Contact: Mike Ghouse, America Together Foundation, MikeGhouse@aol.com, 214.325.1916
Interfaith Hindu-Christian Wedding
Interfaith wedding officiated by Mike Ghouse
Dallas, Texas - The bride and groom must be admired by one and all, in this divisive world where people have difficulty in agreeing, and difficulty in getting along. They are setting a new standard, that of respecting the otherness of other and accepting the God given uniqueness of each other. They both grew up in different religious traditions, but yet, they have falled the barriers.
The Groom was raised with the Christian traditions with his own understanding of the cause of life; while the Bride was raised with Hindu traditions with her own understanding of the creator. They are different perspectives of the same truth; when you believe that, humility embraces you, it becomes your attitude. It has been said that “humility builds societies, arrogance destroys them”.
All religious traditions teach accountability, when you live a balanced life, without the burden of guilt, wrong doing and ill will – you receive the ultimate gift of freedom. The Hindu tradition calls it Mukti that is freedom from all bondages; while the Christian tradition calls it Salvation.
Religious greetings of Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Wicca, Native Americans and Zoroastrians were recited with the gathering. When you say “Hi” to the other person it has three components – acknowledgement, a welcoming sign, and the desire to be friends. The same idea is embedded in religious greetings. When you say “Namaste” in its most generic meaning, we are saying, let the good in you connect with the good in me. When you say, Salaam, Shalom or peace, you are saying may you be soaked in peace – and when you repeat that back to me, you want me to be in peace too. When we connect together on the basis is peace and goodwill – whatever we do from that point – think, talk or act – it will to be peaceful.
Mike Ghouse closed by saying “We are here today, either through creation or evolution, but we are here. Life is created in pairs, and the creation has programmed humanity with love and attraction for each other. Now it is the responsibility of the couple to continue to accept each other as they are, without seeking the other to be different.
Once you enjoy the harmony and connection between yourselves, you will feel each other’s joy, each other’s pain and apprehension…
MikeGhouse is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairs, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity Show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News and regularly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. The blog www.TheGhouseDiary.com is updated daily. Go to this page to find more of what Mike had to say about the event.