September 5, 2009

Prayer

Posted in Religion tagged , , at 2:34 am by randallbutisingh

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.

– Martin Luther.


A comment:

There need not be any words.  Silence speaks louder than words.  God listens only to the heart and not to the lips.  To Him Silence and the struggle for utterance is more fully apprehended.   Prayer is a communion of spirits and  if words are used, they must be brief and come from the heart.  Here is an example of a brief prayer, which besides the Lord’s Prayer can be used:

Teach me dear Lord to serve Thee as Thou deservest;

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds;

To toil and no to ask for rest,

To labour and not to seek for any reward

Save that of knowing that I do Thy will.

You, the petitioner, in your need of His help can call on Him with a humble and pure heart and utter your little prayer.  It can be Lord, you know my need; whatever is Thy will, let it be done.

In Hinduism , one of our great religions, there are some  short prayers, e.g. The Gayatri Mantra which Tagore said has awakened India. It is so short that it can be said in one breath.  It is usually chanted over and over again. Here goes it:

Om Bhoor Bhuvaha Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat. 

Its meaning:  O god, Thou art the giver of life, the Remover of pains and sorrows, the Bestower of happiness.  O Creator of the Universe, May we receive Thy supreme , Sin-destroying light, may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

This is another:  You are Mother, You are Father, You are relatives, You are friends, You are Knowledge, You are wealth; You are everything, O my God of all gods.

And another:  From unreality, lead us to reality;  From darkness, lead us to light; From death, lead us to immortality.

In the religion of Islam, there is this short  Opening Prayer.

In the name of Allah (God), the merciful the compassionate; All praise to God the creator of the universe, the merciful, the compassionate, Master of the day of Judgment; To Thee alone we bow, to Thee alone we seek for help; Show us the straight path; The path for whom Thou hast favoured and not for those who earn Thy anger and have gone astray.

– Randall Butisingh.

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