U. S. President revealed the insides of his pocket. And a small statue of Hindu god Hanuman was one of the few totems that he carries in his pocket all the time, posted by Cape Code News on Youtube.
Lord Hanuman is a Hindu deity and devotee of Lord Rama. In Epic Ramayana, he participated in Rama’s war against the demon king Ravana. He is also presented as the incarnation of Lord Shiva in several texts.
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The totems which Obama carries includes- rosary beads which Pope Francis gave him during his visit to the US in 2015; a tiny Buddha idol which was given by a monk; a silver poker chip that was once a lucky charm of a mustachioed biker in Iowa; and a small statue of Lord Hanuman, according to the CNN reports.
Obama said they reminded him of the people he met along the way, he further added that “I’m not that superstitious, so it’s not like I think I necessarily have to have them on me at all times.”
But he admitted that he find solace in the totems.
“If I feel tired, or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can kind of reach into my pocket and say yeah, that’s something I can overcome, because somebody gave me the privilege to work on these issues that are going to affect them,” he said.
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Obama, whose mother was a white woman from Kansas and had a father was Kenyan, spent his childhood in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion.
During his visit to India later this year, in 2016, President Obama showed a Hanuman’s idol to LK Advani’s daughter, Pratibha when she asked about his devotion towards the Hindu god at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Republic day.
Then, he delved in his pocket and took out a 4cm Hanuman’s statue that startled everyone.
In 200, the Economic Times reported that Obama the first-ever Black-American representative of a major US party for Presidential elections always keeps a gambler’s lucky chit, a bracelet belonging to an American soldier deployed in Iraq, a tiny monkey god and tiny Madonna and child.
In his book, Dreams from My Father, Obama unveiled the fact that his step-father Lolo Soetoro introduced him to Lord Hanuman when he lived in Indonesia. He wrote, “There standing astride the road was a towering giant at least ten stories tall wth the body of a man and a face of an ape. That’s Hanuman, Lolo said as we circled the statue, the monkey-god. I turned around in my seat, mesmerized by the solitary figure, so dark against the sun, poised to leap into the sky as puny traffic swirled around his feet.”He’s a great warrior,” Lolo said firmly,”strong as a hundred men. when he fights the demons, he’s never defeated.”
– prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117
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