Asato Ma | From Darkness to Light

20. January 2011

Lead me from untruth to truth, Lord
Lead me from darkness to light, Lord
Lead me from the final death to fullness in immortality
Without you I am incomplete
Grant me the gift of seeing you
Lead me from untruth to truth, Lord

Asato Ma is an ancient prayer from India. We used the Gujarati words to compose this song and made a refrain from the names of Jesus as spoken in different culture; Isu, his name in Gujarat, India. Isa Alaiya Salam (Jesus may peace be upon Him) from Arabic, Yeshua in Hebrew, Yeshu in Hindi, and as the western world knows him, Jesus. This is a song for peace.

We think of the history of the world and all the suffering that has come about because of religious differences and we use these different names as a statement and invitation for all peoples to say this prayer with India and with us.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
–Isa Alaiya Saalam

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.