Hindus admire Church of Norway for firm stand on environment
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded Church of Norway’s powerful stand on environment challenging national and diocesan councils, parishes and local joint church councils, individuals, and Government and the Parliament to make environmental reform efforts.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that it was commendable for the Church Synod to try to persuade parishes to become “greener” and local joint church councils to be “environmental lighthouses”, individuals to “make a personal climate promise”, Government and Parliament to make the petroleum extraction carbon neutral, etc.
Faiths coming out in support of the environment was a remarkable signal, Rajan Zed said and urged all world religious leaders, religions and denominations to openly bless the environmental causes. Ancient Hindu scriptures, especially Atharva-Veda, were highly respectful of mother nature, he added.
We may believe in different religions, yet we share the same home—our Earth. We must learn to happily progress or miserably perish together. For man can live individually but can only survive collectively, Zed says quoting scriptures.
Christianity came to Norway around 1000 AD, from the British Isles, Germany and Friesland. Church of Norway, with about 1,600 churches/chapels, and with King as its constitutional head, can be defined as a State church with an Episcopal and a Synodical structure. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.