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A Hindu Cultural Center of Albany Hindu Temple Society’s Newsletter devoted to the Capital District’s Indian-American community particularly its seniors

January 2018

Reflections wishes its readers a very Happy New Year! New Year’s Day is considered a time for reflection and planning for the
upcoming year. Most countries declare New Year’s Day as a public
holiday. People start Read More>

In this Issue
– Editorial: Let Us Welcome 2018
– Newsmakers in Our Community
– Sharad Joshi
– Annu Subramanian
– Message from the BOT Chair
– New Year Resolution
– Chakravarti Rajgopalachari
– Abusive Behavior of Family Members
– Indians Share Culture-and-Illness In America
– Swami Vivekananda (Part 2)
– Some Impressions from My Visit to India
– What is Life?
– From the Teachings of Lao Tzu
– Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace
– Poem from Gitanjali

October 2017

I was fortunate to watch the growth of Hindu Temple and Cultural centers in the Capital District since 1979. Since I moved away from
capital district in June 2017 I had time to reflect on these. Read More>

In this Issue
  • Guest Editorial: Reflections from a Distance
  • Sun, UV radiation and the health of your eyes
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Swami Vivekanda and his everlasting contributions (Part I)
  • Newsmakers in Our Community
  • Message from Chairs

July 2017

The constitution provides a framework for the governance and operation of the Hindu Temple Society (HTS). Over the recent years, the HTS has grown exponentially . Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial: Revising the Temple’s constitution
  • Newsmakers in Our Community
  • Man Cannot Know the Whole Truth
  • Sense Control
  • Keeping your Kidneys Healthy
  • Overpowering Resentment 
  • Subhashita (Wisdom verse)
  • My Experience with recent Heart Attack
  • My Dearest Friend, Dr. Rajinder Jain
  • Joy of Grandchildren
  • Message from the HCC chair
  • Nine beliefs of Hinduism

April 2017

Recently, I submitted a proposal to the Chairs of the Hindu Temple’s Board of Trustees and the Cultural Center’s Board of Directors suggesting the preparation of a bereavement support guide. Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial: Bereavement Support
  • Health Issues in Indian Women
  • Lord Ayappan
  • Poet Rumi
  • The sweet tooth is your great friend
  • Subhashita (Wisdom verse)
  • Vallabhai Patel: A Tribute
  • Power of Mantram
  • Message from the HCC chair
  • Life and Message of Sri Ramanuja Acharya

January 2017

India will celebrate its 68th Republic Day on January 26, 2017.TRICIA in Albany will celebrate this on Sunday, January 29 at the Hindu Cultural Center. Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial
  • Republic of India
  • New Year Resolution
  • A Brighter New Year
  • Tribute to Lokmanya Tilak
  • Tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Message from HCC Chair
  • Subhashita (Wisdom verse)
  • Maharishi Ramana
  • Bhagwad Gita Jayanti
  • What India means to me
  • Spiritual Summit

April 2016

Reflections is encouraging young students from families of Indian origin in the Albany area to write short essays on various festivals in India for publication here. These short essays will, hopefully, create…  Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – Festivals of India
  • Financial Education for Women
  • Gems from Scriptures
  • Power of Meditation
  • The MIT Connection
  • Why do bad things happen
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Chairman’s message
  • Life as a Journey
  • Grandparents Day Supplement
  • Our Four Generations
  • Joys of Being Grandparents
  • A Tribute to our Grandfather .

July 2016

Namaste.In his inspirational address to the US Congress on June 7, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Connecting our two nations is also a unique and dynamic bridge of 3 million Indian Americans. Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – Our Indian American Community as an Asset to the Capital District
  • Abode of God is Temple
  • Exercise Guidelines
  • Daily Chanting
  • Art of Oncology
  • Celebration of Life
  • Chairman’s message
  • Palliative Care
  • Some Notable Quotes

October 2016

Do our ancestors really matter? What role do they play in our life? Most of us value our ancestors because they were our elders. Some of the traits we exhibit may have come to us through them. Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – The Ancestor Effect
  • Financial Education for Women  
  • Gems from Scriptures  
  • Power of Meditation  
  • The MIT Connection  
  • Why do bad things happen  
  • Advances in Medicine 
  • Chairman’s message  
  • Life as a Journey  
  • Grandparents Day Supplement  
  • Our Four Generations  
  • Joys of Being Grandparents  
  • A Tribute to our Grandfather  

January 2016

Namaste, New Year’s Day marks the start of a new year in the Gregorian calendar. Most countries declare NY Day as a public holiday.People start celebrating the arrival of the New Year with New…. Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – Ring out the old & ring in the new
  • Wisdom from Ancient
  • Women of a Different
  • Homage to Swami Dayanand
  • Financial Adequacy
  • Great Warrior Bajirao
  • My Parents: My Guide
  • My Travel to India
  • Hindu Festival Tihar
  • Quotes

Festivals of India

Namaste. At the outset, I express my deep gratitude to Dr. Sastri Sreepada for spearheading this initiative to encourage young boys and girls from Indian families to write short essays on festivals of India.Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – Indian Heritage Awareness for and Through Our Children
  • Kumbhabhishekam
  • HCC Board Message
  • Deepavali
  • Dussehra
  • EID
  • Krishna Janmashtami
  • Maharshi Valmiki
  • Ramadan
  • Sankranti Pongal
  • Onam
  • Ugadi
  • Easter
  • Christmas
  • Vinayak Chaturthi
  • Holi
  • Rakshabandhan

Grandparents Day

The Hindu Cultural Center (HCC) Board deserves commendation for sponsoring the first Grandparents Day Celebration on Sunday, September 13 from 12 to 5 PM to honor our grandparents.  Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – Grandparents Day Celebration
  • This edition is filled with highlights from the Grandparents Day Celebration
  • Poems
  • Tributes
  • Messages of love
  • History of the Grandparents Day
  • Photos for the musical performance
  • Portrait galary

October 2015

Namaste! “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” Donating time and money to meet community needs is an age old Indian tradition. Our religious texts advocate that one should serve…  Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – A Newsletter for Our Community
  • Vedic Science boosts Modern Medical Science
  • Karma, Destiny, and Free Will in Hinduism
  • Hindu Festival Tihar in Nepal
  • “US” Indians in the tent of Tricity Area: Albany, Troy and Schenectady
  • Buddhism: An Introduction
  • Prostate Cancer: Myths & Facts
  • Financial Adequacy in Retirement
  • Kids: My Indian Heritage
  • Kids: My vacation trip to India
  • Mediation
  • Reflection and Renuwal

July 2015

Namaste! Grandparents constitute an anchor for our families. They connect us with our near past and give us hope and inspiration for our future. They pass on to us religious, cultural, moral, and …..  Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – Let Us Honor Our Grandparents
  • Tagore’s Poem
  • Time for second opinion
  • Aging Gracefully
  • Hinduism in the Caribbean
  • Jainism
  • India History
  • Timekeeping
  • My Grandparents
  • Kids
  • Vivekananda
  • Assocns. of Capital Region

April 2015

Namaste! It is my pleasure to send you this inaugural issue of Reflections. I would like to thank the Hindu Cultural Center’s (HCC)
Board of Directors for sponsoring and publishing this newsletter. Reflections will focus on issues of interest to our Indian-American community, particularly its seniors……  Read More>

In this Issue
  • Editorial – A Newsletter for Our Community
  • Clues to Happiness
  • Falling: A Serious Issue
  • God-centered Prayer
  • Introduction to Sikhism
  • Message from HCC Chair
  • My Grandparents
  • Advanced Planning
  • My Grandchildren
  • My Dadaji


Temple Constitution

The Temple Constitution defines the by-laws of the temple, the organization structure and the operating model. This document is the central artifact that dictates how the Temple and Cultural Center function and it sets guidelines for the code of conduct of its employees, volunteers and office bearers.

HCC Governing Policies

The HCC Governing Policies define the operating procedures and policies for the Cultural Center.