Before each meal that is served in Yogaville, we recite a meal prayer that is comprised of the last few verses of the Sri Annapurna Stotram, written by Sri Shankara. This meal prayer is followed by an English translation given to us by our Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda.
The Goddess Annapurne is the Goddess, in Hindu mythology, who feeds those who pursue truth and wisdom. Annapurna means the abundance or fullness of food and it was to this Goddess that Lord Shiva came begging alms. The last two verses of the stotram contains slokas that are chanted daily as a prayer before eating in Satchidananda Ashram and many other ashrams.
THE MEAL PRAYER: “ANNA POORNE”
OM Annapoorne Sadhaapoorne
Shankara Praana Vallabhe
Jnaana Vairaagya Siddhyartham
Bhikshaam Dhehee Cha Paarvati
Mathaa Cha Paarvathee Devee
Pithaa Devo Maheshwaraha
Baandhavaah Siva Bhaktaaha
Swadeso Bhuvana Trayam
Hari Om Tat Sat Brahmaarpanamastu
Lokaa Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu
OM Beloved Mother Nature,
You are here on our table as our food.
You are endlessly bountiful, benefactress of all.
Please grant us health and strength, wisdom and dispassion,
to find permanent Peace and Joy, and to share this Peace and Joy
with one and all.
Mother Nature is my mother,
My father is the Lord of All,
The whole creation is my family.
The entire universe is my home.
I offer this unto OM, that Truth which is universal.
May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light.
Jai Sree Sadguru Mahaaraaj Ki Jai!
May the Light of Truth overcome all darkness. Victory to that Light!
Listen to Sri Gurudev recite the meal chant in Sanskrit and hear Mataji do the translation into English. Click each of the arrows in the column headers to play the recordings.
Watch the full stotram on YouTube.
Listen to a netcast from pujanet of Stories of the Goddess Annapurne and chanting of slokas to the Goddess including the Yogic meal prayer.