SAN DIEGO — San Diego County Board of Supervisors in California will start its day with Hindu invocation on July 24, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Reno-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the opening prayer from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the County Board of Supervisors.
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, Zed will recite a passage meaning “Lead me from the unreal to the real, lead me from darkness to light, and lead me from death to immortality.”