Thakur’s Prayer

Ma, I’ve taken shelter of You!

I’ve taken shelter of You!

I’ve taken shelter at Your holy lotus feet.

I don’t want the pleasures of the body, Ma!

I don’t want people’s respect!

I don’t want the eight mystical powers.

Just do this: may I have pure devotion for Your holy lotus feet — desireless, stainless, selfless devotion.

And Ma, may I not be captivated by Your world-bewitching maya.

And in Your world of illusion

may I never have love for the objects of lust and greed.

Ma! Except for You, I have no one else.

I’m without any worship,

without any spiritual practice,

without any knowledge,

without any devotion.

Be gracious and give me devotion

for Your holy lotus feet.¹

-Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

  1. Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita, translation by Swami Ambikananda Saraswati. From the book ‘Return to the Source’ by Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati.
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