Today's Beautiful Gem: A Sioux Indian Prayer

"Grandfather, Great Spirit,
you have been always, and before you nothing has been.
There is no one to pray to but you.
The star nations all over the heavens are yours,
and yours are the grasses of the earth.
You are older than all need, older than all pain and prayer.

"Grandfather, Great Spirit,
all over the world the faces of living ones are alike.
With tenderness they have come up out of the ground.
Look upon your children, with children in their arms,
that they may face the winds
and walk the good road to the day of quiet.

"Grandfather, Great Spirit,
fill us with the light.
Give us the strength to understand and the eyes to see.
Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live.
Help us, for without you we are nothing."

Om Santih! Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao