It has recently come to light that a statuette of Lord Hanuman is among a few items that US President Barack Obama carries in his pocket as a good luck charm. He seeks inspiration from it whenever he feels tired or discouraged. This was disclosed on a YouTube interview conducted by the White House for the President to reach a younger audience as he promotes the final State of the Union address on Tuesday.
When asked to show off an item of personal significance during an interview with YouTube creator Nilsen, 54-year-old Obama pulled out a bunch of small totems from his pocket, each of which reminded him “of all the different people I’ve met along the way.”
The things he took out included rosary beads given to him by Pope Francis, a tiny Buddha statue from a monk, a silver poker chip that was a lucky charm of a biker in Iowa, a statuette of the monkey god Hanuman, and a Coptic cross from Ethiopia. “I carry these around all the time. I’m not that superstitious, so it’s not like I think I necessarily have to have them on me at all times,” Obama said.
“If I feel tired, or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can kind of reach into my pocket and say yeah, that’s something I can overcome, because somebody gave me the privilege to work on these issues that are going to effect them,” he added.
Obama spent the initial days of his life in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion in the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the USA.
with the inputs of Indiatimes.com