Monday, October 31, 2016

USA President Obama's Diwali wishes of peace and happiness

Given below are USA President Obama's Facebook post,
https://www.facebook.com/potus/photos/a.428389484017564.1073741830.424207551102424/555043898018788/?type=1&theater, pic and text contents.



To all who are celebrating the festival of lights across America and around the world, happy Diwali. As Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists light the diya, share in prayers, decorate their homes, and open their doors to host and feast with loved ones, we recognize that this holiday rejoices in the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It also speaks to a broader truth about our shared American experience. It's a reminder of what's possible when we see beyond the differences that too often divide us. It's a reflection of the hopes and dreams that bind us together. And it's a time to renew our collective obligation to deepen those bonds, to stand in each other's shoes and see the world through each other's eyes, and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters - and as fellow Americans.

I was proud to be the first President to host a Diwali celebration at the White House in 2009, and Michelle and I will never forget how the people of India welcomed us with open arms and hearts and danced with us in Mumbai on Diwali. This year, I was honored to kindle the first-ever diya in the Oval Office - a lamp that symbolizes how darkness will always be overcome by light. It is a tradition that I hope future Presidents will continue.

On behalf of the entire Obama family, I wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness on this Diwali.
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Ravi: I put up the following comment on the above mentioned Facebook post of President Obama:

Thank you sir for your wonderful gesture and Diwali wishes of happiness and peace. As an Indian living in India, who has lived in the USA in the past and has many friends and a few relatives in the USA today, I very much appreciate the religious pluralism values (including respect for those of no religion) that your presidency has safeguarded in the USA.

In God We Trust is the official motto of the USA (adopted in 1956, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust). It is truly inspiring to see a USA president protecting and encouraging people of faith in the USA who may worship God in the traditions and beliefs of their own religions or worship God through traditions of multiple religions, while faithfully obeying the laws of the USA.

I personally am a lover of God and religions. I feel truly blessed to live in a country, India, that allows me to freely worship what I believe to be the ONE AND THE SAME GOD/DIVINE POWER who/which is eternal and changeless, from various religious traditions of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism etc.

Thank you sir for protecting and promoting the vital freedom of freedom of religion/faith (including freedom to have no religion/faith). I pray to Almighty God to shower His Grace on you sir, your family and other loved ones.
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[I thank USA President Obama and have presumed that he will not have any objections to me sharing the above contents of his Facebook post, on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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