Let there be Peace
Let there be peace in the sky and in the atmosphere, peace in the plant world and in the forests;
Let the cosmic powers be peaceful; let Brahma be peaceful;
Let there be undiluted and fulfilling peace everywhere.
- Atharva Veda
Prayers for Peace
Earth Teach Me
Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me caring
as parents who secure their young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.
- From the Ute Indians of North America
Earth Cure Me
Earth cure me.
Earth receive my woe.
Rock strengthen me.
Rock receive my weakness.
Rain wash my sadness away.
Rain receive my doubt.
Sun make sweet my song.
Sun receive the anger from my heart.
- Nancy Wood
May I Be No One's Enemy
May I be no one's enemy and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides.
May I wish for every person's happiness and envy none.
May I never rejoice in the ill fortune of one who has wronged me.
May I, to the extent of my power, give needful help to all who are in want.
May I never fail a friend.
May I respect myself.
May I always keep tame that which rages within me.
May I accustom myself to be gentle and never be angry with others because of circumstances.
May I know good people and follow in their footsteps.
Let us cultivate boundless goodwill.
Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state.
Let none in anger or ill-will wish another harm.
Even as a mother watches over her child, so with boundless mind should one cherish all living beings.
Radiating friendliness over the whole world,
Above, below, and all around, without limit.
- Metta Sutta
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
- Adapted from Gaelic Runes
May every creature abound in well-being and peace.
May every living being, weak or strong, the long and the small, the short and the medium-sized, the mean and the great,
May every living being, seen or unseen, those dwelling far off, those living near by, those already born, those waiting to be born,
May all attain inward peace.
Let no one deceive another. Let no one despise another in any situation.
Let no one, from antipathy or hatred, wish evil to anyone at all.
Just as a mother, with her own life, protects her only child from hurt, so within yourself foster a limitless concern for every living creature.
Display a heart of boundless love for all the world in all its height and depth and broad extent,
Love unrestrained, without hate or enmity,
Then as you stand or walk, sit or lie, until overcome by drowsiness, devote your mind entirely to this: It is known as living the life divine.
If There Is To Be Peace
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
Bless Us With Peace
O Source of peace, lead us to peace,
a peace profound and true; lead us
to a healing, to mastery of all that
drives us to war within ourselves
and with others.
May our deeds inscribe us in the
Book of life and blessing, righteous-
ness and peace!
O Source of peace, bless us with peace.
- Gates of Repentance
Hear me, four quarters of the world.
A relative I am!
Give me the strength to walk the soft earth. Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand.
Look upon these faces of children without number,
That they may face the winds and walk the good road to the day of quiet.
This is my prayer; hear me.
- Black Elk
Let Us Be At Peace
Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves.
Let us be aware of the source of being, common to us all and to all living things.
Evoking the presence of the Great Compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion—towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be the cause of suffering to each other.
With humility, with awareness of the existence of life, and of the sufferings that are going on around us, let us practice the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth. Amen.
- Thich Nhat Hahn