PRAYERS … Priest invited by Trump to White House chants Hindu prayers for peace

WASHNGTON: A Hindu priest invited by US President Donald Trump recited a Vedic prayer at the White House on the occasion of National Day of Prayer Service on May 7. The priest Harish Brahmbhatt said that in “troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing, and the lockdown, it’s not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace.”
The priest said this was a beautiful Hindu prayer for peace and is derived from the Yajurveda, one of the four Vedas that guide the Hindu way of life. “Om Dyau Shanti Rantariksha Gwam, ShantiPrithvi Shanti Rapah, Shanti Roshadhayah Shanti Vanas Patayah, Shanti Vishwed Devah Shanti Brahma, Sarvag Wam, Shanti Shanti Reva Shanti Sa Ma Shanti Redhi, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti,” so went the prayer.
It meant: Onto the heavens, be peace.  Onto the sky and Earth, be peace.  Peace be onto the water.  Onto the herbs and trees, be peace.  Onto all the crops, be peace.  Onto Brahma and onto all, be peace.  And may we realize that peace.  Peace.  Peace.  Peace. Thank you,” he translated. Trump thanked him for reciting the verse, as per a translation by the priest himself into English.
Trump was quoted in reports as saying a day ago, “On this National Day of Prayer, America is engaged in a fierce battle against a very terrible disease.  Throughout our history, in times of challenge, our people have always called upon the gift of faith, the blessing of belief, the power of prayer, and the eternal glory of God.” =Agencies, IHN-NN

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