Hindu Prayers in Legislatures

Prayers from the Hindu tradition are finally finding their way into the delicate mix of religious observance in the political arena. Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, who previously opened the Nevada State Legislature and the US Senate with Hindu prayers, is now slated to do so in three additional states. In Salem, Oregon (both the Senate and the Assembly); Denver, Colorado; and Indianapolis, Indiana, Zed will recite from the Rig Veda, the oldest scripture still in common use.

Zed plans to recite from<Brahadaranyakopanishad, “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 legislators to act selflessly.

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