Hindu prayer in Alaska legislature

published on April 11, 2010

Washington, Apr 10 (PTI) The House of Representatives and the State Senate in Alaska have opened their session with reading prayers from the sacred Sanskrit scriptures.

The prayers were recited by Rajan Zed, a Hindu priest from Nevada, who a few years ago had the distinction of reading Hindu prayers in the United States Senate on Friday.

Reciting from “Brahadaranyakopanishad”, Zed chanted “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then translated as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, Lead me from death to Immortality.”

Reciting from “Bhagavad-Gita”, he urged the members of the house to keep the welfare of others in mind. He also sprinkled Gangajal (holy water) in State House of Representatives and Senate.

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