Hindu mantras open Commissioners meeting of Nevada’s largest county Nye

Hindu prayers opened the Board of Commissioners meeting of Nye County, reportedly the third-largest county in the contiguous USA, on November one; containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed; wearing a saffron-colored attire, rudraksa mala and tilak on forehead; delivered the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before Nye County Board of Commissioners, after Chair Frank Carbone introduced him. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and the root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited 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 started and ended 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 said “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”; which he then interpreted as “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he urged commissioners and others present to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Zed, a global Hindu and interfaith leader, has been bestowed with the World Interfaith Leader Award. Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, on the Advisory Board of The Interfaith Peace Project, etc. He has been panelist for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post; and produces a weekly multi-faith panel “Faith Forum” in a Gannett publication for over 11 years.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.2 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the USA.

With an area of reportedly about 18,159 square miles, Nye is said to be the third-largest county in the contiguous USA and largest in Nevada. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and parts of Death Valley National Park and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest fall in Nye County, which was established in 1864.

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