The Perfect Prayer

There are a few prayers that open Vedas and Upanishads. They are known as the Vedic prayers and they are the prayers that I was taught as a child. I did a post a while back about the Gayatri Mantra, one of the most popular Vedic prayers. Today I want to share with you the “perfect” prayer…

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And in the Sanskrit:

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते
पूर्णश्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

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About Ambaa Choate

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Amar

    thanks Ambaa for sharing this secret, thaks for taking the gems out of ancient texts for us.

    • Ambaa

      :) My mother would sing this prayer to my brother and I as a lullaby.

      • Amar

        so it’s family secret, I thought you discovered it. I had an perception that you alone has adopted Hindu, surprised to know that your whole family is Hindu. excellent.

        • Ambaa

          Yeah! It’s a little hard to explain.

          My parents joined a cult in the 1970s in America that was definitely based on Hinduism. They didn’t identify as Hindu but what they taught me growing up was all Advaita Vedanta. As a young adult I made the discovery that what I had been raised *was* Hindu!

          My parents are both Sanskrit scholars and have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of moksha. They meditate daily without fail (I haven’t seen them miss a day in the 32 years I’ve been alive!)

          So my spiritual life is definitely a natural outgrowth of theirs.

          • Amar

            what a dedication they have. they too should share knowledge and experience with us here, no?

          • Ambaa

            It’s amazing, isn’t it? I really admire them.

            I’ve tried to talk my dad into doing a guest post here, but he’s a very busy man and it hasn’t happened yet!

            My mom is very private and she doesn’t feel comfortable sharing her life on the Internet!

          • Amar

            They should enrich new US Hindus, & ignorant person like me. It’s always good to share experience.

  • abhimanyu

    Your melodious prayer, sounds like an opera song.

    BTW your goggles looks nice on you.

    • Ambaa

      :) Thank you!

  • Rohan

    very nice….

  • Madhu K Agnihotri

    ur Sindoor looks like you are mature, U r responsible person, Respect invoked within us. make us feel like u r a strong guide at ur home Love it..This is sindoor Nice Prayer it will guide us in r daily life

    • Ambaa

      Thank you!