This is the photo that is igniting a firestorm of controversy all over the internet. This photograph from Time magazine is of Barack Obama displaying the items that he carries with him for good luck. These items include a bracelet that belonged to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a tiny Madonna and child, and most notably of all a small idol of a Hindu god.
The Hindu god that Obama carries with him has been circled in red. Time magazine did not identify the specific Hindu god that the idol represents, but some Hindu websites have been quick to point out that the Hindu god depicted is actually known as "Hanuman".
The Hindustan Times is just one of the publications that are positively identifying this idol as Hanuman:
Obama's father was a Kenyan and his mother was from Kansas, but Obama did spend a portion of his early life in Indonesia where Hinduism is a very popular religion. Some are speculating that is when he may have acquired this particular idol, but nobody really knows.
Hanuman is one of the more important of the Hindu gods. There are many temples devoted to the worship of Hanuman, especially in India.
According to Hinduism, Hanuman represents pure devotion, complete surrender and the absence of ego or the lower self. They believe that once one completely surrenders to the inner self and the mind becomes devoted completely, the mind can obtain miraculous powers and perform amazing feats like that of Hanuman. Hindus also believe that all the planets in the solar system are under the control of Hanuman's large tail. In addition, it is thought by Hindus that whoever worships Hanuman is granted tremendous fortitude and strength.
But wait, isn't Barack Obama supposed to be a Christian?
Apparently Obama must not be familiar with the 2nd of the Ten Commandments:
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"
What in the world is a "Christian" presidential candidate doing running around using a Hindu god for "good luck"?
It is time for someone to begin asking Senator Obama the hard questions.