Jai Ganesa! I claim ignorance in the topic and I have not seen the magaine but I pray that Lord Nataraja help this president and also keep his family safe.Its a brave job and certainly not for the faint of heart.Anbe Sivamayam Satyame Parasivam.
It heard Hindus are upset about this picture, there is nothing wrong in this picture. I heard that the complaint was that a mortal was pictured as a God. Per Hindu beliefs, God is omnipresent, why are we not able to see God in human beings? In my opinion, there is absolutely nothing wrong in this picture. The intent is to reflect how difficult is a President’s job and nothing more or less.
We at Hinduism Today’s offices saw this as evidence of a positive trend. Hinduism is increasingly mainstream in America, no longer relegated to the realm of the exotic and the menacing. The price we will pay for the increasing awareness of Hindu concepts is to see more parodies and references to our culture. That only emphasizes the importance of the role that Hinduism Today, and all good Hindus, will play in the upcoming years as we educate people about what Hinduism really is.
Hindus are by nature tolerant, which provides a good counterpoint to those religions that are belligerent and easily offended when being misrepresented.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.