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OMKAR FOUNDATION Prayer Book

OMKAR FOUNDATION

PRAYER BOOK
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PRAYER BOOK

Table of Contents Page No.

1. Beginning Prayers 1

2. Ganesha Pooja 2

3. Shaanthi Mantra 12

4. Om Meditation 18

5. Gayathri Meditation 13

6. Silent Meditation 14

7. Bhajans (Devotional Singing) 20

8. Religious Reading

9. Aarthi 22

10. Closing Prayers 23


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BEGINNING PRAYERS

PRAYER MEANING

1. SHREE GURUBHYO NAMAH HARIHI I bow down to the gurus(preceptor).


OM
We meditate on Lord Ganesha, who is clad in White( purity),
SHUKLAAM BARADHARAM VISHNUM
is all pervading, is white like the Moon(glowing with spiritual
SHASHI VARNAM CHATURBHUJAM
splendor), has four arms, and has a serene countenance, for
PRASANNA VADANAM DHYAYETH
SARVA VIGHNOPASHANTAYE the removal of all obstacles in our path.

We meditate, day and night (continuously), on the one who is


the Sun for the lotus face of Parvati, the one with the elephant
2. AGAJAANA PADMARKAM face, the one who is the giver of plenty to his devotees, the
GAJANANAM AHARNISHAM single-tusked one.
ANEKADANTHAM BHAKTAANAM
EKADANTHAM UPAASMAHE

3. YAA KUNDENDU TUSHAARA HAARA


DHAVALA Oh, Goddess Saraswathi, who is fair like a jasmine flower,
YAA SHUBHRA VASTRANVITHA who is dressed in white, whose hands are adorned by Veena
YAA VEENA VARADANDA (musical instrument), who is seated on a white lotus, to whom
MANDITHAKARA Bramha, Vishnu and Maheshwara offer worship, who is the
YA SHWETHA PADMAASANA destroyer of all evils, please protect us.
YAA BRAMHAACHYUTA SHANKARA
PRABHRTIBHIHI
DEVAI SADAA POOJITHA
SAA MAAM PAATHU SARASWATHI
BHAGAVATHI
NISHSHESHA JAADYAPAHA

Guru is the verily Bramha; Guru is verily Vishnu and Siva;


4. GURUR BRAMHA GURUR VISHNUH He is indeed the supreme spirit. I salute the venerable Guru.
GURURDEVO MAHESHVARAH Salutations to the Guru-the creator, sustainer and destroyer.
GURUSSAAKSHAT PARAM BRAMHA
TASMAI SHREE GURAVE NAMAHA
My salutations to Sri Krishna, who is the son of Vasudeva,
5. VASUDEVA SUTAM DEVAM KAMSA who is the destroyer of demons Kamsa and Chanura; who is
CHAANURA MARDANAM the delight of Devaki and who is the guru ( preceptor) of all.
DEVAKI PARAMANADAM KRISHNAM
VANDE JAGADGURUM
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GANESH POOJA
SIT DOWN FACING EAST OR NORTH AND CHANT THE FOLLOWING MANTRA
FOR PURIFICATION: This is called Sankalpa: MAMOPATHA SAMASTA DURITHA
KSHAYA DWARA SHREE PARAMESHVARA PREETHYARTHAM NITYA
POOJAAM KARISHYE

OM APAVITRAH PAVITHRO VA SARVAAVASTHTAAM GATHOPI VA


YAH SMARETH PUNDAREEKAAKSHAM SA BAAHYABHYANTARA SHUCHIHI

MEANING:
Whether one is pure or impure, or has gone into any state, if one remembers God
Pundarikaksha, one becomes pure inside and out.

AACHAMANA:

POUR A SPOONFUL OF WATER ON YOUR RIGHT PALM AND SIP IT AFTER CHANTING THIS
MANTRA:
This symbolizes the purification procedure.

OM KESHAVAAYA NAMAH SIP WATER


OM NARAYANAYA NAMAH SIP WATER
OM MAADHAVAAYA NAMAH SIP WATER

Wash your right palm by pouring another spoonful of water while chanting this mantra and wipe your
palm.
OM GOVINDAAYA NAMAHA
CONTINUE CHANTING THE FOLLOWING NAMES OF GOD. THE WORD NAMAHA MEANS, I
SALUTE:
OM VISHNAVE NAMAHA
OM MADHU SOODANAAYA NAMAHA
OM VAAMANAAYA NAMAHA
OM TRIVIKRAMAAYA NAMAHA
OM SRIDHARAAYA NAMAHA
OM HRSHIKESHAAYA NAMAHA
OM PADMANAABHAYA NAMAHA
OM DAAMODARAAYA NAMAHA
OM SANKARSHANAAYA NAMAHA
OM VASUDEVAAYA NAMAHA
OM PRADYUMNAAYA NAMAHA
OM ANIRUDHAYA NAMAHA
OM PUROSHOTTAMAAYA NAMAHA
OM ADHOKSHAJAAYA NAMAHA
OM NARASIMHAAYA NAMAHA
OM ACHYUTAAYA NAMAHA
OM JANARDANAAYA NAMAHA
OM UPENDRAAYA NAMAHA
OM HARAYE NAMAHA
OM SRIKRISHNAAYA NAMAHA
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PRANAYAMA: BREATH CONTROL


CHANT THIS MANTRA AND START PRANAYAAM:

OM PRANAVASYA PARAMBRAMHA RISHIHI PARAMATMAA DEVATHA;


DAIVI GAYATHRI CHANDAHA PRANAYAME VINIYOGAHA
(This mantra refers to the fact that OM mantra represents the supreme spirit Bramha; Gayathri mantra is in
Gayathri metre. Gayathri mantra was authored by sage Vishvamitra)

STAGE 1:CLOSE THE RIGHT NOSTRIL WITH THE THUMB. INHALE DEEPLY THROUGH YOUR
LEFT NOSTRIL WHILE CHANTING OM ONCE, VERY SLOWLY. THIS IS CALLED POORAKA-
FILLING AIR TO LUNGS, THROUGH INHALATION.
CLOSE BOTH NOSTRILS AND HOLD BREATH AND CHANT OM MENTALLY ONCE. THIS IS
CALLED KUMBHAKA.
NOW, EXHALE THROUGH THE RIGHT NOSTRIL SLOWLY WHILE CHANTING OM ONCE. THIS IS
CALLED RECHAKA.

STAGE 2: CLOSE YOUR LEFT NOSTRIL WITH YOUR THUMB. INHALE DEEPLY THROUGH THE
RIGHT NOSTRIL, CHANTING OM MENTALLY, VERY SLOWLY. CLOSE BOTH NOSTRILS AND CHANT
OM SLOWLY. NOW EHHALE THROUGH LEFT NOSTRIL SLOWLY, WHILE CHANTING OM
MENTALLY.
AS YOU PROGRESS, CHANT OM ONCE FOR POORAKA AND RECHAKA AND THREE TIMES FOR
KUMBHAKA (THAT IS, WHILE HOLDING BREATH).

NOTE: IF HOLDING BREATH CAUSES ANY PROBLEMS, SIMPLY INHALE AND EXHALE SLOWLY
WHILE MENTALLY CHANTING OM, AND DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH.
THIS PROCESS OF BREATH CONTROL IS A GREAT METHOD TO CALM YOUR MIND. IT
PREPARES US FOR MEDITATION, STUDIES ETC. IF YOU HAVE ANY HEART PROBLEMS,
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DOING PRAANAAYAM.

CHANTING GAYATHRI MANTRA, AFTER PRANAYAAM::


Meaning:

OM Also called Pranava, signifies the Supreme Spirit


OM BHUH God who pervades the Earth ( the physical or gross plane)
OM BHUVAH God who pervades the Heaven (the subtle plane)
OM SUVAH God who pervades the worlds in between the Earth and the Heaven ( the potential or
causal planes), listed here up to OM SATYAM
OM MAHAH GOD WHO IS MAGNIFICENT
See above
OM JANAH GOD WHO HAS NO BIRTH
OM TAPAH GOD WHO IS THE LIGHT OF WISDOM
OM SATYAM GOD WHO IS TRUTH

OM TAT That eternal god, That God, which was eulogized extensively in the Vedas (the
infinite intelligent Being who is the cause of the Universe)
SAVITUH Of the creator and protector (also of the Sun)
VARENYAM Most worthy of praise, reverence, and worship
BHARGO The light (of the Creator); Consciousness; Knowledge (also the light of the orb of the
Sun)
DEVASYA Of the self-effulgent one (also of the Deity, Sun)
DHEEMAHI We meditate

DHIYO The intellect


YO Which; who (refers to Bhargo, the Light)
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NAHA Our (connects to Dhiyo, intellect)


PRACHODAYAAT Stimulate, enlighten, inspire, lead towards the Ultimate

We meditate upon the Spiritual effulgence of that venerable Supreme Divine Spirit, who
creates and sustains everything in the Universe (the three phenomenal world planes – the gross,
the subtle, and the potential). May that Supreme Divine Being stimulate our intellect and
energize our consciousness.

Note: The Sun Deity is a symbol of the Supreme Divine Spirit when the meaning “Sun” is assigned to
Savituh.

Gayathri Mantra is considered the best and the most important prayer since it is not directed to obtain any
material possessions but to inspire us to pursue the pure life- pure in thought, word and deed.

GANAPATHY PRARTHANA OR PRAYER:

SUMUKHASHCHA EKADANTHASCHA
KAPILO GAJAKARNAKAH
LAMBODARASCHA VIKATO VIGHNA NAASHO GANAADHIPAH
DHOOMAKETHUR GANAADHYAKSHO BALACHANDRO GAJANANAH
SHODASHAITANI NAAMANI YAHPATHETH SHRNUYADAPI
VIDYARAMBHE VIVAHE CHA PRAVESHE NIRGAME TATHA
SANGRAAME SARVA KAARYESHU VIGHNAH TASYA NA JAYATHE

Meaning:

Oh Lord Ganesh, who has a pleasant face, the face of an elephant, one who is worshipped in
several names, we bow down to you who removes obstacles from all activities-whether we are
commencing our studies, or getting married, or commencing a task or completing a task, or
engaged in a war (against evil).

SHUKLAAMBARADHARAM VISHNUM

SHASHIVARNAM CHATURBHUJAM

PRASANNAVADANAM DHYAYETH SARVA VIGHNOPASHANTAYE

Meaning:

Oh Lord, You are clad in white( purity), have four arms( valor), are pleasant faced; we meditate
on you to remove all obstacles.
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GANAPATHY AAVAAHANA: INVOKING THE LORD

ESSENCE OF POOJA: The Lord is the most honored guest. We offer him a nice seat, praise
him; we offer soft drinks, sweets, fruits, flowers, we ask him to take bath and offer nice clothes;
we sing in praise of Him; we offer him a nice rich meal; we provide him a nice comfortable
facility to sleep. We request him to bless us and fulfill all our wishes. At the end, we offer arathy
which is another request to bless every one. The light of the arathy represents knowledge, which
drives out darkness or ignorance. Whatever is offered to Him is shared with others as Prasad, a
symbol of sharing and caring . When you offer every thing to God, you feel that every thing that
you receive comes from God. You feel that God is great and we all should surrender to Him
without whose will, nothing can happen. All the steps in Pooja such as Invocation,
Shodashopachara, offering various things are summarized in the following procedures:

OM GANANAM TVA SHAUNAKO GRHITSAMADO GANAPATHIR JAGATHI


GANAPATHI AVAAHANA VINIYOGAH.
TAKE A FEW GRAINS OF YELLO RICE(AKSHATA) OR FLOWER AND OFFER TO GOD
TO INVOKE.

RING THE BELL AND CHANT:

OM GANANAM TVA GANAPATHIM HAVAAMAHE


KAVIM KAVEENAM UPAMASHRAVASTAMAM
JYESHTHA RAJAM BRAMHANAAM BRAMHANASPATA AA NAH
SHRNVAN NUUTIBHIH SIIDASADANAM ( Rg Veda2.23.1)

ASMIN BIMBE( CHITRAPATHE) OM BHUHU OM BHUVAH


OM SUVAH OM BHURBUHVA SUVAH

MAHA GANAPATHIM AVAAHAYAAMI STHAPAYAMI POOJAYAMI

MEANING:
We worship you, Ganapathi, the Lord of the Gods, who is the wisest among those of
incomparable wisdom. Of all the knowers of the Vedas, you are the greatest.
Having listened to our praises, come with your protective powers, and be seated in your seat
here. Salutations to the Great Lord of the greatest assembly ( i.e., the Universe).
In this location, I invoke the Great Ganapathi, install him, and worship him.

SHODASHA UPACHARA POOJA: ( HONORING GOD)

OM MAHA GANAPATHAYE NAMAH DHYAYAMI ( NOW I MEDITATE ON


GANESHA)

DHYANAM SAMARPAYAMI ( CLOSE YOUR EYES AND MEDITATE. IF MEDITATION IS


DONE SEPARATELY, JUST PUT A FLOWER ON HIS IDOL NOW).
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AVAHAYAMI: (I invoke god)

SUVARNA RATNA KHACHITA SIMHASANAM SAMARPAYAAMI ( I offer a great


seat decorated with pearls to Ganesha)
PAADAYOH PAADYAM SAMARPAYAMI (I wash god’s feet with water)
HASTAYOH ARGHYAM SAMARPAYAMI (Ii wash god’s hands with water)
MUKHE AACHAMANEEYAM SAMARPAYAMI (Ii wash the lord’s face)
SNAPAYAMI- PANCHAMRTHASNANAM SAMARPAYAMI (I offer bath to the lord)
PANCHAMRTHA SNANARTHE ( after giving him bath)
PUSHPAANI SAMARPAYAMI ( I worship him with flowers)

RING THE BELL AND SPRINKLE WATER ON GANESH WITH A FLOWER:

CHANT THIS MANTRA:

AAPO HISHTAA MAYO BHUVAH STHAANA OORJE DADHATANA


MAHERANAYA CHAKSHASE YOVASHIVATAMO RASAH TASYA BHAJAYATHE
HANAH
USHA TEERIVA MAATHARAH TASMAAT ARANGA MAAMAVO YASYA
KSHAYAYA JINVATHA
AAPO JANAYATHA CHANAH ( Mahanarayana Upanishad-Krishna Yajurveda ,
Sec.1.54)

Meaning: It is well-known that you, the deities of water, are the cause of great happiness.
Please nourish us with the divine vision which brings glory and happiness. Please make us
worthy of imbibing the auspicious bliss. We approach you with eagerness for that bliss to
distribute which, you have taken a form even as a mother feeds the children, and are shining.
Bestow on us the boon of life sanctified by knowledge.

OM MAHA GANAPATHAYE NAMAH VASTRAM SAMARPAYAMI (I offer clothes)

YAJNOPAVEETHAM SAMARPAYAAMI (I offer sacred thread)

DIVYA PARIMALA GANDHAN DHARAYAMI (I offer various perfumes)

HARIDRA CHOORNAM SAMARPAYAMI( I offer turmeric)

KUMKUMA CHOORNAM SAMARPAYAMI(I offer kumkum)

SIDHOORAM SAMARPAYAMI (I offer sindhoor)

ALANKAARANARTHE AKSHATHAM SAMARPAYAMI

( PUT COLORED RICE ON IDOL)

PARIMALA PATRA PUSHPAANI SAMARPAYAMI

(OFFER VARIOUS FLOWERS AND LEAVES TO GANESHA)


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DHOOPAM : (LIGHT AGARBATHI)

(RING THE BELL AND CHANT:)

VANASPATYUDBHAVAI DIVYAI NAANA GANDHA SUSAMYUTAH


AAGREYA SARVA DEVAANAM DHOOPOYAM PRATI GRHYATAAM
SRI MAHA GANAPATHAYE NAMAH DHOOPAM AGHRAAPAYAMI
( I offer dhoopa to Sri Mahaganapathy)
Dhoopa means agarbathi

DEEPAM: ( LIGHT A SMALL COTTON PIECE DIPPED IN OIL)

SAAJYAM TRIVARTHI SAMYUKTAM


VAHNINA YOJITUM MAYA
GRHAANA MANGALAM DEEPAM TRAILOKYAM TIMIRAAPAHAM
BHAKTYA DEEPAM PRAYACHAAMI DEVAAYA PARAMATMANE
TRAAHI MAAM NARAKAAD GHORAD DIVYA JYOTIR NAMOSTUTE
SRI MAHA GANAPATHAYE NAMAHA DEEPAM DARSHAYAAMI
( Oh Lord, with devotion, I offer you the lamp. Please protect me from all sins , oh Great Lord
Ganapathy)

After dhoopa and Deepa, you can put some flowers on god.

NAIVEDYAM ( OFFER FOOD )

VISHVA MITRA RSHIHI


SAVITHA DEVATA
OM BHOOR BHUVAH SUVAH
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYAAT
( This is Gayathri Mantra)

SATYANTAVARTHENA PARISINCHAYAMI
AMRTHAMASTU AMRTHOPASTHARANAMASI SVAHA
The above mantra is used to sprinkle water on all the food articles you are offering to God

CHANT:

OM PRAANAYA SVAHA
OM APAANAYA SVAHA
OM VYANAYA SVAHA
OM UDAANAAYA SVAHA
OM SAMAANAAYA SVAAHA
OM BRAMHANE SVAHA
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CHANT:

SRI MAHA GANAPATHAYE NAMAH NAIVEDYAM SAMARPAYAAMI


MADHYE MADHYE PAANEEYAM SAMARPAYAAMI
HASTA PRAKSHALANAM SAMARPAYAAMI
PAADA PRAKSHALANAM SAMARPAYAAMI
KARODVARTHANAM SMARPAYAAMI
PUNARAACHAMANAM SAMARPAYAAMI
TAAMBOOLAM SAMARPAYAAMI
TAAMBULARTHE AKSHATAAN SAMARPAYAAMI( IF TAAMBOOLAM IS NOT AVAILABLE,
PUT AKSHATA OR YELLO RICE ON GOD’S IDOL)

Meaning: Lord is offered food. While He is eating food, you offer water now and then .
After he finishes eating, you offer him water to wash His hands and feet. You give him betal
leaves, which is an Indian custom to offer to guests after lunch.

KARPOORA NEERAJANA DEEPAM: (LIGHTING CAMPHOR PIECES WHILE RINGING


BELL)

Offering lighted camphor is symbolic like many other procedures. Camphor burns completely
leaving nothing in the plate. We are praying to god to sublimate/destroy all our ego completely,
and purify us.

CHANT:

HIRANYA PATRAM MADHO POORNAM DADHAATI


MADHUVYO SAANEETHI EKADA BRAMHANA UPAHARATHI
EKADHAIVA YAJAMAANAH AAYU STHEJO DADHATI

SRI MAHAGANAPATHAYE NAMAH KARPOORA NEERAJANA DEEPAM DARSHAYAAMI

The source of this mantra is not clear. Essentially, what it means is: The lord makes our life full; he
blesses us with longevity and intellectual brilliance. Any noble act we do will take us to Him.

AFTER THIS, YOU CAN OFFER SOME FLOWERS TO GOD.

PRADAKSHINA NAMASKAARAM:

This is a procedure whereby all devotees go round either the temple or around themselves
clockwise about three times and bow down to God, lying down on the floor, with both arms
stretched towards God’s idol, and both legs stretched down. This is the posture of complete
surrender to the Lord. The procedure of going round the temple symbolizes that God is at the
center of every thing and we are all drawn towards the center.
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PUNAH POOJA (THE FINAL POOJA ASKING GOD’S FORGIVENESS FOR MISTAKES
DONE, IF ANY, DURING POOJA)

After the Pooja and offering are over, we pray to God as follows:
Oh Lord, during the Pooja, meditation, or recital of mantras or other acts, I might have made
mistakes. Please pardon me. Please be pleased. I will recite your name three times and seek your
pardon and blessings (as per below):

YASYA SMRITHYAA CHA NAAMOKTHYA, TAPAH, POOJA, KRIYAADISHU


NOONAM SAMPOORNATHAAM YAATHI SADYO VANDEY TAM-ACHYUTHAM

MANTHRA HEENAM, KRIYAA HEENAM, BHAKTHI HEENAM GAJAANANA


YATH-POOJITHAM MAYAA-DEVA PARIPOORNAM THADASTHU MEY
ANAYA MAYAA KRITHA POOJAA VIDHAANENA
BHAGAVAAN SARVAATMAKAH SRI MAHAGANAPATHI DEVATHA
SUPREETHO, SUPRASANNO VARADO BHAVATHU.

MADHYE MANTHRA, TANTHRA DHAYNA, NIYAMA, SWARA, VARNA NYUNA


ATHIRIKTHA, LOPA, DOSHA, PRAAYASCHITHTHAARTHAM
NAAMA-THRAYA MAHAA-MANTHRA JAPAM KARISHEY

OM ACHYUTHAAYA NAMAH, ANANTHAAYA NAMAH, GOVINDAAYA NAMAH


OM ACHYUTHAAYA NAMAH, ANANTHAAYA NAMAH, GOVINDAAYA NAMAH
OM ACHYUTHAAYA NAMAH, ANANTHAAYA NAMAH, GOVINDAAYA NAMAH
ACHYUTHA-NANTHA-GOVINDEBHYO NAMAH
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SHANTI MANTRAs
(Prayers of Peace)

SHREE GURUBHYO NAMAH HARIHI OM

1. OM ASATHO MAA SADGAMAYA|


THAMASO MAA JYOTHIRGAMAYA|
MRTHYOR MAA AMRTHAMGAMAYA|

OM SHAANTHI SHAANTHI SHAANTHIHI||


(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad)
Om. Lead me from the unreal to the real.
Lead me from darkness to light (ignorance to enlightenment)
Lead me from death to immortality
May peace be everywhere

2. OM POORNAMADAH POORNAMIDAM|
POORNAATH POORNAMUDHACHYATHE|
POORNASYA POORNAMAADAAYA|
POORNAMEVA AVASHISHYATHE|

OM SHAANTHIHSSHAANTIHISSHAANTHIHI||
( Ishavaasya Upanishad)
Om. That(Bramhan) is Infinite (fullness). This(creation) is Infinite (fullness).
From the Infinite (fullness), this Creation (fullness) becomes manifest.
Bringing out this fullness (apparent creation) from the Fullness (Infinite),
what remains again is the fullness (Infinite)
May peace be everywhere

3. OM BHADHRAM KARNEBHIH SHRNUYAAMA DHEVAAH|


BHADHRAM PASHYEMAA KSHABHIRYAJATHRAAH|
STHIRAIHI ANGAIHI SUSHTU VAAM SASTHA NUBIHI|
VYASHEMA DEVA HITHAM YADAAYUH||

SWASTHINA INDRO VRDHDHA SHRAVAAH|


SWASTHINA POOSHAA VISHVA VEDHAAH|
SWASTHI NA STHARKSHYO ARISTA NEMIH|
SWASTHINO BRHASPATHIR DADHAATHU||

OM SHAANTHIHSSHAANTHIHSSHAANTHIHI||
(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad)
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Om. O Worshipful ones, may our ears hear what is auspicious.


May we see what is auspicious.
May we sing your praise, live our
allotted span of life in perfect health and strength.
May Indra, who is extolled in the scriptures,
Pushan, the all-knowing,Tarkshya, who saves from all harm; and
Brihaspati, who protects our spiritual luster,
vouchsafe success in our study of the scriptures and
the practice of the truths contained therein.
May there be peace everywhere.
4. OM AAPYAAYANTHU MAMANGAANI VAAK PRAANAH CHAKSHUH
SHROTHRAMATHO BALAM INDRIYANI CHA SARVAANI |
SARVAM BRAMHOUPANISHADAM MAAHAM BRAMHA NIRAAKURYAAM|
MAA MAA BRAMHA NIRAAKAROTH|
ANIRAAKARANAMASTU ANIRAAKARANAM MESTHU|
THADAATHMANI NIRATHE YA UPANISHATHSU
DHARMAASTHE MAYI SANTHU THE MAYI SANTHU ||

OM SHAANTHI SHAANTHI SHAANTHIHI||


(Kenopanishad)

Om. May my limbs, speech, Prana, ear, etc.,


and power of all my senses grow vigorous.
Everything is the Brahman of the Upanishads.
May I never deny the Brahman.
May the Brahman never desert me.
Let that relationship endure.
Let the virtues recited in the Upanishads be rooted in me.
May they repose in me (comfort me).
May peace be everywhere.

5. OM BRAHMA MEDHAYAA|
MADHU MEDHAYAA |
BRAHMAMEVA MADHU MEDHAYAA ||

OM SHAANTHIHSSHAANTHIHSSHAANTHIHI||
( Taittireeya Aranyaka)
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May Brahman associate me with knowledge. May the blissful associate me with Knowledge
of itself; may Brahman who is blissful unite me with knowledge of itself.

6. OM MADHU VAATHAA RTHAAYATHE


MADHU KSHARANTHI SINDHAVAH|
MAADHVEERNAH SANTHVOSHADHEEH|
MADHU NAKTHAM UTHOSHASI
MADHUMATH PAARTHIVAGM RAJAH|
MADHU DHYAURASTHU NAH PITHAA|
MADHUMAANNO VANASPATHIR
MADHUMAGM ASTHU SOORYAH|
MAADHVEERGAAVO BHAVANTHU NAH||

OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||
(Taithiriya Aranyaka)

May the wind blow for our comfort; May the rivers give us sweet water; may
the plants provide us healthy food; may the days and nights be pleasant for all
May the sky be pleasant for all; may the sun shine to bless us all; may the cows
provide us sweet milk; may I realize that I am the pure consciousness.

7. AATHMAA ME SHUDHYANTHAAM
JYOTHIRAHAM VIRAJAA VIPAAPMAA BHOOYAASAM
ANTHARAATHMAA ME SHUDHYANTHAAM
JYOTHIRAHAM VIRAJAA VIPAAPMAA BHOOYAASAM
PARAMAATHMAA ME SHUDHYANTHAAM
JYOTHIRAHAM VIRAJAA VIPAAPMAA BHOOYAASAM

OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||.( Taithiriya Aranyaka)

Let my body be pure; Let me be free from all sins; Let me feel that I am the pure
consciousness; Let my mind be pure; let me realize that I am the pure consciousness

8. OM NAMO BRAMHANE NAMO ASTHVAGNAYE


NAMAH PRTHIYVYAI NAMAH OSHADHEEBHYAH
NAMO VAACHE NAMO VAACHASPATHAYE
NAMO VISHNAVE BRHATHE KAROMI

OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||
(Taithireeya Aranyaka 2.12.1)
I pray to Brahma, Agni(fire), the Earth, the Ocean, the lord of speech
And Lord Vishnu.
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9. OM SAHANAA VAVATHU|
SAHANAU BHUNAKTHU|
SAHAVEERYAM KARA VAAVAHAI|
THEJASVI NAAVADHEE THAMASTHU
MAA VIDHVISHAAVAHAI|

OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||

Om. May He protect us both (the teacher and the taught) by revealing Knowledge.
May He protect us both (by vouchsafing the results of Knowledge). May the Lord sustain us.
May He make our lives vigorous. Let our studies be invigorating. May we never quarrel. May we
abstain from all types of evil. Let there be peace everywhere.

10. OM DYAUHU SHANTHIHI ANTHARIKSHAM SHAANTHIHI|


PRTHIVIH SHAANTHI AAAPAHA SHAANTHI OSHADHAYAH SHAANTHIHI|
VANASPATHAYAH SHAANTHI VISHVE DEVAAHA SHAANTHI BRAHMA
SHAANTHIHI|
SARVAM SHAANTHIHI SHAANTHIREVA SHAANTHIHI|
SAA MAA SHAANTHIREDHI||
OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||
(Atharva Veda 19.9.14, Taithireeya Aranyaka 4.42.5)

Om. May there be peace in heaven.


May there be peace in the sky.
May there be peace on earth.
May there be peace in the water.
May there be peace in the plants.
May there be peace in the trees.
May there be peace in the Gods.
May there be peace in Brahman.
May there be peace in all.
May that peace, real peace, be mine.
May there be peace everywhere.

11. OM THACHCHAM YORAAVRNEE MAHE|


GAATHUM YAGNAAYA GAATHUM YAGNAPATHAYE|
DHAIVEE SWASTHIRASTHUNAHA|
SWASTHIRMAANUSHEBHYAHA|
OORDHVAM JI GAATHUBHESHAJAM|
SHAN NO ASTHU DHVIPADE SHAN CHA THUSHPADE||

OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||

May the Lord bless us by relieving us of all present ailments and all diseases that
can attack us in future; May the Lord bless all human beings and all animals; Let
there be peace everywhere.
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12. OM SHAN NO MITHRAH SHAM VARUNAHA|


SHAN NO BHAVATH VARYAMAA|
SHAN NA IMDRO BRHASPATHIHI|
SHAN NO VISHNU RURUKRAMAHA|
NAMO BRAMHANE|
NAMASTHE VAYO|
THVMEVA PRATHYAKSHAM BRAHMAASI|
THVAAMEVA PRATHYAKSHAM BRAHMA VADISHYAAMI|
RTHAM VADHISHYAAMI|
SATHYAM VADISHYAAMI|
THANMAAM AVATHU|
THAD VAKTHAARAM AVATHU|
AVATHU MAAM|
AVATHU VAKTHAARAM|

OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||
ITHI SHREE KRISHNAARPANAMASTHU

Om. May the sun God Mitra and


other Vedic Gods - Varuna, Aryamaa, Indra, Brihaspati and
the all pervading Maha Vishnu and
all the Devatas shower their Blessings upon us.
Salutations to Brahma. Salutations to Vaayu.
You are the personification of Brahma.
I shall proclaim thee as Brahma.
I shall always abide by Dharma (righteousness).
I shall always speak the truth.
May that protect us all.
May there be peace everywhere.

ITHI SHREE KRISHNAARPANAMASTHU


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OM MEDITATION

WE WILL CHANT OM SEVERAL TIMES, SLOWLY: 1. SLOWLY INHALE. 2. WHILE


EXHALING, SLOWLY CHANT OM. REPEAT SEVERAL TIMES.

GAYATHRI MANTHRA MEDITATION

WE WILL CHANT GAYATHRI MANTRA SLOWLY, SEVERAL TIMES.

OM BHUR BHUVAH SUVAH|


TAT SAVITUHR VARENYAM|
BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI|
DHIYO YO NAH PRACHO DHAYÃT||

We meditate upon the glorious splendor of the Divine, the supreme spirit.
May He inspire us; may He illumine our minds.
(Rgveda 3.62.10)
Gayatri is the embodiment of all forms of Godhead- "Sarva Devatha Swaroopam." Gayatri does
not belong to any caste, to any sect or to any religion as such. It is universal in its scope, since it
is the supreme spirit.
PLEASE REFER TO THE DETAILED MAEANING OF GAYATHRI MANTRA , PROVIDED IN THE
PREVIOUS SECTION.
Gayatri has nine important attributes. These are:
1. Aum : Sound as the basis of Creation, Brahman
2. Bhuh : The Earth, the gross.
3. Bhuvah : The Atmosphere, the Ether, the Subtle.
4. Suvah : Heaven, the region beyond Bhuvah, the Causal.
5. Tat : Stands for That. The Ultimate Reality is simply referred to as Tat because it
defies description through speech or language.
6. Savituh : Stands for the Divine Spirit (also the SUN), equated with the vivifying
power contained within the Sun.
7. Varenyum: Adorable
8. Bhargo : Radiance, Lustre, Illumination
9. Devasya : Divine Radiance or Grace.
"Dheemahi" signifies worship of or meditation on the Lord. "Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat" as the
last syllable, is a prayer. Therefore, in the Gayatri, there is Varnam, Dhyanam and Praarthana
(description, meditation and a prayer) - these aspects converge in the Mantra. Also note that
originally, Gayathri mantra was also known as Savithri mantra, and was taught by Sage
Vishvamitra. The meter of this mantra was set in Gayathri. Meter is known as Chandas.
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SILENT MEDITATION
THE OM MEDITATION AND GAYATHRI MEDITATION SHOULD HAVE HELPED US
TO CALM OUR MINDS BY NOW. YOU CAN ALSO DO BOTH OM AND GAYATHRI
MEDITATION SILENTLY. HOWEVER, WE HAVE USED THEM HERE FOR GROUP
MEDITATION BY CHANTING OM AND GAYATHRI IN A GROUP. WE NOW SIT IN A
RELAXED POSITION, PREFERABLY KEEPING THE BACK STRAIGHT, AND QUIETLY
REPEAT A CHOSEN MANTRA, MENTALLY. THIS MANTRA CAN BE ANY THING
SUCH AS OM, OM NAMASHIVAAYA, OM NAMO NARAYANAYA… ETC. REPITITION
OF THE CHOSEN MANTRA WILL HELP OUR MIND TO FOCUS ON GOD. IF MIND
STARTS THINKING ABOUT VARIOUS THINGS, DON’T FIGHT IT BUT KEEP
REPEATING THE CHOSEN MANTRA AND YOUR MIND WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO
FOCUS ON GOD. THE LONGER THE DURATION OF MEDITATION, THE EASIER IT
BECOMES TO FOCUS ON GOD. DO NOT CONCENTRATE ON ANY THING OR ANY
PART OF THE BODY- RELAX. SO PRACTICE MEDITATION, SITTING IN A QUIET
PLACE, SITTING ON A CHAIR, COUCH OR FLOOR. KEEP YOUR STOMACH LIGHT SO
THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE. DON’T LIE DOWN SINCE YOU MAY FALL ASLEEP
EASILY.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, WE SUGGEST THAT YOU ALL CHOOSE OM AS THE
MANTRA TO MEDITATE. REPEAT OM MENTALLY, VERY SLOWLY AND TRY TO
FEEL THAT THE LORD IS SAT CHIT ANANDA, EXISTENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS AND
BLISS. FEEL HAPPY; FEEL THAT THERE IS DIVINE LIGHT EVERYWHERE, AND
RELAX.
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BHAJANS: MUSICAL PRAYERS

1. GANESHA SHARANAM SHARANAM GANESHA (FOUR TIMES)

VAAGEESHA SHARANAM SHARANAM VAAGEESHA (FOUR TIMES)

2. MADHURA MADHURA MURALI GHANA SHYAMA


MADHURADHIPATHE RADHE SHYAMA
SOORADASA PRABHU HEY GIRIDHARI
MEERA KE PRABHU HRDAYA VIHARI

3. RADHE RADHE RADHE RADHE GOVINDA


BRINDAVANA CHANDA BRNDAVANA NANDA
ANATHA NATHA DEENA BANDHU RADHE GOVINDA

PURAANA PURUSHA PUNYA SHLOKA RADHE GOVINDA


BRNDAVANA CHANDA BRNDAVANA NANDA
ANATHA NATHA DEENA BANDHU RADHE GOVINDA

PANDARI NATHA PANDU RANGA RADHE GOVINDA


BRNDAVANA CHANDA BRNDAVANA NANDA
ANATHA NATHA DEENA BANDHU RADHE GOVINDA

JAI JAI VITHALA JAYA HARI VITHALA RADHE GOVINDA


BRNDAVANA CHANDA BRNDAVANA NANDA
ANATHA NATHA DEENA BANDHU RADHE GOVINDA

4. RADHIKA MANOHARA MADANA GOPALA


DEENA VATHSALA HEY RAJA GOPALA
BHAKTA JANA MANDARA VENU GOPALA
MURALIDHARA HEY GANA VILOLA

5. YAMUNA THEERAVIHARI
BRNDAVANA SANCHARI
GOVARDHANA GIRIDHARI
GOPALA KRISHNA MURARI

6. BHAVA BHAYA HAARINI AMBA BHAVANI JAI


DURGATI NAASHINI DURGEY JAI JAI
KAALA VINASHINI KALI JAI JAI
SHAKTI SWAROOPINI MAATHA KI JAI JAI

7. SHIVA SHIVA SHIVA SHIVA SHIVAAYA NAMA OM


HARA HARA HARA HARA HARAYA NAMAHA
SHIVAAYA PARAMESHVARAAYA SHASHI SHEKHARAAYA NAMA OM
BHAVAAYA SHIVA SHANKARAAYA BHAVA BHANJANAAYA NAMA OM
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8. SHIVA HARA SHANKARA NAMAAMI SHANKARA


SHIVA SHANKARA SHAMBHO
HEY GIRIJAPATHI BHAVVANI SHANKARA
SHIVA SHANKARA SHAMBHO

9. RAMACHANDRA RAGU VEERA


RAMACHANDRA RANA DHEERA
RAMACHANDRA RAGHU NATHA
RAMACHANDRA JAGANNATHA
RAMACHANDRA RAGHURAMA
RAMACHANDRA PARANDHAMA
RAMACHANDRA MAMA BANDHU
RAMACHANDRA DAYA SINDHU

10. ATMA RAMA ANANDA RAMANA


ACHYUTA KESHAVA HARI NARAYANA
BHAVA BHAYA HARANA VANDITA CHARANA
RAGHU KULA BHOOSHANA RAJEEVA LOCHANA
AADI NARAYANA ANATHA SHAYANA
SAT CHIDANANDA SATYA NARAYANA

11. JAYA SHIVA OMKARA JAI JAI


BHAJA SHIVA OMKARA OM
BRAMHA VISHNU SADASIVA
HARA HARA HARA HARA MAHADEVA

12. OM NAMAHSHIVAAYA OM NAMAHSHIVAAYA


OM NAMAHSHIVAAYA OM NAMAHSHIVAAYA
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RELIGIOUS READING

There will be a reading or discussion for a few minutes


about a religious topic. Some times, guest speakers will
be invited to address the group.
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ARATHI

Om jai Jagdish hare| Swami jai Jagdish hare |


Bhakt jano ke sankat| Das jano ke sankat |
Kshan men door kare| Om jai Jagdish hare||

Jo dhare phal pave| Dukh bin se man ka| Swami dukh bin se man ka|
Sukh sampati ghar ave| Sukh sampati ghar ave| Kasht mite tan ka||
Om jai Jagdish hare

Mat pita tum mere| Sharan padun main kiski| Swami sharan padun main kiski|
Tum bin aur na dooja| Prabhu bin aur na dooja| Aas karun main jiski||
Om jai Jagdish hare ||

Tum puran Parmatam| Tum Antaryami| Swami tum Antaryami|


Par Brahm Parmeshwar| Par Brahm Parmeshwar| Tum sabke swami ||
Om jai Jagdish hare ||

Tum karuna ke sagar| Tum palan karta| Swami tum palan karta |
Main murakh khalkhami| Main sevak tum swami| Kripa karo Bharta||
Om jai Jagdish hare ||

Tum ho ek agochar| Sab ke pranpati | Swami sab ke pranpati |


Kis vidh milun dayaamaya | Kis vidh milun Dyaamaya | Tum ko main gumti ||
Om jai Jagdish hare ||

Deen bandhu dukh harta | tum rakshak mere | Swami tum rakshak mere |
Apne haath uthao | karunaa hast lagao | Dwar padoon mai tere ||
Om jai Jagdish hare ||

Vishay vikar mitao | Paap haro Deva | Swami paap haro Deva |
Shradha bhakti badao| Shradha prem badao | Santan ki seva ||
Om jai Jagdish hare ||
Tan man dhan| sab kuchh hai tera | Swami sub kuchh hai tera |
Tera tuj ko arpan | Tera tuj ko arpan | Kya lage mera ||
Om jai Jagish hare ||
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CLOSING PRAYERS

LIGHT KARPOOR (CAMPHOR) IN AARTHI PLATE AND CHANT

KARPOORA GOWRAM| KARUNAAVATHAARAM||


SAMSAARA SAARAM| BHUJAGENDRA HAARAM||
SADAA VASANTHAM| HRDAYAARAVINDE||
BHAVAM BHAVANI| SAHITHAM NAMAAMI||

KNEEL IN FRONT OF GANESHA AND PRAY

MANGALAM BHAGAVAAN VISHNUH| MANGALAM GARUDADWAJA||


MANGALAM PUNDARIKAKSHO| MANGALAA YATHANO HARIHI||

SARVA MANGALA MAANGALYE| SHIVE SARVAARTHA SAADHIKE||


SHARANYE TRIYAMBHAKE GOWRI| NAARAAYANI NAMOSTHUTHE||

NIVEDANAM (PRASADAM):
What has been offered to God is now distributed as Prasad to devotees.
sprinkle water around the naivedya three times and chant

OM PRANAAYA SWAAHA|
OM APAANAYA SWAAHA|
OM VYAANAYA SWAAHA|
OM UDAANAYA SWAAHA|
OM SAMMANAYA SWAAHA|
OM BRAMHANE SWAAHA||
Prana stands for the five physiological functions, starting with respiration etc., and the
five organs of action (hands, legs, tongue, Anus, and genitals). The five functions are
Prana: Respiration
Vyaana: Circulation
Apaana: Elimination; excretion
Samaana: Digestion; assimilation
Udaana: The final upward breath (at the time of death); things which are thrown out,
like tears, vomit, and seed
Swaaha: offering to God

So Pranaaya swaha, Apanaaya Swaha, Vyanaaya Swaha, Samaanaaya Swaha, udaanaya


swaha means:
We are offering all Naivedya items to God in a physical form, who has all these physiological
attributes ( just like us).
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OM SAHANAAVAVATHU SAHANAU BHUNAKTHU|


SAHAVEERYAM KARAVAAVAHAI||
THEJASVI NAAVADHEETHAMASTHU|
MAA VIDVISHAAVAHAI||
OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||

OM POORNAMADAH POORNAMIDAM|
POORNAATH POORNA MUDHACHYATHE||
POORNASYA POORNAMAADAAYA|
POORNA MEVAAVASHISHYATHE||
OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||

OM TWAMEVA MATA CHA PITAA TWAMEVA|


TWAMEVA BANDHUSCHA SAKHAA TWAMEVA|
TWAMEVA VIDYAA DRAVINAM TWAMEVA|
TWAMEVA SARVAM MAMA DEVA DEVA||
OM SHAANTHISSHAANTHISSHAANTHIHI||

NAMASKAAR PRAYERS
YAANI KAANI CHA PAAPAANI| JANMAANTHARA KRTHAANICHA||
THAANI THAANI VINASHYANTHI| PRADAKSHINA PADE PADE||
THRAAHIMAM KRPAYAA DEVA| SHARANAAGATHA VATHSALA||
ANYATHA SHARANAM NAASTI TWAMEVA SHARANAM MAMA
THASMAAAT KAARUNYA BHAAVENA
RAKSHA RAKSHA GAJAANANA
(OH, lord, what ever sins I have committed, please pardon me. I surrender to you. Please be kind
, pardon me and protect me.) Do a long salutation to God. It represents complete surrender to
God.
Now go round the Lord’s idol once or three times and bow down.

BENEDICTION PRAYERS
( Wishing well being of every one)
KAAYENA VAACHA MANASENDRIYERVAA,
BHUDDHYAATHMANAA VAA PRAKRITHEH SWABHAAVAATH
KAROMI YAD YAD SAKALAM PARASMEI
NAARAAYANAA YETHI SAMARPAYAAMI
Whatever I do using my body, mind, intellect, I offer to you Lord. Every thing is
offered to you.
VANE RANE SHATRU JALAAGNI MADHYE|
PARVATHA MASTHAKE VAA SUTTHAM PRAMATTHAM|
VISHAMASTHITHAM VAA RAKSHANTHI PUNYAANI PURAA KRTHANI||
(In any kind of life’s adversities, good deeds of the past will always protect you)

ITI SHREE KRISHNAARPANA MASTHU (Every thing is offered to God)


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MEANING OF ARATHI PRAYER:

Om Jai Jagadeesha Hare Glory to the lord of the universe, who removes
Swami Jaya Jagadeesha Hare troubles of devotees in a flash.
Bhakta Janonke Sankat
Dasa Janonke Sankat Kshaname Door kare II

Jo Dhaare Phala pavae He who prays gets the fruits of prayer. His
troubles are removed and his mind is set at
Dukh bin se manaka Swami Dukh bin se peace; God blesses him/her with peace and
manaka Sukh sampati ghar aave prosperity.
Kashtamite tanaka II

Maata pita tuma mere You are my father and mother. Who else could
I surrender to for retreat? Without you, there is
Sharana Kahun mai kisaki no one else to rely upon.
Tum bin aur na duja
Aas karun mai jisaki II

Tum pooran paramaatma You are perfect; You are supreme, you are
Tum antarayaami swami tum antarayami omnipresent; you are parabramhan; You are
the Lord of everything
Paarabramha Parameshvara
Tum sabake swami II

Tum karunaa ke saagar


You are the ocean of mercy. You are the
Tum paalana karata protector. I am your servant and you are the
Mai moorakh khala kaami master. Have mercy on me, oh Lord.
Mai sevak tum swami
Kripa karo bharata II

Tum ho eka agochara sab ke praana pati You are beyond perception. You are dear to
everyone’s heart. How should I meet you o
Swami sab ke praanapathy compassionate Lord, I being ignorant?
Kisa vidha millo dayamay tum ko mai kumati

Deena bandhu dukha harata tum rakshaka Oh friend of the poor and the downtrodden,
mere swami tum rakshaka mere remover of all sorrow, oh my protector, raise
Karuna haath uthaao your merciful hands. I am at your doorsteps.
Dvaara paree tere II

Vishaya vikaara mitaao paaa haro deva Remove all my worldly tendencies and desires.
Free me from sin. Enhance my faith and
Swami papa haro deva devotion. Bless me with the spirit of service .
Shraddha bhakti badhaao shraddha prem Let me serve the saints. Glory to the Lord of the
badhaao Santana ki seva universe.
Jai jagadeesha hare II

Revised: 10/6/2004