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Prayer Before Meditation

Teach me, O Spirit, by meditation, to stop the storm of breath, mental restlessness and sensory disturbances raging in the lake of my mind. Let the magic wand of my intuition stop the gale of passions and unnecessary desires, and in the rippleless lake of my mind let me behold the undistorted reflection of the moon of my soul, glistening with the light of Thy presence.

-Whispers from Eternity by Swami Yogananda, 1929/1949 Editions