(The late Swami Sivananda hailed from a village called Pathamadai in Tamil Nadu but as a SAnyasi , a great sage and a great Yogi he preferred to settle down in the Shivananda Ashram that he established in Rishi Kesh. His teachings can be summarized by six words” Serve, love , give, purity, Meditate and realize.”. Here is a great Hindi prayer , which was chanted by his Ashram inmates regularly . The prayer is lofty and twangs the string of your heart and takes you near God. You can either read it in Hindi or If you prefer read it in English daily with sincerity and faith. You would be taking daily one more step towards God.)
1.Hey sneh aur karuna ke aaradhya devaa,
Thumhen Namaskara hai, Namaskar hai,
Thum sarva vyapak , sarva sakthiman aur Sarvajna ho ,
Thum sachidananda ghan ho ,
Thum sabke Antharvasi ho.
1.Oh God who is worshipped with love and mercy .
My salutations to you, my salutations ,
You are universally spread , You are universally strong and universally knowledgeable
You are the concentrated divine joy ,
You are within every one.
2.Hamen Udharatha , samadarsitha aur man ka samathv pradhan kao,
Sradha Bhakthi aur prajna se krutharth karo,
Hamen Adhyathmik antha sakthi ka var dho,
Jis se hum vasanavom ka damn kar mano jai ko prapth ho,
Hum ahankar , kam, lobh , grunaa , krodh aur dwesh se rahith ho ,
Hamara hrudai divya gunom se paripoorith karo.
2.Give us generosity , tolerance and mental stability.
Make us contented by faith , devotion and wisdom.
Give us the boon of the inner spirituality,
Using which we can destroy our bad qualities and win over our mind.
Make us free from pride , passion , avarice , hatred and anger.
Make heart filled with divine characters.
3.Hum sab nam-roopon mein thumhara darsan Karen.
Thumhari archana ke hi roop mein in nam roopon kee seva Karen.
Sadaa thumhara hi smaran Karen.
,SAdaa thumhari hi mahima ka gan Karen.
THumhara hi kali kalmasha hari nam hamare adhar- put par ho.
Sadaa hum thum may hi nivas Karen.
5.Let us see be able to see you in all your name-forms.
Let us be able serve your name forms in the form of floral worship,
Let us be able to always think about you
Let us be able to always sing about your greatness,
Let your name which removes the ills of the Kali age be always on the tip of my lips .
Let us be able to always live in you.