Hindus are pleased at American actress/singer Selena Gomez not wearing bindi in sexy music video for her latest single “Come & Get It”, which premiered on May seven night, as bindi did not make it to the actual video.
Hindus had termed Selena’s debut performance of “Come & Get It” at MTV Awards ceremony in California (USA) on April 14 sporting bindi as “insensitive” and asked for an apology.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that bindi on forehead was an ancient tradition in Hinduism and had religious significance and was not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects as fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, thanked Selena Marie Gomez’s, 20, for having a feel for the Hindu sentiments and thus not wearing bindi in the music video.
Rajan Zed suggested that instead of loosely talking about Hinduism, Selena Marie Gomez’s, 20, should seriously explore Hinduism. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist, if asked, he added.
Zed pointed out that Hollywood needed to understand that Hinduism, with about one billion adherents, was oldest and third largest religion of the world with a rich philosophical thought. Its concepts and symbols had well-defined meanings and purposes and these were not created just for Hollywood’s usage to add dramatic affects as some sanctity and spirituality was attached to these, Zed added.
Rajan Zed noted that bindi (also known by tika, tilak, pundra and other names), also sometimes referred as “third eye” and flame, was an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol, and was also used for meditative purposes.