The president of the Universal Society of Hinduism opened the Iowa House and Senate with prayer to a false god on Monday.
“We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky, and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illumine our minds,” said Rajan Zed, quoting from the Gayatri Mantra.
“Lead us from the unreal to the real. Lead us from darkness to light. Lead us from death to immortality,” he also stated, reciting from the Brahadaranyakopanishad.
The recitations were delivered in both Sanskrit and English, and were opened and closed with the traditional “om,” which Hindus believe is a sacred sound and encapsulates the universe. Zed additionally sprinkled water from the Ganges River of India, which Hindus consider to be holy, prior to the invocation. CHRISTIAN NEWS
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