John — November 3, 2005, 5:44 pm

Oh, Great Spirit – Lakota Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be superior to my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes,
so when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit will come to you
without shame.

–Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota Tribe

After finding the above prayer, I looked for web sites with more prayers and found World Prayers whose mission is “Gathering the great prayers from all spiritual traditions around the world into a unified nonprofit archive; for the purpose of inspiration, study and cross cultural appreciation.”

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  1. Comment by Sungmanitu Tanka Hota @ January 10, 2007, 12:35 pm

    hoshi gelaioh, tagashila!

  2. Comment by Bob Powell @ February 24, 2008, 4:28 pm

    I would very much like it if you could send me a Photo of Chief Yellow Lark. I am doing a school project about the indians and their poetry. The sooner you could send it, the better.

    Thank you

  3. Comment by Buddy @ February 24, 2008, 4:53 pm

    Your best bet would be to try Yahoo or Google images to find such pictures. (Of course you should always ask permission before taking anyone photos.)

    http://images.google.com/images?q=Chief+Yellow+lark&ie=UTF-8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi

  4. Comment by bruce kevinson @ February 27, 2009, 10:09 am

    So white

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