Prayer of Surrender

The following Sanskrit prayer of surrender comes from the devotional Hindu scripture called the Srimad Bhagavata,   It describes a discipline that is said to be the duty of all people everywhere, man or woman, young or old. When practiced, this discipline brings us the greatest fulfillment and the highest good in life. Since we gain our abilities and faculties from one divine Source, It alone is the enabler and the real doer of our actions. Therefore, we offer all our actions to It with feelings of gratitude and surrender. Here is the prayer:

kaayena vaachaa manasendriyair vaa buddhyaatmanaa vaa prakriteh svabhaavaat karomi yadyat sakalam parasmai naaraayanaayeti samarpayaami                                                                                            

Whatever I do with my body, speech, mind, sense organs or intellect and ego due to my own nature. I offer it all to the Supreme Lord, Naaraayanaa.*


*”Naaraayanaa” is a Hindu name for the supreme Source of the universe. You can substitute it with any divine name that you revere. The idea is to break down our ego by surrendering everything that we do to that higher power.

Kaayena – by the body
vaachaa – by the speech
manas – by the mind
endriyair – by the senses
vaa – or
buddhy – intellect
aatmanaa – my own ego
vaa – or
prakriteh svabhaavaat – due to my own nature
karomi – I do
yadyat – whatever
sakalam – all
parasmai – to the supreme Lord
naaraayanaa – Naarayanaa
iti – thus
samarpayaami – I offer

Tejomayananda, Swami. Discourses on the Shrimad Bhagavata, Mumbai: Chinmaya Prakashan, 2016. Pages 838–839.
Ishwarananda, Swami. Mukundamala, Mumbai: Chinmaya Prakashan, 2013. Pages 162-164.

Manisha Melwani

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