Utah’s Cedar Hills City Council’s meeting to start with Hindu mantras 1st time

For the first time since its incorporation in 1977, Cedar Hills City Council (Utah) will start its meeting on January four with Hindu prayers, containing hymns from world’s oldest extant scripture.
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Mr Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before Cedar Hills City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”; which he will then interpret as “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge councilmembers and others present to keep the welfare of others always in mind.
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 USA.
Located near the entrance to American Fork Canyon on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos, Cedar Hills has a 6,600-yard, 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course. Denise Andersen and Chandler Goodwin are Mayor and City Manager respectively.