O Adorable Lord of Mercy and Love ! Salutations and prostrations unto Thee. Thou art Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient. Thou art Sat-Chid-Ananda. Thou art Existence, Knowledge and Bliss Absolute. Thou art the Indweller of all beings.
Grant us an understanding heart, Equal vision, balanced mind, Faith, devotion and wisdom. Grant us inner spiritual strength To resist temptation and to control the mind. Free us from egoism, lust, anger, greed, hatred and jealousy. Fill our hearts with divine virtues.
Let us behold Thee in all these names and forms. Let us serve Thee in all these names and forms. Let us ever remember Thee. Let us ever sing Thy glories. Let Thy Name be ever on our lips. Let us abide in Thee for ever and ever.
Sanatana Dharma Oldest living Tradition of Humanity (Hinduism)
Om Asato maa sad-gamaya; tamaso maa jyotir-ga-maya; mrtyor-maa amrutam gamaya. Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih. - Sanskrit invocation from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishads 1.3.28). Meaning: O Lord Lead me from the unreal to the real. Lead me from the darkness to light. Lead me from death to immortality. May there be peace, peace, and perfect peace.
Gayatri Mantra Om: The primeval sound that represents Brahma, Bhur: The physical world that embodies the vital spiritual energy or 'Pran', Bhuvah: The mental world and destroyer of all sufferings, Swaha: The celestial and spiritual world that embodies happiness, Tat: That or God, referring to transcendental Paramatma (Ultimate Spirit), Savithur: The Bright Sun or the Creator and Preserver of World, Varenyam: Best or most adorable, Bhargo: Destroyer of all sins, Devasya: Divine Deity or Supreme Lord, Dheemahi: We meditate upon and take in, Dhiyo: The Intellect, Yo: The Light, Nah: Our, Prachodayath: Inspire or Enlighten.
The Gayatri Mantra can be translated as follows:
We meditate on the glory of the Creator; Who has created the Universe; Who is worthy of Worship; Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance; May He enlighten our Intellect.
Shanti Mantra: Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu Saha Viryam Karavaavahai Tejasvina Avadhita Mastu Maa Vidvishaavahai Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Om. May that protect us both, teacher and pupil. May that cause both to enjoy the bliss of liberation. May we both exert to find out the true meaning of the scriptures. May our learning be brilliant. May we never quarrel with each other. Om. Peace, peace, peace.
Om. May auspiciousness be unto all. May peace be unto all. May fullness be unto all. May prosperity be unto all.
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Niramayaah Sarve Bhadrani Pasyantu Maa Kaschid-Dukha-Bhag-Bhavet
Om. May all be happy. May all be free from disabilities. May all look to the good of others. May none suffer from sorrow.
Asato Maa Sat Gamaya Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamaya
Om. Lead me from the unreal to the Real, from darkness to Light, from mortality to Immortality.
Om Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnaat Purnamudachyate Purnasya Purnamaadaaya Purnamevaa Vashishyate Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Om. That is whole. This is whole. From the whole the whole becomes manifest. From the whole, when the whole--if negated--what remains is again the whole. Om. Peace, peace, peace.
Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bhandhanan Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat
Om. We worship the three-eyed One (Lord Siva) who is fragrant and who nourishes well all beings; may He liberate us from death for the sake of Immortality even as a cucumber is severed from its bondage to the creeper.
The Buddhist Tradition (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana...)
The Jewish Tradition
Modeh Ani (Upon Awakening) מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקיים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך. Modeh ani lifanekha melekh hai v'kayam shehehezarta bi nishmahti b'hemla, raba emunatekha.
"I give thanks before You, Living and Eternal King, that You have returned within me my soul with compassion; [how] abundant is Your faithfulness!"
Elohai Neshamah (Morning Prayer) אלהי נשמה שנתת בי טהורה היא אתה בראתה אתה יצרתה נפחתה בי, [ואתה משמרה בקרבי ואתה עתיד למלה ממני ולהחזירה בי לעתיד לבא כל זמן שהנשמה בקרבי מודה אני לפניך, יי אלהי ולהי אבותי, רבון כל המעשים, אדון כל הנשמות. ברוך אתה יי, המחזיר נשמות לפגרים מתים "Elohai neshama shenatata bi t'horah hi. Ata b'ratah, ata y'tzartah, ata n'fachtah bi [v'ata m’shamrah b'kirbi v'ata atid litelah mime'ni ulehachazirah bi leatid lavo kol z'man shehaneshaman b'kirbi modeh/ah ani lefaneicha, Adonai Elohai v'lohei avotai, Ribobn kol hamasim, Adon kol haneshamot. Baruch ata Adonai, hamachazir neshamot lifgarim metim".
"My God, the soul You have given me is pure. You created it, You formed it, and You breathed it into me. [and You guard it while it is within me, and one day You will take it from me, and restore it to me in the time to come. As long as the soul is within me, I will thank You, HaShem my God and God of my ancestors, Master of all works, Lord of all souls. Blessed are You, LORD, who restores souls to lifeless bodies."
Shema Ysrael שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יהוה אֶחָד Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad. Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
The Christian Tradition (Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical…)
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. Oh Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, It is in dying that we are born into eternal life. (Attributed to) Francis of Assisi
Gaelic Blessing Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always be at your back. May the sun shine, the sun shine warm upon your face; The rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, may God help you, hold you in the palm, the palm of His hand. Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. Amen.
May we be anchored as ancient standing stones in God's grace May we be in life the way markers of God's love. May we be always moved and always moving in God's Spirit. AMEN Taken from the book 'Living Stones' by the Church of Scotland The Pray Now Group, part of the Mission & Discipleship Council, which was published in 2015