Sri Sathya Sai Baba Prayers,
Prayer after meditation - Universal
Asatho Maa Sad Gamaya
Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya
Mrithyor Maa Amritham Gamaya
me from untruth to truth;
Lord, lead me from the false, deluding earthly joys and pleasures to
the Eternal Truth of Bliss (Ananda) of the Divine within.
me from darkness to light;
Lord, lead me from the darkness of ignorance binding me to this
perishable body into the Eternal Light of the Soul Divine within.
me from death to immortality.
Lord, lead me from death to the Eternal Life, Divine, of oneness with
you, within and all around forever and make me immortal.
In Prashanthi Vahini Swami explains:
Even for being blessed by the Lord's Grace, one must have
Santhi and await patiently. Serenity alone succeeds in bringing
about the result of Sadhana. Add this lesson to the practices
you are engaged in, night and day, and to the Santhi Manthra.
"Asatho maa sadgamaya;
thamaso maa jyothirgamaya;
mrityor maa amritham gamaya,"
this is the Santhimanthra. The meaning of this mantra is
given variously by various people, some elaborately, some
- "O, Lord, when I am deriving happiness through the
objects of this world, make me forget the unreal objects and
show me the way to permanent happiness," this is the first
- "O Lord, when the objects of the World attract me,
remove the darkness which hides the all-pervading Atma,
which every such object really is." This is the second
- "O Lord, bless me through Your Grace with Immortality or
Paramananda, resulting from the awareness of the Effulgence
of the Atma, immanent in every object." This is the third
prayer. This is the real meaning of the Mantra.
The true Bhaktha will always be dwelling in God. He has no
time to know or feel his welfare or worries. Attaining the Lord,
is the one and only idea in his mind. It is hard to understand
this nature, except by examples. A small child runs about in
fear shouting, "Amma, Amma", searching for its missing mother.
The mother takes it up in her arms and places it on her lap. The
child stops crying and is free from all fear. But, can the child
calculate and find out the difference between its previous state
and its present relief? No. Nor is it necessary to do so.
So too, he who seek ever to serve the Lord will immerse
himself in it when the glorious chance comes; in that Presence,
no anxiety or trouble can disturb him. Anxiety and trouble
pester only until the moment of attainment; then, all attention
is diverted to the Experience. The past struggle and travail are