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I stand before Him
    joined hands, eyes closed
with a heart full of hopes
    a 'Navkar' on my lips
A mere mortal- me, praying,
    asking, beseeching blessings
A little bit from his bountiful of grace.
    A life, no matter how short in measure
One filled with warmth of true love,
    vitality of health and virtue of peity.
For me, mine and all His Creation around.

I stand before Him
     head covered for worship
Anoint Him with saffron-sandalwood 
    lowering my eyes with gratitude
singing praises to Him, each minuscule
    particle of my being
Blessed I feel to be born and cared for
    in His Divine Providence.
Thanking the Lord for bestowing me
    all I could have desired
and much more.

I kneel before Him
    touching my head to His feet
begging for pardon, a repenting sinner
    performing penance from within the heart
Forgive me Lord for the grave and
    frivolous mistakes and umpteen sins
I committed knowingly-unknowingly.

Standing here, bowing my head to God
    one last sacred motive
freedom from the cycle of 
    birth-death-re birth!

For Debbie Guzzi's  STAND contest

*Navkar mantra:  a chant of nine lines, prayer of Jainism
 Right now the Jain festival of Paryushan is being celebrated. It has a duration of eight days. All devotees perform worship of God by anointing statues with paste of saffron-sandalwood, fasting and doing penance for the sins. On the last day of the festival people join hands and ask for forgiveness to one another, for anything they have done to others that might have caused hurt during the whole year.

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  1. Date: 11/29/2012 7:32:00 PM
    Nice job Yesha. I thank you sharing. I love reading it. :-)

  1. Date: 10/22/2012 6:51:00 AM
    New poem please.

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Debbie Guzzi's contest Yesha. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 6:18:00 PM
    Such an interesting faith I would love to learn more about it I wish you'd do a blog! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 9:37:00 PM
    I sure remember this sweet spiritual poem, Yesha. BIG congratulations for your win in Deb's contest.

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 4:19:00 AM
    wonderful Yesha, thank you for this beautiful poem, again i learn from this our worldly family...

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 9:57:00 PM
    Yesha, it is an honor to read your poem today. very deep and moving. Good luck in the contest..pd

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 7:40:00 PM
    how nice to see this form of worship that you describe here. I love seeing this kind of thing to know what people do in the world differently from in my own country. Debs should really enjoy this one.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 4:51:00 PM
    Great work that is educational..It is an excellent testimony of your faith also..Reads like a winner to me..We all could benefit by having a day that we ask for forgiveness and give forgiveness from God and man..Thanks for stopping by with congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 8:41:00 AM
    a stupendous write and testimony of faith Yesha .. I also agree with u luv and have a series of mantra chants I say daily .. for love and peace .. excellent theme u chose .. wishing u sweet success ..

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 8:39:00 PM
    Beautifully written Free Verse on the contest theme Yesha.Thanks for thye information below your poem.Best wishes.

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 11:47:00 AM
    such grace-filled work with soulful expressions, yesh... i stand in awe!.. best wishes and huggs!..:)

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 5:59:00 AM
    This is amazing, thank you for the education of the heart, very wise people maybe we should adopt some of these practices their would be less resentment among our people, you are an awesome woman Yesha, I revere your words today, may he bless your beautiful heart and keep you in his loving arms and help you journey far, love and light vie