Shanti Sadan and Self-Knowledge name
Vol.67 No.4 Autumn 2016

A Prayer from the Vedas

May my mind ever think of the good of all beings—
That mind, which is a means of divine knowledge,
which takes man far, far during the waking state,
which causes objects to be known to the senses,
which abides in the subtle cause in the state of sleep—
May that mind ever think of the good of all beings.

The mind, which manifests its modifications
in the form of the intellect, will and memory,
which is the means of accomplishing the good of all people,
May that mind be directed towards justice
and the exercise of truth and love—
And may it ever think of the good of all beings.

The mind which, when engaged in the practice of Yoga and devotion,
acquires a knowledge of the past, future and present,
through which the laws of the world are known—
May that mind ever think of the good of all beings.

The mind, in which a knowledge of the four Vedas abides in seed form,
which has the capacity to know what is best for all beings—
May that mind of mine ever think of the good of all beings.

The mind, which controls and leads the senses,
as a charioteer directs his horses,
the mind abiding in the region of the heart,
which never grows old and whose speed is inconceivable—
May that mind of mine ever think of the good of all beings.

From the Yajur Veda translated by H.P.S.