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...And in the Sanskrit:ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते पूर्णश्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥ ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ … [Read more...]

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A Book For Learning Pujas and Prayers

I discovered this book browsing Amazon and last week I ordered it to see what it's like...I have to tell you, this is a really cool book!It's designed to teach children puja steps and prayers to various Gods, so it is clear and bright and easy to read. Unfortunately, in the Amazon version it does not come with the audio CD for hearing the pronunciation of the Sanskrit. Another version is available from their website.There is lots of detail about pujas and how to perform each … [Read more...]

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Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is something that I have a very hard time understanding.The idea of petitioning the Gods for a particular outcome feels very "off" to me. After all, my understanding of the universe is that it runs in perfect harmony with absolute justice. Actions have natural consequences and everything that we experience was a part of our fate to help our souls grow. Where does changing that narrative fit in? Why would begging change what happens in the world?I can understand prayer in terms of … [Read more...]

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