Hindu statesman welcomed in Southern California

Nevada, Nov 1 : Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed experienced a warm welcome during his recent Southern California (USA) visit.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, met and held harmonious dialogue with leaders of various religions/denominations, including: Reverend Father John S. Bakas and Reverend Father Allan Gabriel Boyd, Dean and Priest respectively of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles; Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice President of American Jewish University in Bel Air; Head monk Swami Sarvadevananda and other monks of Vedanta Hindu Temple in Hollywood; Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim, Director of Thubten Dhargye Ling (Center for the Study of Buddhism) in Long Beach; Rameshbhai Parekh of the Executive Committee of Jain Center of Southern California in Buena Park; Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles; Shida Anoshiravani, President of California Zoroastrian Center in Westminster; Matthew G. Ball, Public Affairs Director North America West Area, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Rabbi Dr. Dvora E. Weisberg, Director of School of Rabbinical Studies at Hebrew Union College‚Euro"Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles; Brother Achalananda, Vice President of Self-Realization Fellowship at SRF Temple in Pacific Palisades; and Simran Dhillon, Founder Director of Divine Shakti Center in Frazier Park.

Zed also had meetings with Anaheim, Santee and Bell Gardens mayors Tom Tait, Randy Voepel and Daniel Crespo respectively.

He also opened the city councils of Cerritos, Anaheim, Downey, Bell Gardens and Santee with Hindu prayers, including words from the world's oldest existing scripture still in common use Rig-Veda. City of Santee issued a proclamation in his honor declaring October 25 as "Rajan Zed Day".

Zed said: "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," Zed added.

Zed is a global religious leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by Roma in Europe.

Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families, etc.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-11-2013)

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