PRAYER: Oh, God, make me a hollow reed

Is this a translation from a prayer in Sanskrit?

‘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.

I have left behind me impatience and discontent. I will chafe no more at my lot. I commit myself wholly into thy hands, for thou are my Guide in the desert, the Teacher of my ignorance, the Physician of my sickness.

I am a soldier in my King’s army. I have given up my will to Him and my life to dispose of as He may please.

I know not what fate Thou deignest for me, nor will inquire or seek to know. The task of the day suffices for me, and all the future is Thine.

Thou changest weakness to strength, doubt to faith, perplexity to understanding. When I am fit to bear the burden, Thou wilt lay it on my shoulders. When I am prepared to take the field, Thou wilt assign me a place in the Army of Light.

Now I have no other duty than to equip myself for Thy Service. With eagerness and patience, with hope and gratitude, I bend to the task of the hour, lest when Thy call comes I be found unready.’

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Beauty bestowed. It dawned on me. I forgot the words of my morning prayer

In looking East from our lounge the dawn sky was a joy of light between sculptured clouds.

Into the ‘cinema screen’, formed by the space between the flats and church opposite, two swooping gulls. They arose in flight and curving rightwards left the space in which I could see them.

So beautiful was the curve of their flight that I forgot the words of the morning prayer I had learned by heart decades ago. I was left silent and smiling in the resonance of beauty bestowed. It dawned on me.

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.

I have left behind me impatience and discontent. I will chafe no more at my lot. I commit myself wholly into thy hands, for thou are my Guide in the desert, the Teacher of my ignorance, the Physician of my sickness.

I am a soldier in my King’s army. I have given up my will to Him and my life to dispose of as He may please. I know not what fate Thou deignest for me, nor will inquire or seek to know.

The task of the day suffices for me, and all the future is Thine. Thou changest weakness to strength, doubt to faith, perplexity to understanding.

When I am fit to bear the burden, Thou wilt lay it on my shoulders.

When I am prepared to take the field, Thou wilt assign me a place in the Army of Light.

Now I have no other duty than to equip myself for Thy Service. With eagerness and patience, with hope and gratitude, I bend to the task of the hour, lest when Thy call comes I be found unready.’ – unknown origin

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See also

Prayer and fasting is the cause of awakening…

Prayer and fasting is the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests.

Abdu’l-Baha

O God Refresh and gladden my spirit Purify…

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. Oh God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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“Prayer is communion with Ultimate Reality whether it…

“Prayer is communion with Ultimate Reality, whether it is regarded as personal, impersonal, or beyond them both.”

This remarkable definition of prayer was written by a group of 15 spiritual leaders from nine different world religions. It reveals that prayer is universal, as it reaches toward the same Ultimate Reality regardless of the tradition from which it originates.

Mindfulness allows us to spend more time…

“Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP)

Quietness and stillness are the arches of the gateway to at-one-ment.

At-one-ment depends on no-self-ment. No-self is heaven, bliss, Nirvana. No-self is helped by mindfulness, which is really mind-quiet-ness, self-emptiness.

Mindfulness uses prompts – prayers, mantras, bells, alarm clocks.

At-one-ment in Oneness. There we rest in eternity.

Time starts again with the dualities to which we return in this ‘world’.

At-one-ment and this world of dualities, the Ten Thousand Things, are gateways to heaven in both states, both worlds. The two states, are the wings with which we soar blissfully in both worlds. Each is complementary to the other.

The heaven of at-one-ment and this world of dualities resolve into One as in;

The great Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”

To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the Self and the ten thousand things, the One and the many.

“Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP)

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