Organization Launched to Provide Worldwide Hindu Identity

via published on March 3, 2008
A “Universal Society of Hinduism” (USH) has been formed to provide worldwide Hindu identity, enhance understanding of Hinduism, and to foster interreligious dialogue.

With Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, as President, this nondenominational religious-philosophical-cultural-educational organization aims at reaching about one billion Hindus spread around the world. Journalist Dharam Loonaa is the Executive Director of this Society, which will promote the ethics, spirit, culture, and philosophy of Hindu heritage.

According to Zed, various goals of this organization include advancing awareness of Hinduism history and principles; spiritual renewal; educational outreach and friendly relations with non-Hindu communities; furtherance of traditional/historical Hindu architecture, art, music, and sculpture as revealed in Sastras; promoting moral dimension in daily life, greater understanding of values, scholarly interpretation, study and research of Hindu philosophy, unity among different Hindu groups/organizations, spiritual wisdom and practice, ethical values, practice of prayer, preservation of Hindu cultures of the world, service, devotion and fellowship, universal brotherhood, etc.

USH will also look after the social and religious concerns of Hindus, attempt to clear misconceptions about Hinduism, build a moral and spiritual foundation, foster individual spiritual growth, encourage scholarly interpretation of Hinduism, provide opportunities for spiritual enrichment, inspire youth to discover and develop their personal best, Rajan Zed adds.

In order to help promote respectful coexistence and integration in pluralistic societies, this Society will enable multilateral dialogues and will urge the Hindus to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world. It will explore traditional and newer dimensions of Hindu spirituality, thus deepening the spiritual dimensions of Hindus worldwide.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has no datable beginning but some scholars put it around 3,000 BCE. Moksha (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism.

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