In Celebration of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016

A Prayer of Gratitude

On November 24 this year, people all across the United States are celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving. They are reuniting with family and friends, preparing and partaking of a hearty feast, and reflecting on what they are grateful for in life. As students on the Siddha Yoga path, we too can take this opportunity to remind ourselves of the myriad ways we experience God’s bounty in our lives—and to express our gratitude for this abundance.

It is traditional on Thanksgiving to articulate gratitude specifically for nature—for the abundance of the harvest, the life-giving rains, the sun’s warmth and light, the labor of animals. This prayer is one way that the people of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy practice giving thanks to nature.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy consists of six Native American tribes who live in the northeastern United States, near Shree Muktananda Ashram. These tribes are the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.

This Haudenosaunee prayer is an oral tradition that has been passed down through the generations, and it is recited before and after all Haudenosaunee gatherings. In reciting these words, the Haudenosaunee people celebrate their place in the natural world, and acknowledge all those parts of creation that sustain them each and every day.

By reading, listening to, and reflecting on this prayer, we too can be inspired to practice giving thanks for the abundant blessings of nature. In this way, we honor the countless natural forms through which the Divine manifests all around us.

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
Click below to listen to the prayer, which has been recorded in both the Mohawk language and English.

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Read by Carole Ross
Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address in Mohawk