Peace, Peace, Peace Be Unto All!
You are in everything and nothing is beyond you.
You are our Mother and Father and we are all your children.
Whatever you do is for our good.
You are the ocean of mercy and you forgive our errors.
You are our teacher and you guide us unto righteousness.
Today, in this great hall, are assembled the elected representatives of the people of this Nation. They are ready to perform their duties. God, please guide them in their thoughts and actions so they can achieve the greatest good for all.
We end this invocation with a prayer from the ancient scriptures of India:
May all be happy
Attributed to Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala, Parma, Ohio, USA. He was the first Hindu priest ever to give the opening prayer in the US Congress. Prayer was made on Sept 14, 2000.
"Mr. Samuldrala's prayer reminds us that while we may differ in culture and traditions, we are alike in the basic aspiration for peace and righteousness," said Congressman Sherrod Brown of Ohio who has invited the Hindu priest to give the prayer at the US Congress.
[Adapted from Lotus Magazine, October 2000, Prakash Sinha, Editor.][Selected Prayers] [Prayer Home] [Holistic Living Home] [HolisticonLine Home]
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