A Hindu wedding for a US lawmaker

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    A Hindu wedding for a US lawmaker

    WASHINGTON: Call it a simple and svelte Pacific Hindu Wedding. In an event unique in the history of US' politics and that of Hawaii, the country's 50th state, a lawmaker from the famed island was married in a Hindu ceremony on Thursday, with the chanting of Vedic mantras and the dappling backwaters of the Pacific bouncing off lush green mountains in the backdrop.

    Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's Hindu background is no secret. Born in American Samoa in 1981 to Carol and Mike Gabbard, she was the fourth of five children, all brought up in the Brahma Madhwa Gaudiya Sampradaya that her mother embraced following her introduction to the Krishna movement in the US. She named her five children Bhakti, Jai, Aryan, Tulsi, and Vrindavan.

    On Thursday, the ceremony was masterminded by Vrindavan, the youngest sibling who is also a US Marshall, and who takes her name from the eponymous holy Indian city (which Tulsi visited only recently on her first trip to India).

    In a sylvan, secluded spot on the eastern shore of Oahu, at a historic site that native Hawaiian people used as a fish pond, Tulsi, 33, and her fiance Abraham Williams, 26, a cinematographer she met on the campaign trail, were married by a Hindu priest. Tulsi wore an exquisite indigo coloured gown and the groom, an elegant white suit.

    The ceremony, according to those who attended it, concluded with a traditional yoga kirtan with friends and family celebrating the newly married couple with Hawaiian song and dance, followed by a vegetarian meal (both the bride and groom are vegetarians). The event was attended by the couple's closest friends and a smattering of lawmakers, including both Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress. No presidential heavyweights were in attendance.


    Considering her close ties to India, both spiritual and political, it was no surprise that there was significant Indian representation. Guests included BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who flew in from India with a special message and gift from PM Narendra Modi, and India's acting ambassador and charge d'affairs in Washington, Taranjit Sandhu.

    Although the number of Hindus living in Hawaii is relatively small, with only two Hindu temples in the entire state, Gabbard has been vocal and transparent about her faith. She took oath in Congress on the Bhagavad Gita, and presented the same copy to PM Modi when she called on him in New York.


    It was the same copy she also carried with her during her two combat duty war deployments to the Middle East.


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    So Abraham, the patriarch of three of the world's stubbornly monotheistic religions, succumbs to the temptations of a Hindhu goddess and has a pagan wedding. certain Irony in that.

    Ah well, good luck to the couple.

    Here are some more pics:

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    Tulsi ji is a fine women. Strong willed and ofcourse Dharmic.:)love:).
    My best wishes to the couple.
     
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    The other Tulsi was at the receiving end of "voyeurs". Do we respect fine and strong willed women? Dharmic or not is another issue. :confused:

     
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    She has spoken against obama while being a democrat. The party can't touch her because of her popularity. See how nice she is in this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHkiV6o5ySo
    Watch it in full.
     
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    Can the US ever have a Hindu Woman President?

     
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    She has the talent ... doesn't she.
    Here is what Americans did when a hindu was elected as Miss America.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kti9O87Ok_I
    Answer:
    IMPOSSIBLE.
     
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    Surprising that they couldn't find one woman president in all this time.


    What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?
    Don't present it as a "woman's issue." Sell it as diversity of opinion.

    By Marianne Schnall @marianneschnallNov. 08, 201322 Comments


    “Why haven’t we ever had a woman President?” Spurred by this question from my then 8-year-old daughter, I set out to find the answer by interviewing the most influential journalists, activists, politicians and thought leaders of today, such as Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, Melissa Etheridge and Olympia Snowe. Obviously, there is no one simple answer. Though the people I spoke with all contributed their own unique insights and perspectives, some common themes emerged.

    1. Don’t present it as a “women’s issue” — it’s a human issue. Getting a woman into the White House needs to be reframed as an essential component of a reflective democracy. This isn’t an issue of equality but of performance. As Nancy Pelosi told me, “To have diversity of opinion in the debate strengthens the outcome and you get a better result.” Sell it as that.

    2. Send the right signals. We need women and girls to see themselves as leaders, break out of stereotypical roles and value their own voices and visions. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says, “The most important message for women is that they can do it. That you can find a way to balance a career and family — that there is a way that you can be part of the decisionmaking fabric of this country and still be a good mother.”

    3. Stop stereotyping strong, ambitious women. Sandberg, author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, noted that one obstacle to women’s leadership is, “as a woman gets more successful, she is less liked by people of both genders, and as a man gets more successful, he does not take a likability hit.” Then again, as Steinem pointed out, women also shouldn’t feel dependent on being liked, as much as the culture encourages them to do so. “You just go forward, and you end up changing the image eventually, and you may take a lot of punishment along the way,” she told me.


    4. Support working mothers in general. We need better policies, such as family leave, better child-care options and pay equity, before many women will feel comfortable taking on additional roles as leaders. We also need to help men break out of their own stereotypical roles, so they too can share in the responsibilities of taking care of the home and family. As Sandberg told me, “We cannot have equality in the office until we have equality in the home.”

    5. Monitor the portrayal of women in the media. Sexist news coverage and the sexualization and objectification of women and girls in television and magazines impact not only a woman’s self-perception but how men view women as well. Studies show that when media coverage focuses on a female politician’s appearance, she pays a price in the polls. Many interviewees pointed to the sexist media coverage that Hillary Clinton was subjected to during her 2008 campaign — with commentators saying things like, “When Hillary Clinton speaks, men hear ‘Take out the garbage’” — and expressed the need for fair and accurate coverage. The media need to be held accountable, and we all need to be conscious about what media we consume and support.

    What Will It Take for the U.S. to Have a Female President? | TIME.com

     
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    Btw this girl's outfit resembles yours in the avatar. :rofl:


     
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    There are no clothes in my avatar :lol:
     
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    The credit goes to ISKCON

    Her father is of Samoan/European heritage and is a practicing Catholic who is a lector at his church, but also enjoys practicing mantra meditation, including kirtan.[7] Her mother is of Euro-American descent and a practicing Hindu.[7] Tulsi fully embraced Hinduism as a teenager.[7] Her siblings' names are: Bhakti, Jai, Aryan and Vrindavan.[8]

    Gabbard's first name, "Tulsi," comes from the name of the holy basil, a plant sacred in Hinduism.[94] She is a vegetarian and a Hindu who follows Gaudiya Vaishnavism,[9] a religious movement brought to the United States in the 1960s by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada under the name ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), also known as the Hare Krishna movement. She especially appreciates the Bhagavad Gita as a spiritual guide,[1] and used the Gita when she was ceremonially sworn in as a Representative.[95] Gabbard describes herself as a "karma yogi"[96] and credits her parents with instilling the value of "karma yoga" and being of service in her and her siblings.[28] As a Vaishnava, Gabbard looks forward to visiting India, especially the holy sites of Vrindavan, after starting her Congressional term.[97]
     
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    I was very rude to ISKONites in college. :rofl:
     
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    That's a trick of perception.

     
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    Thanks for reminding me why.
     
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    This video makes me jealous. I would like nothing more than to live in my native place. Catch fishes and feed cows(not the fishes but grass ... lol ). Improve my sanskrit. Read the rig veda. Discuss philosophy.

    Then I remember our last 1200 years and just shrug it off.
     
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    I used to have a bad impression of the krishna consciousness people but I met one who came to my door soliciting for donations. I spoke to him for a bit, nothing deep or theological but it was nice to find out they have normal people as members ( most seem more buddhist than hindu). I ended up donating 50 dollars and he was suprised enough that he gave me a really nice copy of the gita (cause he only asked for 10..)

    made me think how far progressed organizationally and in tune iskcon is in the west at spreading postive exchanges with dharmic believers enough that they could give (me) a more postive exchange than I have had with any mandir. the condescension I felt was probably wrong and we should learn what we can learn from them and adapt it to the dharmaic community's benefit
     
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    Well to be honest these people don't seem off their rockers after having spent their formative years in an ashram. What i find strange is that we may be facing a similar situation in India. The teenage population knows nothing about religion and is inheriting only the rituals without even understanding why. The influence of the west has overtaken the mobile generation. In a sense we are all not close to vedic religion, we have become ritualistic and don't like dumb followers do not take the trouble to go in to the essence of it.

    I am worried about where the future is heading w.r.t religion. Maybe it takes an avatar to bring religion back in to people's lives when it has all but died off.
    It wasn't too long ago when people took off on spiritual quests. Now even those places are commercialized. Its possible to sit back and watch the water flowing down a bridge only in imagination.

     
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