Only 22 per cent Americans know someone who is Hindu, according to a Pew Research Center survey published on July 17. This number is lowest than any other religion/denomination surveyed. Catholics rank highest with 87 per cent, followed by evangelical Christians, Jews, Atheists, Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus.
Americans express warmest and more positive feelings
towards Jews (average rating 63); followed by Catholics, evangelical
Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, etc., the survey adds.
Reacting to this survey findings, distinguished
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today,
urged American Hindus to make outreach efforts towards non-Hindu
communities, do charity, invite others to visit Hindu
temples/ashrams, offer help to neighbors, be good role models, act
for the benefit of all, volunteer, try to stay pure and exhibit
warmth and love towards fellow Americans.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of
Hinduism, pointed out that ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita
(Song of the Lord) urged us to act selflessly without any thought of
Rajan Zed suggested to each American Hindu to take a
vow of undertaking at least one charitable project during this year
for less fortunate members of the community. Quoting scriptures, Zed
stressed that charity was a duty, which should be undertaken with
sympathy and modesty.
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Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the
world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its
ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.