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FHA’s appeal to protest against online eBay store

June 12, 2014

Jyeshtha Pournima, Kaliyug Varsha 5116

By Our Correspondent

Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) appeals devout Hindus to protest against an online eBay store which is denigrating Hindu Dharma. This denigration is happening through having images of revered Deities on T-shirts.

e-bay T-shirts

FHA promptly wrote to the online eBay store – Asianconnection71, bringing to their attention the nature and ill effects of such denigration. (This letter is published later on this page.) However, there has been no response.

In light of this, we appeal to you to register your peaceful, but educative and prompt protest against this online eBay store. Let us show our solidarity, by emailing or calling  the store management, asking them to remove the line of products which have pictures of Hindu Deities, from their online store.

Following are the contact details of the Asianconnection71 eBay store.

P.O. Box 71
Lat Krabang Post Office
Bangkok, Krung Thep 10520
Thailand

Phone: (66) 868052274
Fax: 021754239

Devout Hindus should protest lawfully on the following E-mail ID

The protest letter written by Forum for Hindu Awakening

from:    Hindu Awakening <[email protected]>
to:        [email protected]
date:    Fri, May 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM
subject:           Protesting the Hinduism T-shirts
mailed-by:       gmail.com

To whom it may concern,

We at Forum for Hindu Awakening have received some complaints from Hindus about some of your products, T-shirts and clothing items that are available on your website as given below.

http://stores.ebay.com/asianconnection71/

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/narasimha (Denigrator has removed the product from this link)

http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_osacat=0&_armrs=1&_ssn=asianconnection71&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR8.TRC2.A0.H0.Xvishnu&_nkw=vishnu&_sacat=0&_from=R40

Forum for Hindu Awakening is a nonprofit organization that strives to awaken society to the unique spiritual science behind Hindu Dharma concepts and practices, to motivate people to live and preserve them, and to facilitate the spiritual progress of humanity. One of the ways we do this is by addressing misrepresentations of Hinduism. We are sending this letter to inform you of a denigration that was brought to our attention by concerned Hindus. This denigration is happening through having images of revered Deities on T-shirts and various clothing items. We understand that you may have started this line of products as a novelty for your customers. However what you may not be aware of is that this is a denigration of Hinduism and its Deities and symbols.

You have printed images of the most revered Hindu Deities Lord Vishnu, Narasimha, and Lord Ganesh on these T-shirts and clothing items. These clothes are put into the washing machine for washing, with other soiled clothes. When a T-shirt is no longer used, it will be thrown into the trash. Thus the sanctity of the Deities images will not be maintained. As per Hinduism, Deities are eternal principles of God that carry out different functions in the universe. Hindus treat their religious symbols, chants and Deities with utmost respect. Deities are adorned on an altar to worship and offer prayers, thus having Their images anywhere else like on T-shirts and other clothing items is denigrating Hinduism and hurting feelings of billions of Hindus across the world.

Printing images of Hindu Gods on online shopping products sends a wrong message to the world that it is okay to have these images on T-shirts and other clothing items. Hence, the reverence and respect for Deities will be harmed.

We urge you to consider the above points and remove all the products that have Hinduism related designs. We stress that our aim in bringing up these points is to educate and ensure that Hinduism gets accurately represented to society. Hinduism has been misrepresented at many levels. Though it is an ancient tradition, Hinduism has a lot to offer the modern world and we want children and adults alike to be able to understand and study it without it being misrepresented. You can take one step towards ensuring that Hinduism does not get misrepresented by removing the T-shirts and other clothing items with Hinduism related designs as mentioned above.

Sincerely,
Forum for Hindu Awakening

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