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Arkansas University Calls Hindu gods ‘demonic’

Hindus are upset over an article in Arkansas’s John Brown University (JBU) student newspaper calling Hindu gods as “demonic” and Hinduism as “ugly religion”. 

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that such statements coming out of an educational institution were really shocking.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged JBU President Dr. Charles Pollard to apologize to the Hindu community, immediately withdraw March 13 (Issue 18, Volume 79) print edition of “The Threefold Advocate” from circulation and remove the objectionable article from its online edition.

Rajan Zed pointed out that it was highly inappropriate for a publication of educational institution like JBU, which was listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes, to belittle Hinduism, which was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought.

Our gods were highly revered to us and we considered them divine and worship them and our religion was very sacred to us. JBU, which claimed to be an educational leader providing “academic, spiritual and professional foundation for world-impacting careers” to students from across the globe, should be more sensitive about the feelings of “others”, Zed noted.

The article titled “Rethink yoga” by Deborah Raiees-Dana, who is described as “the tutoring coordinator for Student Support Services”, includes lines “…yoga is the beautiful face that the very ugly religion of Hinduism uses…” and “…yoga has its roots in the worship of demonic Hindu gods.” It further says: “There is more I have left unsaid than I have said.”

There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Launched in 1919, JBU with a 200-acre main campus in Siloam Springs in Northwest Arkansas (USA), serves over 2,500 students from 42 US states and 44 countries. Its Mission includes “…education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual, and professional lives”. President Pollard states under “Greetings” on the website: JBU is dedicated to one thing, educating the whole person – “head, heart and hand.” It offers nine graduate degree programs, 40 undergraduate majors and 47 undergraduate minors and “admits students of any faith”. Michael R. Kairis is Chairman of its Board of Trustees and Sidney Van Wyk is the Editor-in-Chief of “The Threefold Advocate”.

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  • A.Yeshuratnam

    March 21, 2014 - 4:05 pm Reply

    Ancient Indian Yogis who first introduced yoga were ascetics and they were illiterate. They were ignorant of the circulation of the blood. They were ignorant of the function of the lungs or the bloodstream. They foolishly believed that each breath circulated air throughout the body of a person. So they foolishly gave importance to deep breath, ignorant of the fact that lungs are meant for breathing. .As for instance, to get sex power they want the air to be directed to sex organs by mental power.Yoga gurus are also ignorant that the heart pumps blood equally to all parts of the body and that the air goes only to lungs and does not circulate to other parts of the body by deep breathing. Yoga gurus mislead people by saying that deep breath invigorates every part of the body. They also say that the link to integrate body and mind is breath. Air goes only to the lungs can be proved when fast runners exclaim, ” I had to stop running to catch my breath,’ or ‘ my lungs will burst.’ They mislead people by saying that if we stand head upside down (sirasasana) blood will stream into the brain to make us intelligent and to have good memory power. If this view is correct, then blood will be always streaming into the foot area which is a lower part of the body. Did Archimedes and other scientists stand head upside down to improve their intelligence? So it is all bunkum.

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