Washington, Aug 1 : Acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American leader, Rajan Zed, has applauded Pope's remarks at World Youth Day in Sydney where he called to build a new age free from greed.
In a statement issued at Nevada (USA) today, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said, "Greed is a form of pollution and is a transgression of spiritual and moral law. Disappointment is certain if some act is done merely out of greed. Excessive greed blinds the mind. Do not be disillusioned by wants."
Zed quoted ancient Hindu scripture, Bhagavad-Gita, which says: There are three gates to self-destructive hell-greed, anger, and desire. Abandon these three. A person freed from these three gates of darkness, seeks what is best and attains life's highest goal.
Zed also agreed with His Holiness Pope Benedictus XVI Joseph A. Ratzinger's remarks on the occasion-"with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading".
Zed stressed the need to nurture spirituality in this world.
Pope Ratzinger heads the Roman Catholic Church, which is the largest of the Christian denominations. Catholic Church's World Youth Day 2008 "attracted 223,000 registered pilgrims".