INDIA, May 8, 2017 (Times of India): Do you love the art of chanting sounds? Are you one of those whose day starts with reverberating sounds of Om? Then this may appall you because it is not Om that you must chant; it is Aum. Meditation experts say that the Sanskrit word Aum has, over a period of time and owing to the ravages of spread and travelling, has become Om. And this isn't make-believe; there's science behind it.
Om is basically a monosyllabic word, as compared to Aum, which is tri-syllabic. This is because of the difference in the way the two words are pronounced. Om is simply pronounced the way it is written. Against this, Aum is pronounced as aa-uu-eemm. The idea behind chanting certain sounds is that they cause vibrations in our body. This has a corollary in science where scientists see the entire universe as reverberations of energy. This translates into the entire existence as being an amalgamation of sounds.
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KOCHI, INDIA, June 16, 2016 (Religion News Service): A high court in southern India has ruled that Christian priests and nuns are entitled to their right to property despite their vows of poverty, signaling an end to a centuries-old tradition that has left many in the clergy destitute. In its order last week in favor of a priest whose relatives cut him out of his share of ancestral property, the court in Kerala state said a priest can give up his property if he wishes to, but there can be no "automatic deprivation" because he is in a religious order and has "renounced worldly pleasures." The ruling applies to all religions in the state, and to women in a religious order as well.
The high court, which overturned a lower court's ruling against the priest, placed the Indian Succession Act -- which guarantees all citizens equal inheritance rights -- above canon law, which requires the surrender of any inheritance to the church, said Sabu George, a lawyer for the priest. The Catholic priests' association has long demanded a state pension and compensation from the church for retired priests and those who leave the clergy. They are often forced to live on a small stipend or depend on the largesse of the parish. A spokesman for the Catholic church in the state said they were disappointed with the ruling, and may appeal.
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, June 13, 2017 (7 News Yahoo): Church officials believe some of the poses done in yoga may lead to spiritual confusion amid a push to remove the exercise from Sydney churches. For many it's a weekly routine, a good way to relax the mind and stretch out. But could it be sacrilegious? From the end of June, the Erskineville Anglican Church will ban yoga classes, citing a 2015 report that found it could breach the first commandment of Christianity ("Thou shalt have no other gods before me").
"It really comes down to the meditation and the mantras that people might chant in the course of the yoga class," South Sydney Anglican Bishop Michael Stead said. "They might be chanting things which actually have a religious connotation without realising what they are." "It's a particular class, which is a particular form of Hindu spirituality, which is problematic for us," Bishop Stead said.
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD/TOBAGO, June 14, 2017 (HPI): Indian High Commissioner, Shri Bishwadip Dey has launched a series of activities in Trinidad and Tobago marking International Yoga Day. He told scores of guests and media personnel at the Normandie Hotel that yoga is an invaluable gift of Indian ancient tradition for over 6,000 years, and this was recognized world-wide when 193 members of the United Nations passed a resolution on December 11th 2004 declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga (IDY).
The Yoga Meditation Society will organize, "108 Surya Namaskar" at the National Council of Indian Culture's (NCIC) Divali Nagar on Thursday June 15. There will be a yoga awareness campaign by schools from June 17 to 26, yoga exercise at the Board Walk Chaguaramas on June 18, and a yoga fest at Divali Naga on Sunday June 25, from 9.30.a.m Dey said that this year's program is organized by the High Commission of India with the United Nations, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the International Day of Yoga Committee.