A Vedic Prayer Before Eating

Offering Brahmarpanam, a beautiful prayer shared before eating, to bless our food, in remembrance of our place in the circle of all that is, both seen and unseen.

Om

Brahmārpañam Brahma Havir Brahmāgnau Brahmañāhutaṃ
Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam Brahmakarmā Samādhinah

Aham Vaishvānaro Bhutvā Prāñinām Ḍehamāshritaha
Prāñāpāna Samāyuktah Pachāmyannam Chaturvidham

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Translation:

The act of offering is Brahman. The offering itself is Brahman. The offering is done by Brahman in the sacred fire which is Brahman. He alone attains Brahman who, in all actions, is fully absorbed in Brahman.

The Supreme Spirit abides in the body of living beings as the fire (vaiswanara) in their stomachs, associated with their prana and apana, and digests the foods they eat.

What a beautiful blessing, sharing our appreciation for the many gifts this life brings.

[When we offer food to Isvara in this way, with the karma yoga attitude, it is said that we wash away our little papas (sins), gathered through daily living in the process of survival… the food itself becomes prasada, a gift.] Paraphrased from Swami Dayananda, Bhagavad Gita commentary. Book 3, page 86.

Click here for a nice audio offering of the Brahnarpanam prayer: https://youtu.be/yrVe40ERCbI

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