Nevada, Jan 25 : Five State Senates in USA will have their first opening Hindu prayers containing ancient Sanskrit mantras in the coming weeks, thus creating a milestone in American history.
Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, will recite prayers in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Arizona, which will reportedly be the first Hindu prayers of these senates since their formation. Zed will deliver prayers from ancient Hindu scriptures at senate halls in State Capitols in Santa Fe (January 28), Denver (January 29), Salt Lake City (February 13), Olympia (February 22), and Phoenix (March 24).
After reciting in Sanskrit, he will then read the English translation of the prayer. Zed will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BC, besides lines from -- Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita -- 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', Zed plans to say "Asato ma sad gamaya, tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, mrtyor mamrtam gamaya", which roughly translates as "Lead us from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality." Reciting from chapter three of Bhagavad-Gita, he will urge the senators to act selflessly.
Zed has already delivered the historic first Hindu prayers in the recent months in United States Senate at Washington DC, California State Senate at Sacramento, and Nevada State Senate and Nevada State Assembly at Carson City. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of all Indo-European languages.