Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Samudra Vasane Devi


Samudra Vasane Devi,
Parvata Stana Mandale.
Vishnupatni Namastubhyam,
Paada Sparsham Kshamasva Me.

O! Mother Earth, who has the ocean as clothes and mountains and forests on her
body, who is the wife of Lord Vishnu, I bow to you.
Please forgive me for touching you with my feet.

This is a Morning Prayer called “karadarshana”. You begin the day with this prayer.

“Kara” means the palm of the hand and it stands for the five karmendriyas, or the organs of action. While looking at the palm, you invoke the Lord in the form of various deities, thus sanctifying all the actions that will be done during the day.

By acknowledging the Lord as the giver of the capacity to perform actions and as the giver of the fruits of those actions, you sanctify those actions. You pray in the morning to reinforce the attitude that all actions are performed as a service to the Lord.