Hindus have applauded Nitin Daniel Mookhey for swearing on ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) on May 12 as Member of Legislative Council of New South Wales in Sydney, thus making an Australian political history.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commending Mookhey, 32, for this act, urged other politicians also to do the same.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that as Bhagavad-Gita talked about endeavoring constantly to serve the world’s welfare without any thought of personal gain, it should be the treatise for all the politicians and rulers of the world.
Rajan Zed pointed out that Bhagavad-Gita also told us about selfless action and selfless service, always keeping focus on welfare of others and be guided by compassion in our work.
Zed noted that this philosophical and intensely spiritual poem was often considered the epitome of Hinduism. Besides being the cornerstone of Hindu faith, Bhagavad-Gita was also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry and had been commented by hundreds of authors and translated into all major languages of the world.
It was a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, just before the beginning of the great Mahabharata war, in which Lord Krishna gave spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna, who realized that the true battle was for his own soul. Its 700 verses in 18 chapters considered the nature of action, the religious and social duty, the human relationship to God, the means of liberation, and the nature of sacrifice, etc., Rajan Zed added.
NSW Parliament; besides copies of Bible, Quran and Torah; should also now hold copies of Bhagavad-Gita in the future so that Hindu Parliament members did not have to bring their own copy like Mookhey, Zed stressed.
According to reports, Mookhey, a consultant holding three university degrees and born in Blacktown and raised in Merrylands, was the son of migrants from India’s Punjab.
Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.