality about life made him easy to get along with."

spectacularity (n) - the quality of being spectacular.  Usage:  The view of Iraivan Temple from the drinking fountain is unsurpassed for spectacularity.

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