City Councils of Paso Robles and Pismo Beach, both in San Luis Obispo County (California, USA), will start their day with Hindu invocation on October one, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Reports suggest that these would be the first Hindu prayers of these city councils.
Distinguished 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 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.
Paso Robles, also known as “El Paso de Robles” or “Pass of the Oaks”, located on the Salinas River and nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California on the rolling hills, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2014. Called “California’s oldest watering place”, it has a long history with both wine and healing waters and claims to be “a place with something for everyone”. Notable people associated with it include Oscar nominated film director King Vidor, outlaw Jesse James, Poland prime minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski, football player Hampton John “Hamp” Pool and baseball player Hal Rhyne. Duane Picanco, Ed Steinbeck and Jim App are Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and City Manager respectively.
Beach town Pismo Beach, established in 1891 and known as “Clam Capital of the World”, offers long white beaches. Shelly Higginbotham, Edward Waage and James R. Lewis are Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and City Manager respectively.