For the first time, the Madera City Council will have a Hindu invocation tonight at its regularly scheduled meeting.
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, will read from ancient Sanskrit scriptures at the council meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers. He will then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism.
Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also voiced opposition to the apartheid faced by about 15 million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe.
Bestowed with the World Interfaith Leader Award, Zed is senior fellow and religious adviser to the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, and spiritual adviser to the National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families...