Sunday, March 16, 2008

Native American Commandments

I Yam What I Yam.

1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell theron with respect.

2. Remain close to the Great Spirit.

3. Show respect for your fellow beings.

4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.

5. Give Assistance and Kindness wherever needed.

6. Do what you know to be right.

7. Look after the wellbeing of mind and body.

8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.

9. Be Truthful and Honest at all times.

10. Take full Responsibility for your actions.

An Indian Prayer

by H. Kent Craig

My Grandfather is the fire. My Grandmother is the wind.

The Earth is my mother. The Great Spirit is my father

The World stopped at my birth and laid itself at my feet.

And I shall swallow the Earth whole when I die,

and the Earth and I will be one

Hail the Great Spirit, my father, without him no one could exist,

because there would be no will to live.

Hail the Earth, my mother, without which no food could be grown,

and so cause the will to live, to starve.

Hail the Wind, my grandmother, for she brings loving, life giving rain,

nourishing us as she nourishes our crops.

Hail the Fire, my grandfather, for the light, the warmth, the comfort he brings,

without which we be animals, not men.

Hail my parents and grandparents, without which,

not I, nor you, nor anyone else, could have existed.

Life gives life, which gives unto itself, a promise of new life.

Hail the Great Spirit, the Earth, the Wind, the Fire,

Praise my parents loudly, for they are your parents too.

Oh, Great Spirit, giver of my life, please accept this humble offering

of prayer, this offering of praise, this honest reverence of my love for you.


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