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UN International Yoga Day in Parliament

Press Release

Bob Blackman MP, Chair of APPG Indian Traditional Sciences
hosts International Yoga Day at British Parliament

For Immediate Release

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“Yoga to be integrated within the NHS” was the unanimous appeal made by yoga practitioners, health care professionals, community leaders, education professionals, researchers and parliamentarians at the 2nd International Day of Yoga celebrations in the Houses of Parliament, UK. The programme was hosted by Bob Blackman MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group of Indian Traditional Sciences and was joined by fellow parliamentarians, Conservative MP Matthew Offord (Hendon) and Labour MP Virendra Sharma (Southall & Ealing). The High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Mr. Navtej Sarna, the Chief Guest on the day elaborated the origins and significance of United Nations International Yoga Day. This vision was encapsulated by United Nations General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon “By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations”.  

Recognising the greater need for Yoga within the health care and school curriculums, Bob Blackman tabled an early day motion 215:
That this House celebrates the 2nd International Day of Yoga, on 21 June 2016, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015; recognises yoga4nhs01 smlthat yoga is a multi-dimensional approach to encouraging well-being, which appreciates the link between physical and psychological health and lifestyle; appreciates that yoga is a reflective and non-invasive practice, which is appropriate in all stages of life; recommends yoga to be included as part of mindfulness and well-being initiatives for NHS staff and for yoga to be integrated within treatment for patients; and urges the Department for Education to introduce yoga in the school physical education curriculum.”

In the UK, a growing percentage of the population practices Yoga and research finds that its practice promotes lifestyle factors, which reduce risk of chronic disease, while also reducing symptoms of many chronic mental and physical conditions.

The programme was conducted by the Secretary of the APPG for Indian Traditional Sciences Amarjeet Bhamra who introduced the speakers and welcomed the guests, “It is absolute privilege for us to have the presence of HE The High Commissioner of India Mr Sarna with us along with the members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences to move forward our agenda of Yoga into the NHS. The efforts and support received from Bob Blackman MP and his office, in this very important initiative has been incredible. I welcome Matthew Offord MP and Virendra Sharma MP for having joined in and supporting the APPG in its efforts.”

Founder of The Minded Institute, Heather Mason MA co-conducted the programme along with the Amarjeet and gave an overview on the need for integration of Yoga into the NHS. She said, “Yoga practice is correlated with positive health outcomes and its integration into the health services would yoga4nhs hoc1reduce the economic burden associated with non-communicable diseases. Yoga practice is correlated with positive health outcomes and its integration into the health services would reduce the economic burden associated with non-communicable diseases. There is a large and strong corpus of research evidence supporting yoga's efficacy in the management of chronic conditions.” 

The evening saw a number of Yoga breathing and simple relaxation demonstrations by leading Yoga practitioners at the event with everyone chanting the Om and joining in the various relaxation, meditation and breathing demonstrations led by practitioners. The personal journey of success of defying cancer by the use of Yoga and Meditation was shared by Neil Patel, Founder, Director and Grandmaster at Chi Kri and Chi Kri Classes (Ltd) UK. This was followed by various contributions on the scientific evidence on the value of yoga in day to day life and its proven benefits. He asked “why no investigation is being done by the NHS into how yoga can prevent and overcome cancer in the UK. By 2020, 1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime in the UK (According to new figures from McMillian), it is time other methods were looked at. Currently it is ILLEGAL to help people with cancer in the UK other than by 3 methods (Chemo, Radio and Surgery via the NHS). Thus, even if you find a cure, you will be locked up or fined for saving or claiming to save or even help anyone.”

Pandit Satish K Sharma MBCS FRSA, a yogi and General Secretary of National Council for Hindu Temples discussed “the need for the sks yoga4nhs hoc1highest standards of integrity from Yoga practitioners since something as powerful as Yoga Practice could harm as well as heal. Because Yoga is transformational unlike all other bodies of knowledge, knowing is not enough – one must only teach to the degree determined by one’s own experience and ability, one can only help support someone else’s transformation to the degree that you too have mastered that specific stage and practice. The Yamas and Niyamas of Yoga, which are the foundations of all practice, are not optional – they will determine what you can learn and thus, what you can and should teach.”

Representing the medical fraternity, Dr.Matt Joslin, a GP from Manchester said, “My own personal practice of yoga has lead me to introduce yoga as a option for patients to add to their toolkits to help manage their illnesses and maintain physical and psychological wellbeing. This option is met with enthusiasm when introduced in a patient centred way with a collaborative approach. All members of the team in our primary care organisation, from reception staff through to visiting locum doctors are invited to attend a yoga class with me. This broadens the base of "yoga prescribers" and creates a culture where yoga is seen as part of "usual care".​ An endorsement of yoga by a healthcare professional under the banner of the NHS is powerful message to patients. The social media response to my "yoga prescription" demonstrates that people are engaged with this debate.”

Goran Boll spoke (via skype) about the success of Yoga in Swedish Hospitals. He said, “Yoga has already been implemented into the Swedish NHS. From 2010-2016 more 150 hospitals, primary care- and specialist clinics have started using yoga on their patients. The projection for 2020 is 5-600 NHS units, and we see a similar development all over Scandinavia. Yoga is used on heart patients, for pain management, eating disorders, cancer rehab, in psychiatry, treatment for the elderly, and in palliative care. The yoga instructors in the Swedish NHS are mostly physic therapists, nurses and doctors, having taken up to 2 years of yoga training. The basis for this development in Sweden is scientific research on yoga, since 1998.”

Dr. Gangadhar from Depart of Psychiatry,NIMHANS Bangalore (via skype) discussed the present state of affairs for Yoga & Healthcare in India. He said, “Practicing yoga lifestyle not only promotes better mental health but also reduces illnesses and their symptoms. Substantial evidence is available to objectively demonstrate the benefits of yoga and these are well documented in scientific research. Being non-invasive, it has best potential for integration with other treatments and such integration has already happened at NIMHANS for mental and neurological disorders.” 

Dr. Tina Cartwright, Senior Lecturer at University of Westminster spoke said “Surveys in the US and Australia have shown that around a fifth of yoga practitioners report using yoga for specific health conditions, with the majority perceiving yoga as helpful in improving or managing their health.” She added, “Yoga is most commonly used for musculoskeletal problems, mental health conditions and stress management.” Discussing the Big UK Yoga Survey, she said, “There has been no equivalent detailed survey of yoga practice in the UK. The recently launched Big UK Yoga Survey investigates why people practice yoga, how they practice and how they feel it affects their health and well-being. The results of the survey will suggest where yoga might be most beneficial and what research is needed in the future.” 

Dr. Fiona Butler representing the ‘Yoga for Underserved Population’ from NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group shared that “the College of Medicine is pleased to be part of the collaboration looking at the cost effectiveness of bringing more therapeutic yoga to the UK and NHS, researching its beneficial impact on emotional and physical health and on chronic conditions such as back pain, depression and stress, obesity.” She highlighted the need for prevention and self-care as key to ensure sustainability of NHS. “We need to reduce numbers of people at risk of life style related long term conditions and return people to a state of wellness . This means thinking out of the box, being open minded and embracing new ideas for healing that are cost effective and have evidence base.” Speaking about the Yoga for Underserved Population she said, “We particularly want to reach underserved communities and help health inequalities, and the college is committed to research the benefits of therapeutic yoga in areas of social deprivation where lifestyle factors such as poor diet and stress, and social isolation have an adverse effect on health and people are least likely to access holistic care.”

Dr. Ned Hartfield discussed the cost benefits of Yoga for the NHS – “Each year the NHS loses over 5 million sickness absence days due to back pain and musculoskeletal conditions, costing the NHS more than £600 million. Recent research shows that yoga programmes - involving specific movements, breathing techniques and relaxation methods - are highly effective for reducing back pain and musculoskeletal conditions. A recent randomised controlled trial involving 151 NHS employees in North Wales showed that a yoga programme was not only effective in reducing back pain, but also cost-effective in decreasing the number of sickness absence days due to back pain and musculoskeletal conditions.  In this study, yoga participants missed only 2 days due back pain and musculoskeletal conditions over a six month trial period, compared to 43 missed days in the control group.”   

Jo Manuel speaking about the role of yoga in the education system said, A study conducted by NASUWT (the largest teachers’ union in the UK) in 2016 surveyed over 5,000 teachers and found that over three quarters (79%) had reported experiencing work related anxiousness; almost half (47%) of teachers have seen a doctor in the last 12 months as a result of work related physical or mental health problems, 14% have undergone counselling and 5% have been admitted to hospital. 10% of teachers say they have been prescribed anti-depressants to help them cope; shockingly, 2% of teachers say they have self-harmed as a result of work-related pressures.”

Jo added, “NHS Clinincal commission in Havering commissioned a mindfulness programme from Special Yoga Foundation for their 6 hours of training and a daily yoga and midfulness practise delivered with audio and visual materials created this result in 6 weeks: Increase in high wellbeing from 8 to 20 % Drop in low wellbeing from 14 to 4 %.”

To end the evening, Venerable Dr. H R Nagendra, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Yoga consultant spoke (via skype) to the participants and discussed the importance of yoga. Lakshmi Kaul from Bob Blackman MP’s office extended a vote of thanks to a packed audience and read out the following resolution that was ratified by all:

“Create fraternity, a sangha, of yoga experts and leaders encompassing all schools of yoga who unify towards under the umbrella of this traditional practice. This group will collectively work within and embody the ethos of yoga. That this group will pool their wisdom and possess a communal platform to share ideas and promote the practice of yoga in the UK towards the highest good. This group will collectively act as advisor to the country on how to bring yoga to the public in healthcare, education, and the workplace to enhance public well-being. This group will liaise and development networks with India, other nations, and the World Health Organisation.”

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All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences has been set up “To promote and facilitate informed discussion on issues concerning all Indian traditional sciences practised in the UK (Ayurveda, Jyotish, Indian classical music, Siddha, Unani, Vastu, Yoga etc) within Parliament by providing a forum for cross-party parliamentarians, senior policy makers, academics, leading community figures and other stakeholders.”
Co-Chairs: Bob Blackman MP (Conservative) and Virendra Sharma MP (Labour & registered contact)
Vice Chairs: Tom Brake MP (Liberal Democrat), Lord Rana (Crossbench), Lord Stone of Blackheath (Labour), Lord Hussain (Liberal Democrat), Baroness Uddin (Non Affiliated), Lord Patel of Blackburn (Labour), Lord Bilimoria (Crossbench).

 

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Post Referendum Hate Crimes

 

Nelson Mandela Hate and Love QuoteFollowing a spate of racist incidents and reports of other similar Hate crimes, the NCHTUK has setup a monitoring project to gather data on the degree to which the British Hindu Community are being targeted by extremists and criminals. Reports in the following publications seem to suggest that these incidents are connected to the recent Referendum but we hope that reliable data will provide greater clarity on the degree, any increases and possible causes.It is essential to establish who is responsible for teaching such hateful people to hate and to hold them accountable.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/brexit-increase-racist-attacks-eu-referendum-160628045317215.html


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36646979

 

If you are the victim of such an attack, or have witnessed or had reported to you such an incident, please do not hestitate to advise the Police and also please do let us know via the following link.

 

Submit report of "Anti-Hindu Hate Crime" Incident

 

 

 

Crematoria Consultation DCLG

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DCLG Review of Crematoria Provision and Facilities

 Spiritual, Material & Educational dimensions of the
Cremation Process from the Dharmic Perspective

 

Summary of Requirements for Hindu Cremation facilities.
The elements of the cremation process specifically to do with the Crematoria premises, which would enable Hindus (and generally followers of Dharmic traditions) to complete religious cremation rites are as summarized below (explanations follow):-
⦁    Unrestricted flues above pyres.
⦁    The option of full visibility of the body during the cremation process – (not necessarily an open air pyre).
⦁    The facility for circumambulation around the pyre would be desirable but not critical.
⦁    The ability to accommodate several hundred persons as witnesses to the cremation, with appropriate provision for parking and access.
⦁    The absence of all non Dharmic symbols such as Crucifixes etc – the premises should be “religion neutral”
⦁    The availability of water for ritual purification and washing of hands.
⦁    Proximity to running water, i.e. rivers etc preferred.
⦁    Multiple pyres are perfectly acceptable
Not critical aspects are:-
⦁    Crematoria can be located outside and away from urban areas (we have no memorial aspect requiring or desiring to revisit the premises to tend to a grave or a memorial etc)
⦁    Memorial gardens provide a healing dimension but are not required or they can be quite small in size with proportionately more space made available for parking.


Introduction
This document has been produced in response to the “Consultation on Crematoria Provision” initiated by the DCLG and following meetings with DCLG by Satish K Sharma (NCHTUK), Trupti Patel (HFB) and with contributions from Shri Anant M Vyas. Please be aware that the processes followed by adherents of Sanatan Dharma (Hindusim) have been conceived, devised and guided by lineages of Sages and Rishi’s over thousands of years. This document seeks to convey some of the key aspects of these guidelines and underlying philosophy’s, as supported by relevant scriptural statements..  – it is not a document produced by consultation or validated by a democratic process, which would be inappropriate, nor does it seek to satisfy the modern day beliefs and sentiments of all Hindu’s. It is a statement of existing practice and established process intended to provide substance and support for the deeper understanding of the process of transition of a soul from one level of existence to the next and rests on the sophisticated and sufficiently established principles of Reincarnation recorded and repeated through-out the Hindu Scriptures and increasingly evidenced and accepted by modern day research scientists (ref Dr Ian Stevenson –UVA).
It is understood that an essence of a person separates and is absent at the stage called death, following which the body can be returned, respectfully and with gratitude, to the Mother Earth from which all elements of the body are constituted. Hindus devised the Cremation process to best serve the departing essence (atma), the remaining relatives and society, and the environment.

 

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Crematoria Specific requirements for Hindu-compliant Crematoria
⦁    Unrestricted flues above pyres.
The spiritual essence of the being, if released during cremation and not prior, needs to have unimpeded freedom to leave its material confines and physical elements with minimum impediment. The flue design should facilitate this departure.
⦁    The option of full visibility of the body during the cremation process – (not necessarily an open air pyre).
A glazed enclosed pyre would be acceptable. The desire is for as many persons to witness the consumption by fire of the body as necessary and possible. The process of death is one with which a Hindu should be fully conversant prior to their own transition. It is recognized as a perfectly normal everyday part of the experience of life and not shunned nor shrouded in religious mystique. The more one is aware of this, the greater ones acceptance of its inevitability and even necessity, the less the shock, the less the pain of separation and the less the suffering. It is our understanding that the departed atma can remain in the proximity of its body and relatives for a number of days following separation and that it suffers greatly if relatives prolong their emotional pain. Mature preparation of all persons for this event serves the departed to progress on its onward journey and also diminishes the suffering of those left behind.
⦁    The facility for circumambulation around the pyre would be desirable but not critical.
At present the last rites are performed at the former residence of the departed and a significant part of the rites involves the coffin being opened and friends and family expressing last farewells by circumambulating the departed and depositing flower petals into the coffin. If the complete process were to be provided for at the Crematorium, circumambulation would be required. On occasion the former residence is not suitable for such rites and the possibility of completing all rites at the Crematoria would be of great use in the future.
⦁    The ability to accommodate several hundred persons as witnesses to the cremation, with appropriate provision for parking and access.
As has been expressed above, the maximum number of persons who can witness the cremation and attain the maximum level of both closure and also experience of the end of our bodies, the better for all concerned.
⦁    The absence of all non Dharmic symbols such as Crucifixes etc – the premises should be “religion neutral”.
The Dharmic traditions are non evangelical and have a revulsion for the manner in which monopolistic theocracies subliminally intrude into the lives of our communities and traditions. The time of death is one of great vulnerability and in order for this stage to be navigated with minimum disruption and for tranquility to return with the minimum level of cultural, social and spiritual upheaval,   the crematoria must be devoid of evangelical or religious symbols.
⦁    The availability of water for ritual purification and washing of hands.
⦁    Proximity to running water, i.e. rivers etc preferred.
A time may come in the future when all British rivers have been deemed consecrated, with provision for the safe immersion of ashes and in anticipation of that possibility, proximity to a river may be a positive.
⦁    Multiple pyres are perfectly acceptable.
In India it is perfectly acceptable for multiple cremations to be  conducted concurrently as evidenced by the proceedings at Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi.



Explanations and supporting philosophy.
Hindus do not accept the concept of bodily resurrection and the reuniting of each soul with its physical body, hence they place no importance on preserving the body. The Hindu understanding of the process of Reincarnation gives assurance that death is merely the soul's release from the current life and current physical form. An ancient text puts it simply, "Even as the snake sloughs off its skivaranasi 1n, even as the bird leaves its shell, even as in its waking state the soul forgets happenings of the dream state, thus does the soul migrate from one body to another..." (Tirumantiram 2132). 

A fully prepared Hindu shall love death as he loves this life.  New bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments.   Death is viewed in a positive light: as a transition from one life on the road towards a progressively better one, with an ultimate return to merging with consciousness tranquillity at the final Paramapada (the ultimate place). Reincarnation is viewed as a never-ending set of cyclical births until final liberation.

One may be reincarnated millions of times. Escape from the weary cycle of reincarnation can be achieved through merging into “a Divine unchanging anonymous Absolute" and. The purpose of human life for the Hindu is to "get off the wheel of incarnation" to escape the cycle and merge finally with the Oneness that was there before the present cycle of Creation began.

Methods used on the path of escaping reincarnation include yoga, charity, grace , kindness, simple living, or living as per the laws/interrelationships of the universe (dharma). Death is only another station on our soul’s journey to the perfect life ultimate. Once we understand what life really is, then without a shred of doubt, the transition know in the west as death, loses its horror.

The reality of our life continues.  The process of dying is similar to that of birth. To be born into a material life is a very natural event. The soul changes spheres. To die is to be born into the spiritual worlds.

Hindus accept that the body is made up of five elements which are earth, water, air, fire and “akaash” and that fire restores these five elements to their respective sources at death.  Holy fire is the purifying agent that enables the soul to be liberated from the physical body. Usually the body is desired to be cremated within six hours, and preferably on the very day the death occurs.

Death is only separation of the jivatma (individualised soul) from the physical body .The jivatma leaves the body as soon as the person dies. The rites and processes surrounding Cremation in Hinduism are also intended to induce a feeling of detachment into the freshly disembodied atma, lest it remain near its former body for too long. For the Family, the core principle underpinning a funeral is to show respect and appreciation for the departed contribution and participation in life, not sadness.  
 
Hindus experience the atma as being indestructible; and that death symbolises the end of the existence of a person's physical being, but the start of a new journey for the atma. This atma then reincarnates in some other life form, and passes through the same cycle of taking birth, growing and eventually again meeting death- only to begin the cycle afresh.

The Funeral and Cremation Processes

Traditionally in India, before the cremation, the body is brought home, washed, clothed, garlanded and laid on its back on the floor, head pointing south as the region of Yama, the personification of death, is in the south. A lamp is lit and placed near the head of the body and this lamp is not to be extinguished until the body is cremated. A vigil is kept until the time of the cremation.  Whilst the body is in the house no family member or immediate close neighbour eats, drinks, nor works.

Relatives and friends pay their last respects by walking round the body and by placing some flowers on it. They offer condolences by only touching the hands of the grieving family members. As this is a solemn moment, no food is prepared or served in a house where a death has occurred and neighbours and relatives provide food for the family of the departed.

Since cremation should not take place after dark, if the person dies during the daylight hours, preparations should be hastily made so that the cremation can take place before sunset.  Otherwise the body should be taken after sunrise the next day.  The body should be burned before decomposition sets in.

After the body has been prepared it is carried by male relatives on a flower-draped bamboo bier to the cremation grounds, or ghats. Traditionally there is no requirement for a coffin.  Male relatives that carry the shrouded body chant “Rama Nama Satya Hai,” the Name of Divinity is the only Reality”. The eldest son or next of kin traditionally take the lead, having been purified in a special ritual and will carry a fire kindled in the home of the deceased. In Varanasi the fire at Manikarnika has been continuously burning for over 3,500 years.

The fire is carried in a black earthen pot. The bearers of the body would be bathed, shoeless and without upper cloth on their bodies.  The male members of the procession would also be without upper cloth, and their hair would be unbound.

At the cremation site, the services of a priest are engaged.  The eldest son performs the ceremony as directed by the priest or elder. If there is no son in the family, an elder male relative performs the ceremony. The body is placed with the head pointing south. The eldest son carries a pot of water on his left shoulder, using his right hand to hold the pot in place. He has to circumambulate (or go around) the body three times in an anti-clockwise direction, from left to right. The younger sons if any follow behind him. The pyre is circumambulated counterclockwise– for everything is backward at the time of death. Even the dead body is taken out of the house feet first.  

When the eldest son circumambulates the body, the priest makes a hole in the pot so as to allow water to flow out of it. Water is important as it is a purifying agent. Each time he circumambulates, a hole is made. In the first circumambulation, the water that flows symbolises the departure of the soul from this world. During the second circumambulation, the water that flows is to purify the atmosphere. During the third circumambulation, the water that flows is to lead the soul to heaven.

After the third circumambulation, the son faces north and throws the pot over the shoulder southwards, over his back. .. He is not to look back. The symbolises the break with the earth.
He goes to the foot of the body where a pot of fire which is brought from the home has been placed.  He takes a twig or cinder and lights it with the fire from the pot.   The priest reads sacred verses from the Garuda Purana, speeding the dead person’ soul to its next life.

Chants from 7000 year old Rig Veda: "Release him again, O Agni (fire), to the fathers. The one offered to you now proceeds to his destiny. Putting on new life, let him approach the surviving, let him reunite with a [new] body, All-Knowing One!" (10. 16. 5).

Chants from Atharva veda: "Oh, departed soul, your lifeless body is offered so that the two fires may unite for your salvation. I set the body on fire. Through those two fires you may go in your best state of Yama, who controls death."

Verse of Sri Isopanishad,  "Let this temporary body be burnt to ashes, and let the air of life be merged with the totality of air. Now, O my Lord, please remember all my sacrifices, and because You are the ultimate Beneficiary, please remember all that I have done for You."

Sri Isa Upanishad 17 " O my Lord, powerful as the fire, Omnipotent One, now I do offer You all obeisance,. O my Lord, please lead me on the right path to reach You, and, as You know all of what I have done in the past, please make me free from the reactions to my past transgressions, so that there will be no hindrance to my progress."

Prayers and hymns from the Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita are recited while the body burns. They express the vision of reincarnation: "For to one that is born, death is certain; and to one that dies, birth is certain. Therefore do not grieve over what is unavoidable." The mourners leave.

The next day the next of kin returns to pick the bones and collect the ashes which are then put into an earthen pot. The pot is placed into a flowing river ( Ganges, Thirunelli  etc)  where there is little likelihood of it coming back to land. The mourning period is usually ten, fifteen days or a year from the date of death in the Hindu almanac.
After the cremation, the family may have a meal and offer prayers in their home. Mourners wash and change completely before entering the house after the funeral. A priest will visit and purify the house with spices and incense

Everything is energy and none of this energy is ever lost! Life on earth is only an intermediate station on the pathway of the soul, a journey whose purpose is to reach its original pureness, its original light-power, its original high vibration, by developing spiritually higher.. The soul is the "book of life” and all negative things burden our soul, shadow and darken it.

Positive thoughts and actions relieve the soul and make it more light-filled. The soul, which is so strongly oriented to this life on earth, remains more or less connected with the physical body through energy streams even after it has left it. It clings to its physical "house," so to speak, because it thinks that life is possible solely in a material body.

If  the dead body is  buried, the soul still maintains a connection to its body. If a person has already aligned his soul with higher regions, his soul will be attracted by higher worlds after its disembodiment during cremation.  A soul’s capacity to feel is much more sensitive than that of a human being.  It suffers from the pain which the person’s relatives feel on its account.

Death is separation of the soul from the physical body. Death becomes the starting point of a new and better life. Death does not end your personality and self-consciousness. It merely opens the door to a higher form of life. Death is only the gateway to a fuller life. Just as a man casting off worn-out garments, takes new ones, so the dweller in this body, casting off worn-out bodies, enters into others which are new.

Death is not the end of life. Life is one continuous never-ending process. Death is only a passing and necessary phenomenon, which every soul has to pass to gain experience for its further evolution. A man of discrimination and wisdom is not afraid of death. He knows that death is the gate of life. Death to him is no longer a skeleton bearing a sword to cut the thread of life, but rather an friend who has a golden key to unlock for him the door to a wider, fuller and happier existence.

Mind borrows its light from the soul. Soul is beyond the realm of physical science. Soul is beyond the reach of material science. Man is a soul wearing a physical body. Soul is extremely subtle. It is subtler than ether, mind and energy.

Soul is the immortal part in man. Hindus do not identify with this body. You are not this perishable body. You are the Immortal Soul. Identify yourself with the soul. “Tat Tvam Asi—Thou art That”. Feel this. Realise this and be free.


The doctrine of transmigration gives ample scope for the individual to correct and educate himself in future births. The human body is only a vesture and dwelling place for the immortal soul. The soul can certainly re-inhabit another dwelling place and put on another vesture in order to develop and realise better than before the Divine plan and purpose for it. Vedanta says that there is hope of salvation even for the worst person.

The union of the soul with a particular body is known as birth and its separation therefrom is called death, when the soul leaves its physical sheath, it transmigrates into another body- human. Birth follows death just as waking follows sleep. You will again resume the work that was left off by you in your previous life. Therefore, do not be afraid of death.

A few celebrities among hundreds who chose cremation-- Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein , Robert Oppenheimer , Arthur Rubenstein,  Harpo Marx ,Neville Chamberlain, Alexander Fleming, Greta Garbo, George Harrison, John F. Kennedy, Rudyard Kipling, John Lennon, George Bernard Shaw, Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock Rock Hudson, Jill Ireland ,John F. Kennedy Jr. ,Vivian Leigh, Groucho Marx, Robert Mitchum, Steve McQueen ,Christopher Reeve, Neil Armstrong , Edmund Hillary,H. G. Wells etc.  Cremation is the future and its knowledge a gift of Hinduism and India to all of Humanity.

 

 

Reincarnation Research:-

http://dreamcatcherreality.com/reincarnation-ian-stevenson/

 

 

 

 

APPG Religious Education launch inquiry into Religious Literacy.

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Fiona Bruce MP launching the Inquiry stated “It is becoming increasingly clear to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education that improved Religious Literacy could make an invaluable contribution to promoting understanding between individuals and groups and cultivating positive community relations in Britain today.We would particularly welcome constructive and practical comments and ideas as to how Religious Literacy can be improved for the benefit of everyone” .
 

However, the former chair says that the group is "in danger of turning into a religious sect overwhelmingly directed by the fundamentalist Christian wing of the Conservative parliamentary party, which I think is utterly deplorable." Since the 2015 General Election, the APPG has been chaired by Fiona Bruce MP, who has said that "Being a Christian in Parliament means I focus on issues that I believe matter to Christ".

 

The RE Council criticised the manner of her appointment, and wrote that while a process was underway to reform the group in the aftermath of the election, "Fiona Bruce MP decided to hold an AGM for the group, securing her own election as Chair, without notifying the REC of the event until after it had occurred. She also did not notify some of the other officers of the fact that they had been elected alongside her."

Lloyd said the RE Council was "highly respected" as an "umbrella body for those who teach or have an interest in RE" and that he was "profoundly disappointed" by Bruce's takeover of the APPG and her unilateral decision to remove the RE Council as the secretariat for the group. (http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2016/04/former-chair-of-parliamentary-re-group-says-its-turning-into-a-religious-sect)

 

Since Christ is not a constituent and presumably doesnt contribute to Fionas salary, Religious Literacy in Parliament shoud reflect perspectives of all faiths; the presence of a fundamentalist evangelical committed to conversion should raise concerns especially in the non conversionary Dharmic traditions. The NCHT(UK) contributed the following.

 

Contribution by the National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) to the above APPG Inquiry

The current developed position of humanity's advancement has occurred by the application of its faculty of reasoning, guided by its faculty of ind marscompassion. The Mars orbiter is a testament to the vast ability of the human faculty of reasoning and the open sharing of the benefits of this endeavour is a testament to the human faculty of compassion. The teachings of Christianity as proliferated by the Churches of Empire and Islam as proliferated by Islamists both undermine both faculties and the true threat is that we may be about to plunge into yet another theocratic dark age.

The device with which you are probably reading this, the technology which is being relied upon to enable us to connect, are all tangible products of our reasoning. ....  the clothes which you are wearing are made of colour, fabric and cut based upon reasoning and the route you have taken to get to work today is again based upon reasoning. And yet the highly valued fruits of the divine faculty of reasoning are being deliberately detached from their source and the very validity of human reasoning itself is being denied. Why? Because reasoning is the enemy of theocracy. Therein lies the true existential threat no matter what mask or gold embellished hat it wears.

The people of Britain have been intellectually, emotionally and physically abused by generations of hereditary theocrats whose influence on the British citizen waxes and wanes. The House of Commons itself was established to help the general public challenge with reasoning and evidence the perpetual onslaught of theocracy and as a result our nation has been periodically purged of the violence of the theocrats, despite the House of Lords with its 26 Bishops being a voice for irrationality and theocratic force ever since.

The British Public of today are an internationally connected people, the Church no longer has the power to limit the information available to them and many of them have travelled the world and experienced many religions including the most ancient Eastern traditions; traditions which challenge the emotional violence that is rooted in depicting a human being as a sinner by birth. The British people have access to the internet and are self-informing, both with regard to the atrocities which have been perpetrated by British spawned theocracies and theology-supported colonialists, and are also self-informing concerning the tangible ,reproducible benefits of Eastern, especially Dharmic religious and spiritual teachings and practices. They are responding with their feet and we see diminishing numbers of indigenous British citizens in Churches and increasing numbers practicing the harmonious and tranquil spiritual practices such as Kirtan, Yoga and meditation, which have their origins in India and are borne out of the Dharmic traditions.

lady carrying man smlIt is notable that India, which is guided by the oldest religious and spiritual scriptures, has never been ruled by a theocracy. The fact that India has also never engaged in religious conquest by violence or war for over 7,500 years may have something to do with this fact. 

After 1400 years of peddling religious illiteracy, the teachings which have abused the intellectual and emotional development of generations of British children, bedevilling them with guilt and beguiling them with fear of reason from an early age, todays educational system has an opportunity to truly explore the wiser and more harmonious understandings, most of which predate the religious fumblings of newer concocted  ideologies, especially ideologies based upon the three guiding principles

  • “We’ll steal what we can from other older teachings and then try and denigrate and destroy them”
  • “lets see what we can get away with and for how long”
  • “we’ll make it up as we go along”

Hindus can state with certainty, on the basis of over 7,500 years of harmonious tranquil exuberant existence (marred only by the relatively recent upheavals of firstly Arab desecration, destruction and devastation, followed rapidly by the rape of resources and peoples by the British colonialists and now being subjected to waves of Theocratic “conversionaries” intent on colonising and seizing by stealth where they failed by force) that protecting children from guilt based ideologies and irrational belief systems is critical to the wholesome development of a fully composed, tranquil, harmonious and happy person. Such an upbringing equips a child with the tools necessary to separate reality from falsehood, to discriminate between a charlatan and a guide, to distinguish between an abuser and a friend. Such an upbringing will equip the British child of the future to live as a strong and loving, compassionate and disciplined, tranquil and rational member of any society in which he or she finds themselves, much like the Hindu diaspora the world over.

Although it’s far from the best endorsement, eventrump01 Donald Trump remarked last month that he “wanted to keep the Indians”, echoing the sentiments of many global leaders who value the Hindu community’s contribution to any community they live in.

Children already arrive equipped with a sense of natural justice, a faculty of reason and a desire for love and friendship with all of life. It takes religious abuse masquerading as religious teaching to compromise the innate faculty of reason, usually by insisting that they accept as truth that which is irrational and false, that they accept guilt as the natural state of being as opposed to innocence, that they accept doubt and mental turmoil as natural as opposed to tranquil clarity. Hindus would struggle to equate this with Religious literacy, we would see it as intellectual, emotional and spiritual violence. It is hardly surprising that Clerics whose personalities have been tortured for decades resort to physical abuse, when they themselves have been the victims of institutionalised, systematic multi-dimensional abuse, masquerading as Religious literacy.

The consequences of the Hindu philosophy are manifold and obvious, disruptive of Theocracy but evolutionary and, above all, lead to tranquillity in the body, followed by the mind and then a revelation of our shared humanity and then our shared Divinity. Another consequence of these holistic understandings is the permanent destruction of theocracies and other power hungry oppressive institutions.

In Britain, we exist in a climate where the “right to believe nonsense” is protected, as it should be but this right has been manipulated to preserve theocracies whose very survival depends upon their ability to prevent their actions and their histories from being scrutinised. Coupled to this is the fiction that the “right to believe nonsense” is connected with the right to assert and impose belief, but in a manner which is also protected from criticism, scrutiny and question. The Evangelist can assert that the Hindu is destined to burn in hellfire when Christ returns on the earth, the Islamist can assert his religious belief that decapitation by striking the infidel at the neck, is a surefire ticket to Heaven and yet neither the Hindu, the Buddhist, the Sikh, the Ahmaddiya, the atheist, the agnostic, nor the innocent child has the right to challenge these beliefs, for their innate irrationality.

It’s clear that here in Britain, this is an achievement of the Bishops’, historically designed to protect their franchises and misdemeanours, but it is NOT a recipe for healthy happy and harmonious children and citizens.

1 "Religious literacy" for Hindus means the knowledge and understanding with which to identify the paths by which every human, in every society and every nation, since humanity arrived on this planet, can connect with the experience of Divinity within.

2 Religious literacy ceases to be religious literacy, when the teaching is divisive, supremacist, elitist, exclusivist, irrational or violent (intellectually, emotionally or physically). With these present either directly, subliminally or implicitly, we are no longer dealing with religious literacy but with manipulation, violence and abuse.  It is therefore only possible to “enrich the lives of individuals and positively affect their engagement with their local community, society and public life” by protecting the vulnerable from the above thereby allowing their innate divine nature to emerge. In the Britain of today, the capacity of a person to fulfil the above purpose is directly connected to the degree by which they can protect themselves from the seeds of violence inherent in the conversionary enslaving ideologies upon which theocracies are built and by which they are sustained.

papal pear3 Learning to be a good healthy human is a prerequisite for genuine religious literacy and this first requirement can be comfortably achieved without ANY religious literacy, and yet is a critical foundation upon which religious literacy as opposed to “religious illiteracy” can be subsequently developed. Human history teaches and statistics support, that uneducated uncultured emotionally disturbed humans who are “religiously literate” repeatedly perpetrate the worst atrocities.  Human history teaches and statistics support the assertion that infidels, unbelievers, and agnostics, as well as the heathen Aboriginals and the untutored African and the Amazonian savages, all allegedly religiously illiterate, seem to avoid this desire to cause violence. We would suggest that there may be a statistically significant correlation here.

4 If we can teach children to be wholesome, fearless, compassionate, free thinkers, they will discover a connection with divinity automatically. The Theocracy’s who claim ownership of this ability, those who peddle “visa rights to Heaven” seem to have failed in their endeavours as demonstrated by the roll call of millions of religiously inspired murders, the hundreds of thousands of cases of horrific, sustained abuse of the vulnerable globally, and the tens of thousands of cases of Clergy themselves being the greatest failures as role models, after sustained exposure to their own religious ideologies, often for a lifetime. If their product doesn’t work for them, if their teachings have a history of failure worse than any drug which has failed drug trials, why would we want it taught to children?

5 Consenting adults are more than qualified to pursue religious understanding as long as they are protected from theocracies, whilst vulnerable. It is an affront to reason and mental stability to continually present vulnerable persons (including adults) with a teaching whichmonktorture says that the earth is flat and another which says that the earth is tetrahedral when reason, science and personal circumnavigation in a boat all indicate otherwise. Why must falsehood be dressed up as religion, protected as belief when it offends both reason and experience? Of course the theocracies which have wheedled their way into tax free statuses, legal invisibility and invulnerability, free land and other perks for their franchisees over millennia, would not wish to have their comfortable lifestyles endangered.  Expecting them to abandon their livelihoods, which have been largely built on multi dimensional violence and more recently, sustained fraudulent embezzlement from the public purse, is to expect the irrational to act even more irrationally. Teach British adults the unadulterated history of Theocracies – teach them how religious literacy was taught at the sharp points of the Papal Pear, thumbscrews and racks not to mention ducking stools and the unrestrained misogyny behind witch burnings, certainly un-tempered but possibly even propelled by “religious literacy”. Teach them about their own ancestors’ experience with theocracy here in their own land, as well as overseas in the “Colonies” as they are romantically referred to. That should help greatly.

cognitivedissonance6 If religious literacy is truly and genuinely the objective, we should teach about the religious literature already existent in the world, almost exclusively oriental in origin, which has already delivered the objectives being sought. One can’t use sandpaper to soothe one’s eyes in the manner of a silk handkerchief, no matter how much you try to convince yourself that it’s not sandpaper. Similarly theocratic ideologies which were formulated to inflict slavery, to perpetrate abuse, yet “Trojan Horse-like” laced with just sufficient goodness to undetectably gain access to vulnerable individuals, families, communities and nations, can’t be used to deliver the stated objective of “enriching the lives of individuals and positively affecting their engagement with their local community, society and public life.”

Pure reasoning cannot fail to lead one to connect with Divinity, ”first hand” and without an intermediary, but this is 'Divinity without theocracy' and that's why Theocracy insists on irrationality. .. without irrationality Theocracy withers and democracy flourishes.

The British people realise this, unconsciously if not yet overtly and this recognition is becoming more apparent on a daily basis. The key issue is whether the political classes will seek to protect the theocracies as they become increasingly violent and deceitful or seek to protect the citizens. In Britain of the 21st Century, with austerity and an ever more informed and critical public, these are mutually exclusive objectives. Lets stop teaching our children and vulnerable adults to believe in absurdities. voltaire absurd sml

 

 

Hindu Temples & Guide Dogs for the Blind

The following statement was issued to the BBC in respnse to a request for an interview on the subject of Blind dogs and Hindu Temples.

 

From: General Secretary  -  NCHT(UK)
To: 'Siobhann Tighe' BBC
Sent: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:13
Subject: RE: BBC looking to interview: the guide dog refused entry to the BAPS temple


Dear Siobhann,

The Neasden Temple is known to us and is one of the most highly regarded Hindu Temples in the UK and internationally. They are a deeply spiritual and
religiously sensitive order who are guided by a universally acknowledged spiritual preceptor, one who has utilised his life to alleviate suffering of
all beings all over the world. I am personally acquainted with their philosophy of humility and service and have the honour of counting many
members of their temple volunteer community as gentle, greatly valued friends.

Turning to the incident I have spoken to the Temple Committee and have a clear understanding of the specific incident and I would strongly recommend
that that no adverse or negative comments be broadcast without first having direct communication with the temple. On the basis of what you shared with
me, I can confirm that you are not in possession of the full facts and any act of denigration, direct or implied would at best be a disservice to all
us at worse slanderous. As I mentioned, Nihaals wholly unpleasant, one sided and disrespectful treatment of this event (and indeed other incidents) has
to some degree established the ground rules in terms of the BBC's stance on all things "Hindu" and I can completely sympathise with the Temples possible decision not to wish to engage with your organisation in an unmanaged manner.

By way of background, please understand the following. It is commonplace in our Temples for there to be areas where cleanliness is practiced as a
spiritual practice, as an act of worship and only those who have performed cleansing practices are permitted to enter these sanctums. In the same way
that access to an operating theatre requires "scrubbing down" and is limited to suitably prepared medical practitioners, so it is with our temples where
not even devotees enter into these areas. I would emphasise that it is nothing to do with discrimination and to suggest otherwise is an act of
wilful mischief. Similarly traditional Hindu households do not permit animals in to Kitchens and cooking areas again with regard to considerations
of cleanliness. You will possibly be aware that Hindus remove their shoes to enter into a place of worship, again an acknowledgement of the principle
that the soil of the outside world should not enter the Temple premises. Our perspective of the principle of cleanliness is pertinent to an
understanding of this issue.

With these principles in mind, I can see clearly how the Temple team may have asked for the guide dog to remain outside the inner sanctum but I am
certain that the Temple helpers would then make adequate support available to ensure that the visitor/devotee would be able to perform their worship
with dignity, safety and courtesy and that the guide dog would be made comfortable whilst the devotee engaged in his worship, which I understand is
what actually happened and would most probably happen in our Temples up and down the country. The specific areas would vary from Temple to Temples but the principles are the same.

A long standing practice of conversionary and evangelical religions, institutions and subscribers to such supremacist ideologies, is to denigrate
and vilify other ideologies and the BBC clearly has severe governance issues in this regard and indeed other regards, please ensure that this issue is
dealt with on the basis of facts. That is all we ask, a sympathetic hearing is not what we have come to expect from your organisation.

Kind regards

Satish K Sharma B.Sc. (Hons) Econ MBCS FRSA General Secretary, National
Council of Hindu Temples (UK) Chair, British Board of Hindu Scholars
Director, InterFaith Network UK www.nchtuk.org

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