Mantras Started Utah’s Spanish Fork City Council

Spanish Fork, Utah

CHICAGO: The Spanish Fork City Council in Utah commenced session on June 6 2023 with verses from world’s oldest extent Sanskrit scripture.

Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures. After Sanskrit delivery, he read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and the root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, the 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 plans ended 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 spoke “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya, Mrtyormamrtamgamaya”; which he interpreted as “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality.”

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.2 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the USA.

Mike Mendenhall and Seth Perrins are the Mayor and City Manager respectively of Spanish Fork, established in 1855, whose tagline is “Pride & Progress”. Claimed to be the “safest city in Utah”, Icelandic Days, Holi festival, etc., are annually held in Spanish Fork.

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