Both New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives in Santa Fe will open their February seven sessions with Hindu mantras, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scriptures.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate and the House. After the Sanskrit delivery, he will read the English interpretation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and the root language of many Indo-European languages.
Zed, 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 the chanting of “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious works.
Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, in English which can be interpreted as “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality.” Reading from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge Senators and Representatives to always keep in mind the welfare of others.
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Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader. 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 interfaith panel “Faith Forum” in a Gannett publication for over seven years.
Hinduism, the oldest and the third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents across the globe and to attain ‘Moksh’ (liberation) is the ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the USA.
Michelle Lujan Grisham is the Governor of New Mexico, whose tagline is “The Land of Enchantment”. San Miguel Chapel in capital Santa Fe, whose history goes back to 1610, is claimed to be the oldest church in the USA. With Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales as the President, its Senate has 41 senators; while its House of Representatives have 70 representatives and Brian Egolf is the Speaker.