NEPAL, May 3, 2017 (Baltimore Sun): The legend says that around the 7th century there was a massive drought in the Kathmandu Valley. It was believed that the arrival of the Red Deity would end the drought and bring back the rainfall. Hence then King Narendra Dev along with a priest and farmer travelled to what is now the Assam state in India and brought back Karunamaya, the God of compassion. It is popularly now known as Rato Machindranath.
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LISBON, PORTUGAL, May 2, 2017 (NIT translated from Portuguese): The time for college exams can be quite stressful – and the truth is that not everyone knows how to handle it. To help, the Portuguese Yoga Confederation has one suggestion: free yoga classes. The initiative is called ”Yoga and Exams Without Stress” and will happen in 23 Portuguese cities. In the City University in Lisbon, classes take place every Tuesday and Saturday in May, and last no more than an hour. The first is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, it happens at 11 o’clock.
However, even without concrete dates and times, the city of Porto, Santa Maria da feira, Vila do Conde, Povoa de Varzim, Braga, Guimaraes, Vila Nova de Gaia, Aveiro, Agueda, Covilha, Leiria, Caldas da Rainha, Almada, Palmela, Setubal, Barreiro, Sesimbra, Evora, Faro, Tavira, Lagos and Funchal will also count on this initiative. The goal is simple: to help college students manage the stress of exams using some yoga techniques. According to the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, in addition to this modality helping to fight stress and reduce anxiety, it still increases the energy to study, attention and concentration.
ARGENTINA, May 2, 2017 (La Ciudad Avellaneda, translated from Spanish): On Friday, April 28, the spiritual teacher of Hindu philosophy, Swami Satyananda, gave the lecture ”Meditation: a path to well-being” at the Avellaneda Regional Faculty of the National Technological University. The spiritual master – who approached Hinduism while he was young, moved by the reading of a text that motivated him to follow the path of this philosophy – practiced meditation with those present and remarked on its benefits. ”Meditation is superior to thought, it is a process of quieting the mind,” he said.
”The deepest part of this process is to achieve an encounter with our essence, which we do not normally recognize because we are in the most peripheral mind. When I recognize what I am, I then recognize it in others,” said Swami Satyananda, adding that ”meditation is completely stripping all kinds of thoughts about me and the world.” ”Meditation is transforming us without our realizing it. It generates changes in our lives and in the way we consider ourselves,” he added.
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