Vedic Family Prayer
All the members of a family should meet once a day for family prayer God’s blessings comes to the family that prays daily as a unit. By daily family prayer, humility, good conduct, and love for God become apparent and mutual affection, goodwill and co-operative spirit lead to family solidarity.
All the members of the family, big and small, must participate in the prayer at a convenient time. Visitors and servants present should be also included. All should assemble after washing their hands and face and sit or stand in a convenient posture with the palms of the two hands clasped in a “Namaste” position. Then a lamp should be lit and with quietness and peace of mind, the prayers should be said sincerely and solemnly.
The prayer set out here is made up Universal Prayer, Prayer for Family Welfare, Meal time Prayer, Arti and Shanti Path. Prayer for Health should be done for sick member in the family.
Om Bhur bhuvah swah, tatsavitur
O God, The Giver of life. Remover of pains and sorrows Bestower of happiness, and Creator of the Universe Thouart most luminous, pure and adorable .We meditate on Thee May Thou inspire and guide our intellect in the right direction.
Om vishwani deva savitar duritani parasuva
O Lord! The Creator of the Universe, remove all forms of vice and sorrow from us. Give us those qualities that are enobling.
Om agne naya supatha raye asman vishwani
O luminous God! Lead us to the noble path of Thy devotion and grace; Lord! Thou knowest all our deeds. Remove from us all our vice and sins. We offer in every way our homage and salutations to Thee
Om asato ma sad gamaya.
O Lord! Lead us from untruth to truth Lead us from darkness to light Lead us from death to immortality
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah
O Lord! in Thee may all be happy May all be free from misery may all realize goodness, and may no one suffer pain.
PRAYER FOR FAMILY WELFARE
O supreme and merciful Lord, we, the members of this family, have assembled here to offer our prayers to Thee. Grant us wisdom and understanding for the promotion of mutual love and affection. May there be complete absence of hatred and may harmony prevail among all the members of the family. May the interaction between the members of this family and others be full of justice, love and mercy. May the younger members of the family be polite, respectable and dutiful and may all speak the truth seasones with sweetness.
O merciful Father/Paramatma, free us of ailments and worries and help us enjoy good health up to hundred years. May we work together with joint effort to achieve success in our undertakings with Your help. May we obtain all our earnings by honest means and may we enjoy them by sharing with others.
Om jay jagdish hare, swami jay jagdish hare,
PRAYER FOR HEALTH
O sustainer of the Three Worlds, Destroyer of illness and Supporter of all! As a ripe fruit gets its release from its pedicel so free us from disease and give us immortal life.
MEAL TIME PRAYER
Om annapate annasya no dehyana mivasya
O Lord, the Giver of Food! May Thou provide us with healthy and energy-producting food. Grant happiness to those that give in charity. May all living beings be pleased with energy giving food.
SHANTI PATH(HYMN OF PEACE)
Om Dyauh shanti rantariksham shantih
There is peace in the heavenly region; there is peace in the atmosphere, peace reigns on the earth, the water is cooling, the herbs are healing, the plants are peace-giving, there is harmony in the celestial objects and perfection in knowledge, everything in the universe is peace, peace pervades everywhere. May that peace come to me!