Hindus seem to be okay with the idea of monthly prayers in Kenya State House in Nairobi as long as these include the prayers of diverse religions and denominations practiced in Kenya and the expression of non-believers.
Talking about prayer; distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that a reverent petition for help or expression of devotion-love-praise-thanks addressed to an object of worship was important, intensely valuable, significant and uplifting to many of us.
Sometimes described as pilgrimage of the spirit, heartfelt communication or establishing rapport with the deity in the form of prayer could be highly meaningful to many Kenyans; Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out.
Rajan Zed further said that Kenya needed to find a common ground on this issue where various religions and denominations could find equitable representation in these monthly prayers and non-believers could be offered an opportunity of expression where no deity was invoked or petitioned.
Beliefs of Kenyan Hindus; who were a hard-working, harmonious and peaceful community and had made a lot of contributions to the nation and society and continued to do so; should be duly honored by the State; Zed added.
Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.2 billion adherents, and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.