13 Oct : Humanity was facing a threatening ecological crisis and religions should not stay out as silent spectators, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, stated in Nevada (USA) today.
Applauding Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew’s statement at the opening of three-day Synaxix at Istanbul (Turkey) on Friday of “avoiding any abuse or irrational use of natural resources”, Zed urged all world religious leaders, religions and denominations to openly bless the environmental causes. Faiths coming out in support of the environment would be a remarkable signal, he added.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, also commended Bartholomew’s message on the occasion: “…the cause of the ecological crisis is profoundly spiritual, primarily due to human greed and indulgence, which characterize modern man”.
Rajan Zed pointed out that ancient Hindu scriptures, especially Atharva-Veda, were highly respectful of mother nature.
We may believe in different religions, yet we share the same home—our Earth. We must learn to happily progress or miserably perish together. For man can live individually but can only survive collectively, Rajan Zed says quoting scriptures.
His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch is the 270th successor to the Apostle Andrew and spiritual leader of about 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion followers. Moksha (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.