Universal Invocation

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The Universal Invocation, also known as Universal Prayer, was written in 1923 by Dr. Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society (Adyar). It reads:

O Hidden Life, vibrant in every atom;

O Hidden Light, shining in every creature;
O Hidden Love, embracing all in Oneness;
May all who feel themselves as one with Thee,

Know they are therefore one with every other.

The verse is recited every international convention of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, beginning in 1925,[1] and daily at many theosophical centers around the world.

Garden of Remembrance, Olcott campus. Photo by Glenn Kujansuu.

In the 1930 Lodge Procedure Book of the American Theosophical Society, the final two lines varied, and were followed by an additional line:

May each, who feels himself as one with Thee,
Know he is therefore one with every other.
Let us go forth to sound the note of harmony in the discords of the world.[2]

"O Hidden Life" is quoted on a plaque in the Garden of Remembrance on the Olcott campus of the Theosophical Society in America.

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  1. C. Jinarājadāsa, Foreword to Bhārata Samāj Pūja, (Adyar, Madras, India: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1948), 6-7.
  2. Sidney A. Cook, "From Lodge Procedure Book" The Theosophical Messenger 18.12 (December 1930), 280.