Hindu mantras opening California’s Anaheim & Downey city councils same day

City councils of Anaheim and Downey in California (USA) will start their day with Hindu prayers on September 24, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before these city councils. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayers. 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 prayers 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 councilmembers 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 Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor 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.

Incorporated in 1870, female-majority Anaheim is home to Disneyland Resort. Prominent people/groups associated with it include golfer Tiger Woods, singer Gwen Stefani, Carl’s Jr. hamburger chain founder Carl Karcher, boysenberry creator Rudolph Boysen, rock band No Doubt and actor Milo Ventimiglia. Tom Tait, Gail E. Eastman and Marcie L. Edwards are Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and City Manager respectively.

Birthplace of Apollo Space Program, female-majority Downey incorporated in 1956 is home to world’s oldest McDonalds restaurant, site of the first Taco Bell eatery and hometown of pop recording artists “The Carpenters”. Named an “All America City”, prominent people associated with it include heavy metal band Metallica frontman James Hetfield, actress-singer Miranda Cosgrove and parody-artist Weird Al Yankovic. Mario A. Guerra, Fernando Vasquez and Gilbert A. Livas are Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and City Manager respectively.

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