Communal Prayers

morning prayers

Dear Lord, Divine Mother, we invoke your presence and that of our deceased ancestors from the beginning of time; Avatars; Angels; Guardian Angels; Spirits of
the  Saints; Holy, Divine and Blessed Beings, and teachers from all lineages, to
come and join us as we offer our prayers and our energies so that we can see the Sacred Teachings of Yoga as the thread that unites all religions, all spiritual endeavors, and all forms of worship in a precious garland to be offered at the lotus feet of the Lord. We offer our prayers and our energies for the enlightenment of all sentient beings; for those who are suffering pain in any of its forms; for those who have asked us to keep them in our prayers; for those members of our community
who are experiencing serious tribulations at this point, and for Peace and Harmony
in the World.

Divine Mother, help us so that today all our actions become an act of worship;
 help us to learn how to love and express our gratitude properly to God and keep
our resolutions for today.

And, let’s remember Christ’s saying: ‘When two or more of you are gathered
together in my name, I will be in the midst of you.’

The community expresses its intentions and petitions, and then we start Japa with the Ganesha Mantra.

 

GANESHA MANTRA

OM GANG GANAPATAYE NAMAHAH (repeated 108 times)

Prostrations to the great Lord Ganesha, Ganapati,
Remover of Obstacles and Bestower of Success.

GAYATRI MANTRA
(repeated 3 times)


OM BHUR BHUVAH SVAHA

TAT SVITUR VARENYAM BHARGO

DEVASYA DHI MAHI

DHI YO YONAH PRACHODAYAT

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI

We worship the Word that is present in all three planes:
the earth, heaven, and that which is beyond.
By meditating on the glorious Power that gives us life,
we ask that our hearts and minds be illumined
with the effulgence of that Divine Creator,
Who is the giver of life

 

UNIVERSAL PRAYER

Swami Sivananda


O Adorable Lord of Mercy and Love

Salutations and Prostrations unto Thee.

Thou art Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient.

Thou art Satchitananda.

Thou art Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss Absolute.

Thou art the Indweller of all beings.

Grant us an understanding heart, equal vision,

balanced mind, faith, devotion, and wisdom.

Grant us inner spiritual strength to resist temptations

and to control the mind.

Free us from egoism, lust, anger, greed, hatred, and jealousy.

Fill our hearts with divine virtues.

Let us behold Thee in all these names and forms.

Let us serve Thee in all these names and forms.

Let us ever remember Thee.

Let us ever sing Thy glories.

Let Thy name be ever on our lips.

Let us abide in Thee forever and ever.

 

CHAKRA AWAKENING



Let’s focus our attention on the first chakra, Muladhara chakra. Let’s visualize the color red:
By mastering the Earth tattva, I overcome fear, anxiety, concerns about survival. I develop courage and faith in Godv. Let’s repeat the bija mantra, Lam.* (repeat 20 times)


Let’s focus our attention on the second chakra, Swadisthana chakra. Let’s visualize the color orange: By mastering the Water tattva, I overcome jealousy and greed. I develop charity and generosity. Let’s repeat the bija mantra, Vam. (20x)

Let’s focus our attention on the third chakra, Manipura chakra. Let’s visualize the color yellow: By mastering the Fire tattva, I overcome anger, pride, and arrogance. I develop patience and humility.
Let’s repeat the bija mantra, Ram. (20x)

 

Let’s focus our attention on the fourth chakra, Anahatha chakra. Let’s visualize the color green: By mastering the Air tattva, I overcome hatred, egoism, and selfishness. I develop compassion and love.
Let’s repeat the bija mantra,
Yam. (20x)

 

Let’s focus our attention on the fifth chakra, Vissudha chakra. Let’s visualize the color blue: By mastering the Space tattva, I will be very aware of all my actions, words and thoughts, not to offend any sentient being. I will be very conscious of all my different forms of communication, not to disrespect any sentient being. Let’s repeat the bija mantra, Hum. (20x)


Let's focus our attention on the sixth chakra, the Ajna chakra.  Let's visualize the color indigo.  I open myself to Kutashta Chaitanya or Christ Consciousness.  Let's repeat the mantra, Om (20x)
Let’s focus our attention on the seventh chakra,
Sahasrara chakra. Let’s visualize the color violet:
I will attain enlightenment.

 

The following litany should proceed every prayer.  We say this prayer for all members
of this faith, especially for those who do not see: Hindus as the brothers and sisters,
Jews as their brothers and sisters, Christians as their brothers and sisters, Muslims as their brothers and sisters, Buddhists as their brothers and sisters, Atheists as their brothers and sisters, and Members of all religions and forms of worship as their
                                                brothers and sisters.

Now we honor the faith of India by praying:

HE PRABHO (prayer and song)

We say this prayer for all members of this faith, especially for those who do not see: Hindus
as their brothers and sisters; Jews as their brothers and sisters; Christians as their brothers
 and sisters; Muslims as their brothers and sisters; Buddhists as their brothers and sisters; Atheists as their brothers and sisters; and Members of all other religions and forms of worship,                                                     as their brothers and sisters.

He Prabho Ananda Data, Gyana Hamako Dijiye (angels)

Seegra Sare Durgunonko, Dura Hamase Kijiye (frogs)

Lijiye Hamako Sharaname, Ham Sadachari Bane

Brahmachari Dharma Rakshaka, Vira Vrata Dhari Bane

He Prabho Ananda Data, Gyana Hamako Dijiye

Prema Se Hama Guru Janon Ke, Nitya Hi Seva Kare

Satya Bole Jhuta Thyage, Mela Aapasa Me Kare

He Prabho Ananda Data, Gyana Hamako Dijiye

Ninda Kissike Hama Kissise, Bhula Kara Bhi Na Kare

Divya Jivana Ho Hamara, Tere Yasha Gaya Kare
He Prabho Ananda Data, Gyana Hamako Dijiye (angels and frogs)

 

O Lord, Giver of Bliss, give me knowledge.

Quickly take my bad habits very far from me.

Take me who has surrendered unto you; make me one of good qualities.

May the spirituality of brahmacharya be protected. Make me an observer of vows.

Oh Lord, Giver of Bliss, give me knowledge.

Make me one who will always serve teachers with love

Make me one who will speak truth and reject untruth.

Oh Lord, Giver of Bliss, give me knowledge.

Help me to never show disrespect to anybody, and please let me never forget.

Let my life be always a divine life. Let me sing Thy praises always.

O Lord, Giver of Bliss, give me knowledge.

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Now we honor the Jewish faith by saying SH'MA

SH'MA

We say this prayer for all members of this faith, especially for those who do not see: Hindus as their brothers and sisters; Jews as their brothers and sisters; Christians as their brothers and sisters; Muslims as their brothers and sisters; Buddhists as their brothers and sisters; Atheists as their brothers and sisters; and Members of all other religions and forms of worship, as their brothers and sisters.

Shema yisra'el adonay eloheynu adonay eh_ad. Baruh_ shem kevod malh_uto le'olam va'ed.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, The Lord is One. Blessed be the name and glory of God's realm forever.

 

COME LET US GO UP (song)

Angels:

Come let us go up

To the mountain of the Lord

To the house of the God of Jacob (repeat)

Frogs:

For the law will go forth from Zion

And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem

We will walk in His footsteps

And He will teach us His ways

(Chorus – angels)

And He will judge many peoples

And decide for mighty nations far and wide

Swords will be beaten into ploughshares

And nations will not learn war again 

(Chorus – angels)

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Now we honor the Christian faith by saying:

THE LORD’S PRAYER

We say this prayer for all members of this faith, especially for those who do not see: Hindus as their brothers and sisters; Jews as their brothers and sisters; Christians as their brothers and sisters; Muslims as their brothers and sisters; Buddhists as their brothers and sisters; Atheists as their brothers and sisters; and Members of all other religions and forms of worship, as their brothers and sisters.

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,

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us. 

And let us not fall into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory,

Forever and ever,

Amen.

SEÑOR HAZME INSTRUMENTO (song)

Señor, hazme instrumento de tu paz,

Frogs: Que_allí donde haya odio,

Angels: siembre yo amor,

Que_allí donde haya_ofensa,

siembre yo perdón,

Que_allí donde haya duda,

siembre claridad,

Que_allí donde haya_error,

siembre yo verdad,

Que yo siembre esperanza

donde no la haya.

Donde haya oscuridad,

siembre yo la luz,

Que_allí donde_haya tristeza,

siembre la_alegria,

Que no busque yo consuelo

sino consolar,

No ser siempre comprendido

sino comprender.

All:

Señor, hazme instrumento de tu paz.
Es dando como recibo todo tu_amor

Señor, hazme instrumento de tu paz;

Muriendo se resucita a la_eternidad

Muriendo se resucita a la_eternida

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Now we honor the Muslim faith by praying:

AL FATIHAH: THE EXORDIUM

We say this prayer for all members of this faith, especially for those who do not see: Hindus as their brothers and sisters; Jews as their brothers and sisters; Christians as their brothers and sister

s; Muslims as their brothers and sisters; Buddhists as their brothers and sisters; Atheists as their brothers and sisters; and Members of all other religions and forms of worship, as their brothers and sisters.

Bismillah alrahmaan alraheem

Alhamdulillah rab alaalameen, alrahmaan alraheem
Maaliki yoom addeen
Iyyaaka na'budu wa iyaaka nasta'een
Ihdina assiraat almustakeem
Siraat alatheena an'amta 'aleihim
Gheir almaghdoob 'aleihim
wa laa addaaleen


In the name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful,
Praise be to God, Lord of the Universe, 
the Compassionate, the Merciful,
Sovereign of the Day of Judgment.
You alone we worship,
and to You alone we turn for help.
Guide us to the straight path:
The path of those whom You have favored,
not of those who have incurred your wrath,

Nor of those who have gone astray.

KALAMA (song)

                        Angels: La elaha el Allahu (3x)                                    There is no god except God.
                   Frogs: Mohammed ar-Rassulelah (2x)
                                  Mohammad is the messenger 
                                                                                                      and prophet of God.

                       Angels: La elaha el Allahu (2x)

                       Frogs: Mohammed ar-Rassulelah (2x)

                       Angels: La elaha el Allahu (1x)

      

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Now we honor the Buddhist faith by praying:

REFUGE AND BODHICITTA

We say this prayer for all members of this faith, especially for those who do not see: Hindus as their brothers and sisters; Jews as their brothers and sisters; Christians as their brothers and sisters; Muslims as their brothers and sisters; Buddhists as their brothers and sisters; Atheists as their brothers and sisters; and Members of all other religions and forms of worship, as their brothers and sisters.

Sang-gye Cho-dang Tsog-kyi chog-nam-la.
Jan-chub bar-du dag-ni kyab-su-chi.
Dag-gi jin-sog gyi-pe so-nam-kyi.
 Dro-la pan-chir
 Sang-gye drub-par-shog

I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Until I attain Enlightenment.
By merit accumulating from practicing generosity, 
ethical disciplines, patience, joyful perseverance,
meditation, and wisdom,
may I attain Enlightenment, 
for the benefit of all sentient beings.

BUDDHIST CHANT

OM MANI PADME HUM Hail! the Jewel in the Lotus.

(repeated 3 times)

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We will honor those who deny the existence of

God, but whose thoughts, words and actions are

a reflection of the principles laid down in the

one law, the law of love, from which all natural

spiritual and cosmic laws originate.

We say this prayer for all members of this faith, especially for those who do not 
see: Hindus as their brothers and sisters; Jews as their brothers and sisters; 
Christians as their brothers and sisters; Muslims as their brothers and sisters; 
Buddhists as their brothers and sisters; Atheists as their brothers and sisters; 
and members of all other religions and forms of worship, as their brothers and sisters.

THE PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS

Lord, Make me an instrument of Thy peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born

To eternal life.

IMAGINE

by John Lennon

Angels: Imagine this is heaven*
It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us clean, blue sky*

Imagine all the people

Living for today

Frogs: Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And true religion too*

Imagine all the people 
Living life in peace.

Angels: You could say that I'm a dreamer,
But I'm not the only one.
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live in peace

 

Frogs: Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

Just love for humankind

Imagine all the people 
Sharing all the world.

  

All: You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one
 I hope some day you'll join us 
And the world will live as one.

*Vyasa adapted these lines from the original. Regarding ‘true religion’ he says, "This change in lyrics reflects our
belief that it is not religion that causes war; true religion connects us with God, the true source of Peace. It is
the manipulation of people by war ‘leaders’ through the corruption of religious ideals that connects religion to war."

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Now we will honor all religions that we have not mentioned, all spiritual endeavors, and all forms of
worship, by saying:

The Great Invocation

 

We say this prayer for all members of this faith, especially for those who do not see: 
Hindus
as their brothers and sisters; Jews as their brothers and sisters; 
Christians
as their brothers and sisters; Muslims as their brothers and sisters; 
Buddhists
as their brothers and sisters; Atheists as their brothers and sisters; 
and Members of all other religions and forms of worship, as their brothers and sisters.

 

From the point of Light within the Mind of God

Let light stream forth into the minds of men

Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God

Let Love stream forth into the hearts of men.

May Christ Consciousness return to Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known

Let purpose guide the little wills of men

The purpose which the Masters know and serve.


From the center which we call the race of men

Let the Plan of Love and Light work out

And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

 

Song

Alabare Alabare Alabare a mi Senor

Alabare Alabare Alabare a mi Senor

Juan vio el numero de los redimidos

Y todos alababan al Senor

Unos oraban otros cantaban

Y todo alababan al Senor.

Alabare Alabare Alabare a mi Senor

Alabare Alabare Alabare a mi Senor

Todos unidos alegres cantamos

Gloria y alabanzas al Senor

Gloria al padre y Gloria al Hijo

y Gloria al Espiritu de Amor

Alabare Alabare Alabare a mi Senor

Alabare Alabare Alabare a mi Senor

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