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    Tuesday, August 28, 2007

    It doesn't matter sometimes

    You can't take Californicate too seriously. It's mainly Disneyland and Arnold.
    The kindest thing to remember is that perhaps all these religions strive toward some understanding of God.
    Less kind is to mention that monkeys and elephants and holy cows make up that understanding. More kind is to remember that St. Francis liked animals too.
    What I didn't know is that hindoos say 'Ommmmmmm' just like the buddhists. That's nice. It shows up on the cat scan in Psychology Today to aid in meditation for the reduction of headaches.
    Anyway, let's celebrate our rich diversity. And like on the West Coast, let's not take God too seriously in the halls of representative government. Most often our representatives are more show and tell, rather than do and be.
    Hindu priest Rajan Zed opened the California State Senate session with prayers Monday after he created history by chanting the Gayatri Mantra in the US Senate last month.
    He also delivered hymns from the Bhagavad Gita and ended the prayer with the last mantra of the Rig Veda, 'samani va akutih', before concluding with 'Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti', which he then translated as 'Peace, Peace, Peace be unto all'.
    Zed, the director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, New Jersey, made history in July when he opened the country's senate with the chanting of ancient Hindu scriptures in a ceremony disrupted by a few Christian protestors from the visitor's gallery.
    Yes, peace be unto you. Woof woof roar meow.


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