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Gayatri Mantra opens ‘Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada’ 1 August , 2011

Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Baha’is, and others, besides sharing food, music, prayers, a “Peace Cake”, etc., attempted to find similarities between their diverse traditions at second annual “Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada”. Adina Richman Karst, Coordinator of this Picnic, plans to carry on this tradition in future.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed opened the picnic with Gayatri Mantra, considered the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, and prayers from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita; ancient Hindu scriptures.

Participants, who included clergy as well as congregations, helped the less fortunate by donating food items to area food bank Friends in Service Helping. Clergy and spiritual leaders addressed the picnic goers on helping others, “treating others as we want to be treated”, etc. A raffle for gift baskets was held to support charities Carson City Animal Shelter, the Wildland Fuels Reduction Project, and Heifer International. Various area church choirs performed in this Picnic held at Carson City Mills Park.



“Gayatri Mantra” Concludes Religious Leadership Seminar at Hartford Seminary in USA 16 June , 2011

Nevada (US), June 16: Weeklong “Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World” seminar ended with “Gayatri Mantra”, the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, at Hartford Seminary (Connecticut, USA).

 Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who participated in the seminar, read the benediction in Sanskrit from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita; all ancient Hindu scriptures; and then translated into English. Participants repeated the Gayatri Mantra after Zed.

Reading from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then translated as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality.”




Hindu Statesman Zed Partakes in Hartford Seminary’s Religious Leadership Seminar 7 June , 2011

Nevada (US), June 7: More than 30 religious leaders in interfaith dialogue are participating in an innovative weeklong seminar titled ‘Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World’ offered by Hartford Seminary (Connecticut, USA) that began on June 6.

Thirty-three religious leaders from all over USA, including one from Switzerland, Christians (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Quaker, Unitarian, Wiccan, etc, are attending the seminar.

This maiden seminar of the Seminary will reportedly become its annual feature.



Rajan Zed receives Interfaith Leadership Award 1 June , 2011

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Esteemed religious statesman Rajan Zed has bagged the ‘Northern Nevada Interfaith Leadership Award’. Citation of the award, presented on May 31 at Reno (Nevada, USA) by Dave Asher, Executive Director of Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-Op and Green Chamber of Commerce, said: “to Inter-Religious Statesman Rajan Zed for his leadership efforts to create trust and mutual loyalty among various faith traditions in the region. We recognize his achievements through dialog and building a cohesive and harmonious community and offering Spiritual Enrichment to the region, country and world.”

“We are proud to present this award,” said Asher while presenting the award to Zed.

Zed has taken up religion, interfaith, Hinduism, environment, Roma and other causes all over the world. He has read opening prayers in US Senate, various state senates and houses of representatives, counties and city councils all over USA.



Hindus welcome Church of Scotland’s interfaith gestures 27 May , 2011

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Nevada (US), May 27: Hindus have welcomed Church of Scotland’s efforts to extend the friendly hand for interfaith dialogue towards various religious traditions.

Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement I Nevada (USA) on Friday said that “it was a step in the right direction”

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world. Dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment, Zed added



Hindu statesman Zed to participate in Hartford Seminary’s Religious Leadership seminar 20 May , 2011

Nevada (US), May 20: Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will partake in the “Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World” seminar of prestigious Hartford Seminary from June six to 10.

About 30 religious leaders from all over USA, including one from Switzerland, will be attending this seminar, who include Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, etc. This maiden seminar of the Seminary will reportedly become its annual feature.

Well known ethicist Dr. Lucinda Allen Mosher will coordinate this seminar.

Other speakers include Dr. David A. Roozen, Director of Hartford Institute for Religious Resear h; Dr. Tmur R. Yuskaev, Director of Islamic Chaplaincy Program of Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; and Dr. Yehezkel Landau, Director of the Building Abrahamic Partnerships. It will reportedly include field trips also.



Hindus laud Ukraine for taking lead in interfaith dialogue 18 April , 2011

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Nevada (US), April 18: Hindus have applauded Ukraine for its reported announcement of hosting an annual international interfaith conference involving leaders of major religions to be called “Kyiv Interfaith Forum”.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a “step in the right direction”. He urged other countries of the world to organize similar interreligious forums as “serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour”.

According to reports, this Ukraine Forum will reportedly address global and local humanitarian conflicts through dialogue and mutual respect, become a place for dialogue between leaders of various religions, and provide a venue for discussion on the issues of coexistence of different religious communities. READ MORE


Nevada’s prominent Catholic school invites Zed to illustrate Hinduism 9 March , 2011

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In a remarkable interfaith gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was invited to prestigious Bishop Manogue Catholic High School (BMCHS) in Nevada (USA) to explain Hinduism to its pupils.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, talked about origins, scriptures, six schools of philosophy, gods and goddesses, beliefs,

practice/rituals, festivals, concepts and symbols, etc., of Hinduism to four classes of students and answered questions.

Jim Toner, President; Tim Jaureguito, Principal; and Janine Kearney, theology teacher; of the school welcomed Rajan Zed.

Commending BMCHS for this interfaith gesture, Zed says that a broader and more inclusive understanding of religion is required as religion is a complex and powerful component of our lives. World needs to take the religion more seriously, he adds.