California’s Tulare City Council opening with Hindu prayer 1st time in 125 years

Tulare City Council in California (USA), incorporated in 1888, will start its day with Hindu invocation on July two, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he will then translate as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge council members to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Adviser to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Adviser to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Female majority Tulare, founded in 1872 and which sits in the heart of some of the most productive farmland in the world, has “worship” as part of its Mission Statement. The town burned down and was rebuilt three times in its first 14 years. David Macedo, Craig Vejvoda and Don Dorman are Mayor, Vice Mayor and City Manager respectively. Prominent people associated with Tulare include Olympic gold medalists Sim Iness and Bob Mathias, football players Zac Diles and Dominique Dorsey, NASCAR driver Matt Crafton and baseball player Mike Morgan.

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