While reading through the Upanishads recently, we came across this beautiful prayer to the sun from the Svetasvatara Upanishad (a Hindu sacred text from the Yajurveda, believed to have been written sometime in the 6th – 4th century BC). It is incredible to discover so many references to the path of the spiritual sun and homage to the solar traditions all across the world.
We imagine this prayer can be uttered or reflected upon as a personal communion with the divine, or perhaps even incorporated into one of the sacred ceremonies celebrating the spirituality of the sun.
1 May the sun, at the commencement of yoga, join our minds and other organs to the Supreme Self so that we may attain the Knowledge of Reality. May He, also, support the body, the highest material entity, through the powers of the deities who control the senses.
2 Having received the blessings of the divine Sun and with minds joined to the Supreme Self, we exert ourselves, to the best of our power, toward meditation, by which we shall attain Heaven (Brahman).
3 May the Sun bestow favour upon the senses and the mind by joining them with the Self, so that the senses may be directed toward the Blissful Brahman and may reveal, by means of Knowledge, the mighty and radiant Brahman.
4 It is the duty of those brahmins who fix their minds and senses on the Supreme Self to utter such lofty invocations to the divine Sun, omnipresent, mighty and omniscient. For He, all-witnessing and non-dual, is the dispenser of sacrifices.
5 O senses and O deities who favour them! Through salutations I unite myself with the eternal Brahman, who is your source. Let this prayer sung by me, who follow the right path of the Sun, go forth in all directions. May the sons of the Immortal, who occupy celestial positions, hear it!
6 If sacrifices are performed without first propitiating the Sun, then the mind becomes attached to sacrifices in which fire is kindled by the rubbing of the pieces of fire-wood, the oblations are offered to the deity Vayu and the soma juice is drunk excessively.
7 Serve the eternal Brahman with the blessings of the Sun, the cause of the universe. Be absorbed, through samadhi, in the eternal Brahman. Thus your work will not bind you.
~ Svetasvatara Upanishad, translated by Swami Nikhilananda
Please note: While we recommend this practice, the text that it comes from requires further research and therefore is not currently on the recommended reading list of The Spiritual Sun.