Oh God, lead us,…

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
It is daily admission of one’s weakness.
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi

Prayer or worship is considered to be an integral part of the Hindu religion. The chanting of mantras is the most popular form of worship in Hinduism. Yoga and meditation are also considered as forms of devotional service towards the Lord. The Vedas are a collection of liturgy (mantras, hymns.) The Hindu devotional Bhakti movements emphasize repetitive prayer. Stemming from the universal Soul, or Brahman, prayer is focused on the personal forms of God, such as Shiva, Vishnu, or Vishnu’s Avatars, Rama and Krishna.

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti 1, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions.
May there be peace on earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May the Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may thy peace itself bestow peace on all and may that peace come to me also.

(Hindu Vedic prayer, U.N. Day of Prayer for World Peace)

1 Shanti is Sanskrit normally translated as Peace, though it could be more closely translated as “deep, abiding peace.”

This Week’s Affirmation:

“We are all related.”

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

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