Wake Up Prayer
This mantra is recited as soon as one wakes up and is spoken while observing the right hand.
Karaagre Vasathe Lakshmi
Prayer while showering
Narmade sindu kaaveri
Jalesmin sannidim kuru
Praying to Sun God
Sapthashya radha marudam
Shewtha padma-dharam devam
Tam surayam prana-mamyaham
Prayer Before Lunch or Dinner
This prayer is chanted before a meal and expresses a feeling of gratefulness for the food that one is about to benefit from.
Bramhaiva tena gamtavyam
Prayer After Lunch or Dinner
Agstyam kumbha-karnamcha shamamcha badabaa-nalam
Aahara parinaa-martham smaraamicha vrukoo-daram.
Prayer before leaving the House
Yasshivo nama-rupaabhyam yadeve-sarwa-mangala
Tayoh-samsma-ranaate pumsaam sarwato jaya mangalam
Laabha-sthesham jaya-sthesham kuta-sthesham paraa-bhavah
Yesha-mimdee-varashyave hrudayasthu janaardhanh.
Prayer Before Studying
Prayer Before Going To Bed
Kara charana krutam vaa karma vaakka-yajam vaa
Shravana sayasajam vaa manasam va aparaadham
Vihita mavihitam vaa sarwametat kshamasva
Shiva shiva karunabdhe he maha-deva shamdo
Prayer to Drive Away Bad Dreams
Raamam skandham hanumamtam
Shayane yah smare-nnityam
Duswapnam tasya nashyati
Prayer for Long Life (Mrutyumjaya Mantram)
Urva-ruka mena bamdha-nat
Mrutyor mukshiya mamrutaat
Mantras and Shlokas
Om, Om, Om
Om is the original sound, the sound of Brahman, the supreme universal reality
Prayer for Education, Enlightenment and Success
Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karavaavahai.
Om, may the Lord protect us both (guru and disciple), may he cause us to enjoy (the supreme), May we exert together. May our studies be through and faithfull (to become brilliant). May we never quarrel/hate each other.
Surya Koti Samaprabha
Neervigna Kurume Deva
Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada
O Lord Ganesha possessing a large body
curved trunk, with the brilliance
of a million suns, please make all
my work free of obstacles—always.
The Gayatri Mantra is the most sacred of the RigVeda Mantras. Gayatri means, “the savior of the singer.” Reciting this prayer protects one from harm, dispels the darkness of ignorance and illuminates the world.
Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat
Mother who subsists as all three Kalas, in all three Lokas, and all three Gunas, I pray to you to illuminate my intellect and dispel my ignorance, just as the splendorous sunlight dispels all darkness. I pray to you to make my intellect serene and bright.
Kalas = Lapses of time: past, present and future
Lokas = Worlds or realms of experience
Gunas = Universal Attributes: harmony, agitation and inertia
Prayer to Saraswati
Yaa Kundendu Tushara Haara Dhawalaa
Yaa Shubhra Vastraavritra
Yaa Weena Wara Danda Mandita Karaa
Yaa Shweta Padmaasanaa
Yaa Brahmaachyuta Shankarah Prabhritibhih
Dewaih Sadaa Wanditaa
Saa Maarn Paatu Saraswatee Bhagawatee
Nisheshaa Jaadyaa Pahaa
May Goddess Saraswati, who is bedecked with white kunda flowers, who has worn pure white clothes resembling snow and moon, who is holding a veena as her danda or instrument to draw the attention of her devotees/students,
who is sitting on a white lotus and one who is worshipped at all times by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. May she remove my laziness and ignorance.
My salutations to such a Goddess of knowledge.
Prayer to the Teacher
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu,
Guru Devo Maheshwara;
Guru Sakshat Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namaha
The teacher is like
Lord Brahma as he fosters knowledge within us,
Lord Vishnu as he turns the knowledge in our mind to the right path,
Lord Shiva as he destroys the wrong concepts that come with knowledge, while helping us to the path of enlightenment.
Thus the teacher is like our ultimate God and we should pray and give respect to our teacher.
Universal Prayer for Enlightenment and Immortality
In this mantra the devotee prays to the Lord for freedom from ignorance and attainment of immortality.
Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
lead me from untruth to truth,
from darkness to light,
from death to immortality.
Peace, Peace Peace.
Complete Surrender to God
This mantra is usually recited at the conclusion of a prayer session, meditation, or religious function. Here the devotee surrenders his or her individuality to the Lord for his Grace.
Twameva Mata, Chapita Twameva
Twameva Bandhu, Cha Sakha Twameva
Twameva Vidya, Dravinum Twameva
Twameva sarvam mama deva-deva
You alone are my mother, father, brother, friend, the knowledge and wealth.
You are everything to me and the God of all Gods.
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Niramayah
Sarve Bhadrani Pushyantu
Maa Kaschid Dukhabhaag Bhavet
Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti
Aishwaryamastu… Udayostu… Udayostu
May everybody be happy.
May everybody be free from disease.
May everybody have good luck.
May none fall on evil days.
Peace, peace, peace.
Om Shanti Antarikshagunda
Shanti Sarva Gunda
Shanti Shanti Reva
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
May there be peace in the universe and the world.
May peace be on our earth.
May peace reside in nature and everything that is created.
Shree Ganesha Slokham
Pranamya sirasa devam gauri putram vinayakam
Bhaktavasam smarennityam-ayuh kamartha-siddhaye (1)
Prathamam vakra-tundam ca ekadantam dvitiyakam
Trtiyam krsna-pingaksam gaja-vaktram catuthakam (2)
Lambodaram pancamam ca sastham vikatam-eva ch
Saptamam vighna-rajam ca dhumra-varnam tathastamam (3)
Navamam bhala-candram ca dasamam tu vinayakam
Ekadasam ganapatim dvadasam tu gajananam (4)
Dvadasaitani namani tri-sandhyam yah pathen-narah
Na ca vighna-bhayam tasya sarva-siddhi-karam prabho (5)
I respectfully offer my daily prayers to Lord Ganesa for a meaningful life and right guidance.