Visiting Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, will deliver invocations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Illinois Senate and House on Feb. 27 and 28. He will also read English translations of the prayers. The recitations from the Bhagavad-Gita are intended to urge senators and representatives to keep the welfare of others always in mind. The Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, a “community of individuals engaged in ministry from many different faith traditions,” is hosting a reception for Zed on Feb. 27. Zed is a global Hindu leader and recipient of the World Interfaith Leader Award as well as the senior fellow and religious adviser to the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and was a panelist for “On Faith,” an interactive conversation on religion produced by the Washington Post.