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Hindus welcome idea of prayer in Mississippi public schools, but rotating among diverse religions
Talking about prayer; Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement today, said that a reverent petition for help or expression of devotion-love-
Sometimes described as pilgrimage of the spirit, heartfelt communication or establishing rapport with the deity in the form of prayer could be highly meaningful to many. Petitioning/
Rajan Zed indicates that all Mississippi public schools; like US Senate and House, Mississippi Senate and House, various county commissions and city councils across Mississippi;
The plurality of religious traditions has come to characterize the nation. There is a need to energetically engage with pluralism, actively seek understanding across the lines of difference and remove our ignorance of one another. Listening to prayers from seriously diverse faiths would make Mississippi students well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow; Zed notes.
These diverse invocations will strengthen society and display respect for religious liberty and pluralism. These can also lead to scope for positive dialogue; which brings us mutual enrichment, assists us to see interconnections and interdependencies, helps us overcome the prejudices- stereotypes-
Zed further said that we needed to find a common ground on this issue where various religions and denominations could find equitable representation in the school prayer and non-believers could be offered an opportunity of expression where no deity was invoked or petitioned.
Rajan Zed has delivered invocations before the city councils of Jackson, Biloxi, Columbus in Mississippi remotely in the past from ancient Hindu texts, reading in Sanskrit and then interpreting in English. These contained verses from world's oldest extant scripture Rig-Veda.
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