Nevada, July 7 (ANI): Hindus urged US President Barack Obama to put a Hindu temple also on his list, if possible, in case he decided to attend a number of different churches in rotation.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that President Obama was most welcome to visit any Hindu temple he selected in/around Washington DC. A report quoted President Obama, while discussing handling church in Washington DC, as "...We may choose, rather than to join just one church, to rotate and attend a number of different churches."
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, applauded President Obama for including "Hindus" in his inaugural address on January 20 in Washington DC, when he said, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers".
Again, in his address to Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference in Washington DC on July 19, President Obama said: "So as we join in prayer, we remember that this is a nation of Christians and Muslims and Jews and Hindus and non-believers." Zed commended Obama for recognizing Hindus and for his inclusiveness approach.
Rajan Zed pointed out that serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience. In our shared pursuit for the truth, we could learn from one another and thus could arrive nearer to the truth, Zed stressed.
Zed offered Obama wholehearted Hindu support in his worldwide efforts in the areas of human improvement, peace, ecological responsibility, social and economic development, etc.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are over two millions Hindus in United States of America. (ANI)