Spirituality 12 - O God! Let Me Be A Charitable Spirit

Let me be hale, hearty and healthy,
Let me enjoy working to earn my bread,
Let me work with honesty and sincerity,
Let me be able to share whatever I possess!
O God! Let me be a loving, charitable spirit!

Only a healthy person can physically serve others,
Only a noble mind can share sorrows with others,
Only a generous heart can bestow valuables on others,
Only a noble heart can pour out sympathy on others,
O God! Make me a compassionate, charitable spirit!

Let me remove the impurities that still cling on to my body,
Let me remove the mental blocks that still persist,
Let me remove the clutter in my house to make space,
Let me remove all that is undesirable and unwanted
O God! Let me be a free, boundless, charitable spirit!

May I be able to use my hands for every good purpose!
May I be able to use my legs to tread a worthy path!
May I be able to talk with the sweet sound of wisdom!
May I be able to smile like the pretty flowers of my garden!
O God! May I become like the trees with a charitable spirit!

Let me be filled with love and love only!
Let me share my wealth with the poor around me!
Let me share my knowledge with all my students!
Let me learn and learn to give more and more!
O God! May I be able to recognise the good spirit in me!

by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Comments (6)

hi, geeta! like a bee i'm visiting the flowers of your poems again. two things strike me about this one. first, as is characteristic of you, the thoroughness of your inventory of what it takes to be charitable. second, that this is a prayer one could pray daily. it reminds me of a prayer called st. partick's breastplate which has been used as lyrics for at least one hymn i'm aware of. below is a long and literal version from the celtic in case you're not already familiar with it. hoping this finds you entirely well, glen I bind to myself today The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity: I believe the Trinity in the Unity The Creator of the Universe. I bind to myself today The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism, The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial, The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension, The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day. I bind to myself today The virtue of the love of seraphim, In the obedience of angels, In the hope of resurrection unto reward, In prayers of Patriarchs, In predictions of Prophets, In preaching of Apostles, In faith of Confessors, In purity of holy Virgins, In deeds of righteous men. I bind to myself today The power of Heaven, The light of the sun, The brightness of the moon, The splendour of fire, The flashing of lightning, The swiftness of wind, The depth of sea, The stability of earth, The compactness of rocks. I bind to myself today God's Power to guide me, God's Might to uphold me, God's Wisdom to teach me, God's Eye to watch over me, God's Ear to hear me, God's Word to give me speech, God's Hand to guide me, God's Way to lie before me, God's Shield to shelter me, God's Host to secure me, Against the snares of demons, Against the seductions of vices, Against the lusts of nature, Against everyone who meditates injury to me, Whether far or near, Whether few or with many. I invoke today all these virtues Against every hostile merciless power Which may assail my body and my soul, Against the incantations of false prophets, Against the black laws of heathenism, Against the false laws of heresy, Against the deceits of idolatry, Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids, Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man. Christ, protect me today Against every poison, against burning, Against drowning, against death-wound, That I may receive abundant reward. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left, Christ in the fort, Christ in the chariot seat, Christ in the poop [deck], Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. I bind to myself today The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity, I believe the Trinity in the Unity The Creator of the Universe.
What a wonderful world we would live in if everyone would live according to the tenets expressed so well in the verses of this poem. I am in total agreement with every verse nut if I just HAD to pick a favorite - -today my favorite verse would be- - - - - - - -] May I be able to use my hands for every good purpose! May I be able to use my legs to tread a worthy path! May I be able to talk with the sweet sound of wisdom! May I be able to smile like the pretty flowers of my garden! O God! May I become like the trees with a charitable spirit! - - - - - - - so utterly lovely! ! ! but on the other hand, tomorrow my favorite would be, let's see, how about this gorgeous gem- - - -] Let me be hale, hearty and healthy, Let me enjoy working to earn my bread, Let me work with honesty and sincerity, Let me be able to share whatever I possess! O God! Let me be a loving, charitable spirit! - - - - - - -A great and valuable piece of writing, Geeta. 10++++++++++++++++++++++
For sure you are what you prayed for, this is obvious and reflected in your poems. We bare ourselves when we write, irrespective of style, we will reveal much of our character; though sometimes unintentionally. Thanks Geeta for this great poem.
Wow! A very beautiful poem/prayer in which the erudite poetess pleads with God to bestow upon her many gifts so that she may be able to help others whom she meets on the path of life and see each one of them through loving eyes. Beautiful work, dear friend Geeta! An excellently crafted poetic gem. Gratitude for sharing. Blessings always...
A nice poetic imagination and great gratefulness to God, Geeta. Thank you very much.
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