Words of inspiration delivered in Sanskrit at Dos Palos meet

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 22, 2013 

The Dos Palos City Council welcomed its first Hindu invocation Tuesday evening.

Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, based in Reno, Nev., delivered the invocation which contained verses from the world's oldest existing scripture, he said.

Zed delivered the message in ancient Sanskrit scripture and then translated it in English.

Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism.

"It is a historic moment of pride for the community when the prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures are being read in this great hall of democracy of this great City of Dos Palos," Zed stated before the prayer.

Dos Palos City Manager Darrell Fonseca said it's tradition for the council to open with an invocation and is always open to anyone who wants to deliver one.

"Everyone welcomed me," Zed said.

Since Dos Palos does not have a Hindu temple, Zed felt there was a need and contacted the city about delivering the invocation to also educate people of Hinduism.

"We are open to any faith, religion or inspiration. It doesn't have to be religiously affiliated,"Fonseca said.

Fonseca added that there are a fair number of people with Indian decent in the Dos Palos area but was unaware of many with Hindu faith.

"So far everybody's open minded to listen to any words of inspiration," Fonseca said.

And Zed did just that, urging council members to keep the welfare of others in mind.

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