USA President Trump invites Hindu priest to chant Sanskrit Mantras amid Covid-19 outbreak”

The novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has created a panic situation across the world. Dark clouds loomed large over the United States as the number of coronavirus cases is continuously increasing day by day in the country. By far, confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 1.33 million, while at least 78,986 people have died in America from the infection.

As of now there is no antidote of this disease. Therefore, the entire world is adopting lockdown through which every nation is trying to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump invited a Hindu priest to chant Sanskrit Mantras at White House on the occasion of National Day of Prayer Service. Pujari Harish Brahmbhatt from the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in New Jersey attended the National Day of Prayer and chanted “Shanti Mantra”.

“In these troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing and lockdown, it is not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace. The shanti prayer or peace prayer is a prayer that does not seek worldly riches, success, fame, nor is it a prayer for any desire for heaven,” Brahmbhatt stated in his brief remarks from the Rose Garden podium.

“It is a beautiful Hindu prayer for peace, shanti. It is a Vedic prayer derived from Yajurveda,” he said before reciting the prayer in Sanskrit. Thereafter, he translated it in English.

“The prayer translates into 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 realise that peace. Om peace, peace, peace,” Brahmbhatt said.

Trump, on the other hand, thanked Brahmbhatt for accepting his invitation and for reciting Holy Mantras. In his remarks, the president said on the National Day of Prayer Service, 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 our belief, the power of prayer, and the eternal glory of god. I ask all Americans to join their voices and their hearts in a spiritual union as we ask our lord in heaven for strength and solace, for courage and comfort, for hope and healing, for recovery and renewal,” he said.

First Lady Melania Trump extended her deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19 disease. “Let us pray for the ill come out the ones who are suffering, and those serving on the frontlines,” she said.

“When evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide that we may find serenity in your presence and purpose in doing your will,” Melania Trump said.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.