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PRAYERS

Prayers lighten the heart and elevate the mind. They link you to the infinite cosmic energy. Prayers are food for the soul.

You are welcome to join our World Peace Prayers (see Events).

From Swami Atmachaithanya's book "Path of Wisdom":

"Prayer helps us to make contact with God - I as a child, God as mother or father. Whenever you pray, you pray to the Supreme Being. Take for granted that He exists within us and is our great protector.

When we telephone a friend in another country, we feel a sense of closeness. In the same way prayer helps us to feel closer to God and more power flows into us."

Universal Prayer by Swami Atmachaithanya

A Clean Life An Open Heart

A Pure Mind An Eager Intellect

A Brotherliness For All

A Constant Eye to The Service of Our Lord

May we All Be Companions

May His Blessing Be Upon Us all

including Our Younger Brothers the Animals

May Peace Reign All Over The World

Prayers from the Upanishads

"Om Asato Maa" Prayer 

Om Asato Maa Sadgamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Maa Amrtam Gamaya
Om
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Om
Shanti Shanti Shanti

Lord, please lead me from the unreal to the real
Lead me from darkness to light (i.e. spiritual ignorance to universal knowledge)
Lead me from death to immortality
May all beings in all the worlds have peace, harmony and happiness.
May there be peace

"Om Saha Naavavatu" Prayer 

Om Saha Naavavatu
Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai
Tejasvi Naavadheetamastu
Maa Vidvishaavahai
Om
Shanti Shanti Shanti

May the Lord protect both of us from deviation of the spiritual path
May He nourish us together
May we work together uniting our strength for the good of humanity
May our learning be luminous and purposeful
May we not criticise each other
May there be peace

"Om Sarvesham" Prayer  

Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Shaantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Poornam Bhavatu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu

May auspiciousness be unto all
May peace be unto all
May fullness (perfection) be unto all
May prosperity be unto all

 

Sun Prayer


O Lord Surya, give me health, vigour and strength.

You can follow this prayer by reciting the Sun Mantras. 

 

Prayer to the Divine Mother

O Divine Mother
May all my speech and idle talk be Mantra,
All actions of my hands be Mudra,
All eating and drinking be the offering of oblations unto Thee,
All lying down prostrations before Thee;
May all pleasures be as dedicating my entire self unto Thee,
May everything I do be taken as Thy worship.

 

Food Prayer

By reciting the food prayer we offer our food first to God and thank Him for giving it to us. The prayer also sanctifies the food. By saying or mentally repeating the prayer our body and our subtle bodies receive food of a higher order.

The first or both verses from the holy scripture "Bhagavad Gita" are frequently recited before eating the food.

Brahamaarpanam Brahma Havir

Brahagnau Brahmanaahutam

Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam

Brahma Karma Samadhina

 

This is the 24th verse from the 4th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita (holy scripture).

The act of offering is Brahman (God). The offering itself is Brahman. The offering is done by Brahman in the sacred fire which is Brahman. He alone attains Brahman who, in all actions, is fully absorbed in Brahman.

 

Aham Vaishvaanaro Bhutvaa

Praaninaam Deham Ashritaha

Praana Aapana Samaa Yuktaha

Pachamy Annam Chatur Vidham

 

This is the 14th verse from the 15th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.

Existing as fire God in the bodies of living beings. I am associated with the ingoing (prana) and outgoing (apana) life breaths, I will digest all the four* different types of food and purify them.

*four different types of food: 1. chewed by masticating food in small pieces and swallow it, e.g. vegetables; 2. licked by the tongue, e.g. honey; 3. sucked like juice, e.g. sugar cane; 4. swallowed without chewing, e.g. liquids.