Meri Bhāvanā - My Prayer

Posted: 20.11.2010
Updated on: 02.12.2010

Meri Bhāvanā [1]
My Prayer


(The Spiritual Conqueror), who has vanished affection, hatred and other sensual temptations. Who has gained the knowledge of the whole world and who has discoursed upon the teachings of the Right Path of Liberation (for the benefit) of all in a quite unselfish manner.

(You may call Him Either by the name of) Buddha, Vira, Jina, Hari, Brahma or Independent (Deity). Enamoured by devotion to (that Spiritual Conqueror) my mind may remain absorbed in Him and Him only.

(Those ascetics) who have no desire for sensual pleasures, whose only possession is mental equanimity, who remain engaged always, day and night, in bringing about the good for their own selves and for others as well.

Who always undergo the penance of self-sacrifice without any regret - such learned ascetics remove the multitudes of troubles of the world.

May I ever have their good company and may I ever keep them in mind. May my heart be always engrossed and inclined to adopt the rules of conduct, which they observe.

May I never hurt and harm any living being; may I never speak a lie. May I never be greedy of wealth or wife of other. May I ever drink the nectar of contentment.

May I never entertain the idea of egotism, nor may 1 be angry with anybody! May I never become jealous on seeing the worldly prosperity of other people.

May my thoughts and feelings be such that I may always act in a simple and straightforward manner. May I ever, so far as I can, do good in this life to others.

May i always have friendly feelings towards all living beings of the world and may the stream of compassion always flow from my heart towards distressed and afflicted living beings.

May I never become fretful towards bad, cruel, and wicked persons. May I keep tolerance towards them. May I be so disposed.

May my heart be overflowing with love at the sight of the virtuous and may I be happy to serve them so far as possible.

May I never be ungrateful (towards anybody); nor may I revolt (against anybody). May I ever be appreciating the good qualities of other persons and may I never look at their faults.

Whether anybody calls me by bad or good name; whether wealth comes to me or goes away from me, whether I may live for millions of years or meet death this very day.

Or whether anybody terrifies me or tempts me in any way, still may my steps never swerve from and trespass the Righteous Path.

May my mind neither be puffed up with joy, nor may it become nervous in pain and grief. May it never be frightened even of a mountain, a river, a cremation ground, or a terrible forest.

May my mind remain always steady and firm, unswerving and unshaken; may it become stronger everyday. May I bear and endure with patience the deprivation of dear ones and the occurrence of undesired evils.

May all living beings of the world be happy! May nobody ever feel distressed! May the people of the world renounce enmity, sin, pride and sing the songs of joy everyday.

May Dharma (Truth) be the topic of house-talk in every home! May evil deeds be scarce! May (people) increase their knowledge and conduct, and thereby enjoy the blessed fruit of human birth.

May death and dread never spread in the world and may the rains be timely! May the Ruler be righteous and may he administer justice to his subjects.

May disease and pestilence never spread, may the people live in peace, may the highest religion of Ahimsa (Non-Injury) pervade the whole world and may it bring about universal good.

May universal love pervade the world and may ignorance of attachment remain far away. May nobody speak unkind, bitter, and harsh words.

May all become “Hero of the age” heartily and remain engaged in elevating the Cause of Righteousness. May all gain the sight of Truth called Vastu-Swarupa (reality of substance) and may they bear with pleasure, trouble ami misfortunes! Amen!

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