Live your Unitarian Universalist values out loud. Make your year-end gift today!

Search Our Site

Page Navigation

Section Banner

Meditation by Walter Jayawardene

Be silent, make your mind calm and
maintain it unruffled
You are the handiwork of mother earth.

Consider your contribution for the
betterment of humanity.

As you came out of your mother's womb
you commenced to inhale the air
from the atmosphere
you learned to produce sounds.
You learned from the gentle breeze, the rain, and those
sounds uttered by birds and animals;
from the words spoken by your parents.

You learned to speak.

You were nourished on your mother's milk
Which had its origin
In the fertility sucked from the
produce of the earth.
And so,
The love we confer upon earth
Springs from our deep affection to our mother.
Human life is
the product of divine creation;
Divinity is the blend of truth and justice.

—Walter Jayawardene, Sri Lanka

From One and Universal: Prayers and Meditations from Around the World, edited by John Midgley, president of the British General Assembly.

For more information contact web @

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Monday, September 27, 2010.

Sidebar Content, Page Navigation


Updated and Popular

Recently Updated

For Newcomers

Learn more about the Beliefs & Principles of Unitarian Universalism, or read our online magazine, UU World, for features on today's Unitarian Universalists. Visit an online UU church, or find a congregation near you.

Page Navigation