DECEMBER 10, 2014
Hindu religious mark on the forehead
Archbishop of Westminster venerates Hindu deities
Progressivism in the Church
On November 21, 2009, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols visited the Hindu temple of Neasden, a suburb of London, the largest outside of India. Nichols was greeted by the pagan hierophant Yogvivek Swami, who is leader of the temple, and received a “blessing” on his forehead, made with a red ointment.
The Archbishop was given a tour of the temple, where he offered flowers to the deities and lit a candle to them while participating in a religious ritual. The tour ended at the main altar where Vincent Nichols paid homage to Pramukh Swami, spiritual guru of an international Hindu organization. Then, he stopped to meditate in front of the altar of the deity Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
After these religious compromises, he delivered a speech to the 2,000 Hindus present on religion’s contribution to the common good and the importance of the understanding of one another’s cultures and traditions. His presupposition was that Hindus worship the same god as Catholics, which is blatantly wrong and raised strong reactions even among commentators in the secular media, such as a journalist of the Daily Telegraph. The website of the
first posted the news admitting that Nichols had “offered flowers to Hindu deities,” but soon removed this phrase.
A photo gallery of the event can be seen at the website of the Hindu temple
Archbishop Vincent Nichols visits Hindu temple
November 23, 2009
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has made an official visit to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple in Neasden, north London.
The visit took place on Saturday 21 November 2009 during Interfaith Week and on the birth anniversary of the worldwide spiritual leader of the Hindus who pray at the Mandir (Hindu Temple) at Neasden, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Archbishop Nichols was greeted by the Mandir’s spiritual leader, Yogvivek Swami, (Head Sadhu, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha – UK & Europe) and the Trustees of the Mandir. He was welcomed in traditional Hindu style – with a red vermillion mark applied to the forehead and the tying of a sacred thread* on the wrist, symbolising friendship and goodwill…
*Ezekiel 13:20: Therefore thus says the Lord God: See! I am coming at those bands of yours in which you entrap men’s lives; I will tear them from their arms and set free those you gave caught. (New American Bible)
BINDI OR TILAK MARK ON THE FOREHEAD-INDIAN OR HINDU?
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 01-PRIEST WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 02-PRIEST WEARS
ROY MATHEW THOTTAM
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 03-PRIEST WEARS
CLEOPHAS DOMINIC FERNANDES
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 04-PRIEST WEARS ANTONY KALLIATH
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 05-PRIEST WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 06-PRIEST WEARS VALERIAN MENDONCA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 07-NUN WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 08-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP AGNELO GRACIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 09-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP HENRY D’SOUZA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 10-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP ALOYSIUS PAUL D’SOUZA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 11-CARDINAL WEARS
CARDINAL IVAN DIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 12-THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 13-THE POPE WEARS
JOHN PAUL II
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 14-WOMAN THEOLOGIAN WEARS
ASTRID LOBO GAJIWALA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 15-WOMEN THEOLOGIANS WEAR
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 16-CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 17-PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 18-BHARATANATYAM-DANCING PRIESTS WEAR
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 19-THE VIRGIN MARY WEARS
Categories: Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India