California, July 21 (IBNS) Manteca City Council in California (USA), incorporated in 1918, reportedly had its first historic Hindu invocation on July 17 evening, containing verses from world's oldest existing scripture.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then 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 President of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited 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 started and ended the prayer with "Om", the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.
Image: Just before the Manteca City Council Hindu invocation, from left to right, are- Mayor Pro-Tempore John W. Harris, Councilmember Vincent Hernandez II, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Mayor Willie W. Weatherford, Councilmember Debby Moorhead and Councilmember Stephen DeBrum.