Hindu prayers to be recited at Fairfield council session

By From page A6 | August 21, 2013


FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield City Council will welcome Hindu statesman Rajan Zed to open its Oct. 15 meeting with Hindu mantras.

Mayor Harry Price said the council took action during the summer to invite various religious leaders to opening a meeting, like an invocation. Price said Zed was one of the first to respond.

“It’s open to all faiths,” Price said.

Interested parties need to check in with the city clerk and determine a date. It then becomes part of the City Council agenda. Price called it a logical continuation of what the National Day of Prayer has accomplished.

“It’s a good step forward in bringing everyone together,” he said of the council visits.

Zed said in a press release that 14 city councils and county boards of supervisors will be opening with ancient Hindu prayers, “many for the first time.”

After being delivered in Sanskrit, considered a sacred language in Hinduism, the English translation of the prayer will be read. Zed, a global Hindu and interfaith leader, plans to recite from “Rig-Veda,” the oldest scripture in the world still in common use, according to the press release.

The City Council chambers is located at 1000 Webster St.

Zed will open the Aug. 27 council meeting in Suisun City. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Civic Center Blvd.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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  • Former FF residentAugust 20, 2013 - 3:52 am


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  • SteveAugust 20, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Because August is a slow news month.

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  • FF64August 20, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Because several years ago they stopped opening their meetings with a prayer, opting for a "reflection" from the City Clerk. They've started using a prayer from a local member of they clergy. They are trying to be inclusive. Whatever floats their boat!

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  • PornacAugust 21, 2013 - 8:13 am

    My god is a great god. I hear his words in my head daily. I must do his wishes to get to heaven.

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  • Liberty BellAugust 21, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Everyone wants separation of church and state. Let's start here and eliminate any type of opening comments. Just get to city business and quit trying to be "all inclusive". Political correctness is a waste of time!

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  • rlw895August 21, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    Good to start with a non-Christian. I assume the Council has guidelines for whomever will be offering the opening prayer. This is a bit of a slippery slope, but it can be made to work, as long as the Council is in unanimous agreement, the guidelines pass constitutional muster, and the guidelines are respected and followed.

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