Once known as Decoration Day, because tombstones were decorated with flags and flowers, Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and gratitude for those who have died serving our country in the armed forces, beginning with the Civil War and today in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe. Many of these women and men did not choose to fight, and came to military service with grave reservations, but they nevertheless obeyed our leaders’ decisions and fought on our behalf. Memorial Day is not a glorification of violence – and it is not a denial of the spiritual quest for global peace – but a time to remember and give thanks.
Regardless of our feelings about a particular war or military service in general, Memorial Day invites us to remember the sacrifices of others and the intricate interdependence of life. Memorial Day also observed as the celebratory unofficial kick-off to summer and the first of many summer BBQs be sure to take time during the weekend to honor the lives of friends, family, loved-ones and strangers around the country who have lost their lives with the below mantra.
Sat Siri Akal
In a comfortable seated pose begin your meditation with a few deep inhales and exhales. Once you mind becomes still begin to invite “Sat Siri Akal” into your breath. This mantra is quite beautiful and powerful as it speaks to the undying, eternal nature of our souls while honoring the physical loss of our loved ones. When we are grounded in the knowledge that the soul lives on we can feel peace for ourselves and our departed loved ones.
Sat siree siree akaal, siree akaal mahaa akaal,
Mahaa akaal, sat naam, akaal moorat, wahay guroo
The True Great, Great Deathless, Great Deathless beyond Death, Beyond Death, Truth is His name, Deathless form of God, Experience of the Divine
Mantra Source: Spirit Voyage