Adoration to the Goddess….

The aim of devotion and prayer is to develop love for everyone.
~ Amma

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God(dess).

Devi Shloka in Sanskrit

yā devī sarvabhūteṣu mātṛirupeṇa saṃsthitaḥ!
yā devī sarvabhūteṣu śaktirupeṇa saṃsthitaḥ!
yā devī sarvabhūteṣu śāntirupeṇa saṃsthitaḥ!
namastasyaiḥ! namastasyaiḥ! namastasyaiḥ!
namo namaḥ!
OM ambāyai namaḥ!

Adoration to the Goddess who manifests in all living beings as the Mother!
Adoration to the Goddess who manifests in all living beings as (Female) Energy!
Adoration to the Goddess who manifests in all living beings as Peace!
Adoration to Her! Adoration to Her! Adoration to Her!
Again and again adoration!
OM. Adoration to the Divine Mother!

(Hindu Devi Shloka)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Happy and Healthy.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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My God, I love thee;….

God lives in the place of praise.
If we want to be where He is, we need to go to His address.
~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God.

My God, I love thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because who love thee not
Are lost eternally;

Not with the hope of gaining aught;
Not seeking a reward;
But as thyself hast loved me,
O ever-loving Lord,

E’en so I love thee, and will love,
And in thy praise will sing,
Solely because thou art my God,
And my eternal King.

(Francis Xavier)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Happy and Healthy.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

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All majesty and glory, O my God,….

Prayer need not be in words, but rather in thought and attitude…
words without love mean nothing.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God.

All majesty and glory, O my God, and all dominion and light and grandeur and splendor be unto Thee. Thou bestowest sovereignty on whom Thou willest and dost withhold it from whom Thou desirest. No God is there but Thee, the All-Possessing, the Most Exalted. Thou art He Who createth from naught the universe and all that dwell therein. There is nothing worthy of Thee except Thyself, while all else but Thee are as outcasts in Thy holy presence and are as nothing when compared to the glory of Thine Own Being.

Far be it from me to extol Thy virtues save by what Thou hast extolled Thyself in Thy weighty Book where Thou sayest, “No vision taketh in Him, but He taketh in all vision. He is the Subtile, the All-Perceiving.” Glory be unto Thee, O my God, indeed no mind or vision, however keen or discriminating, can ever grasp the nature of the most insignificant of Thy signs. Verily, Thou art God, no God is there besides Thee. I bear witness that Thou Thyself alone art the sole expression of Thine attributes, that the praise of no one besides Thee can ever attain to Thy holy court nor can Thine attributes ever be fathomed by anyone other than Thyself.

Glory be unto Thee, Thou art exalted above the description of anyone save Thyself, since it is beyond human conception to befittingly magnify Thy virtues or to comprehend the inmost reality of Thine Essence. Far be it from Thy glory that Thy creatures should describe Thee or that anyone besides Thyself should ever know Thee. I have known Thee, O my God, by reason of Thy making Thyself known unto me, for hadst Thou not revealed Thyself unto me, I would not have known Thee. I worship Thee by virtue of Thy summoning me unto Thee, for had it not been for Thy summons I would not have worshiped Thee.

(The Báb)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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You are father of the world,….

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God.

You are father of the world, of animate and inanimate things;
its venerable teacher, most worthy of worship, without equal.
Where in all three worlds is another to match your extraordinary power?

I bow to you, I prostrate my body,
I beg you to be gracious worshipful Lord;
as a father to a son, a friend to a friend,
a lover to a beloved,
O Lord, be merciful and tolerant.

(Bhagavad Gita 11:43-44)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;…. [St. Valentine]

Today is the Christian Feast of St. Valentine.

…let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
~ Hebrews 13:15

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition. They are said, chanted, or sung to extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of God.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

(Common Doxology)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Sing a new song…. (Adoration and Praise)

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
~ Psalm 105:1-2

I have spent the last week and a half looking briefly at prayer from different religious traditions. Starting today I am going to look at different types of prayer and post examples from different traditions of each type over a week to 10 days. I know I am benefiting from this exercise and I hope you will too. – JAC

Adoration [noun] 1. the act of paying honor, as to a divine being / worship;
2. reverent homage; 3. fervent and devoted love.

Prayers of praise and adoration are found in almost every religious tradition, from Jewish Psalms to Hindu Bhajans, Christian Hymns to the Muslim takbir. These types of prayer are said, chanted, or sung to simply praise the Supreme Being(s) and extol the love, compassion, greatness, and/or power of the worshiper’s Deity.

1 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord, all the world!
2 Sing to the Lord, and praise him!
Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.
3 Proclaim his glory to the nations,
his mighty deeds to all peoples.

4 The Lord is great and is to be highly praised;
he is to be honored more than all the gods.
5 The gods of all other nations are only idols,
but the Lord created the heavens.
6 Glory and majesty surround him;
power and beauty fill his Temple.

7 Praise the Lord, all people on earth;
praise his glory and might.
8 Praise the Lord’s glorious name;
bring an offering and come into his Temple.

(Psalm 96:1-8 [GNT])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Righteousness is the best….

He who sows the ground with care and diligence
acquires a greater stock of religious merit
than he could gain by the repetition of ten thousand prayers.
~ Zoroaster

Praying for Zoroastrians is primarily an individual endeavour at home or in the open, by the sea, on hill tops, or in some other suitable open setting. Zoroastrians traditionally pray five times a day and at meal times. Zoroastrian worship is not prescriptive. Its followers can choose whether they wish to pray and how. Prayers are said facing the sun, fire or other source of light representing divine light and energy. The Prophet Zoroaster placed less emphasis on ritual worship, instead focusing on the central ethics of ‘Good Words, Good Thoughts and Good Deeds’. Zoroastrians hold that the effectiveness of a person’s beliefs is demonstrated in that person’s deeds. While praying helps to reaffirm beliefs, a life based on good deeds is prayer in action.

Ashem Vohu

Righteousness is the best. It is happiness.
Happiness comes to the person who is righteous for the sake of righteousness alone.

(part of the Navjote ceremony)

I worship you in every religion that teaches your laws and praises your glory.
I worship you in every plant whose beauty reflects your beauty.
I worship you in every event which is caused by your goodness and kindness.
I worship you in every place where you dwell.
And I worship you in every man and woman
who seeks to follow your way of righteousness.

(Zoroaster)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Each day I am getting better and better.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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