Morning Mantras taught by Satguru Rama Mata (Vishwa Shanti Ashrama, Bangalore:
Early Morning Prayer Before Arising
Opening your palms before you, repeat the following:
Karaagrae Vasatae Lakshmihi
Kara Madhyae Saraswathi
Kara Moolaethu Govindaha
On the tips of my fingers, I see Lakshmi. Saraswathi is in the middle of my palms and Govinda (Krishna) resides at the base of my palms.
Join your palms together:
Prabhathae Kara Darshanam
I join my palms together in salutations, seeing God in my palms. (The symbology of this is honest labor.)
Prayer Before Placing One’s Feet on the Floor
Before placing one’s feet on the floor, reverently repeat the following:
Samudra Vasanae Devi
Parvatha Sthana Manadithae
Vishnu Patri Namaha Stubhya
Paadasparsham Kshamaswa Mae
O Divine Mother, Your sari is the ocean and the mountains are Your breasts. O Spouse of Vishnu, please forgive me for touching my feet upon You.
Prayer As One Bathes or Showers
As the water falls on our heads as we bathe or shower, we should feel that we are bathing in the seven sacred rivers. In this way, we cleanse our mind, body and intellect.
Gangaecha Yamunae Chaiva, Godaavari Saraswathi
Narmadae Sindhu Kaaveri, Jalaesmin Saanidhim Kuru
Bless us with Thy presence, O Divine Rivers: Ganges, Jamuna, Godavari, Saraswathi, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.
Prayer Before Meals
Om Brahmaarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmaagnau Brahmanaa Hutam
Brahmaiva Taena Gantavyam
He sees sacrifice as Brahman.
Ladle and oblation are Brahman.
Fire is Brahman, the pouring is Brahman.
The goal to be reached is also Brahman.
Anna Purnae Sada Purnae
Shankara Prana Vallabhae
Jnana Vairagya Siddyartham
Bhiksham Dehee cha Parvathi
One who is giving the food and the food itself is the Spouse of Shankara. The offering is the siddhi (power) to give the bhakta vairagya. Please give us the alms of that blessing.
Mata cha Parvathi Devi
Pita Devo Parameshwara
Bandhava Shiva Bhaktas cha
Swadesho Bhuvari Traayam
Parvathi is our Mother.
Shiva is our Father.
Our relatives are Shiva bhaktas.
Our country is the three worlds.
Prayer Before Dawn and Dusk – Gayatri Mantra
This short form of the Gayatri Mantra should be chanted 108 times, 1008 times, 28 times or at least ten times in accordance with your sankalpa (promise or pledge).
We should never sit directly on the floor while chanting this mantra but should use a pillow, blanket or a mat of deerskin and kusha grass
Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha
Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat
O Effulgent Light that has given birth to all the lokas or spheres of consciousness, O God who appears through the shining sun, illumine our intellect.