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Clark County to open its meet with Hindu Sanskrit mantras
On July 6, the County Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, USA, home to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the Sanskrit mantras.
BOARD OF County Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, United States of America, home to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July 6.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman, will deliver invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Clark County Commission on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, 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, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which roughly translates as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, lead me from darkness to light, and lead me from death to immortality”. Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge Commissioners to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Zed is one of the panelists for ‘On Faith’, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and He has been awarded ‘World Interfaith Leader Award’ by National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families.

Regarding Nevada cities, Rajan Zed read the opening prayer of Henderson City Council on May 18 and Carson City Board of Supervisors on February 18; and shall read the opening invocation of Boulder City Council on June 22 and Sparks City Council on July 12.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. Clark County, with about 150,000 hotel/motel rooms and larger than the state of New Jersey, attracts about 42 million tourists annually for its world class entertainment and casinos and is one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Rory Reid is County Commission Chairman while Virginia Valentine is County Manager.

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