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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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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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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I meditate in the morning,…

When the sun is shining I can do anything;
no mountain is too high,
no trouble too difficult to overcome.
~ Wilma Rudolph

Pratha Smarana Soorya stotram (Morning prayer to Sun God)

I meditate in the morning, upon the greatly exalted form of Sun God,
Whose plane is Rig Veda, whose body is Yajur Veda,
Whose rays are Sama Veda , who is the source of light,
And whose unimaginable form does the work of holy trinity.

I salute in the morning, the sun god who has a body of fire,
With my body , words and my mind,
Who is being worshipped by Brahma and other devas,
Who causes rain and also becomes the cause of no rain,
Who looks after all the three worlds and has three qualities.

I sing in the morning about Sun God with his limitless powers,
Who is divine and removes sin, enemies, diseases and sorrows,
Who is the source of measurement of time for all the worlds,
Who is the primeval God responsible for freeing the tie in the neck of Cows.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a Spiritual Being manifested in a physical body.”

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

O my Lord, O primeval philosopher,…

You have it in your power to make your days on Earth a path of flowers,
instead of a path of thorns.
~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

O my Lord, O primeval philosopher, maintainer of the universe, O regulating principle, destination of the pure devotees, well-wisher of the progenitors of mankind, please remove the effulgence of Your transcendental rays so that I can see Your form of bliss. You are the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead, like unto the sun, as am I.

(Isopanishad, Verse 16)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a Spiritual Being manifested in a physical body.”

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

Prayer for Thursday (Bhai Dooj)

The 5 day Hindu festival of Dewali (or Deepavali), the Festival of Lights, ends today. Today is also the Hindu festival of Bhai Dooj.

No man is justified in doing evil on ground of expediency.
~ Theodore Roosevelt

Brother, thank you for always being there for me and protecting me. I pray for your long life and good health. May you have lots of love, prosperity, and happiness.

(a sisters prayer for Bhai Dooj)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My self esteem is not based on the approval of others.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Padwa / Govardhan Puja)

The 5 day Hindu festival of Dewali (or Deepavali), the Festival of Lights, continues today. Today is also the Hindu festivals of Padwa and Govardhan Puja.

To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let Krishna, who is so kind, beautiful and merciful, protect us. When angry Indra sent torrents of rain, accompanied by showers of ice blocks and high wind, He immediately took compassion upon us and saved us and our families, cows, and valuable possessions by picking up the Govardhana Hill, just as a child picks up a mushroom. He saved us so wonderfully. May He continue to mercifully glance over us and our cows. May we live peacefully under the protection of wonderful Krishna.

(a Hindu prayer for Govandhan Puja)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My self esteem is not based on the approval of others.”

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