City Council of George Lucas's hometown to open with a Hindu prayer

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Nevada (US), May 10 (ANI): City Council of Modesto, surrounded by some of the richest farmland in USA, will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on May eleven.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman, will deliver invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Modesto City Council on this day. 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, dated from around 1,500 BCE, 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 roughly translates 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 Councilors to keep the welfare of others always in mind. (ANI)

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