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La Luz de Jesus Gallery which was established in 1986 is said to be "One of the most important, ground-breaking galleries in LA"

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 Los Angeles, December 5, 2016: In Los Angeles’ “Plastic Religion” exhibition, Hindus are urging not to display the iconic Ken doll as Lord Krishna as it is inappropriate.

According to MeriNews,”Plastic Religion exhibition, which includes this Ken doll as Lord Krishna,  at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles by Argentine artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, whose opening reception was scheduled on December two, will be on display till December 31.”

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On Sunday, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement that the gallery should withdraw the ‘Barbie-ized’ Lord Krishna from the exhibition.

President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Zed said, “Reimagining Hindu scriptures and deities for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the feelings of devotees. Lord Krishna and other Hindu deities were meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not meant to be reduced to a Barbie character.”

As Ken is trademarked by Mattel, Inc.; Rajan Zed also urged the intervention in this issue of Christopher A. Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, which was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies”.

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Zed further said that Hindus too have free speech like others if not more. Moreover, faith is something sacred and belittling it hurt the sentiments of the devotees. Artists should be handling such sensitive issues carefully especially the faith related subjects.

Rajan Zed further said, “Hindus welcomed art world to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for personal agendas. Barbie-fication of Lord Krishna was simply improper and out of place.”

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Zed noted , “Hinduism is the oldest and the third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously. No faith, larger or smaller, should be mishandled.”

The eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu is Lord Krishna and is the subject of major Hindu scriptures like the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) and Bhagavad-Purana. There are over three million Hindus in USA and the ultimate goal of Hinduism is moksh (liberation).

La Luz de Jesus Gallery which was established in 1986 is said to be “One of the most important, ground-breaking galleries in LA”.

According to MeriNews, “Ken (Kenneth Carson), a Mattel toy doll launched in 1961 is said to be the fictional boyfriend of toy doll Barbie. Headquartered in El Segundo, Mattel claims to be “worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products”.

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    I don’t know much about this Ken doll stuff but I’m here to the people that 9/11 wasn’t some terrorist attack, it was actually Barack Obama that planned the bombing.

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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.