PRAYING AND MEDITATION
Praying is talking to God; meditation is listening to God. Talk to God and then shut up and listen to him talk to you. You should not be the only one talking to God.
OUR LORD’S PRAYER
Jesus taught his disciples only one prayer. One should repeat it daily.
“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.”
In addition, one has one’s own prayer. Here is mine. I say it every time I leave my home.
GOD HELP ME SEE ALL YOUR SONS AS ONE WITH ME AND LOVE ALL OF THEM TO LOVE ME
“Father help me see every person I meet today as one with me, as my brother; we are all one in you and are deceived when we see each other as different from each other, and as separate from each other; we are the same and coequal. God help me to treat all people as I treat me, for they are me and as I treat them, I treat me; I am deceived if I see people as different from me and believe that I can treat them lovelessly and treat me lovingly. God help me to see all your sons as one with me and love all of them and forgive their bad behaviors and help correct egregious ones. Amen.”
In meditation one does what Hindus do: try to stop all ego cogitations, chattering; one stops thinking and try to attain inner silence. Thoughts will always come into one’s mind, but one simply tells them, Neti, Neti, you are not true; nothing that I can think with my ego, separated mind is true; truth transcends ego conceptions and ego categories, so one tries to keep quiet. If thoughts keep coming into one’s mind one should repeat a mantra, a word that has meaning for me. I repeat the word love. I would say love, love, love, love and as many times as is necessary until I am free of ego thinking and is silent.
If you take meditation seriously, please have a spiritually advanced person, to whom you can talk to, available. This is because if you get what you asked for, inner silence, egolessness, you may be disoriented for now you no longer know who you are, who you thought that you are, ego, is a puff of smoke, empty words that you took from here and there and strung together to form your self-concept and self-image.
Your ego self-concept is not who you are. Who you are, your real self, you do not know; it is beyond words. Some call it Christ self, Buddha self, son of God, Chi; it has no name; it is part of one unified life, God; God cannot be described in words. It is eternal, permanent and changeless; it is peace, joy, bliss.
Try meditation daily, when you have one whole hour to sit quietly, close your eyes and tune out the external world and go inside you to regain awareness of your real self.
October 21, 2021