Seven Names of God Prayer

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The Seven Names of God Prayer is a prayer given by Meher Baba to his students and close disciples to memorize and recite, often as a chant or song, at certain times during his life.

Hari, Paramatma,
Allah, Ahuramazda,
God, Yezdan, Hu

Meher Baba composed the prayer on June 16, 1927, for the students in his free school known as the Meher Ashram to memorize and recite daily. The boy's schedule included rising at 5:00 a.m. and after washing they were to chant The Seven Names of God prayer. The prayer was also sung before each meal in the dining hall.[1] Baba later had his adult disciples memorize the prayer.

Baba composed another version during his final seclusion in 1967 that he had a disciple named Kaikobad repeat aloud in his presence.[2]

Ya Yezdan, Ahuramazda,
Allah, Ishwar, Paramatma,
God Almighty, Parvardigar!

Notes[edit]

The names of God in these prayers by Meher Baba are explained as follows.

Seven Names of God in Judaism[edit]

The tradition of seven names of God is not new to Meher Baba. In medieval Judaism, God was sometimes called The Seven.[7] Among the ancient Hebrews, the seven names for the Deity over which the scribes had to exercise particular care were:[8]

See Names of God in Judaism.

Seven Names of God in Christianity[edit]

Some Christians recognize seven names of God, often citing Psalm 23.[9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 948, 960
  2. ^ Ibid. p. 6524
  3. ^ Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11; Ex. 6:31; Ps. 91:1, 2
  4. ^ 101 Names of the Lord "Ahura Mazda"
  5. ^ Fleming, Marrianne; Worden, David (2004). Religious Studies for AQA; Thinking About God and Morality. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers. ISBN 0-435-30713-4. 
  6. ^ Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 6124
  7. ^ The Reader's Encyclopedia, Second Edition 1965, publisher Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York, editions 1948, 1955. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 65-12510, page 918
  8. ^ The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins (Robert Hendrickson, 1987) ISBN 978-0-8160-4088-9
  9. ^ The Name of God Hidden in Plsams 23
  10. ^ Seven Names of God in Psalm 23
  11. ^ The Seven Redemptive Names of God

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