Hindus support Roman Catholics’ call for giving-up meat on Fridays
7th March 2011: Archbishop Nichols’ call for meatless Fridays has found support from the Hindus.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said besides being good for ethical and health reasons, it would help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, who is leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, has reportedly said Catholics should give up meat on Fridays.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that Hinduism promoted strict vegetarianism insisting on ahimsa (not harming living creatures) and non-killing, and renouncing animal slaughter and meat eating. It suggested taking of sattvik (vegetables, fruits, etc.) and avoiding rajasik (eggs, etc.) and tamasik (meat, intoxicants, etc.) foods.
Rajan Zed argued that there was extensive protection of life in Hinduism and ahimsa was a command. All the major religions of the world were opposed to killing, he added.
Zed has also thrown his weight behind Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s call for Meat-Free Monday movement, which aims at persuading public to go vegetarian once a week to slow global warming.
Rajan Zed further said that as eating less meat would help the environment, more religions and celebrities should come out in support of at least staying away from meat once a week, thus contributing to a healthier world.
Roman Catholics are the largest single denomination in Christianity headed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate.