Dear Pilgrim in Yoga,
I have composed a prayer that I would like for you to memorize and use as part of your daily meditations.

“Mother Gayatri,
Oh Gurudeva,
Grant me pure buddhi.
May my mind become immaculate, quiet, peaceful, clear and pleasant.
May all my emotions be purified.
Grant me the spiritual strength to ask for forgiveness with a sentiment of amity.
OM. That (alone is) Real.
May (all this endeavour) be (accepted as my) surrender,
and offering to Brahman.”

Gāyatri mātah

He Guro, śhrī-guro
sad-buddhim me pra-yaccha
chittam me nirmalam, śhāntam bhūyāt
sarve me bhāvāh śhudhyantām.
maitrī-bhāvanayā  kşhamām  yāchitum ātma-balam me dehi
OM tat sat Brahmārpanam astu

Continue to remember this prayer throughout the day. Better would be to get a book and write this prayer a few times in the day so that you will know the purpose of the Gayatri japa. And reflect on the purpose while reciting the mantra, “grant me the spiritual strength to ask for forgiveness.” Not spiritual strength to forgive – the spiritual strength to ask for forgiveness. Everyone thinks of themselves as innocent. You do not intentionally do harm to others, but you find yourself helpless by the samskaras, by the imprints, by the angers, by the self deficiencies, and insecurities that cloud your buddhi, your faculty of discrimination.

So my prayer for you is for the strength to unscrupulously dig out and face your own transgressions and along with your Gayatri practice as for strength, spiritual strength to ask for forgiveness. As I have said, “This is the true festival of spiritual peace.”

Yours in service of Gurudeva,
Swami Veda Bharati