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Prayer in our daily life

How do we bring Ishwara in our daily actions can be reflected by the prayers which we can chant daily to remember.

1.When we wake up we could say this prayer.

Karaagre Vasate Lakssmih Karamadhye Sarasvati
Karamuule Tu Govindah Prabhaate Karadarshanam

At the top of the hand i.e palm, dwell devi Lakshmi and at the middle of the hand dwell devi saraswati. At the base of the hand dwell Sri Govinda. Therefore we should look at one’s hands in the early morning and contemplate on them.

2.When we take shower

Gangecha yamunai devi Godavari saraswati
Narmade sindhu kaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru

The meaning of this prayer is that the water which I use to take bath is as holy as ganga, Yamuna and the other rivers. They are also called jeeva nadhi as the water in them does not dry and always flowing. It also symbolizes that by taking the bath I am taking a dip in these celestial rivers.

3.When we drink water

We call this as achanam – achuyate namaha, anantaya namaha ,govindaya namah. These 3 words are nama trayams and the 3 words implies reality. Achuta denotes the innumerable lord, anantha, denotes the infinite lord and govinda denotes cleanliness. By saying this even the water that we drink is sanctified.

4.Before we eat food.

Achuta nanda govinda namo charna beshachad.
Nasyanti sakala rogana satyam satyam vadamyaham.

Just by saying the nama traya, the food I am eating becomes medicine to any ailment that I am having and all illness be removed.

5.Offering of food before eating.

Brahmaarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmagnau Braahmanaa Hutam
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam
Brahma Karma Samadhina

This verse from the Bhagavad Gita (chapter 4, verse 24) and is traditionally chanted before meals. Brahman is the name of the Lord, the cause of the whole creation. Looking at the whole creation as an effect, Brahman is seen as the cause of everything. The effect does not exist separate from its cause. This verse likens food that is eaten to an oblation poured into the fire during ritual. By chanting this prayer before meals, the food that is eaten is offered to Brahman, the Lord.

6.Slokam for lighting a lamp

Subham karoti kalyanam arogyam dhana sampadham
Shatru buddhi vinasaye deepa jyotir namostute

I fold my hands before the light that brings prosperity, auspiciousness, good health, abundance of wealth and destruction of the enemy’s intellect.

7.Slokam before going to bed

Karacharana Krn Itam Vaakkaayajam Karmajam Vaa,
Shravananayanajam Vaa Maanasam Vaaparaadham,
Vihitamavihitam Vaa Sarvametatkshamasva,
Jaya Jaya Karunaabdhe Shriimahaadeva Shambho

The meaning of the mantra is Oh Lord; kindly pardon my incorrect actions done consciously or unconsciously, either through my organs of action (hand, feet, and speech) or through my organs of perception (eyes, ears) or by my mind. I adore the God, who is the ocean of kindness

Start your day with prayer and end your day with a prayer and this way we invoke ishwara in all of our activities. In fact every time you dwell upon the ishwara, you understand the greatness of the lord and helps us in getting mental purity.

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