Saturday, March 23, 2019

Is Priyanka Chopra Being ‘Groomed’ by the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church?

Swami Vivekananda wrote a letter in 1895 to his disciple talking about what a certain Ramabai was doing against him.

I am astonished to hear the scandals the Ramabai circles are indulging in about me. Don’t you see, Mrs. Bull, that however a man may conduct himself, there will always be persons who invent the blackest lies about him? At Chicago I had such things every day against me. And these women are invariably the very Christian of Christians!

Ramabai was born Rama Dongre in a Marathi Brahmin family.  She learnt Sanskrit under her father – Anant Shastri Dongre – and then learnt the scriptures.  Her parents died in the Great Famine in 1877 and she roamed the country giving lectures.  In 1883, now “Pandita Ramabai” went to Britain for her medical study   There she converted to Christianity.

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In 1886, she went to US and Canada and there she wrote a book – The High-Caste Hindu Woman-to be specific a Brahmin woman.  She also translated the Bible into Marathi.

The Church she followed was the Pentecostal denomination, specifically the Assembly of God.  The “Mukti Mission” she created was instrumental in spreading the Pentecostal Christian denomination in India.  In 1945, Minnie Abraham wrote an essay on how Ramabai helped spread the Assemblies of God variety of Pentecostal Church in India – How Pentecost Came to India.

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And, now Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra married Nick Jonas.  The Jonas brothers are devout Assembly of God adherents and ideological Pentecostals.  They were homeschooled by their father who was a Pastor and religiously wore their “Purity Rings”

The trio of brothers were homeschooled in an Assemblies of God household. Joe, Kevin and Nick were a family band that eventually became the darlings of the Disney channel. They came on the scene in 2005, but hit it big two years later with their self-titled album that climbed all the way to No. 5 on the charts. They remained outspoken Christians and even publicly sported purity rings during the height of their career.

Nick has been a gospel singer, who was highly supervised, along with his brothers – at home and in the Church.  Although he discarded his purity ring, his faith in his Church and its principles remained strong.

“I’ve had an incredibly intense journey with faith and religion and my growth. My belief in God is still very strong and important to me as a person, and I think that’s all that should matter. The other things around it are not as important to me as my relationship with God. There are a lot of things that I feel I agree with and things I don’t. I grew up in a church environment, and still have love for the Church, but what’s important to me now in my life is my relationship with God and that I not be judged and that I not judge.” (Source)

It is in this context that you see how when it came to the wedding, while focused on her “culture”, Nick focused on his religion.

Per People, “It is super important to Priyanka to have an Indian ceremony that honors her heritage and culture, just as it’s important to also have a Western ceremony that honors Nick’s Christian upbringing. They are doing both.” (Source)

Interesting trade-off.

And that is how they were married.  Officiated by Nick’s father as per the traditions of Assemblies of God rituals.

People is reporting that Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are now officially married. Apparently the Western wedding ceremony has now taken place, and was officiated by the groom’s father, Pastor Paul Kevin Jonas Sr., with Jonas and Chopra exchanging