Nevada (US), Sept 19 (ANI): West Valley City Council, the second largest city in Utah (USA), will reportedly have its first Hindu opening prayer on September 20.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Council. He will then 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 andBhagavad-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, 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.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. (ANI)