The sign of the cross :
In the name of the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD,
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE
THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Prayer on Lips brings one closer to God! Recently I was reading a Book of Neale Donald Walsche ‘Conversations with God’ It is said “Communication is the key to success” but how and when do we communicate with God? Neale Donald Walsch has a way showing his readers how to be communicate with the ultimate super power ‘God’ and develop a friendly relation, irrelevant of the fact whether you can see him, meet him or not! Neale’s dialogue with god fetches him back the answers that he could not visualize and foresee.
I vaguely remember one of my print page reader Munira Budhdev from Nadiad had sent me an email saying that she is a muslim and wish to know the Hindu religion and especially teach her kids some Hindu Prayers.Well, this is one great difference we can make. Its we, who create differences of caste and creed and we ourselves who can bridge in the gaps too!! Afterall, we are all human beings who can understand one language and that is Humanity! Here are some Prayers which might be useful to some:
MORNING PRAYER – Prataha
* Karagre vaste laxmihi karmule saraswati, Karmadhye tu govindaha prabhate kar darshanam.
On the tips of the fingers resides Goddess Laxmi,
On the wrists resides Goddess Saraswati
In the centre of the palm resides Lord Govinda himself
Every morning one should look at the palm with reverence
Sanskrit words meanings:
kar- palm (complete), agre-at the tips (of all fingers), vaste-resides, Laxmi-goddess, (Prosperity), kar-palm, mule-at the base of, Saraswati-goddess of knowledge, madhye-centre, tu-indeed, govinda-Lord Krishna, controller of senses, prabhate-in the morning, kar-palm, darshanam-see with reverence
PRAYER BEFORE MEALS
Brahmarpanam brahm havibrahyagro brahmana hutam, brahev ten gantavyam brahm karm samadhina.
Brahman, Himself is the oblation (offering, pious donation) Brahmin itself is the clarified butter,etc
constituting the offerings, by Brahman himself is the oblation poured into the fire of Brahman, Brahman verify (in truth) shall be reached by him who always sees Brahman in all actions.
Sanskrit words meanings:
Brahma-Brahman, arpanam-offering, havi-the clarified, brahyagro-the fire of Brahmin, Brahmana-by brahmin, hutam-is offered, avam-only, ten-by him, gantavyam-shall be reached, brahma-by the man who is absorbed, karm-in action which is, samadhina-Brahman
PRAYER AT NIGHT – Asking for Forgiveness
Karcharanakrutam vak-kayajam karmajam va,
shravanayanajam va manasam va paradham.
Vihitamvihitam va sarvametat kshamswa
jay jay karnabdhe shree mahadeva shambho.
O Lord, Kindly forgive my wrong actions done knowingly or unknowingly, either through my organs of action (hands, feet, speech) or through my organs of perception (tears, eyes) or by my mind. Glory unto thee, O Lord, who is the ocean of Kindness.
PRAYER BEFORE STUDIES
Saraswati namastubhyam varde kamrupini, vidhyarambha karishyami siddhirbhavatu me sada.
Oh! Goddess Saraswati, my humble prostrations (in submission/lying face downwards) unto thee,
Thee who are the fulfiller of all wishes. I start my studies with thy worship and always pray for success.
God exists in our everyday life to inspire, encourage and build within the courage to face the bare facts of life.