Hindus welcome dedicated “spiritual area” in new $276 million Cleveland Cancer Center

Hindus have commended reported inclusion of dedicated “spiritual area for prayer or meditation” inside the recently opened $276 million, seven-story, 377,000-square-foot, multidisciplinary Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, called it a step in the positive direction. A “spiritual area for prayer or meditation” would help infuse spirituality into the atmosphere of this major cancer center and would provide a place for meditation, reflection and prayer for the patients, their families/friends, staff and visitors; Zed hoped.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that meditation might be quite helpful in combating stress caused by challenges usually faced by patients, their families/friends and healthcare providers.

Rajan Zed explained that meditation was a condition of profound internal wakefulness; and added that ancient Hindu scripture Taittiriya Upanishad stated: “Meditation is Brahman (the supreme being)”.

Zed further said that Lord Krishna told in Bhagavad-Gita: With mind and senses disciplined through meditation, bonded with the Self within, the seeker achieves tranquility and nirvana, the state of permanent peace and joy in me. Zed noted that Hinduism had been associated with meditation for ages; and there were various aspects of it, including pratyahara, upasana, samadhi, manana, dhyana, dharana.

Rajan Zed stressed that it should be made mandatory for all the new hospitals/healthcare-centers being built across the world to make provision for a “Meditation/Prayer Space”.

This Center claims to house all outpatient cancer treatment services in one location, besides “art and music therapy spaces” and “abundance of natural light”. Founded in 1921 and claimed to be “one of the nation’s best hospitals”, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland (Ohio) is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center. Dr. Delos M. Cosgrove is CEO of Cleveland Clinic, while Brian J. Bolwell is Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute.

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