May 27, 2012
Jyeshth Shukla Saptami, Kaliyug Varsha 5114
Lodi City Council in California (USA) will have Hindu invocation on June six, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. 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, 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 he will then translate 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 Councilmembers to keep the welfare of others always in mind.
Zed has been awarded “World Interfaith Leader Award” and is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to New York headquartered Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
Incorporated in 1906, Lodi, which claims to be committed to “quality growth”, is being marketed as “Northern California’s hottest new wine country destination” as about 40% of California’s premium wine grapes are said to be grown in this region. Female majority town (male 48.8%, female 51.2%), whose about 30% residents speak a language other than English at home, houses a “The Serpentarium”, which has “bearded dragons” and where one can learn about snake breeding process. Joanne Mounce, Alan Nakanishi and Konradt “Rad” Bartlam are Mayor, Mayor Pro Tempore and City Manager respectively. Prominent people associated with Lodi include baseball player Jason Bartlett, basketball player Bill Cartwright, soccer player Patrick Ianni, actress Mary Castle, model Bridget Marquardt, vintner Robert Mondavi and post-hardcore band A Skylit Drive.