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Hindus waiting for John Brown University apology

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

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that universities were meant for education and research and should not be in the business of denigrating religions.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that JBU should not shy away from its responsibility for this denigrating article by just saying: “The Threefold Advocate” is a student publication and operates with nearly complete autonomy…

“The Threefold Advocate” was hosted on jbu.edu, its adviser was JBU’s Department of Communications head and the person who wrote the article seemed to be a JBU employee, Rajan Zed argued.

Zed further said that it was sad that despite their urging, JBU President Dr. Charles Pollard had not apologized to the perturbed Hindu community and objectionable article had not been removed from “The Threefold Advocate” online edition. On this issue, Hindus might contact Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which had accredited JBU; and Arkansas State Department of Education, which had approved JBU, Zed added.

Rajan Zed indicated 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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  • Radhakrishnan

    March 21, 2014 - 4:16 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…

  • Rajan Rajiv

    March 23, 2014 - 7:14 pm Reply

    You haven’t understood the crux of the argument. Yoga was introduced by illiterate ancient ascetics. They meditated through difficult yogic asanas ( postures) to appease their mythological gods. They didn’t wasnt sex power; they didn’t perform yoga for long life; they didn’t want mental happiness. Their different and difficult asanas (postures) in yogic meditation was mainly concentrated on winning the nod of their gods to attain nirvana. But the advertisement of yoga gurus who have infiltrated America today is to get sex power, longevity and mental happiness. They have discarded the real yoga of ascetics by hijacking the benefits of relaxation and exercise techniques which have been popular in the West from time immemorial. The Eton and Harvard playgrounds will testify to this. Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress. tension.
    Regular practice of relaxation techniques will assist you in relieving muscle tension, reduce anxiety, and improve your overall well being. On the psychological side, relaxation can increase your sense of general well-being and improve your capacity to think clearly, focus and sustain your attention, manage stress, regulate emotions and increase awareness Ancient ascetics who introduced yoga were ignorant of heart disease, or blood pressure, diabetes or tension or depression. But the Yoga gurus have stolen the exercise and relaxation techniques of the west by giving fantastic asana names..

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