Ohio, May 3, 2017: With Christians forming a major part of the population, people in Ohio believe in “religion” with all their heart. But due to the stress of urban lifestyle, Ohioans have become victims of ‘depression’.
Ohio is a mid-western state in the United States of America and a study has found that on an average 19 million American adults are “depressed”. People have visited doctors but all in vain. As a result, people are trying to find solace in “religion” especially “Hinduism”.
The principles of non-violence, vegetarianism and much more, attract people towards Hinduism. According to a report of 2015, Hinduism is the 3rd most practised religion in Columbus (capital of Ohio).
Here a few experiences of people who found peace by accepting Hindu traditions and customs to overcome their stress-
A resident of the Ohio, Andrea McCanney has tried everything to cure her depression: doctors, medicine and all the Western world had to offer. Nothing worked.
Then, when her friend urged her to find her way out of this situation through Hinduism, she went to Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple in Delaware County. She sat in front of a live video feed from a guru in India’s temple, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, and after trying his techniques, she began to feel better.
“He gives you direction,” said McCanney, of Delaware. “He gives you techniques, a little thing to try. You do it enough times and it really starts to change everything about your life. It gives you a new perspective.”
Three months later, she went to India to learn more. Now, she’s the ritual coordinator at the temple and Nithyananda gave her the name Gurupriya Nithya, which she will soon make her legal name.
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According to dispatch.com report, at Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple and Hindu Cultural Center of Ohio on the North Side, Head Priest Satyanarayana Sastry said he sees more Americans showing interest in Hinduism.
“There’s always been this stereotype that the East is spiritually fulfilled and prosperous and that the West is materially fulfilled,” Kaura said. “Some Westerners are finding they’re not fulfilled in material goods and are looking for spiritual fulfilment … they’re looking toward Hinduism and Buddhism.
“I think people are ready for something that’s more inclusive than what they were exposed to previously,” added McCanney.
The spiritual customs are not judgemental. People of every caste and creed are equal when it comes to spirituality “it is beyond religion,” says Sivananda, the spiritual head of the Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple. “Hindu dharma is inclusiveness of all … It’s relating with yourself, your inner being. It’s relating with everybody in your life.”
The fact that Hinduism does not “force” people to convert, all other religions easily assimilate with one of the most popular religions across the world giving it a colourful background.
Instead of giving up another faith, people can incorporate their religious backgrounds into Hinduism, says Paul Olen, a member of the Delaware County temple who lives in Delaware. He was raised Roman Catholic, but no longer practices. But says, he still believes in the teachings of Jesus, whom he believes was a holy man.
“Hinduism is not incompatible with anything,” Olen said. “The only thing it’s incompatible with is … if people think of themselves as separate. We believe in oneness. The goal is to experience oneness with all.
– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6