Christian-Buddhist-Jewish leaders condemn anti-Hindu vandalism in Virginia

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christian-Buddhist-Jewish leaders have come out to the support of Hindus of Loudoun County (Virginia) who have reportedly experienced anti-Hindu vandalism in the last three months.

Reverend Richard L. Smith, a United Church of Christ pastor in Nevada, in a statement today, said: It is especially sad to see such expressions of hatred coming from the home state of Thomas Jefferson, who so ardently believed in religious liberty.  We are all diminished by it, even as we are enriched by interfaith acceptance and cooperation.

Jikai’ Phil Bryan, well-known Buddhist leader, in a statement today, stressed: It is absolutely unbelievable and deeply saddening to note that something like this can happen in my country. All right thinking people should strongly condemn such behavior and come to the defense of our wonderful Hindu neighbors.

ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Jewish Rabbi in California and Nevada, in a statement today, pointed out: Vandalism against our peace-loving Hindu brothers and sisters in Ashburn, Virginia is incredibly thoughtless and un-American. Religion tells us to love and help our neighbors.  We need to support the Hindu community of Virginia and stop the hate-filled graffiti.  

Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, welcoming the support of these diverse religious leaders, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Hindu-American community was highly concerned about the reported anti-Hindu incidents in Loudoun County.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other faith communities in Loudoun County to come forward to express their support to the Hindu neighbors and thus spread the message of peace, love and harmony at grassroots level.

Rajan Zed further said that Hindu-Americans, numbering about three million, were a very friendly community and had made lot of contributions in the nation building. Loudoun County should stand in solidarity with the Hindu brothers and sisters at such a time, Zed added.

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  1. Historically Christian and Muslim faiths have their roots in Judaism, Abraham.
    so at their core, concepts about the soul, creation and God are the same.
    I would like to address certain linguistic and philosophical similarities common to both Jews and Hindus, which may open up a broader discussion.
    1. Names of God,
    a. The most holy of all names of God for a Jew is KNA or KANA, Rabbi’s have slapped my face when I have sacomment_ID this name out loud.
    This is conscomment_IDered to be the most intimate name for God in the Old Testament. Where it is translated, “I am a jealous God,
    have no other gods before you”, the literal Hebrew translation is, “My name is EL KNA, have no other gods before you.”
    This name expands to KRE ShTN as Rabbi Aryeh Kapln,in Meditation and the Kabbalah explains
    “On Monday, you must intertwine the associated name “KRE ShTN””

    b, From a Vedic (Hindu) view point, Kana is also an affectionate name of Krishna, The pronunciation used above “KRE ShTN” is very similar to
    the way south Indians pronounce Krishna.

    2. Abraham and Brahma: Very few know that there are two Abrahams in Jewish philosophy
    a. There is a description of how the universe was in chaos until Abraham appeared. It is sacomment_ID, “Over the whole, there hovered Tohu (chaos)
    and as long as Tohu dominated, the whole world was not in being or existence. When dcomment_ID that key open the gates and make the world fruitful?
    It was when Abraham appeared.” [Genesis II 4] As explained in the introduction to the Zohar The Soncino Press LTD–London New York
    There is also this reference one needs to ponder It is sacomment_ID, “Angels are supposed to have no back and four faces, so always to be able to behold God.”
    [Talmud, cf. Ezek i. 6]

    b. In the First Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, there is a long description of how Brahma created the planets, stars etc. It is well know that the Brahma
    of this universe has 4 heads.

    3. DEMIGODS AND ANGELS have the same function in both traditions.
    a. The Mcomment_IDrash teaches, “There is no blade of grass that does not have a constellation (Mazal) over it, telling it to grow.” [Sefer Yetzirah 4.6]
    “As commentaries explain, ‘God’s provcomment_IDence works through the angels, but the angels, in turn, work through the stars and planets. As some authorities put it,
    the angels are, in a sense, like souls to the stars. Thus, for example, some sources speak of the stars as having intelligence, but the commentaries note
    that this is actually speaking of the angels that are associated with them.'” [Sefer Yetrzirah 4.6]

    b. The Vedic conception is that there are many specially empowered demigods who help manage the affairs of the universe including the planets of our solar system.
    The controlling demigods, although not eternal them selves, function within various posts that exist as long as the universe exists. For example,
    one of the principle demigods is Lord Indra. Indra is the name of the post, but the particular demigod who occupies that post during a given period
    has his own personal name. Just like Prescomment_IDent of the United States is a post, but there have been many prescomment_IDents throughout history.

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