The Whole World Is One Family

But a kernel of wisdom in the book—"If we believe that faith transcends family and nation, it calls us to embrace the good of the entire creation"—echoed my Hindu belief of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is one family). I knew before I read the book that I share a common vision with Bob. His keynote at the breakfast reassured me, as he mentioned Hindus more than once while talking about building bridges for the common good, and fully engaged them in the prior evening's National Day of Prayer event. His vision has broadened since moving to Troy and encountering Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs, taking on difficult issues such as conversion at the interfaith group's monthly meetings. When such intention is backed by action, we can continue to live and dialogue "faithfully in the public square."

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    Padma Kuppa is a writer, IT professional, community activist, wife, and mother working to build a more pluralistic society within a Hindu and interfaith framework. You can also read her blog A Balancing Act, at The views represented in this column are not a reflection of the views of any organization of which she is a part.