Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year. The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought. Thanksgiving was originally a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose. At home, it is a holiday tradition in many families to begin the Thanksgiving dinner by saying grace (a prayer before or after a meal). Source Wikipedia
Hindu Prayer:
Brahmarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmagnau Brahmana Hutam
Brahmaiva Tena Ghantavyam
Brahmakarma Samadhinaha
(Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 verse 24)
The act of offering is God, the oblation is God
By God it is offered into the Fire of God
God is That which is to be attained by him
who sees God in all
Aham Vaishvanaro Bhutva

Praninaam Dehamaa Ashritaha

Prana Pana Samayuktah

Pachamyannam Chaturvidham
(Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 verse 14)
Becoming the life-fire in the bodies of living beings
mingling with the upward and downward breaths,
I digest the four kinds of food.

"If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get."
- Frank A. Clark

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