Translated from ‘Dainik Jagaran’ newspaper:
American University Makes Study of Gita Compulsory
An American university has made study of Gita compulsory for all its students by including it in its “core course.” The Seton Hall University (http://www.shu.edu/) has taken this decision observing the importance of Gita in life. University administration says that through the wisdom of Gita, students can better understand and cope with the complexities of life and be better prepared to face all the life’s challenges.
The autonomous Catholic Seton Hall University was established in New Jersey in 1856. Professor A.D. Amar working with the University’s Stillman Business School said the decision to make Gita compulsory for all students is an unprecedented one. Out of the University’s total strength of 10,800 students, about one-third are non-Christians. There are a huge number of Indian students studying at the University.
Professor Amar who played a key role in this development said that the core course is compulsory for all students of the University. It has to be studied by everyone regardless of the subject they have chosen for study. He added that the University understood the importance of the philosophy of Gita and decided to make its study compulsory for all students.
What a shame that Gita is compulsory study for all students in an American university regardless of their religion, but banned from schools and colleges in India due to “secularism.” This Congress-style ‘secularism’ is the biggest wound Hindus have willingly inflicted on their own cheeks. Worse, the more this wound festers and poisons the rest of their body, the more the Hindus showcase it to others to prove their intellectual sophistication.
Little do they realise that the kind of secularism being practised in India is nothing but an elaborate scheme to strangle them slowly, and that they are being quietly brainwashed by India’s English media (with questionable funding) to ensure that the Hindus go to the gallows singing all the way.
Here is another report from the same newspaper:
“Europe Should Recognise Hinduism as a Religion”
US-based spiritual leader Rajan Zed has asked the European Parliament to give recognition to Hinduism as a religion in the whole of Europe. While meeting the President of the European parliament Hans Gert Pottering, Zed explained the essence of Gita and Gayatri Mantra to him. Zed asked Pottering to declare Diwali as a major festival in Europe. The European Parliament had invited Zed for a spiritual discourse on Hinduism. The Hindu spiritual leader introduced the Members of Parliament to the fundamental tenets of Hinduism.
Zed also raised the issue of religious discrimination being suffered by Hindus in Europe. He said that Hindus living in Europe have to face many problems and difficulties. To solve these, Zed presented a 15 point programme to the Parliament. The programme includes points such as quick approval to proposals related to opening of Hindu temples, appropriate representation and promotion of vegetarianism. Zed informed Pottering that Hindus are not allowed to construct temples anywhere in Europe. The applications to open new temples are kept under processing for a long time and then almost always rejected.
Not many Hindus know it, but Hinduism — the oldest living spiritual tradition in the world going back about 8,000 years — is still listed as a “cult” in all European countries. Their governments refuse to accept it as a legitimate religion. They actively prevent establishment of any Hindu temple in their territories.
But that does not prevent European leaders — especially from Italy and France — from preaching “respect for all religions” to Indian government and recommending to Hindus that they should allow more churches to be opened in India to prove to the world how tolerant they are. What a farce! Why don’t the Indians take the Europeans to task for this kind of behaviour and ask for an explanation about why Hinduism has been listed as a cult while Judaism, Buddhism and Islam are listed as legitimate religions.
Is it because the church fears the ancient and formidable Hindu spiritual literature (especially the Upanishads, Rigveda and Gita) and thinks that it may trigger another “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna” movement in Europe, shaking its very foundations? But there is no reason why European governments should continue to list Hinduism as a primitive cult and be allowed to get away with this insult to all Indians.