Morning Meditation at CSE

Morning Meditation Prayers

Meditation, silence, the company of those who are spiritually awake, uplifting conversation with others on the path, turning away from restless activity, letting go of desire for results—this is the way to increase peace in one's life. —Yogacharya O’Brian


With the opening of the earliest dawn and the lotus-buds, 
my soul softly opens in prayer to receive Thy light. 
Bathe each petal of my mind with Thy radiant rays! 
I saturate myself with the perfume of Thy presence, 
and I wait to waft with the breeze 
the aroma of Thy message of love to all. 
Bless me, that with the spreading dawn 
I may spread Thy love everywhere. 
Bless me, that with the awakening dawn 
I may awaken all souls with my own 
and bring them to Thee. 

– Paramahansa Yogananda 

PRAYER FOR REALIZING TRUTH (click here for audio)

omasato mā sad gamaya
tamaso mā jyotir gamaya
mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya
oṁ śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ

—Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad, I.iii.28 

Oh Lord, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Lead us from the darkness of ignorance to the light of Truth.
Lead us from the error of identifying with the mortal body and mind to the realization of our divine immortal Self. 

Morning Meditation & Puja
6-7am in Grace Meditation Hall
(kindly arrive at least 5 minutes early)

(Click here for Morning Prayer Booklet)
(Click here for Bhagavad Gita Study Schedule)


Mahāmṛtyuṁjaya Mantra
 (click here for audio)
oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe
sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān
mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt oṁ

Om, we pray to the Supreme Lord who sees all
whose grace is present everywhere like a sweet fragrance,
who bestows the blessings of prosperity and nourishes all life.
May we be liberated from all bondage and the shadow of death.
Through realization of Truth, may liberation unfold effortlessly
as ripe fruit falls from the vine and becomes free.

Chanting the Mahāmṛtyanjaya Mantra
for Meditation and Healing

Focused on intentional chanting of this ancient Sanskrit mantra clears the mind and releases energy for healing. Contemplate the meaning of the mantra as you are chanting. Offer its benefits for those you pray for and for the well-being and spiritual awakening of all beings everywhere.


The Gāyatri Mantra
 (click here for audio)

The Gāyatri mantra is considered to be the most sacred of all mantras. Traditionally chanted at dawn and dusk with the rising and setting of the sun, it has a calming effect on the mental field and invokes the light of Divine consciousness within. It may be given by the spiritual teacher at the time of one’s initiation, when certain vows are taken to practice the spiritual way of life.

oṁ bhūrbhuvaḥ svaḥ tatsaviturvareṇyaṁ
bhārgo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt oṁ

Meaning of the mantra:
We meditate on the sacred light of the radiant source of life. Let it inspire our thoughts and intentions.

The Gāyatri mantra is a prayer to the Source of all life to brighten one’s intellect. It is used to cleanse the mind, so that one can receive higher guidance and inspiration. 

Savitúrof the source
Várenyaṃto be held sacred
Devásyaof the radiant
Dhímahiwe meditate on
Dhíyothoughts, intentions, prayers
Yahwhich (source)
Pracho-dáyāt should direct, urge, inspire

GURU MANTRA  (click here for audio)

oṁ gurur brahmā gurur viṣṇur
gurur devo maheśvaraḥ
guruḥ sākṣāt param brahma
tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ
tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ
tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ

oṁ Babaji swaha!
oṁ Lahiri Mahasaya swaha!
oṁ Sri Yukteswar swaha!
oṁ Paramahansaji swaha!
oṁ Sri Gurudeva swaha!
oṁ śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ

Om! Guru is the creator of all,
Guru is support and sustainer of all,
Guru is the transforming power of all,
Guru is both immanent and transcendent.
To That Supreme Reality, the remover of
Darkness and ignorance, I offer this prayer,
Bowing before the One in all.
To Mahavatar Babaji, it is offered
To Lahiri Mahasaya, it is offered
To Sri Yukteswar, it is offered
To Paramahansa Yogananda, it is offered
To all of the divine gurus
and sishyas of Kriya Yoga, it is offered.


Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Om
Victory in God, in the realization of divine Truth


Alternate Nostril Breathing (6 rounds)
Complete Breath or Kriya Pranayama (12 rounds)


So’ Ham mantra
Contemplation of Om


Commune with God in the silence of your soul


Om, Om, Om
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

PRAYER FOR ARATI  (click here for audio)

Twameva Mātā Cha Pitā Twameva
Twameva Bandhuś-cha Sakhā Twameva
Twameva Vidyā Draviṇam Twameva
Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva
Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva

You alone are my mother and my father,
You alone are my friend and my beloved companion,
You alone are all knowledge and all wealth,
O Supreme Lord, you alone are everything for me.

PRAYER FOR ALL BEINGS (click here for audio)

Om Lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu
May all of the beings, in all the worlds, be happy.
Om śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ

May all beings in all worlds be happy and free.

Scripture Study

Study on the spiritual path includes study of scripture, contemplation of the nature of Reality, and self-inquiry. Study is both the process of acquiring knowledge and the unfoldment of inner wisdom. Paramahansa Yogananda said, “Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.” Study of scripture or spiritual teachings is combined with contemplation of what is read, practice of the principles, and examination of the effects of that practice in our lives.

Self-inquiry and self-examination are essential components of spiritual study. From the deepest level of inquiry that explores the fundamental question, “who am I, or what am I?”, to examining how our experience of life is related to our habitual thoughts and beliefs, to discovering how our food choices influence our mental clarity and physical well-being, study is a comprehensive component of the spiritual life.

Each day, specific verses from The Eternal Way – The Inner Meaning of the Bhagavad Gita by Roy Eugene Davis are read and contemplated. (click here to access the Bhagavad Gita study schedule)

PRAYER FOR STUDY (click here for audio)

Sah nāvavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha vīryaṁ karavāvahai
Tejasvi nāvadhītamastu
Mā vidvişāvahai
Om śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ, śāntiḥ

May the Divine protect us.
May the Divine nourish us.
Let us work together with enthusiasm and strength.
May our study bring illumination of consciousness.
May there be harmony between us.
Aum. Peace, Peace, Peace