Hindus have applauded Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams for his Diwali message to “Hindu Friends and Colleagues”, wishing a “very joyful and blessed Diwali”.
In this message, Williams talks of working together as communities and developing greater understanding of the nature of God and of what it means to dwell with and in him.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed Archbishop’s message, a copy of which was sent to him by Tess Young, Williams’ 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 Williams 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 Williams, based in London (United Kingdom), is the senior bishop of the worldwide Anglicans, a Christian denomination, who number around 77 million. 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.