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Spirituality

Our country is like Noah’s Ark. Some of us are religious, some are spiritual only, some do not believe in God at all. But each country we came from have religions of incredible wisdom. Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving through the prayers from four of those religion traditions.

 

 Buddhism

It’s been said that all 84,000 sections of Buddha’s teachings are in “Om Mani Padme Hum.” Originally in Sanskrit, there is no direct translation. It’s also been said that the mantra represents the six realms of existence: generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, renunciation, and wisdom. The mantra is chanted for purification.

 

Hindu

The Gayatri is one of the most revered mantras in Hindu. Goddess Gayatri, the Mother of the Vedas, comprises the reality behind the universe.

 

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah                                   O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the

Tat Savitur Varenyam                                     three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi                               divine light.

Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat                          May He stimulate our intellect and bestow

                                                                        upon us true knowledge.

 

 

Source: swamij.com                                        Translation is by Gyan Rajhans.

 

 

Islam

 

 In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful

All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the words

The All-beneficent, the All-merciful….

 

This prayer is the beginning of “The Opener,” the first chapter of the Qur’an, a vital component of daily prayers, which faithful Muslims do five times a day.

 

Judaism

Praised be You, Adonai our God,

King of the Universe, who has kept

us alive, and has preserved us, and

enabled us to reach this day.

 

In Judaism, the Shehekyanu is thanksgiving for “Bringing Us to this Day.”

 

 

 

Adopted from the article written by An Crawford in “Science of Mind” March 2011

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