US session to open with Hindu prayer

via United Hindu Front published on March 11, 2007

Carson City (Nevada, USA) March 10: History will be created when Rajan Zed, Director of Public Affairs of Hindu Temple of Northern Nevada, will read Hindu prayer/blessing at the opening of the Nevada State Assembly session on March 19 and Nevada State Senate session on May 07, both in Carson City.
 
This will be first time any Hindu prayer will be delivered in the Nevada State Legislature since its formation in 1864, says Pastor Albert Tilstra, Chaplain Coordinator for Nevada Legislature. Zed will be seated at the podium next to the Presiding Officer.
 
Rajan Zed says that though he still has to choose which prayer he will deliver, but he is thinking something from Rig Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE. But he adds that keeping with the Legislature tradition, prayer will offer inspiration, reflection, and encouragement, and will be thought provoking. The prayer will then be included in the Daily Journal of the legislature, which is a permanent public record.
 
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world has no datable beginning but some scholars put it around 3,000 BCE. It has no founder, no one authoritative figure, no one deity worshipped by all, and no single prophet or holy book. One of its scriptures, Mahabharata, which dates around third century BCE, is the longest poem ever written, comprising of over 100, 000 couplets.

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