O Parvardigar

17 Apr

O Parvardigar is the common name of a prayer composed by Meher Baba. It is also a song and album by Pete Townshend. Parvardigar (also Parwardigar): The Preserver or Sustainer – Sufism name of God.

The Parvardigar Prayer is the common name of a prayer composed by Meher Baba. It was originally called the Master’s Prayer or the Universal Prayer. Meher Baba composed the prayer in Dehradun, India, in August 1953 and made it public on September 13, 1953. Near the end of January 1968, Meher Baba dictated a circular to his followers to recite the Parvardigar Prayer and the Prayer of Repentance each day until March 25, 1968. On February 21 of that year, he issued a second circular requesting that the prayers be continued until May 21, 1968. The order ended on that date.

While there is some uncertainty about the prayer’s original form, Meher Baba’s main biography Meher Prabhu, Lord Meher gives the prayer as follows.

O Parvardigar! The Preserver and Protector of All,
You are without beginning and without end.
Non-dual, beyond comparison,
and none can measure You.
You are without color, without expression,
without form and without attributes.
You are unlimited and unfathomable;
beyond imagination and conception;
eternal and imperishable.
You are indivisible;
and none can see you but with eyes divine.
You always were, You always are,
and You always will be.
You are everywhere, You are in everything, and
You are also beyond everywhere and beyond everything.
You are in the firmament and in the depths,
You are manifest and unmanifest;
on all planes and beyond all planes.
You are in the three worlds,
and also beyond the three worlds.
You are imperceptible and independent.
You are the Creator, the Lord of Lords,
the Knower of all minds and hearts.
You are Omnipotent and Omnipresent.
You are Knowledge Infinite, Power Infinite and Bliss Infinite.
You are the Ocean of Knowledge,
All-knowing, Infinitely-knowing;
the Knower of the past, the present and the future;
and You are Knowledge itself.
You are all-merciful and eternally benevolent.
You are the Soul of souls, the One with infinite attributes.
You are the Trinity of Truth, Knowledge and Bliss;
You are the Source of Truth, the Ocean of Love.
You are the Ancient One, the Highest of the High.
You are Prabhu and Parameshwar;
You are the Beyond God and the Beyond-Beyond God also;
You are Parabrahma; Paramatma; Allah; Elahi; Yezdan;
Ahuramazda, God Almighty, and God the Beloved.
You are named Ezad, the Only One Worthy of Worship.

We are all children of the same universe.

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