Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 13, 2008
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With thanks for the tip to Frank Angiuli of Natural High, a longtime eco-lleague who I ran into at Eco Gift, whose birthday it was yesterday.

It’s too good to make up. Well, almost:

The Times of India
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Obama to get Hanuman idol
24 Jun 2008

NEW DELHI: With Democrat senator Barack Obama busy in the run-up to the US presidential polls, a group of well-wishers in the capital have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman, to help him emerge victorious.

Obama’s representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar on Tuesday received a gold-plated two-feet-high idol which she will pass it on
to the Obama after it is sanctified. The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms.

An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was earlier organised at Sankat Mochan Dham and by Congress leader
Brijmohan Bhama, Balmiki Samaj and the temple’s priests. “Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him,” said Bhama. Accepting the souvenir, Sauvage-Mar, who is chairperson of Democrats Abroad-India, said, “Obama has extended his thanks for the support.”

However, questions on Obama’s religious beliefs elicited just a smile from Sauvage-Mar, apparently to avoid controversy back
home where the Democrat senator is pitted against the Republican Party’s John McCain in the Presidential polls. The idol will be kept at the temple for 11 more days and then sent to US. “We will perform the prayers for 11 days and then hand the idol to Carolyn who will send it to Obama,” said the temple priest.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman.”

  1. Joana Smith says:

    …he’ll just love the cuffs!

  2. Ariana Saraha says:

    dude, Obama IS Hanuman!

  3. Rishiraaj says:

    Hanumanji is ever ready to help His pure and true devotees

  4. Lakhan says:

    What’s the follow up story?