The Great Invocation is a world prayer translated into over seventy-five languages and dialects. It is sponsored by no group or sect but expresses basic truths common to all religions. These central truths are:|
*Many religions believe in a World Teacher, knowing him under various names; the Lord Maitreya, Krishna, the Imam Mahdi, the Messiah,... Or, for those without a religious belief, the word "Love" in it's true, unconditional sense, can be substituted.
This prayer is used daily by millions of people around the world, and directly speaks to what the world needs today. We need light to illuminate the darkness in the minds of those who have forgotten who they are and who have fallen off the path and lost their way. We need love to heal the hearts of those who have been consumed with the diseases of hate, intolerance and the false belief of separateness. We need the power of unified focus to manifest the divine Plan on earth.
There are some terms in the Great Invocation which, if not understood with their true meaning and intention, may be bothersome to some people.
The word "man" comes from Sanskrit and means "one who thinks". In its modern usage it is often used to exclusively refer to the male gender though that is not the meaning intended or used in the original form of the Great Invocation. Still, if you feel uneasy with this word, see the adapted version below.
Let light stream forth into human minds.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into human hearts.
May the Coming One return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide all little human wills
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the center which we call the human race
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light, and Love, and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
(again, I believe the word "Love" can be substituted for "the Coming One" if that speaks to your heart as more appropriate.)
Let me say here that there is certainly disagreement as to whether alternate words for the GI are acceptable. There are many who believe that the words themselves, when studied numerologically, hold great significance and should never be changed. Please follow these links for a fuller explanation:
However, there are also those who feel that the above adaptations are acceptable and necessary to avoid any hint of exclusivity. This link will take you to the Lucis Trust's commentary on the use of the adapted wording:
As for me, many years ago, someone handed me a flyer containing the Great Invocation and I used it for a time in my daily meditation/prayer. Then, for reasons I have long forgotten, I travelled other paths, and the GI drifted out of my life. Perhaps I wasn't ready for it. Perhaps the world wasn't ready. Who knows. For whatever reason it has been guided back into my life again, and something in my heart of hearts tells me it is a way to affect real change in a growingly turbulent world, so I am again using it daily in its original form. My own feeling is that, though I use the GI in it's original form, words themselves have little power without intent. Merely repeating words, no matter how powerful or significant the original author meant them to be, has little value at all. The power to transform comes from the intent and feeling behind the words. (See my webpage, The Most Powerful Prayer)
I am no expert on the GI, or anything else for that matter, but I do know that the only place to find Truth is listening to that "still small voice within". I can be reminded of it in someone elses words, but I will never find it there. And neither will you.
I've included what I believe to be very useful links in learning more about the Great Invocation. I encourage you to visit them and after considering their wisdom, look within your own heart for guidance. I believe God(however you define this term) speaks to each of us in the way we best hear and understand. There is no one way. To say my way or yours is the only way would be limiting the infinite. We are all essential parts of the whole of All That Is. When we are listening to the voice within, and what we are hearing speaks of unconditional love, we are being guided by Divine Intelligence. When we are listening to a voice speaking of separation or judgement or "us and them" we are listening to our own limited egos, and need to go deeper into the silence and the light within.
If this invocation speaks to your heart, I hope you will join us that use it daily. If not, then I rejoice in whatever path your "small voice" guides you to. All paths lead ultimately to the same place. The differences shouldn't be a source of contention or means of separation, but a celebration of the infinite variety and beauty we each have to contribute to the Universe.
May your journey be filled with blessings. "May Love and Light and Power restore the plan on earth."
To learn more about the invocation, it's background and deeper meaning, please visit these sites:
Also, for an amazing look at the power of thought and prayer, please see the results of the experiments conducted on water crystals by Masaru Emoto. You can visit the website here.
Special thanks to Starling David Hunter for guiding the Great Invocation back into my life, and for his dedication to the upliftment of all humanity. Please visit his website here.