Three months ago, we had our old students meet at our school.
You can read my write up about it by punching into Google OLD ALUMNI MEET- VADAKAYIL
We stood in the morning assembly like small kids , like how we did four decades ago.
The morning prayer of our childhood school days , spewed out flawless from our sub-conscious , like the perennial river--
ASA TOH MAA SAD GAMA YAH
When the rest of the world ate raw meat , lived in dark caves , wore animal skins , did grunt grunt for language , and could not think beyond eating, going for a crap and sleeping-- Indians were talking about consciousness and quantum physics..
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
1: Lead us from Unreal to the Real,
2: Lead us from the Darkness to the Light,
3: Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Wisdom of Immortality.
4: OM- Peace, Peace, Peace.
DAYA KAR DAAN VIDYA KA
Daya kar daan vidya ( shraddha for scouts ) ka hame parmatma dena
Daya kar maa hamari atma mein shuddhata dena
Hamare dhyaan mein aao, Prabhu! aakhon mein bas jaao
Andhere dil mein aa karke, param jyoti jaga dena
Baha do prem ki ganga, dilon mein prem ka sagar
Hame aapas mein mil-jul kar, prabhu rehna sikha dena
Hamara dharm ho seva, hamara karm ho seva
Sada eeman ho seva, va sevak jan bana dena
Vatan ke vaaste jeena, vatan ke vaaste marna
Vatan par jaan phida karna, prabhu humko sikha dena
Om shantih!!! shantih!!! shantih!!
Oh God, give us knowledge
Grant us abundant spirit
Give us purity of soul
Enter our consciousness
Dwell in our vision
Deliver our hearts from darkness to light
Make knowledge flow towards us like the Ganges
Make love flow out from our hearts like a river
Show us how to live in harmony
Teach us the joy of noble deeds
Show us how to be honest
Give us the strength to be hardworking
Show us how to love our country and die for her
Show us how to sacrifice
Lead us to wisdom
Show us the way to purify of our souls
Today when I look back -- I will say this --
What a lofty school prayer --- the essence of India, indeed !!
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL