The Hindu faith

By Chris Jones, Staff Writer Published: October 25, 2008
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photo - For you Know it on religion  Photo taken  Tuesday, Sept.  16, 2008.  BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
For you Know it on religion Photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
Minority faith communities are growing in Oklahoma, and the Hindu community has a larger presence since the opening of the Vedic Temple, 3048, N. Grand Blvd., one year ago.

Roshini Nambiar, spiritual leader of the Vedic Temple, and board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, is actively involved with the temple, and the community. The temple hosted an interfaith series on Cooperative Spirituality recently, and, Roshini Namabiar (Sevika) led a session entitled “Vedic Spirituality and Jesus.”

A guided meditation for inner-peace, and the goal to radiate concentrated positive energy to the local community, and ultimately the rest of the planet, was held on International Peace Day 2008, at the state capitol complex. The 1008 Group Meditation for World Peace held Sept. 20, is another way the Hindu community is involved with community events.

Bhanu Patel, administrator at Vedic Temple, said the temple is celebrating a one-year anniversary in October, and a number of events are planned for the Hindu community, as well as members of the community.

“This is also the Indian New Year's Day for the Hindu community,” Bhanu Patel said.

“We will have food, and music, and everyone is welcome. Meditation is a universal religion, and it appeals to many people. There is no criterion to come in. On October 29, we are having a Saptyagham, where we invoke the five elements.”

The elements are earth, water, fire, air and ether.