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Prayers From Vedas

A collection of prayers from Vedas

O’ God, Lead me from the unreal to the real
Lead me from darkness (ignorance) to light
Lead from death to immortality

O’ God, Let all beings in this world be happy, be healthy, be full of bliss and no one should be in pain.

Let our aim be common and our hearts of one accord. And all of us be of one mind so that we may live well together.

O God, you are our mother and father.
You are our brother and friend.
You are knowledge and wealth.
You are everything to us, O’ Supreme Lord.

Important Prayers From Vedas

The Vedas, the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism, contain numerous prayers that are considered deeply significant in Hindu tradition. Here are some important prayers from the Vedas:

Gayatri Mantra: One of the most famous and powerful prayers in Hinduism, it is found in the Rigveda (Mandala 3.62.10). It is addressed to Savitr, the sun god, and is considered to bestow wisdom and enlightenment. The mantra is:

"Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat"

Purusha Sukta: Found in the Rigveda (Mandala 10.90), this hymn describes the cosmic sacrifice of the primordial being, Purusha, from whose body the universe was created. It is a profound prayer expressing the interconnectedness of all existence.

Shanti Mantra: These are peace invocations found in various Upanishads, which are parts of the Vedas. They are recited at the beginning or end of rituals to invoke peace and harmony. One of the most common is the "Om Sahana Vavatu" mantra from the Taittiriya Upanishad.

Agni Sukta: Found in the Rigveda (Mandala 1.1-1.9), this hymn venerates Agni, the god of fire. It acknowledges Agni's importance in rituals and seeks his blessings for protection and prosperity.

Rudra Mantra: Also known as the Rudram, this is a powerful hymn from the Yajurveda. It is addressed to Rudra, a fierce aspect of Lord Shiva, and seeks his blessings for protection and liberation.

These prayers are not only recited in rituals but are also studied and contemplated upon for their deep spiritual meanings. They reflect the ancient wisdom and spiritual insights of the Vedic seers and continue to hold immense significance in Hindu tradition.