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Muslim Prayer for Peace

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful,
Praise be to the Lord of the Universe
Who has created us and made us into tribes and nations.
That we may know each other,
not that we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards Peace,
do thou also incline toward Peace.
And trust God, for the Lord is the one that
Heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
most gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility,
And when we address them, we say:


Native American Prayer for Peace

Oh Great Spirit of our Ancestors,
I raise my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds,
and to Mother Earth who provides for your children.
Give us the wisdom to tech our children to love,
respect, and to be kind to each other,
so that they may grow with Peace of mind.
Let us learn to share all good things
that you provide for us on this Earth. 


Christian Prayer for Peace

Blessed are PEACEMAKERS,
for they shall be known as the Children of God.
But I say to you that hear,
love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.
To those that strike you on the cheek,
offer the other one also,
And from those who take away your cloak,
do not withhold your coat as well.
Give to everyone who begs from you,
And of those who take away your goods,
do not ask for them again.
And as you wish that others would do to you,
do so to them.


Hindu Prayer for Peace

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to Light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh Lord God Almighty, may there be Peace
In celestial regions.
May there be Peace on Earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome,
and may trees and plants bring Peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring Peace to us.
May the Vedic Law propagate Peace all through the world.
May all things be a source of Peace to us.
May thy Peace itself bestow Peace on all,
and may that Peace come to me also.


Baha'i Prayer for Peace

Be generous in prosperity,
And be thankful in adversity.
Be fair in judgement,
And guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness,
And a home to a stranger.
Be eyes to the blind,
And a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of light to the body of humankind,
A dew to the soul of the human heart,
And a fruit upon the tree of humility


Buddhist Prayer for Peace

May all beings everywhere plagued
With sufferings of body and mind
Quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wilderness -
The children, the aged, the unprotected -
Be guarded by beneficial celestials,
and may they swiftly attain a Buddhahood.


Everyone dies, but no one is dead.
Tibetan saying



Universal Prayer

May all beings find a common ground of unity.
May all beings be happy.
May the poor be fed.
May the naked be clothed.
May the thirsty receive the waters of pure light.
May the deaf hear.
May the war-mongers find refuge in peace.
May all beings love one another.
May all children be protected.
May all beings walk in harmony.
May all beings find simplicity.
May all beings realize their true nature.
May all races come together, in brotherhood.
May the blind see.
May the lame walk.
May all beings that are lost find their way.
May all beings that are miserable surrender to truth.
May all beings that are sad find happiness.
May all beings that are unconscious be awakened.
May all beings that are lonely find perfect companion.
May all beings that are mute be able to speak.
May all beings that are uneducated receive knowledge.
May all beings that are weak find strength.
May all beings that are brave be rewarded.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be enlightened.
May peace prevail in all hearts.


If there is joy in meditation upon the sun and moon,
the planets and fixed stars are the magic creation of the sun and moon;
make thyself like unto the sun and moon themselves.
If there is joy in meditation upon the mountain,
the fruit-trees are the magic creation of the mountain;
make thyself like unto the mountain itself.
If there is joy in meditation upon Thine own mind,
Distinctive thought is the magic creation of the mind;
make thyself like unto the mind itself.
Milarepa, the message of Milarepa


The Invitation

It doesn't matter what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for,
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
for dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring in your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become
shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,
without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own;
if you can dance with wildness and let ecstasy fill you to the tips
of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic,
or to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself;
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even if it's not pretty every day,
and if you can source your life from God's presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout


It doesn't interest me where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
weary, bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.
It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me
and not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself;
and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
© 1999 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. From the book, The Invitation,
published by Harper San Francisco, 1999. All rights reserved.


Symptoms Of Inner Piece

Watch for signs of Peace. The hearts of a great many have already been
exposed to it and it seems likely that we could find our society experiencing it
in epidemic proportions. Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:
1. Tendency to think and act spontaneously, rather than from fear.
2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
3. Loss of interest in judging other people.
4. Loss of interest in judging self.
5. Loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
6. Loss of interest in conflict.
7. Loss of ability to worry (a serious symptom).
8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and with nature.
10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes and from the heart.
11. Increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
12. Increasing susceptibility to Love extended by others
as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
If you have all or even most of the above symptoms, please be advised that
your condition may be too far advanced to turn back.
If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting several of these symptoms, remain
exposed at your own risk. The condition of Inner Peace is likely to be well
into its infectious stage.



Uncommon Sense

It's taken a while to learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

I've learned that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security.

I've learned that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises.
And I've begun to accept my defeats
With the gentleness of a man, not the grief of a child.

I've learned to build all my roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans.
It's taken a while to learn
That even sunshine burns if I get too much.
So, I plant my own garden and decorate my own soul
Instead of waiting for someone to bring me flowers.

And I've learned that I really can endure...
And that I really am strong...
And that I'm already good enough...
And I'm worthy of love...
And I learn and learn and learn...
(An adaptation by Gordon Clay of "Comes the Dawn"
by Veronica Shoffstall)


If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more
Than an order of words, the conscious occupation
Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying. [...]
T.S. Eliot - Fragment from Little Gidding


Beannacht (Blessings)
Blessing from an Irish nun


On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble,
May the clay dance to balance you.
And when you eyes freeze behind the gray window
And the ghost of loss gets in to you,
May a flock of colors, indigo, red, green and azure blue,
Come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.
When the canvas grays in the curagh of thought
And a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours
May the clarity of light be yours
May the protection of the ancestors be yours
And may a slow wind
Work these words of love around you
In an invisible cloak to mind your life.



The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.


All I Need to Remember

All I need to remember
In each and every choice
Choose Love, rather than Fear
The Path of Love and Joy.

I choose Love
I choose Peace
I choose Joy
Love, Peace and Joy.
Shirley McDonald


A Native American Prayer

Oh Great Spirit
Earth, Fire, Air and Sea
You are inside
And all around me.


I invoke the Great Mother, Father and Holy Spirit,
sacred trinity of innumerable names.
I invoke you, Lady of Medicine, healer of all infirmities.
I invoke you, Queen of the Universes, Heavens, Seas and Lands.
I invoke you, Sovereign of Spirituality, so that your
light may descend upon us and illuminate our path.
(From the statue next to the Casa bookstore:Our Lady of Montenero-Italy,
Donated by Sergio Del Boni)

May the work of your hands
be a sign of gratitude and reverence
for the human condition.
Mahatma Ghandi.


By Paramahansa Yoganunda

From the depths of slumber,
As I descend the spiral stairway of wakefulness,
I whisper:
God! God! God!

Thou art the food,
And when I break my fast of nightly separation from Thee,
I taste Thee and mentally say:
God! God! God!

No matter where I go, the spotlight of my mind
Ever keeps turning on Thee,
And in the battle din of activity, my silent war-cry is ever:
God! God! God!

When boisterous storms of trials shriek
And worries howl at me
I drown their noises loudly chanting:
God! God! God!

When my mind weaves dreams with threads of memories,
On that magic cloth
I do emboss:
God! God! God!

In waking, eating, working, dreaming, sleeping,
Serving, meditating, chanting, Divinely loving,
My soul constantly hums, unheard by any:
God! God! God!


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them
Dalai Lama


Carita's Prayer

God our Father, you who are all power and kindness,
give power to those who go through tribulation,
give light to those who seek the truth,
put compassion and charity into our hearts.
God, give to the voyager a guiding star,
to the afflicted consolation, to the patient support
Father, give to the guilty regret, to the spirit truth,
to the child a guide, to the orphan a father
Lord let your kindness spread throughout all you've created.
Give compassion God, for those who do not know you,
hope for those who suffer.
Let your kindness allow the spirits of consolation spread peace,
hope and faith.
God, one beam, one spark of your love can warm the earth.
Let us drink from the fountains of your endless kindness
and all our tears will dry,
And all our pain will be soothed
Just one heart, just one thought will rise to you
as a wail for recognition and love.
Like Moses on the mountain we are waiting for you with open arms.
Oh power, oh kindness, oh beauty, oh perfection!
We wish in any way to reach your compassion.
God, give us the power to progress in order to rise to you.
Give us pure charity, give us faith, and reason.
Give us simplicity that will turn our souls


To Your Guardian Angel

Beloved Spirits and Guardian Angels,
who God in His infinite mercy
has permitted to assist mankind,
be our protector during all life's tests!
Give us the necessary strength,
courage and resignation;
inspire us towards all that is good,
and restrain us from the downward incline to evil;
may your sweet influences fill our souls;
make us feel that a devoted friend is by our side
who can see our suffering and who participates in all our joys.
And you, my Good Angel,
never abandon me because I need all of your protection
to be able to support with faith and love
the tests that God has sent me.


Thank you for the Love in my life.

Thank you for the Love which surrounds me.
Thank you for the Miracle of Life that I am and
thank you for the Miracle of Life I see reflected all about me.
Thank you for the gift of life that I am.
Thank you for my body, my health and breath.
Thank you for the abundance that I am
Thank you for the richness of my life.
Thank you for the excitement and adventure
of the millions of possibilities and probabilities.
Thank you for the Wonderment and thank you for the Joy.
Thank you for the Beauty and Harmony.
Thank you for the Peace and Tranquility.
Thank you for the Laughter and the Play.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!



Prayer for the close of a meeting
(from The Gospel explained by the Spiritist Doctrine, by Allan Kardec)

We give thanks to the good spirits who have come to communicate with us,
and ask them to help us put the advice they've given us into practice. We also
ask that, when we leave this gathering, they help us to feel strengthened in
the practice of goodness and love toward our fellow human beings.
We hope that today's teachings are healing to all the suffering, unaware,
or misguided spirits who've been present at this meeting.
For them we implore God's mercy.



Closing prayer

Dear God,
Again in the metaphor of the flower,
as we disburse, we are seeds in the wind.
As we return to our respective places around the earth,
we accept the opportunity, and challenge,
to become seeds of peace to a needy world
As the Casa volunteers reflect your love to us in their respective ways,
may we also reflect to those around us the healing,
Love and Truth that we experience here.
Strengthen our service through frequent
remembrance of these gifts.

Prayers in English - version 4.W - September 2004
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