In Utah (USA), councils of Salt Lake County, West Valley City and Sandy City will reportedly have their first Hindu invocation on September 20, which is more than a century after these were established.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before these councils on September 20. 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 one of the panelists for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post. He has been awarded “World Interfaith Leader Award” and is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to New York headquartered Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy, Director of Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Rajan Zed opened the City Councils of South Jordan, Draper, Taylorsville, and Layton in Utah with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures during the first week of this month.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
Salt Lake County, settled in 1847, is well known for its ski resorts and the area hosted XIX Olympic Winter Games in 2002. Peter Corroon is the Mayor and Max Burdick is Council Chair of the County, which has 15 cities and one town. Tagline of West Valley City, second largest in Utah, is “Unity-Pride-Progress”. Michael Kent Winder is the Mayor and notable people associated with it include football players John Madsen and Naufahu Tahi. Established in 1871, “Heart of Wasatch” Sandy City has Tom Dolan as the Mayor. Prominent people linked with the city include actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, dancer Julianne Hough, historian Grant H. Palmer, and golfer Mike Weir.
Utah houses world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.