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Caring for the world ecology

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By goyal.ishaa

BOTH THE developed and the developing countries are between the devil and the deep sea. The developed countries do not wish to cut green house gas emissions as it would slow down their progress and enable competing countries to take over. The developing countries including China, a surprise entrant, take the plea that they have to reach the level of the developed countries and for that cutting the green house-gas emissions would be like committing Harakiri.

Be that as it may, numerous conferences on promoting ecology and checking environmental pollution have turned out to be mere discussions in a debating club. Be it Kyoto, or Latin America or now Copenhagen in December 2009, the talking shops did not produce any positive results. Many hundred reams of paper, secretarial work, a lot of wining and dining and track two diplomacy failed to produce any positive results. Time and energy went down the drain.

Now some light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. On Sunday, November 15, 2009, at Singapore at the session of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, President Obama of the United States and other opinion makers and shapers arrived at an agreement ahead of the Copenhagen Summit on Ecology to tone down criticism of the advanced nations.

A deal was struck by agreeing to tone down the target and also to renew efforts to achieve positive results.The Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen put forth the compromise formula and called it one agreement two steps that would be legally binding as a treaty by 2010.

Indeed, the developed nations may be happy but it is a compromise that would not reduce the global warming substantially. In another 11 years, China will account for 50 per cent of the global emissions. Maldives and parts of Mumbai and London may bid adieu to the earth and become a part of the surging waters of the sea.

Let us hope and pray that the Gangotri, source of our Ganges river does not melt as it would spell disaster for the plains of India. We must keep on convincing those who are not affected now by global warming and climate change to listen to the suffering humanity.

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Hi, I am Ishaa Goyal from India, by profession i am a journalist. Recently i m covering news on Global Warming and China News. I have written number of climate related articles.

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Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela in Ancient and Recent Times
Kumbh Mela 2015 Nasik

The Kumbh Mela of 2015 is just around the corner. It starts from July 14 at Trimbakeshwar in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. 80 million people are expected to visit Nasik this year as per government estimates.

There will be hordes of people coming to Nasik. Such is the devotion of the masses that they arrive in overcrowded buses and trains which sometimes carry five times more people than their allotted capacity. Then there are those who come by ox-drawn carts, horse backs and camels from far off places. Some ardent devotees come by foot with their bed rolls and puja items stacked on their heads. The Kumbh Mela instills such a deep feeling of reverence and adulation that people forget about their comfort and convenience just to take a dip in the sacred waters and achieve moksha or liberation from the cycle of rebirth.

Kumbh mela is celebrated once every 3 years alternately at four different locations: Allahabad, Ujjain, Nasik and Haridwar. Due to the colossal gathering of people and its management, Kumbh Melas have become renowned as the “largest peaceful gathering for faith”.

Importance of Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is an important aspect in the spirituality of India and its significance should be understood. The devotees believe that taking a bath sacred river liberates them from their past sins or karma and escapes the cycle of birth and defeat. Those looking forward to taking a dip in the sacred Godavari River in Nasik in 2015 must understand that by merely taking a dip in the waters does not guarantee absolution. After the shahi snaan (or bathing in the sacred river) one must amend his or her lifestyle choices and lead a path of purity to avoid any karmic reaction. To bathe in the holy river at an auspicious time and thereby achieve moksha, the pilgrims or the devotees travel from far off places enduring physical discomforts (such as harsh climate or sleeping in cramped open spaces etc.).

Although the international interest in Kumbh Mela has risen in recent years, this spectacle of faith had intrigued foreign travelers since the 7th century. Chinese traveler Hsuan Tsang is accounted as the first person to document the event during the Magha month of the Hindu calendar (January-February). He witnessed the gathering of almost half a million people on the banks of the river Ganga in Allahabad. The celebration continued for 75 days and the participants includes sages, scholars and the King as well as his ministers.

Later on the renowned saint Shankara popularized the concept of Kumbh mela amongst the masses and soon the attendance of the common people saw a huge rise. Shankara preached about the significance of associating oneself with learned people or sages during the event and this practice is still followed today when people folk around rishis and munis to hear them speak about Vedas and puranas. Other events during this event include discussions on religious doctrines, devotional singing and in particular charity and feeding holy men and women and the needy.

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Suhita – Rajnish Nair is a content writer working with Rudra Centre, a reputed firm that specializes in spiritual products such as Rudraksha beads…

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Hindus ask Australian museums re-examine procurement process of Hindu collections

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Colombo-temple hindu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hindus are asking all the museums and art galleries of Australia to exhaustively re-examine the procurement process and the provenance of their Hindu art collections, and if proved stolen, return to Hindu temples these originally belonged.

Rajan Zed, who is based in Nevada (USA), welcomed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s gesture of returning back to India on September five about 900-years-old bronze Shiva Nataraja and granulite Ardhanarishvara statues stolen from temples in India, which were worth millions of dollars.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that when acquiring new Hindu artifacts in the future, Australian art institutions should make sure that these were not looted from Hindu religious centers and should follow strict due diligence procedures and have transparent provenance. Pillaging of Hindu temples and archeological sites for mercantile greed was not okay, Zed argued.

Rajan Zed pointed out that Australian art institutions should adhere to the principles of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import and Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The panels conducting the examinations of existing collections should include internal and external art specialists. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist if needed, Zed added.

Zed further said that devotees had been worshipping these images of Hindu deities for centuries and, if confirmed as stolen, the world should respect their feelings by making arrangements to respectfully return to the religious institutions these plundered antiquities rightfully belonged to before being stolen.

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

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Misconceptions about the Tarot cards

Tarot of the Forest: The Moon

Tarot of the Forest: The Moon (Photo credit: queercatkitten)


When I was a grad student in India, I had a Rider-Waite Tarot deck and did “the cards” almost every day. Well, for a few months anyhow. I also threw the I Ching on near-daily basis.

After a while I realized I was just reading into the cards and hexagrams, hoping that what I wanted would appear in the results, or seeing what I wanted in them. I really enjoyed the archetypal patterns. But after a while when my youthful hopes and dreams didn’t really manifest, I got bored and moved on. I still own that Rider Tarot deck and my personal library contains several interpretations of the I Ching. But I rarely look at divinatory material today.

However, the Tarot and I Ching were a part of my spiritual journey and, as such, I respect them. And that’s why I’m posting this article. It might not be the best written article but I think that’s probably due to language barriers. I might not agree with everything this article says. But if you just scan thru the sometimes wooly sentences you might find a few good points that we should all keep in mind.

Remember, Earthpages is about dialogue. And I’m not really interested in ambitious pundits who babble on and backslap in a tight circle of internet talk shows. Nope. Earthpages is an alternative to all that. And that means publishing stuff by unknowns, even by folks whose English language skills are not quite up to scratch. As long as the article is understandable, and IMO has some merit, it’ll probably appear here sooner or later. After all, language should be used to communicate, not to oppress or exclude.

So, with that unsolicited introduction, here’s the article.


Page of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Page of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Misconceptions about the Tarot cards

By Toyajwmt

Although many people have started to believe in the efficiency of tarot cards, but there are still some who still doubt his ability. Like a lot of misconceptions develop as a result of people still think that these cards are a form of magic. As a result, they are not even willing to touch these cards because they think the magic of these cards will affect them negatively. Moreover, symbols, colors or numbers present on these cards have nothing to do with magic, but they only convey some meaning.

These tarot cards are actually thousands of years of human experience that is embedded in these shaped cards symbols, numbers or colors. They do not make accurate predictions of future events, but they can only show us some of the probable or give us some guidance for decision making opportunities.

Two of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Two of Swords from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is also a misconception about the tarot cards these cards are evil as symbols present in them, are images or signs of poor people and people who are involved with these Tarot Reading have powers of darkness. Actually, this myth originated in the middle Ages, when the pagans Christians eradicated because the pagans were their main competitors at the time. Tarot at the time was associated with pagans. The anti-Christian pagans they still consider tarot cards as evil without understanding the reason and importance of tarot cards are still. Tarot cards are actually associated or related to any religion they only speak the universal language of symbols to make some predictions likely to happen.

There are also people who think that the origin of tarot cards is China, India and ancient Egypt but according to the evidence found are believed to have originated in Italy. Tarot is considered fraud business to make money for some, but in all professions there are dishonest people who without knowing it are just making their own fortunes. Tarot is actually more susceptible to these types of people cheat. They sometimes regarded as soothsayers. Has been observed that people consider these tarot readers as witches or demons. But the tarot has no connection with any religion or something. Different readers of different religions to choose different cards to suit the images present in them according to their religion deck. This is only for the tarot to a particular religion is nothing more than that.

Ten of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Ten of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dominant there is also a myth that reading tarot cards over and over again or reading your own tarot cards can bring bad luck to a person considered to be fully false by professionals. This may have arisen from the fact that the tarot card readers do not read their own cards. This is not because they can not do that, but yes, it is difficult to do so. The reason behind this is that reading Tarot Reader in Pune requires questioning, and it becomes quite difficult for a person even becoming reader and asks the same time. Nor is sometimes believed that psychic ability is required for read or interprets these tarot cards are trying to say, but this is not true. You just need to have a thorough knowledge of the symbols on the cards and gifts all you need is to decipher its meaning. These meanings have been developed over the years through the human experience. The person should be relaxed and calm during the tarot reading, because it is the subconscious mind which is working at that time rather than any psychic ability of a person to make a prediction. Tarot are sometimes believed to affect the lives of others which is completely opposite of the function of the tarot cards. They can not be used to do things or make things happen but they are only used to predict things or interpret situations. Finally, we must understand tarot cards are useful because it is a kind of knowledge preserved collected over the years.

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Instead, with the help of these cards can guide people in difficult situations with their amazing abilities and powers.


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Zed asks India to free its 14-million slaves

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CH 41 Slave Village – Now Free! (Photo credit: Made By Survivors)

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It was shocking and dismaying to learn that India had the highest number of people enslaved in the world, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed stated in Nevada (USA) today.

According to first “Global Slavery Index 2013” recently produced by the Australia based Walk Free Foundation and its partners, India has the highest number of people enslaved in absolute terms, with approximately 14 million people in modern slavery – almost half of the total number worldwide.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that this incidence of slavery was a scar on India, which claimed to be on track to become a global power. It was blight on a country, which prided herself on having joined the league of hottest growth economies.

Rajan Zed further said that instead of pretending that slavery did not exist, India should show a strong political will and root out slavery completely.

Zed also appealed to India’s billionaires/millionaires, who had enormously benefited from India’s economic growth, to come to the aid of the slavery victims.

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Hindus express concern at trivialization of goddesses in ad campaign

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Rajan Zed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hindus have expressed serious concern at the trivialization of their highly revered goddesses in an ad campaign highlighting domestic violence which showed them battered and bruised.

Rajan Zed, based in Nevada, said that there was no denying the fact that domestic violence in India was endemic and widespread but there was no need to mis-portray Hindu goddesses whom Hindus worshipped regularly. This denigration was hurtful for the devotees, Zed added.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that they strongly condemned domestic violence. But domestic violence was a worldwide phenomenon and was prevalent among followers of all religions and it was unfair to just point fingers only at Hinduism as this campaign was depicting only Hindu goddesses.

London headquartered charity Save the Children, one of whose units reportedly commissioned this ad campaign, aims to “build partnerships”. Is this the Save the Children way to “build partnerships” with a billion-strong religion by denigrating their goddesses? Rajan Zed asked.

Zed noted that it was appalling and total misrepresentation to show images of goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati apparently as battered and scarred victims of domestic abuse with bloody lips, cuts on faces and black eyes. Accompanying text stated: Tomorrow, it seems like no woman shall be spared. Not even the ones we pray to.

Rajan Zed urged Board Chair Charles Perrin and CEO Jasmine Whitbread of Save the Children to apologize for this trivialization of Hindu goddesses.

Zed further said that world, including India, needed to do serious soul searching on the treatment of women as the recent World Health Organization (WHO) report stated that violence affected over one third of all women globally. The world needs to provide a safer non-violent environment for women to go about their daily lives.

Society should look inward and address the factors which condoned violence against women. Men and women were equal in the eyes of God and they should be equal partners in the human society also, Rajan Zed noted. We all, men and women, deserved a violence-free life, Zed said.

Quoting scriptures, Zed pointed out that ancient Manusmriti said: “Where women are revered, there the gods are pleased; where they are not, no rite will yield any fruit.” Number of Rig-Veda (oldest existing scripture of mankind) hymns were said to be composed by women, and Aditi, who was sometimes referred as “mother of the gods”, found mention in Rig-Veda as a goddess.

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A ‘Lost’ Tribe of Israel Returns Home

Bnei Menashe in Adloyada of Purim in Carmiel, ...

Bnei Menashe in Adloyada of Purim in Carmiel, Israel by Jusmine via Wikipedia

By Rabbi Allen S. Maller

Most people have heard of the ‘ten lost tribes of Israel’. In reality they were never lost; they were just submerged among the much larger non Jewish population in the places where they lived, or they moved to distant lands, and over the course of centuries became detached from the main body of the Jewish People; and were forgotten. The well known Marano Jews, who are the descendants of Jews forced to convert into the Catholic Church in 15th century Spain and Portugal, are a good example of a submerged Jewish population. The Jewish communities in India and China are a good example of remote Jewish communities, who in the 12th  and 13th century became detached from the body of Israel and were forgotten. Today the Jews of India and China are remembered primarily because, unlike Jews in Europe and the Middle East, the Jews in India and China never were subject to Anti-Semitism or any form of religious oppression.

Now, a new group of  ‘lost’ Indian Jews, who are descendants of the tribe of Menashe, one of the ten tribes exiled from the Land of Israel in 721 BCE by the conquering Assyrian Empire, are returning home. In March 2005, Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar officially backed the Bnei Menashe’s claim to be Jewish. That announcement led to a wave of immigration from India to Israel; and about 1,700 of the 7,200-strong Bnei Menashe community arrived in Israel. But the flow stopped in 2007, when Israel stopped giving visas to the Bnei Menashe due to objections from some ultra-Orthodox Rabbis.

Israel’s decision to reverse that policy now will pave the way for all the remaining Bnei Menashe members to migrate. A source close to the prime minister’s office gave two reasons for the change in Israeli policy.  Some of the donors to Shavei Israel, an organization that seeks to repatriate  ‘lost’ Jewish communities, are also donors to Netanyahu, and several fundamentalist Christian groups that support Netanyahu also pressured him strongly because they believe that the return of the remnants of the ten lost tribes is a necessary part of the coming Messianic Age.

The Bnei Menashe Indian Jewish community says it is one of the ten lost tribes of Israel who were exiled when Assyrians invaded the northern kingdom of Israel in the 8th century BCE. According to its oral tradition, the tribe travelled through Persia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and on to India, where it eventually settled in the north-eastern states of Manipur and Mizoram.

When the new group of 53 Bnei Moshe landed in Tel Aviv there were emotional scenes at Ben Gurion airport as the newcomers were greeted by relatives who had moved to Israel during the first wave of immigration. Several hundred more Bnei Menashe members are due to arrive in the coming weeks, said Michael Freund, a spokesman for the Shavei Israel group which helped organize the journey for the Bnei Menashe members. “The members of this tribe have never forgotten where they came from. and we are excited to be able to help them come back,”

Freund, a passionate religious Zionist from New York, immigrated to Israel in 1995 and was employed as deputy communications director for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term. In 1997 Freund discovered one of the many letters sent by the Bnei Menashe on a desk in the prime minister’s office. “The letter, hand-written and in a faded orange envelope, looked like it had been through a washing machine. At first, I thought the whole thing was nuts,” he said. But he was intrigued enough to visit the tribe in India. “When I met them and saw the similarities between their customs and beliefs and the biblical Israelites, I was convinced that these are indeed descendants of the lost tribes” Freund said.

Ethiopian Jews are another remote community that returned to Israel a generation ago after a separation of over 2,000 years. The amazing 1991 rescue of 15,000 Ethiopian Jews in an airlift lasting less than 48 hours stirred and inspired people for several weeks. Subsequently, the difficult problems the newcomers faced (similar to those of the 900,000 Russian Jews who immigrated in the 1970’s and 1980’s) occupied the Jewish media. Now both are taken for granted. The miracle has become routine.

But if you had told the Jews of Ethiopia two generations ago that they would someday all fly to Israel in a giant silver bird, they could only conceive of this as a Messianic miracle.  If you had told Russian Jews a generation ago that the Soviet regime would collapse, and the Soviet Empire disintegrate; while hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews would emigrate to Israel, they would have conceived it only as a Messianic dream. In our own generation therefore we have seen the dramatic fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “I will bring your offspring from the East (India) and gather you from the (European) West. To the North (Russia) I will say ‘give them up’ and to the South (Ethiopia) ‘do not hold them’.  Bring my sons from far away, my daughters from the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 43:5-6) Truly amazing things are happening in our generation if we would only open our eyes.

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