UNITED KINGDOM, August 10, 2017 (National Council of Hindu Temples UK by Pt Satish K. Sharma): The Bank of England announced its decision regarding the use of tallow in pound notes as follows:- "The Bank is today, Thursday 10 August, announcing that after careful and serious consideration and extensive public consultation there will be no change to the composition of polymer used for future banknotes. The new polymer #20 (US$26) note and future print runs of #5 ($6.50) and #10 ($13) notes will continue to be made from polymer manufactured using trace amounts of chemicals, typically less than 0.05%, ultimately derived from animal products.
The Bank has determined that there is a monetary value to the ethics and morals of a rapidly increasing number of British citizens i.e. the vegan and vegetarian community, and also of the religious and spiritual values of the members of the Dharmic traditions who view all of life as one family. The Bank of England has stated that it has taken account of the Equality legislation but what it has in essence done is established that the spirit of Equalities legislation in the UK does in fact carry a price tag and a level at which the spirit of human rights which is enshrined in Equality legislation, becomes "unaffordable", a paltry #1.65m ($2.147 million) per annum for a decade. Has Great Britain become so poor?
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TEXAS, U.S., August 10, 2017 (Save Temples, by Prakasarao Velagapudi): [HPI adds: The following rebuttal was written to The Wall Street Journal] On behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF)and thousands of Hindus, I want to express my surprise and shock that such a vicious and malicious article entitled "The Holy Cows That Weren't" written by one Mr. Tunku Varadarajan was allowed to be published on August 4, 2017 in your newspaper known for fair and balanced reporting.
What is written is unbalanced and negative. This article is written only to demean and degrade the holy cow that has been part of the Indian culture and its history is as ancient as Sanatana dharma. Vedas and other prohibited the killing of cows. One or two statements on beef eating found in the scriptures should not be the basis to attack the sacredness of a cow.
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KUNDAIM, INDIA, August 8, 2017 (Times of India): Shree Kshetra Tapobhoomi, Kundaim, the headquarters of the Padmanabh Shishya Sampradaya, at its Shravani Vidya event held on Monday, played host to 61-year-old Italian national, Proietti Flavio, a yoga exponent, who heads Surya Chandra Yoga Ashram in Rome. Flavio, who embraced Hinduism decades ago, is now referred to as the Mahamandaleshwar, Yogacharya, Srividyaupasaka, Swami Shivanand Saraswati, who now preaches Sanatan Dharma in European countries.
Swami Shivanand is in Goa on the invitation of Swami Brahmeshanandacharya, who heads the Kundaim mutt, to witness and participate in the proceedings of the Shravani Vidya rituals. "During my first meeting with swami Brahmeshandji, I was quite impressed with his erudition in Vedas and scriptures. That kindled in me the desire to learn more about the Sanatan Dharma and that brought me here. Today's event is rooted in the spiritual philosophy of Vasudaiv Kutumbakam (the world is a family), and my participation in this ceremony reinforces the bond shared by me with India and, of course, tapobhoomi," Swami Shivanand, said.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 10, 2017 (New York Times): Now, for the first time, more Americans are being cremated than having traditional burials, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The cremation rate in 2016 achieved a milestone, edging past 50 percent to 50.2 percent, up from 48.5 percent in 2015, according to a report issued recently by the funeral directors' association. The president of the association, W. Ashley Cozine, predicted that the cremation rate would continue to rise. By 2025, the association is forecasting that 63.8 percent of the people who die in the United States will be cremated, and by 2035, 78.8 percent.
The reasons include the weakening hold of religion on American life as well as a loosening of strictures against cremation by some denominations. The proportion of consumers 40 and older who think it is important to have religion as part of a funeral has dropped by 20 percent since 2012, according to the funeral directors' association. "Most funeral directors have seen a lot of families move away from tradition, move away from ceremony," said R. Bryant Hightower Jr., the secretary of the funeral directors' association, "and in their minds, ceremony and tradition are tied to the burial side more than the cremation side. So they have said, 'If I want it simple and I don't want it in a church or a synagogue and I don't want a rabbi or a minister, then I want cremation.'" In addition, cremation typically costs less than a third of a funeral with a conventional burial.
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For seven lives in seven bodies the grateful will remember friends who relieved their anguish and affliction.
-- Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural, verse 107