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Swami_Vivekananda_JaipurThe world is a forest of sorrows, and we wander through it, lost to desire and clinging to hopeless things. Who will blaze our path for us? Who will lead us out?

We will follow the gerua robes, the tonsured heads, the chanting of your holy names. Their feet crush the thorns before us, the light of their hearts exorcises the shadows.

Lord, I am indebted to you for all of those women and men who renounce the worldly life for the sake of showing the rest of us the way to your holy feet.

May they be steadfast and strong in mind. May their resolve never fail. May they have purest devotion to the Great Ideal. May their blessedness grace the world forever.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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Chaitanya-Mahabrabhu-at-JagannathLet me take advantage of this moment in which I want nothing. Let me use it to tell you that I love you.

I wish I could say that I love you unconditionally, without motive, and that you are the foremost thought in my mind always.

And that is how I want to love you, of course. But it’s difficult. I see so little of you, it seems. Hear so little from you, it seems.

So I must thank you profusely for those saints with which you have peopled my life. Through them, I catch a glimpse of you.

I love you intensely, if not perfectly. I love you completely, if not with great purity. I love you. I love you.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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st francisAll you saints throughout the ages,

All buddhas and bodhisattvas,

All avatars and holy sages,

You who have seen the face of God,

You who have attained the highest truth,

You who have graced the world with your divine presence among us,

Stay through the countless ages

And pray for us all,

Work tirelessly for our liberation from ignorance,

Save us from endless lives of suffering,

Hear us from the depths of despair

And answer us from the throne of bliss.

Our hearts belong to you always.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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