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1. Hindu American Foundation Files Amicus Brief with US
Supreme Court in Ten Commandments Case
USA, December 21, 2004: The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) spearheaded
the filing of an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the United
States Supreme Court in a case involving the placement of a permanent
monument of the Ten Commandments on government property. The brief, filed
December 13, 2004, in one of the most widely anticipated cases being heard
by the Supreme Court this year, supports the position that the monument
violates the separation of church and state guaranteed by the First
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. HAF garnered the support of nine
cosignatories to file the brief on behalf of the millions of Hindus,
Buddhists and Jains in the United States. The HAF brief is perhaps the
first to provide a non-Judeo-Christian perspective to this
2. Dates for Kumbha Melas: 2007 in Prayag; 2010 in
DELHI, INDIA, December 21, 2004: Hinduism Today correspondent Rajiv
Malik provides the following information on upcoming Kumbha Melas. This is
from the well known, Ujjain-based Vedic pundit and astrologer, Pandit
Ananda Shankar Vyas. Pandit said, "The next Ardha Kumbha ("Half Mela,"
midway in the 12-year cycle) is scheduled to take place in Prayag
(Allahabad) in the year 2007. Though the Ardha Kumbha is to begin on
January 3, 2007, one of the main bathing days will be that of Mauni
Amavasya falling on January 19, 2007. The next full Kumbha is scheduled to
take place in Haridwar in the year 2010. Though the full Kumbha will begin
in February, 2010, one of the main bathing dates would be April 14,
3. Chinmaya Society Organizes Talk in
BHARAIN, December 21, 2004: The Chinmaya Society is organizing a
two-hour audio-visual presentation and a lecture on Thursday, September
23, at 7pm. It will be held at the Thattai Hindu Mercantile Community Hall
(THMC) at the Manama Temple. The event is entitled "Himalayas in Vedic
Concepts" and will be delivered in English by visiting New Delhi-based
Hindu scholar C. V. Gopinath. General secretary Vijay Kumar said the event
would take people on a virtual journey to the sacred places of the
Himalayas. For more information, contact Mr Kumar on 39660841 or Ravi
Kumar on 39874149.
4. "Seven Wonders" Vote Costs Money
KAUAI, HAWAII, December 22, 2004: It's come to our attention that there is a charge to vote for one of the new "Seven Wonders" of the world as reported in yesterday's HPI. The web site requests one to call a number, which is in Estonia, and states that the organizers somehow receive a payment as a result of the phone call. The phone call gets a recorded message which gives a code number one then uses to vote on the web site. From Hawaii, the call costs US$1.18. We asked our phone company if there could be any additional charge, like a 900 number, and were told they didn't think so, but were "not certain." While the project still appears legitimate, at this point we'd recommend you participate in this voting "at your own risk."
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