On thing which I have been doing after coming here is doing my prayers daily, I know, I have not been the devotional guy, but I haven’t been an atheist either, I have never not believed in GOD, nor have I have been the pious brahmin, what I am supposed to be. I am just me.
Even in bangalore I have been doing my prayers daily for many years now, just that I never go to the pooja room and do it in front of the idol, I always do them as soon as I wake up, and begin my walk towards the washroom. I blurt out my prayers and rush in.
While I was packing for my stay in the states, my granny forced a photo of lord venkateshwara into my baggage, and it was just a poster, and I said why not. Last time around, I had brought a photo frame which had broken even before I came to the states, so this time I made sure I will just carry a poster, so that it stays in my baggage and goes back along with me. However, jobless me one day found a fedex board, and got myself to tape the poster to the box. [Tom hamks from Cast Away would be proud of me]. Anyways and then the board found its way to the door of my closer, right in front of my bed. So first thing I see when I wake up is the poster.
Since I am alone, and am not shy to do my prayers loudly now, I get to sing the shlokas loudly. Since the place is right near my closet, I get to do my prayers after my bath, just before I dress up. I have always wanted to get back to this, I mean praying as soon as I finish my shower, it was how it used to be when I was a kid. And now I am back to this one.
Anyways coming back to the subject, my shlokas have never grown up, I have been using the same since I was a kid, It has always been the
karagre vasathe lakshmi, as soon as I wake up
Saraswathi namsthubhyam and Namsathe sharade devi and of course Guru Brahma gurur vishnu, for seeking blessings for education and skills [Even though I am not even close to academics in a long long time now]
And general shlokas like
Pujaya Raghavendraya, Shuklam Bharadaram, Ramaya rama bhadraya, ghajananam bhuta gaNadi sevitam.
I think I have been reciting the same ones since I am a kid, they have never changed, not even one addition or deletion, as if they are the default shloka kit in my head. I have a strange desire to increase my daily shloka set, I mean there are many I know, but am not able to put together a daily set.
I need some help people, I need some suggestions, which ones do you use?, any favorites? I know there are many mothers out there who read my blog, I am sure some of you would be teaching shlokas to your kids, so get me some references people.