New York, Sep 20 (UNI) Sanskrit recitations from ancient Hindu scriptures formed part of the funeral service of a prominent Christian Head Bishop that was held yesterday in Nevada.
Starting with highly revered 'gayatri mantra' and ending with 'Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (Peace, Peace, Peace be unto all)', Rajan Zed, a hindu priest, read from the Rig-Veda, Upnishad and Bhagavad-Gita at the funeral service of International Community of Christ head bishop Douglas Eugene Savoy in Reno, Asian Tribune reported.
The eldest son of the bishop read the scriptures while the younger son did the benediction.
Head Bishop Douglas Eugene Savoy was a renowned author and his publications included about 50 theological and religious texts and over 400 recorded lectures. He was also a world class explorer, and a respected theologian.
Besides inspirational reading from Khalil Gibran by Rebecca Willis, the service included Arabic recitation from Koran by Tunay Durmaz and Buddhist prayer by Dr William Bartlett.
John Auer of First United Methodist Church and Onie Cooper of Second Baptist Church gave blessings in their own respective traditions.