PRAYER: ‘Oh, God, make me a hollow reed, from which the pith of self hath been blown’

‘Oh, God, make me a hollow reed, from which
the pith of self hath been blown so that
I may become as a clear channel through which
Thy Love may flow to others.’

A commentary on the uncertain origins of this prayer is here – http://bahai-library.com/uhj_hollow_reed_prayers

One of the most interesting comments is;

COMMENTARY ON THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN
This reed is a Perfect Man Who is likened to a reed, and the manner of its likeness is this: when the interior of a reed is empty and free from all matter, it will produce beautiful melodies; and as the sound and melodies do not come from the reed, but from the flute player who blows upon it, so the sanctified heart of that blessed Being is free and emptied from all save God, pure and exempt from the attachments of all human conditions, and is the companion of the Divine Spirit.

Whatever He utters is not from Himself, but from the real flute player, and it is a divine inspiration. – Some Answered Questions, by `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 45:

Another interesting comment is the possibility that the prayer may be in Rumi’s ‘Mathnavi’.

Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach & coach mainly about interfaith as inter-spirituality - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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