Written by Swami Sivananda, the Universal Prayer in the Sivananda tradition is a recitation of inspiring, uplifting and humbling verses that acknowledge and praise the Higher Power within each individual. It calls for integrity, proper character and divine virtues and affirms the art of right living. In fact, every facet of Yoga and yogic philosophy is encompassed within these words and the supplications are relevant to every religion, culture, creed and system of belief, hence the title, ‘Universal.’
Words and affirmations, when recited with feeling and attention, become stronger with each repetition and saturate the essence of their meaning into the subconscious mind, eventually manifesting into reality. This is why prayers, psalms, hymns and mantras are so powerful. It is because they materialize the intention of the words being spoken.
The Universal Prayer is usually proclaimed in unison during satsang (spiritual gatherings), but can also be delivered during the yoga session or as part of one’s own personal practice. Be sure to speak the words with awareness and feeling and allow their vibrations to set the intention for inner peace, self-improvement and the well-being of the whole world.
The Universal Prayer
O Adorable Lord of Mercy and Love
Salutations and prostrations unto Thee
Thou art Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient
Thou art Saccidānanda
Thou art Existence, Knowledge and Bliss Absolute
Thou art the Indweller of all beings.
Grant us an understanding heart, equal vision,
Balanced mind, faith, devotion and wisdom.
Grant us inner spiritual strength
To resist temptation and control the mind.
Free us from egoism, lust, anger, greed, hatred and jealousy.
Fill our hearts with Divine Virtues.
Let us behold Thee in all these names and forms.
Let us serve Thee in all these names and forms.
Let us ever remember Thee.
Let us ever sing Thy glories.
Let Thy name be ever on our lips.
Let us abide in Thee for ever and ever.