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Pastor challenges yoga, Hinduism for having ‘demonic’ roots

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Diya TV) — A Missouri pastor criticized yoga for its ‘demonic intent’ because of Hinduism influences. John Lindell of the James River Church in Ozark, Mo., which serves over 10,000 people in its congregation, warned Christians to not partake in the activity.

“They were designed, they were created with demonic intent, to open you up to demonic power because Hinduism is demonic,” Lindell said during a sermon on Oct. 28 according to the Springfield News-Leader.

While yoga is a longstanding practice originating from India, there is no indication that it is based off religious values. According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, it is stated yoga doesn’t adhere to any particular religion or belief system.

Yoga translates to “union” in Sanskrit, an ancient language of India. Given its broad meaning, the practice has varied locally and abroad. In addition, there are variations in certain disciplines — which can have a Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism influence — but it is dependent on the type of schools, practices and goals one is pursuing.

In the U.S., it’s become popular for various outcomes. Whether it be for physical, mental or spiritual pleasure, yoga has served as a peaceful outlet for many without it impacting their religious beliefs. While Lindell claimed it’s “spiritually dangerous,” many in the area have responded.

Heather Worthy, a Christian and yoga instructor in Springfield, only had four people attend her class following the sermon.

“It’s so frustrating,” Worthy told the Springfield News-Leader. “The whole thing is quite ludicrous to me.”

Worthy felt attacked, and she wasn’t alone.

With about a dozen yoga classes in the Springfield area, Amanda Davis has spent her last 12 years as an instructor.

“Yoga doesn’t prescribe to any religion, and I don’t think people understand that so they get false ideas about it,” Davis said, one week after a Florida gunman killed two people and injured five at a yoga studio.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Exclusive: Hindu Americans debate Biden vs. Trump

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Exclusive: Hindu Americans debate Biden vs. Trump | Diya TV News

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV)  — Diya TV played host to an incredible debate on issues affecting American Hindus as it relates to the 2020 Presidential Election. Three Biden and three Trump supporters discussed domestic influences and tendencies, foreign policy issues and party stances, Democrat vs. Republican in an event presented by the Hindu American Foundation, Hindu American Political Action Committee, HinduPACT and Hindu Vote.

Watch the full event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ULUchW4ubs

Also on Diya TV was the 2020 Fremont Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Coalition for Civic Engagement (CCE), a non-partisan organization. It includes a diverse group of organizations including Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), NAA United, Punjab Foundation, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Hindu American PAC (HAPAC), Asian American Unity Coalition (AAUC), Indo-American Community Federation (IACF) and Federation for Indian and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS).

From the economy and the homeless epidemic to COVID-19 and traffic congestion, this forum gave candidates a chance to express their views on how they plan to address some of the most critical issues facing Bay Area’s fourth largest city.

The event featured speakers vying for these positions:

Fremont City Council – District 1

Teresa Keng

Fremont City Council – District 5

Dolev Gandler

Raj Salwan

Fremont City Council – District 6

Yogi Chugh

Teresa Cox

Charles Liu 

Fremont Mayor:

Lily Mei

Naz Mahika Khan

Justin Sha

Vik Bajwa Singh

All City Council & Mayoral candidates were invited, but some were unavailable or did not respond to the invitation.

Sen. Kamala Harris was openly mocked at a Trump campaign rally by her colleague, Georgia Senator David Perdue, who made fun of her name before a partisan crowd in Macon, Georgia. “Ka-MAL-a, Ka-MAL-a or Kamala, Kamala, Ka-mala, -mala, -mala, I don’t know, whatever,” said Perdue. Perdue’s team afterward brushed it off, saying that he
“simply mispronounced” the name of Harris, with whom he has worked for four years. 

In response to Perdue, many people used the hashtag #MyNameIs to share stories about how they have handled similar situations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night

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Biden & Trump hold separate town halls on debate night | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — It was supposed to be debate night, a second battle between former Vice President Biden and President Trump. But after the President’s COViD-19 diagnosis, an in person battle wasn’t in the cards. The President did not want to do a virtual debate, so both men held separate town halls at the exact same time to try and win over voters with less than three weeks before the election and millions of people already casting their ballots early.

Many of the biggest Desi names in entertainment got together for a virtual ‘South Asian Block Party’ to support the Biden-Harris campaign. In just a couple hours, $250,000 was raised, with a number of the prominent figures sharing their personal stories on why they are supporting the Biden ticket.

Pakistan’s government has banned TikTok, citing complaints alleging the popular video app carried immoral and indecent content.

Simran Sethi, ABC TV’s Executive Vice President of Development and Content Strategy, is putting in place a new set of inclusion standards to ensure the television network accurately reflects society.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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