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Transgender Gurus Process to Kumbh Mela
January 14, 2019 – 12:30 am | No Comment
Transgender Gurus Process to Kumbh Mela

“We respect the Akharas who oppose us. I am sure that someday they will realize that Hinduism respects everyone, including transgender people. For now, our fight is not to be recognized as an Akhara but to make people realize our religious, spiritual and social identity. Looking at the crowds that welcomed us, I feel we are doing something right.”

A Christmas Crisis
December 23, 2018 – 4:33 am | No Comment
A Christmas Crisis

Most people don’t like to think about the effect that buying meat has on animals and the environment. Few are even aware of the plight of slaughter workers. But market forces are simple – every time you put meat in your shopping trolley, you are funding the slaughter, globally, of 70bn farmed animals each year, the destruction of the environment and yes, the exploitation of vulnerable workers.

Why Faith is Becoming More Popular
December 6, 2018 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Why Faith is Becoming More Popular

Faith is on the rise and 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group.

India Gay Sex Ban Struck Down
September 10, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
India Gay Sex Ban Struck Down

What made India stand out from most — at least until Thursday — was its application of an anachronistic law drawn up by British colonizers during the Victorian era and kept on the books for 150 years.

How India Gave Us the Zero
August 30, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
How India Gave Us the Zero

“[T]he creation of zero as a number in its own right, which evolved from the placeholder dot symbol found in the Bakhshali manuscript, was one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics. We now know that it was as early as the 3rd Century that mathematicians in India planted the seed of the idea that would later become so fundamental to the modern world. The findings show how vibrant mathematics have been in the Indian sub-continent for centuries.”

Puri Judge in Favor of the Abolition of Hereditary Priesthood at Jagannath Temple
July 16, 2018 – 12:33 am | 4 Comments
Puri Judge in Favor of the Abolition of Hereditary Priesthood at Jagannath Temple

The Supreme Court of India said that it received at least 12 key suggestions from Puri district judge Ambuja Mohan Das for improvement of the functioning of Jagannath temple and convenience of pilgrims. Prominent among the suggestions is the abolition of hereditary appointment of sevaks (servitors).

Are Plants Conscious?
March 26, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Are Plants Conscious?

Plants are complex organisms, perhaps less different from animals than is often assumed.

Consciousness and Conscience
March 8, 2018 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Consciousness and Conscience

The more we learn about animals, the more their consciousness weighs on the human conscience.

Farminaries and Ecoseminaries
February 22, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Farminaries and Ecoseminaries

“The original vision for the garden was that it might be a kind of ecoseminary,” says Marilyn Elliott, Asbury’s vice president of community formation, a place that could “bridge racial divides, teach children about nutrition, provide organic food cheaply or free for students,” as well as create a safe and restful place for the whole community.

The Sanskrit Effect
January 8, 2018 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
The Sanskrit Effect

Numerous regions in the brains of the pandits were dramatically larger than those of controls, with over 10 percent more grey matter across both cerebral hemispheres, and substantial increases in cortical thickness.

Young Widow Marriage in Vrindavan at Gopinath Temple
November 30, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Young Widow Marriage in Vrindavan at Gopinath Temple

In a departure from tradition, a young widow’s marriage was solemnized in the presence of around 500 widows in the 400-year-old Gopinath temple of Vrindavan on Monday, October 13, 2017.