London Vigil for Bombing Victims Includes Hindu Mantra for Protection

July 15, 2005

Source: Hindu Council UK Press Release

On July 15, 2005 a Hindu Council UK press release reported, "Yesterday's vigil at Trafalgar Square in London, marked by a two-minute silence at noon in honour of those who died in the terrorist bomb attacks last week, continued in the evening with a vigil of poems, messages and prayers from celebrities, and political and faith leaders... The Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell gave a speech with the key word, 'love'... Sir Iqbal Sacranie of the Muslim Council of Britain quoted from the Quran to suggest how wrong it is to use the name of Islam to carry out these atrocities. The other four major faith leaders then came together, united, to say their prayers. His Grace, Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, congratulated Londoners on the maturity and the resilience they have shown and said a Christian prayer.The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor then recited a Catholic prayer. The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, spoke of our basic human rights, while Dr Indarjit Singh from the Network of Sikh Organisations said that there is no difference between Hindus, Muslims and Christians, as we are all one family under God. Anil Bhanot, General Secretary of the Hindu Council UK, [recited a Vedic mantra for healing, saying,] 'Today I will recite it 8 times for the speedy recovery of those injured and the salvation of those who tragically lost their lives last week.'"