Our Prayers

Nov 28, 2009
Amritapuri Campus, Kollam

Today, November 28, 2009 is Gita Jayanthi.

Amrita LogoAmrita University’s logo bears the words Shraddhavan Labhate Gyanam, meaning the earnest aspirant gains supreme wisdom. These words come from Chapter 4, Verse 39 of the Bhagavad Gita.

Every morning, all 14,000 students at Amrita begin the day amidst the chanting of ancient prayers. To commemorate the occasion today, we reproduce these prayers in Sanskrit and the corresponding meaning in English.

From eons on, these prayers have resounded in forest hermitages. The tradition is kept alive at Amrita, where students pray for the welfare of their teachers and all beings.


PrayerMay He protect us.
May He nourish both you and me.
May both you and I be given the energy we need.
May this study make us both illuminated.
May we never hate each other.
Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!

Oh God! Lead me from untruth to truth.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!

May all be in perfection.
May all be in peace.
May all be in contentment.
May all be in auspiciousness.
Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!

Let the whole world be happy and contented
(3 times)
Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!

That is whole, this is whole
From the whole arises the whole
Removing the whole from the whole
The whole alone remains
Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!

Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!
Salutations to the Guru!
Hari, Om!

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