Prayers for Peace

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Almighty God,
the Great Thumb we cannot evade to tie any knot;
the roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees:
the all-seeing Lord up on high who sees even the footprints of antelope on a rock mass here on Earth.
You are the one who does not hesitate to respond to our call.
You are the cornerstone of peace.
~African

Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun shall shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace.
~Cheyenne [Native American]


O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth who provides for your children:
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind.
Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this Earth.
~Native American

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in your judgment, and guarded in your speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
Baha’i Faith

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses-the children, the aged, the unprotected-be guarded by beneficent celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.
~Buddhism

 Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
~Saint Francis of Assisi [Christianity]

Dear Lord and Creator of Mankind,
forgive our foolish ways.

Drop your still dews of quietness
till all our striving ceases.

Take from our souls the stress and strain
and let us confess the beauty of your peace!

Breathe through the heats of our desire
your coolness and your balm!

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire
Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm!

Restore the peace of world
In the mercy let justice triumph!

Swords into ploughshares
Missiles into fertilizer
May wars terrorism cease
And the days of peace begin!

Blessed be the Lord our God
He has promised, he will fulfill
Strife shall cease, Peace will come
Justice shall reign, joy will overflow.

This terrorism, wars and battles between
ourselves first start precisely in the desires
fighting inside our own selves. We want
something we haven’t got it, so we are
prepared to kill. We have an ambition that
we cannot satisfy, so we fight to get our way
by force. Why do we not have what we want?

Because we don’t pray for it; when we pray
and don’t get it is because we have not prayed
properly, we have prayed for something in
order to indulge our own desires!

Into your hands, O! Lord of all, we commend
ourselves, take us, break us if need be, then
make us anew that in you we may be
healed restored and united! Reach us your
spirit that may guide our thoughts and direct
our wills! Grant us wisdom to know
what is right and power to do what is good!

Come, Holy Spirit, come
Come as the fire and burn
Come as the wind, and cleanse
Come as the rain, and soothe
Come as the light and reveal
Convict, convert, comfort
Consecrate us to do your will.

O! Thou that are manifest, be Thou manifest to us:
From the unreal lead us to Real,
From darkness lead us to Light,
From death lead us to Immortality!

And now committing ourselves along with the
whole of humanity into your loving hands, we would
sum up our aspirations in the prayer saying:
Thy Will Be Done!
Christianity

Litany for Peace

by Late H.G. Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios, Indian Orthodox Church

Lord and Creator of humanity, have mercy on this race of ours! In your image it was created, to live in peace and joy, reflecting your glory. Look at us now!

Swords and spears we have learned to make, to maim and kill, to oppress and to exploit. Now guns and rockets, bombs and tanks!! We lust and covet, we fight and destroy, for it’s desires have overpowered us. Our greed has become insatiable.

— Have mercy on us, Lord!

We have the borders of our own lands and seek fellowship with others only as our desires and our greed drive us. We go out only to plunder and rob, to steal and exploit, through our trade policies and our commercial strategies. We are still as greedy as ever, still as violent, still as oppressive.

— Have mercy on us, Lord!

By our greed and lust, by our pride and selfishness, we have made this world, a place of strife and struggle of war and terrorism. We spend a major portion of the fruit of our labors to fight our brothers and sisters in other lands or in our own. Have compassion for our miserable plight!

— Have mercy on us, Lord!

Teach us to seek justice and to pursue peace, not seeking our own, but serving the interests of the poor and needy, the oppressed and the exploited. Teach us to labor in love without greed, in order to serve in dignity and serve the needs of our fellow human beings. Teach us not to covet, not to exploit, not to oppress.

— Teach us the ways of peace, Lord!

Help us who are gathered here to see our own role in a greed-based, oppressive and exploitative economy. Rescue us from this oppressive set-up, in which we are more often on the side of the oppressor than the oppressed. Rescue us from our narrow loyalties, from our addiction to privilege and comfort, pleasure seeking, from our local, racial or national parochialism. Teach us to look upon all humanity as one family to whose common interests we are all committed.

— Teach us the ways of peace, Lord!

Kindle in us the quest for peace with justice, Lord! We know not where to seek it, though we know that it is only as we commit ourselves and apply ourselves to the pursuit of peace with justice, that we can know the way forward. Deliver us from the shackles of indifference and self-interests, from laziness and love of comfort and pleasure, from vain speaking and from the desire for empty praise and unearned glory from the distracting pursuit of thousand follies, from a false perception of what is the true good, from every lie and terror, from word without verity, from all that alienates from you, our Creator!

— Teach us the ways of peace, Lord!

We are constantly destroying our ecology and we are affected with all kind of new diseases! Teach us to join pace with the rhythm of the eco-system of the earth and the universe which are your creation!

— Teach us the ways of peace, Lord!

Teach us the process of human becoming, through interaction with nature and through interrelation with other human beings in social labor, with a critical assessment of human social activity in science and technology and in political economy!

— Teach us the ways of peace, Lord!

Help us with courage, Lord! We need courage to stop stockpiling and start disarming. We need courage not to waste and not to consume more than what is good for all of us together. We need courage to trust our fellow human beings. We need courage to start shaping a new world economy based on peace with justice.

— Grant us courage, Lord!

We need wisdom to know how to order our lives as a world community. We need wisdom to know what are the values worth living for, so that we do not lose our souls in the mad pursuit of a foolish affluence. We need wisdom to know how to achieve the training of the masses of men and women for seeking their own liberation and for building the right kinds of societies.

— Grant us wisdom, Lord!

We need power, power to withstand the unjust oppressors, terrorists, power to resist the blandishments and seductions of power itself. We need power to imagine and to create. We need power to see visions and to pursue the truth. We need power to build a world of peace with justice. We need power to hope, to struggle and to strive. We need power to create what is good and joyous, peaceful and just.

— Grant us the right kind of power, Lord!

And most difficult of all, we need power to love! We need to know your love, so that in that love alone we seek our security. We need to know your love, in order that we may not to be afraid to love. Â We need to love, for love is the sign of your presence, and without love neither peace nor justice is worth very much.

— Teach us both to know your love, and to be unafraid to love, Lord!
Christianity

Source

Dear Lord and Creator of Mankind,
forgive our foolish ways.
Drop your still dews of quietness
till all our striving ceases.

Take from our souls the stress and strain
and let us confess the beauty of your peace!
Breathe through the heats of our desire
your coolness and your balm!

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire
Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
Restore the peace of world
Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios

Peace, Peace, Peace Be Unto All!
(Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi)
~
O God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
O God lead us from darkness to light.
O God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. O Lord God almighty,
May there be peace in celestial regions.
May there be peace on earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome, and
May trees and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May your Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may your peace itself bestow peace on all, and
May that peace come to me also.
~
May there be peace in heaven,
may there be peace in the skies,
May there be peace on earth,
may there be peace in the waters,
May there be peace in the plants,
may there be peace in the trees,
May we find peace in all the diving powers,
may we find peace in the supreme Lord,
May we all be in peace,
may that peace be mine.
Peace! Peace! Peace!
~Vedas [Hinduism]
Vedic Prayer

Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu
Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu

Sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu
Maakaschit duhkha bhaag bhavet

Meaning:

Auspiciousness (swasti) be unto all;
peace (shanti) be unto all;
fullness (poornam) be unto all;
prosperity (mangalam) be unto all.

May all be happy! (sukhinah)
May all be free from disabilities! (niraamayaah)
May all look (pashyantu)to the good of others!
May none suffer from sorrow! (dukha)
Source
Shanti Mantra


May the heaven be peaceful
May the earth be free from disturbance
May the vast atmosphere be calm
May the flowing waters be soothing
And all the plants and herbs prove beneficial to us.

 Atharva Veda. XIX. 9. 1

May all the foretelling signs of coming events be free from turmoil and
May all that has been done and that which has not been done prove the source of happiness to all.
May our past and future be peaceful and may all be gracious unto us.

 Atharva Veda. XIX. 9. 2

May the earth be peaceful,
May the atmosphere be peaceful,
May the medicinal herbs be peaceful,
May all my shining objects be peaceful for me ,
May all enlightened persons be peaceful for me,
May all the peaceful actions be peaceful by me.

~Vedas [Hinduism]

Let there be peace in heaven
Let there be peace in the atmosphere
May peace fill the four quarters
May the waters and medical herbs bring peace
May planets give peace to all beings
May enlightened persons disseminate peace to all beings
May the Vedas spread peace everywhere
May all other objects everywhere give us peace
And may that peace come to us and remain with us for ever.

 Yajur Veda 36/37

Sanskrit Version

MAITHREEM BHAJATHA AKILA HRUJJETHREEM
ATHMAVA DEVA PARAANAPI PAShYATHA I
YUDDHAM THYAJATHA SPARDHAAM THYAJATHA
THYAJATHA PARAESHVA KRAMAMAAKRAMANAM II
JANANEE PRITHIVEE KAAMADUGAASTHAE
JANAKO DEVAha SAKALA DAYALUhu I
DAAMYATHA DATTHA DAYAGVA JANATHAh
ShREYO BHOOYATH SAKALA JANAANAAM II
ShREYO BHHOYATH SAKALA JANAANAAM II

English Translation

Cultivate friendship which will conquer all hearts.
Look upon others as thyself.
Renounce war; Forswear competition.
Give up aggression on others, as this is wrong.
Wide mother earth, our mother, is here ready to give us all desires.
We have the Lord, our Father, compassionate to all.
Ye people of the world! Restrain yourselves. Give, be kind.
May all people be Happy and prosperous.
May all people be happy and prosperous.
By Jagatguru Shri Sankaracharya of Kancheepuram, India


Prayer for Peace
Adorable Presence!
Thou who art within and without,
above and below and all around;
Thou who art interpenetrating
the very cells of our being-
Thou who art the Eye of our eyes,
the Ear of our ears,
the Heart of our hearts,
the Mind of our minds,
the Breath of our breaths,
the Life of our lives,
and the Soul of our souls.

Bless us Dear God,
to be aware of Thy Presence
Now and Here.
This is all that we ask of Thee;
May all be aware of Thy Presence in
the East and the West,
and the North and the South.
May Peace and Goodwill abide
among individuals as well as among
communities and nations.

This is our Earnest Prayer.
May Peace be unto All
Om Shanti! Peace! Shalom!
Prayer attributed to Swami Omkar. This was a special peace prayer offered by The Mission of Peace- Shanti Ashram, India, for The 1993 Parliament Of The World’s Religions (India)

Oh God,
You are Peace.
From You comes Peace,
To You returns Peace.
Revive us with a salutation of peace,
And lead us to your abode of Peace
~Islam

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other.

If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things.

And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when we address them, we say, “Peace.”
~Islam

Lead me from Death to Life, from Falsehood to Truth.
Lead me from Despair to Hope, from Fear to Trust.
Lead me from Hate to Love, from War to Peace.
Let Peace fill our Heart, our World, our Universe.
~Jainism

Peace and Universal Love is the essence of the
Gospel preached by all the Enlightened Ones.
The Lord has preached that equanimity is the Dharma.
Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me.
Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.
Know that violence is the root of all miseries in the world.
Violence is the knot of bondage.

“Do not injure any living being.”
This is the eternal, perennial, and
unalterable way of spiritual life.
A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be,
can always be superseded by a superior one;
but no weapon can be superior to nonviolence and love.
~Jainism


Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
that we may walk the paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into plowshares,
and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation-
neither shall they learn war anymore.
And none shall be afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
~Judaism

Hear me!!
Out of shot and shell,
Out of this chaos of contention,
Let us bring peace~to pointless fight.
Why do we court the whore called war?
Why make of earth a shattered night?
There is no ecstasy in killing.
Love alone can make man willing.
So hear me warriors, hear me mothers.
There is no pay in slaughtered brothers.
Attention, if your sense is fair, heed that which we now declare.
PEACE! You races far and wide. PEACE!
Abandon your blood soaked suicide~ and now abide in peace!
Echo me! As in your hearts you yearn for love, not death!
PEACE, we have declared it.
Snarls and strife~ must be at end! in peace alone~ can this earth mend.
And now find ecstasy in love, love for earth, for all.
The gods of peace have now spoken.
OBEY!by L. Ron Hubbard
from the soundtrack Declaration of Peace,
Battlefield Earth

Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us, I believe, are all our brothers and sisters-why are there constant troubles in this world?
Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us?
I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.
~Shinto

God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear.”
That Truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living.
Know that we attain God when we love, and only that victory endures in consequence of which no one is defeated.
~Sikhism

Send Thy peace, O Lord,
which is perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace.

Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may think, act,
and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may be contented
and thankful for Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that amidst our worldly strife
we may enjoy thy bliss.

Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that we may endure all,
tolerate all in the thought
of thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace, O Lord,
that our lives may become
a divine vision, and in Thy light
all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace, O Lord,
our Father and Mother,
that we Thy children on earth may
all unite in one family.
Amen.
Sufi Source

Dear Goddess,
please grant your children knowledge,
understanding, patience and love.
Dear God, please grant that through these gifts
all nations may work together
to end the world’s suffering,
and put an end to all war,
so there will be everlasting peace.
So mote it be
Mark Ventimiglia
Wiccan

We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:
that understanding triumph over ignorance,
that generosity triumph over indifference,
that trust triumph over contempt, and
that truth triumph over falsehood.
~Zoroastrian

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