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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta