New Delhi, May 8th, 2020: White House heard the Vedic Hindu Prayer at the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington D.C on May 7th, 2020.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual event formally enacted in 1952 celebrating faith and prayer in America’s life. Now, when a pandemic like Coronavirus knocked, it was but obvious, that the USA would seek spiritual counsel.
First President of the USA Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence offered their prayers followed by prayers from religious leaders representing four of the major faith traditions – Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam.
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) was led by Harish Brahmbhatt, a pujari of BAPS, who recited a Hindu prayer of peace from the Vedas. Speaking at the prayer meeting, he said:
“In these troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing and the lockdown, it’s not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace. The Shanti Path or the peace prayer, is a prayer that does not seek worldly riches, success, fame, nor is it a prayer for any desire for heaven. It is a beautiful Hindu prayer for peace, shanti. It is a Vedic prayer derived from the Yajur Veda.”
This prayer was specially chosen due to the overarching theme that in all circumstances we should always pray for peace above all things, a note from the group said.
BAPS Charities in the US has supported hospitals and frontline workers by providing over 96,000 PPE and over 35,000 food and care packages and continues to support other initiatives.