By learning Hindi one can understand and practice Hinduism better – said an Indian diplomat. He told : ‘The study or the full appreciation of Hindi helps one to understand, practise and enhance Hinduism as one of the world’s most major and relevant religions today.’ The diplomat is Indian High Commissioner Malay Mishra.
The Indian High Commission makes a set-up all over Trinidad and Tobago to provide opportunities for everybody to learn, understand and practice Hindi. The diplomat was talking on Tuesday at the twenty-sixth anniversary celebrations of the Edinburgh Hindu Temple, Chaguanas. Mohan Persad, Leela Jugmohan, Indra Juman, and Suresh Jaisir were addressee of this temple’s anniversary awards. He said: ‘Its (Hinduism) teaching is universal and cuts across ethnic, cultural, social or geographical limitations. Hinduism in inclusive and welcoming.’ More than 24 percent in 1.3 million populations are practicing Hindus, and there are around 200 temples spread in the country.
Mishra said that Hinduism has three facets such as mythology, ritual and philosophy all which combined build it eternal and outstanding. He said ‘One must delve in Hinduism for self-discovery and the full meaning and interpretation of life.’
Spiritual leader, Pundit Ramesh Tiwari said the Edinburgh Hindu Temple always provides spiritual as well as social services to its devotees. Tiwari told ‘We have been able to do this with a dynamic team of Hindus. We understand that whatever education you might have acquired, if one does not have human kindness then all schooling and accomplishments amount to nothing. Service to humanity is one of the important virtues of a human being.’ Hinduism was appeared by immigrants who landed here between 1845 and 1917 to job on the sugar plantations.