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Sri Ramakrishna’s Prayer to the Divine Mother

Sri Ramakrishna’s Prayer to the Divine Mother was published in the December 2005 edition of Prabuddha Bharata Magazine.

O Mother, I throw myself on Thy mercy; I take shelter at Thy Hallowed Feet. I do not want bodily comforts; I do not crave name and fame; I do not seek the eight occult powers.

Be gracious and grant that I may have pure love for Thee, a love unsmitten by desire, untainted by selfishness – a love craved by the devotee for the sake of love alone.

And grant me the favor, O Mother, that I may not be deluded by Thy world-be-witching maya, that I may never be attached to the world, to “woman and gold” conjured up by Thy inscrutable maya!

O Mother, there is no one but Thee whom I may call my own. Mother, I do not know how to worship; I am without austerity; I have neither devotion nor knowledge.

Be gracious, Mother, and out of Thy infinite mercy grant me love for Thy Lotus Feet.

Translated by Swami Purananda