Posted on May 8, 2007
History was made when the Nevada state senate became the first US state to open a session with a Hindu Prayer:
Director of Interfaith Relations of the Hindu Temple of Northern Nevada Rajan Zed chanted the prayers to open the session on Monday.
Wearing saffron robes, ‘rudraksh’ necklace and traditional sandal paste ’tilak’ on the forehead, Zed began with a hymn from the Rig Veda.
What’s even better is that from the article I learnt the source of the following prayer:
Om saha naavavatu,
Saha nau bhunaktu,
Saha viiryan karavaavahai,
which means “May we be protected together, may we be nourished together, may we work together with great vigor, may our study be enlightening, may no obstacle arise between us.”
The prayer/quote is from the Taittiriya Upanishad. This is one of the few sanskrit shlokas I remember by heart.