Prayers

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ

Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ

Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi

Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

Sai Gayatri

Saayeeshwaraya Vidhmahe

Sathya Devaaya Dheemahi

Tannahssarvah Prachodayaath (3X)

Ganesha Gayatri

Om Ekadantaya Vidmahe

Vakratundaya Dheemahi

Tanno Danti Prachodayat (3X)

Morning & Evening prayers were given by Sathya Sai Baba in his discourse on 27 July 1961. He said,

“Adopt these as your daily prayers”. The best thing is to have your own Self as the source of Light, as the guru. The Inner Intelligence, the Inner Guru will reveal the Truth. This prayerful attitude will so educate your impulses that the Inner Intelligence will be fully revealed.

 

Morning prayer

 “Oh Lord, I am born now from the womb of sleep. I am determined to carry out all tasks this day as offerings to Thee, with Thee ever present before my mind’s eye. Make my words, thoughts, and deeds sacred and pure. Let me not inflict pain on anyone; let no one inflict pain on me. Direct me, guide me, this day.”

Evening prayer

 “Oh Lord! the tasks of this day, whose burden I placed on you this morning, are over. It was You who made me walk and talk and think and act. I therefore place at Thy Feet all my words, thoughts, and deeds. My task is done. Receive me, I am coming back to you.”

Food Prayer

Swami’s explanation of this prayer

Brahmārpañam Brahmahavir


Brahmāgnau Brahmañāhutaṃ,

Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam


Brahmakarmā Samādhinah.

Aham Vaishvānaro Bhutvā


Prāñinām Ḍehamāshritaha,

Prāñāpāna Samāyuktah


Pachāmyannam Chaturvidham.

We should partake food with a sathwic (pure, serene) mind. Our ancestors recommended the offering of food to God before partaking. Food so partaken becomes prasad (consecrated offering). Prayer cleanses the food of the three impurities caused by the absence of cleanliness of the vessel, cleanliness of the food stuff, and cleanliness in the process of cooking. It is necessary to get rid of these three impurities to purify the food, for pure food goes into the making of a pure mind. It is not possible to ensure the purity of the cooking process because we do not know what thoughts rage in the mind of the man who prepares the food. Similarly, we cannot ensure the cleanliness of the food ingredients because we do not know whether it was acquired in a righteous way by the person who sold it to us. Hence, it is essential on our part to offer food to God in the form of prayer so that these three impurities do not afflict our mind.

Benedictions

Om Tat Sat Sri Narayana Thu,

Purushotthama Guru Thu

Siddha Buddha Thu, Skanda Vināyaka,

Savitha Pāvaka Thu (X2)

Brahma Mazda Thu, Yahva Shakthi Thu,

Yeshu Pitha Prabhu Thu

Rudhra Vishnu Thu, Rama krishna Thu,

Rahim Tao Thu (X2)

Vasudeva Go Viswarupa Thu,

Chidānanda Hari Thu

Advitheeya Thu, Akāla Nirbhaya

Ātmalinga Shiva Thu (X3)

  Arathi

External show is not important. … Devotion (bhakti) does not consist of having a photo for worship and giving it Arathi every day or shouting Baba, Baba. True devotion means that there is a transformation in your behaviour. God is within you, around you, and in you. He is omnipresent. Recognising this truth, you must arrive at the result that you and God are one.            

                                                                              Sathya Sai Baba, Summer Showers 1978, chap. 29

Om Jaya Jagadheesa Hare

Swami Sathya Sai Harey

Bhaktha Jana Samrakshaka (X2)

Bhaktha Jana Samrakshaka

Parthi Maheshwara

Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

Victory to Lord of Universe, Lord Sathya Sai, Who destroys grief, evil, and miseries of life and Who guards and protects devotees. Victory to Lord of Lords – Lord of Parthi

Sashi Vadhana Sreekarā Sarva Prāna Pathey,

Swami Sarva Prāna Pathey

Āsritha Kalpa Latheeka  (X2)

Āpadh Bāndhavā

Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

O Graceful and Charming as a full moon! O Auspicious One! O Lord Sai ! Thou art the In-dweller and life-force of all Beings; the wish-fulfilling divine creeper to those who have surrendered to Thee; and kinsman, protector, and friend in times of distress and calamities. Victory to Lord of Universe.

Mātha Pitha Guru Dhaivamu

Mari Anthayu Neevey

Swami Mari Anthayu Neevey

Nādha Brahma Jagan Nātha (X2)

Nāgendra Shayanā

Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

O Lord Sai! Thou art Mother, Father, noble Teacher, Supreme Divinity, and everything to us. O Lord Universe! Thou art Primeval Sound and art reclined on coiled serpent.

Omkāra Roopa Ojaswi Om Sāyi Mahadeva

Sathya Sāyi Mahadeva

Mangala Ārathi Anduko (X2)

Mandhara Giridhari

Om Jaya Jagadheesa Harey

O Splendorous One! O Lord of Lords — Lord Sai! Thy Form is Pranava. We pray Thee to accept the auspicious waving of flame of light (signifying the removal of ignorance). Victory to Thee, O Lord of Universe, Resident of Mandhar mountain – Lord Giridhari.

Narayana Narayana Om

Sathya Narayana Narayana Narayana Om

Narayana Narayana Om

Sathya Narayana Narayana Om

Sathya Narayana Narayana Om

Om Jai Sad Guru Devā

” Sing the following three times, each time at a faster pace than the previous one “.

Vibhuthi Sacred Ash Prayer

When any object that has a name and form is completely burnt, it is reduced to ashes. The name and form are gone. All things are one and the same in the final state as ashes. When Vibhuti is given, Sathya Sai Baba wants the recipient to understand the basic oneness. The devotee should get rid of ego arising from the feeling of separateness and sense of “mine” and “thine”. These two are based on name and form and when they are destroyed, the underlying unity of the Divine can be realized.

Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 20 Ch. 15

—-  Sathya Sai Baba vibhuthim Mantra —-

        Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim

        Paramam Vichitram Leela Vibhuthim

        Paramartha Ishtārtha Moksha Pradhānam

        Baba Vibhuthim Idham Asrayami (2)

                        — Meaning —

    Sacred Holy and Supreme is Baba’s Vibhutim

   Pouring Forth in brilliant stream, this play of Vibhuthi

   So auspicious is its might, it grants liberation

   Baba’s Vibhuthi, its power protects me

 

Meditation

Meditation means offering the flower of love to the Divine. In the rose plant of our body, there is the rose of pure and sacred Love emitting the fragrance of good qualities. Below the rose, however, there are thorns in the form of sensual desires. The purpose of meditation is to separate the rose of selfless love from the senses and offer it to the Lord.
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 17 Ch. 6