Prayers of the Sachcha lineage


Sankalpa (The Promise of Sachcha Baba)
Arati (Offering of Light)
Guru Stotra (Prayer to the Guru)
Purusha Suktam (Hymn of Creation)
Jay Khara (Concluding Cry of Victory)

The Sachcha lineage has prayers that are performed every day with the intention of awakening the spirit of Sachcha (Truth) in oneself and in the world. At the Sachcha ashrams prayers are performed to Shiva to invoke transformation, to Rama to re-establish the dharma, to the Divine Mother to awaken the feminine virtues, but a special focus is given to the prayers that uphold the Sachcha lineage, as they provide a direct connection with Sachcha Baba and the other enlightened masters of the lineage.

These ceremonies are usually done around 7:30 am and 7:30 pm, and everyone in the ashram is strongly invited to participate. Many of Prem Baba’s disciples, when they are away from the ashrams in India or Brazil, perform these prayers at home as a way of fostering their connection with Prem Baba and the Sachcha lineage.

Sankalpa (The Promise of Sachcha Baba)

The ceremony begins with the sankalpa, the promise of the lineage that was first received by Giri Nari Baba and was formally established the way it is spoken today by Sachcha Baba. The prayer is usually spoken rather than sung, and outside of India is usually followed by its translation.

Recording of the sankalpa as traditionally spoken at Sachcha Dham Ashram in India

 

He Parmatman, apni jankari!
Tatha bhakti ka prakash karo.
Avaran dosh vikar ka anta karo.
Annapurna Lakshmi rup hokar
sahaj svabhavik prakash karo.
Tatha varan ashram
vedik kramanusar
shrishti rup se vyavasthit ho.
Is prakar dukhantak khel ka anta,
sukhantak khel ka prakash
Sarva sarvatra rup me hokar
Sarva sarvatra rup hokar karo,
Apna Sankalpa ap purna karo,
Apna prakash ap karo.
Oh merciful Lord, show Yourself!
Give us the light and the wisdom of devotion.
Remove the veil of evil tendencies.
Present yourself through the forms of Annapurna Lakshmi
the Goddesses of food and abundance, and enlighten us.
Allow creation to lead us according
to the words of the Vedas.
Purify us so that we may become one with the Divine
In this way, end the play of suffering
and bring light to the play of joy.
Please, Lord, come and manifest yourself
in everyone and in every place.
Please fulfill Your promise,
and show us Your light!

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Arati (Offering of light)

When performing the prayers of the lineage, the sankalpa is followed by the arati, where we offer light to an aspect of the Divine. During the first part of the arati a lamparine is offered in a clockwise circle (with counter-clockwise motions at the bottom) around a murti or physical representation of the Divine, while slowly singing the following mantras:

 

 

 

 

Recording of the arati as traditionally performed at Sachcha Dham Ashram in India

Arati sri sachche svarup ki,
Ap rup adbhuta svarup ki
Arati sri sachche svarup ki,
Nij bodh rup bodh svarup ki
Arati sri sachche svarup ki,
Prakriti bhupa prarabdha bhupa ki
Purushartha bhupa purushartha rupa ki
Svayam svarup ki,
Arati sri sachche svarup ki
Arati nij satya svarup ki
Arati sri sachche svarup ki

I offer lights to the embodiment of Truth
to your form, your extraordinary form.
I offer lights to the embodiment of Truth
to this awakened intellect, your divine form.
I offer lights to the embodiment of Truth,
to the lord of nature, the lord of destiny.
You are our sole objective, everyone’s end goal.
You are our higher self.
I offer lights to the embodiment of Truth,
I offer lights to the embodiment of Truth itself,
I offer lights to the embodiment of Truth.

Immediately after this last verse the flame is offered to each participant in the ceremony, and the following is sung in a faster rhythm:

 

Recording of the continuation of the arati as traditionally performed at Sachcha Dham Ashram in India

 

Shravan suyasa suni ayauh
prabhu bhanjan bhavabhir,
trahi trahi arati harana
shravan sukhad raghuvir

Mosam din na din hit
tumhe saman raghuvir,
as vichari raghuvanshamani
harahu visham bhavabhir

Having heard of your stature, I have come to you
knowing that you dispel all fear of death.
Save me, save me, oh Rama, reliever of distress,
who brings joy to all those who take refuge in you.

As miserable as I may get,
You are always there as a loyal friend, oh Ram.
Knowing this, oh jewel among kings,
take away my deep fear of death!

Tvameva mata cha pita tvameva
tvameva bandhosh cha sakha tvameva
tvameva vidya dravinam tvameva
tvameva sarvam mama deva deva

You are my mother, you are my father.
You are my brother, you are my friend.
You are knowledge, you are prosperity.
You are everything; you are my one and only Lord.

Dhyeyam sada paribhavaghnam abhishta doham
Tirthaspadam shiva viranchi nutam sharanyam
Bhrityartiham pranatapala bhavabdhipotam,
vande mahapurush te charanaravindam

We repeatedly meditate on this being to overcome all afflictions.
Oh Lord, whose holy feet even Brahma and Shiva seek refuge in,
I am your afflicted servant, and you are the sustainer of all life.
You are the boat we can cross the ocean of earthly life with.
I worship the lotus feet of this supreme Lord.

Varanashram nij nij dharam
nirat ved path log
Chalahi sada pavahin sukhahi,
nahi bhey shoka na rog


By living in harmony with the system of Varanashram

and being committed to walking the path of the Vedas,
we become pure and joyful,
leaving behind all fear, sorrow and disease.

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Guru Stotra (Prayer to the Guru)

Recording of the Guru Stotra as traditionally performed at Sachcha Dham Ashram in India

 

Akhanda mandala karam
vyaptam yena characharam
Tatpadam darshitam yena
tasmai sri Guruve namaha

Aghyan timirandhasya
Gyananjan salakya
Chakshurunmilitam yena
tasmai sri Guruve namaha

Akhandananda bhodhaya
vishvasantap harine
sachidananda rupaya
tasmai sri Guruve namaha

Brahmanandam param sukhadam
kevalam ghyana murtim
dvandva titam gagan sadrisham
tatvamasyadilakshyam

Ekam nityam vimalam achalam
Sarva dhishakshibhutam
bhavatitam triguna rahitam
Sada-Gurum tam namami

The creator of the wheel of existence
permeates all sentient and non-sentient beings.
I meditate about his holy feet
and bow down to this Guru.

He removes the blindness of ignorance
by healing our eyes with the medicine of knowledge.
I bow to this Guru
who opens our eyes and enables us to see.

His mind is in constant ecstasy;
he is the one capable of removing all suffering.
He is the embodiment of truth, awareness and bliss –
to this Guru I bow.

He is divine bliss and supreme happiness,
he is the one and only source of wisdom.
He is beyond all duality, pure like the blue sky;
he is the undeniable proof that “we are that.”

He is eternal, immovable and spotless Oneness.
He witnesses everything, and knows all there is.
He lies beyond all concepts and beyond the three gunas –
to this Sat-Guru I bow.

Satyavratam satya param trisatyam
satyasya yonin nihitam cha satye
Satyasya satyamrita satyanetram
satyatmakam tvam sharanam prapannah

You are Truth, the supreme Truth – what is, was and will be.
You are the womb of Truth, and the offspring as well.
You are the nectar of Truth, the eyes of Truth,
the very soul of Truth; I take shelter in Thee.

Namaste sate te jagatkaranaya
Namaste chite sarvalokashrayaya
Namo advait tatva mukti pradaya
namo brahmane byapine shashvataya

I bow to you, who is existence and the creator of worlds;
I bow to you, who is pure awareness and the foundation of all worlds.
I bow to the one who grants us freedom from duality;
I bow down to the eternal, all-pervading one.

Tvamekam sharenyam tvamekam varanayam
tvamekam jagat palakam swaprakasham
Tvamekam jagat karti bharti prahartri
tvamekam param nishchalam nirvikalpam

You are the one we surrender to, you are the one we worship.
You are the one who sustains the world with your light and joy.
You are the one who creates, maintains and destroys.
You are the perfectly still, immovable one.

Bhayanam bhayam bhishanam bhishananam
gatihi praninam pavanam pavananam
Mahochchaih padanan niyan tritvamekam
paresham param rakshanam rakshana nam

You are the one we fear the most
because you are the ultimate purifier.
You are above and beyond us, and you control all.
You are the Lord supreme, the ultimate protector.

Vayam tvam smaramo vayam tvam bhajamo
vayam tvam jagatssakshi rupam namamaha
Sadekam nidhanam niralambam isham
bhavam bhodhi potam sharanyam brajamaha

We remember you, we worship you.
We bow down to your form, the witness of all worlds.
Lord, you are the one and only existence and resting place.
May our minds be fully devoted and surrendered to you.

Nirman moha jit sanga dosha
adhyatm nityam vinvritta kama
Dvandvair vimuktah such dukh sangair
garchanty mudhah padamvyayam tat

By overcoming pride, delusion, and the evil of attachment,
our cravings cease completely. By becoming immune to pairs of opposites,
unaffected by pleasure or pain, we come into eternal union with God
and attain the supreme imperishable state.

Om Shanti Shanti Shantih

Om. Peace, peace, peace.

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Purusha Suktam (Hymn of Creation)

Recording of the Purusha Suktam as traditionally performed at Sachcha Dham Ashram in India

 

 

 

Om Harih Om

Sahastra shirsha purushaha sahastratsah sahastrapat
sa bhumi gum sarvat sapritva tyastisthad dasangulama

Purusha, the cosmic being, has a thousand heads, a thousand hands and feet. Purusha permeates everything in this Earth, but also keeps herself slightly separate from it.

Puruka eveda gum sarvam yad bhutam yachcha bhavyama
Utamritatvasyesano yadanenatirohati

Purusha is everything; she is all that has been and all that will be. She has mastered the supreme nectar, the source of all food and energy.

Eta vanasya mahimato jyayamscha purukaha
Padosya visvan bhutani tripadasyamrtam divi

The greatness and glory of Purusha are unfathomable. She creates the entire material world while keeping her holy feet firmly rooted in heaven.

Tripad urdhva udait purukaha pado syeha bhavat punaha
Tato visvan vyakramata sananasane abhi

Purusha has risen to the heights of existence, but she has also kept part of herself on Earth, going through endless cycles to become all of creation, all animate and inanimate beings.

Tato virad ajayata virajo adhi purukaha
Sajato atyarichchyata paschad bhumi matho puraha

From Purusha was born Brahma, and from Brahma came the first sentient beings, as well as everything else on Earth.

Tasmad yagnat sarva hutaha sambhritam prikad ajyama
Pashum tams chakre vayavyan aranyan gramyos chaye

During a fire ceremony a celestial substance was formed. This substance allowed for fledgling beings to evolve into all kinds of animals, including birds, forest creatures and even animals that became domesticated.

Tasmad yagnat sarva hutah richah samani jagire
Chhanda gum si jagire tasmad yajus tasmad ajayata

This same sacrificial ritual allowed for the wisdom of the Rig and Sama Vedas to manifest. Next came the sacred hymns, as well as the Yajur Veda.

Tasmad asva ajayanta yekechobhayadatah
Gavoha jagire tasmat tasmat jata ajavayah

That sacrifice allowed for the evolution of animals to occur. Horses, cows, goats and sheep came to populate the earth.

Tam yaghyam bariki prauksan purukam jatam agratah
Tena deva ayajanta sadhya rikayas chaye

Once, in a holy grassy area, the devas (the gods) came in to join a gathering of sages and seers of the truth who were offering in sacrifice the great Purusha herself, the source of all creation.

Yat purukam vyadahuh katidha vyakalpayana
Mukham kim asyasit kim bahu kim uru pada uchyete

How can we even begin trying to understand Purusha? Do we try to understand what she looks like, what her face, arms and body are like?

Brahmanosya mukham asit bahu rajanyah kritah
Uru tad asya yad vaisyah padbhyam gum sudro ajayata

One could say that spiritual people are her mouth, that warriors are her arms, that hard working people are her thighs and that those in service are her feet.

Chandrama manaso jatas chaksoh suryo ajayata
Srotradvayuschcha pranaschcha mukhad agnirajayata

The moon itself is Purusha’s mind, the sun is her eyes. From her breath comes the wind, and from her mouth comes fire.

Nabhya asid antariksa gum sirsno dyauh samavartata
Padbhyam bhumir disah srotrat tatha lokam akalpayana

From Purusha’s center comes the firmament, her head is the heavens. Purusha’s feet are the Earth and her hearing represents the six directions. All worlds in the universe were created in this way.

Yat purusena havisa deva yagnam atanvata
Vasanto syasid ajjyan grisma idhmah saraddhavih

When the devas offered Purusha in sacrifice, the four seasons were used in the fire ceremony. Spring was the ghee, summer was the wood burnt by the fire, and autumn was the oblation offered.

Saptasyasan paridhayas trih sapta samidhah krtah
Deva yad yagnam tanvana avadhnan purusam pasum

The sacrifice they performed had seven stages, and in each stage there were three pieces of dung feeding the fire. The devas together were able to gather and confine Purusha to the fire, and then celebrated the sacrifice.

Yagiiena yagnamayajanta devastani dharmani prathamanyasan
Teha nakam mahimanaha sachanta yatra puvre sadhyah shanti devah

The devas worshiped Purusha by sacrificing this being whose very nature is sacrifice. This is the highest form of worship; by performing this sacrifice the sages and wise men present fully embodied the Divine. They continue living in the divine abode with all other ancient sages and self-realized beings.

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Om. Peace, peace, peace.

 

 

 

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Jay Khara (Concluding Cry of Victory)

At the end of prayers the lead pujari (the person leading the prayers) invokes various holy names that the other participants in turn acknowledge with a cry of victory, like “Jay Ho.” This is called the Jay Khara.

Recording of Jay Khara as traditionally performed after prayers at Sachcha Dham Ashram in India