Sparks City Council opens year’s 1st meeting with ancient Gayatri Mantra
Sparks City Council in Nevada (USA), incorporated in 1905, started its new
year with ancient Gayatri Mantra, considered the most sacred mantra of
Hinduism, and sprinkling of water drops from river Ganga, considered holy
by Hindus.Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed opened the January 12 meeting of
Sparks City Council with an invocation which began with Gayatri Mantra in
Sanskrit, which he later translated in English. Sanskrit is considered a
sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
Zed sprinkled few drops of water from river Ganga of India before starting
his prayer.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. Councilmembers,
city employees and public were seen standing in prayer mode
with their heads bowed down during the invocation. Mayor Geno R. Martini
introduced Zed, who was wearing saffron colored attire, a ruddraksh mala
(rosary), and traditional sandalpaste tilak (religious mark) on the
forehead.Rajan Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up
the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the
apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with
World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor
to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National
Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one
billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are
about three million Hindus in USA.
Sparks, whose city slogan is "It's Happening Here", is a custom-made town,
tailored ordered by the Southern Pacific Railway Company. Steve Driscoll is
the City Manager. Notable people associated with Sparks include: actress
Jena Malone, political pundit Karl Rove, swimmer Brian Retterer, and
cartoonist Brian Crane.