GAYATRI MANTRA
                    Om Bhoor Bhuvassuvah Om Tat Saviturvarenyam
                Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhi...
UNIVERSAL PRAYER
                               BY SWAMI SHIVANANDA
                                (http://www.dlshq.org/...
Who is pure and untainted like the sky
 And has been indicated by such Vedic teachings as “That Thou Art”;
   The One with...
OM
                              bhur, bhuva, suvah;
                             tat savitur varenyam;
                  ...
O Lord, the Sustainer of the worlds!
                     May all be happy.
                      May none suffer.
       ...
O Ram, I take refuge in Thee,
  Thou art my love, my life, my lead,
     I am in Thee, Thou art in me.
  Thou art my fathe...
Two little eyes to see the Lord.
                 Two little ears to hear His word.
                  Two little feet to w...
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom Lead Thou me on:
        The night is dark and I am far from home, Lead Thou...
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       Jaya Jaya Devi Dayaalahari
      Janani Saraswati Paalayamaam
        Amale Kamalaasana Sahite
       Adbhuta C...
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         Sri Raama Jayaraamaa
     Daasharathe Hey Raghuraama
     Kalyaana Raama Kodandaraama
      Sitaa Raama Srira...
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     Jai Jai Raama Krishna Hari (2) II
   Dasharatha Nandana Raama Namo I
   Vasudeva Nandana Krishna Namo II
     Ka...
MEANING OF

          Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram
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  1. 1. GAYATRI MANTRA Om Bhoor Bhuvassuvah Om Tat Saviturvarenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Yo Nah Prachodayaat “I meditate on the most brilliant splendour of the divine sun. May He stimulate our intellect, so that we are inspired to take the right action at the right time.” =================================================================================================== Ram Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram quot;Prayer is the only way by which we can keep contact with God, opening a channel between ourselves and Him. Prayer is the means to make His power, light, glory and purity flow into usquot;. -- SWAMI RAMDAS =================================================================================================== UNIVERSAL PRAYER BY SWAMI RAMDAS (www.anandashram.org) O Lord of the universe, O Creator, Protector, and Destroyer of the worlds, I come in all humility to Thy holy feet and surrender myself entirely to Thee. Dein to bless me ever with Thy remembrance. O merciful Divine Master, give me strength, purity and peace. Thou art absolute power, omniscient and omnipresent. Thou art seated in the hearts of all; Thou art all purity, all goodness and all love; Thou art a veritable ocean of peace and bliss; Thou art the lover of Thy devotees, refuge of the helpless, Redeemer and Savior of those who resign themselves to Thee. Make me dedicate my life to Thee and to Thy service. By Thy grace, may peace and joy always dwell in my heart. Thou art mother, master, friend and all to me. Accept me as Thy child and servant. Grant me power to love Thee with all my heart. Let whatever I do be a fitting offering at Thy holy feet. Make me pure in thought, word and deed. I lay my mind at Thy feet; fill it always with Thy remembrance. Let Thy glorious light illumine my heart. O Sustainer of the worlds, O kind and compassionate Lord, God of Gods, Give me the divine vision so that I may behold Thee in all, as all. Make me ever feel Thy constant fellowship. May my life be guided and controlled by Tee. Thy presence be ever with me, in me and everywhere around me. I beg of Thee, I prostrate before Thee, Hearken to this heartfelt prayer of mine, And make me Thine and Thine only forever and ever! 1
  2. 2. UNIVERSAL PRAYER BY SWAMI SHIVANANDA (http://www.dlshq.org/aims.htm) O adorable Lord of mercy and love, Salutations and prostrations unto Thee! Thou art omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient; Thou art Satchidananda; 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, greed, anger and hatred; 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 for ever and ever. PEACE PRAYER BY SWAMI OMKAR (http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/cavendish/1044/SWAMI.htm) Adorable Presence! Thou who art within and without, above and below and all around. Thou who art interpenetrating the very cells of our being. Thou who art the Eye of our eyes; Ear of our ears; Heart of our hearts; Mind of our minds; Breath of our breaths; Life of our lives and Soul of our souls. Bless us dear God to be aware of Thy presence now and here. This is all that we ask of Thee. May all of us be aware of Thy Presence in the East and the West, in the North and the South. May peace and goodwill abide among individuals as well as communities and nations. This is our earnest prayer. May peace be unto all. GUIDED MEDITATION We salute that true Divine Guru, the leader of our souls, Who is the embodiment of the Bliss of Brahman And the bestower of supreme happiness; Who is the Absolute, yet the personification of the highest knowledge; Who is beyond the pairs of opposites such as heat and cold, pleasure and pain, happiness and misery, life and death: 2
  3. 3. Who is pure and untainted like the sky And has been indicated by such Vedic teachings as “That Thou Art”; The One without a second, the eternal, the pure, the immovable; The witness of all modifications of our mind, Abiding ever beyond thoughts and attributes. That alone do we remember; that alone do we worship; That alone which is the Witness of the universe, do we adore; In that alone do we take refuge, which is our sole support, the Self-existent Lord and the only seaworthy vessel which can take us safely across this sea of life to the heaven of peace and bliss. O Lord, thou are the embodiment of infinite energy; fill us with energy. Thou art the embodiment of infinite virility; endow us with virility. Thou art the embodiment of infinite strength; bestows on us strength. Thou art the embodiment of infinite power; grant us power. Thou art the embodiment of infinite courage; inspire us with courage. Thou art the embodiment of the infinite fortitude; steel us with fortitude. May our bodies become pure; May we be free from impurity and sin; May we realize ourselves as the Light Divine. May our minds become pure; May we be free from impurity and sin; May we realize ourselves as the Light Divine. May our souls become pure; May we be free from impurity and sin; May we realize ourselves as the Light Divine. O Lord, lead us from the unreal to the Real; Lead us from the darkness to Light; And lead us from death to Immortality. May all be freed from dangers. May all realize what is good. May all be actuated by noble thoughts. May all rejoice everywhere. May all be happy. May all be free from disease. May all realize what is good. May none be subject to misery. May the wicked become virtuous. May the virtuous attain tranquility. May the tranquil be free from bonds. May the free make others free. Om Peace, Peace, Peace. * * * 3
  4. 4. OM bhur, bhuva, suvah; tat savitur varenyam; bhargo devasya dhimahi; dhiyo yo na prachodayata. aum shanti, shanti, shanty OM Let us meditate on the glorious effulgence of that Supreme Being who has created the Universe, May He enlighten our hearts and direct our understanding. Peace unto all. * * * OM asato ma sadgamaya; tamaso ma jyotirgamaya; mrytyorma amritamgamaya. aum shanti shanti shanti OM From the unreal lead us to the real; Lead us from darkness to light; From death lead us to immortality. Peace unto all. * * * OM saha navavatu; saha nau bhunaktu; saha viryam karvavahai; tejasvi navadhitamastu; ma vidvishavahai. aum shanti shanti shanti OM May HE protect us; May HE nourish us; May our studies make us illumined; May there be no dislike amongst us; May we act together for common good, Peace unto all. * * * he isha sab sukhi ho, koyi na ho dukhaari, sab ho niroga bhagavan, dhana dhaanyake bhandaari. sab bhadra bhaava dekhe, kalyana ke vrati ho, dukhiyaa na koyi hove, jagati me praana dhaari. sarve bhavantu sukhinah, sarve santu niraamaya, sarve bhadraani pasyantu, maa kaschit dukha bhaagbhavet. lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu, sarve janaa sukhino bhavantu, om shanthih, shanthih, shanthih. 4
  5. 5. O Lord, the Sustainer of the worlds! May all be happy. May none suffer. May all be free from afflictions. May all be endowed with resources and necessaries of life. May all behold what is good and auspicious. May all be wedded to the vow of commonweal. May none suffer from sorrow. May the world be happy and peaceful. May all people be happy and peaceful. May peace, peace, peace be unto all. SONGS BY SWAMI RAMDAS Exalted name divine few know thy power, Who has drunk nectar can alone its taste enjoy. Thy name of eternal splendor, Song or word can ill express, The unique wondrous glory. Take the name oh friend. Name is immortal joy that thrills in your veins. Name is infinite love that wells up in your heart. Name is cosmic vision that dazzles in your eyes. Name is truth name is God. * * * Seek the feet of the Lord alone, There find true rest and peace. For all the past do atone, Strive the Lord to please. Thou art a mere thing of clay, The Lord dwelleth in thee. The world is but his divine play, Ever his servant be. The Lord is ever kind and good, He points the right path. Take it and struggle on, And give up lust and wrath. * * * Ram is the softness of moonlight, Ram is the glint of starts t night. Ram is the blaze of sun on high, Ram is the blueness of the sky. Ram is the whiteness of the cloud, Ram is the thunderous voice proud. Ram is the lightning’s blinding flash, Ram is the raining downward dash. * * * 5
  6. 6. O Ram, I take refuge in Thee, Thou art my love, my life, my lead, I am in Thee, Thou art in me. Thou art my father, mother, indeed. Thou art the life that pervades all. In thee all things and lives reside. Thou art the life in great and small, In thee my friend and brother abide. Thy lotus feet my constant thought, Thy light divine my only dream. To serve Thee is m pleasing lot, Thou art my wealth, name and fame. Oh Ram, how charming is that sound, O lips, utter Ram Ram, O mind, meditate Ram Ram, Forget thyself in Him--in Him. BY OTHERS Just to be tender just to be true, Just to be glad the whole day through. Just to be merciful just to be mild, Just to be trustful as a child. Just to be gentle and kind and sweet, Just to be helpful in willing feet. Just to be cheery when things go wrong, Just to drive sadness away with a song. Whether the hour is dark or bright, Just to be loyal to God and right. * * * Take my life and let it be, Humbly offered, all to Thee. Take my hands and let them be, Working, serving all for Thee. Take my heart and let it be, Fully saturated, Lord with Thee. Take my eyes and let them be, Intoxicated, God, with Thee. Take my mind and let it be, All day long a shrine for Thee. * * * 6
  7. 7. Two little eyes to see the Lord. Two little ears to hear His word. Two little feet to walk His ways. Two little lips to sing His praise. Two little hands to do His will. And one little heart to love Him still. * * * God make my life a little light within the world to glow, A little flame that burneth bright wherever I may go. God make my life a little flower that gives joy to all, Content to bloom in native bower although the place be small. God make my life a little song that comfort the sad, That helpeth others to be strong and makes the singer glad. God make my life a little staff whereon the weak may rest, That so what help and strength I have may serve my neighbour best. God make my life a little hymn of tenderness and praise, Of faith that never waxed dim, in all your wondrous ways. * * * Teach me my God and king in all things Thee to see, And what I do in anything to do it as for Thee. A man that looks on glass on it may stay his eye, Or if he pleaseth through it pass and then the heaven espy. All of thee can partake nothing can be so mean, Which with this tincture for Thy sake will not grow bright and clean. A servant with this clause makes drudgery divine, Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws and makes that action fine. This is the famous stone that turneth all to gold, For that which God does touch and own can not foe less be told. * * * Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord! To Thee; Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of They love. Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee. Take my voice, and let me sing always, only for my King; Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee. Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold. Take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose. Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart; it is Thine own; it shall be Thy Royal Throne. Take my love; my Lord I pour at Thy feet its treasure-store. Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee. * * * 7
  8. 8. Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom Lead Thou me on: The night is dark and I am far from home, Lead Thou me on. Keep Thou my feet, I do not ask to see The distant scene, one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou shouldst lead me on; I loved the garish days, and spite of fears, Pride ruled my will: remember not past years. So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on, O’er moon and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone; And with the morn, those angel faces smile, Which I have loved long since and lost a while. SIGNIFICANCE OF BHAJANS Short devotional songs, called Bhajans, are traditional form of Indian music. They originated in India around the 15th century AD. Bhajan is ceaseless worship of the Lord through singing, sometimes accompanied by instruments but always with voice. Bhajan means a devotion-filled song. Unlike Kirtans, Bhajans have lyric and melody. For hundreds of years bhajans have been performed throughout India at temples and festivals. They express humanity’s eternal and intense aspiration for the divine, and are intended to invoke various aspects, attributes and glories of the Most High such as beauty and love. Bhajans seek to create an atmosphere rich in devotion that will inspire us to dive deep within and discover the Divine that dwells within us. The listener is an extension of the Bhajan -- music experience and you are therefore invited to join in both the peace and the power of these joyful yet serene melodies, and hopefully they will resonate in your heart long after listening. Each person is an individual but yet we are all part of the whole. Let us each do our part to make earth a little bit better, a little more beautiful, a little bit happier, a little bit healthier and a little bit more peaceful. We must start with ourselves. May we all succeed. -1- Gananaathaa Gananaathaa Vighna Vinaashaka Gananaathaa Gananaathaa Gananaathaa Bhaktapaala Varadaayakaa Sharanaashraya Bhava Thaaranaa Siddhivinaayaka Chandana Thilakaa Sharanam Sharanam Bhakta Rakshakaa 8
  9. 9. -2- Jaya Jaya Devi Dayaalahari Janani Saraswati Paalayamaam Amale Kamalaasana Sahite Adbhuta Charite Paalaymaam -3- Om Guru Om Guru Sachchidananda Sachchidananda Guru Sachchidananda Mama Guru Mama Guru Sachchidaananda Sachchidananda Guru Sachchidaananda -4- Brahma Paraatpara Poorna Maheshwara Aadinaatha Sri Kedaareshwara Bilwadalapriya Chandrakalaadhara Dimi Dimi Damaru Ninaada Hara -5- Om Namah Shivaaya Om Namah Shivaaya Om Namah Shivaaya Shivaaya Namah -6- Jai Jai Jai Devi Jagadamba I Sankata Haarini Mangala Kaarini II Jnaanashakti De Jnaanamayee Premamayee Kalyaanaa Mayi Shubhade Maataa Devi Jagadamba -7- Jaya Durge Durgati Parihaarini I Shumbhavidarini Maata Bhavaani II Aadi Shakti Parabrahmaswarupini I Jagajjanani Chaturveda Bakhaani II Ashta Bhujaakara Khadga Viraaje I Simha savaara Sakala Varadaani II Brahmaa Shiva Hari Archana Kinho I Dhyana Dharata Suranara Muni Saare II Brahmaananda Charaname Aave I Bhava Bhaya Naasha Karo Maharaani II 9
  10. 10. -8- Sri Raama Jayaraamaa Daasharathe Hey Raghuraama Kalyaana Raama Kodandaraama Sitaa Raama Sriraghu Raama Raam Jai Raam Sri Raama Jai Raama Sri Raama Jaya Raama Jaya Jaya Raama (Om) -9- Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram -10- Krishnaa Maadhava Manoharaa (Hare) Shyaama Sundara Murlidharaa Yaadava Shaure Krishna Muraare Raadhaa Priyakara Hey Ghanashyaam -11- Govind Krishna Jai, Gopaala Krishna Jai Gopaal Baala Baala Radhaa Krishna Jai Krishna Jai Krishna Jai Krishna Jai Krishna Krishna Krishna Krishna Jai -12- Raadhe Govinda Bhajo Brindaavana Chanda Bhajo Giridhaari Shyaama Bhajo Gopi Gopaala Bhajo -13- Ramakrishna Govinda Narayana -14- Krishnaa Ni Begane Baaro Begane Baaro Mukhavane Tooro -15- Krishna Krishna Govinda Janardhana Krishna Govinda Naryanana Hare Achyutaananta Govinda Maadhava Sachchidaananda Naraayanaa Hare 10
  11. 11. -16- Jai Jai Raama Krishna Hari (2) II Dasharatha Nandana Raama Namo I Vasudeva Nandana Krishna Namo II Kausalya Tanayaa Raama Namo I Devaki Nandana Krishna Namo II Sitaa Ramana Sri Raama Namo I Raadhaa Ramana Sri Krishna Namo II Ravana Mardana Raama Namo I Kamsa Vimardana Krishna Namo II -17- Raama Hare Jaya Raama Hare Dukhiyonke Dukh Dura Kare Krishna Hare Jaya Krishna Hare Dukhiyonke Dukha Dura Kare Krishna Hare Jai Krishna Hare Raadhaa Vallabha Shyaama Hare Dukhiyonke Dukha Dura Kare -18- Sitaa Raama Kaho Raadhe Shyaama Kaho (2) Seetaa Raama Binaa Uddhaara Nahi Raadhe Shyaama Binaa Koyi Saara Nahi -19- Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare -20- Raama Lakshmana Jaanaki Jai Bolo Hanumaanaki -21- Veera Maruti Ranadhira Maaruti I Rama Bhakta Rama Duta Shura Maruti II Dhira Maaruti Gabhira Maaruti I Lanka Dahana Rama Sevaka Shura Maruti II 11
  12. 12. MEANING OF Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram Questioner: Can Swamiji explain something of the meaning of “Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram”. Pujya Swami Satchidanandaji: Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram. quot;Omquot; is the static aspect of the Divine. quot;Sriquot; is the dynamic aspect. quot;Ramquot; is both together -- they call it Purushottama, the all comprehensive. Ram has two aspects, the static and the dynamic. Dynamic is the Nature, Prakriti -- the names and forms of the universe. All names and forms belong to the dynamic aspect and the dynamic aspect has its base in the substratum, the static aspect -- that is Om. These three together make the all- comprehensive Godhead. That “Ram” is seated in our hearts. He is hiding now as if He is imprisoned by the ego. quot;Jai Ramquot; means victory to that Ram: Let Him come out of that cage. quot;Jai Jai Ramquot;, quot;Victory, victory to that Ram!quot; It means we pray to Ram to reveal Himself from His hiding place and make us realize our oneness with Him. Why Ram is hiding and we have to pray for liberation? Sounds funny, isn't it? This is the language of the devotees. The Jananis say all is an illusion, there is only Brahman. Brahman appears as the universe. The truth is that it is only Brahman. To see it as the universe is an illusion. Jnanis call it illusion but devotees call it the play of the Lord. They compare it to the drama we are enacting just for the fun of it. The Lord wanted to have some fun, so He became the many parts and He Himself is the audience or the witness. Everything is He. * * * Stand apart in the stillness and silence of your undying and unchanging Spirit and play the part which the Divine power active in you and the world has appointed for you. The power in the manifestation and the unaffected immutable Spirit behind it are one in the all-inclusive and all-transcendent Truth. Know this and be free from the bondage of death, fear and sorrow. -- Swami Ramdas Stand apart in the stillness and silence of your undying and unchanging Spirit. Play the part which the Divine power active in you and the world has appointed for you. Sri (the power in the manifestation), OM (the unaffected immutable Spirit behind the manifestation) = RAM (the all-inclusive and all-transcendent Truth). Know this and be free from the bondage of death, fear and sorrow. -- Swami Ramdas Let us not forget that the Divinity we aim at is not far away in the heavens, but seated in every one of us – humans, animals, all beings and creatures. So without loving and serving our brethren, who are forms of the ONE, our efforts to realize the ONE will be futile. quot;Running after the Creator, ignoring the creation, will result in losing both.quot; This warns us that, if we do not love and serve His creations—the humanity and all the beings and creatures, if we do not develop the qualities of a real devotee and create real harmony and love amongst ourselves, our Sadhana will not bear fruit, i.e. we will not be able to remain absorbed in meditation of the Lord all the twenty-four hours. -- Swami Satchidananda 12

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