Today is a big day for Hindus and I don’t want to skip over it. It’s the day of the consecration of the temple of Lord Rama, in Ayodhya. For many centuries, Hindus lived under Muslim oppression. Just like Middle Eastern Christians and Zoroastrians, the Hindus suffered greatly under this.
Millions of people were enslaved and murdered, many were forcibly converted. Unlike Islam, the Dharmic religions do not endorse slavery. This forced conversion ultimately led to the violent fracture of the Indian subcontinent into three countries today, leading to even more suffering. After Muslim yoke, the British took over, whose main interest was economic exploitation, although many individual Brits were opposed to this situation.
The Hindu Trimurti consists of a God of creation, Brahma, a God of preservation, Vishnu and a God of destruction, Shiva. Vishnu has many different avatars, that descend to Earth to restore balance and order. The two most widely worshipped of these avatars are Lord Krishna and Lord Rama.
During the era of Islamic occupation, a mosque was built on what is believed by many Hindus to be the birthplace of Lord Rama. This is not unique to the Hindus, many people around the world have suffered the construction of mosques on their holy places, it happened to the Jews too and the Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque.
In 1992, groups of Hindus went to this mosque and tore it down. A few years ago, the Indian supreme court decided that a temple for Lord Rama could now be built on this location. Millions of Hindus gathered money to build this temple and today it has been consecrated.
Many Hindus in the Netherlands voted for Geert Wilders. I hope my country will always be friends with India. The Hindus:
-Have a religion that teaches kindness towards animals, especially monkeys and cows. The prime minister of India, Modi, is a vegetarian, as are many other Hindus, particularly the brahmins and devotees of Krishna.
-Have never persecuted the Jews and have good relations with Israel today. They tolerate other religions than their own and do not seek to impose their own religion on other people.
-Have a rich tradition with beautiful literature like the Bhagavad Gita and the Ashtavakra Gita.
So, I wish to say:
Congratulations to Bharat!
Congratulations to all devotees of Lord Rama!
JAI SHREE RAM!