Santee City Council starts with Hindu prayer

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SANTEE, Calif. – The Santee City Council kicked off its weekly meeting Wednesday with a prayer from well-known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed.

Zed marked the first time the council hosted a Hindu prayer.

Hindu Prayer Santee Mayor Randy Voepel said he opens his meetings up to invocations hoping to reflect his community as welcoming and open minded.

“We are inclusive,” said Voepel.  “We have 11 non-Christian groups that do the invocation. They come two or times a year.”

Zed, who’s from Northern India, recited from the oldest scripture in the world, Rig Veda.

“I’m here to tell people there are different religions,” said Zed.  “We are next door neighbors.

“We are a Christian place,” said Voepel. “The whole country is diverse, so is Santee.”

Zed is the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism and has taken up the issue of religion worldwide.

“When we reach the top, it’s all the same. There are different ways to climb the mountain,” Zed said.

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, including the three million Hindus in the United States.  Christianity is the largest followed by Islam.

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