Sunday, July 15, 2007

Hindu Prayer in the Senate...

A Hindu priest opened the Senate session this week with a Hindu prayer. Three protesters from the gallery shouted him down and had to be forcefully removed by the Sergeant at Arms. This was the prayer...not very threatening imho.

"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 illuminate our minds."


Blogger Nirupa Mohandas said...

The prayer is from the Rig Veda-1500 B.C. It is an amazing prayer!

7:11 PM  
Blogger Blog reader said...

This is "Diversity" in the history of American Politics

7:35 PM  
Blogger Dr. Reason said...

I think its a good start even though those three protesters disrupted the prayer. HInduism is a minor religion in the US and the American way of life has not been touched by it till very recent. There has been more diversity in terms of the Big Three religions in the US when it comes to inclusion in Congress. Diversity even within Christianity ie Protestants embracing Catholics is a recent phenomenon. So yes this is a very positive move towards diversity and acknowledgement that about 1% of the US population is now Hindu.

3:47 AM  

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