The Bhagavad Gita classifies devotees into four types: (I) artharthi, (II) aarta, (III) jigyasu, and (IV) jnani (7: 16). These basically include (I) a person who wishes to gain material blessings, (II) a person who requests divine help during difficult times, (III) a person who wishes to gain knowledge about God, and (IV) a person who is God-realized, respectively. From this classification, we can infer that human beings pray to God with four different objectives. Moreover, a devotee who belongs to Category I today may become a Category III devotee tomorrow. Alternatively, someone may be a member of both Category I and Category II at the same time.
God has applauded devotees from Category IV in the Bhagavad Gita; their devotion generally involves nishkama (without desire; selfless) prayers. At the same time, God does understand, as the abovementioned classification itself suggests, that human beings in need may opt for sakama (with desire) prayers. There is nothing wrong in asking God for money or rescue from sorrow when needed, but we must try to add elements of selflessness in our prayers whenever possible by not requesting material blessings. As spiritual seekers, our long-term objectives should include nishkama bhakti (devotion), liberation from the universe, and proximity to God.
Given below are some prayers for Lord Rama (God).
- The name of Rama itself is admired as one of the biggest mantras in mainstream Hinduism. If you are looking for a longer mantra, one famous mantra is given below:
Sri Rama Jai Rama Jai Jai Rama
You can also check out some mantras on this page of the Divine Life Society.
- The verses (chaupai) given below are two of the most famous verses from the Ramacharitamanasa, written by Goswami Tulasidasa. These two verses, together, can be used as a prayer.
मंगल भवन अमंगल
हारी | द्रवउ सो दसरथ
अजिर बिहारी ||
mangal bhavan amangal haari | dravau sau dashratha ajir bihari ||
(Bal Kand 111-2B)
Applied Meaning: May
Lord Rama (God), the abode of auspiciousness and the destroyer of
inauspiciousness, who plays as a child in the courtyard of King Dashratha,
bestow his grace on me.
दीन दयाल बिरिदु
संभारी | हरहु नाथ
मम संकट भारी
deen dayal biridu sambhari | harahu nath mama sankat bhari ||
(Sundar Kand 26-2B)
O Lord Rama (God), please recall your glory of bestowing compassion on the
needy and please remove my burdensome crisis.
- Sri Ramachandra Kripalu Bhaja Mana is a famous devotional poem from the Vinay Patrika by Goswami Tulasidasa. This can be used as a prayer.
- You can recite the popular Sanskrit verses given below as a prayer.
Ramaya Ramabhadraya Ramachandraya Vedhase
Raghunathaye Nathaye Sitayah Pataye Namah
- There is a prayer called Sri Rama Bhujangam, written by Adi Shankaracharya, on this page.
- You can read a prayer called Ramashtakam, written by Maharishi Ved Vyas, on this page.