Columbus City Council in Mississippi to open with Hindu mantras on December 15
Hindu prayer will open the meeting of Columbus City Council (Mississippi) on December 15, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely via Zoom before Columbus City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation 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 prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.
Reciting from ancient Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”; which he will then interpret as “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality.” Reciting from ancient Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge councilmembers and others present to keep the welfare of others always in mind.
Zed, a global Hindu and interfaith leader, has been bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award. Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, on the Advisory Board of The Interfaith Peace Project, etc. He has been panelist for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post; and produces a weekly multi-faith panel “Faith Forum” in a Gannett publication for over nine years.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.2 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.
Columbus, founded 1821 and whose tagline is “The City that has it all”, is host to coeducational “Mississippi University for Women”, houses home of playwright Tennessee Williams; and world boxing champion Henry Armstrong was born here. Robert E. Smith, Sr. and David Armstrong are Mayor and Chief Operations Officer respectively.
- टेक्ससको ह्युसटनमा सशस्त्र व्यक्तिले बिरामीवाहक वाहन भित्र बिरामी भएको अवस्थामा जबरजस्ती चोरी गर्दा पक्राउ
- अमेरिकामा कोरोनाबाट २४ घन्टामा ४५ हजार ३ सय संक्रमित,दुई हप्तामा औसतमा १८० प्रतिशत वृद्धि
- नेजाको अधिवेशन शनिवार भर्जिनियामा हुने
- नेजाका पदाधिकारी तथा नेपाल पत्रकार महासंघका अध्यक्ष बिपुल पोख्रेलद्वारा राजदुत डा.खतिवडासंग भेटघाट
- शिकागोमा भोजमा गएका मानिसहरुलाई गाडीमा आएका मानिसले अन्धाधुन्ध गोली चलाउदा ८ जना घाइते