Our obligation is to give meaning to life
and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
~ Elie Wiesel
A Prayer of Gratitude on Vaisakhi*
O Lord our God, Gracious and kind Waheguru,
Today is the beginning of the month of Vaisakh.
We, your children gather here to thank you
for bestowing so much upon us on this day of Vaisakhi.
Blessed are you O Lord our God,
Father and Mother of the Universe
Who dwells in us
And blessed are we, your children
Chosen by you, as the Khalsa!
‘The Pure Ones’, your very own, we thank you
On this of day of Vaisakhi for bestowing so much upon us.
You have give us
This season of joy and festivity
In Punjab the land of our Fathers,
The farmers are rejoicing for a bounteous harvest.
And wherever, we, your children live
Across the five continents,
You have kept us in prosperity and chardikala.
Blessed are you, O lord our God
Who has granted us life and sustenance
And helped us in our daily tasks.
O Father and mother of the Universe
Who dwells in us
We bow in obeisance to you
For sending us the Ten great Gurus
Who blessed the earth
With the glorious examples of their lives
And taught us to live in grace and gratitude.
You sent us Guru Nanak,
Who sang of your glory and
Through whom you delivered to us
The great hymn of Japji
So we can recite the wonder of Your Creation.
Your bard, our first great Guru
Stripped the veil of ignorance
So the Truth could be heard.
The Truth of Your existence,
Of the oneness of Your creation
Of the universality of Your presence.
The truth that had been shrouded
Shone again through your son, Guru Nanak.
* The prayer is inspired by the Jewish prayer of gratitude offered at Passover – also called Sader, a celebration also, coincidentally, held in April each year. It is a unifying experience as families assemble at meals and acknowledge God’s gifts of plenitude and all the blessings we enjoy. – JK.
This Week’s Affirmation:
“I forgive everyone for everything”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)