Hindu faith leader offering prayers at beginning of St. George City Council, Washington County Commission meetings

Washington County Administrative Building, St. George, Utah, Sept. 30, 2015. Insert photo of Rajan Zed, date and location unspecified | Washington County building photo by Mori Kessler, insert photo courtesy of Rajan Zed, St. George News

ST. GEORGE At the start of this Thursday’s St. George City Council meeting, and the Washington County Commission meeting next Tuesday, Hindu prayers will be offered by Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism.

The prayers are ancient and found in the Rig-Veda and other Hindu scripture, according to a press release. After delivering the invocations, Zed will read their English interpretation.

According to the press release, part of the prayers Zed will recite are from a text called the Brahadaranyakopanishad, and translate to: “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality.”

Also reading additional words from the Bhagavad-Gita, Zed will urge the council, commission and others present to always keep the welfare of others in mind.

Zed is described as a global Hindu and interfaith leader who has offered Hindu prayers in various government venues across the United States, including the first Hindu prayer in the Senate in 2007 as a guest chaplain. He did so at the request of then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

Zed has been a panelist for “On Faith,” an interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post; and has produced a weekly interfaith panel, “Faith Forum,” in the Reno Gazette Journal for over eight years. Zed is based out of northern Nevada.

Both the St. George City Council and Washington County Commission are no strangers to prayers offered from the representatives of various faiths and spiritual groups thanks to the work of the St. George Interfaith Council.

While prayers given by the varied Christian groups may be offered a majority of the time, so are Jewish prayers and motivational insights and thoughts from nondenominational groups.

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