FAIRFIELD — A Hindu invocation in Sanskrit, followed by its English translation, will begin the City Council meeting Tuesday.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures. Zed said 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, Zed plans to say, “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya,” which he will then translate as, “Lead me from the unreal to the real, lead me from darkness to light, and lead me from death to immortality.”
He will recite from Bhagavad-Gita and urge council members to keep the welfare of others always in mind.
The City Council meets at 6 p.m. in its chambers at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.
Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader who has protested against the apartheid faced by about 15 million gypsies in Europe.
Hinduism, oldest and third-largest religion of the world, has about 1 billion adherents. About 3 million Hindus live in the U.S.
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