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New Mexico senate to open with Hindu prayers

The senate of New Mexico, a southern US state, will open with the chanting of Hindu prayers on January 28.

Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain who made news by reading Hindu prayers in the US senate in July, will read Sanskrit mantras   from ancient Hindu scriptures before the senate in Santa Fe.

Zed, a resident of Reno, Nevada, is also scheduled to recite Vedic prayers in the Colorado senate in Denver on January 29.

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US college to start Hinduism classes

Nevada ( United States): A prominent college in Nevada is all set to offer classes on hinduism from next year with an increasing number of Indian Americans showing a growing interest in the ancient religion.

Rajan Zed, director of public affairs of a Hindu temple of northern Nevada and a Hindu priest, will teach students of Truckee Meadows Community College about different aspects of Hinduism.

The college also plans to offer classes on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the holiest Hindu scriptures, The Life, Experiments and Philosophy of Gandhi and History and philosophy of Yoga , according to a press statement.

Hinduism is considered to be one of the oldest religions in the world. It is the third largest religion, with approximately one billion followers.In an interesting trend, more and more Indian American parents are sending their children to summer camps and weekend schools to learn about ancient Indian religious traditions.

  In California alone, over 10,000 children attend some sort of Hindu or Indian instructions on the weekend, especially during summers. Americans too are showing keen interest in Hindu spirituality and yoga.

There are around 1.5 million Hindus in the US and 800 Hindu religious centres, mainly concentrated in California, New York, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey. A few months back, Zed had opened the US Senate and the California state senate s sessions with the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra, a Hindu religious hymn.

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How Many Hindus Are There In the US?

HPI note: This article appears in the January/February/March 2008 issue of Hinduism Today. Full text below.) Hinduism Today was recently asked to provide a definitive estimate of Hindus in America. Our conclusion: as of 2008, there are more than 2,290,000 Hindus in the US. There are no official government statistics on the number of adherents to any particular religion in America, because the US Census does not collect data on religion. Estimates are made mostly by national polls. These are useful for large religious communities, but inaccurate for small ones. For Hinduism, we believe the soundest approach is based on the number of people in America of Indian origin. A single assumption is then made, that the percentage of Hindus among Americans of Indian origin is the same as the percentage of Hindus in India, 81 percent. One could quibble with this assumption.   Some claim--without providing any evidence--that there is a greater percentage of Christians among the immigrants than in India. But with just 2.3% Christians in India, even a doubling of that percentage in America would make only a slight difference. The US Census Bureau conducts an ongoing statistical study called American Community Survey, which provides yearly updates to the decennial American census. The Survey offers up-to-date information on demographics, housing, society and the economy in America, based on a sample of three million households interviewed each year (out of 105 million). The 2006 Survey, which was released in October, 2007, counted 2,482,141 Asian Indians. This includes those of Indian origin coming from countries such as Trinidad, Kenya, Surinam and Fiji. To update this figure for 2008, we must consider the average annual growth rate for Asian Indians. In the year 2000, the decennial census counted 1,678,765 Asian Indians; the Survey estimated 2,482,141 in 2006

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Gita shlokas to bless students at prestigious Catholic school

Newswire Services Nevada -- Hymns from Rig-Veda, Upanisads and Bhagavad-Gita will form part of the prayer-blessing ceremony at one of the prestigious Catholic schools of America on January eleven.

Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader, besides other shlokas at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, will be reciting from Brahadaranyakopanisad: "Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya", which roughly translates as "Lead us from the unreal to the Real, from darkness to Light, and from death to Immortality." Rig-Veda is the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE.

Besides Zed, prayers from Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Buddhist, and Jewish faiths will be read at this prayer-blessing service. According to Father Charles T. Durante, organizer of this Service, besides blessing the students,   it creates an opportunity for growth and awareness of the differences and similarities we all have and is built on the theme of unity and respect for all peoples.

In addition to Durante and Zed, various religious leaders invited to participate in it are: John Auer (Methodist), Abdul Barghouthi (Muslim), William Bartlett (Buddhist), Myra Soifer (Jewish), Jeff Olsen (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Gene Savoy Jr. (Church of Second Advent), Jim Jeffrey and Laurie Chappelle (both Episcopalian), and Jackie Leonard(Presbyterian).

Rajan Zed has welcomed the spirit of Manogue High to reach to all the major religions for a joint service which facilitates deeper, broader and more inclusive understanding of religion and helps us overcome prejudices and stereotypes.

SAT and ACT scores of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, which prides in its faith based learning environment, are much higher than national average.

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Sanskrit mantras to open Colorado State Senate

Washington: Colorado State Senate of US will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras for the first time on January 29.

Rajan Zed, a prominent Hindu chaplain, will read the historic opening prayer from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before Colorado Senate in Denver on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. According to reports, no Hindu has delivered opening prayer in Colorado State Senate since first Colorado Legislative Assembly convened in September 1861.

Zed will recite from Rig Veda, the oldest scripture of the world, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. He plans to start and end the prayer with OM , the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.   .

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Shri Gajanan Maharaj Mandir, Aurangabad   Invitation Palkhi sohala of shri Gajanan Maharaj on the eve of his centenary Samadhi year ceremony Aurangabad 20-Shri Gajanan Maharaj (Shegaon) Mandir Vishvastha mandal,Aurangabad has planned to organize Palkhi Sohala of shri; along with grand padyatra from ‘Shradhabhumi to Pragatbhumi’ i.e. from Shegaon to Aurangabad. The procession of palkhi will commence on 20th December 2009 and will reach to Shegaon on 30th December 2009. The route is fixed as follows- Aurangabad- Sillod-Bhokardan- Dhad- Buldana- Motala- Nandura- Khamgaon-Shegaon. We are pleased to invite all devotees to participate and they are requested to join this Palkhi Sohala Procession and enjoy the great opportunity to have divine experience of this golden moment. The number of participants is limited. So register your name immediately at the office of the temple. For details they may contact our Secretary-General Dr. Pravin Wakte on his mobile No 9422212845. Devotees are requested to come forward to make this grand ceremony of the remarkable year successful. Expecting good co operation, guidance, and help from your end. Shri Gajanan Maharaj bless you. Thanking you Sincerely yours President Shri Gajanan Maharaj (Shegaon) Mandir Aurangabad. ___________________________________________________________________FOR INCOME TAX EXEMPTION SEND YOUR DONATION CHEQUES DRAWN ON THE NAME OF SHRI GAJANAN MAHARAJ SANTPEETH PAITHAN FOR THE WELFARE AND GREAT CAUSE OF THE COMMUNITY. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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