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How do I perform the Hindu morning prayer?

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According to the Hindu Universe, the Hindu morning prayer can begin with the following chant: "O! Mother Earth, who has the ocean as clothes and mountains and forests on her body, who is the wife of Lord Vishnu, I bow to you. Please forgive me for touching you with my feet." It is important to position the hands in a respectful way and maintain a humble demeanor.

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How do I perform the Hindu morning prayer?
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This chant is called "O! Mother Earth," and it is one of multiple prayers that can be used in Hindu morning prayers. A person must be mindful of the hands while praying because all parts of the hand represent the gods. The front part of the hands symbolize the Goddess Laksmi, the middle portion represents the Goddess Saraswati, and the part of the hand that is near the wrist is related to Gondiva (God). According to Astral Spiritual Online, it is necessary to look at both hands while chanting the mantra and rub both hands together. Slowly move both hands over the face, hair and down to the shoulders. This creates a positive aura that wipes away any negative energy.

Vishuji notes that another chant, called "Karadarshana," can be recited. It is longer than the "O! Mother Earth" chant, and it delves extensively into the role of the hands.

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