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Hindus advise Hollywood celebrities to shun  using Hinduism merely as fashion statement Hindus advise Hollywood celebrities to shun using Hinduism merely as fashion statement
by Rajan Zed
2008-09-21 10:01:33
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Hindus welcome Hollywood celebrities to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and not just using it as a fashion statement.

Reacting to the recent adventures of Hollywood luminaries flirting with Hinduism, Hindu concepts and terminology, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said, "Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion followers and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly".

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further says that If Hollywood bigwigs are really serious in their involvement with Hinduism, they are most welcome and they will gladly provide these seekers the resources they need for their study and research.

But if their involvement in Hinduism is just because it appears hip to sample a little flavor, sprinkle little terminology around, show off a symbol/image/style; or to advance their own non-spiritual agenda; or it solely sounds flip; it sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees, Zed points out.

Hollywood celebrities need to have more patience and go beyond the superficial because Hinduism concepts evolved over thousands of years and need serious study. There are no short cuts and mishmash creates more confusion. Moksha, brahm, dharma, karma, samadhi, mantra, etc., are contemplative concepts not to be thrown around loosely or used for dramatic effects, Rajan Zed argues.

  
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Emanuel Paparella2008-09-21 15:09:47
How true and familiar indeed. Whenever one hears concepts such as original sin, redemption, repentance, confession, scriptural, exegesis, apocaliptic times, Trinity, Word, etc. thrown about loosely one can be pretty sure that one is dealing with a basher and caricaturizer of Christianity. They usually deal superficially with all religions, whichever they are wearing that day.


Sand2008-09-21 17:36:32
In other words, any attempt to examine the logic and symbolic motivation behind religious ceremonial procedures and surmising that they are too frail to stand up to common sense and good behavior should be considered out of bounds.


Emanuel Paparella2008-09-21 20:08:30
“… any attempt to examine the logic and symbolic motivation behind religious ceremonial procedures and surmising that they are too frail to stand up to common sense and good behavior should be considered out of bounds.”
Now, one can take that statement and by shrewdly ignoring its irony I can put it back in the mouth of its proponent to make it look like a serious proposal rather than a critique. In philosophy that kind of technique is known as sophistry. Similarly, another sophistic strategy is to ignore the real point of a comment and stand it on its head: my comment did not make the point that we should not examine the symbols of religion (rivers of ink have been spent on the topic and there is plenty to research…) but rather that most superficial bashers and ax grinders of religion can only do so by dealing with the subject superficially as a caricature of sort. Were they dealing with it seriously and scholarly they might still legitimately have something to criticize at the end of the process but they would not be dishing out gratuitous slander and bashing based on myopic ideological bias; and they would surely be more honest and credible.


Sand2008-09-21 20:12:37
I knew I could get a spray of popcorn out of you, Paparella.
Well done!


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