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Gayatri Mantra opens ‘Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada’ 1 August , 2011

Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Baha’is, and others, besides sharing food, music, prayers, a “Peace Cake”, etc., attempted to find similarities between their diverse traditions at second annual “Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada”. Adina Richman Karst, Coordinator of this Picnic, plans to carry on this tradition in future.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed opened the picnic with Gayatri Mantra, considered the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, and prayers from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita; ancient Hindu scriptures.

Participants, who included clergy as well as congregations, helped the less fortunate by donating food items to area food bank Friends in Service Helping. Clergy and spiritual leaders addressed the picnic goers on helping others, “treating others as we want to be treated”, etc. A raffle for gift baskets was held to support charities Carson City Animal Shelter, the Wildland Fuels Reduction Project, and Heifer International. Various area church choirs performed in this Picnic held at Carson City Mills Park.

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“Gayatri Mantra” Concludes Religious Leadership Seminar at Hartford Seminary in USA 16 June , 2011

Nevada (US), June 16: Weeklong “Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World” seminar ended with “Gayatri Mantra”, the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, at Hartford Seminary (Connecticut, USA).

 Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who participated in the seminar, read the benediction in Sanskrit from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita; all ancient Hindu scriptures; and then translated into English. Participants repeated the Gayatri Mantra after Zed.

Reading from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then translated as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality.”

 

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