Hindu prayer opens Nye County commissioners meeting, reportedly the third largest county in the United States, on November 1; Contains verses from the world’s oldest extant scriptures.
Eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Z; wearing saffron colored clothes, rudraksha garland and tilak on the forehead; After being introduced by Chair Frank Carbone, Nye delivered the invocation from an ancient Sanskrit scripture in front of the County Board of Commissioners. After the Sanskrit delivery, he read the English interpretation of the prayer. Sanskrit is a sacred language in Hinduism and is considered the root language of the Indo-European languages.
Jade, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from the Rigveda, the world’s oldest scripture still in circulation; The Upanishads and the Bhagavad-gita (Songs of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures, are besides lines. He begins and ends the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which is used in Hinduism to introduce and conclude religious acts.
Reciting from the Brahmadaranyakopanishad, Rajan insisted “Aasto ma dukha gamaya, tamso ma jyotir gamaya, mrityu mamritam gamaya”; which he then explained “take us from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality.” Reciting the Bhagavad Gita, he exhorted the commissioner and others present to always keep the welfare of others in mind.
Jade, a Vishwa Hindu and interfaith leader, was awarded the World Interfaith Leader Award. Jade is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and on the advisory board of Religious Advisers, Interfaith Peace Project, etc. He has been a panelist on “On Faith,” a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post; and produced “Faith Forum,” a weekly multi-faith panel at Gannett Publications for more than 11 years.
Hinduism, the world’s oldest and third largest religion, has about 1.2 billion followers and the ultimate goal of moksha (liberation). There are about three million Hindus in the United States.
With an area of approximately 18,159 square miles, Nye is the third largest county in the contiguous United States and the largest in Nevada. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and parts of Death Valley National Park and Humboldt-Towebe National Forest fall in Nye County, which was established in 1864.