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Hindus are urging Florida legislators to add Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita to House Bill 195

H indus are urging Florida legislators to add Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita to House Bill 195; thus also requiring Florida pu...



Hindus are urging Florida legislators to add Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita to House Bill 195; thus also requiring Florida public schools to offer elective courses on these ancient scriptures.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that ancient texts of Vedas, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita contained a plethora of knowledge and wisdom. Why would the Florida legislators want to deprive the over 2.8 million students (including some Hindu students) of state’s public schools from such a treasury and storehouse of enlightenment? Zed asked.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that Hindus wanted the inclusion of these texts purely as literature for academic enrichment, in a secular objective pattern, to enhance the students’ world-vision. It did not have any religious/doctrinal agenda and was not intended to convert/evangelize the students or advance religious views. Hindu was not interested in religious indoctrination at all, he added.

Rajan Zed further said that Vedas meant “knowledge” in Sanskrit and Rig-Veda was the oldest existing scripture of mankind still in common use. Vivid Upanishads provided a privileged glimpse of the wellspring of loftiest philosophies. Bhagavad-Gita, a philosophical poem, offered a universal message.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents. There are about three million Hindus in the USA.