Hindu mantras open both Nevada Senate & Assembly
Both Nevada Senate and Assembly opened with Hindu invocations on April 17, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the opening prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Nevada Senate and Assembly. After Sanskrit delivery, he then 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 President of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited 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 started and ended 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 said, “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then interpreted as “Lead us from the unreal to the Real, Lead us from darkness to Light, and Lead us from death to immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he urged state Senators and Assembly-members to keep the welfare of others always in mind. Senators, Assembly-members, state employees and public were seen standing in prayer mode with their heads bowed down during these invocations.
Wearing saffron colored attire, a ruddraksh mala (rosary), and traditional sandalpaste tilak (religious mark) on the forehead, Zed sprinkled few drops of water from river Ganga of India, considered holy by Hindus, around the podium before the prayers. Zed presented a copy ofHanumanchalisa to Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark A. Hutchison, who introduced and thanked Zed in the Senate.
In the state of Nevada, Zed has already delivered Hindu prayers at City Councils of Las Vegas, Henderson, Sparks and Boulder City; in addition to Clark County Board of Commissioners and Carson City Board of Supervisors. Besides Nevada, he has also read opening prayers in United States Senate, US House of Representatives, various state senates and houses of representatives, county boards and city councils all over USA.
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Just before the Hindu prayer in Nevada State Assembly, from left to right are: Nevada Assembly Speaker John Hambrick, Assemblyman Erven T. Nelson, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson and Assemblywoman Heidi Swank.