Prayer for Sunday (New Years Day)

Today is New Years Day for all those who follow the Gregorian calendar, as well as the Shinto religion New Years called Oshogatsu or Shogatsu. It is also the Festival of St Basil the Great, one of the great fathers of the Orthodox Christian church.

Lead me from death
to Life, from falsehood to Truth

Lead me from despair
to Hope, from fear to Trust

Lead me from hate
to Love, from war to Peace

Let Peace fill our heart,
our world, our universe.

(Satish Kumar, adopted by the Prayer for Peace movement, 1981)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am at peace with the Universe.”

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

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Prayer for Friday

Lead me from death to Life,
from falsehood to Truth.

Lead me from despair to Hope,
from fear to Trust.

Lead me from hate to Love,
from war to Peace.

Let Peace fill our heart,
our world, our universe.

(Satish Kumar)

Today’s Affirmation:

“My mind is full of gratitude for my lovely and wonderful life.”

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

Prayer for Saturday (Paryushan Parva ends)

Today is the last day of the Jain festival of Paryushan Parva.

We forgive all the living beings,
We seek pardon from all the living beings,
We are friendly towards all the living beings,
And we seek enmity with none,
Moreover, we ask for forgiveness from all!
(Michchhami Dukkadam – Jain prayer of forgiveness)

Whatever wrong I have done
By thought, word, or deed
I ask for absolution.
(Acharanga Sutra – Jain scripture)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I forgive every person who has undermined my self-esteem.”

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

Prayer for Friday

Whomever may have been beaten or struck by me while traveling;
whomever may have gotten covered by dust;
whomever may have been rubbed up against;
who may have been forced to collide with one another;
whomever may have been caused pain by my touching or tilting them; whomever may have been tormented by being turned entirely upside down; To whomever I may have inflicted pain;
whomever I may have frightened;
whomever I may have shifted from one place to another;
whomever I may have separated from life and made lifeless.

May all that be forgiven and may all the suffering I caused, knowingly or unknowingly, cease. May the ignorance in me which caused pain in other beings lives come to an end, and may they all forgive me.

(from Irya Vahiyae Sutra, Forgiveness Sutra of Samayik)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I forgive everyone from my life in the past and love myself into the future.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday

Know other creatures’ love for life,
For they are like you.
Kill them not; save their life from fear and enmity.

All creatures desire to live, not to die.
Hence to kill is to sin.
A godly man does not kill.
Therefore, kill not yourself, consciously or
Unconsciously, living organisms which move
Or move not, nor cause slaughter of them.

He who looketh on the creatures of the earth,
Big and small, as his own self, comprehendeth this immense world.
Among the careless, he who restraineth self is enlightened.

(Ahimsa Parmo Dharma – Jain prayer of nonviolence)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am a kind and forgiving person.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday

O Lord! Make my self such that I may have love for all beings,
Joy in the meritorious, unstinted sympathy for the distressed
And tolerance towards the perversely inclined.

O Lord! May my soul always find fulfillment, in friendship and love towards all beings,
In all the virtuous, in compassion toward all suffering creatures,
And in remaining neutral towards those hostile to me.
This is my prayer.
(ancient Jain prayer of love for all)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I fill my mind with positive and nourishing thoughts.”

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

Prayer for Monday (Paryushan Parva)

The Jain festival of Paryushan Parva started on the 2nd and goes until the 10th. It is a time when Jains study and fast with great spiritual intensity. It concludes with a time of confession and forgiveness for the transgressions of the previous year.

I grant forgiveness to all living beings,
May all living beings grant me forgiveness;
My friendship is with all living beings,
My enmity is totally non-existent.
Let there be peace, harmony and prosperity for all.
(Jain verse, Source: e-Jainism)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I forgive myself.”

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