Gayatri Mantra and Esha Deol

The Gayatri Mantra is a highly revered mantra in Hinduism. Written in Sanskrit, the mantra reads:

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गोदेवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ।

It is pronounced as follows:

Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaata

Meaning: (Although, many say that translation cannot possibly do justice to the original it implores)
Let us meditate upon the glory of Ishwar,
Who has created this Universe,
Who is fit to be worshipped,
Who is the remover of all sins and ignorance.
May He enlighten our intellect.

Indian actress is Esha Deol photographed herself with a big tattoo of Gayatri Mantra on her back (see photo on the right). Esha says that she knows the mantra by heart and has been reciting it for many years.

The mantra, if chanted properly, has positive effects on different body parts.

The Gayatri Mantra is the essence of the three Vedas. It is the Vedas simplified. The more one contemplates and meditates upon the Gayatri, the more complexities are revealed to one.

AUM-Supreme Lord

BHUR-Protector of the earth, the material sheath, The Life breath of the Universe. From the feet to the navel center.

BHUVAH-One of the meanings is the sky. The Lord who pervades and eliminates all miseries.From the navel to the throat center.

SVAHAH-One of the meanings is the heavens. He is all Bliss and blesses His devotees with happiness. From above the throat center to the thousand petaled lotus.

TAT That-(That Thou Art)

SAVITUR-The SUN, Creator, Preserver and Self Luminous, the central mantra of the Solar Science.

VARENYAM-Most fit to be worshipped. Most choice worthy.

BHARGO-The burning splendor of the Sun that dispels ignorance, and therefore sorrows and miseries.

DEVASYA-The ‘Deva’, The God, He who is All Bliss, The Joyful One, The Shining One, The Revealer of All Glory

DHEEMAHI– We meditate upon Him

DHEEYO YO NA-Who our intelligence and Wisdom

PRACHODAYAAT-Inspires

Origin and History of Gyatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra is attributed to the rishi Viswamitra, from verse of the Rigveda, with Gayatri referring to the Vedic poetic meter of 24 syllables. It is addressed to God as the divine life-giver, symbolized by Savitr (the sun) and is most often recited at sunrise and sunset. While typically associated with outward ritual offerings, it can be recited more inwardly and without rites. Several Hindu scriptures offer praise for the Gayatri Mantra. Manusmriti states that “there is nothing more exalted than the Gayatri”. The Atharvaveda calls it the “Mother of the Vedas”. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says, “Of all poetry, I am the Gayatri”.

The mantra plays an important part in the traditional upanayanam (sacred thread) ceremony for young Brahmin males. It marks the beginning of study of the Vedas, and it is used for directing one’s thoughts toward attaining wisdom. Part of the daily ritual in traditional Brahmin practice is to recite the Gayatri Mantra at sunrise every morning.

During the last two centuries, several Hindu reform movements have freed the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra from caste and gender limitations. In 1898, Swami Vivekananda began initiating non-Brahmins with the sacred thread ceremony and the Gayatri Mantra. He based this on the teaching of the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita that Brahmin status is earned and not hereditary. The Arya Samaj notably spread the teaching that recitation of the mantra was not limited to males, but that women could rightfully be taught both the Vedas and the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Pariwar, founded by Shriram Sharma Acharya, teaches the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra as a foundational spiritual practice-one not limited to Brahmins.

In 1818 Brahmo Samaj founder Ram Mohan Roy wrote a dissertation on the meaning and importance of the Gayatri Mantra. By 1843, the First Covenant of the Brahmo Samaj required the use of the Gayatri Mantra for daily worship. From 1848-1850, with the rejection of Vedas, the Adi Dharm Brahmins also used the Gayatri Mantra in their private devotions.

Esha Deol Again

Apart from the Gayatri Mantra on her back, bollywood actress Esha Deol has another tattoo, a scorpion on her left bosom. Esha sure has a passion for tattoos on her beautiful body.

6 thoughts on “Gayatri Mantra and Esha Deol

  1. your tattoo is really beautiful.
    but how did you get that language translator into Tibetan mantra.
    I’m looking all the time because I will soon go up a tattoo, but can not find a translator. do you happen to

  2. Thanks my Sister ! You have showed a lot for Hinduism. Dear Sister ! I have sent this article for you. Please read and reply me with your name and address. I am very impressed.

    Hinduism is the foundation of civilization
    BY DIRGHA RAJ PRASAI

    Among all religions of the world, Hindu religion is considered as an ancient religion that is recognized as the foundation of civilization and as the most liberal democratic way of life. Hinduism & Buddhism are the identities & cultural assets of Nepal. The Lord Pashupathinath, Shoyambhunath, Lumbini, Barahachetra, Gosaikunda, Muktinath, Ridi, Janakidham, Devghat of Nepal, Kailash Mansharobar of Tibet (well accessed for Nepalese and Hindus), and Tirupati, Rameshroram, Jagannath, Badrinath, Amarnath of India are the symbolic shrines of Hinduism & Buddhism. The people of Nepal and India always have cordial relations due to the cultural and religious resemblance. They should know that if instability persists in Nepal, it could be a bastion of terrorism posing a threat to the whole world. When present India (Hindustan) was not in existence, there were more than 25 nations, 250 years ago, the great King Prithvi Narayan Shah expressed –”Nepal is true Hindustan”

    Nepalese all around the world and Nepal’s well-wishers are anxious about the conspiracy designed by some deviant party leaders against the Monarchy and Hinduism. Nepal will not become a heaven on earth just because monarchy is actually abolished and republican system ushered in. Nepal has already received so much respect and identity for being a Hindu kingdom. The essences of Nepalese nationalism are- Hinduism, constitutional monarchy and Nepali language. If these basic foundations are violated, national unity and sustainable peace cannot be achieved. The conflict between the political parties and the king came up because of the mistakes and blunders of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML and the authoritarian thinking of the Maoist. But, where would they stand abolishing Nepal and its identity. The nation and its people will win only if all the political leadership realizes this fact. Hindus by nature are peaceful, law abiding and secular people. However, it is a matter of great regret that Hindus are not b
    eing treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

    Several well wishers of Nepal also agree with the idea to conserve the Royal institution in Nepal. For example, veteran leader of B.J.P. Lalkrishna Advani says: ‘The framework for constitutional monarchy in Nepal should be consolidated because monarchy is the symbol of Nepal’s identity and sovereignty. Nepal should have an active and dynamic multi-party democracy’. The BJP, India’s main-opposition party, Raj Nath Singh, has said that his party will always extend its full support to any initiative that may help re-declaration of Nepal as a Hindu State. ( 2020.3.13 TGW )

    However at the political level, Indian government has been trying to create nuisance in Nepal’s effort to strengthen its nationalism and democracy. Indian leaders must understand that if Nepal due to any reason, is destroyed, India won’t get any peace. Forgetting Nepal’s background of Hinduism and Buddhism, a democratic country like India, should not work to create anarchy and establish terrorism in Nepal. But why are the United Nations, America and other foreign powers, despite knowing the identity and value of Nepal, are supporting the continuous ruin of this country? Hinduism is the mother of all religions. But we in Nepal are trying to dig up a well though there already is water in our rivers. ‘OM’ is a symbol of Vedic Knowledge. Hindus, Buddhist’s Mantra. It provides a fine example of Symbolism. Symbolism is needed in all fields of human knowledge like science, religion and politics. Spoken sounds of words are expressed as Alphabets and Numbers with Symbols by writing. ‘OM’ and ‘OM Mani Padme Hum’ is a l
    anguage of Sanskrit.
    A scholar Babu Suseelan says- ‘Hinduism is supported by science, but
    rooted in a perception of reality that reaches beyond the reductionism frame
    work to the intuitive awareness of the oneness of all life. The religion promotes the interdependence of the world and its multiple manifestations,
    and the cycles of change and transformation. we need
    to promote the universal, systemic and all inclusive Vedic thought system.’
    Similarly Hindu scholar Chand K Sharma writes- ‘Splashes from Hindu Maha Sagar- (FHRS_USA) Fri Mar 19, 2010- ‘Mathematics was the science to which Hindus contributed the most. Our decimal system, place notation, numbers 1 through 9, and the ubiquitous 0, are the major contributions towards this fundamental science. In the Vedic age, India was ahead of the rest particularly, in mathematics and astronomy. Mathematics (Ganita) has been at the top of the sciences known as Vedanga, and it included arithmetic, algebra and astronomy.
    Mathematics served as a bridge between understanding material reality and the spiritual conception. The mathematics of the Vedas contrasts the cold, clear, and geometric precision of the West and is cloaked in the poetic language that distinguishes the East. Vedic mathematicians devised sutras for solving mathematical problems with apparent ease.
    Aryans were deeply interested in planetary positions to calculate auspicious times, and they developed astronomy and mathematics towards that end. They identified various Nakshatras (constellations) and named the months after them. The earliest use of the zero symbols is in one of the scriptural books dated about 200 BC. The zero is called Shunya or ‘nothing.’ It was initially represented by a dot and later it was replaced by a small circle. And it was thereafter accepted as a numeral like others. There is a beautiful definition of the infinite in the following line of a Vedic mantra of Isavasya Upanishad. It says: “Take the whole (Infinite Brahman) from the whole and the whole still remains”. This is almost like the mathematician, Cantor’s definition of infinity.’
    As it is known and acknowledged, the Hindu civilization has made an immense contribution towards the advancement of humanity and human civilization across the world. From ancient times Hindus have made the most significant contributions in the fields of astronomy, astrology, mathematics, chemistry, medicine, art, music and last but most important, in the field of spirituality and divine cognition. The nectar of Hindu spiritual doctrines and practices was practically rediscovered by the west in the 20th century and many a harried westerner, worn down by the hectic pace of a technology and money driven life has found solace in the transcendental path of yogic practices and the ancient Vedic spirituality.-(A Saint-Tapan Ghash).
    But, it was a matter of regret to write- the history of the ‘destruction of Hindu Identities’ says- ‘Many prominent Hindu temples were desecrated and destroyed. Somnath temple on the coast of Gujarat was plundered and destroyed. The Vishnu temple was replaced with the Alamgir mosque at Benares, and The Treta-Ka-Thakur (Lord Rama) temple in Ayodhya was demolished and Babri Masjid was erected on its debris. This is just to mention the few as about over 63000 temples all over India were destroyed or converted in to mosques. Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (1658-1707) topped the list. The number of temples destroyed under his orders is counted in four figures. He ordered all temples destroyed such as the Kashi Vishvanath that was one of the most sacred temples and a center of Hindu learning. He had mosques built on a number of cleared temples sites. All other Hindu sacred places within his reach also suffered destruction and mosques were built upon them. Krishna’s birth temple in Mathura was desecrated by cow slaughte
    r and a mosque was built over it. Aurangzeb did not stop at destroying temples.’- Chand K Sharma. So, in such situation we all Hindus in the world need to take up this idea of freedom to their heart, make it their own agenda to save the identities of Hindu’s Dham, Temples and cultural values, bringing changes in the style of our behavior. A Scholar J. G. Arora writes (Organizer Weekly)

    There is a misconception in some minds that Hindu scriptures sanction the caste system. But being based on Vedas, Hinduism does not permit any caste system, whatsoever.
    Vedas, the proud possession of mankind, are the foundation of Hinduism. Vedas are all-embracing, and treat the entire humanity with the same respect and dignity. Vedas speak of nobility of entire humanity (Krinvanto Vishvam Maryam), and do not sanction any caste system or birth based caste system. Mantra number 10-13-1 of Rig Veda addresses entire humanity as divine children (Shrunvantu vishve Amrutsya Putraha). Innumerable Mantras of Vedas emphasize one-ness, universal brotherhood, harmony, happiness, affection, unity and commonality of entire humanity. Rig Veda, the Divine Poet declares, “All men are brothers; no one is big, no one is small.
    All are equal”. Yajur Veda reiterates that all men are brothers; no one is superior or inferior.” Rig Veda calls upon humanity to be united and to have common speech and common minds”. Atharva Veda enjoins upon all humans to be affectionate and to love one another as the cow loves her newly born calf. Underlining unity and harmony still further, Atharva Veda commands humankind to dine together, and be as firmly united as the spokes attached to the hub of chariot wheel. ‘Hinduism is all-embracing, and gives the same respect to all humans, and anything to the contrary in Manu Smriti or anywhere else is not sanctioned by the Vedas. Being divine revelation, Shrutis (Vedas) are the ultimate authority for Dharma, and represent its eternal principles whereas being human recapitulations, Smritis (Recollections) can play only a subordinate role. ‘Vedas are the most precious Gift for which West had ever been indebted to East’ – Francois. M. Voltaire

    But, in the context of Hindu & Buddhist tradition in Nepal, some political leaders are active to demoralize the Hindu culture and unity. Nepalese Maoists, the rebellion groups, have tried to destroy the identity of Pashupatinath, Living Goddess Kumari, Bikram Sambat and its calendar and every norm of Hindus. When we loose our norms and values, our existences will also be finished. If the Hindu cultures will be eliminated from Nepal, it will be very easy to establish the Christian state in these zones. So, in this critical situation, if a solution is not sought with the presence and participation of the monarch, this country could see a bloodbath. If that happens, no one knows what will be the future of this country. After the constituent assembly election-2008, the leadership of the coalition government is becoming confused & despotic. Unconstitutional declaration of the secularism will be the cause of terrorism. It is because the objective behind the declaration was to suppress the Hindus and its roo
    t from Nepal.

    Hindu religion is the world’s most liberal and tolerant religion. Despite being a Hindu country, Nepal is the most liberal and tolerant non-secular country in the world. The philosophy of Hinduism is guided as- “to refrain from all evils, to do what is good and to purify the mind”. High thinking & Simple living is the way of Hindus. In Sanskrit, Hindu means ‘Hi’= Sun, ‘Indu’= moon. Nepalese national flag is also decorated by Sun and Moon. The triangular flag with the Sun and Moon is based on the principles of Hinduism. The national flag of Nepal has its own identity and recognition in the world. The Nepalese flag is very inclusive and represents to all the castes and tribes insisting the nature. The flag of Nepal is the symbol of unity in diversity. The Maoist wants to change the national flag. That is why; the intention of Maoist is to abolish the identity of Nepalese nationality. To change the national flag is irrational. The Nepalese people believe, Nepal will remain eternal till there is the Sun and
    Moon. The western renowned philosopher Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, German scholar Nitse, Megasthaniz and Fai-Han has written many books supporting the Hindu philosophy expressing the evolutionary process of the world’s civilization. Hindu philosophy is incomparably greater intellectual work than the Bible?
    If we want to know the greatness of Hinduism, we can see The Great Wall of China, “the seventh wonders of the world” has a fourteen feet long Sanskrit incantation engraved on the western gate. Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan had written ‘OM Namo! Bhagawati’ including others in the 14th century. The Chinese Great Wall has many syllables from ‘Mahabharata’ written on the doors in Sanskrit language. It is not a common thing that the language was written in Kalipinya letters. NEWSWEEK COLUMNIST Ms Lisa Miller says-‘we are all Hindus. The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says: “Truth is one, but the sages speak of it by many names.” A Hindu believes there are many paths to God. The most traditional, conservative Christians have not been taught to think like this. They learn in Sunday school that their religion is true, and others are false. Let us all say “OM.” when you chant “OM,” it will resonate not only in the room but down through the ages.’ May 13, 2010 at > http://www.newsweek.com/id/237910

    A Nepali Scholar Mr. Dinbandhu Aryal explains– ‘Hindus are inclusive. ‘H’- stands for humanity, ‘I’- stands for individual righteousness , ‘N’-for nationalism, justice, economic freedom, ‘D’- for divine virtue and ‘U’-for universal peace and co-operation. The word Hindu is formed in the full sense.’ Further, he adds ‘Hinduism is the sum and substance of the traditional humane cordiality. The African leader Nelson Mandela was impressed from Vedas, legends and Upanishads. He wanted to be converted into a Hindu and for that purpose he wanted to perform penance or provide donation if necessary. He would be gratified and feel fortunate.’ This is amply proved that Hindus want to make all the people of the world civilized, cultured and prosperous. Nepal is a land of devotees of different religious faith and traditions, all cooperating and co-existing together towards attainment of humanity and protection of civilized society. An international scholar Aldous Huxley said-“The oldest aspects of Hindu mythology give
    place to the most profound and subtle utterances about the nature of ultimate reality, it is in itself a liberal education in humility, tolerance and suspense of judgment.”
    About 950 years ago the Muslims invaded India. Their aim was to conquer, convert, destroy and loot. Due to their notorious attacking they were successful. At that time Muslims burned many Hindus- temples and erected mosques on top of the burned out temples and on other locations also. They burned Hindus schools and started their own Islamic schools. They burnt all most all Hindus institutions and built Islamic institutions. They killed millions and millions of Hindus. Muslims killed who wouldn’t accept Islam and millions of Hindus who were afraid of being killed accepted Islam. In the ruling time of Muslim in India, English imperialist-East India Company invaded India with Christianity. They came first as traders, secondly-Bible and third was sward where they were building their own military force, secretly, to take over India and they were getting help from Great Britain to do so, and they succeeded. The British bribed the military by paying salaries to fight for them, to control Muslims. Many Sikhs, Indi
    ans joined the British military and betrayed Hindus.(Bhagavaandaas Tyaagi)

    In this context, an analyst Stephen Knapp says- India is slowly losing the Vedic culture (Hinduism) through the process of secular or Christian education. In public schools all Vedic books have been removed from the curriculum. There are no possibilities to study the ancient Hindu literature or art in such institutions. The Hindu population is slowly forgetting the unique history and lofty culture of their homeland. (5th Feb. 2008- Peoples Review) In fact the Christian saints order to destroy the huts where they keep the idols of Hindu’s God & Goddess and to break the statues of Hindu idols into tiny pieces. That was their goal to destroy Hindu & Buddha culture and make the country a Christian nation. So, it is a high time Nepal also should be careful to save her indigenous culture.

    Similarly, the scholar S. Knapp Says- ‘A scholar V. S. Sardesai has written- ‘British invasion of India and to the address of Lord McCauley to the British Parliament on February1835. He said- (Lord Mecaule addressed to the British Parliament 2 Feb 1835- ‘I have traveled across the length and breadth of India, …I don’t think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indian think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and they will become what they want them, a truly dominated nation’. And in order to break what McCauley called the backbone of India, the British replaced the old and ancient educational system of India as proposed by McCauley by what is now known as Mc Cauley’s system of education and which is still being followed in
    India even after independence and which makes Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own and which also makes Indian loose their self esteem and their culture.

    Stephen Knnap writes- India is a predominantly Hindu nation. 83% of the Indian population is Hindu. But it is a matter of great regret that India is the only country in the world
    where the Hindu majority population is being ruled by the other 17% minority
    communities. Sonia Gandhi, the President of the ruling Congress Party is a practicing
    Catholic Christian. Her son Rahul Gandhi who is being groomed as the next Prime
    Minister of India is also a Christian. Sonia’s daughter Priyanka Vadera and
    her husband are also Christians. India’s Defense Minister is A. K. Anthony, a
    Christian. Sonia’s closest advisors are: Margaret Alva, Oscar
    Fernandez, Ambika Soni, all Christians (yes, despite Ambika’ s Hindu sounding
    name, she is a Christian).

    The conspiracy against oriental Baidik Hindu and Buddha’s culture was started almost 200 years ago from India by East India Company where Lord Macaulay was one of them who succeed to destroy oriental Hindu identities and culture. In addition, they engaged one Mr. Max Muller, a German Sanskrit scholar and a devout Christian, to help missionaries in converting Hindus to Christianity by misinterpreting and distorting Vedas and other scriptures of Sanatana Dharma Traditions so that Hindus would loose respect for the Vedas and Vedic Traditions and move away from Sanatan Hindu Dharma and thus could easily be converted to Christianity’ The Christians are very active to abolish the Hindu identity.
    The Secretary General of UnitedNationalistNepalese.org.USA, A Nepali Scholar Ashutosh Shrivastav has released a news, Aug.14th 2009- ‘Planned eradication of Hinduism’, -Aug.14th 2009-‘ Just got the news from Nepal, Christian organizations in Nepal have bribed 50 Lakh rupees to Nepalese Parliament to declare Rhinoceros as the national animal replacing Holy Cow. This will enable them to slaughter cows and inhumanely rape Hinduism.’ Again Ashutosh Shrivastav has released-16 Aug.2009 from USA – It is because of few ignorant diplomats, India and Indians are perceived notorious in Nepalese society. As we all know, Nepal was the only Hindu Kingdom in the world. With the congress government in power, Nepal’s monarchy was abolished and the country was declared secular. We all know that religion was never an issue for Nepal. However, a Ghost suddenly edited the Interim constitution and declared the country secular. There are reports that Anti Hindu groups are advocating for cow slaughter in Nepal. It is evident
    that Indian Congress has historically been against Hindus. Nepal’s Hindu monarchy was abolished with the help of Indian government.
    Secularism is being held up on the same pedestal as Democracy by those who have political motives to do so. These self-serving secularists refuse to see that Theocracy is alive and well internationally. Just look at all the Islamic states, Israel, as well as many European states that proclaim them secular but practice hard-core evangelical proselytizing Christianity. So what was wrong with Nepal being the sole Hindu state in the world? No other religion was persecuted here by the Hindu majority. A prominent journalist Pushpa Raj Pradhan says-‘ Secularism was the Maoist agenda. This agenda was covertly supported by the Christian missions. The attempt of different Christian missions was to demoralize the Hindus. if the demand for a Hindu kingdom is not responded , the Hindus are ready to start a war for the cause of Hindu kingdom.’
    Similarly, A renowned actress of film and movies Manisha Koirala, the grand daughter of BP Koirala says, comparatively- ‘The talk of secularism and removal of the Hindu kingdom, this should have occurred when the people became dissatisfied with Hinduism and when there was a conflict between Hindus, Muslims or Christians. Ours is a peaceful Hindu nation. There had been any conflict regarding religious issues. In such, a contest, secularism was introduced. This was added from above and outside; so that is wrong. The situation has now deteriorated. They don’t have a vision on the implication of their decisions in the long term. The King and the palace is an integral part of Nepalese culture and traditions. During the King’s visit to different religious festivals, the people received him with love. In my opinion the King and the Palace are the cultural and traditional pillars of Nepal. There is rampant theft, robbery and no law and order in the nation. The nation is heading towards anarchy.’-(Mar.25-2010 People’s
    Review)
    We summarily reject the forceful declaration of Nepal as republic and secular country. We need the support of World Hindu Organizations/Buddhist organizations to make Nepal a peaceful place to live. Conversion is expeditiously going on; Hindus are forcefully converted every second whereas politicians have kept the public busy with political agenda. Nepal’s declaration as a secular country is a matter of Shame for the Global Hindus. It is a symbolic attack on Hinduism. As one of the members suggested, toppling the Congress government could work in the biggest advantage for India and for the people who support justice, peace, democracy, human rights, freedom and Dharma. We know, Communists do not believe in religion. JNU is popular for producing Extreme Leftists. It was Indian Congress government and policy makers like SD Muni who not only assisted but funded Nepal Maoists to wage a war against Hinduism. They were successful in declaring Nepal a secular country and abolishing Monarchy. Of course, Indian d
    iplomats and congress are responsible for the bloodshed in Nepal and facilitating eradicates Hinduism.
    Dr. Tilak shrestha says-‘Some Janajati (indiginious) people of Nepal have this erroneous idea that Hinduism is about Bahuns exploiting Janajatis. It is far from the truth. I have responded to such ideas in the articles. However, let me point out an interesting fact here. All of us, Janajati or otherwise, have ancestral traditions and cultures, which we are proud of. Matter of fact such roots and traditions define us. No body in Hindu society condemns any of the customs or traditions. However, Christianty forces its converts to agree that all their non-Christian ancestors have gone to hell, and to discard all their traditions as evil. Conversion is basically – here are a few goodies, now give up your traditions and values. It is nothing more than prostitutions.
    31 Aug 2009 Newsweek magazine, USA >www.newsweek.com< Lisa Miller writes- According to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that's the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity. The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says: "Truth is one, but the sages speak of it by many names." A Hindu believes there are many paths to God. Jesus is one way, the Qur'an is another, Yoga practice is a third. None is better than any other; all are equal. Thirty percent of Americans call themselves "spiritual, not religious," according to a 2009 NEWSWEEK Poll, up from 24 percent i
    n 2005. Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has long framed the American propensity for "the divine-deli-cafeteria religion" as "very much in the spirit of Hinduism. And if going to Catholic mass plus the Yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that's great, too."
    A scholar Chand K. Sharma says in online-'Hinduism does not make any discrimination in the society on the basis of color, race or gender. The meaning of Dharma (religion) is related to the service of society and environment. Every person is respected equally in individual capacity. Professions have been graded inter-se according to the contribution made towards the well being of society. Hindu society is the only society that propagated the slogan of 'Vasudeva Kutambakum' (world is a family) at the dawn of civilization, implying that entire universe is one large family where every one has to play the assigned role for the well being of all.
    Hindu scriptures encouraged equality, freedom of mind, expression, self-discipline, and righteous values for a just and equitable society to provide social justice. Hindu society adopted the principle of universal well-being, equality and brotherhood in her customs, traditions, rituals and festivals.

    I reiterate the reality, in Maldives and Saudi Arabia, only Muslims can become citizens of that country. Even in Israel, except a few exceptions, only Jews can become its citizens. In Pakistan, a Hindu cannot vote for Muslim candidates. Out of the 199 countries around the world, more than 100 are non-secular countries and of them more than 100 are Muslim and Christian non-secular countries. Despite being aware of the fact it is intriguing that so-called big party leaders (Congress, UML and Maoist) declared Nepal a secular state without the mandate of the people. They directly hurt the feeling of the majority of the Hindus in the country and more than 1 billion Hindus all over the world.
    So, Hinduism is the foundation of civilization. We are 85% Hindus and including Buddhists we are 95% in Nepal. In India, an estimated 930 million of its population are followers of Hinduism. The Hindu Philosophy preaches that all the people of the world are our friends. Fraternity & honesty always has been propounded by Hindus. However, the Racism and social discriminations are the great hindrances of Hindus. Of course it needs to be corrected. If we respect each other, our problems will be mitigated gradually. So, we request to all party leaders and every nationals not to minimize the reality of Hinduism and Buddhism, the basis of world civilization.Thank you. My Email: dirgharajprasai&gmail.com

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