Into the bosom of the one great sea
Flow streams that come from hills on every side
Their names are various as their springs,
And thus in every land do men bow down
To one great God, though known by many names.
- A South Indian folksong. (The Folks Songs of Southern India By Gover 1871 p. 165)
"Let my every word be a prayer to Thee,
Every movement of my hands a ritual gesture to Thee,
Every step I take a circumambulation of Thy image,
Every morsel I eat a rite of sacrifice to Thee,
Every time I lay down a prostration at Thy feet;
Every act of personal pleasure and all else that I do,
Let it all be a form of worshiping Thee."
- Verse 27 of Shri Aadi Shankara's Saundaryalahari
O Mother Ganga, may your water,
abundant blessing of this world,
treasure of Lord Shiva, playful Lord of all the earth,
essence of the scripture and
embodied goodness of the gods,
May your water, sublime wine of immortality,
Soothe our troubled souls.