Are you struggling to overcome fearful, angry and other negative thoughts from your mind?

Do you wish you could stop them from repeatedly playing inside your head?

You’ve tried to distract your mind with other things, but those negative thoughts come right back, just as pond moss comes back to cover the surface of the water as soon as you push it aside.

How can you eliminate negative thoughts for good and find peace?

There are times when you literally need help from a higher power—prayer power!

Prayer for peace, prosperity and good health

There is a beautiful Sanskrit prayer that brings peace, prosperity and good health.

Recently, I chanted it to transform some judgemental thoughts about a person to happy, loving, accepting thoughts. I was aware that the thoughts I was holding were not what I wanted. I wanted to feel love and acceptance for the other person.

With a sincere desire to change my attitude and thoughts, I sat in my sacred space, lit a lamp and repeated this prayer. After a few minutes, my ill feelings were gone and I felt peace in my mind. The surprising thing is that the person transformed in her attitude too!

Invocation to the light

This prayer is an invocation to the light. Traditionally, it is chanted while lighting a lamp. That’s why it’s called a prayer to the lamp or Deepa Vandana in Sanskrit.

Light is a symbol of auspiciousness, beauty, goodness, and peace. Light is also a symbol of higher truth or knowledge that dispels the darkness of ignorance and negativity.

The prayer is chanted to bring in auspiciousness, prosperity, wealth (outer monetary wealth and inner wealth of goodness and purity), abundance and vibrant health.

Auspicious prayer to the light

Shubham karoti kalyanam
Arogyam dhana sampadah
Shatru buddhi vinashaya
Deepa jyotir namostute

I salute the light of the lamp that brings auspiciousness, prosperity, good health, wealth, abundance and destroys harmful thoughts.

Here is word-for-word meaning:

Shubham: Auspiciousness, happiness

Karoti: does, brings

Kalyaanam: prosperity, wellbeing, higher good

Arogyam: freedom from dis-ease, vibrant health

Dhana: money

Sampadah: wealth (abundance, goodness)

Shatru: literal “enemy.” Disagreeable, harmful.

Buddhi: intellect (thoughts)

Vinaashaaya: destruction

Deepa: lamp

Jyotir: light

Namostute: I salute

Rise above negativity and fear

A negative mind that has a tendency to think lowly of oneself or of others, wishing bad for others and holding ill feelings is like one’s enemy. That is the meaning of shatru buddhi in the prayer. When chanting this prayer, we ask for those disagreeable thoughts to be transmuted to high, loving thoughts.

Fearful thoughts are debilitating. Chanting this prayer lifts fear and brings a sense of peace and calm to the mind. It’s especially helpful during these turbulent times, when there is so much fear concerning the Coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions.

You can watch how I chant this prayer here.

Peace Prayer chanted by Manisha Melwani from Manisha Melwani on Vimeo.

The effects of this prayer to the light of the lamp can be clearly felt by all. Aside from the pleasing vibrations of the words, the luminous beauty of a flame soothes the soul, uplifts the mind and relaxes the body. It is a truly peaceful prayer.

Listen to a continuous musical chanting of this divine prayer here.

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Manisha Melwani

Manisha Melwani is a teacher and the author of, "So You're a Spiritual Being–Now What?" She offers spiritual and wellness solutions for life and stress management. She teaches classes in personal growth, stress management and meditation. She is based in Richmond Hill and Markham, Ontario. Contact her for more information or to have her speak to your group or organization. She also offers private counselling sessions in person or on-line.
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