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Hindu mantras open county commissioners meeting
by Tribune Staff
Aug 19, 2012 | 1704 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners historic Hindu invocation Thursday was attended by, from left to right,  Commissioner Doug N. Johnson, Board Chair Lee Bonner, Reno-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Board Vice Chair Nancy McDermid, Commissioner Michael A. Olson and Commissioner Greg Lynn.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners historic Hindu invocation Thursday was attended by, from left to right, Commissioner Doug N. Johnson, Board Chair Lee Bonner, Reno-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Board Vice Chair Nancy McDermid, Commissioner Michael A. Olson and Commissioner Greg Lynn.
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STATELINE — Douglas County Board of Commissioners began its meeting at Lake Tahoe with Hindu invocation on Thursday for the first time since its 1861 formation, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.

Reno-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the opening prayer from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the County Board of Supervisors. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayer.

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. Supervisors, county employees and public were seen standing in prayer mode with their heads bowed down during this invocation.
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