Nevada (US), Oct 30 (ANI): Hindus have applauded Vatican for its "message for the feast of Deepavali" wishing "joy-filled Deepavali" to "Hindu Friends", published at "Vatican: the Holy See" website on October 28.
Eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed the Vatican's offer in this message of "culture that promotes respect, trust and cooperation", "promoting interreligious dialogue and relations", "increase in cooperation and common action", "readiness and willingness to enter into productive cooperation", "strengthen our friendship and cooperation by mutually ensuring and enhancing respect and trust", and "depend on each other to achieve a common purpose".
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, extolled Vatican's wish on the occasion, which said: "May God, the Supreme Light illumine your minds, enlighten your hearts and strengthen the human bonds in your homes and communities!"
Rajan Zed also lauded His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for reportedly including verse from ancient Hindu scripture Upanishads in the Good Friday Meditations and Prayers led by him at Roman Colosseum last year.
Zed, commenting that it was a remarkable gesture from Pope, invited him to study more ancient Hindu scriptures, which were very rich in philosophical thought. (ANI)