Hindus have termed Boy George’s “Amazing Grace” music-video as “disrespectful” to the highly revered deities of Hinduism.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that unnecessary and inappropriate dragging and trivialization of Hindu deities to advance the commercial or other agenda could be hurtful to the devotees who worship them in temples and home shrines.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that Boy George should come out with public explanation of what he wanted to convey using the images of Lord Krishna and Lord Ganesha, who appeared irrelevant in the music-video.
Rajan Zed further said that such absurd depiction of Hindu deities with no scriptural backing could be disturbing to the believers. Lord Krishna and Lord Ganesha were not meant to be thrown around loosely in reimagined versions for dramatic effects in music-videos for mercantile greed. George even made Lord Krishna dance to his tunes.
Hindus welcomed world’s entertainment industries to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not just for indecorous showing of Hindu symbols and concepts to advance their selfish agenda. Casual flirting sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees, Zed pointed out.
Rajan Zed argued that Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly. No faith, larger or smaller, should be ridiculed at; Zed said and added that if entertainment executives needed any assistance about Hinduism, he or other Hindu scholars would be glad to help.
Pop-culture icon Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd), 49, is a British singer-songwriter-actor, whose music is often termed as blue-eyed soul.
In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and is invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking. Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu and subject of major Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) and Bhagavad-Purana. Moksha (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.