For the first time since the county was founded, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors opened their meeting with Hindu prayers.
Rajan Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism and a resident of Reno, recited several Hindu prayers in both Sanskrit and English including lines from Rig-Veda, Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita.
Zed said some of the prayers date as far back as 1,500 B.C.
Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and the root language of Indo-European languages.
Clad in traditional Hindu garb, he noted, “This is a historical event because they’ve never had a Hindu prayer said at this meeting before.”
Zed said that there are three million Hindus in the United States and one billion in the world. “We’re the oldest existing religion and one having nothing to do with the Abrahamic traditions,” he said.
The Hindu leader said he had previously opened a session of the California State Senate with a Hindu prayer, which was also its first time doing so.
Beaming, he said, “it is always better to have a prayer rather than not have a prayer.”
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