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California’s Shasta County thanks Zed for its 1st Hindu invocation in 162 years

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Leonard F. Moty, Chairman of Shasta County Board of Supervisors, has thanked distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed for "presenting the invocation at our Board of Supervisors meeting", which he added was the "first Hindu invocation".

In a letter to Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Chairman Moty wrote: "We recognize your efforts to help the Hindu communities spread throughout world and in bringing various religious communities together so that they may live in peace and mutual trust and enrich themselves through dialogue."


Chairman Moty further wrote to Rajan Zed: "We appreciate your work to uplift approximately 15 million Roma (Gypsies) people of Europe who live in apartheid conditions by frequently voicing their maltreatment and issues of concern; as well as urging other religious leaders to do so. Thank you for your leadership role in helping the helpless."

Zed started the day of Shasta County Board of Supervisors in Redding (California, USA) with Hindu prayers on December four for the first time since its 1850 creation, containing verses from world's oldest existing scripture Rig-Veda besides Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita, delivering in Sanskrit and then translating in English.

After sprinkling few drops of water from river Ganga of India, considered holy by Hindus, around the podium; Rajan Zed started and ended the prayer with "Om", the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

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.

Shasta County, headquartered in Redding, has 33 listings on National Register of Historic Places, including "Bandit Rock". Whiskeytown is part of the County, which is spread in about 3,850 square miles and whose tagline is "Committed to Excellence in Public Service".  Larry Lees is County Executive Officer.

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Just before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors historic Hindu invocation on December four, from left to right, are —Supervisor David A. Kehoe, Supervisor Les Baugh, Board Chairman Leonard F. Moty, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Supervisor Linda Hartman and Supervisor Glenn Hawes.

Picture by: Amy Hall-Crean

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