Prayer for Saturday (Vaisakhi)

Today is the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.  The Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri continues today and the Iroquois Thunder Ceremony ends today.

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,
Wondrous Waheguru
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.

(Jasjit Kaur)

* 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.)

Prayer for Thursday (Hola Mohala)

Today is the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla.The Jewish holiday of Pesach, or Passover, continues today.

Don’t fret about your life – what you’re going to eat and drink –
or about your body – what you’re going to wear.
There is more to living than food and clothing, isn’t there?
Take a look at the birds of the sky:
they don’t plant or harvest, or gather into barns.
Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You’re worth more than they, aren’t you?
Can any one of you add one hour to life by fretting about it?
~ Jesus (the Jesus Seminar translation)

Mool Mantra and 1st Pauri of Japji Sahib

There is One God
He is the supreme truth.
He, The Creator,
Is without fear and without hate,
He, The Omnipresent,
Pervades the universe.
He is not born,
Nor does He die to be born again,
By His grace shalt thou worship Him.

Before time itself
There was truth,
When time began to run its course
He was the truth.
Even now, He is the truth
And Evermore shall truth prevail.

Not by thought alone
Can He be Known,
Though one think
A hundred thousand times;
Not in solemn silence
Nor in deep meditation.
Though fasting yields an
Abundance of virtue
It cannot appease the hunger for truth,
No, by none of these,
Nor by a hundred thousand other devices,
Can God be reached.
How then shall the Truth be known?
How the veil of false illusion torn?
O Nanak, thus runneth the writ divine,
The righteous path – let it be thine.

(Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, 1st Sikh Guru)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am totally present in the Now.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Birthday of Guru Amar Das)

The Sikh remembrance of the Birthday of Guru Amar Das is today. Today is also the continuation of the Bahá’í holiday of the Declaration of the Báb.

Grief should be the instructor of the wise.
Sorrow is knowledge:
they who know the most must mourn the deepest.
~ Lord Byron

Meditating, in contemplation of the great Giver, the heart’s desires are fulfilled.
The craving and hopes of the mind are realized, and sorrows are forgotten.
The treasure of the name is obtained after a long search.
My light merges with the Supreme light, and my labors are over.
Peacefully I take abode in the house of bliss.
My comings and goings have ended and there is no more birth or death.
The Master and the servant have become one, with no sense of separation.
By the Guru’s grace, Nanak is absorbed in the true Lord.

(Guru Arjun Dev, 5th Sikh Guru)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Guru Birthdays)

Today is the Sikh celebration of the births of Guru Angad Dev and
Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pleasing God
Is the only ritual I do.
Without inner experience
All rituals mean nothing.
How many created beings there are!
I see them spread all around me.
Without working hard,
How can anyone get anything?
If you hear just one of the Guru’s lessons
You will find the gems, jewels, and rubies in your mind.
The Guru has given me one understanding:
All souls are gifts of the One.
May I never forget Him.

(from Japji Sahib)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My life is filled with awesome beauty and awesome joy.”

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

Prayer for Saturday (Vaisakhi)

Today is the Sikh holiday of Vaisakhi. It is also the day Hindus celebrate the beginning of the solar new year.

“True Bliss is experienced when ego is non-existent. True Bliss fills the void created by the exit of ego, of total surrender of ego at the lotus feet of the Lord. With ego surrendered, there is no more seeking, all desires disappear, the Sweet Will and Bliss of the Lord takes over.” ~ Guru Granth Sahib

The Lord is the Truth Absolute,
True is His Name.
His language is love infinite;
His creatures ever cry to Him;
‘Give us more, O Lord, give more’;
The Bounteous One gives unwearyingly.

What then should we offer
That we might see His Kingdom?
With what language
Might we His love attain?

In the ambrosial hours of fragrant dawn
Think upon and glorify
His Name and greatness.
Our own past actions
Have put this garment on us,
But salvation comes only through His Grace.

O Nanak, this alone need we know,
That God, being Truth, is the one Light of all.

(Guru Nanak, 1st Sikh Guru)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am filled with overflowing gratitude
for all the abundance and miracles in my life.”

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

Prayer for Friday (Hola Mohalla)

Today is the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla.

May the kingdom of justice prevail!
May the believers be united in love!
May the hearts of the believers be humble, high their wisdom,
And may they be guided in their wisdom by the Lord.

Glory be to God!
Entrust unto the Lord what you wish to be accomplished.
The Lord will bring all matters to fulfillment.
Know this as truth evidenced by Himself.

(Guru Nanak)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Forgiving makes me feel light and free.”

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

Prayer for Tuesday (Birthday of Guru Har Dai)

There is no counting the number of fools,
No counting the thieves and fraudsters,
No counting those who shed innocent blood,
No counting the adulterers and the traitors,
No counting the liars who take pleasure in deceit,
No counting those who spread malice and hatred.
I do not put myself above any of those people, I am the lowliest of the low.

I have nothing to offer you, O Lord.
My life is not even worth sacrificing to you.
All I can do is try to obey your will.
All I want is to abide in your peace.

(Guru Nanak Dev)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am dependable, honest, and dedicated.”

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

Starting this week we will post a new affirmation on Sunday for the week
instead of every day.