Hindus have applauded Archbishop of Canterbury Most Reverend Justin Welby for his message “to Hindu communities on the occasion of Diwali”, wishing “great peace and joy “.
In this message, Welby said: “The lights of Diwali symbolise the renewal of life and hope in the midst of darkness so often prevalent in our world.”
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed Archbishop’s message, a copy of which was sent to Zed by Tess Young, Welby’s Inter Religious Affairs Team Assistant.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world. He urged Archbishop Welby to explore the rich philosophy which Hindu scriptures offered.
Rajan Zed says that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we can learn from one another and thus can arrive nearer to the truth. This dialogue may help us vanquish the stereotypes, prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations. As dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment, we shall be spiritually richer than before the contact.
Archbishop Welby, based in London (United Kingdom), is the most senior bishop of the worldwide Anglicans, a Christian denomination, who number around 85 million and spread in over 165 countries. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. Most popular of Hindu festivals Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil.