Worship

Written by: Yesha Shah





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!


13/09/2012
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.