ARATHI - PRAYER
"Aa-rathi" is a Sanskrit word meaning "The Close". "Aa-rathi" is the prayer song sung at the close of each Bhajan session. The "Aa-rathi" at the close of Sai Bhajans is really of profound significance. The camphor flame has itself has been endowed by Bhagavan with the value and validity of a grand prayer, the culmination of the hour-long yearning of all devoted hearts. Bhagavan says, "While it is being waved pray - O Lord! Make the allotted span of my life as pure, as fragrant and as transparent as camphor; let it consume itself in the fire, scattering light and the warmth of love to all around me and at the end of it all, let there be nothing left of me (as the camphor leaves no ashes or residue) to render me liable to another sojourn amidst pleasure and pain.". This is the prayer with which every session of homage to to Sai can appropriately close.
Victory to Lord of Universe, Lord Sathya Sai, Who destroys grief, evil and miseries of life and Who guards and protects devotees. Victory to Lord of Lords - Lord of Parthi.
O Graceful and Charming as a Full Moon ! O Auspicious One ! O Lord Sai! Thou art : the Indweller and life-force of all Beings; the wish- fulfilling Divine creeper to those who have surrendered to Thee; and kinsman, protector and friend in times of distress and calamities. Victory to Lord of Universe.
O Lord Sai! Thou art Mother, Father, Noble Teacher, Supreme Divinity and everything to us. O Lord Universe! Thou art Primeval Sound and art reclined on coiled serpent.
O Splendorous One ! O Lord of Lords - Lord Sai ! Thou Form is Pranava. We pray Thee to accept the auspicious waving of flame of light (signifying the removal of ignorance). Victory to Thee, O Lord of Universe, Resident of Mandhar mountain - Lord Giridhari.
[Sing the following three times, each time at a faster pace than the previous one]
Chant the name of Lord Sathya Sai Narayana, Whose Form is Pranava. Victory to Noble Teacher and Supreme Lord Sai, Sathya Sai.
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi
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