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Protest against denigration of Hindu deities on clothes and shoes by designer Isabel

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Link to denigration: http://www.thefader.com/2013/05/23/lil-b-inspires-senior-fashion-thesis-collection/  and http://isabelsk.tumblr.com/

March 03, 2014 (Phalgun Shukla Navami, Kaliyug Varsha 5115)

|| Shree ||

Namaskar, dear supporter of Hinduism,

Fashion designer Isabel Simpson-Kirsch of Nashville, Tennessee, who titled her senior thesis BASED, has used sacred and revered Hindu Gods and Goddesses in her designer work.  In this work Hindu Deities are used and face is denigrated by replacing it with the face of Lil B. This denigration is seen on fishnet suede skirt, a tie-dye velvet bomber jacket and custom Timberland boots.

Attempts have been made by several Hindus to educate Isabel to stop the use of any Divine images or symbols of Hinduism on clothing  for any purpose and completely remove the denigrating collection. However, there has been no response from the designer.

Humanizing Hindu Deities in this manner is against the protocol to maintain sanctity of Deities as per Hindu Dharma. People using them will not only lose out on the benefits from the Deities’ pictures but it also disturbs the communal harmony as the religious sentiments of the Hindu devotees get deeply hurt by this denigration. As Hindus it is our duty unto Dharma to make efforts to educate the mankind about such denigrations whenever these are noticed. All Hindus should make efforts to educate the mankind when these things are noticed. We appeal to all Hindus worldwide to protest lawfully against this denigration and to request designer  Isabel Simpson-Kirsch to immediately stop this denigration and render unconditional apology to all Hindus for hurting their religious sentiments.

 

Platforms Timbs
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Denigrating images used on shoes and clothes

 

– See more at: https://forumforhinduawakening.org/dharma/campaigns/2014/03/09/protest-against-denigration-of-hindu-deities-on-clothes-and-shoes-by-designer-isabel/?preview=true&preview_id=1322&preview_nonce=c7a804cf0b#sthash.Y0yf4HmU.dpuf

Platforms Timbs
Denigration_Isabel
Denigrating images used on shoes and clothes

 

Platforms Timbs
Denigration_Isabel
Denigrating images used on shoes and clothes

 

– See more at: https://forumforhinduawakening.org/dharma/campaigns/2014/03/09/protest-against-denigration-of-hindu-deities-on-clothes-and-shoes-by-designer-isabel/?preview=true&preview_id=1322&preview_nonce=c7a804cf0b#sthash.Y0yf4HmU.dpuf

Email correspondence of Dharmabhimani with designer Isabel:

On Sat, Feb 14, 2014 , Shilpa wrote:

Dear Isabel,

I came across an article on your clothing collection inspired by Lil B, and was horrified to see the use of sacred and revered Hindu Gods and Goddesses. You have used the Hindu Gods’ body and replaced the face with the face of Lil B. You have also used the Hindu Gods on the shoes. I am deeply hurt by your collection using Hindu Gods for commercial purpose. It is sheer denigration which has hurt not only mine; but millions of Hindus’ religious sentiments. I am sure you would not use the Gods of other religions like Islam, Christianity, etc. for your collection!

http://www.thefader.com/2013/05/23/lil-b-inspires-senior-fashion-thesis-collection/

I would like to bring to your attention that as per Hinduism, Deities too have a unique place where they are kept to maintain sanctity and that place is the altar at home or in a temple so they can be worshipped on daily basis. There is a principle in spirituality which states that the ‘word, touch, form, taste, odor and the energy of an object co-exist’. Wherever there is an idol or picture (form) of a Deity, that particular Deity’s energy is subtly present which can be experienced by anyone when worshipped with true devotion, faith and spiritual emotion. In short whenever we use any Deity pictures on clothing, shoes, products we are essentially insulting them by reducing them to mere objects.

Abusing pictures of Hindu deities by printing them on clothes, shoes alongside the face of Lil B is sheer denigration and it is not only a sin, but trivialization of Hindu Gods and Goddesses that are worshipped by millions of Hindus all over the world. According to the Law of Karma, any such act of denigration accumulates as a sin, and one has to undergo its equivalent unhappiness.

Hence, I  request you to immediately stop the use of any Divine images or symbols of Hinduism on clothing  for any purpose, completely remove the denigrating collection from sale on your site and other outlets  and apologize to the Hindu community at the earliest.

I will be informing Forum for Hindu Awakening about this denigration for further actions.

– Shilpa

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Why is this a denigration?

Since time immemorial Hindu Deities and Goddesses have been worshipped with much reverence. Every ritual (e.g. Aarti), every festival (e.g. Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Dassera), every act in Hindusim starts with divine invocation of a sacred Hindu deity.

To trivialize divinity with items such as clothes and shoes, is not only being insensitive but extremely hurtful to billions of followers of Hinduism who worship Hindu deities.

We request you all to email designer Isabel to register your protest and request her to remove these denigrating designs from her collection. You can also sign up our protest at the end of this post.

Devout Hindus are protesting lawfully on following Contact details:

Isabel Simpson-Kirsch – Isabelsimp.k@gmail.com

“Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha | (Dharma or God protects those who protect Dharma.)”

Sincerely,

Sadhaks at Forum for Hindu Awakening (www.HinduAwakening.org)

Sign the petition to protest denigration of Hindu deities by designer Isabel

To,
Isabel Simpson-Kirsch,

Appeal to stop the denigration of Hindu deities by using the distorted images of Hindu deities on your clothing and shoes collection.

I am writing this letter to let you know the serious denigration caused by distorting the Hindu deities images and using on your clothing and shoes collection.

According to Hindu Dharma (Hinduism) any use of Divine in the form of name, symbols, touch emanate divine vibrations of that deity in that premise. The divine vibrations are considered to be sattva predominant. In a way, it is like invoking the deity's presence at that place. When this is done, to be respectful to the sacred deity, one needs to follow the process as mentioned in Vedas, which translate to showing reverence, devotion unto the deity to get maximum benefit.

When this is not done, it results in demerit, and thus incurring a sin. Distorting the images of sacred divine deities and using on clothes and footwear, is not only disrespectful to the deity, but also hurts sentiments of many devout Hindus as the deities are meant for worship and not for any type of ridicule.

It is my sincere request to please stop this grave denigration of Hindu deities by immediately removing this collection and stopping further sales of the same.

Sincerely,

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