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Zed favors Pope’s idea of “simplicity” in message

By HubVilla - Monday, July 29, 2013 No Comments
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed agrees with His Holiness Pope Francis on the need of simplicity in the delivery of the message.


Pope Francis, addressing Bishops in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on July 27, said: At times we lose people because they don't understand what we are saying, because we have forgotten the language of simplicity and import an intellectualism foreign to our people. Without the grammar of simplicity, the Church loses the very conditions which make it possible "to fish" for God in the deep waters of his Mystery.


Make religion more vibrant, attractive and engaging if you wanted to keep your people in God's fold, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, suggested to organizations and leaders of various world religions and denominations, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today.


Rajan Zed further said that people with "no religion" were increasing and we (religious leaders and organizations) were responsible for their alienation. Our efforts at social control, judgmentalism, stagnant approach, etc., might be turning them away resulting in many of them questioning belief in God, equating religion with fear, etc. Some of them, who still believed in God, were bypassing religion to reach God questioning the linkage between "man made religions" and God. "If I 'just do good', I should be fine", many of them argued.


Zed noted that life was getting complex and distractions were increasing, so religion was slipping away from the priority list of many. Conventional style of dealing with spirituality and religion did not appear to be effectively working, especially with today's youth. Make it more exciting and challenging but keep it simple, Zed added.


We as religious leaders should live exemplary lives to add credibility to our preaching. Give them fresh answers without any religious stigma attached. Listen to what the people have to say before giving your opinion to them. Accept the people who and as they are. Make religion lively and not stagnant, Rajan Zed points out.


If religious leaders and organizations do not attend to this challenge more effectively in this consumerist society, we can lose our youth, to the other marketplace players which are more powerful, attractive and vocal than religion and spirituality. Many youth appear to be bored from religion. Serving God does not have to be dull. For youth, make religion "cool" and do not force anything on them, Zed states.


A spiritual world will be a better place to live than a non-spiritual world, Rajan Zed adds.


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