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class:injunction
class:poems
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NOTES


--- TARGETS / TYPES
to remember (create space)
transformation of lower nature
to reject masturbation, hair plucking, any particular lower movements, swearing (in the mind),
to quit masturbation, reduce smoking, improve diet

see irritation (peace)
new years prayers
the prayer of silence
contemplative prayer
add buddhism prayers

--- MY EXPERIENCES WITH PRAYER
love for Sri Aurobindo
Savitri
Goddess Forms (compassion, wisdom)
30 days of prayer for 87 days of no-fap (I think)
source of Knowledge
finding Ken Wilber

--- UNSORTED
I am shocked and confused that there isnt a heap of text under Prayer or here. Anyways prayer is super damn powerful
and important, and reminds me also of the quote about "turning to the face of your Christ" there is something about
putting something before God whether it is my words, or my eyes.

--- PRAYER ANALYSIS 1; ROOTS
Hail to Thee, To Thee, Thee,
Thou, O Thou, And Thou, O Lord, who art all this made one and much more
O sovereign Master, extreme limit of our thought, who standest for us at the thrshold of the Unknown, make rise from
that Unpossibility of a loftier and more integral realisation, that Thy work may be accomplished and the universe ta
ke one step farther towards the sublime Identity, the supreme Manifestation.
And now my pen falls mute and I adore Thee in silence.*
O Thou who art the adjective noun of our self.
O adjective Name/Title/Power, requests ...
O Lord, O adjective Title
the adjective noun of the all

see also ::: difficulties



QUOTES


  Remember that the Mother is always with you.
  Address Her as follows and She will pull you out of all difficulties:
  "O Mother Thou art the light of my intelligence, the purity of my soul,
  the quiet strength of my vital, the endurance of my body.
  I rely on Thee alone and want to be entirely Thine.
  Make me surmount all obstacles on the way."
   ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - III

  MESSAGES FOR CENTRES AND ORGANISATIONS (Suggested programme for a study group)
  1. Prayer (Sri Aurobindo, Mother - grant us your help in our endeavour to understand your teaching.)
  2. Reading of Sri Aurobindo's book.
  3. A moment of silence.
  4. One question can be put by whoever wants to put a question on what has been read.
  5. Answer to the question.
  6. No general discussion. This is not the meeting of a group but simply a class for studying Sri Aurobindo's books. 31 October 1942 ~ The Mother

  O Thou who art the sole reality of our being, O sublime Master of love, Redeemer of life, let me have no longer any other consciousness than of Thee at every instant and in each being. When I do not live solely with Thy life, I agonise, I sink slowly towards extinction; for Thou art my only reason for existence, my one goal, my single support. I am like a timid bird not yet sure of its wings and hesitating to take its flight; let me soar to reach definitive identity with Thee. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

--- QUOTES 1
never vain ::: It is never in vain that an ardent and sincere prayer is addressed to the Divine's Grace. ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - III

when life is heavy ::: When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions. Wait for hope to appear. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, (Lamentations 3:28-29 MSG)

3 ::: Our constant prayer is to understand the Divine's will and to live accordingly. ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender

forms of one thing ::: Aspiration, call, prayer are forms of one and the same thing and are all effective; you can take the form that comes to you or is easiest to you. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,

concentrate on your Presence ::: And when no subject is given, is it enough to concentrate on your Presence in the heart-centre? Should we avoid a formulated prayer? >>> Yes, concentration on the Presence is enough.

--- QUOTES 2
1 ::: If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart

every call is answered ::: All sincere prayers are granted, every call is answered. With my blessings, ~ The Mother Mantras Of The Mother

3 ::: Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. ~ Hippocrates, Regimen, IV, 87

prayers take time to realise ::: All sincere prayers are granted, but it may take some time to realise materially. ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - III

5 ::: The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

6 ::: I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. ~ Voltaire

7 ::: Let us go to sleep with a prayer and wake with an aspiration for the New and Perfect Creation. ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - II, Aspiration

8 ::: Have faith and complete trust in the ways of God. relentless prayers offered with a pure and devoted heart have the power to make the impossible possible. ~ Swami Avdheshanand

9 ::: Lord, the year is dying and our gratitude bows down to Thee. Lord, the year is reborn, our prayer rises up to Thee. Let it be for us also the dawn of a new life. ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - III

10 ::: In the work of Transformation, who is the slowest to do his part, man or God? >>> I replied, - Man finds that God is too slow to answer his prayers. God finds that man is too slow to receive His influence. But for the Truth-Consciousness all is going on as it ought to go. ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - III

11 ::: When you give us a subject for meditation, what should we do about it? Keep thinking of it? >>> Keep your thought focused upon it in a concentrated way.
And when no subject is given, is it enough to concentrate on your Presence in the heart-centre? Should we avoid a formulated prayer? >>> Yes, concentration on the Presence is enough. ~ The Mother Words Of The Mother - II,

12 ::: The methods advised by all these people have a startling resemblance to one another. They recommend virtue (of various kinds), solitude, absence of excitement, moderation in diet, and finally a practice which some call prayer and some call meditation. (The former four may turn out on examination to be merely conditions favourable to the last.) ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part I, Preliminary Remarks

13 ::: Q: I wrote to the Mother a prayer in French. Her answer to it was: "Ouvre ton cur et tu me trouveras dj l." ("Open your heart and you will find me already there.") What exactly does this signify? >>> A: What the Mother meant was this that when there is a certain opening of the heart, you find that there was always the eternal union there (the same that you experience always in the Self above). ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother 2-7-1935

14 ::: And Thou, O Lord, who art all this made one and much more, O sovereign Master, extreme limit of our thought, who standest for us at the threshold of the Unknown, make rise from that Unthinkable some new splendour, some possibility of a loftier and more integral realisation, that Thy work may be accomplished and the universe take one step farther towards the sublime Identity, the supreme Manifestation. And now my pen falls mute and I adore Thee in silence.* ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations, 270

The most preposterous notion that H. Sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all of history. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks Of Lazarus Long, from Time Enough for Love (1973).

The 'Intelligence of Will' denotes that this is the path where each individual 'created being' is 'prepared' for the spiritual quest by being made aware of the higher and divine 'will' of the creatoR By spiritual preparation (prayer, meditation, visualization, and aspiration), the student becomes aware of the higher will and ultimately attains oneness with the Divine Self-fully immersed in the knowledge of 'the existence of the Primordial Wisdom
.' ~ Israel Regardie, A Garden Of Pomegranates: Skrying On The Tree Of Life

... Poor sorrowful Earth, remember that I am present in thee and lose not hope; each effort, each grief, each joy and each pang, each call of thy heart, each aspiration of thy soul, each renewel of thy seasons, all, all without exception, what seems ugly and what seems to thee beautiful, all infallibly lead thee towards me, who am endless Peace, shadowless Light, perfect Harmony, Certitude, Rest and Supreme Blessedness.
Hearken, O Earth, to the sublime voice that arises,
Hearken and take new courage! ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations, February 5th 1913

...to quiet the mind and get the spiritual experience it is necessary first to purify and prepare the nature. This sometimes takes many years. Work done with the right attitude is the easiest means for that - i.e. work done without desire or ego, rejecting all movements of desire, demand or ego when the come, done as an offering to the Divine Mother with the remembrance of her and prayer to her to manifest her force and take up the action so that there too and not only in inner silence you can feel her presence and working. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,

O Lord, O eternal Master, grant that all this may not be in vain, grant that the inexhaustible torrents of Thy divine Force may spread over the earth and penetrate its troubled atmosphere, the struggling energies, the violent chaos of battling elements; grant that the pure light of Thy Knowledge and the inexhaustible love of Thy Benediction may fill men's hearts, penetrate their souls, illumine their consciousness and, out of this obscurity, out of this sombre, terrible and potent darkness, bring forth the splendour of Thy majestic Presence! ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

O DIVINE Force, supreme Illuminator, hearken to our prayer, move not away from us, do not withdraw, help us to fight the good fight, make firm our strength for the struggle, give us the force to conquer!
O my sweet Master, Thou whom I adore without being able to know Thee, Thou who I am without being able to realise Thee, my entire conscious individuality prostrates itself before Thee and implores, in the name of the workers in their struggle, and of the earth in her agony, in the name of suffering humanity and of striving Nature;
O my sweet Master, O marvellous Unknowable, O Dispenser of all boons, Thou who makest light spring forth in the darkness and strength to arise out of weakness, support our effort, guide our steps, lead us to victory. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations, 211
Thou must teach us the path to be followed and Thou must give us the power to follow it to the very end. . . .
O Thou source of all love and all light,
Thou whom we cannot know in Thyself but can manifest ever more completely and perfectly, Thou whom we cannot conceive but can approach in profound silence, to complete Thy incommensurable boons Thou must come to our help until we have gained Thy victory. . . .
Let that true love be born which soothes all suffering; establish that immutable peace wherein resides true power; give us the sovereign knowledge which dispels all darkness. . . .
From the infinite depths to this most external body, in its smallest elements, Thou dost move and live and vibrate and set all in motion, and the whole being is now only a single block, infinitely multiple yet absolutely coherent, animated by one tremendous vibration: Thou. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

The methods advised by all these people have a startling resemblance to one another. They recommend virtue (of various kinds), solitude, absence of excitement, moderation in diet, and finally a practice which some call prayer and some call meditation. (The former four may turn out on examination to be merely conditions favourable to the last.) ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part I, Preliminary Remarks

The formula of the Cup is not so well suited for Evocations, and the magical Hierarchy is not involved in the same way; for the Cup being passive rather than active, it is not fitting for the magician to use it in respect of anything but the Highest. In practical working it consequently means little but prayer, and that prayer the 'prayer of silence.' ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part 3, The Formuale of the Elemental Weapons [148]
Invoke often! Inflame thyself with prayer! ~ Aleister Crowley

Let us describe the magical method of identification. The symbolic form of the god is first studied with as much care as an artist would bestow upon his model, so that a perfectly clear and unshakeable mental picture of the god is presented to the mind. Similarly, the attributes of the god are enshrined in speech, and such speeches are committed perfectly to memory. The invocation will then begin with a prayer to the god, commemorating his physical attributes, always with profound understanding of their real meaning. In the second part of the invocation, the voice of the god is heard, and His characteristic utterance is recited. In the third portion of the invocation the Magician asserts the identity of himself with the god. In the fourth portion the god is again invoked, but as if by Himself, as if it were the utterance of the will of the god that He should manifest in the Magician. At the conclusion of this, the original object of the invocation is stated. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part 3, The Formuale of the Elemental Weapons, 149

Prayer helps to prepare this relation for us at first on the lower plane even while it is there consistent with much that is mere egoism and self-delusion; but afterwards we can draw towards the spiritual truth which is behind it. It is not then the giving of the thing asked for that matters, but the relation itself, the contact of mans life with God, the conscious interchange. In spiritual matters and in the seeking of spiritual gains, this conscious relation is a great power; it is a much greater power than our own entirely self-reliant struggle and effort and it brings a fuller spiritual growth and experience. Necessarily, in the end prayer either ceases in the greater thing for which it prepared us, -- in fact the form we call prayer is not itself essential so long as the faith, the will, the aspiration are there, -- or remains only for the joy of the relation. Also its objects, the artha or interest it seeks to realise, become higher and higher until we reach the highest motiveless devotion, which is that of divine love pure and simple without any other demand or longing.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Love



PRAYERS



--- PRAYERS 1
every morning ::: Every morning may our thoughts rise fervently towards Thee, asking Thee how we can manifest and serve Thee best. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

show us ::: O Lord, eternal Master, enlighten us, guide our steps, show us the way towards the realisation of Thy law, towards the accomplishment of Thy work. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

3 ::: Oh! let all tears be wiped away, all suffering relieved, all anguish dispelled, and let calm serenity dwell in every heart and powerful certitude streng then every mind. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

--- PRAYERS 2
1 ::: O divine Master, let Thy light fall into this chaos and bring forth from it a new world. Accomplish what is now in preparation and create a new humanity which may be the perfect expression of Thy new and sublime Law. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

2 ::: 8. O Fire, they have set thee here the Messenger, the Immortal in generation after generation, the Carrier of offerings, protector of man and the Godhead of his prayer. Gods alike and mortals sit with obeisance before the all-pervading Master of the peoples, the ever-wakeful Fire. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Hymns To The Mystic Fire

3 ::: Like a flame that burns in silence, like a perfume that rises straight upward without wavering, my love goes to Thee; and like the child who does not reason and has no care, I trust myself to Thee that Thy Will may be done, that Thy Light may manifest, Thy Peace radiate, Thy Love cover the world. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

to Thee I entrust them ::: THOU whom we must know, understand, realise, absolute Consciousness, eternal Law, Thou who guidest and illuminest us, who movest and inspirest us, grant that these weak souls may be streng thened and those who fear be reassured. To Thee I entrust them, even as I entrust to Thee our entire destiny. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations, 127

5 ::: O Lord, my sweet Master, Thou whom I adore in silence and to whom I have entirely consecrated myself, Thou who governest my life, kindle in my heart the flame of Thy pure love that it may burn like a glowing brazier, consuming all imperfections and transforming into a comforting warmth and radiating light the dead wood of egoism and the black coals of ignorance. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations, 55

6 ::: But from time to time Thy sublime light shines in a being and radiates through him over the world, and then a little wisdom, a little knowledge, a little disinterested faith, heroism and compassion penetrates men's hearts, transforms their minds and sets free a few elements from that sorrowful and implacable wheel of existence to which their blind ignorance subjects them. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations
Thy glory and radiant Light ::: Errors have become stepping-stones, the blind gropings conquests. Thy glory transforms defeats into victories of eternity, and all the shadows have fled before Thy radiant light. It is Thou who wert the motive and the goal; Thou art the worker and the work. The personal existence is a canticle, perpetually renewed, which the universe offers up to Thy inconceivable Splendour. ~ The Mother Prayers And Meditations

--- POEM / PRAYER 1 _ Bride of the Fire
Bride of the Fire, clasp me now close, -
Bride of the Fire!
I have shed the bloom of the earthly rose,
I have slain desire.
Beauty of the Light, surround my life, -
Beauty of the Light!
I have sacrificed longing and parted from grief,
I can bear thy delight.
Image of Ecstasy, thrill and enlace, -
Image of Bliss!
I would see only thy marvellous face,
Feel only thy kiss.
Voice of Infinity, sound in my heart, -
Call of the One!
Stamp there thy radiance, never to part,
O living sun.
~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems,





OLD ENTRY FROM EVERNOTE


  written prayers - life mantra
  prayer preparation
  morning prayer for strength, or clairity
  night prayer for gratitude.
  Gratitude, Asking, Silent contemplation, Vows, Offerings, For strength, For guidance
  theory - February 14th 2015 - coffeeshop, auro, knowing, not knowing, prayer
  in my or heart, outloud, written.
  to God, to the soul, to Sri Aurobindo, to the Mother
  fuse with Life Mantra?
  - 30 days of prayer from pat from brix. worked really well for masturbation. prayed for 30 went for 87.
  - from syndeys island, that loving guy recommended if you really want to change something prayer to God for help for 30 days. WOW.
  - andrew also speaks very highly of prayer. there is something about truth, faith or asking perhaps.
  make rhythm, make a thank you prayer.
  ---
  I will bring courage to everything I do.
  I approach every challenge with courage with the aid of the divine mothers strength and grace
  I acknowledge that abstinence is a simple means to positive change.
  I accept that everything out of my hands is a blessing from the universe.
  I will be altruist towards all that are open to positive change.
  I will feel appreciation towards every aspect of what I am and have.
  I will be assertive in my

  I dare you to wake up and have a cold shower. (courage)
  Everything I do will be an accomplishment.
  Every accomplishment will allow more accomplishments in the future.
  I will feel the difference between wants and needs.
  I will emit uncontainable energy, excitement and willpower with love and happiness to the entire world.
  I will be gracious and thankful for the now and will discipline my life.
  I will know what I want, and do what I need to do.
  I will use all my resources to their maximum capability.
  I will do, create, move, feel, decide, and smile.
  I will remain focused and recognize the loss of that state.
  I will say both yes and no.
  I will constantly think, contemplate, and reflect.
  I will not lose mindfulness.
  I will not degrade others or myself.
  I will not find a need to swear and I will express myself compassionately.
  I will take time for myself each day.
  I will honor my Father and Mother and respect everyone aswell.
  I will not take the life of anyone or anything big or small.
  I will not cheat the mind or heart of anyone I care or carenot for.
  I will not cheat anyone of their work or supposed belongings.
  I will not lie to myself or others.
  I will astain from jealousy, I will only compare with myself.
  I will follow the nobel eightfold path.
  I will be curitous in speech, action, livelihood, effort/exercise, mindfulness/awareness, concentration/meditation, understanding, thoughts.
  I will question everything as I live and learn like a child.
  I will act on my own accord.
  I will be open-minded and document my dreams, accomplishments and observations.
  I will test everything anyone 'knows', believes and learns today persistently and be unbiased.
  I hunger for mistakes as a means to growth.
  I use fear as an excuse for a challenge.
  I will tune in to each sense more then I am already right now.
  I will walk, talk and brea the yoga.
  I will be one with the sun and the moon.
  I will visualize life before it occurs and recognize when it occurs.
  I will enjoy silence, and will hear all that is not there.
  Every brea the will be a brea the of fire.
  I will not waste a single inhale.
  I will see the world before I open my eyes and
  With every blink I will see the world for the first time.
  Every conversation will be directed.
  I will be unreasonable.
  I will especially love all of my friends and family and I feel they will no nothing but happiness and health.
  I love you Karen, whenever I feel happy I will give you it all.
  I will attract money, happiness, energy, goodwill, love, smiles, laughter, peace, and intelligence, open minds.



prayer / invocation / spell / poem / pledge / experiment

see also ::: God, poems (others), Mantra, , MEM, Song, Songs of Spiritual Experience, the Word,
see also ::: the Master, the Guide, the Disciple, Spells, invocation, affirmations, the Will, the Vital, , a Call, a wish, a master thought, aspiration






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TOPICS
Japam
Japam
Prayers_for_stength,_clear_sightedness_and_love_for_Savitri
praying_for_aid_in_study_of_Savitri
Rosary
SEE ALSO

a_Call
affirmations
a_master_thought
aspiration
a_wish
_difficulties
God
invocation
Mantra
MEM
poems_(others)
Songs_of_Spiritual_Experience
Song
Spells
the_Disciple
the_Guide
the_Master
the_Vital
the_Will
the_Word

AUTH

BOOKS
Bhagavata_Purana
Bhakti-Yoga
Collected_Fictions
Collected_Poems
Epigrams_from_Savitri
General_Principles_of_Kabbalah
Heart_of_Matter
Hymn_of_the_Universe
Infinite_Library
Journey_to_the_Lord_of_Power_-_A_Sufi_Manual_on_Retreat
Kosmic_Consciousness
Let_Me_Explain
Letters_On_Yoga
Life_without_Death
Mantras_Of_The_Mother
Manual_of_Zen_Buddhism
mcw
Meditation__The_First_and_Last_Freedom
Mind_-_Its_Mysteries_and_Control
Modern_Man_in_Search_of_a_Soul
My_Burning_Heart
On_Education
On_Interpretation
On_Prayer
Prayers_And_Meditations
Questions_And_Answers_1953
Savitri
Sayings_of_Sri_Ramakrishna_(toc)
Self_Knowledge
The_Bible
The_Book_of_Light
The_Divine_Comedy
The_Divine_Companion
The_Divine_Milieu
The_Essential_Songs_of_Milarepa
The_Imitation_of_Christ
The_Interior_Castle_or_The_Mansions
The_Ladder_of_Divine_Ascent
The_Mother_With_Letters_On_The_Mother
The_Perennial_Philosophy
The_Prophet
The_Republic
The_Seals_of_Wisdom
The_Tibetan_Yogas_of_Dream_and_Sleep
The_Use_and_Abuse_of_History
The_Way_of_Perfection
The_Yoga_Sutras
Toward_the_Future
Vishnu_Purana
Words_Of_Long_Ago
Words_Of_The_Mother_III
Writings_In_Bengali_and_Sanskrit

IN CHAPTERS TITLE
0_1967-11-Prayers_of_the_Consciousness_of_the_Cells
07.25_-_Prayer_and_Aspiration
08.28_-_Prayer_and_Aspiration
09.01_-_Prayer_and_Aspiration
1.01_-_Prayer
10.23_-_Prayers_and_Meditations_of_the_Mother
1.02_-_Prayer_of_Parashara_to_Vishnu
1.05_-_Prayer
1.15_-_Prayers
1.16_-_PRAYER
1.19_-_On_sleep,_prayer,_and_psalm-singing_in_chapel.
1.22_-_On_Prayer
1.24_-_Describes_how_vocal_prayer_may_be_practised_with_perfection_and_how_closely_allied_it_is_to_mental_prayer
1.25_-_Describes_the_great_gain_which_comes_to_a_soul_when_it_practises_vocal_prayer_perfectly._Shows_how_God_may_raise_it_thence_to_things_supernatural.
1.26_-_Continues_the_description_of_a_method_for_recollecting_the_thoughts._Describes_means_of_doing_this._This_chapter_is_very_profitable_for_those_who_are_beginning_prayer.
1.28_-_Describes_the_nature_of_the_Prayer_of_Recollection_and_sets_down_some_of_the_means_by_which_we_can_make_it_a_habit.
1.28_-_On_holy_and_blessed_prayer,_mother_of_virtues,_and_on_the_attitude_of_mind_and_body_in_prayer.
1.29_-_Continues_to_describe_methods_for_achieving_this_Prayer_of_Recollection._Says_what_little_account_we_should_make_of_being_favoured_by_our_superiors.
1.30_-_Describes_the_importance_of_understanding_what_we_ask_for_in_prayer._Treats_of_these_words_in_the_Paternoster:_Sanctificetur_nomen_tuum,_adveniat_regnum_tuum._Applies_them_to_the_Prayer_of_Quiet,_and_begins_the_explanation_of_them.
1.31_-_Continues_the_same_subject._Explains_what_is_meant_by_the_Prayer_of_Quiet._Gives_several_counsels_to_those_who_experience_it._This_chapter_is_very_noteworthy.
1.35_-_Describes_the_recollection_which_should_be_practised_after_Communion._Concludes_this_subject_with_an_exclamatory_prayer_to_the_Eternal_Father.
1.37_-_Describes_the_excellence_of_this_prayer_called_the_Paternoster,_and_the_many_ways_in_which_we_shall_find_consolation_in_it.
15.05_-_Twin_Prayers
17.11_-_A_Prayer
1956-07-18_-_Unlived_dreams_-_Radha-consciousness_-_Separation_and_identification_-_Ananda_of_identity_and_Ananda_of_union_-_Sincerity,_meditation_and_prayer_-_Enemies_of_the_Divine_-_The_universe_is_progressive
1956-08-08_-_How_to_light_the_psychic_fire,_will_for_progress_-_Helping_from_a_distance,_mental_formations_-_Prayer_and_the_divine_-_Grace_Grace_at_work_everywhere
1958-08-06_-_Collective_prayer_-_the_ideal_collectivity
1.ap_-_The_Universal_Prayer
1.cs_-_We_were_enclosed_(from_Prayer_20)
1.jr_-_There_Are_A_Hundred_Kinds_Of_Prayer
1.jwvg_-_Royal_Prayer
1.mbn_-_Prayers_for_the_Protection_and_Opening_of_the_Heart
1.sfa_-_Prayer_from_A_Letter_to_the_Entire_Order
1.sfa_-_Prayer_Inspired_by_the_Our_Father
1.sfa_-_The_Prayer_Before_the_Crucifix
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_For_My_Daughter
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_For_My_Son
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_For_Old_Age
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_On_Going_Into_My_House
1.whitman_-_Prayer_Of_Columbus
1.ww_-_The_Force_Of_Prayer,_Or,_The_Founding_Of_Bolton,_A_Tradition
26.02_-_Other_Hymns_and_Prayers
3.02_-_Aridity_in_Prayer
3.1.14_-_Vedantin.s_Prayer
38.02_-_Hymns_and_Prayers
39.11_-_A_Prayer
4.01_-_Prayers_and_Meditations
4.01_-_Sweetness_in_Prayer
4.03_-_Prayer_of_Quiet
4.03_-_Prayer_to_the_Ever-greater_Christ
41.02_-_Other_Hymns_and_Prayers
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IN CHAPTERS TEXT
0.00_-_INTRODUCTION
0.00_-_The_Book_of_Lies_Text
0.02_-_Letters_to_a_Sadhak
0.05_-_Letters_to_a_Child
0.06_-_Letters_to_a_Young_Sadhak
0.07_-_Letters_to_a_Sadhak
0.08_-_Letters_to_a_Young_Captain
01.02_-_The_Issue
01.04_-_The_Secret_Knowledge
01.05_-_Rabindranath_Tagore:_A_Great_Poet,_a_Great_Man
0.10_-_Letters_to_a_Young_Captain
0.11_-_Letters_to_a_Sadhak
0.14_-_Letters_to_a_Sadhak
0_1955-06-09
0_1956-04-23
0_1956-12-12
0_1957-07-03
0_1957-12-13
0_1958-04-03
0_1958-07-06
0_1958-09-16_-_OM_NAMO_BHAGAVATEH
0_1958-12-15_-_tantric_mantra_-_125,000
0_1959-05-25
0_1960-01-28
0_1960-05-16
0_1960-06-04
0_1961-01-24
0_1961-03-27
0_1961-04-15
0_1961-04-18
0_1961-04-29
0_1961-06-02
0_1961-07-07
0_1961-08-05
0_1961-12-16
0_1961-12-20
0_1962-02-03
0_1962-07-28
0_1962-09-15
0_1962-09-18
0_1962-12-15
0_1963-01-30
0_1963-02-15
0_1963-03-13
0_1963-05-11
0_1963-07-20
0_1963-07-24
0_1963-08-10
0_1963-08-24
0_1963-12-07_-_supramental_ship
0_1964-01-22
0_1964-03-25
0_1964-03-28
0_1964-08-08
0_1964-09-23
0_1965-05-08
0_1965-05-29
0_1965-07-21
0_1965-07-24
0_1965-08-21
0_1965-11-27
0_1966-04-16
0_1966-04-27
0_1966-05-07
0_1966-11-23
0_1967-01-18
0_1967-04-15
0_1967-04-27
0_1967-05-06
0_1967-06-07
0_1967-06-30
0_1967-07-05
0_1967-07-08
0_1967-07-22
0_1967-08-02
0_1967-08-16
0_1967-09-16
0_1967-09-30
0_1967-10-19
0_1967-11-22
0_1967-11-25
0_1967-11-Prayers_of_the_Consciousness_of_the_Cells
0_1967-12-16
0_1968-02-03
0_1968-03-02
0_1968-03-23
0_1968-08-07
0_1968-09-11
0_1969-09-24
0_1969-11-29
0_1970-05-20
0_1970-07-11
0_1970-07-29
0_1970-09-05
0_1970-09-09
0_1971-04-14
0_1971-06-03
0_1971-07-10
0_1971-10-13
0_1972-01-15
0_1972-12-30
0_1973-01-03
02.04_-_The_Kingdoms_of_the_Little_Life
02.07_-_The_Descent_into_Night
02.08_-_The_World_of_Falsehood,_the_Mother_of_Evil_and_the_Sons_of_Darkness
02.13_-_In_the_Self_of_Mind
02.14_-_The_World-Soul
03.01_-_The_New_Year_Initiation
03.03_-_The_House_of_the_Spirit_and_the_New_Creation
03.04_-_The_Vision_and_the_Boon
03.05_-_The_Spiritual_Genius_of_India
04.04_-_The_Quest
04.17_-_To_the_Heights-XVII
04.18_-_To_the_Heights-XVIII
05.01_-_Man_and_the_Gods
05.12_-_The_Soul_and_its_Journey
06.01_-_The_Word_of_Fate
06.02_-_The_Way_of_Fate_and_the_Problem_of_Pain
06.22_-_I_Have_Nothing,_I_Am_Nothing
06.24_-_When_Imperfection_is_Greater_Than_Perfection
06.30_-_Sweet_Holy_Tears
06.31_-_Identification_of_Consciousness
06.32_-_The_Central_Consciousness
06.34_-_Selfless_Worker
07.04_-_The_Triple_Soul-Forces
07.06_-_Nirvana_and_the_Discovery_of_the_All-Negating_Absolute
07.14_-_The_Divine_Suffering
07.24_-_Meditation_and_Meditation
07.25_-_Prayer_and_Aspiration
07.26_-_Offering_and_Surrender
08.03_-_Death_in_the_Forest
08.07_-_Sleep_and_Pain
08.11_-_The_Work_Here
08.26_-_Faith_and_Progress
08.27_-_Value_of_Religious_Exercises
08.28_-_Prayer_and_Aspiration
08.29_-_Meditation_and_Wakefulness
08.38_-_The_Value_of_Money
09.01_-_Prayer_and_Aspiration
09.02_-_Meditation
09.04_-_The_Divine_Grace
10.02_-_The_Gospel_of_Death_and_Vanity_of_the_Ideal
1.002_-_The_Heifer
1.003_-_Family_of_Imran
10.03_-_Life_in_and_Through_Death
10.04_-_The_Dream_Twilight_of_the_Earthly_Real
1.004_-_Women
10.05_-_Mind_and_the_Mental_World
1.005_-_The_Table
1.006_-_Livestock
1.007_-_The_Elevations
1.008_-_The_Spoils
1.009_-_Repentance
1.00_-_Main
1.00_-_Preliminary_Remarks
1.010_-_Jonah
1.011_-_Hud
10.12_-_Awake_Mother
1.013_-_Thunder
1.014_-_Abraham
1.017_-_The_Night_Journey
1.019_-_Mary
1.01_-_Adam_Kadmon_and_the_Evolution
1.01_-_An_Accomplished_Westerner
1.01_-_Archetypes_of_the_Collective_Unconscious
1.01_-_BOOK_THE_FIRST
1.01_-_Description_of_the_Castle
1.01_-_Economy
1.01_-_Foreward
1.01_-_Isha_Upanishad
1.01_-_Maitreya_inquires_of_his_teacher_(Parashara)
1.01_-_NIGHT
1.01_-_On_knowledge_of_the_soul,_and_how_knowledge_of_the_soul_is_the_key_to_the_knowledge_of_God.
1.01_-_On_Love
1.01_-_On_renunciation_of_the_world
1.01_-_Prayer
1.01_-_Sets_down_the_first_line_and_begins_to_treat_of_the_imperfections_of_beginners.
1.01_-_Tara_the_Divine
1.01_-_The_First_Steps
1.01_-_The_King_of_the_Wood
1.01_-_The_Unexpected
1.01_-_To_Watanabe_Sukefusa
1.020_-_Ta-Ha
1.021_-_The_Prophets
10.22_-_Short_Notes_-_5-_Consciousness_and_Dimensions_of_View
1.022_-_The_Pilgrimage
10.23_-_Prayers_and_Meditations_of_the_Mother
1.023_-_The_Believers
1.02.4.2_-_Action_and_the_Divine_Will
10.24_-_Savitri
1.024_-_The_Light
1.025_-_The_Criterion
1.027_-_The_Ant
1.029_-_The_Spider
1.02_-_BEFORE_THE_CITY-GATE
1.02_-_Fire_over_the_Earth
1.02_-_IN_THE_COMPANY_OF_DEVOTEES
1.02_-_MAPS_OF_MEANING_-_THREE_LEVELS_OF_ANALYSIS
1.02_-_Meditating_on_Tara
1.02_-_On_detachment
1.02_-_Prayer_of_Parashara_to_Vishnu
1.02_-_Priestly_Kings
1.02_-_The_Child_as_growing_being_and_the_childs_experience_of_encountering_the_teacher.
1.02_-_The_Human_Soul
1.02_-_The_Magic_Circle
1.02_-_THE_NATURE_OF_THE_GROUND
1.030_-_The_Romans
1.031_-_Luqman
1.033_-_The_Confederates
1.035_-_Originator
1.03_-_Concerning_the_Archetypes,_with_Special_Reference_to_the_Anima_Concept
1.03_-_Fire_in_the_Earth
1.03_-_Invocation_of_Tara
1.03_-_Japa_Yoga
1.03_-_Of_some_imperfections_which_some_of_these_souls_are_apt_to_have,_with_respect_to_the_second_capital_sin,_which_is_avarice,_in_the_spiritual_sense
1.03_-_On_Knowledge_of_the_World.
1.03_-_PERSONALITY,_SANCTITY,_DIVINE_INCARNATION
1.03_-_Preparing_for_the_Miraculous
1.03_-_Questions_and_Answers
1.03_-_Sympathetic_Magic
1.03_-_The_End_of_the_Intellect
1.03_-_The_House_Of_The_Lord
1.03_-_The_Psychic_Prana
1.040_-_Forgiver
1.041_-_Detailed
1.046_-_The_Dunes
1.04_-_ADVICE_TO_HOUSEHOLDERS
1.04_-_Descent_into_Future_Hell
1.04_-_GOD_IN_THE_WORLD
1.04_-_Magic_and_Religion
1.04_-_Of_other_imperfections_which_these_beginners_are_apt_to_have_with_respect_to_the_third_sin,_which_is_luxury.
1.04_-_On_blessed_and_ever-memorable_obedience
1.04_-_On_Knowledge_of_the_Future_World.
1.04_-_The_Divine_Mother_-_This_Is_She
1.04_-_The_Gods_of_the_Veda
1.04_-_The_Paths
1.04_-_The_Praise
1.04_-_What_Arjuna_Saw_-_the_Dark_Side_of_the_Force
1.053_-_A_Very_Important_Sadhana
1.058_-_The_Argument
1.05_-_Bhakti_Yoga
1.05_-_Buddhism_and_Women
1.05_-_CHARITY
1.05_-_Christ,_A_Symbol_of_the_Self
1.05_-_Hymns_of_Bharadwaja
1.05_-_Morality_and_War
1.05_-_Of_the_imperfections_into_which_beginners_fall_with_respect_to_the_sin_of_wrath
1.05_-_On_painstaking_and_true_repentance_which_constitute_the_life_of_the_holy_convicts;_and_about_the_prison.
1.05_-_On_the_Love_of_God.
1.05_-_Pratyahara_and_Dharana
1.05_-_Prayer
1.05_-_Ritam
1.05_-_THE_HOSTILE_BROTHERS_-_ARCHETYPES_OF_RESPONSE_TO_THE_UNKNOWN
1.05_-_The_Magical_Control_of_the_Weather
1.05_-_THE_MASTER_AND_KESHAB
1.05_-_The_New_Consciousness
1.05_-_Vishnu_as_Brahma_creates_the_world
1.062_-_Friday
1.06_-_Being_Human_and_the_Copernican_Principle
1.06_-_Magicians_as_Kings
1.06_-_MORTIFICATION,_NON-ATTACHMENT,_RIGHT_LIVELIHOOD
1.06_-_Of_imperfections_with_respect_to_spiritual_gluttony.
1.06_-_On_remembrance_of_death.
1.06_-_Psycho_therapy_and_a_Philosophy_of_Life
1.06_-_The_Ascent_of_the_Sacrifice_2_The_Works_of_Love_-_The_Works_of_Life
1.06_-_The_Literal_Qabalah
1.06_-_THE_MASTER_WITH_THE_BRAHMO_DEVOTEES
1.070_-_Ways_of_Ascent
1.073_-_The_Enwrapped
1.07_-_A_Song_of_Longing_for_Tara,_the_Infallible
1.07_-_Bridge_across_the_Afterlife
1.07_-_Incarnate_Human_Gods
1.07_-_Note_on_the_word_Go
1.07_-_Of_imperfections_with_respect_to_spiritual_envy_and_sloth.
1.07_-_On_mourning_which_causes_joy.
1.07_-_Past,_Present_and_Future
1.07_-_Production_of_the_mind-born_sons_of_Brahma
1.07_-_The_Farther_Reaches_of_Human_Nature
1.07_-_TRUTH
1.08a_-_The_Ladder
1.08_-_Origin_of_Rudra:_his_becoming_eight_Rudras
1.08_-_RELIGION_AND_TEMPERAMENT
1.08_-_The_Change_of_Vision
1.08_-_The_Depths_of_the_Divine
1.08_-_The_Gods_of_the_Veda_-_The_Secret_of_the_Veda
1.08_-_THE_MASTERS_BIRTHDAY_CELEBRATION_AT_DAKSHINESWAR
1.08_-_Wherein_is_expounded_the_first_line_of_the_first_stanza,_and_a_beginning_is_made_of_the_explanation_of_this_dark_night
1.098_-_Clear_Evidence
1.09_-_ADVICE_TO_THE_BRAHMOS
1.09_-_Legend_of_Lakshmi
1.09_-_On_remembrance_of_wrongs.
1.09_-_PROMENADE
1.09_-_Talks
1.09_-_The_Ambivalence_of_the_Fish_Symbol
1.09_-_The_Worship_of_Trees
1.1.01_-_Certitudes
1.107_-_Assistance
1.10_-_Foresight
1.10_-_GRACE_AND_FREE_WILL
1.10_-_Harmony
1.10_-_Relics_of_Tree_Worship_in_Modern_Europe
1.10_-_The_Absolute_of_the_Being
1.10_-_THE_MASTER_WITH_THE_BRAHMO_DEVOTEES_(II)
1.10_-_THE_NEIGHBORS_HOUSE
1.10_-_The_Secret_of_the_Veda
11.11_-_The_Ideal_Centre
1.11_-_Legend_of_Dhruva,_the_son_of_Uttanapada
1.11_-_On_talkativeness_and_silence.
1.11_-_The_Seven_Rivers
1.11_-_WITH_THE_DEVOTEES_AT_DAKSHINEWAR
1.12_-_Brute_Neighbors
1.12_-_God_Departs
1.12_-_On_lying.
1.12_-_Sleep_and_Dreams
1.12_-_The_Divine_Work
1.12_-_THE_FESTIVAL_AT_PNIHTI
1.12_-_The_Herds_of_the_Dawn
1.12_-_The_Left-Hand_Path_-_The_Black_Brothers
1.12_-_The_Sacred_Marriage
1.12_-_The_Sociology_of_Superman
1.12_-_The_Superconscient
1.13_-_BOOK_THE_THIRTEENTH
1.13_-_Gnostic_Symbols_of_the_Self
1.13_-_On_despondency.
1.13_-_Posterity_of_Dhruva
1.13_-_THE_MASTER_AND_M.
1.14_-_Bibliography
1.14_-_Descendants_of_Prithu
1.14_-_IMMORTALITY_AND_SURVIVAL
1.14_-_INSTRUCTION_TO_VAISHNAVS_AND_BRHMOS
1.14_-_On_the_clamorous,_yet_wicked_master-the_stomach.
1.14_-_The_Book_of_Magic_Formulae
1.14_-_The_Secret
1.14_-_The_Structure_and_Dynamics_of_the_Self
1.15_-_LAST_VISIT_TO_KESHAB
1.15_-_On_incorruptible_purity_and_chastity_to_which_the_corruptible_attain_by_toil_and_sweat.
1.15_-_Prayers
1.15_-_SILENCE
1.15_-_The_Transformed_Being
1.15_-_The_world_overrun_with_trees;_they_are_destroyed_by_the_Pracetasas
1.16_-_On_love_of_money_or_avarice.
1.16_-_PRAYER
1.17_-_M._AT_DAKSHINEWAR
1.17_-_On_poverty_(that_hastens_heavenwards).
1.18_-_M._AT_DAKSHINESWAR
1.18_-_On_insensibility,_that_is,_deadening_of_the_soul_and_the_death_of_the_mind_before_the_death_of_the_body.
1.18_-_The_Human_Fathers
1.18_-_The_Perils_of_the_Soul
1.19_-_GOD_IS_NOT_MOCKED
1.19_-_On_sleep,_prayer,_and_psalm-singing_in_chapel.
1.19_-_Tabooed_Acts
1.19_-_THE_MASTER_AND_HIS_INJURED_ARM
1.19_-_Thought,_or_the_Intellectual_element,_and_Diction_in_Tragedy.
1.2.03_-_Purity
1.2.05_-_Aspiration
1.2.08_-_Faith
1.20_-_CATHEDRAL
1.20_-_On_bodily_vigil_and_how_to_use_it_to_attain_spiritual_vigil_and_how_to_practise_it.
1.20_-_RULES_FOR_HOUSEHOLDERS_AND_MONKS
1.20_-_TANTUM_RELIGIO_POTUIT_SUADERE_MALORUM
1.20_-_Visnu_appears_to_Prahlada
1.2.10_-_Opening
1.2.1_-_Mental_Development_and_Sadhana
1.21_-_On_unmanly_and_puerile_cowardice.
1.21_-_Tabooed_Things
1.22_-_ADVICE_TO_AN_ACTOR
1.22_-_EMOTIONALISM
1.22_-_On_Prayer
1.22_-_On_the_many_forms_of_vainglory.
1.22_-_Tabooed_Words
1.23_-_FESTIVAL_AT_SURENDRAS_HOUSE
1.23_-_On_mad_price,_and,_in_the_same_Step,_on_unclean_and_blasphemous_thoughts.
1.240_-_1.300_Talks
1.240_-_Talks_2
1.24_-_Describes_how_vocal_prayer_may_be_practised_with_perfection_and_how_closely_allied_it_is_to_mental_prayer
1.24_-_On_meekness,_simplicity,_guilelessness_which_come_not_from_nature_but_from_habit,_and_about_malice.
1.24_-_PUNDIT_SHASHADHAR
1.24_-_RITUAL,_SYMBOL,_SACRAMENT
1.24_-_The_Killing_of_the_Divine_King
1.25_-_ADVICE_TO_PUNDIT_SHASHADHAR
1.25_-_Describes_the_great_gain_which_comes_to_a_soul_when_it_practises_vocal_prayer_perfectly._Shows_how_God_may_raise_it_thence_to_things_supernatural.
1.25_-_DUNGEON
1.25_-_On_the_destroyer_of_the_passions,_most_sublime_humility,_which_is_rooted_in_spiritual_feeling.
1.25_-_SPIRITUAL_EXERCISES
1.26_-_Continues_the_description_of_a_method_for_recollecting_the_thoughts._Describes_means_of_doing_this._This_chapter_is_very_profitable_for_those_who_are_beginning_prayer.
1.26_-_FESTIVAL_AT_ADHARS_HOUSE
1.26_-_On_discernment_of_thoughts,_passions_and_virtues
1.26_-_PERSEVERANCE_AND_REGULARITY
1.26_-_The_Eighth_Bolgia__Evil_Counsellors._Ulysses_and_Diomed._Ulysses'_Last_Voyage.
1.27_-_AT_DAKSHINESWAR
1.27_-_CONTEMPLATION,_ACTION_AND_SOCIAL_UTILITY
1.27_-_Describes_the_great_love_shown_us_by_the_Lord_in_the_first_words_of_the_Paternoster_and_the_great_importance_of_our_making_no_account_of_good_birth_if_we_truly_desire_to_be_the_daughters_of_God.
1.27_-_On_holy_solitude_of_body_and_soul.
1.28_-_Describes_the_nature_of_the_Prayer_of_Recollection_and_sets_down_some_of_the_means_by_which_we_can_make_it_a_habit.
1.28_-_On_holy_and_blessed_prayer,_mother_of_virtues,_and_on_the_attitude_of_mind_and_body_in_prayer.
1.28_-_The_Killing_of_the_Tree-Spirit
1.28_-_The_Ninth_Bolgia__Schismatics._Mahomet_and_Ali._Pier_da_Medicina,_Curio,_Mosca,_and_Bertr_and_de_Born.
1.29_-_Concerning_heaven_on_earth,_or_godlike_dispassion_and_perfection,_and_the_resurrection_of_the_soul_before_the_general_resurrection.
1.29_-_Continues_to_describe_methods_for_achieving_this_Prayer_of_Recollection._Says_what_little_account_we_should_make_of_being_favoured_by_our_superiors.
1.300_-_1.400_Talks
1.30_-_Concerning_the_linking_together_of_the_supreme_trinity_among_the_virtues.
1.30_-_Describes_the_importance_of_understanding_what_we_ask_for_in_prayer._Treats_of_these_words_in_the_Paternoster:_Sanctificetur_nomen_tuum,_adveniat_regnum_tuum._Applies_them_to_the_Prayer_of_Quiet,_and_begins_the_explanation_of_them.
1.31_-_Continues_the_same_subject._Explains_what_is_meant_by_the_Prayer_of_Quiet._Gives_several_counsels_to_those_who_experience_it._This_chapter_is_very_noteworthy.
1.32_-_Expounds_these_words_of_the_Paternoster__Fiat_voluntas_tua_sicut_in_coelo_et_in_terra._Describes_how_much_is_accomplished_by_those_who_repeat_these_words_with_full_resolution_and_how_well
1.33_-_The_Gardens_of_Adonis
1.34_-_Continues_the_same_subject._This_is_very_suitable_for_reading_after_the_reception_of_the_Most_Holy_Sacrament.
1.35_-_Describes_the_recollection_which_should_be_practised_after_Communion._Concludes_this_subject_with_an_exclamatory_prayer_to_the_Eternal_Father.
1.36_-_Treats_of_these_words_in_the_Paternoster__Dimitte_nobis_debita_nostra.
1.37_-_Describes_the_excellence_of_this_prayer_called_the_Paternoster,_and_the_many_ways_in_which_we_shall_find_consolation_in_it.
1.38_-_Treats_of_the_great_need_which_we_have_to_beseech_the_Eternal_Father_to_grant_us_what_we_ask_in_these_words:_Et_ne_nos_inducas_in_tentationem,_sed_libera_nos_a_malo._Explains_certain_temptations._This_chapter_is_noteworthy.
1.39_-_Continues_the_same_subject_and_gives_counsels_concerning_different_kinds_of_temptation._Suggests_two_remedies_by_which_we_may_be_freed_from_temptations.135
1.39_-_The_Ritual_of_Osiris
1.400_-_1.450_Talks
1.4.01_-_The_Divine_Grace_and_Guidance
1.40_-_Coincidence
1.40_-_Describes_how,_by_striving_always_to_walk_in_the_love_and_fear_of_God,_we_shall_travel_safely_amid_all_these_temptations.
1.41_-_Speaks_of_the_fear_of_God_and_of_how_we_must_keep_ourselves_from_venial_sins.
1.42_-_Treats_of_these_last_words_of_the_Paternoster__Sed_libera_nos_a_malo._Amen._But_deliver_us_from_evil._Amen.
1.439
1.43_-_Dionysus
1.44_-_Demeter_and_Persephone
1.450_-_1.500_Talks
1.45_-_The_Corn-Mother_and_the_Corn-Maiden_in_Northern_Europe
1.46_-_The_Corn-Mother_in_Many_Lands
1.47_-_Lityerses
15.04_-_The_Mother_Abides
15.05_-_Twin_Prayers
15.06_-_Words,_Words,_Words...
15.09_-_One_Day_More
1.50_-_Eating_the_God
1.52_-_Killing_the_Divine_Animal
1.53_-_The_Propitation_of_Wild_Animals_By_Hunters
1.54_-_Types_of_Animal_Sacrament
1.550_-_1.600_Talks
1.55_-_The_Transference_of_Evil
1.56_-_The_Public_Expulsion_of_Evils
1.57_-_Public_Scapegoats
1.58_-_Human_Scapegoats_in_Classical_Antiquity
1.62_-_The_Fire-Festivals_of_Europe
1.63_-_Fear,_a_Bad_Astral_Vision
1.63_-_The_Interpretation_of_the_Fire-Festivals
17.05_-_Hymn_to_Hiranyagarbha
1.70_-_Morality_1
17.10_-_A_Hymn
17.11_-_A_Prayer
1.74_-_Obstacles_on_the_Path
18.01_-_Padavali
18.03_-_Tagore
18.05_-_Ashram_Poets
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1929-06-02_-__Divine_love_and_its_manifestation_-_Part_of_the_vital_being_in_Divine_love
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1950-12-21_-_The_Mother_of_Dreams
1951-02-22_-_Surrender,_offering,_consecration_-_Experiences_and_sincerity_-_Aspiration_and_desire_-_Vedic_hymns_-_Concentration_and_time
1953-04-08
1953-06-03
1953-07-08
1953-07-15
1953-07-29
1953-08-19
1953-09-23
1953-12-09
1953-12-30
1954-05-05_-_Faith,_trust,_confidence_-_Insincerity_and_unconsciousness
1954-05-26_-_Symbolic_dreams_-_Psychic_sorrow_-_Dreams,_one_is_rarely_conscious
1954-06-30_-_Occultism_-_Religion_and_vital_beings_-_Mothers_knowledge_of_what_happens_in_the_Ashram_-_Asking_questions_to_Mother_-_Drawing_on_Mother
1954-07-14_-_The_Divine_and_the_Shakti_-_Personal_effort_-_Speaking_and_thinking_-_Doubt_-_Self-giving,_consecration_and_surrender_-_Mothers_use_of_flowers_-_Ornaments_and_protection
1954-12-29_-_Difficulties_and_the_world_-_The_experience_the_psychic_being_wants_-_After_death_-Ignorance
1955-03-02_-_Right_spirit,_aspiration_and_desire_-_Sleep_and_yogic_repose,_how_to_sleep_-_Remembering_dreams_-_Concentration_and_outer_activity_-_Mother_opens_the_door_inside_everyone_-_Sleep,_a_school_for_inner_knowledge_-_Source_of_energy
1955-04-13_-_Psychoanalysts_-_The_underground_super-ego,_dreams,_sleep,_control_-_Archetypes,_Overmind_and_higher_-_Dream_of_someone_dying_-_Integral_repose,_entering_Sachchidananda_-_Organising_ones_life,_concentration,_repose
1955-10-26_-_The_Divine_and_the_universal_Teacher_-_The_power_of_the_Word_-_The_Creative_Word,_the_mantra_-_Sound,_music_in_other_worlds_-_The_domains_of_pure_form,_colour_and_ideas
1955-11-16_-_The_significance_of_numbers_-_Numbers,_astrology,_true_knowledge_-_Divines_Love_flowers_for_Kali_puja_-_Desire,_aspiration_and_progress_-_Determining_ones_approach_to_the_Divine_-_Liberation_is_obtained_through_austerities_-_...
1956-03-07_-_Sacrifice,_Animals,_hostile_forces,_receive_in_proportion_to_consciousness_-_To_be_luminously_open_-_Integral_transformation_-_Pain_of_rejection,_delight_of_progress_-_Spirit_behind_intention_-_Spirit,_matter,_over-simplified
1956-05-23_-_Yoga_and_religion_-_Story_of_two_clergymen_on_a_boat_-_The_Buddha_and_the_Supramental_-_Hieroglyphs_and_phonetic_alphabets_-_A_vision_of_ancient_Egypt_-_Memory_for_sounds
1956-06-06_-_Sign_or_indication_from_books_of_revelation_-_Spiritualised_mind_-_Stages_of_sadhana_-_Reversal_of_consciousness_-_Organisation_around_central_Presence_-_Boredom,_most_common_human_malady
1956-06-27_-_Birth,_entry_of_soul_into_body_-_Formation_of_the_supramental_world_-_Aspiration_for_progress_-_Bad_thoughts_-_Cerebral_filter_-_Progress_and_resistance
1956-07-18_-_Unlived_dreams_-_Radha-consciousness_-_Separation_and_identification_-_Ananda_of_identity_and_Ananda_of_union_-_Sincerity,_meditation_and_prayer_-_Enemies_of_the_Divine_-_The_universe_is_progressive
1956-08-01_-_Value_of_worship_-_Spiritual_realisation_and_the_integral_yoga_-_Symbols,_translation_of_experience_into_form_-_Sincerity,_fundamental_virtue_-_Intensity_of_aspiration,_with_anguish_or_joy_-_The_divine_Grace
1956-08-08_-_How_to_light_the_psychic_fire,_will_for_progress_-_Helping_from_a_distance,_mental_formations_-_Prayer_and_the_divine_-_Grace_Grace_at_work_everywhere
1956-12-26_-_Defeated_victories_-_Change_of_consciousness_-_Experiences_that_indicate_the_road_to_take_-_Choice_and_preference_-_Diversity_of_the_manifestation
1957-01-09_-_God_is_essentially_Delight_-_God_and_Nature_play_at_hide-and-seek_-__Why,_and_when,_are_you_grave?
1957-01-23_-_How_should_we_understand_pure_delight?_-_The_drop_of_honey_-_Action_of_the_Divine_Will_in_the_world
1957-02-07_-_Individual_and_collective_meditation
1957-07-03_-_Collective_yoga,_vision_of_a_huge_hotel
1957-10-02_-_The_Mind_of_Light_-_Statues_of_the_Buddha_-_Burden_of_the_past
1958-02-19_-_Experience_of_the_supramental_boat_-_The_Censors_-_Absurdity_of_artificial_means
1958-03-19_-_General_tension_in_humanity_-_Peace_and_progress_-_Perversion_and_vision_of_transformation
1958-05-28_-_The_Avatar
1958-08-06_-_Collective_prayer_-_the_ideal_collectivity
1958-08-13_-_Profit_by_staying_in_the_Ashram_-_What_Sri_Aurobindo_has_come_to_tell_us_-_Finding_the_Divine
1958-08-15_-_Our_relation_with_the_Gods
1961_04_26_-_59
1.ac_-_On_-_On_-_Poet
1.ac_-_The_Atheist
1.ac_-_The_Garden_of_Janus
1.ac_-_The_Hermit
1.ac_-_The_Neophyte
1.ami_-_To_the_Saqi_(from_Baal-i-Jibreel)
1.anon_-_The_Epic_of_Gilgamesh_TabletIX
1.anon_-_The_Seven_Evil_Spirits
1.ap_-_The_Universal_Prayer
1.bs_-_Love_Springs_Eternal
1.bs_-_The_moment_I_bowed_down
1.bv_-_When_I_see_the_lark_beating
1.cllg_-_A_Dance_of_Unwavering_Devotion
1.cs_-_We_were_enclosed_(from_Prayer_20)
1f.lovecraft_-_At_the_Mountains_of_Madness
1f.lovecraft_-_Ibid
1f.lovecraft_-_Out_of_the_Aeons
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Case_of_Charles_Dexter_Ward
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Cats_of_Ulthar
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Curse_of_Yig
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Dream-Quest_of_Unknown_Kadath
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Dreams_in_the_Witch_House
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Dunwich_Horror
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Festival
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Haunter_of_the_Dark
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Hoard_of_the_Wizard-Beast
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Horror_at_Martins_Beach
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Horror_at_Red_Hook
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Horror_in_the_Burying-Ground
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Last_Test
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Loved_Dead
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Moon-Bog
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Other_Gods
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Shadow_over_Innsmouth
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Shunned_House
1f.lovecraft_-_The_Strange_High_House_in_the_Mist
1f.lovecraft_-_Under_the_Pyramids
1.fs_-_Fridolin_(The_Walk_To_The_Iron_Factory)
1.fs_-_Hero_And_Leander
1.fs_-_Pompeii_And_Herculaneum
1.fs_-_The_Cranes_Of_Ibycus
1.fs_-_The_Eleusinian_Festival
1.fs_-_The_Fight_With_The_Dragon
1.fs_-_The_Hostage
1.fs_-_The_Lay_Of_The_Bell
1.fs_-_The_Ring_Of_Polycrates_-_A_Ballad
1.fs_-_The_Triumph_Of_Love
1.fs_-_The_Walk
1.fua_-_God_Speaks_to_David
1.fua_-_Invocation
1.fua_-_The_angels_have_bowed_down_to_you_and_drowned
1.hs_-_Meditation
1.hs_-_O_Saghi,_pass_around_that_cup_of_wine,_then_bring_it_to_me
1.hs_-_The_Beloved
1.hs_-_The_Pearl_on_the_Ocean_Floor
1.ia_-_Modification_Of_The_R_Poem
1.jda_-_You_rest_on_the_circle_of_Sris_breast_(from_The_Gitagovinda)
1.jk_-_A_Prophecy_-_To_George_Keats_In_America
1.jk_-_Endymion_-_Book_II
1.jk_-_Endymion_-_Book_III
1.jk_-_Lines_Written_In_The_Highlands_After_A_Visit_To_Burnss_Country
1.jk_-_Otho_The_Great_-_Act_I
1.jk_-_Otho_The_Great_-_Act_II
1.jk_-_Otho_The_Great_-_Act_III
1.jk_-_Sleep_And_Poetry
1.jk_-_Sonnet._Written_In_Disgust_Of_Vulgar_Superstition
1.jk_-_Sonnet_X._To_One_Who_Has_Been_Long_In_City_Pent
1.jk_-_Specimen_Of_An_Induction_To_A_Poem
1.jk_-_The_Eve_Of_Saint_Mark._A_Fragment
1.jk_-_The_Eve_Of_St._Agnes
1.jlb_-_Browning_Decides_To_Be_A_Poet
1.jlb_-_Susana_Soca
1.jr_-_I_Have_Been_Tricked_By_Flying_Too_Close
1.jr_-_There_Are_A_Hundred_Kinds_Of_Prayer
1.jr_-_The_Self_We_Share
1.jr_-_The_Sun_Must_Come
1.jr_-_What_Hidden_Sweetness_Is_There
1.jwvg_-_Prometheus
1.jwvg_-_Royal_Prayer
1.kaa_-_I_Came
1.kbr_-_The_Bride-Soul
1.kbr_-_What_Kind_Of_God?
1.kbr_-_Where_do_you_search_me
1.lovecraft_-_Fungi_From_Yuggoth
1.mbn_-_Prayers_for_the_Protection_and_Opening_of_the_Heart
1.mb_-_on_buddhas_deathbed
1.pbs_-_Arethusa
1.pbs_-_Epipsychidion
1.pbs_-_Hellas_-_A_Lyrical_Drama
1.pbs_-_Homers_Hymn_To_Castor_And_Pollux
1.pbs_-_I_Stood_Upon_A_Heaven-cleaving_Turret
1.pbs_-_Julian_and_Maddalo_-_A_Conversation
1.pbs_-_Ode_to_the_West_Wind
1.pbs_-_Prometheus_Unbound
1.pbs_-_Queen_Mab_-_Part_VI.
1.pbs_-_Queen_Mab_-_Part_Vi_(Excerpts)
1.pbs_-_Rosalind_and_Helen_-_a_Modern_Eclogue
1.pbs_-_Saint_Edmonds_Eve
1.pbs_-_Song._Cold,_Cold_Is_The_Blast_When_December_Is_Howling
1.pbs_-_The_Cenci_-_A_Tragedy_In_Five_Acts
1.pbs_-_The_Daemon_Of_The_World
1.pbs_-_The_Devils_Walk._A_Ballad
1.pbs_-_The_Mask_Of_Anarchy
1.pbs_-_The_Revolt_Of_Islam_-_Canto_I-XII
1.pbs_-_War
1.poe_-_Sancta_Maria
1.poe_-_Tamerlane
1.rb_-_Fra_Lippo_Lippi
1.rb_-_Master_Hugues_Of_Saxe-Gotha
1.rb_-_Paracelsus_-_Part_III_-_Paracelsus
1.rb_-_Paracelsus_-_Part_II_-_Paracelsus_Attains
1.rb_-_Paracelsus_-_Part_I_-_Paracelsus_Aspires
1.rb_-_Rhyme_for_a_Child_Viewing_a_Naked_Venus_in_a_Painting_of_'The_Judgement_of_Paris'
1.rb_-_Sordello_-_Book_the_Fifth
1.rb_-_Sordello_-_Book_the_Second
1.rb_-_The_Flight_Of_The_Duchess
1.rmpsd_-_Ma,_Youre_inside_me
1.rmpsd_-_Mother_this_is_the_grief_that_sorely_grieves_my_heart
1.rmr_-_Dedication
1.rmr_-_English_translationGerman
1.rmr_-_Rememberance
1.rmr_-_The_Unicorn
1.rt_-_(63)_Thou_hast_made_me_known_to_friends_whom_I_knew_not_(from_Gitanjali)
1.rt_-_A_Dream
1.rt_-_Fireflies
1.rt_-_Gitanjali
1.rt_-_Give_Me_Strength
1.rt_-_Lovers_Gifts_IV_-_She_Is_Near_To_My_Heart
1.rt_-_Lovers_Gifts_V_-_I_Would_Ask_For_Still_More
1.rt_-_Maran-Milan_(Death-Wedding)
1.rt_-_Old_And_New
1.rt_-_The_Champa_Flower
1.rt_-_The_Hero
1.rt_-_Your_flute_plays_the_exact_notes_of_my_pain._(from_The_Lover_of_God)
1.rwe_-_Astrae
1.rwe_-_Celestial_Love
1.rwe_-_Dirge
1.rwe_-_Dmonic_Love
1.rwe_-_From_the_Persian_of_Hafiz_I
1.rwe_-_Initial_Love
1.rwe_-_Lover's_Petition
1.rwe_-_Merlin_I
1.rwe_-_Monadnoc
1.rwe_-_Nemesis
1.rwe_-_Spiritual_Laws
1.rwe_-_The_Cumberland
1.rwe_-_Threnody
1.rwe_-_Worship
1.sfa_-_Prayer_from_A_Letter_to_the_Entire_Order
1.sfa_-_Prayer_Inspired_by_the_Our_Father
1.sfa_-_The_Prayer_Before_the_Crucifix
1.snk_-_In_Praise_of_the_Goddess
1.stav_-_In_the_Hands_of_God
1.stl_-_The_Divine_Dew
1.tm_-_A_Practical_Program_for_Monks
1.tr_-_Descend_from_your_head_into_your_heart
1.tr_-_Images,_however_sacred
1.tr_-_To_My_Teacher
1.wby_-_Anashuya_And_Vijaya
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_For_My_Daughter
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_For_My_Son
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_For_Old_Age
1.wby_-_A_Prayer_On_Going_Into_My_House
1.wby_-_Broken_Dreams
1.wby_-_Fiddler_Of_Dooney
1.wby_-_September_1913
1.wby_-_Supernatural_Songs
1.wby_-_The_Heart_Of_The_Woman
1.wby_-_The_Lover_Speaks_To_The_Hearers_Of_His_Songs_In_Coming_Days
1.wby_-_The_Three_Hermits
1.wby_-_The_Wanderings_Of_Oisin_-_Book_I
1.wby_-_Under_Ben_Bulben
1.wby_-_Veronicas_Napkin
1.whitman_-_Beat!_Beat!_Drums!
1.whitman_-_Prayer_Of_Columbus
1.whitman_-_Song_of_Myself
1.whitman_-_Song_Of_Myself-_XLIII
1.whitman_-_Song_Of_Myself-_XXIV
1.whitman_-_The_Death_And_Burial_Of_McDonald_Clarke-_A_Parody
1.ww_-_0-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons_-_Dedication
1.ww_-_1-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons
1.ww_-_24_-_Walt_Whitman,_a_cosmos,_of_Manhattan_the_son
1.ww_-_2-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons
1.ww_-_3-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons
1.ww_-_4-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons
1.ww_-_5-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons
1.ww_-_6-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons
1.ww_-_7-_The_White_Doe_Of_Rylstone,_Or,_The_Fate_Of_The_Nortons
1.ww_-_A_Gravestone_Upon_The_Floor_In_The_Cloisters_Of_Worcester_Cathedral
1.ww_-_A_Whirl-Blast_From_Behind_The_Hill
1.ww_-_Book_Eleventh-_France_[concluded]
1.ww_-_Book_Fourteenth_[conclusion]
1.ww_-_Book_Fourth_[Summer_Vacation]
1.ww_-_Book_Ninth_[Residence_in_France]
1.ww_-_Book_Seventh_[Residence_in_London]
1.ww_-_Book_Tenth_{Residence_in_France_continued]
1.ww_-_Composed_During_A_Storm
1.ww_-_Dion_[See_Plutarch]
1.ww_-_Epitaphs_Translated_From_Chiabrera
1.ww_-_Guilt_And_Sorrow,_Or,_Incidents_Upon_Salisbury_Plain
1.ww_-_Invocation_To_The_Earth,_February_1816
1.ww_-_Laodamia
1.ww_-_Lines_Composed_a_Few_Miles_above_Tintern_Abbey
1.ww_-_Maternal_Grief
1.ww_-_Memorials_Of_A_Tour_In_Scotland
1.ww_-_Memorials_Of_A_Tour_In_Scotland-_1814_I._Suggested_By_A_Beautiful_Ruin_Upon_One_Of_The_Islands_Of_Lo
1.ww_-_Michael-_A_Pastoral_Poem
1.ww_-_Oerweening_Statesmen_Have_Full_Long_Relied
1.ww_-_On_the_Departure_of_Sir_Walter_Scott_from_Abbotsford
1.ww_-_The_Complaint_Of_A_Forsaken_Indian_Woman
1.ww_-_The_Excursion-_II-_Book_First-_The_Wanderer
1.ww_-_The_Excursion-_IV-_Book_Third-_Despondency
1.ww_-_The_Excursion-_IX-_Book_Eighth-_The_Parsonage
1.ww_-_The_Excursion-_V-_Book_Fouth-_Despondency_Corrected
1.ww_-_The_Excursion-_VII-_Book_Sixth-_The_Churchyard_Among_the_Mountains
1.ww_-_The_Excursion-_X-_Book_Ninth-_Discourse_of_the_Wanderer,_and_an_Evening_Visit_to_the_Lake
1.ww_-_The_Force_Of_Prayer,_Or,_The_Founding_Of_Bolton,_A_Tradition
1.ww_-_The_Highland_Broach
1.ww_-_The_Horn_Of_Egremont_Castle
1.ww_-_The_Idiot_Boy
1.ww_-_The_Morning_Of_The_Day_Appointed_For_A_General_Thanksgiving._January_18,_1816
1.ww_-_The_Prioresss_Tale_[from_Chaucer]
1.ww_-_The_Waggoner_-_Canto_First
1.ww_-_The_Waggoner_-_Canto_Second
1.ww_-_The_Waggoner_-_Canto_Third
1.ww_-_The_Wishing_Gate_Destroyed
1.ww_-_To_Sir_George_Howland_Beaumont,_Bart_From_the_South-West_Coast_Or_Cumberland_1811
1.ww_-_To_The_Supreme_Being_From_The_Italian_Of_Michael_Angelo
1.ww_-_Translation_Of_Part_Of_The_First_Book_Of_The_Aeneid
2.00_-_BIBLIOGRAPHY
2.01_-_AT_THE_STAR_THEATRE
2.01_-_Habit_1__Be_Proactive
2.01_-_Mandala_One
2.01_-_War.
2.02_-_Habit_2__Begin_with_the_End_in_Mind
2.02_-_On_Letters
2.02_-_THE_DURGA_PUJA_FESTIVAL
2.03_-_On_Medicine
2.03_-_THE_MASTER_IN_VARIOUS_MOODS
2.04_-_ADVICE_TO_ISHAN
2.04_-_Positive_Aspects_of_the_Mother-Complex
2.05_-_Apotheosis
2.05_-_Aspects_of_Sadhana
2.05_-_Universal_Love_and_how_it_leads_to_Self-Surrender
2.05_-_VISIT_TO_THE_SINTHI_BRAMO_SAMAJ
2.06_-_WITH_VARIOUS_DEVOTEES
2.07_-_BANKIM_CHANDRA
2.07_-_On_Congress_and_Politics
2.07_-_The_Mother__Relations_with_Others
2.07_-_The_Triangle_of_Love
2.08_-_ALICE_IN_WONDERLAND
2.09_-_Meditation
2.09_-_THE_MASTERS_BIRTHDAY
2.0_-_THE_ANTICHRIST
2.1.01_-_The_Central_Process_of_the_Sadhana
21.01_-_The_Mother_The_Nature_of_Her_Work
2.1.02_-_Combining_Work,_Meditation_and_Bhakti
2.1.02_-_Love_and_Death
2.10_-_THE_MASTER_AND_NARENDRA
2.10_-_The_Vision_of_the_World-Spirit_-_Time_the_Destroyer
2.11_-_The_Shattering_And_Fall_of_The_Primordial_Kings
2.11_-_The_Vision_of_the_World-Spirit_-_The_Double_Aspect
2.11_-_WITH_THE_DEVOTEES_IN_CALCUTTA
2.12_-_On_Miracles
2.12_-_THE_MASTERS_REMINISCENCES
2.1.3.1_-_Students
2.13_-_THE_MASTER_AT_THE_HOUSES_OF_BALARM_AND_GIRISH
2.14_-_AT_RAMS_HOUSE
2.1.5.1_-_Study_of_Works_of_Sri_Aurobindo_and_the_Mother
2.15_-_CAR_FESTIVAL_AT_BALARMS_HOUSE
2.16_-_The_15th_of_August
2.16_-_The_Magick_Fire
2.16_-_VISIT_TO_NANDA_BOSES_HOUSE
2.17_-_December_1938
2.17_-_THE_MASTER_ON_HIMSELF_AND_HIS_EXPERIENCES
2.18_-_January_1939
2.18_-_SRI_RAMAKRISHNA_AT_SYAMPUKUR
2.19_-_THE_MASTER_AND_DR._SARKAR
2.2.03_-_The_Divine_Force_in_Work
2.20_-_The_Infancy_and_Maturity_of_ZO,_Father_and_Mother,_Israel_The_Ancient_and_Understanding
2.20_-_THE_MASTERS_TRAINING_OF_HIS_DISCIPLES
2.21_-_1940
2.21_-_IN_THE_COMPANY_OF_DEVOTEES_AT_SYAMPUKUR
2.22_-_THE_MASTER_AT_COSSIPORE
2.2.3_-_Depression_and_Despondency
2.25_-_AFTER_THE_PASSING_AWAY
2.3.03_-_The_Mother's_Presence
2.3.04_-_The_Mother's_Force
2.3.08_-_The_Mother's_Help_in_Difficulties
23.09_-_Observations_I
2.31_-_The_Elevation_Attained_Through_Sabbath
2.4.01_-_Divine_Love,_Psychic_Love_and_Human_Love
2.4.02_-_Bhakti,_Devotion,_Worship
2.4.2_-_Interactions_with_Others_and_the_Practice_of_Yoga
26.01_-_Vedic_Hymns
26.02_-_Other_Hymns_and_Prayers
26.03_-_Ramprasad
28.01_-_Observations
2_-_Other_Hymns_to_Agni
30.07_-_The_Poet_and_the_Yogi
3.00_-_Hymn_To_Pan
30.13_-_Rabindranath_the_Artist
30.18_-_Boris_Pasternak
3.01_-_Fear_of_God
3.01_-_The_Principles_of_Ritual
3.01_-_Towards_the_Future
3.02_-_Aridity_in_Prayer
3.02_-_Aspiration
3.02_-_The_Formulae_of_the_Elemental_Weapons
3.02_-_The_Great_Secret
3.02_-_The_Motives_of_Devotion
3.02_-_The_Psychology_of_Rebirth
3.03_-_The_Consummation_of_Mysticism
3.03_-_The_Four_Foundational_Practices
3.03_-_The_Godward_Emotions
3.04_-_The_Way_of_Devotion
3.05_-_SAL
3.08_-_ON_APOSTATES
3.09_-_Of_Silence_and_Secrecy
31.04_-_Sri_Ramakrishna
3.1.14_-_Vedantin.s_Prayer
3.11_-_Spells
3.13_-_Of_the_Banishings
3.2.08_-_Bhakti_Yoga_and_Vaishnavism
3.2.3_-_Dreams
33.04_-_Deoghar
33.18_-_I_Bow_to_the_Mother
3.4.2_-_Guru_Yoga
35.01_-_Hymn_To_The_Sweet_Lord
35.02_-_Hymn_to_Hara-Gauri
35.03_-_Hymn_To_Bhavani
35.04_-_Hymn_To_Surya
35.05_-_Hymn_To_Saraswati
35.06_-_Who_Seeks_Holy_Places?
3-5_Full_Circle
3.6.01_-_Heraclitus
36.07_-_An_Introduction_To_The_Vedas
3.7.1.08_-_Karma
38.01_-_Asceticism_and_Renunciation
38.02_-_Hymns_and_Prayers
38.03_-_Mute
39.10_-_O,_Wake_Up_from_Vain_Slumber
39.11_-_A_Prayer
3_-_Commentaries_and_Annotated_Translations
40.01_-_November_24,_1926
4.01_-_Prayers_and_Meditations
4.01_-_Sweetness_in_Prayer
4.02_-_Autobiographical_Evidence
4.02_-_Difficulties
4.02_-_Divine_Consolations.
4.02_-_Humanity_in_Progress
4.03_-_Prayer_of_Quiet
4.03_-_Prayer_to_the_Ever-greater_Christ
4.04_-_In_the_Total_Christ
4.08_-_THE_RELIGIOUS_PROBLEM_OF_THE_KINGS_RENEWAL
4.1.01_-_The_Intellect_and_Yoga
41.01_-_Vedic_Hymns
41.02_-_Other_Hymns_and_Prayers
41.03_-_Bengali_Poems_of_Sri_Aurobindo
4.1.1.05_-_The_Central_Process_of_the_Yoga
4.1.2_-_The_Difficulties_of_Human_Nature
4.1_-_Jnana
4.2.2_-_Steps_towards_Overcoming_Difficulties
4.2.3.04_-_Means_of_Bringing_Forward_the_Psychic
4.2.4_-_Time_and_CHange_of_the_Nature
4.4.4.05_-_The_Descent_of_Force_or_Power
4.4.6.01_-_Sensations_in_the_Inner_Centres
5.01_-_EPILOGUE
5.07_-_Beginnings_Of_Civilization
5.1.01.2_-_The_Book_of_the_Statesman
5.1.01.8_-_The_Book_of_the_Gods
5.2.01_-_The_Descent_of_Ahana
5.4.01_-_Notes_on_Root-Sounds
5_-_The_Phenomenology_of_the_Spirit_in_Fairytales
6.08_-_Intellectual_Visions
6.08_-_THE_CONTENT_AND_MEANING_OF_THE_FIRST_TWO_STAGES
6.09_-_Imaginary_Visions
6.0_-_Conscious,_Unconscious,_and_Individuation
7.01_-_The_Soul_(the_Psychic)
7.03_-_The_Heart
7.15_-_The_Family
7.16_-_Sympathy
7_-_Yoga_of_Sri_Aurobindo
9.99_-_Glossary
Aeneid
Apology
Appendix_4_-_Priest_Spells
Averroes_Search
Bhagavad_Gita
Blazing_P3_-_Explore_the_Stages_of_Postconventional_Consciousness
BOOK_II._-_A_review_of_the_calamities_suffered_by_the_Romans_before_the_time_of_Christ,_showing_that_their_gods_had_plunged_them_into_corruption_and_vice
BOOK_III._-_The_external_calamities_of_Rome
BOOK_II._--_PART_I._ANTHROPOGENESIS.
BOOK_II._--_PART_II._THE_ARCHAIC_SYMBOLISM_OF_THE_WORLD-RELIGIONS
BOOK_I._--_PART_III._SCIENCE_AND_THE_SECRET_DOCTRINE_CONTRASTED
BOOK_I._--_PART_II._THE_EVOLUTION_OF_SYMBOLISM_IN_ITS_APPROXIMATE_ORDER
BOOK_IV._-_That_empire_was_given_to_Rome_not_by_the_gods,_but_by_the_One_True_God
BOOK_IX._-_Of_those_who_allege_a_distinction_among_demons,_some_being_good_and_others_evil
Book_of_Imaginary_Beings_(text)
Book_of_Psalms
BOOK_VIII._-_Some_account_of_the_Socratic_and_Platonic_philosophy,_and_a_refutation_of_the_doctrine_of_Apuleius_that_the_demons_should_be_worshipped_as_mediators_between_gods_and_men
BOOK_V._-_Of_fate,_freewill,_and_God's_prescience,_and_of_the_source_of_the_virtues_of_the_ancient_Romans
BOOK_XI._-_Augustine_passes_to_the_second_part_of_the_work,_in_which_the_origin,_progress,_and_destinies_of_the_earthly_and_heavenly_cities_are_discussed.Speculations_regarding_the_creation_of_the_world
BOOK_XIX._-_A_review_of_the_philosophical_opinions_regarding_the_Supreme_Good,_and_a_comparison_of_these_opinions_with_the_Christian_belief_regarding_happiness
BOOK_X._-_Porphyrys_doctrine_of_redemption
BOOK_XVIII._-_A_parallel_history_of_the_earthly_and_heavenly_cities_from_the_time_of_Abraham_to_the_end_of_the_world
BOOK_XVII._-_The_history_of_the_city_of_God_from_the_times_of_the_prophets_to_Christ
BOOK_XXII._-_Of_the_eternal_happiness_of_the_saints,_the_resurrection_of_the_body,_and_the_miracles_of_the_early_Church
BOOK_XXI._-_Of_the_eternal_punishment_of_the_wicked_in_hell,_and_of_the_various_objections_urged_against_it
BS_1_-_Introduction_to_the_Idea_of_God
Chapter_III_-_WHEREIN_IS_RELATED_THE_DROLL_WAY_IN_WHICH_DON_QUIXOTE_HAD_HIMSELF_DUBBED_A_KNIGHT
COSA_-_BOOK_I
COSA_-_BOOK_III
COSA_-_BOOK_IV
COSA_-_BOOK_IX
COSA_-_BOOK_V
COSA_-_BOOK_VI
COSA_-_BOOK_VIII
COSA_-_BOOK_X
COSA_-_BOOK_XI
COSA_-_BOOK_XIII
Cratylus
Emma_Zunz
ENNEAD_03.02_-_Of_Providence.
ENNEAD_04.04_-_Questions_About_the_Soul.
ENNEAD_05.01_-_The_Three_Principal_Hypostases,_or_Forms_of_Existence.
ENNEAD_06.05_-_The_One_and_Identical_Being_is_Everywhere_Present_In_Its_Entirety.345
Epistle_to_the_Romans
Euthyphro
First_Epistle_of_Paul_to_the_Thessalonians
Gorgias
Guru_Granth_Sahib_first_part
IS_-_Chapter_1
Liber_46_-_The_Key_of_the_Mysteries
Liber_71_-_The_Voice_of_the_Silence_-_The_Two_Paths_-_The_Seven_Portals
LUX.01_-_GNOSIS
LUX.02_-_EVOCATION
LUX.05_-_AUGOEIDES
Medea_-_A_Vergillian_Cento
Phaedo
Prayers_and_Meditations_by_Baha_u_llah_text
r1912_07_01
r1914_04_14
r1918_05_22
Sayings_of_Sri_Ramakrishna_(text)
SB_1.1_-_Questions_by_the_Sages
Symposium_translated_by_B_Jowett
Tablets_of_Baha_u_llah_text
Talks_001-025
Talks_051-075
Talks_100-125
Talks_176-200
Talks_500-550
Talks_600-652
Talks_With_Sri_Aurobindo_1
Talks_With_Sri_Aurobindo_2
The_Act_of_Creation_text
The_Book_of_Certitude_-_P1
The_Book_of_Certitude_-_P2
The_Book_of_Job
The_Book_of_the_Prophet_Isaiah
The_Divine_Names_Text_(Dionysis)
The_Dwellings_of_the_Philosophers
The_Epistle_of_James
The_Epistle_of_Paul_to_the_Ephesians
The_Epistle_of_Paul_to_the_Philippians
the_Eternal_Wisdom
The_First_Epistle_of_Paul_to_the_Corinthians
The_First_Epistle_of_Paul_to_Timothy
The_First_Epistle_of_Peter
The_Gospel_According_to_John
The_Gospel_According_to_Luke
The_Gospel_According_to_Mark
The_Gospel_According_to_Matthew
The_Letter_to_the_Hebrews
The_Logomachy_of_Zos
The_Pilgrims_Progress
The_Pythagorean_Sentences_of_Demophilus
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Prayer ::: A general term used for addressing petitions (or praise) to the deity. See amida, birkat, kaddish, maariv, mincha, salat, shemoneh esreh. See also hymn, liturgy, siddur.

Prayer ::: An act of beseechment to a higher power or aspect of oneself. The reasons can vary and what is asked for can vary, but faith is often required to break through with a request unless there is foundational gnosis to fall back on.

Prayer As usually understood in the West, prayer implies the existence — whether actually so in nature or not — of a divine entity, such as God, Christ, an angel or saint, to whom petitions may be addressed and by whose favor benefits may be obtained, a view of prayer held in nearly all exoteric religious systems. Yet even among those who believe in personal divinities, some take a higher view of prayer than that of asking for special favors, rather looking upon it as an act of resignation to the divine will: “Not my will, but thine, be done.” Theosophy speaks of this as the endeavor of the aspiring human mind to establish individual communion between the personal man and his spiritual counterpart or inner god, the true meaning of the injunction to pray to our Father which is in secret. Thus prayer takes the form of aspiration combined with deep meditation, as has been the case with mystics, Eastern and Western. This involves a laying aside of personal wishes and a conscious desire for intuitive perception of the truth and for the power to follow it. If a personal wish is present, precisely because all personal wishes in the last analysis are restricted, and hence either physically or spiritually selfish, the act becomes one of black magic, for the person is seeking to evoke interior powers in furtherance of his own purposes, which in such cases are usually founded in self-seeking of some kind. Also, a well-intentioned person, praying on behalf of another, may unwittingly exercise on that other an interference with the latter’s will, similar in many respects to that of hypnotism.

Prayerbook of the Mandaeans, where Sauriel is

Prayer flag: Small pennants made of fabric strung by the hundreds across the entrance gates to larger Tibetan cities. Each flutter of the flags in the wind is believed to cause a prayer to be carried across the skies to Buddha.

Prayer of Joseph. A Jewish apocryphon cited in the works

Prayer

Prayer ::: The life of man is a life of wants and needs and th
   refore of desires, not only in his physical and vital, but in his mental and spiritual being. When he becomes conscious of a greater Power governing the world, he approaches it through prayer for the fulfilment of his needs, for help in his rough journey, for protection and aid in his struggle. Whatever crudities there may be in the ordinary religious approach to God by prayer, and there are many, especially that attitude which imagines the Divine as if capable of being propitiated, bribed, flattered into acquiescence or indulgence by praise, entreaty and gifts and has often little regard to the spirit in which he is approached, still this way of turning to the Divine is an essential movement of our religious being and reposes on a universal truth. The efficacy of prayer is often doubted and prayer itself supposed to be a thing irrational and necessarily superfluous and ineffective. It is true that the universal will executes always its aim and cannot be deflected by egoistic propitiation and entreaty, it is true of the Transcendent who expresses himself in the universal order that being omniscient his larger knowledge must foresee the thing to be done and it does not need direction or stimulation by human thought and that the individual’s desires are not and cannot be in any world-order the true determining factor. But neither is that order or the execution of the universal will altogether effected by mechanical Law, but by powers and forces of which for human life at least human will, aspiration and faith are not among the least important. Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations. For our will and aspiration can act either by our own strength and endeavour, which can no doubt be made a thing great and effective whether for lower or higher purposes,—and there are plenty of disciplines which put it forward as the one force to be used,—or it can act in dependence upon and with subordination to the divine or the universal Will. And this latter way again may either look upon thatWill as responsive indeed to our aspiration, but almost mechanically, by a sort of law of energy, or at any rate quite impersonally, or else it may look upon it as responding consciously to the divine aspiration and faith of the human soul and consciously bringing to it the help, the guidance, the protection and fruition demanded. Prayer helps to prepare this relation for us at first on the lower plane even while it is there consistent with much that is mere egoism and self-delusion; but afterwards we can draw towards the spiritual truth which is behind it. It is not then the giving of the thing asked for that matters, but the relation itself, the contact of man’s life with God, the conscious interchange. In spiritual matters and in the seeking of spiritual gains, this conscious relation is a great power; it is a much greater power than our own entirely self-reliant struggle and effort and it brings a fuller spiritual growth and experience. Necessarily in the end prayer either ceases in the greater thing for which it prepared us, —in fact the form we call prayer is not itself essential so long as the faith, the will, the aspiration are there,—or remains only for the joy of the relation. Also its objects, the artha or interest it seeks to realise, become higher and higher until we reach the highest motiveless devotion, which is that of divine love pure and simple without any other demand or longing.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 23-24, Page: 566-67-68


Prayer wall: In Tibet, a stone roadside shrine, copiously inscribed, often stretching for a quarter of a mile or even more. Passers-by must go by it on the left, in conformity with the Oriental belief that respect is shown to things by keeping them always on the right side of oneself.

Prayer wheel: See: Wheel of prayer.

prayer at Vesting. [Rf. Malchus, The Secret

prayer :::Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations.” The Synthesis of Yoga

prayer by the Master of the Art in Solomonic

prayer by the Master of the Art. [Rf. Waite, The

prayer flag. See RLUNG RTA.

prayer flag

prayerful ::: a. --> Given to prayer; praying much or often; devotional.

prayerless ::: a. --> Not using prayer; habitually neglecting prayer to God; without prayer.

prayer ::: n. --> One who prays; a supplicant. ::: v. i. --> The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body.
The act of addressing supplication to a divinity,


prayers at Vestment. [Rf Mathers, The Greater

PRAYER

prayer.

prayers offered for deliverance from enemies

prayers of Israel and the princes of the 7 th

prayer ::: Sri Aurobindo: "Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations.” *The Synthesis of Yoga

prayers that ascend to Heaven from the earth,

prayers, then transmits them for further ascent.

PRAYER. ::: The life of man is a life of wants and needs and therefore of desires, not only in his physical and vital, but in his mental and spiritual being. When he becomes conscious of a greater Power governing the world, he approaches it through prayer for the fulfilment of his needs, for help in his rough journey, for protection and aid in his struggle. Whatever crudi- ties there may be in the ordinary religious approach to God by prayer, and there are many, especially that attitude which ima- gines the Divine as if capable of being propitiated, bribed, flat- tered into acquiescence or indulgence by praise, entreaty and gifts and has often little te^td to the spirit in which he is approached, still this way of turning to the Divine is an essen- tial movement of our religious being and reposes on a universal truth.

The efficacy of prayer is often doubted and prayer itself supposed to be a thing irrational and necessarily superfluous and ineffective. It is true that the universal will executes always its aim and cannot be deflected by egoistic propitiation and entreaty, it is true of the Transcendent who expresses himself in the universal order that, being omniscient, his larger knowledge must foresee the thing to be done and it does not need direction or stimulation by human thought and that the individual's desires are not and cannot be in any world-order the true determining factor. But neither is that order or the execution of the universal will altogether effected by mechanical Law, but by powers and forces of which for human life at least, human will, aspiration and faith are not among the least important. Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations. For our will and aspiration can act either by our own strength and endeavour, which can no doubt be made a thing great and effective whether for lower or higher purposes, -and there are plenty of disciplines which put it forward as the one force to be used, -- or it can act in dependence upon and with subordination to the divine or the universal Will. And this latter way, again, may either look upon that Will as responsive indeed to our aspiration, but almost mechanically, by a sort of law of energy, or at any rate quite impersonally, or else it may look upon it as responding consciously to the divine aspiration and faith of the human soul and consciously bringing to it the help, the guidance, the protection and fruition demanded, yogaksemam vahamyaham. ~ TSOY, SYN

Prayer helps to prepare this relation for us at first on the lower plane even while it is (here consistent with much that is mere egoism and self-delusion; but afterwards we can draw towards the spiritual truth which is behind it. It is not then the givinc of the thing asked for that matters, but the relation itself, the contact of man’s life with God, the conscious interchange.

In spiritual matters and in the seeking of spiritual gains, this conscious relation is a great power; it is a much greater power than our own entirely self-reliant struggle and effort and it brings a fuller spiritual growth and experience. Necessarily, in the end prayer either ceases in the greater thing for which it prepared us, -- in fact the form we call prayer is not itself essential so long as the faith, the will, the aspiration are there, -- or remains only for the joy of the relation. Also its objects, the artha or interest it seeks to realise, become higher and higher until we reach the highest motiveless devotion, which is that of divine love pure and simple without any other demand or longing.

Prayer for others ::: The fact of praying and the attitude it brings, especially unselfish prayer for others, itself opens you to the higher Power, even if there is no corresponding result in the person prayed for. 'Nothing can be positively said about that, for the result must necessarily depend on the persons, whe- ther they arc open or receptive or something in them can res- pond to any Force the prayer brings down.

Prayer must well up from the heart on a crest of emotion or aspiration.

Prayer {Ideal)'. Not prayer insisting on immediate fulfilment, but prayer that is itself a communion of the mind and heart with the Divine*and can have the joy and satisfaction of itself, trusting for fulfilment by the Divine in his own time.


prayer wheel. See MA nI 'KHOR LO.

prayer wheel


TERMS ANYWHERE

184 myriad angels to snatch away Moses’ prayer

26. Prayer of Joseph.

  4. Truthfulness and unswerving faith in the law of Karma, independent of any power in nature that could interfere: a law whose course is not to be obstructed by any agency, not to be caused to deviate by prayer or propitiatory exoteric ceremonies;

abdest ::: n. --> Purification by washing the hands before prayer; -- a Mohammedan rite.

Adbhuta-Brahmana (Sanskrit) Adbhuta-brāhmaṇa [from adbhuta wonderful, marvelous + brāhmaṇa portion of the Vedas treating of ritual, prayer, sacrifices, and mantra] One of the eight Brahmanas belonging to the Sama-Veda, dealing with omens, auguries, and extraordinary wonders.

adhan (azan) :::   call to prayer

Adonai (Hebrew) ’Adonāi [from ’ādōn lord] My Lords; through usage, Lord, a plural of excellence. Originally a sort of appeal or prayer to the hierarchical spiritual powers of the earth planetary chain, and more particularly of the planetary spirit of the earth itself; later it became a mere substitute for the unutterable name of God, usually for Tetragrammaton (YHVH).

Adonai ::: Name for God used most frequently in prayers and the Torah. It means “Master of the universe”.

Agapae (Greek) [plural of agape brotherly love, loving kindness, charity] Love feasts; not only the love for God, but the love of Christians for each other as being members of a divinely inspired communion. The agapae were meetings for prayer, song, reading, exhortation, exchange of news, and ended with the brotherly kiss. With the lapse into worldliness, abuses crept into these love-feasts, which in time became so notorious that they were finally abolished.

agnus dei ::: --> A figure of a lamb bearing a cross or flag.
A cake of wax stamped with such a figure. It is made from the remains of the paschal candles and blessed by the Pope.
A triple prayer in the sacrifice of the Mass, beginning with the words "Agnus Dei."


Ajapa (Sanskrit) Ajapa [from a not + the verbal root jap to speak in a low voice] One who does not use orthodox prayers; a reciter of heterodox mantras or works. Ajapa is the form of mantra called hamsa, consisting of a series of inhalations and exhalations.

Aleinu ::: First of the closing prayers of prayer services.

  "All prayer rightly offered brings us closer to the Divine and establishes a right relation with Him.” *Letters on Yoga

“All prayer rightly offered brings us closer to the Divine and establishes a right relation with Him.” Letters on Yoga

Al-Mujib ::: The One who unequivocally responds to all who turn towards Him (in prayer and invocation) and provides their needs.

Also a prayer in the Avesta.

Also a sacred wooden pole or image standing close to the massebah and altar in early Shemitic sanctuaries, part of the equipment of the temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem till the Deuteronomic reformation of Josiah (2 Kings 23:6). The plural, ’asherim, denotes statues, images, columns, or pillars; translated in the Bible by “groves.” Maachah, the grandmother of Asa, King of Jerusalem, is accused of having made for herself such an idol, which was a lingham — for centuries a religious rite in Judaea. Sometimes called the Assyrian Tree of Life, “the original Asherah was a pillar with seven branches on each side surmounted by a globular flower with three projecting rays, and no phallic stone, as the Jews made of it, but a metaphysical symbol. ‘Merciful One, who dead to life raises!’ was the prayer uttered before the Asherah, on the banks of the Euphrates. The ‘Merciful One,’ was . . . the higher triad in man symbolized by the globular flower with its three rays” (TG 37). See also ASTARTE.

altitude invoked in magical prayer, as set forth in

altitude invoked in magic prayer, as set forth in

Ambarvales, Ambarvalia (Latin) Italian festivals in honor of Ceres held at Rome on May 29, when the fields were blessed; in rural areas, the people walked three times round their fields following a hog, ram, and bull which were then sacrificed after a prayer for fruitfulness to Ceres (originally to Mars). Its rituals with cake, wine, water, and chalice were identical with and the origin of those of the Christian mass (BCW 11:100).

Amen ::: (Heb. acronym. El Melech Ne'eman) Traditional response to prayers or blessings. It literally stands for "God the true king".

Amen (Hebrew) ’Āmēn [from ’āman to be firm, faithful, trustworthy, sure] Firmness, permanency, durability, truth, fidelity; as an adverb truly, certainly, verily, so be it. The significance of amen is in many cases almost identic with that of the Sanskrit Aum (Om). For this reason in Christian prayers or church services it has been adopted as the final word closing a prayer — another usage closely similar to the way in which Om is used in Sanskrit writings. In later Gnostic times Amen was one of the angelic host.

amen ::: interj., adv., & n. --> An expression used at the end of prayers, and meaning, So be it. At the end of a creed, it is a solemn asseveration of belief. When it introduces a declaration, it is equivalent to truly, verily. ::: v. t. --> To say Amen to; to sanction fully.

Amen ::: "So Be It." A conclusionary utterance, even a mantra, in prayer and ritual that is common to both the Judeochristian and Islamic paradigms.

Amidah ::: (Heb. Standing). The main section of rabbinic Jewish prayers, recited in a standing posture; also known as tefillah or shemoneh esrei (eighteen benedictions).

Amidah (The &

and then transmits the prayers to the 7th Heaven

angel Jacob-Israel. See the pseudepigraphic Prayer

Angel of Prayer—in occult writings one finds

“Angel of Glory, Angel of Prayer,” Longfellow’s

angel of prayer and tears. See Longfellow’s poem

angel of prayer, love, joy, and light. Above all,

angels. In the Prayer of Joseph, an Alexandrian

angel who presided over prayers. [Cf. Akatriel;

Anjali (Sanskrit) Añjali [from the verbal root añj to smear with, anoint, honor] Salutation; a gesture of respect when the hands placed side by side and slightly hollowed are raised to the forehead. This salutation of reverence and benediction has been universally used by Hindus since ancient times, not only as a sign of reverence to gurus or those to whom it is desired to show special respect, but also frequently as a gesture of prayer directed to divinities.

Anshei K'nesset HaGedolah ::: Hebrew for “Men of the Great Assembly”. During the Second Temple era, this insitution of 120 men led the Jewish people. They composed many prayers, enacted ordinances to protect Torah observance, and established the Hebrew calendar.

apprecation ::: n. --> Earnest prayer; devout wish.

Arabonas—a spirit invoked in prayer by the

ARADHANA ::: Worship of the Divine, love, self-surrender, aspiration to the Divine, calling the name, prayer.

aradhana ::: worship of the Divine (love, self-surrender, aspiration to the Divine, calling the name, prayer).

archangels in Yezidic religion invoked in prayer

Arvit (&

Asac(h) —an angel invoked in magical prayer.

ascend.” If such prayers are found worthy,

  "As for prayer, no hard and fast rule can be laid down. Some prayers are answered, all are not. You may ask, why should not then all prayers be answered? But why should they be? It is not a machinery: put a prayer in the slot and get your asking. Besides, considering all the contradictory things mankind is praying for at the same moment, God would be in a rather awkward hole if he had to grant all of them; it wouldn"t do.” *Letters on Yoga

“As for prayer, no hard and fast rule can be laid down. Some prayers are answered, all are not. You may ask, why should not then all prayers be answered? But why should they be? It is not a machinery: put a prayer in the slot and get your asking. Besides, considering all the contradictory things mankind is praying for at the same moment, God would be in a rather awkward hole if he had to grant all of them; it wouldn’t do.” Letters on Yoga

Ashrei (&

"Aspiration, call, prayer are forms of one and the same thing and are all effective; you can take the form that comes to you or is easiest to you.” Letters on Yoga

“Aspiration, call, prayer are forms of one and the same thing and are all effective; you can take the form that comes to you or is easiest to you.” Letters on Yoga

Atarpi or Atarpi-nisi (Chaldean) The man; in the Babylonian account of Genesis, a pious person who prayed to the god Hea to remove the evil of drought and other things before the deluge is sent. In answer to this prayer, “Hea announces his resolve to destroy the people he created, which he does by a deluge” (TG 41-2).

Atharva Veda (Sanskrit) Atharva Veda One of the principal Vedas, commonly known as the fourth; attributed to Atharvan or Atharva. The Rig-Veda states that he was the first to “draw forth fire” and institute its worship, as well as the offering of soma and prayers. Mythologically, Atharvan is represented as a prajapati, Brahma’s eldest son, instructed by his father in brahma-vidya: thus was he inspired to compose the Veda bearing his name. At a later period he is associated with Angiras and called the father of Agni. The Atharva-Veda, considered of later origin than the other three Vedas, comprises about 6000 verses, 760 being hymns, consisting of formulas and spells or incantations for counteracting diseases and calamities. The hymns are of slightly different character from those in the other Vedas: in addition to reverencing the gods, the worshiper himself is exalted and is supposed to receive benefits by reciting the mantras.

Atharva Veda: The latest of the four Vedas (q.v.), containing many magic charms and incantations, as well as hymns and prayers similar to those in the Rig Veda. (It is often referred to as the “Veda of Occult Powers.”)

ave mary ::: --> A salutation and prayer to the Virgin Mary, as mother of God; -- used in the Roman Catholic church.
A particular time (as in Italy, at the ringing of the bells about half an hour after sunset, and also at early dawn), when the people repeat the Ave Maria.


A verse in the Ormazd Yasht (prayer to Ahura-Mazda) hints at another aspect of the Amesha-Spentas connected with the afterdeath state. Each one is named, and the verse ends: these “are the reward of the holy ones, when freed from their bodies, my creatures” (v 25).

Avinu Malkenuh ::: A prayer recited on fast Days and Rosh HaShannah penned by Rabbi Akiva.

Ba'al Korai ::: (Heb.) Torah reader at public prayer service.

Ba'al Tefillah ::: Prayer leader also known as a chazzan.

Baptism: A rite of dedication and induction of an individual into a circle of social and religious privilege. The rite is usually of a ceremonious nature with pledges given (by proxy in the case of infants), prayers and accompanied by some visible sign (such as water, symbol of purification, or wine, honey, oil or blood) sealing the bond of fellowship. In its earliest form the rite probably symbolized not only an initiation but the magical removal of some tabu or demon possession (exorcism -- see Demonology), the legitimacy of birth, the inheritance of privilege, the assumption of a name and the expectancy of responsibility. In Christian circles the rite has assumed the status of a sacrament, the supernatural rebirth into the Divine Kingdom. Various forms include sprinkling with water, immersion, or the laying on of hands. In some Christian circles it is considered less a mystical rite and more a sign of a covenant of salvation and consecration to the higher life. -- V.F.

Baracata—a spirit invoked in prayer by the

Barechu ::: (Heb. Blessed is he) Opening (and sometimes closing) declaration traditionally recited during some prayer services.

Barsom: In the rituals of the ancient Parsis, a bunch of twigs cut from the trees amidst appropriate rites and incantations and presented to the temples; only the priests were permitted to carry it during prayers or magical ceremonies.

bead ::: n. --> A prayer.
A little perforated ball, to be strung on a thread, and worn for ornament; or used in a rosary for counting prayers, as by Roman Catholics and Mohammedans, whence the phrases to tell beads, to at one&


beadroll ::: n. --> A catalogue of persons, for the rest of whose souls a certain number of prayers are to be said or counted off on the beads of a chaplet; hence, a catalogue in general.

benedicite ::: n. --> A canticle (the Latin version of which begins with this word) which may be used in the order for morning prayer in the Church of England. It is taken from an apocryphal addition to the third chapter of Daniel.
An exclamation corresponding to Bless you !.


benediction ::: n. --> The act of blessing.
A blessing; an expression of blessing, prayer, or kind wishes in favor of any person or thing; a solemn or affectionate invocation of happiness.
The short prayer which closes public worship; as, to give the benediction.
The form of instituting an abbot, answering to the consecration of a bishop.


benedictory ::: a. --> Expressing wishes for good; as, a benedictory prayer.

bene ::: n. --> See Benne.
A prayer; boon.
Alt. of Ben


bestows sight. [Rf Drower, Canonical Prayerbook

between the prayers of Israel and the princes of

bhajan. ::: singing devotional songs in chorus; devotional practice, prayer

bhakti yoga. ::: the yoga of devotion chosen primarily by those of an emotional nature; the yoga motivated chiefly by seeing God as the embodiment of love; through prayer, worship and ritual one surrenders to God, channelling and transmuting one's emotions into unconditional love or devotion; one of the four paths of yoga

Bhur Bhuvah Svah (Sanskrit) Bhūr Bhuvaḥ Svaḥ The names of the first three of the seven lokas (worlds) of this kosmos, meaning literally earth, midworld or astral world, and heaven world; the three great vyahritis or mystical utterances pronounced after Om by every Brahmin in commencing his daily prayers.

bidding prayer ::: --> The prayer for the souls of benefactors, said before the sermon.
The prayer before the sermon, with petitions for various specified classes of persons.


Birkat Hamalshinim ::: (Heb. Benediction concerning heretics) A prayer that invoked divine wrath upon Christian Jews and other heterodox Jewish groups. Twelfth section of the shemoneh esreh.

Birkat Hamazon ::: (Heb. Grace after meals) Prayer traditionally recited after meals.

Birkat Kohanim [also spelled Cohanim] (&

blackmass ::: Black Mass The Black Mass was a way of lampooning the Catholic Mass, practiced occasionally by wealthy opponents of the Church in the 'Dark Ages'. 'Black Masses' used to be performed by priests to curse enemies, but this practice was condemned by the church. During the witch trials of the Spanish Inquisition, witches were accused of this practice, but it is considered highly unlikely that it was practiced by commoners. So, contrary to popular belief, it is not a standard practice in ancient or modern witchcraft. Similarly, traditional (as opposed to secular) Satanists have been accused of conducting rituals which are specifically aimed at attacking Christian beliefs and practices (particularly the Roman Catholic Church), rituals in which they recite the Lord's Prayer backwards, or desecrate and use the host and wine stolen from a cathedral! This is pure fiction which can be traced back to the Inquisition and to books written during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. Examples of traditional Satanism are extremely rare, and testimonies of 'alleged former Satanists' and Satanic Ritual abuse have long since been discredited. Cleromancy, when all the dominoes have been turned face-down and shuffled, the collection/set of randomised tiles is referred to as the "boneyard". The sitter draws tiles from the boneyard to form his/her spread.

Blavatsky states that Sanskrit has never been known nor spoken in its true systematized form except by the initiated Brahmins. This form of Sanskrit was called — as well as by other names — Vach, the mystic speech, which resides in the sounds of the mantra. “The chanting of a Mantra is not a prayer, but rather a magical sentence in which the law of Occult causation connects itself with, and depends on, the will and acts of its singer. It is a succession of Sanskrit sounds, and when its strings of words and sentences is pronounced according to the magical formulae in the Atharva Veda, but understood by the few, some Mantras produce an instantaneous and very wonderful effect” (BCW 14:428n). This Vach, or the mystic self of Sanskrit, was the sacerdotal speech of the initiated Brahmins and was studied by initiates from all over the world.

blessing ::: 1. Something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity; a boon. 2. A ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection, grace, etc.

bless ::: v. t. --> To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate
To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to.
To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons.
To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food.
To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one&


boon ::: 1. A blessing; something to be thankful for. 2. A timely blessing or benefit received in response to a request or prayer. boons.

boon ::: n. --> A prayer or petition.
That which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a benefaction; a grant; a present.
Good; prosperous; as, boon voyage.
Kind; bountiful; benign.
Gay; merry; jovial; convivial.
The woody portion flax, which is separated from the fiber as refuse matter by retting, braking, and scutching.


Prayer 361

Prayer ::: A general term used for addressing petitions (or praise) to the deity. See amida, birkat, kaddish, maariv, mincha, salat, shemoneh esreh. See also hymn, liturgy, siddur.

Prayer ::: An act of beseechment to a higher power or aspect of oneself. The reasons can vary and what is asked for can vary, but faith is often required to break through with a request unless there is foundational gnosis to fall back on.

Prayer As usually understood in the West, prayer implies the existence — whether actually so in nature or not — of a divine entity, such as God, Christ, an angel or saint, to whom petitions may be addressed and by whose favor benefits may be obtained, a view of prayer held in nearly all exoteric religious systems. Yet even among those who believe in personal divinities, some take a higher view of prayer than that of asking for special favors, rather looking upon it as an act of resignation to the divine will: “Not my will, but thine, be done.” Theosophy speaks of this as the endeavor of the aspiring human mind to establish individual communion between the personal man and his spiritual counterpart or inner god, the true meaning of the injunction to pray to our Father which is in secret. Thus prayer takes the form of aspiration combined with deep meditation, as has been the case with mystics, Eastern and Western. This involves a laying aside of personal wishes and a conscious desire for intuitive perception of the truth and for the power to follow it. If a personal wish is present, precisely because all personal wishes in the last analysis are restricted, and hence either physically or spiritually selfish, the act becomes one of black magic, for the person is seeking to evoke interior powers in furtherance of his own purposes, which in such cases are usually founded in self-seeking of some kind. Also, a well-intentioned person, praying on behalf of another, may unwittingly exercise on that other an interference with the latter’s will, similar in many respects to that of hypnotism.

Prayerbook of the Mandaeans, where Sauriel is

Prayer flag: Small pennants made of fabric strung by the hundreds across the entrance gates to larger Tibetan cities. Each flutter of the flags in the wind is believed to cause a prayer to be carried across the skies to Buddha.

Prayer of Joseph. A Jewish apocryphon cited in the works

Prayer

Prayer ::: The life of man is a life of wants and needs and th
   refore of desires, not only in his physical and vital, but in his mental and spiritual being. When he becomes conscious of a greater Power governing the world, he approaches it through prayer for the fulfilment of his needs, for help in his rough journey, for protection and aid in his struggle. Whatever crudities there may be in the ordinary religious approach to God by prayer, and there are many, especially that attitude which imagines the Divine as if capable of being propitiated, bribed, flattered into acquiescence or indulgence by praise, entreaty and gifts and has often little regard to the spirit in which he is approached, still this way of turning to the Divine is an essential movement of our religious being and reposes on a universal truth. The efficacy of prayer is often doubted and prayer itself supposed to be a thing irrational and necessarily superfluous and ineffective. It is true that the universal will executes always its aim and cannot be deflected by egoistic propitiation and entreaty, it is true of the Transcendent who expresses himself in the universal order that being omniscient his larger knowledge must foresee the thing to be done and it does not need direction or stimulation by human thought and that the individual’s desires are not and cannot be in any world-order the true determining factor. But neither is that order or the execution of the universal will altogether effected by mechanical Law, but by powers and forces of which for human life at least human will, aspiration and faith are not among the least important. Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations. For our will and aspiration can act either by our own strength and endeavour, which can no doubt be made a thing great and effective whether for lower or higher purposes,—and there are plenty of disciplines which put it forward as the one force to be used,—or it can act in dependence upon and with subordination to the divine or the universal Will. And this latter way again may either look upon thatWill as responsive indeed to our aspiration, but almost mechanically, by a sort of law of energy, or at any rate quite impersonally, or else it may look upon it as responding consciously to the divine aspiration and faith of the human soul and consciously bringing to it the help, the guidance, the protection and fruition demanded. Prayer helps to prepare this relation for us at first on the lower plane even while it is there consistent with much that is mere egoism and self-delusion; but afterwards we can draw towards the spiritual truth which is behind it. It is not then the giving of the thing asked for that matters, but the relation itself, the contact of man’s life with God, the conscious interchange. In spiritual matters and in the seeking of spiritual gains, this conscious relation is a great power; it is a much greater power than our own entirely self-reliant struggle and effort and it brings a fuller spiritual growth and experience. Necessarily in the end prayer either ceases in the greater thing for which it prepared us, —in fact the form we call prayer is not itself essential so long as the faith, the will, the aspiration are there,—or remains only for the joy of the relation. Also its objects, the artha or interest it seeks to realise, become higher and higher until we reach the highest motiveless devotion, which is that of divine love pure and simple without any other demand or longing.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 23-24, Page: 566-67-68


Prayer wall: In Tibet, a stone roadside shrine, copiously inscribed, often stretching for a quarter of a mile or even more. Passers-by must go by it on the left, in conformity with the Oriental belief that respect is shown to things by keeping them always on the right side of oneself.

Prayer wheel: See: Wheel of prayer.

Brahmanaspati: (1) A deity in the Rig-Veda. Known in Vedic mythology as Brihaspati, signifying the power of prayer. (2) The Hindu name for the planet Jupiter.

Brahma-Vaivarta Purana (Sanskrit) Brahma-Vaivarta Purāṇa The metamorphosis of Brahma; one of the 18 principal Hindu Puranas, dealing with Brahma in the form of the avatara Krishna and containing prayers and invocations addressed to Krishna, with narratives about his love for Radha, the gopis, etc.

breviary ::: n. --> An abridgment; a compend; an epitome; a brief account or summary.
A book containing the daily public or canonical prayers of the Roman Catholic or of the Greek Church for the seven canonical hours, namely, matins and lauds, the first, third, sixth, and ninth hours, vespers, and compline; -- distinguished from the missal.


Brihaspati (Sanskrit) Bṛhaspati [from bṛh prayer + pati lord] Sometimes Vrihaspati. A Vedic deity, corresponding to the planet Jupiter, commonly translated lord of prayer, the personification of exoteric piety and religion, but mystically the name signifies lord of increase, of expansion, growth. He is frequently called Brahmanaspati, both names having a direct significance with the power of sound as uttered in mantras or prayer united with positive will. He is regarded in Hindu mythology as the chief offerer of prayers and sacrifices, thus representing the Brahmin or priestly caste, being the Purohita (family priest) of the gods, among other things interceding with them for mankind. He has many titles and attributes, being frequently designated as Jiva (the living), Didivis (the bright or golden-colored). In later times he became the god of exoteric knowledge and eloquence — Dhishana (the intelligent), Gish-pati (lord of invocations). In this aspect he is regarded as the son of the rishi Angiras, and hence bears the patronymic Angirasa, and the husband of Tara, who was carried off by Soma (the moon). Tara is

Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandaeans, The. (tr.) E. S.

chantry ::: n. --> An endowment or foundation for the chanting of masses and offering of prayers, commonly for the founder.
A chapel or altar so endowed.


charge of the transmission of prayer. He is men¬

Chassidut ::: Movement in Judaism founded by the Baal Shem Tov in 1736. It emphasizes Kabbalah and prayer.

Chokti ::: A prayer rope used in a manner similar to a rosary.

collect ::: v. t. --> To gather into one body or place; to assemble or bring together; to obtain by gathering.
To demand and obtain payment of, as an account, or other indebtedness; as, to collect taxes.
To infer from observed facts; to conclude from premises.
A short, comprehensive prayer, adapted to a particular day, occasion, or condition, and forming part of a liturgy.


common ::: v. --> Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property.
Belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the members of a class, considered together; general; public; as, properties common to all plants; the common schools; the Book of Common Prayer.
Often met with; usual; frequent; customary.
Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary;


companies prayers to the 2nd Heaven.

complin ::: n. --> The last division of the Roman Catholic breviary; the seventh and last of the canonical hours of the Western church; the last prayer of the day, to be said after sunset.

confiteor ::: n. --> A form of prayer in which public confession of sins is made.

Connected with one of the skandhas, Sakkayaditthi together with attavada, “both of which (in the case of the fifth principle the soul) lead to the maya of heresy and belief in the efficacy of vain rites and ceremonies; in prayers and intercession” (ML 111).

contemplative ::: a. --> Pertaining to contemplation; addicted to, or employed in, contemplation; meditative.
Having the power of contemplation; as, contemplative faculties. ::: n. --> A religious or either sex devoted to prayer and


Corael—an angel petitioned in magical prayer

Modeh Ani is the name of a thanksgiving prayer recited upon awakening each morning.


deprecate ::: v. t. --> To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer; to desire the removal of; to seek deliverance from; to express deep regret for; to disapprove of strongly.

deprecation ::: n. --> The act of deprecating; a praying against evil; prayer that an evil may be removed or prevented; strong expression of disapprobation.
Entreaty for pardon; petitioning.
An imprecation or curse.


deprecatory ::: a. --> Serving to deprecate; tending to remove or avert evil by prayer; apologetic.

devotion ::: n. --> The act of devoting; consecration.
The state of being devoted; addiction; eager inclination; strong attachment love or affection; zeal; especially, feelings toward God appropriately expressed by acts of worship; devoutness.
Act of devotedness or devoutness; manifestation of strong attachment; act of worship; prayer.
Disposal; power of disposal.
A thing consecrated; an object of devotion.


directory ::: a. --> Containing directions; enjoining; instructing; directorial. ::: n. --> A collection or body of directions, rules, or ordinances; esp., a book of directions for the conduct of worship; as, the Directory used by the nonconformists instead of the Prayer Book.

dominical ::: a. --> Indicating, or pertaining to, the Lord&

Drower, E. S. (ed.). The Canonical Prayerbook of the

Drower, The Canonical Prayerbook of the Manda-

Drower, The Canonical Prayerhook of the Man-

dua :::   prayer; supplication; invocation of Allah’s favors

efficacy ::: n. --> Power to produce effects; operation or energy of an agent or force; production of the effect intended; as, the efficacy of medicine in counteracting disease; the efficacy of prayer.

ejaculate ::: v. t. --> To throw out suddenly and swiftly, as if a dart; to dart; to eject.
To throw out, as an exclamation; to utter by a brief and sudden impulse; as, to ejaculate a prayer. ::: v. i. --> To utter ejaculations; to make short and hasty


ejaculation ::: n. --> The act of throwing or darting out with a sudden force and rapid flight.
The uttering of a short, sudden exclamation or prayer, or the exclamation or prayer uttered.
The act of ejecting or suddenly throwing, as a fluid from a duct.


ejaculatory ::: a. --> Casting or throwing out; fitted to eject; as, ejaculatory vessels.
Suddenly darted out; uttered in short sentences; as, an ejaculatory prayer or petition.
Sudden; hasty.


entreat ::: v. t. --> To treat, or conduct toward; to deal with; to use.
To treat with, or in respect to, a thing desired; hence, to ask earnestly; to beseech; to petition or pray with urgency; to supplicate; to importune.
To beseech or supplicate successfully; to prevail upon by prayer or solicitation; to persuade.
To invite; to entertain.


entreaty ::: n. --> Treatment; reception; entertainment.
The act of entreating or beseeching; urgent prayer; earnest petition; pressing solicitation.


euchite ::: n. --> One who resolves religion into prayer.

euchology ::: n. --> A formulary of prayers; the book of offices in the Greek Church, containing the liturgy, sacraments, and forms of prayers.

folded ::: 1. Enclosed, wrapped, enveloped. 2. Clasped as in prayer. 3. Brought (the arms, hands, etc.) together in an intertwined or crossed manner; clasped, crossed.

for God) invoked in prayer at Vesting. [Rf. Waite,

formulary ::: a. --> Stated; prescribed; ritual. ::: n. --> A book containing stated and prescribed forms, as of oaths, declarations, prayers, medical formulaae, etc.; a book of precedents.
Prescribed form or model; formula.


fulfill ::: v. t. --> To fill up; to make full or complete.
To accomplish or carry into effect, as an intention, promise, or prophecy, a desire, prayer, or requirement, etc.; to complete by performance; to answer the requisitions of; to bring to pass, as a purpose or design; to effectuate.


Gah (Pahlavi-Persian) In Zoroastrian tradition, a day is broken into five periods or gahs: the period of daybreak, the period of midday, the period of afternoon, the period after sunset to midnight, and the period from midnight until the stars disappear. The second was the most celebrated gah because when the sun was at its meridian and there was no shadow, Ahura-Mazda performed the ceremony of prayer with the Amesha-Spantas in order to overcome the adversary.

Ganga (Sanskrit) Gaṅgā The Ganges, the sacred river of India. The Puranas and old tales of India represent the goddess Ganga transforming herself into a river and then flowing from the toe of Vishnu. She is said to have been brought from heaven by the prayers of Bhagiratha to purify the ashes of the 60,000 sons of King Sagara who had been consumed by the angry glance of the sage Kapila.

Geiger, Abraham (1810-1874) ::: Early Jewish reform advocate in Germany, noted for his scholarship, his modern prayer book, and his advocacy for Judaism as a universal religion.

gences, prayers, and paid masses. Jews have their Yiskor, which is a prayer for the repose of the dead and is recited

God or of an angel) called on in prayer at vesting

grant ::: v. t. --> To give over; to make conveyance of; to give the possession or title of; to convey; -- usually in answer to petition.
To bestow or confer, with or without compensation, particularly in answer to prayer or request; to give.
To admit as true what is not yet satisfactorily proved; to yield belief to; to allow; to yield; to concede.
The act of granting; a bestowing or conferring; concession; allowance; permission.


great angel, is also said to crown prayers for trans¬

great importance. The supreme angels of prayer

hallel: A prayer based on some of the Psalms.

Heaven, where he receives prayers. In Ozar

he stimulate our prayers.” [R/ - . Forlong, Encyclo¬

hornbook ::: n. --> The first book for children, or that from which in former times they learned their letters and rudiments; -- so called because a sheet of horn covered the small, thin board of oak, or the slip of paper, on which the alphabet, digits, and often the Lord&

hour ::: n. --> The twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes.
The time of the day, as expressed in hours and minutes, and indicated by a timepiece; as, what is the hour? At what hour shall we meet?
Fixed or appointed time; conjuncture; a particular time or occasion; as, the hour of greatest peril; the man for the hour.
Certain prayers to be repeated at stated times of the day, as matins and vespers.


hymn: A song, prayer or speech in honour of God.

Hymn ::: (Gre. A Song of Praise) Style of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a god or other religiously significant figure. See also piyyutim, yigdal, liturgy, prayer.

IAO ::: A sequence of vowels used as both mantra and prayer that indicates the tripartite, non-deistic nature of Azoth and Source Consciousness.

illuminati ::: v. t. --> Literally, those who are enlightened
Persons in the early church who had received baptism; in which ceremony a lighted taper was given them, as a symbol of the spiritual illumination they has received by that sacrament.
Members of a sect which sprung up in Spain about the year 1575. Their principal doctrine was, that, by means of prayer, they had attained to so perfect a state as to have no need of ordinances, sacraments, good works, etc.; -- called also Alumbrados,


implore ::: to appeal to as in prayer or supplication; beseech.

imprecate ::: v. t. --> To call down by prayer, as something hurtful or calamitous.
To invoke evil upon; to curse; to swear at.


imprecation ::: n. --> The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon any one; a prayer that a curse or calamity may fall on any one; a curse.

inexorable ::: a. --> Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; firm; determined; unyielding; unchangeable; inflexible; relentless; as, an inexorable prince or tyrant; an inexorable judge.

in magical prayer.

in prayer. For the names of all 7 of these “powers

in prayer. For the names of the other 6 Yezidic

intercession ::: n. --> The act of interceding; mediation; interposition between parties at variance, with a view to reconcilation; prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of, or (less often) against, another or others.

intercessory ::: a. --> Pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by, intercession; interceding; as, intercessory prayer.

In The Mahatma Letters attavada is termed “the doctrine of Self,” and with sakkayaditthi leads “to the maya of heresy and belief in the efficacy of vain rites and ceremonies; in prayers and intercession” (ML 111).

invocation ::: n. --> The act or form of calling for the assistance or presence of some superior being; earnest and solemn entreaty; esp., prayer offered to a divine being.
A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court.


invoked in magical prayer. [R/ The Almadel of

invoked in prayer and conjuration rites.

invoked in prayer by the Master of the Art. [Rf.

invoked in the prayer of the Master of the Art in

invoked to fulfill prayers. He governs the first rays

invoke ::: v. t. --> To call on for aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to address in prayer; to solicit or demand by invocation; to implore; as, to invoke the Supreme Being, or to invoke His and blessing.

iqam al salat :::   the establishment of prayer and connection to Allah

I remembered reading somewhere of an angel called Uriel and that he was a “regent of the sun.” He seemed a likely candidate. I was confirmed in this feeling when I came upon Uriel in Paradise Lost (111, 648 seq.) and found the archfiend himself providing warrant: “him Satan thus accosts./Uriel, for thou of those seav’n spirits that stand/In sight of God’s high Throne, gloriously bright,” etc. Poe’s Israfel, “Whose heart-strings are a lute,” was (or is) an Islamic angel, 2 and I wondered if that fact might rule him out. Then there was Longfellow’s Sandalphon. In the poem by that name, Longfellow described Sandalphon as the “Angel of Glory, Angel of Prayer.” A great angel, certainly: but, again, was he of an eminence sufficiently exalted to entitle him to “enter before the glory of the Lord” ? That was the question. Vondel’s Lucifer, Hey wood’s The Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Dryden’s State of Innocence, Klopstock’s The Messiah —all these works yielded a considerable quantity of the celestial spirits, some in the top echelons, like Abdiel, Ithuriel, Uzziel, Zephon; but I had no way of telling whether any of them qualified. Surely, I comforted myself, there must be some source where the answer could be found. Actually there were a number of such sources. I had only to reach out my hand for books in my own library. Instead, in my then state of pneumatic innocence, I looked far afield.

is not devil worship but a good Theist’s prayer.”

I was awestruck by this line many times even though Mother writes: “At every moment we must shake off the past like fading dust, that it may not soil the virgin path which, at every moment also, is opening before us.” Prayers and Meditations

jaculatory ::: a. --> Darting or throwing out suddenly; also, suddenly thrown out; uttered in short sentences; ejaculatory; as, jaculatory prayers.

Kabbalat Shabbat (&

Kaddish ::: A classical Jewish prayer (mostly in Aramaic) with eschatological focus extolling God's majesty and kingdom recited at the conclusion of each major section of each liturgical service; a long version (called rabbinic kaddish) follows an act of study; also a prayer by mourners during the first year of bereavement (see shiva, sheloshim) and on the anniversary of the death of next-of-kin.

Kaddish (pl. Kaddishim) :::
The Kaddish is a prayer sanctifying G-d&

Kavanah ::: (Heb. intention). A mystical instrument of the Jewish kabbalists; a meditation that accompanies a ritual act, devotion, inner concentration during prayer.

Kavvanah: A Hebrew mystical term, meaning intention or devotion. (Plural: Kavvanoth.) “The intention directed towards God while performing a (religious) deed. In the Kabbalah, kavvanoth denote the permutations of the divine name that aim at overcoming the separation of forces in the Upper World.” (M. Buber.) The word means also a devoted prayer delivered with great concentration.

K&C ::: Knowledge and Conversation with the HGA. A breakthrough event that occurs when one beseeches their Higher Self and/or HGA. How this presents itself and what will be presented varies considerably but expect to be changed forever from the experience. A process like outlined in Liber Samekh or the Stele of Jeu of the P.G.M. is one of the better approaches to take, but the HGA can be appealed to through pure and wholehearted prayer as well.

Kedushah ::: (Heb. holiness). It is also the name for the section of Jewish prayers said standing and assuming the role of God's angels.

keeps such prayers until the time comes when he

Kevah ::: Fixed; a fixed time; fixed words or prayer (often contrasted with kavanah).

keys of the ethereal spaces. When prayers of

khutbah ::: n. --> An address or public prayer read from the steps of the pulpit in Mohammedan mosques, offering glory to God, praising Mohammed and his descendants, and the ruling princes.

kisses such prayers and accompanies them to a

kneel ::: to go down or rest on one or both knees as in prayer, etc. kneels, kneeled, knelt, kneeling.

Laylat Al Qadr :::   Night of Power, a holy night of special prayer during the month of Ramadan

litany ::: a form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations, each followed by an unvarying response.

liturgical ::: --> Pertaining to, of or the nature of, a liturgy; of or pertaining to public prayer and worship.

liturgy ::: a. --> An established formula for public worship, or the entire ritual for public worship in a church which uses prescribed forms; a formulary for public prayer or devotion. In the Roman Catholic Church it includes all forms and services in any language, in any part of the world, for the celebration of Mass.

Liturgy ::: (adj. liturgical). Rites of public worship, usually institutionalized in relation to temple, synagogue, church, kaba, or mosque locations and traditions, but also in other formalized observances (see, e.g., calendar). See also hymn, Passover, prayer, Shema, Sukkot, siddur.

Maariv ::: (from Heb., “evening”). Jewish synagogue evening prayer or service. See also liturgy.

Machzor ::: Jewish prayer Book used during the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and on Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot.

magical prayer.

Mala ::: Buddhist prayer beads. Examples of use include counting iterations of a mantra or number of breaths.

mantis ::: n. --> Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus Mantis, and allied genera. They are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is M. Carolina.

mantra ::: n. --> A prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm.

Mantra: (Skr.) Pious thought couched in repeated prayerful utterances, for meditation or charm. Also the poetic portion of the Veda (q.v.). In Shaktism (q.v.) and elsewhere the holy syllables to which as manifestations of the eternal word or sound (cf. iabda, vac, aksara) is ascribed great mystic significance and power. -- K.F.L.

Mantra yoga: That school of Yoga which seeks union with the divine spirit by working not only on the etheric plane (cf. laya yoga) but reaching to the anterior places of creative sentiment and ideas. Recitation of prayers and praises of the Deity is the essential part of mantra yoga.

matin ::: n. --> Morning.
Morning worship or service; morning prayers or songs.
Time of morning service; the first canonical hour in the Roman Catholic Church. ::: a. --> Of or pertaining to the morning, or to matins; used in the


“mediator between the prayers of Israel and the

Meditation The attempt to raise the self-conscious mind to the level of its spiritual counterpart, to unite manas with a ray from buddhi. It is a positive attitude of mind, a state of consciousness rather than a system or a time period of intensive thinking. It corresponds in its more perfect form to the ecstasy of Plotinus, which he defines as “the liberation of the mind from its finite consciousness, becoming one and identified with the Infinite.” It is silent prayer in one real sense, for the heart aspires upwards to become freed from all desire for personal benefit, and the mind frames no specific object, but both unite in the aspiration; not my will, but thine, be done. When engaged in at the outset of the day, or on retiring to sleep, it often takes the form of reflecting profoundly and impersonally on spiritual teachings, as well as self-examination, attuning of the mind and heart to calm and unselfish thought and feelings, as well as the endeavor to realize in consciousness one’s highest ideals of duty, purity, and truth, and inducing thereby a general harmonizing and one-pointed adjustment of the whole nature.

mihrab :::   niche in the wall which shows the direction of prayer

minaret ::: n. --> A slender, lofty tower attached to a mosque and surrounded by one or more projecting balconies, from which the summon to prayer is cried by the muezzin.

minaret (s) ::: a tall slender tower attached to a mosque, having one or more projecting balconies from which a muezzin summons the people to prayer.

Mincha(h) ::: (from Heb. for afternoon sacrifice). Afternoon prayers in Jewish synagogue.

Minchah (&

ministers 3 times a day; he bows to prayers as¬

Minyan (&

Mi Shebeirach ::: "The One who blessed"; prayer recited for those who have an aliyah and read the Torah.

missalled ::: with reference to the illumination of manuscripts and books of prayer; i.e. Savitri is likened to a beautifully illuminted book of prayer.

Mohammedanism: The commonly applied term in the Occident to the religion founded by Mohammed. It sought to restore the indigenous monotheism of Arabia, Abraham's uncorrupted religion. Its essential dogma is the belief in the absolute unity of Allah. Its chief commandments are: profession of faith, ritual prayer, the payment of the alms tax, fasting and the pilgrimage. It has no real clerical caste, no church organization, no liturgy, and rejects monasticism. Its ascetic attitude is expressed in warnings against woman, in prohibition of nudity and of construction of splendid buildings except the house of worship; condemns economic speculation; praises manual labor and poverty; prohibits music, wine and pork, and the portrayal of living beings. -- H.H.

Mohammedanism: The commonly applied term in the Occident to the religion founded by Mohammed. It sought to restore the indigenous monotheism of Arabia, Abraham’s uncorrupted religion. Its essential dogma is the belief in the absolute unity of Allah. Its chief commandments are: profession of faith, ritual prayer, the payment of the alms tax, fasting and the pilgrimage. It has no real clerical caste, no church organization, no liturgy, and rejects monasticism. Its ascetic attitude is expressed in warnings against woman, in prohibition of nudity and of construction of splendid buildings except the house of worship; condemns economic speculation; praises manual labor and poverty; prohibits music, wine and pork, and the portrayal of living beings.

Moses’ prayer was not to ascend to Heaven. [Rf

mu'adh dhin, muezzin :::   one who calls people to prayer

muezzin ::: n. --> A Mohammedan crier of the hour of prayer.

Musaf ::: An additional prayer service for Sabbaths and holidays.

Musaf (&

musbaha :::   string of prayer beads; rosary; also known as tasbih

Namas (Sanskrit) Namas [from nam to bow, make reverence; cf Pali namo] A reverence, consisting of an inclination of the body; both in act and in writing a reverential salutation. “The first word of a daily invocation among Buddhists, meaning ‘I humbly trust, or adore, or acknowledge’ the Lord, as: ‘Namo tasso Bhagavato Arahato’ etc., addressed to Lord Buddha. The priests are called ‘Masters of Namah’ [Namas] — both Buddhist and Taoist, because this word is used in liturgy and prayers, in the invocation of the Triratna, and with a slight change in the occult incantations to the Bodhisattvas and Nirmanakayas” (TG 224).

Neilah (&

neuvaines ::: n. pl. --> Prayers offered up for nine successive days.

Nigun ::: (pl. nigunim). Wordless prayer melody, usually repeated many times over to create a spiritual mood.

Norito: Japanese prayers recited by Shinto priests in religious ceremonies, and high state officials in state ceremonies. These stately, dignified prayers, standardized in form, give thanks to Shinto deities, invoke their blessings, and are believed to have magical effect.

Nyayis (Persian) Nyāyis, Nyayishn (Pahlavi) Nyāyishn. To worship, serve; the five prayers in the Avesta, addressed to the sun, Mithra, moon, waters, and fire. The Nyayises of the sun and of Mithra are recited three times a day by the followers of Zoroaster; that to the moon, three times a month — when the moon is new, full, and on the wan; that to water and fire are recited every day when one is in the proximity of these elements.

offer ::: v. t. --> To present, as an act of worship; to immolate; to sacrifice; to present in prayer or devotion; -- often with up.
To bring to or before; to hold out to; to present for acceptance or rejection; as, to offer a present, or a bribe; to offer one&


of prayer ascending from the 1st Heaven. It is

Om ::: A word considered very holy in the Brahmanical literature. It is a syllable of invocation, as well as ofbenediction and of affirmation, and its general usage (as elucidated in the literature treating of it, which israther voluminous, for this word Om has attained almost divine reverence on the part of vast numbers ofHindus) is that it should never be uttered aloud, or in the presence of an outsider, a foreigner, or anon-initiate, and it should be uttered in the silence of one's mind, in peace of heart, and in the intimacy ofone's "inner closet." There is strong reason to believe, however, that this syllable of invocation wasuttered, and uttered aloud in a monotone, by the disciples in the presence of their teacher. This word isalways placed at the beginning of any scripture or prayer that is considered of unusual sanctity.It is said that by prolonging the uttering of this word, both of the o and the m, with the mouth closed, thesound re-echoes in and arouses vibration in the skull, and affects, if the aspirations be pure, the differentnervous centers of the body for good.The Brahmanas say that it is an unholy thing to utter this word in any place which is unholy. It issometimes written Aum.

opening the doors through which the prayers of

oratory ::: a place for prayer, such as a small private chapel.

oratory ::: n. --> A place of orisons, or prayer; especially, a chapel or small room set apart for private devotions.
The art of an orator; the art of public speaking in an eloquent or effective manner; the exercise of rhetorical skill in oral discourse; eloquence.


orison ::: n. --> A prayer; a supplication.

Orphic Hymns ::: A collection of 87 religious poems from the late Greek and early Roman eras that are used as prayers to invoke the currents of the planets and of specific entities into one's reality.

outpray ::: v. t. --> To exceed or excel in prayer.

Pagiel—an angel petitioned in ritual prayer for

parathesis ::: n. --> The placing of two or more nouns in the same case; apposition.
A parenthetical notice, usually of matter to be afterward expanded.
The matter contained within brackets.
A commendatory prayer.


paternoster ::: n. --> The Lord&

patter ::: v. i. --> To strike with a quick succession of slight, sharp sounds; as, pattering rain or hail; pattering feet.
To mutter; to mumble; as, to patter with the lips.
To talk glibly; to chatter; to harangue.
To mutter; as prayers. ::: v. t.


petition ::: n. --> A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power, rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a prayer.
A formal written request addressed to an official person, or to an organized body, having power to grant it; specifically (Law), a supplication to government, in either of its branches, for the granting of a particular grace or right; -- in distinction from a


Philosophy of Religion: An inquiry into the general subject of religion from the philosophical point of view, i.e., an inquiry employing the accepted tools of critical analysis and evaluation without a predisposition to defend or reject the claims of any particular religion. Among the specific questions considered are the nature, function and value of religion; the validity of the claims of religious knowledge; the relation of religion and ethics; the character of ideal religion; the nature of evil; the problem of theodicy; revealed versus natural religion; the problem of the human spirit (soul) and its destiny; the relation of the human to the divine as to the freedom and responsibility of the individual and the character (if any) of a divine purpose; evaluation of the claims of prophecy, mystic intuitions, special revelations, inspired utterances; the value of prayers of petition; the human hope of immortality; evaluation of institutional forms of expressions, rituals, creeds, ceremonies, rites, missionary propaganda; the meaning of human existence, the character of value, its status in the world of reality, the existence and character of deity; the nature of belief and faith, etc.

phylactery ::: n. --> Any charm or amulet worn as a preservative from danger or disease.
A small square box, made either of parchment or of black calfskin, containing slips of parchment or vellum on which are written the scriptural passages Exodus xiii. 2-10, and 11-17, Deut. vi. 4-9, 13-22. They are worn by Jews on the head and left arm, on week-day mornings, during the time of prayer.
Among the primitive Christians, a case in which the


Piyyutim ::: Medieval Jewish synagogue hymns and poems added to standard prayers of the talmudic liturgy.

portass ::: n. --> A breviary; a prayer book.

postcomminion ::: n. --> The concluding portion of the communion service.
A prayer or prayers which the priest says at Mass, after the ablutions.


prayer at Vesting. [Rf. Malchus, The Secret

prayer :::Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations.” The Synthesis of Yoga

prayer by the Master of the Art in Solomonic

prayer by the Master of the Art. [Rf. Waite, The

prayerful ::: a. --> Given to prayer; praying much or often; devotional.

prayerless ::: a. --> Not using prayer; habitually neglecting prayer to God; without prayer.

prayer ::: n. --> One who prays; a supplicant. ::: v. i. --> The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body.
The act of addressing supplication to a divinity,


prayers at Vestment. [Rf Mathers, The Greater

PRAYER

prayer.

prayers offered for deliverance from enemies

prayers of Israel and the princes of the 7 th

prayer ::: Sri Aurobindo: "Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations.” *The Synthesis of Yoga

prayers that ascend to Heaven from the earth,

prayers, then transmits them for further ascent.

PRAYER. ::: The life of man is a life of wants and needs and therefore of desires, not only in his physical and vital, but in his mental and spiritual being. When he becomes conscious of a greater Power governing the world, he approaches it through prayer for the fulfilment of his needs, for help in his rough journey, for protection and aid in his struggle. Whatever crudi- ties there may be in the ordinary religious approach to God by prayer, and there are many, especially that attitude which ima- gines the Divine as if capable of being propitiated, bribed, flat- tered into acquiescence or indulgence by praise, entreaty and gifts and has often little te^td to the spirit in which he is approached, still this way of turning to the Divine is an essen- tial movement of our religious being and reposes on a universal truth.

The efficacy of prayer is often doubted and prayer itself supposed to be a thing irrational and necessarily superfluous and ineffective. It is true that the universal will executes always its aim and cannot be deflected by egoistic propitiation and entreaty, it is true of the Transcendent who expresses himself in the universal order that, being omniscient, his larger knowledge must foresee the thing to be done and it does not need direction or stimulation by human thought and that the individual's desires are not and cannot be in any world-order the true determining factor. But neither is that order or the execution of the universal will altogether effected by mechanical Law, but by powers and forces of which for human life at least, human will, aspiration and faith are not among the least important. Prayer is only a particular form given to that will, aspiration and faith. Its forms are very often crude and not only childlike, which is in itself no defect, but childish; but still it has a real power and significance. Its power and sense is to put the will, aspiration and faith of man into touch with the divine Will as that of a conscious Being with whom we can enter into conscious and living relations. For our will and aspiration can act either by our own strength and endeavour, which can no doubt be made a thing great and effective whether for lower or higher purposes, -and there are plenty of disciplines which put it forward as the one force to be used, -- or it can act in dependence upon and with subordination to the divine or the universal Will. And this latter way, again, may either look upon that Will as responsive indeed to our aspiration, but almost mechanically, by a sort of law of energy, or at any rate quite impersonally, or else it may look upon it as responding consciously to the divine aspiration and faith of the human soul and consciously bringing to it the help, the guidance, the protection and fruition demanded, yogaksemam vahamyaham. ~ TSOY, SYN

Prayer helps to prepare this relation for us at first on the lower plane even while it is (here consistent with much that is mere egoism and self-delusion; but afterwards we can draw towards the spiritual truth which is behind it. It is not then the givinc of the thing asked for that matters, but the relation itself, the contact of man’s life with God, the conscious interchange.

In spiritual matters and in the seeking of spiritual gains, this conscious relation is a great power; it is a much greater power than our own entirely self-reliant struggle and effort and it brings a fuller spiritual growth and experience. Necessarily, in the end prayer either ceases in the greater thing for which it prepared us, -- in fact the form we call prayer is not itself essential so long as the faith, the will, the aspiration are there, -- or remains only for the joy of the relation. Also its objects, the artha or interest it seeks to realise, become higher and higher until we reach the highest motiveless devotion, which is that of divine love pure and simple without any other demand or longing.

Prayer for others ::: The fact of praying and the attitude it brings, especially unselfish prayer for others, itself opens you to the higher Power, even if there is no corresponding result in the person prayed for. 'Nothing can be positively said about that, for the result must necessarily depend on the persons, whe- ther they arc open or receptive or something in them can res- pond to any Force the prayer brings down.

Prayer must well up from the heart on a crest of emotion or aspiration.

Prayer {Ideal)'. Not prayer insisting on immediate fulfilment, but prayer that is itself a communion of the mind and heart with the Divine*and can have the joy and satisfaction of itself, trusting for fulfilment by the Divine in his own time.


pray ::: n. & v. --> See Pry. ::: v. i. --> To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something desired; to make entreaty or supplication; to offer prayer to a deity or divine being as a religious act; specifically, to address the Supreme Being with adoration, confession, supplication, and

prefer ::: v. t. --> To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for consideration, acceptance, judgment, etc.; to offer; to present; to proffer; to address; -- said especially of a request, prayer, petition, claim, charge, etc.
To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass.
To cause to go before; hence, to advance before others, as to an office or dignity; to raise; to exalt; to promote; as, to


priedieu ::: n. --> A kneeling desk for prayers.

primer ::: n. --> One who, or that which, primes
an instrument or device for priming; esp., a cap, tube, or water containing percussion powder or other compound for igniting a charge of gunpowder.
Originally, a small prayer book for church service, containing the little office of the Virgin Mary; also, a work of elementary religious instruction.
A small elementary book for teaching children to read; a


private ::: a. --> Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person, company, or interest; peculiar to one&

psalter ::: n. --> The Book of Psalms; -- often applied to a book containing the Psalms separately printed.
Specifically, the Book of Psalms as printed in the Book of Common Prayer; among the Roman Catholics, the part of the Breviary which contains the Psalms arranged for each day of the week.
A rosary, consisting of a hundred and fifty beads, corresponding to the number of the psalms.


Purgatory [from Latin purgare to purify] The place whither, according to the doctrine of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches, the souls of those who have died in grace, but with sins yet unexpiated, pass for purificatory suffering before entering heavenly bliss. They are supposed, somewhat superstitiously, to be helped by the prayers of the living and especially by religious ceremonials such as the celebration of the Mass. The doctrine of purgatory is one of the immemorial beliefs of the human race found the world over, although expressed in different fashions; it is frequently referred to in various passages in the Greek and Latin literatures.

Pygmalion (Greek) In Greek legend, a king of Cyprus and a sculptor who makes an ivory image of a maiden, Galatea, so lifelike that he can scarcely believe it to be inanimate, and so beautiful that he falls in love with it. Thereupon he prays Aphrodite to animate it and, his prayer being granted, they are wedded and live in happiness. This story probably originated in the teachings about the building up in the constitution and life of the aspirant of a self-conscious and cognizing soul, which finally becomes conjoined in perfect unity with its own creator, the spiritual soul.

qiblah :::   direction turned to during prayer, which is geographically towards the Ka’aba in Mecca

Quietists A type of religious mysticism which arose within the Roman Catholic Church in Italy and Spain during the latter half of the 17th century, especially in connection with a priest named Miguel de Molinos, who published his Spiritual Guide in Rome in 1675. The book of this apparently simple and pious man shows how to attain a state of inward peace by withdrawal of the thoughts and desires from all earthly matters and fixing them in contemplation of what the aspirant conceives to be the divine and in prayer. This he regarded as the only essential, doctrine and ritual being of no consequence. His views won great popularity and he received high favors from the Pope; but they did not at all suit the purposes of those then in power. Molinos was condemned and imprisoned and a persecution instituted against Quietists in general.

quoting from the Prayer of Joseph, a Jewish

rakat :::   A unit of ritual prayer including standing, bowing, sitting, and prostrating

reader ::: n. --> One who reads.
One whose distinctive office is to read prayers in a church.
One who reads lectures on scientific subjects.
A proof reader.
One who reads manuscripts offered for publication and advises regarding their merit.
One who reads much; one who is studious.


Recabustira —a prayer addressed to Recabus-

Records of ancient medicine in Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, etc., tell of the temples being used as hospitals, with priest-physicians supported by the state giving every care to the sick who came, both rich and poor. In addition to material means of treatment — many of which we have rediscovered — these devotees of the gods of healing used special incense, prayers, the “temple sleep,” invocations, music, astrology, etc., which we regard as harmless superstition of an earlier day. However, such conditions, intelligently adapted to each case, in making a pure, serene, uplifting atmosphere around the sick person, would invoke the influences of wholeness within and without him. By putting the inner man in tune with his body, his disordered nature-forces manifesting as disease would tend to flow freely in the currents of health. Natural magic is as practical as the unknown alchemy which transmutes our digested daily bread into molecules of our living body.

reject ::: v. t. --> To cast from one; to throw away; to discard.
To refuse to receive or to acknowledge; to decline haughtily or harshly; to repudiate.
To refuse to grant; as, to reject a prayer or request.


request ::: n. --> The act of asking for anything desired; expression of desire or demand; solicitation; prayer; petition; entreaty.
That which is asked for or requested.
A state of being desired or held in such estimation as to be sought after or asked for; demand. ::: v. t.


[Rf Drower, The Canonical Prayerbook of the

[Rf Drower, The Canonical Prayerhook of the

ritual ::: Ritual Any act or series of acts/movements performed on a regular basis is a ritual. Ceremonial magicians use rituals which may include preparing an area (normally a circle), donning robes, chanting, lighting candles, arranging amulets or talismans in a certain order on an altar and/or themselves, and saying prayers prior to performing the ceremony.

Rosary ::: Prayer beads in the form of a necklace used in many religious traditions. See also Mala.

rosary ::: n. --> A bed of roses, or place where roses grow.
A series of prayers (see Note below) arranged to be recited in order, on beads; also, a string of beads by which the prayers are counted.
A chapelet; a garland; a series or collection, as of beautiful thoughts or of literary selections.
A coin bearing the figure of a rose, fraudulently circulated in Ireland in the 13th century for a penny.


sacrifice ::: n. **1. The surrender to God or a deity, for the purpose of propitiation or homage, of some object of possession. Also applied fig. to the offering of prayer, thanksgiving, penitence, submission, or the like. 2. Forfeiture or surrender of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim. tree-of-sacrifice. v. 3.** To surrender or give up (something).

sadhyas. ::: deities who guard rites and prayers to the more important Gods

sajjada :::   prayer rug

salat al asr :::   afternoon prayer

salat al fajr :::   morning prayer

salat al isha :::   night prayer

salat al maghrib :::   sunset prayer

salat al zuhr :::   noontime prayer

salat :::   worship; prayer; formal Islamic worship that is observed five times daily; making connection to Allah; namaz

Salmia—an angel petitioned in ritual prayer,

Salun—an angel petitioned in ritual prayer.

...Samandiriel, keeper of prayers offertility [257]

Samoel (Samoy?)—a spirit invoked in prayer

Sandalphon (Hebrew) Sandalfōn Qabbalistic term alleged to be the name of the chief of angels: “the Kabbalistic Prince of Angels, emblematically represented by one of the Cherubim of the Ark” (TG 289). In the Zohar the name of the “supreme chief” of the seventh heaven who “introduces the prayer into the seven palaces, to wit, the Palaces of the King” (Sperling’s trans 4:185); again Sandalphon is described as the “angel in charge of the prayers of Israel,” who “takes up all those prayers and weaves out of them a crown for the Living One of the worlds” (ibid., 2:143).

Sandhyavandana or Samdhyabandana (Sanskrit) Saṃdhyāvandana [from saṃdhyā twilight, dawn + vandana salutation, worship, praise, prayer from the verbal root vand to greet, worship, praise] The morning and evening hymns and acts of worship.

sandhyavandana ::: [the morning, noon and evening prayers of a brahmana].

Sapphire Many ancient peoples knew how to avail themselves of the magical virtues of precious stones. The sapphire was especially valued because supposed to enshrine some of the influences of Venus as transmitted through other attributes to Luna or the higher aspect of the Moon, and so to be able to induce equanimity and banish evil thoughts. ” ‘The sapphire,’ say the Buddhists, ‘will open barred doors and dwellings (for the spirit of man); it produces a desire for prayer, and brings with it more peace than any other gem; but he who would wear it must lead a pure and holy life’ ” (IU 1:265). Modern authorities surmise that the sappheiros of the Greeks and the sappir of the Bible were our lapis lazuli, while our sapphire was called hyacinthus. The same qualities are attributed to the color blue.

Scarab [from Latin scarabaeus cf Greek karabos a beetle, Sanskrit śarabha a locust, Egyptian kheperȧ from kheper to become, come into being anew] The Egyptian symbol of the god Khepera — the urgent spiritual impulse of creation, or regenerative revolving and reimbodiment. In modern times applied to the beetle Scarabaeus sacer or aegyptorum — the sacred scarab. Orientalists generally regard the scarab as the symbol of resurrection because the beetle rolls a ball of dung containing its eggs, which it leaves to be hatched by the sun’s rays. This is said to represent in the small what was believed to take place in the great, that the sun was moving across the heavens holding within itself the germs which in course of stellar time evolve forth and remanifest in the solar cosmos. “Khem, ‘the sower of seed,’ is shown on a stele in a picture of Resurrection after physical death, as the creator and the sower of the grain of corn, which, after corruption, springs up afresh each time into a new ear, on which a scarabaeus beetle is seen poised; and Deveria shows very justly that ‘Ptah is the inert, material form of Osiris, who will become Sokari (the eternal Ego) to be reborn, and afterwards be Harmachus,’ or Horus in his transformation, the risen god. The prayer so often found in the tumular inscriptions, ‘the wish for the resurrection in one’s living soul’ or the Higher Ego, has ever a scarabaeus at the end, standing for the personal soul. The scarabaeus is the most honoured, as the most frequent and familiar, of all Egyptian symbols” (TG 293).

Selichot ::: (Heb. forgiveness) Reference to the prayers for forgiveness and the special service of penitence held at midnight on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah.

Shabbatai Zvi ::: See Sabbatianism. ::: Shachrit ::: Morning; the morning prayer service.

Shacharit (&

Shema Yisrael (&

Shemoneh Esreh ::: (Heb.eighteen) The main section of Jewish prayers recited in a standing position (see amida) and containing 19 (yes!) "benedictions": praise to (1) God of the fathers/patriarchs, (2) God's power and (3) holiness; prayers for (4) knowledge, (5) repentance, (6) forgiveness, (7) redemption, (8) healing sick persons, (9) agricultural prosperity, (10) ingathering the diaspora, (11) righteous judgment, (12) punishment of the wicked and heretics (birkat haminim, (13) reward of the pious, (14) rebuilding Jerusalem, (15) restoration of the royal house of David, (16) acceptance of prayers, (17) thanks to God, (18) restoration of Temple worship, and (19) peace.

Shma Yisrael ::: (Heb. Hear, O Israel) Traditional prayer which declares the Oneness of God.

Siddur ::: (from Heb. to order) Jewish prayer book used for all days except special holidays (see seder, machzor). See also liturgy.

Skandhas (Sanskrit) Skandha-s Bundles, groups of various attributes forming the compound constitution of the human being. They are the manifested qualities and attributes forming the human being on all six planes of Being, beneath the spiritual monad or atma-buddhi, making up the totality of the subjective and objective person. They have to do with everything that is finite in the human being, and are therefore inapplicable to the relatively eternal and absolute. Every vibration of whatever kind, mental, emotional, or physical, that an individual has undergone or made, is derivative of and from one of the skandhas composing his constitution. Skandhas are the elements of limited existence. The five skandhas of every human being are: rupa (form), the material properties or attributes; vedana (sensations, perceptions); sanjna (consciousness, abstract ideas); sanskara (action), tendencies both physical and mental; vijnana (knowledge), mental and moral predispositions. Two further, unnamed skandhas “are connected with, and productive of Sakkayaditthi, the ‘heresy or delusion of individuality’ and of Attavada ‘the doctrine of Self,’ both of which (in the case of the fifth principle the soul) lead to the maya of heresy and belief in the efficacy of vain rites and ceremonies; in prayers and intercession”; “The ‘old being’ is the sole parent — father and mother at once — of the ‘new being.’ It is the former who is the creator and fashioner, of the latter, in reality; and far more so in plain truth, than any father in flesh. And once that you have well mastered the meaning of Skandhas you will see what I mean” (ML 111). The human skandhas are the causal activities which by their action and interaction attract the reincarnating ego back to earth-life. The exoteric skandhas have to do with objective man; the esoteric with inner and subjective man.

Solomonic prayer by the Master of the Art. [Rf.

spelling. [Rf. Drower, Canonical Prayerbook of

spell ::: Spell A magical rite directed towards the achievement of an objective. Sometimes this refers to the verbal part of the ritual, and is similar in ways to a Christian prayer, but besides vocalisation, herbs, candles and other assorted natural objects are used to strengthen and focus the 'prayer' or spell.

spirit of fertility who receives prayers; and who

spirits (angels). He crowns prayers, just as other

such prayers, and then “adjuring them to ascend as

Sumati (Sanskrit) Sumati Benevolent, kindness; devotion, prayer. As a proper noun, the name of many celebrated people, such as a son of Bharata who gave his name to Bharata-varsha (India).

supervisor of the east. Gazardiel “kisses the prayers

Synagog, Synagogue [from synagoge an assembly; translation of Hebrew khenesheth, Aramaic khenash a congregation] Originally a gathering of Jews for worship or religious instruction, but later applied to the building in which the gatherings were held. As a characteristic Jewish institution, the synagog rose to prominence after the reforms instituted by Ezra, for the gatherings were the means whereby the populace received instruction, especially in the reading of the law on every Sabbath. The rites on Sabbath morning as outlined in the Mishnah consisted of readings from the Old Testament (particularly from Deuteronomy and Numbers), followed by prayer, then the lessons from the law and the prophets, a sermon thereon, and finally the blessing.

tahajjud :::   special prayer during the night

taled ::: n. --> A kind of quadrangular piece of cloth put on by the Jews when repeating prayers in the synagogues.

Tallis(t) ::: A large, four-cornered shawl with fringes and special knots at the extremities, worn during Jewish morning prayers. The fringes, according to the Bible (Numbers 15.38-39), remind the worshiper of God's commandments. It is traditional for the male to be buried in his tallit, but without its fringes.

tasbih :::   glorification; repeating the Names of Allah with the help of prayer beads; prayer beads

Tauriel —in Mandaean prayer books, a spirit

Tefila ::: Jewish Prayer. ::: Tefillin ::: Usually translated as “phylacteries.” Box-like appurtenances that accompany prayer, worn by Jewish adult males at the weekday morning services. The boxes have leather thongs attached and contain scriptural excerpts. One box (with four sections) is placed on the head, the other (with one section) is placed (customarily) on the left arm, near the heart. The biblical passages emphasize the unity of God and the duty to love God and be mindful of him with "all one's heart and mind" (e.g., Exod. 13.1-10, 11-16; Deut. 6.4-9; 11.13-21). See also Shema.

Tefilin (&

tersanctus ::: n. --> An ancient ascription of praise (containing the word "Holy" -- in its Latin form, "Sanctus" -- thrice repeated), used in the Mass of the Roman Catholic Church and before the prayer of consecration in the communion service of the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church. Cf. Trisagion.

Tetra —an angel invoked in ritual magic prayer for the fulfilment of an invocant’s desires. Tetra is cited, along with other “great and glorious spirits,” in The Secret Grimoire of Turiel.

the 7 Yezidic archangels invoked in prayer by the

The absurdity of warring nations praying to the same God for victory over each other is often commented on; and the practice of many people combining together to pray for the conversion of people of another sect, or even for worse objects, is equally open to reprobation. This kind of prayer is merely a survival of one of the lower magic arts, where religious practice consists mainly in the invocation of tribal and local deities.

The ancient and oriental pantheons are in reality allegories or personifications of the hosts and hierarchies of cosmic powers, divine, intermediate, and terrestrial, in uninterrupted serial sequences. Where an ignorant devotee might address prayers to some of these personifications, the enlightened one, in invoking Jupiter or Siva, would merely seek to evoke in himself the human power corresponding with the cosmic power, and of which the human is a direct, albeit a feeble, reflection.

the angel of science, health, prayer, and love.

:::   "The efficacy of prayer is often doubted and prayer itself supposed to be a thing irrational and necessarily superfluous and ineffective. It is true that the universal will executes always its aim and cannot be deflected by egoistic propitiation and entreaty, it is true of the Transcendent who expresses himself in the universal order that being omniscient his larger knowledge must foresee the thing to be done and it does not need direction or stimulation by human thought and that the individual"s desires are not and cannot be in any world-order the true determining factor. But neither is that order or the execution of the universal will altogether effected by mechanical Law, but by powers and forces of which for human life at least human will, aspiration and faith are not among the least important.

“The efficacy of prayer is often doubted and prayer itself supposed to be a thing irrational and necessarily superfluous and ineffective. It is true that the universal will executes always its aim and cannot be deflected by egoistic propitiation and entreaty, it is true of the Transcendent who expresses himself in the universal order that being omniscient his larger knowledge must foresee the thing to be done and it does not need direction or stimulation by human thought and that the individual’s desires are not and cannot be in any world-order the true determining factor. But neither is that order or the execution of the universal will altogether effected by mechanical Law, but by powers and forces of which for human life at least human will, aspiration and faith are not among the least important. The Synthesis of Yoga

Theism: (Gr. theos, god) Is in general that type of religion or religious philosophy (see Religion, Philosophy of) which incorporates a conception of God as a unitary being; thus may be considered equivalent to monotheism. The speculation as to the relation of God to world gave rise to three great forms: God identified with world in pantheism (rare with emphasis on God); God, once having created the world, relatively disinterested in it, in deism (mainly an 18th cent, phenomenon); God working in and through the world, in theism proper. Accordingly, God either coincides with the world, is external to it (deus ex machina), or is immanent. The more personal, human-like God, the more theological the theism, the more appealing to a personal adjustment in prayer, worship, etc., which presuppose either that God, being like man, may be swayed in his decision, has no definite plan, or subsists in the very stuff man is made of (humanistic theism). Immanence of God entails agency in the world, presence, revelation, involvement in the historic process, it has been justified by Hindu and Semitic thinkers, Christian apologetics, ancient and modern metaphysical idealists, and by natural science philosophers. Transcendency of God removes him from human affairs, renders fellowship and communication in Church ways ineffectual, yet preserves God's majesty and absoluteness such as is postulated by philosophies which introduce the concept of God for want of a terser term for the ultimate, principal reality. Like Descartes and Spinoza, they allow the personal in God to fade and approach the age-old Indian pantheism evident in much of Vedic and post-Vedic philosophy in which the personal pronoun may be the only distinguishing mark between metaphysical logic and theology, similarly as in Hegel. The endowment postulated of God lends character to a theistic system of philosophy. Much of Hindu and Greek philosophy stresses the knowledge and ration aspect of the deity, thus producing an epistemological theism; Aristotle, in conceiving him as the prime mover, started a teleological one; mysticism is psychologically oriented in its theism, God being a feeling reality approachable in appropriate emotional states. The theism of religious faith is unquestioning and pragmatic in its attitude toward God; theology has often felt the need of offering proofs for the existence of God (see God) thus tending toward an ontological theism; metaphysics incorporates occasionally the concept of God as a thought necessity, advocating a logical theism. Kant's critique showed the respective fields of pure philosophic enquiry and theistic speculations with their past in historic creeds. Theism is left a possibility in agnosticism (q.v.). -- K.F.L.

  The Mother: "All sincere prayers are granted, but it may take some time to realise materially.” Words of the Mother, MCW Vol. 15.

The Mother: “All sincere prayers are granted, but it may take some time to realise materially.” Words of the Mother, MCW Vol. 15.**

The overmind is the region of the gods, the beings of divine origin who have been charged with supervising, directing and organising the evolution of the universe; and more specifically, since the formation of the earth they have served as messengers and intermediaries to bring to the earth the aid of the higher regions and to preside over the formation of the mind and its progressive ascension. It is usually to the gods of the overmind that the prayers of the various religions are addressed. These religions most often choose, for various reasons, one of these gods and transform him for their personal use into the supreme God.

the prayers of the faithful, making a garland of

the prayers of the saints.” According to Charles,

the prayers of the saints to God” (according to

There are several states leading to spiritual powers and perception. The eight stages of yoga usually enumerated are: 1) yama (restraint, forbearance); 2) niyama, religious observances such as fastings, prayer, penances; 3) asana, postures of various kinds; 4) pranayama, methods of regulating the breath; 5) pratyahara (withdrawal), withdrawal of the consciousness from external objects; 6) dharana (firmness, steadiness, resolution) mental concentration, holding the mind on an object of thought; 7) dhyana, abstract contemplation or meditation freed from exterior distractions; and 8) samadhi, complete collection of the consciousness and its faculties into union with the monadic essence.

The Vendidad (Pahlavi) or Vidaeva-data (Avestan) [from vi against + daeva evil + data law] has 22 fargards (chapters) of which the first two deal with the story of creation and the origin of civilization. The rest is the code of priesthood. The 21 Yashts are the epic of Yazatas or Izads (gods), composed in prose form. Their legends are often comparable with those of Shah-Nameh. Some hymns and prayers from other parts of the Avesta are found in shorter Yashts. There seems to be more profundity and originality of style in the longer Yashts. The Khorde Avesta (Avestan) or Khordak-Appestak (Pahlavi), meaning bits and pieces of Avesta, consists of different prayers taken from the other four parts of the Avesta, put together by Azarabad, the son of Mehrispand, during the reign of Shahpour II (310-379).

This”little hillock” divinely ordained for the manifestation of the Life Divine must be nourished, protected, felt and ultimately realized as a conscious being and through the sincerity, prayer and efforts of souls attuned to her infinite possiblity of perfection, saved from the destruction and devastation man has wreaked upon her.

through which a man’s prayers are let into

  “Thus the Hindu soma is mystically, and in all respects the same that the Eucharist supper is to the Christian. The idea is similar. By means of the sacrificial prayers — the mantras — this liquor is supposed to be transformed on the spot into real soma — or the angel, and even into Brahma himself” (IU 1:xl-xli).

Tilath (Silat)—a spirit invoked in prayer by the

tion rites, Elohi is invoked in prayer by the Master

tonsure ::: n. --> The act of clipping the hair, or of shaving the crown of the head; also, the state of being shorn.
The first ceremony used for devoting a person to the service of God and the church; the first degree of the clericate, given by a bishop, abbot, or cardinal priest, consisting in cutting off the hair from a circular space at the back of the head, with prayers and benedictions; hence, entrance or admission into minor orders.
The shaven corona, or crown, which priests wear as a mark


to snatch away the prayer of Moses before it could

tron “when he shuts the doors of prayers (doors

tude invoked in magical prayer, as set forth in

tween the prayers of Israel and the princes of the

uktham ::: prayer.

uktha ::: the prayer, that which desirse or wills. [Ved.]

unbidden ::: a. --> Not bidden; not commanded.
Uninvited; as, unbidden guests.
Being without a prayer.


unprayable ::: a. --> Not to be influenced or moved by prayers; obdurate.

unpray ::: v. t. --> To revoke or annul by prayer, as something previously prayed for.

usually 5 or 6 named angels of prayer: Akatriel,

Vedas, dating from 1000 BC, consisting of spells, prayers, charms, and hymns &

Vedas, dating from 2000 BC or earlier, consisting of several mythological and poetical accounts of the origin of the world, hymns praising the gods, and ancient prayers for life and prosperity; "praise verse"

vigil ::: v. i. --> Abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake, or the state of being awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch.
Hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises.
Originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast.
Later, the day and the night preceding a feast.
A religious service performed in the evening preceding a


vocal ::: a. --> Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices.
Uttered or modulated by the voice; oral; as, vocal melody; vocal prayer.
Of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; also, /poken with tone, intonation, and resonance; sonant; sonorous; -- said of certain articulate sounds.
Consisting of, or characterized by, voice, or tone produced


Voodoo or Voodooism [from Fongbe dialect vodunu from vodu moral and religious life of the Fons of Dahomey] A definite system of African black magic or sorcery, including various types of necromantic practice. It reached the Americas with the African slaves brought from the West Coast, and in and around the Caribbean various degrees of the cult persist and constitute a recognized if little understood social feature in the history and life of the people. Especially significant in the original Fon religion are the principal temples in the sacred forests, with symbolic hieroglyphics on the walls, depicting the exploits of their kings, voodoo legends, etc., and explaining their belief in the unknowable god Meru (Great Master); this unmanifest god, too far removed from men for them to give to him any form, dealt with them through lesser gods and nature spirit, i.e., voodoo; the priestesses serving the temple in a secret cult with four degrees of initiation, and having passwords unknown to laymen; the cult of the snake or adder as the most primitive form of the religion. Such findings in voodoo history, however degraded in course of time and overlaid by beliefs and customs of cruder native tribes, have the basic elements of a hierarchic religion so enveloped in mystery as to indicate an origin far beyond the creative imagination of any people. Rather, here in strange temples of dark mystery, were the lingering echoes of some ancient wisdom teaching of those who were truly “as wise as serpents.” The least altered of the original system is probably the voodoo music with its solemn, insistent rhythm in the mood of prayer or an invocation. This rhythm persists, even when the ritual songs in Haiti are composed entirely of Creole words, or of a series of unintelligible sounds.

vote ::: n. --> An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer.
A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of persons, expressed in some received and authorized way; the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference, or choice, in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a person to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, etc.; suffrage.
That by means of which will or preference is expressed in


Vrihaspati —guardian of hymns and prayers

wake ::: n. --> The track left by a vessel in the water; by extension, any track; as, the wake of an army.
The act of waking, or being awaked; also, the state of being awake.
The state of forbearing sleep, especially for solemn or festive purposes; a vigil.
An annual parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the dedication of a church. Originally, prayers were said on the


wannabee /won'*-bee/ (Or, more plausibly, spelled "wannabe") [Madonna fans who dress, talk, and act like their idol; probably originally from biker slang] A would-be {hacker}. The connotations of this term differ sharply depending on the age and exposure of the subject. Used of a person who is in or might be entering {larval stage}, it is semi-approving; such wannabees can be annoying but most hackers remember that they, too, were once such creatures. When used of any professional programmer, CS academic, writer, or {suit}, it is derogatory, implying that said person is trying to cuddle up to the hacker mystique but doesn't, fundamentally, have a prayer of understanding what it is all about. Overuse of hacker terms is often an indication of the {wannabee} nature. Compare {newbie}. Historical note: The wannabee phenomenon has a slightly different flavour now (1993) than it did ten or fifteen years ago. When the people who are now hackerdom's tribal elders were in {larval stage}, the process of becoming a hacker was largely unconscious and unaffected by models known in popular culture - communities formed spontaneously around people who, *as individuals*, felt irresistibly drawn to do hackerly things, and what wannabees experienced was a fairly pure, skill-focussed desire to become similarly wizardly. Those days of innocence are gone forever; society's adaptation to the advent of the microcomputer after 1980 included the elevation of the hacker as a new kind of folk hero, and the result is that some people semi-consciously set out to *be hackers* and borrow hackish prestige by fitting the popular image of hackers. Fortunately, to do this really well, one has to actually become a wizard. Nevertheless, old-time hackers tend to share a poorly articulated disquiet about the change; among other things, it gives them mixed feelings about the effects of public compendia of lore like this one. [{Jargon File}]

wannabee ::: /won'*-bee/ (Or, more plausibly, spelled wannabe) [Madonna fans who dress, talk, and act like their idol; probably originally from biker slang] A would-be have a prayer of understanding what it is all about. Overuse of hacker terms is often an indication of the wannabee nature. Compare newbie.Historical note: The wannabee phenomenon has a slightly different flavour now (1993) than it did ten or fifteen years ago. When the people who are now the change; among other things, it gives them mixed feelings about the effects of public compendia of lore like this one.[Jargon File]

Wheel of prayer: A small barrel-shaped device, made of a metal (often silver) or wood, used in Tibet. Written prayers to Buddha are stuffed into the hollow of the device. Each turn of the wheel is believed to repeat all the prayers inserted to Buddha again and again. (Large wheels of prayer are used for community purposes.)

When a prayer ascends to Heaven, Gadriel crowns

Yahrzeit ::: (Yiddish, year-time) Anniversary of a death; a 24-hour candle lit to commemorate the death anniversary of a close relative, also lit on holy days when Yizkor (prayer of remembrance) is recited.

Yajna (Sanskrit) Yajña In Vedic literature, worship, devotion, prayer, praise; in post-Vedic literature, an act of worship or devotion, an oblation, sacrifice, also sacrifice personified or fire.

Yajus (Sanskrit) Yajus A sacrificial prayer or formula, also particular mantras muttered in a special manner at a sacrifice, distinguished from the rich and saman verses also recited at sacrifices.

Yigdol or Yigdal ::: (from Heb., to be great; thence “Great is he”). A hymn/chant/poem from the 11th century or earlier, frequently found at the beginning or end of the Jewish prayer book (siddur). Also found as an adopted Christian hymn.

Yizkor ::: (“Remembrance”) It is the name of the Memorial Service on Yom Kippur, and a prayer in that service in which Jews specify those whom they are remembering.



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1:Prayer is the laying aside of thoughts. ~ The Philokalia,
2:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ Thomas Keating,
3:To saints their very slumber is a prayer. ~ Saint Jerome,
4:Be on guard and strengthen yourself by prayer. ~ Saint Pedro Pio,
5:Prayer is the oxygen of the soul. ~ Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcino,
6:Prayer begins at the edge of emptiness. ~ Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,
7:A coward cannot have any prayer answered. ~ Nichiren,
8:My only prayer is to be firm in my determination in pursuing the truth. ~ Daie,
9:My longing for truth was a single prayer. ~ Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,
10:If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart ,
11:Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist. ~ Rabia al-Adawiyya,
12:No prayer is complete without prescence ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
13:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. ~ Thomas Keating,
14:Invoke often! Inflame thyself with prayer! ~ Aleister Crowley,
15:Surrender itself is a mighty prayer. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
16:You shall confess your sins in the church and not go to your prayer with a bad conscience. ~ Didache,
17:May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love." ~ Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, (1880-1906),
18:There is nothing the devil fears so much, or so much tries to hinder, as prayer." ~ Saint Philip Neri,
19:And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, Matthew, 21:22,
20:Prayer is the best weapon we possess, the key that opens the heart of God. ~ Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina,
21:Prayer is the unfolding of our will to God ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, 3.21.1,
22:Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with most earnest prayer to perfect it. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia,
23:Do not reduce your prayers to words, but rather make the totality of your life a prayer to God. ~ Isaac of Nineveh,
24:If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
   ~ Meister Eckhart,
25:Prayer is the unfolding of our will to God ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 3.21.1).,
26:When you have free moments, go faithfully to prayer. The good God is waiting for you there." ~ Saint Julie Billiart,
27:It is impossible to find a saint who did not take the two P's" seriously: prayer and penance. ~ Saint Francis Xavier,
28:When I am with you, everything is prayer.'' ~ Jalaluddin Rumi, @Sufi_Path
29:Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. ~ Hippocrates, Regimen, IV, 87,
30:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
31:Having prayed as you should, stand on guard, ready to protect the fruits of your prayer. ~ Philokalia, Evagrios the Solitary,
32:The whole of our life should be a prayer offered to the Divine. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
33:Pray for knowledge and light, every other prayer is selfish. ~ Swami Vivekananda, (C.W. I. 146),
34:I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.
   ~ Voltaire,
35:If you practise meditation and prayer it will make me happy. I look on you as my own. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
36:When the mind and speech unite in earnest, asking for a thing, that prayer is answered. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
37:All action is prayer. All trees are desire-fulfilling. All water is the Ganga. All land is Varanasi. Love everything. ~ Neem Karoli Baba,
38:Prayer is not a form of words but an aspiration. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - II, The Need of the Moment,
39:My only prayer is to be firm in my determination in pursuing the truth. ~ Daie, @BashoSociety
40:Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation. ~ Saint John of the Cross, [T5],
41:Unless you are completely detached from everything, your meditation and prayer, work and learning will be of no avail. ~ Swami Vijnanananda,
42:... Hell into which innumerable souls are falling every day; the urgent necessity of prayer and penance." ~ Our Lady to Father Stefano Gobbi ,
43:No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. ~ Saint Leo the Great,
44:In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will. ~ Thomas Keating,
45:In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking. Let us leave to God the decisions as to what shall be said. ~ Saint Francis de Sales
46:It is true that God's power triumphs over everything, but humble and suffering prayer prevails over God Himself. ~ Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina,
47:For with God both of these of necessity match each other exactly: practice should be sustained by prayer and prayer by practice. ~ Saint Gregory I,
48:It is true that God's power triumphs over everything, but humble and suffering prayer prevails over God Himself." ~ Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina,
49:Bhakti Yoga reduces karma or work to a minimum. It teaches the necessity of prayer without ceasing. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
50:In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. ~ Anonymous, The Bible, Psalms, 5:3,
51:Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. Both are good when both are possible. Otherwise, prayer is better than reading. ~ Saint Isidore of Seville,
52:red leaves
perfectly silent
a temple of prayer
~ Ogawa, @BashoSociety
53:The one who reckons himself one with everyone, because he seems to see himself unceasingly in each one, is a monk. ~ Evagrius Ponticus, On Prayer §125,
54:It is never in vain that an ardent and sincere prayer is addressed to the Divine's Grace.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
55:Prayer is not verbal. It is from the heart. To merge into the Heart is prayer. That is also Grace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
56:He to whom the sanctuary of true prayer is revealed Deems it shameful to turn back to mere formal religion. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
57:He to whom the sanctuary of true prayer is revealed deems it shameful to turn back to mere formal religion. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
58:
59:Seek to make your work a prayer, your believing an act, your living an art. It is then the object of your faith will be made visible to you." ~ Ernest Holmes,
60:The prayer of faith is the only kind that is real prayer, and it is trust in God with full acknowledgment of God's power and love. ~ Archibald Thomas Robertson,
61:He who fights even the smallest distractions faithfully, when he says even the smallest prayer, will also be faithful in great things. ~ Saint Louis de Montfort,
62:The Lord's Prayer should be said to fight, not only venial sins, but also mortal sins ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, (ST 1-2.74.8ad6).,
63:Should the divine mother grant your prayer, for she is omnipotent, you will realize Her impersonal Self in samadhi. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
64:Heaven's wiser love rejects the mortal's prayer; ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
65:the dragonfly too
folds his hands
in prayer
~ Kobayashi Issa, @BashoSociety
66:Let us go to sleep with a prayer and wake with an aspiration for the New and Perfect Creation.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Aspiration,
67:A soul which does not practise the exercise of prayer is very like a paralyzed body which, though possessing feet and hands, makes no use of them." ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
68:Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
69:The man who prays, the prayer, and the God to whom he prays all have reality only as manifestations of the Self. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, [T5],
70:It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
71:A prayer, a master act, a king idea
   Can link man's strength to a transcendent Force. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Issue, [T5],
72:For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
73:A real prayer will never contain any suggestions, instructions or demands. In real prayer you bow down, surrender and declare your helplessness to the Lord. ~ MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI,
74:For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
75:Our hands imbibe like roots,
so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.
And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens, light. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
76:God wills that our desire should be exercised in prayer, that we may be able to receive what he is prepared to give. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
77:If your prayer is sincere, my Mother will respond to it, if you will only wait. Pray to Her if you want to realize Her impersonal self. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
78:Pass slowly through that perilous space,
A prayer upon his lips and the great Name. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Descent into Night,
79: Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. ~ The Bibles, James 5:16,
80:When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions. Wait for hope to appear.
   ~ Anonymous, The Bible, Lamentations, 3:28-29 MSG,
81:Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
82:It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop, . . . while buying or selling, . . . or even while cooking. ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
83:Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, ~ Anonymous, The Bible, Ephesians, 6:18,
84:[The Lord] teaches us to make prayer in common for all our brethren. For he did not say my Father who art in heaven, but our Father, offering petitions for the common body. ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
85:The goodness of God is the highest object of prayer, and it reaches down to our lowest need. It quickens our soul and gives it life, and makes it grow in grace and virtue." ~ Saint Julian of Norwich,
86:Read the gospel attentively and you will see that Jesus sacrificed even charity for prayer. And do you know why? To teach us that, without God, we are too poor to help the poor. ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta,
87:The aim of prayer, of spiritual discipline, of chanting the name and glories of God, is to realize that everything is God. For that alone a devotee loves God. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
88:We go on to say, May your name be hallowed. It is not that we think to make God holy by our prayers; rather we are asking God that his name may be made holy in us. ~ Cyprian of Carthage, On the Lord's Prayer,
89:Our constant prayer is to understand the Divine's will and to live accordingly.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Elements of Yoga, Surrender to the Divine Will, Surrender, [T5],
90:The discussion of prayer is so great that it requires the Father to reveal it, his firstborn Word to teach it, and the Spirit to enable us to think and speak rightly of so great a subject. ~ Origen, On Prayer,
91:Do nothing at all without the beginning of prayer. Seal all your doings, my child, with the sign of the living cross. Do not go out the door of your house till you have signed the cross. ~ Saint Ephrem of Syria,
92:If need be, a prayer addressed to the Divine:
I belong to You and I want to know You so that all that I do is nothing but what you want me to do. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
93:Do not abandon us in impotence and darkness; shatter all limits, break all chains, dispel all illusions.

Our aspiration rises towards Thee as an ardent prayer.
~ The Mother, Prayers and Meditations,
94:The Guru's blessings help one in one's spiritual endeavor. By Mother's grace you have it already. Now dive deep into prayer, meditation, etc. Engage yourself in japa and meditation. ~ Manapurush Swami Shivananda,
95:Aspiration, call, prayer are forms of one and the same thing and are all effective; you can take the form that comes to you or is easiest to you.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
96:The food that has been made the Eucharist by the prayer of His word, and which nourishes our flesh and blood by assimilation, is both the flesh and the blood of that Jesus who was made flesh. ~ Saint Justin Martyr,
97:It is necessary that the Holy Spirit enter our heart. Everything good that we do, that we do for Christ, is given to us by the Holy Spirit, but prayer most of all, which is always available to us. ~ Seraphim of Sarov,
98:We have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus. ~ Justin Martyr,
99:Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven. ~ Saint Ephrem of Syria,
100:Lord, the year is dying and our gratitude bows down to Thee. Lord, the year is reborn, our prayer rises up to Thee. Let it be for us also the dawn of a new life.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
101:An Interview with a Carmelite Nun and Prayer as Relationship with.. ~ THIS WEEK ONLY, save 30% off the Collected Works of St. John of the Cross with the promo code CarmelCast. Mother Celine recalls that when she first read St...,
102:Never give up prayer, and should you find dryness and difficulty, persevere in it for this very reason. God often desires to see what love your soul has, and love is not tried by ease and satisfaction." ~ Saint John of the Cross,
103:There are three main parts to the actual practice of Guru Yoga: first there is the visualization, next the fervent prayer to the guru, and lastly the receiving of the four empowerments.
   ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Guru Yoga, [T2],
104:When you emerge from the hour of prayer you must do so conscious of being and possessing that which your heretofore desired." ~ Neville Goddard, (1905-1972), American mystic. Quote from "Neville Goddard The Complete Reader,", (2013).,
105:A certain pride, a certain awe, withheld him from offering to God even one prayer at night, though he knew it was in God's power to take away his life while he slept and hurl his soul hellward ere he could beg for mercy. ~ James Joyce,
106:Go and preach the necessity of penance and conversion, of return to the Lord along the way of prayer and repentance, of renunciation of Satan and all his wiles, of evil and the tyranny of the passions." ~ Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi,
107:Nothing is equal to prayer; for what is impossible it makes possible, what is difficult, easy.... For it is impossible, utterly impossible, for the man who prays eagerly and invokes God ceaselessly ever to sin. ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
108:Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. It lauds God for his own sake and gives him glory, quite beyond what he does, but simply because He Is. ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2639,
109:Seek the answer in God's grace, not in doctrine; in the longing of the will, not in the understanding; in the sighs of prayer, not in research; seek the bridegroom not the teacher; God and not man; darkness not daylight. ~ Bonaventure,
110:Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing. . . . If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don't get caught up in spiritual superficialities. ~ Laozi,
111:Run through all the words of the holy prayers [in Scripture], and I do not think that you will find anything in them that is not contained and included in the Lord's Prayer. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
112:Intense, one-pointed, monumental, lone,
Patient he sat like an incarnate hope
Motionless on a pedestal of prayer. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The House of the Spirit and the New Creation,
113:[The prayer is accomplished] by the contemplation of God alone, and by the warmth of love, through which the soul, molded and directed to love him, speaks very familiarly to God as to its own Father with special devotion. ~ Saint John Cassian,
114:Divide the time of night between sleep and prayer. Nay, let thy slumbers be themselves experiences in piety; for it is only natural that our sleeping dreams should be for the most part echoes of the anxieties of the day. ~ Saint Basil the Great,
115:O Holy Spirit grant me the gift of prayer. Come into my heart, and [grant] me the strength not to abandon it because I sometimes grow weary of it; And give me the spirit of prayer, the grace to pray continually. ~ Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori,
116:People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak. ~ Abu Hamid al-Ghazali,
117:They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again. ~ Saint Ignatius of Antioch,
118:Just by the very nature of our birth, we are on the spiritual journey." ~ Thomas Keating, (1923 - 2018) American Catholic monk known as one of the principal developers of Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer, Wikipedia.,
119:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
120:Is the day done? Give thanks to Him Who has given us the sun for our daily work, and has provided for us a fire to light up the night, and to serve the rest of the needs of life. Let night give the other occasion of prayer. ~ Saint Basil the Great,
121:And when no subject is given, is it enough to concentrate on your Presence in the heart-centre? Should we avoid a formulated prayer?

   Yes, concentration on the Presence is enough.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
122:My brothers, each of us ought surely to rejoice on this holy day. Let no one, conscious of his sinfulness, withdraw from our common celebration, nor let anyone be kept away from our public prayer by the burden of his guilt. ~ Saint Maximus of Turin,
123:I keep men's own ideals intact. But this also I say to them 'Never feel that your path alone is right and that the paths of others a wrong and full of errors. A man can realize God by following his own path if his prayer is sincere. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
124:He is a stranger to the magical arts and divination and necromancy, to exorcisms and other analogous practices. He takes no part in the accomplishment of any prayer or religious ceremony. ~ Digha Nikaya, the Eternal Wisdom
125:Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov,
126:Prayer is the light of the spirit, true knowledge of God, mediating between God and man.... I speak of prayer, not words. It is the longing for God, love too deep for words, a gift not given by man but by God's grace. ~ Saint John Chrysostom [PG 64, 462-466],
127:Leave as one leaveth a dream, the love of this world and of sweetness; cast away thy cares, strip thyself of vain thoughts, renounce thy body; for prayer is naught else save only to be a stranger in the visible world and in the invisible. ~ John of the Ladder,
128:For human beings, the most daunting challenge is to become fully human. For to become fully human is to become fully divine." ~ Father Thomas Keating, (1923 - 2018) American Catholic monk, known as one of the principal developers of Centering Prayer, Wikipedia.,
129:Gregory the Great (sixth century), summarizing the Christian contemplative tradition, expressed it as "resting in God." This was the classical meaning of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
130:Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy. ~ Saint Peter Chrysologus,
131:There are three things by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy and fasting: these three are one. ~ Saint Peter Chrysologus,
132:Let me assure you that a man can realize his Inner Self through sincere prayer. But to the extent that he has the desire to 'enjoy worldly objects,his vision of the Self becomes obstructed. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna,
133:As have been our conduct and pursuits, so will be our dreams. Thus will thou pray without ceasing; if thou pray not only in words, but unite thyself to God through all the course of life and so thy life be made one ceaseless and uninterrupted prayer. ~ Saint Basil the Great,
134:When we pray we pray not for one but for all people, because we are all one people together. The God of peace and master of concord, who taught that we should be united, wanted one to pray in this manner for all, as he himself bore all in one. ~ Cyprian, On the Lord's Prayer,
135:The life of prayer and contemplation is simply to realize God's presence in the depth of our being, in the depth of every being, and at the same time beyond all beings, beyond all that is within and all that is without. ~ Abhishiktananda, Prayer (Eveil à soi, éveil à Dieu),
136:When the mind has put off the old self & put on the one born of grace, it will see its own state in the time of prayer resembling sapphire or the color of heaven; this state scripture calls the place of God that was seen by the elders on Mount Sinai. ~ Evagrius, On Thoughts 39,
137:Keep your mind always in communion with God; then all depravity of the mind will vanish. Select a room for daily worship; every morning and evening retire there and sit on your Asanam; then perform Japam and Meditation and prayer regularly as long as you can. ~ Swami Brahmananda,
138:I am smashed by waves of affairs and afflicted by storms of a life of tumults, so I may rightly say: I am come into deep waters where the floods overflow me. And so, you who stand on the shore of virtues, stretch out the hand of your prayer to me in my danger. ~ Gregory the Great,
139:The darkness of prayer is not the result of a gap between what we can know as creatures and the unknowable depths of God...It is our assimilation into the infinite's self-unveiling in the dark places of the finite world, in the wordless helplessness of the cross. ~ Rowan Williams,
140:Because we find that love is work enough for us, we don't take the time to categorize what we are doing as either "contemplation" or "action." We find that prayer is action and that action is prayer. It seems to us that truly loving action is filled with light. ~ Madeline Delbrêl,
141:The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect of prayers.... In it we ask, not only for all the things we can rightly desire, but also in the sequence that they should be desired. This prayer not only teaches us to ask for things, but also in what order we should desire them. ~ Saint Thomas,
142:Aspiration is a turning upward of the inner being with a call, yearning, prayer for the Divine, for the Truth, for the Consciousness, Peace, Ananda, Knowledge, descent of Divine Force or whatever else is the aim of one's endeavour.
   ~ The Mother, [T2],
143:Prayer does not demand high intelligence or eloquence. God wants your heart when you pray. Even a few words from a pure, humble soul, though illiterate, appeals to God more than the eloquent, flowing words of an orator. Pray to God freely like a little child ~ Swami Sivananda Saraswati,
144:Just cry for one night, saying: 'O Lord, I am a fool, without any intelligence. I do not know anything. I do not understand anything. You show me everything. You please give me understanding. You appear before me.' One such earnest prayer will change things overnight ~ Swami Akhandananda,
145:When My servants ask you [O Prophet] about Me: I am truly near. I respond to one's prayer when they call upon Me. So let them respond with obedience to Me and believe in Me, perhaps they will be guided to the Right Way. ~ Quran 2:186, @Sufi_Path
146:Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus ~ Anonymous, The Bible, Philippians, 4:6-7,
147:When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed (close to them), I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me. Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me. That they may walk in the right way. ~ 2: 186), @Sufi_Path
148:HAZRA: "Does God listen to our prayer for bhakti?"

BHAGAVAN SRI RAMAKRISHNA: "Surely. I can assure you of that a hundred times. But the prayer must be genuine and earnest. Do worldly-minded people weep for God as they do for wife and children? Who feels that way for God?" ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
149:The members of the Brahmo Samaj sing the name of Hari. That is very good. Through earnest prayer one receives the grace of God and realizes Him. God can be realized by means of all paths. The same God is invoked by different names. ~ Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Ramakrishna,
150:As St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) taught, whatever we say about God is more unlike God than saying nothing. If we do say something, it can only be a pointer toward the Mystery that can never be articulated in words. All that words can do is point in the direction of the Mystery. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
151:In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta,
152:Pray to God with a longing heart. He will surely listen to your prayer if it is sincere. Perhaps He will direct you to holy men with whom you can keep company; and that will help you on your spiritual path. Perhaps someone will tell you, 'Do this and you will attain God.' ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
153:If you study every word of the petitions of Scripture, you will find, I think, nothing that is not contained and included in the Lord's Prayer. When we pray, then, we may use different words to say the same things, but we may not say different things. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo, Letter to Proba,
154:8. O Fire, they have set thee here the Messenger, the Immortal in generation after generation, the Carrier of offerings, protector of man and the Godhead of his prayer. Gods alike and mortals sit with obeisance before the all-pervading Master of the peoples, the ever-wakeful Fire.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Hymns To The Mystic Fire,
155:Almost certainly God is not in time. His life does not consist of moments one following another...Ten-thirty-- and every other moment from the beginning of the world--is always Present for Him. If you like to put it this way, He has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames. ~ C S Lewis,
156:It is only by aspiration and prayer that ego can be overcome; a constant and sincere aspiration is always answered by the Divine. Feb 3rd

Ignorance is a human general illness and nobody can escape it until one is united with the Divine. Feb 9th

Let the aspiration and love for the Divine conquer in you all desires and difficulties. Feb 14
~ The Mother
157:When the imagination is not controlled and the attention not steadied on the feeling of the wish fulfilled, then no amount of prayer or piety or invocation will produce the desired effect. When you can call up at will whatsoever image you please, when the forms of your imagination are as vivid to you as the forms of nature, you are master of your fate. ~ Neville Goddard,
158:A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord's pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
159:Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. ~ Pope Leo XIII, Leonine Prayers, Prayer to Saint Michael,
160:A compassionate community will not be achieved only through prayer; I pray myself, but I accept its limitations. We need to take action to develop compassion, to create inner peace within ourselves and to share that inner peace with our family and friends. Peace and warm-heartedness can then spread through the community just as ripples radiate out across the water when you drop a pebble into a pond. ~ Dalai Lama,
161:When you give us a subject for meditation, what should we do about it? Keep thinking of it?
   Keep your thought focused upon it in a concentrated way.
   And when no subject is given, is it enough to concentrate on your Presence in the heart-centre? Should we avoid a formulated prayer?

   Yes, concentration on the Presence is enough.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
162:The soul of man is the spark of God. Though this spark is limited on the earth, still God is all-powerful; and by teaching the prayer 'Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven', the Master has given a key to every soul who repeats this prayer; a key to open that door behind which is the secret of that almighty power and perfect wisdom which raises the soul above all limitations. ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan,
163:Turn Your Face Toward Me
Turn your face toward me, my dear one,
Turn your face toward me!
It is you who inserted the hook in me,
It is you who pulls the cord.
Turn your face toward me!
The call to prayer came from your throne in heaven,
The sound reverberated in Mecca.
Turn your face toward me!
Says Bulla, I will not die,
Though someone else may.
Turn your face toward me!
~ Bulleh Shah,
164:Before prayer, endeavour to realise Whose Presence you are approaching and to Whom you are about to speak, keeping in mind Whom you are addressing. If our lives were a thousand times as long as they are we should never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before Whom the very Angels tremble, Who can do all He wills, and with Whom to wish is to accomplish. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, [T7],
165:Some dislike prayer; if they entered deep into their heart, they would find it was pride — worse than that, vanity. And then there are those who have no aspiration, they try and they cannot aspire; it is because they do not have the flame of the will, it is because they do not have the flame of humility. Both are needed. There must be a very great humility and a very great will to change one's Karma. ~ The Mother,
166:The methods advised by all these people have a startling resemblance to one another. They recommend virtue (of various kinds), solitude, absence of excitement, moderation in diet, and finally a practice which some call prayer and some call meditation. (The former four may turn out on examination to be merely conditions favourable to the last.)
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part I, Preliminary Remarks,
167:MASTER (to Atul): "What is worrying you? Is it that you haven't that grit, that intense restlessness for God?"
ATUL: "How can we keep our minds on God?"
MASTER: "Abhyasayoga, the yoga of practice. You should practise calling on God every day. It is not possible to succeed in one day; through daily prayer you will come to long for God.
"How can you feel that restlessness if you are immersed in worldliness day and night?" ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
168:St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent. ~ Thomas Keating, Fruits & Gifts of the Spirit,
169:The formula of the Cup is not so well suited for Evocations, and the magical Hierarchy is not involved in the same way; for the Cup being passive rather than active, it is not fitting for the magician to use it in respect of anything but the Highest. In practical working it consequently means little but prayer, and that prayer the 'prayer of silence.'
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part 3, The Formuale of the Elemental Weapons [148],
170:Sadhana is the practice of Yoga.
Tapasya is the concentration of the will to get the results of sadhana and to conquer the lower nature.
Aradhana is worship of the Divine, love, self-surrender, aspiration to the Divine, calling the name, prayer.
Dhyana is inner concentration of the consciousness, meditation, going inside in Samadhi.
Dhyana, tapasya and aradhana are all parts of sadhana. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, 215 [sadhana is:],
171:Q: I wrote to the Mother a prayer in French. Her answer to it was: "Ouvre ton cæur et tu me trouveras déjà là." ("Open your heart and you will find me already there.") What exactly does this signify?
   A: What the Mother meant was this that when there is a certain opening of the heart, you find that there was always the eternal union there (the same that you experience always in the Self above).
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother, 2-7-1935,
172:The 'Intelligence of Will' denotes that this is the path where each individual 'created being' is 'prepared' for the spiritual quest by being made aware of the higher and divine 'will' of the creatoR By spiritual preparation (prayer, meditation, visualization, and aspiration), the student becomes aware of the higher will and ultimately attains oneness with the Divine Self-fully immersed in the knowledge of 'the existence of the Primordial Wisdom.'
   ~ Israel Regardie, A Garden Of Pomegranates: Skrying On The Tree Of Life,
173:Help yourself during this troubled period by reading holy books. This reading provides excellent food for the soul and conduces to great progress along the path of perfection. By no means is it inferior to what we obtain through prayer and holy meditation. In prayer and meditation it is ourselves who speak to the Lord, while in holy reading it is God who speaks to us. Before beginning to read, raise your mind to the Lord and implore Him to guide your mind Himself, to speak to your heart and move your will. ~ Saint Padre Pio,
174:MESSAGES FOR CENTRES AND ORGANISATIONS (Suggested programme for a study group)
   1. Prayer (Sri Aurobindo, Mother - grant us your help in our endeavour to understand your teaching.)
   2. Reading of Sri Aurobindo's book.
   3. A moment of silence.
   4. One question can be put by whoever wants to put a question on what has been read.
   5. Answer to the question.
   6. No general discussion. This is not the meeting of a group but simply a class for studying Sri Aurobindo's books. 31 October 1942
   ~ The Mother,
175:To read Savitri is to witness a tremendous adventure in the interior realms; to witness and participate in a multidimensional quest. Because Savitri is cast in the mould of epic poetry or mahakavya, the requisite state of mind is one of openness and humility, similar to that of prayer. Each word and each phrase should ring in a 'solitude and an immensity', be heard in the 'listening spaces of the soul' and the 'inner acoustic space', and be seized by the deeper self when the mantric evocations come into effect. ~ Murali Sivaramakrishnan,
176:...to quiet the mind and get the spiritual experience it is necessary first to purify and prepare the nature. This sometimes takes many years. Work done with the right attitude is the easiest means for that - i.e. work done without desire or ego, rejecting all movements of desire, demand or ego when the come, done as an offering to the Divine Mother, with the remembrance of her and prayer to her to manifest her force and take up the action so that there too and not only in inner silence you can feel her presence and working.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II,
177:In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
178:Saichō's Prayer

   So long as I have not attained the stage where my six faculties are pure, I will not venture out into the world.

   So long as I have not realized the absolute, I will not acquire any special skills or arts (e.g. medicine, divination, calligraphy, etc.)

   So long as I have not kept all the precepts purely, I will not participate in any lay donor's Buddhist meetings.

   So long as I have not attained wisdom (lit. hannya 般若), I will not participate in worldly affairs unless it be to benefit others.

   May any merit from my practice in the past, present and future be given not to me, but to all sentient beings so that they may attain supreme enlightenment. ~ Saichō,
179:O DIVINE Force, supreme Illuminator, hearken to our prayer, move not away from us, do not withdraw, help us to fight the good fight, make firm our strength for the struggle, give us the force to conquer!
   O my sweet Master, Thou whom I adore without being able to know Thee, Thou who I am without being able to realise Thee, my entire conscious individuality prostrates itself before Thee and implores, in the name of the workers in their struggle, and of the earth in her agony, in the name of suffering humanity and of striving Nature;
   O my sweet Master, O marvellous Unknowable, O Dispenser of all boons, Thou who makest light spring forth in the darkness and strength to arise out of weakness, support our effort, guide our steps, lead us to victory.
   ~ The Mother, Prayers And Meditations, 211,
180:It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple. They look simple, but they are not. The table I am sitting at looks simple: but ask a scientist to tell you what it is really made of-all about the atoms and how the light waves rebound from them and hit my eye and what they do to the optic nerve and what it does to my brain-and, of course, you find that what we call "seeing a table" lands you in mysteries and complications which you can hardly get to the end of. A child saying a child's prayer looks simple. And if you are content to stop there, well and good. But if you are not--and the modern world usually is not--if you want to go on and ask what is really happening, then you must be prepared for something difficult. If we ask for something more than simplicity, it is silly then to complain that the something more is not simple. ~ C S Lewis, Mere Christianity,
181:10.: I do not know whether I have put this clearly; self-knowledge is of such consequence that I would not have you careless of it, though you may be lifted to heaven in prayer, because while on earth nothing is more needful than humility. Therefore, I repeat, not only a good way, but the best of all ways, is to endeavour to enter first by the room where humility is practised, which is far better than at once rushing on to the others. This is the right road;-if we know how easy and safe it is to walk by it, why ask for wings with which to fly? Let us rather try to learn how to advance quickly. I believe we shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavouring to know God, for, beholding His greatness we are struck by our own baseness, His purity shows our foulness, and by meditating on His humility we find how very far we are from being humble. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle, 1.02,
182:[invocation] Let us describe the magical method of identification. The symbolic form of the god is first studied with as much care as an artist would bestow upon his model, so that a perfectly clear and unshakeable mental picture of the god is presented to the mind. Similarly, the attributes of the god are enshrined in speech, and such speeches are committed perfectly to memory. The invocation will then begin with a prayer to the god, commemorating his physical attributes, always with profound understanding of their real meaning. In the second part of the invocation, the voice of the god is heard, and His characteristic utterance is recited. In the third portion of the invocation the Magician asserts the identity of himself with the god. In the fourth portion the god is again invoked, but as if by Himself, as if it were the utterance of the will of the god that He should manifest in the Magician. At the conclusion of this, the original object of the invocation is stated.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, Part 3, The Formuale of the Elemental Weapons [149] [T4],
183:Prayer helps to prepare this relation for us at first on the lower plane even while it is there consistent with much that is mere egoism and self-delusion; but afterwards we can draw towards the spiritual truth which is behind it. It is not then the giving of the thing asked for that matters, but the relation itself, the contact of mans life with God, the conscious interchange. In spiritual matters and in the seeking of spiritual gains, this conscious relation is a great power; it is a much greater power than our own entirely self-reliant struggle and effort and it brings a fuller spiritual growth and experience. Necessarily, in the end prayer either ceases in the greater thing for which it prepared us, -- in fact the form we call prayer is not itself essential so long as the faith, the will, the aspiration are there, -- or remains only for the joy of the relation. Also its objects, the artha or interest it seeks to realise, become higher and higher until we reach the highest motiveless devotion, which is that of divine love pure and simple without any other demand or longing.
   ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Divine Love,
184:ཨོཾ། འཇིགས་པ་བརྒྱད་སྐྱོབ་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །
OM, JIK PA GYÉ KYOB MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
"Om! Homage to you, who protects from the eight fears!
བཀྲ་ཤིས་དཔལ་འབར་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །
TASHI PAL BAR MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
Homage to you, who shines as a beacon of goodness!
ངན་སོང་སྒོ་འགེགས་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །
NGEN SONG GO GEK MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
Homage to you, who closes the gates to the lower realms!
མཐོ་རིས་ལམ་འདྲེན་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །
TORI LAM DREN MA LA CHAK TSAL LO
Homage to you, who leads the way to the higher realms!
རྟག་ཏུ་ཁྱེད་ཀྱིས་སྟོངས་པར་མཛད། །
TAK TU KYÉ KYI TONG PAR DZÉ
You are my constant companion.
ད་དུང་ཐུགས་རྗེས་བསྐྱབ་ཏུ་གསོལ། །
DA DUNG TUK JÉ KYAB TU SOL
Always protect me with compassion! ~ Prayer to Tara, H E Garchen Rinpoche?
185:Find That Something :::
   We can, simply by a sincere aspiration, open a sealed door in us and find... that Something which will change the whole significance of life, reply to all our questions, solve all our problems and lead us to the perfection we aspire for without knowing it, to that Reality which alone can satisfy us and give us lasting joy, equilibrium, strength, life.
   All have heard it - Oh! there are even some here who are so used to it that for them it seems to be the same thing as drinking a glass of water or opening a window to let in the sunlight....
   We have tried a little, but now we are going to try seriously!
   The starting-point: to want it, truly want it, to need it. The next step: to think, above all, of that. A day comes, very quickly, when one is unable to think of anything else.
   That is the one thing which counts. And then... One formulates one's aspiration, lets the true prayer spring up from one's heart, the prayer which expresses the sincerity of the need. And then... well, one will see what happens.
   Something will happen. Surely something will happen. For each one it will take a different form.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958,
186:The key one and threefold, even as universal science. The division of the work is sevenfold, and through these sections are distributed the seven degrees of initiation into is transcendental philosophy.

The text is a mystical commentary on the oracles of Solomon, ^ and the work ends with a series of synoptic schedules which are the synthesis of Magic and the occult Kabalah so far as concerns that which can be made public in writing. The rest, being the esoteric and inexpressible part of the science, is formulated in magnificent pantacles carefully designed and engraved. These are nine in number, as follows

(1) The dogma of Hermes;
(2) Magical realisation;
(3) The path of wisdom and the initial procedure in the work
(4) The Gate of the Sanctuary enlightened by seven mystic rays;
(5) A Rose of Light, in the centre of which a human figure is extending its arms in the form of a cross;
(6) The magical laboratory of Khunrath, demonstrating the necessary union of prayer and work
(7) The absolute synthesis of science;
(8) Universal equilibrium ;
(9) A summary of Khunrath's personal embodying an energetic protest against all his detractors. ~ Eliphas Levi, The History Of Magic,
187:Directly on awakening, preferably at dawn, the initiate goes to the place of invocation. Figuring to himself as he goes that being born anew each day brings with it the chance of greater rebirth, first he banishes the temple of his mind by ritual or by some magical trance. Then he unveils some token or symbol or sigil which represents to him the Holy Guardian Angel. This symbol he will likely have to change during the great work as the inspiration begins to move him. Next he invokes an image of the Angel into his minds eye. It may be considered as a luminous duplicate of ones own form standing in front of or behind one, or simply as a ball of brilliant light above ones head. Then he formulates his aspirations in what manner he will, humbling himself in prayer or exalting himself in loud proclamation as his need be. The best form of this invocation is spoken spontaneously from the heart, and if halting at first, will prove itself in time. He is aiming to establish a set of ideas and images which correspond to the nature of his genius, and at the same time receive inspiration from that source. As the magician begins to manifest more of his true will, the Augoeides will reveal images, names, and spiritual principles by which it can be drawn into greater manifestation.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
188:A certain inertia, tendency to sleep, indolence, unwillingness or inability to be strong for work or spiritual effort for long at a time, is in the nature of the human physical consciousness. When one goes down into the physical for its change (that has been the general condition here for a long time), this tends to increase. Even sometimes when the pressure of the sadhana on the physical increases or when one has to go much inside, this temporarily increases - the body either needing more rest or turning the inward movement into a tendency to sleep or be at rest. You need not, however, be anxious about that. After a time this rights itself; the physical consciousness gets the true peace and calm in the cells and feels at rest even in full work or in the most concentrated condition and this tendency of inertia goes out of the nature. Even for those who have never been in trance, it is good to repeat a mantra, a word, a prayer before going into sleep. But there must be a life in the words; I do not mean an intellectual significance, nothing of that kind, but a vibration. And its effect on the body is extraordinary: it begins to vibrate, vibrate, vibrate... and quietly you let yourself go, as though you wanted to go to sleep. The body vibrates more and more, more and more, more and more, and away you go. That is the cure for tamas.
   ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
189:How can faith be increased?

Through aspiration, I suppose. Some have it spontaneously... You see, it is difficult to pray if one doesn't have faith, but if one can make prayer a means of increasing one's faith, or aspiring, having an aspiration, having an aspiration to have faith... Most of these qualities require an effort. If one does not have a thing and wants to have it, well, it needs great, great, great sustained efforts, a constant aspiration, an unflagging will, a sincerity at each moment; then one is sure, it will come one day - it can come in a second. There are people who have it, and then they have contrary movements which come and attack. These people, if their will is sincere, can shield their faith, repel the attacks. There are others who cultivate doubt because it is a kind of dilettantism - that, there's nothing more dangerous than that. It is as though one were letting the worm into the fruit: it eventually eats it up completely. This means that when a movement of this sort comes - it usually comes first into the mind - the first thing to do is to be very determined and refuse it. Surely one must not enjoy looking on just to see what is going to happen; that kind of curiosity is terribly dangerous.

It is perhaps more difficult for intellectuals to have faith than for those who are simple, sincere, who are straightforward, without intellectual complications. But I think that if an intellectual person has faith, then that becomes very powerful, a very powerful thing which can truly work miracles. ~ The Mother, Question and Answers, Volume-6, page no.121),
190:... The first opening is effected by a concentration in the heart, a call to the Divine to manifest within us and through the psychic to take up and lead the whole nature. Aspiration, prayer, bhakti, love, surrender are the main supports of this part of the sadhana - accompanied by a rejection of all that stands in the way of what we aspire for. The second opening is effected by a concentration of the consciousness in the head (afterwards, above it) and an aspiration and call and a sustained will for the descent of the divine Peace, Power, Light, Knowledge, Ananda into the being - the Peace first or the Peace and Force together. Some indeed receive Light first or Ananda first or some sudden pouring down of knowledge. With some there is first an opening which reveals to them a vast infinite Silence, Force, Light or Bliss above them and afterwards either they ascend to that or these things begin to descend into the lower nature. With others there is either the descent, first into the head, then down to the heart level, then to the navel and below and through the whole body, or else an inexplicable opening - without any sense of descent - of peace, light, wideness or power or else a horizontal opening into the cosmic consciousness or, in a suddenly widened mind, an outburst of knowledge. Whatever comes has to be welcomed - for there is no absolute rule for all, - but if the peace has not come first, care must be taken not to swell oneself in exultation or lose the balance. The capital movement however is when the Divine Force or Shakti, the power of the Mother comes down and takes hold, for then the organisation of the consciousness begins and the larger foundation of the Yoga.

   The result of the concentration is not usually immediate - though to some there comes a swift and sudden outflowering; but with most there is a time longer or shorter of adaptation or preparation, especially if the nature has not been prepared already to some extent by aspiration and tapasya. ... ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
191:In the Indian spiritual tradition, a heart's devotion to God, called Bhakti, is regarded as the easiest path to the Divine. What is Bhakti? Is it some extravagant religious sentimentalism? Is it inferior to the path of Knowledge? What is the nature of pure and complete spiritual devotion to God and how to realise it?

What Is Devotion?

...bhakti in its fullness is nothing but an entire self-giving. But then all meditation, all tapasya, all means of prayer or mantra must have that as its end... [SABCL, 23:799]

Devotion Is a State of the Heart and Soul

Bhakti is not an experience, it is a state of the heart and soul. It is a state which comes when the psychic being is awake and prominent. [SABCL, 23:776]

...Worship is only the first step on the path of devotion. Where external worship changes into the inner adoration, real Bhakti begins; that deepens into the intensity of divine love; that love leads to the joy of closeness in our relations with the Divine; the joy of closeness passes into the bliss of union. [SABCL, 21:525]

Devotion without Gratitude Is Incomplete

...there is another movement which should constantly accompany devotion. ... That kind of sense of gratitude that the Divine exists; that feeling of a marvelling thankfulness which truly fills you with a sublime joy at the fact that the Divine exists, that there is something in the universe which is the Divine, that it is not just the monstrosity we see, that there is the Divine, the Divine exists. And each time that the least thing puts you either directly or indirectly in contactwith this sublime Reality of divine existence, the heart is filled with so intense, so marvellous a joy, such a gratitude as of all things has the most delightful taste.

There is nothing which gives you a joy equal to that of gratitude. One hears a bird sing, sees a lovely flower, looks at a little child, observes an act of generosity, reads a beautiful sentence, looks at the setting sun, no matter what, suddenly this comes upon you, this kind of emotion-indeed so deep, so intense-that the world manifests the Divine, that there is something behind the world which is the Divine.

So I find that devotion without gratitude is quite incomplete, gratitude must come with devotion. ~ The Mother,
192:
   "Without conscious occult powers, is it possible to help or protect from a distance somebody in difficulty or danger? If so, what is the practical procedure?"

Then a sub-question:

   "What can thought do?"

We are not going to speak of occult processes at all; although, to tell the truth, everything that happens in the invisible world is occult, by definition. But still, practically, there are two processes which do not exclude but complete each other, but which may be used separately according to one's preference.

   It is obvious that thought forms a part of one of the methods, quite an important part. I have already told you several times that if one thinks clearly and powerfully, one makes a mental formation, and that every mental formation is an entity independent of its fashioner, having its own life and tending to realise itself in the mental world - I don't mean that you see your formation with your physical eyes, but it exists in the mental world, it has its own particular independent existence. If you have made a formation with a definite aim, its whole life will tend to the realisation of this aim. Therefore, if you want to help someone at a distance, you have only to formulate very clearly, very precisely and strongly the kind of help you want to give and the result you wish to obtain. That will have its effect. I cannot say that it will be all-powerful, for the mental world is full of innumerable formations of this kind and naturally they clash and contradict one another; hence the strongest and the most persistent will have the best of it.

   Now, what is it that gives strength and persistence to mental formations? - It is emotion and will. If you know how to add to your mental formation an emotion, affection, tenderness, love, and an intensity of will, a dynamism, it will have a much greater chance of success. That is the first method. It is within the scope of all those who know how to think, and even more of those who know how to love. But as I said, the power is limited and there is great competition in that world.

   Therefore, even if one has no knowledge at all but has trust in the divine Grace, if one has the faith that there is something in the world like the divine Grace, and that this something can answer a prayer, an aspiration, an invocation, then, after making one's mental formation, if one offers it to the Grace and puts one's trust in it, asks it to intervene and has the faith that it will intervene, then indeed one has a chance of success.

   Try, and you will surely see the result.

   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1956, 253,
193:Sweet Mother, there's a flower you have named "The Creative Word".

Yes.

What does that mean?

It is the word which creates.

There are all kinds of old traditions, old Hindu traditions, old Chaldean traditions in which the Divine, in the form of the Creator, that is, in His aspect as Creator, pronounces a word which has the power to create. So it is this... And it is the origin of the mantra. The mantra is the spoken word which has a creative power. An invocation is made and there is an answer to the invocation; or one makes a prayer and the prayer is granted. This is the Word, the Word which, in its sound... it is not only the idea, it is in the sound that there's a power of creation. It is the origin, you see, of the mantra.

In Indian mythology the creator God is Brahma, and I think that it was precisely his power which has been symbolised by this flower, "The Creative Word". And when one is in contact with it, the words spoken have a power of evocation or creation or formation or transformation; the words... sound always has a power; it has much more power than men think. It may be a good power and it may be a bad power. It creates vibrations which have an undeniable effect. It is not so much the idea as the sound; the idea too has its own power, but in its own domain - whereas the sound has a power in the material world.

I think I have explained this to you once; I told you, for example, that words spoken casually, usually without any re- flection and without attaching any importance to them, can be used to do something very good. I think I spoke to you about "Bonjour", "Good Day", didn't I? When people meet and say "Bonjour", they do so mechanically and without thinking. But if you put a will into it, an aspiration to indeed wish someone a good day, well, there is a way of saying "Good Day" which is very effective, much more effective than if simply meeting someone you thought: "Ah! I hope he has a good day", without saying anything. If with this hope in your thought you say to him in a certain way, "Good Day", you make it more concrete and more effective.

It's the same thing, by the way, with curses, or when one gets angry and says bad things to people. This can do them as much harm - more harm sometimes - than if you were to give them a slap. With very sensitive people it can put their stomach out of order or give them palpitation, because you put into it an evil force which has a power of destruction.

It is not at all ineffective to speak. Naturally it depends a great deal on each one's inner power. People who have no strength and no consciousness can't do very much - unless they employ material means. But to the extent that you are strong, especially when you have a powerful vital, you must have a great control on what you say, otherwise you can do much harm. Without wanting to, without knowing it; through ignorance.

Anything? No? Nothing?

Another question?... Everything's over? ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955, 347-349,
194:Apotheosis ::: One of the most powerful and beloved of the Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet, China, and Japan is the Lotus Bearer, Avalokiteshvara, "The Lord Looking Down in Pity," so called because he regards with compassion all sentient creatures suffering the evils of existence. To him goes the millionfold repeated prayer of the prayer wheels and temple gongs of Tibet: Om mani padme hum, "The jewel is in the lotus." To him go perhaps more prayers per minute than to any single divinity known to man; for when, during his final life on earth as a human being, he shattered for himself the bounds of the last threshold (which moment opened to him the timelessness of the void beyond the frustrating mirage-enigmas of the named and bounded cosmos), he paused: he made a vow that before entering the void he would bring all creatures without exception to enlightenment; and since then he has permeated the whole texture of existence with the divine grace of his assisting presence, so that the least prayer addressed to him, throughout the vast spiritual empire of the Buddha, is graciously heard. Under differing forms he traverses the ten thousand worlds, and appears in the hour of need and prayer. He reveals himself in human form with two arms, in superhuman forms with four arms, or with six, or twelve, or a thousand, and he holds in one of his left hands the lotus of the world.

Like the Buddha himself, this godlike being is a pattern of the divine state to which the human hero attains who has gone beyond the last terrors of ignorance. "When the envelopment of consciousness has been annihilated, then he becomes free of all fear, beyond the reach of change." This is the release potential within us all, and which anyone can attain-through herohood; for, as we read: "All things are Buddha-things"; or again (and this is the other way of making the same statement) : "All beings are without self."

The world is filled and illumined by, but does not hold, the Bodhisattva ("he whose being is enlightenment"); rather, it is he who holds the world, the lotus. Pain and pleasure do not enclose him, he encloses them-and with profound repose. And since he is what all of us may be, his presence, his image, the mere naming of him, helps. "He wears a garland of eight thousand rays, in which is seen fully reflected a state of perfect beauty.

The color of his body is purple gold. His palms have the mixed color of five hundred lotuses, while each finger tip has eighty-four thousand signet-marks, and each mark eighty-four thousand colors; each color has eighty-four thousand rays which are soft and mild and shine over all things that exist. With these jewel hands he draws and embraces all beings. The halo surrounding his head is studded with five hundred Buddhas, miraculously transformed, each attended by five hundred Bodhisattvas, who are attended, in turn, by numberless gods. And when he puts his feet down to the ground, the flowers of diamonds and jewels that are scattered cover everything in all directions. The color of his face is gold. While in his towering crown of gems stands a Buddha, two hundred and fifty miles high." - Amitayur-Dhyana Sutra, 19; ibid., pp. 182-183. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Apotheosis,
195:Darkness
I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went-and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires-and the thrones,
The palaces of crowned kings-the huts,
The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,
And men were gather'd round their blazing homes
To look once more into each other's face;
Happy were those who dwelt within the eye
Of the volcanos, and their mountain-torch:
A fearful hope was all the world contain'd;
Forests were set on fire-but hour by hour
They fell and faded-and the crackling trunks
Extinguish'd with a crash-and all was black.
The brows of men by the despairing light
Wore an unearthly aspect, as by fits
The flashes fell upon them; some lay down
And hid their eyes and wept; and some did rest
Their chins upon their clenched hands, and smil'd;
And others hurried to and fro, and fed
Their funeral piles with fuel, and look'd up
With mad disquietude on the dull sky,
The pall of a past world; and then again
With curses cast them down upon the dust,
And gnash'd their teeth and howl'd: the wild birds shriek'd
And, terrified, did flutter on the ground,
And flap their useless wings; the wildest brutes
Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl'd
And twin'd themselves among the multitude,
Hissing, but stingless-they were slain for food.
And War, which for a moment was no more,
Did glut himself again: a meal was bought
With blood, and each sate sullenly apart
Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left;
All earth was but one thought-and that was death
Immediate and inglorious; and the pang
Of famine fed upon all entrails-men
Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh;
The meagre by the meagre were devour'd,
Even dogs assail'd their masters, all save one,
And he was faithful to a corse, and kept
The birds and beasts and famish'd men at bay,
Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead
Lur'd their lank jaws; himself sought out no food,
But with a piteous and perpetual moan,
And a quick desolate cry, licking the hand
Which answer'd not with a caress-he died.
The crowd was famish'd by degrees; but two
Of an enormous city did survive,
And they were enemies: they met beside
The dying embers of an altar-place
Where had been heap'd a mass of holy things
For an unholy usage; they rak'd up,
And shivering scrap'd with their cold skeleton hands
The feeble ashes, and their feeble breath
Blew for a little life, and made a flame
Which was a mockery; then they lifted up
Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld
Each other's aspects-saw, and shriek'd, and died-
Even of their mutual hideousness they died,
Unknowing who he was upon whose brow
Famine had written Fiend. The world was void,
The populous and the powerful was a lump,
Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless-
A lump of death-a chaos of hard clay.
The rivers, lakes and ocean all stood still,
And nothing stirr'd within their silent depths;
Ships sailorless lay rotting on the sea,
And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropp'd
They slept on the abyss without a surge-
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no need
Of aid from them-She was the Universe.
~ George Gordon Byron,
196:The true Mantra must come from within OR it must be given by a Guru

Nobody can give you the true mantra. It's not something that is given; it's something that wells up from within. It must spring from within all of a sudden, spontaneously, like a profound, intense need of your being - then it has power, because it's not something that comes from outside, it's your very own cry.

I saw, in my case, that my mantra has the power of immortality; whatever happens, if it is uttered, it's the Supreme that has the upper hand, it's no longer the lower law. And the words are irrelevant, they may not have any meaning - to someone else, my mantra is meaningless, but to me it's full, packed with meaning. And effective, because it's my cry, the intense aspiration of my whole being.

A mantra given by a guru is only the power to realize the experience of the discoverer of the mantra. The power is automatically there, because the sound contains the experience. I saw that once in Paris, at a time when I knew nothing of India, absolutely nothing, only the usual nonsense. I didn't even know what a mantra was. I had gone to a lecture given by some fellow who was supposed to have practiced "yoga" for a year in the Himalayas and recounted his experience (none too interesting, either). All at once, in the course of his lecture, he uttered the sound OM. And I saw the entire room suddenly fill with light, a golden, vibrating light.... I was probably the only one to notice it. I said to myself, "Well!" Then I didn't give it any more thought, I forgot about the story. But as it happened, the experience recurred in two or three different countries, with different people, and every time there was the sound OM, I would suddenly see the place fill with that same light. So I understood. That sound contains the vibration of thousands and thousands of years of spiritual aspiration - there is in it the entire aspiration of men towards the Supreme. And the power is automatically there, because the experience is there.

It's the same with my mantra. When I wanted to translate the end of my mantra, "Glory to You, O Lord," into Sanskrit, I asked for Nolini's help. He brought his Sanskrit translation, and when he read it to me, I immediately saw that the power was there - not because Nolini put his power into it (!), God knows he had no intention of "giving" me a mantra! But the power was there because my experience was there. We made a few adjustments and modifications, and that's the japa I do now - I do it all the time, while sleeping, while walking, while eating, while working, all the time.[[Mother later clarified: "'Glory to You, O Lord' isn't MY mantra, it's something I ADDED to it - my mantra is something else altogether, that's not it. When I say that my mantra has the power of immortality, I mean the other, the one I don't speak of! I have never given the words.... You see, at the end of my walk, a kind of enthusiasm rises, and with that enthusiasm, the 'Glory to You' came to me, but it's part of the prayer I had written in Prayers and Meditations: 'Glory to You, O Lord, all-triumphant Supreme' etc. (it's a long prayer). It came back suddenly, and as it came back spontaneously, I kept it. Moreover, when Sri Aurobindo read this prayer in Prayers and Meditations, he told me it was very strong. So I added this phrase as a kind of tail to my japa. But 'Glory to You, O Lord' isn't my spontaneous mantra - it came spontaneously, but it was something written very long ago. The two things are different."

And that's how a mantra has life: when it wells up all the time, spontaneously, like the cry of your being - there is no need of effort or concentration: it's your natural cry. Then it has full power, it is alive. It must well up from within.... No guru can give you that. ~ The Mother, Agenda, May 11 1963,
197:All Yoga is a turning of the human mind and the human soul, not yet divine in realisation, but feeling the divine impulse and attraction in it, towards that by which it finds its greater being. Emotionally, the first form which this turning takes must be that of adoration. In ordinary religion this adoration wears the form of external worship and that again develops a most external form of ceremonial worship. This element is ordinarily necessary because the mass of men live in their physical minds, cannot realise anything except by the force of a physical symbol and cannot feel that they are living anything except by the force of a physical action. We might apply here the Tantric gradation of sadhana, which makes the way of the pasu, the herd, the animal or physical being, the lowest stage of its discipline, and say that the purely or predominantly ceremonial adoration is the first step of this lowest part of the way. It is evident that even real religion, - and Yoga is something more than religion, - only begins when this quite outward worship corresponds to something really felt within the mind, some genuine submission, awe or spiritual aspiration, to which it becomes an aid, an outward expression and also a sort of periodical or constant reminder helping to draw back the mind to it from the preoccupations of ordinary life. But so long as it is only an idea of the Godhead to which one renders reverence or homage, we have not yet got to the beginning of Yoga. The aim of Yoga being union, its beginning must always be a seeking after the Divine, a longing after some kind of touch, closeness or possession. When this comes on us, the adoration becomes always primarily an inner worship; we begin to make ourselves a temple of the Divine, our thoughts and feelings a constant prayer of aspiration and seeking, our whole life an external service and worship. It is as this change, this new soul-tendency grows, that the religion of the devotee becomes a Yoga, a growing contact and union. It does not follow that the outward worship will necessarily be dispensed with, but it will increasingly become only a physical expression or outflowing of the inner devotion and adoration, the wave of the soul throwing itself out in speech and symbolic act.
   Adoration, before it turns into an element of the deeper Yoga of devotion, a petal of the flower of love, its homage and self-uplifting to its sun, must bring with it, if it is profound, an increasing consecration of the being to the Divine who is adored. And one element of this consecration must be a self-purifying so as to become fit for the divine contact, or for the entrance of the Divine into the temple of our inner being, or for his selfrevelation in the shrine of the heart. This purifying may be ethical in its character, but it will not be merely the moralist's seeking for the right and blameless action or even, when once we reach the stage of Yoga, an obedience to the law of God as revealed in formal religion; but it will be a throwing away, katharsis, of all that conflicts whether with the idea of the Divine in himself or of the Divine in ourselves. In the former case it becomes in habit of feeling and outer act an imitation of the Divine, in the latter a growing into his likeness in our nature. What inner adoration is to ceremonial worship, this growing into the divine likeness is to the outward ethical life. It culminates in a sort of liberation by likeness to the Divine,1 a liberation from our lower nature and a change into the divine nature.
   Consecration becomes in its fullness a devoting of all our being to the Divine; therefore also of all our thoughts and our works. Here the Yoga takes into itself the essential elements of the Yoga of works and the Yoga of knowledge, but in its own manner and with its own peculiar spirit. It is a sacrifice of life and works to the Divine, but a sacrifice of love more than a tuning of the will to the divine Will. The bhakta offers up his life and all that he is and all that he has and all that he does to the Divine. This surrender may take the ascetic form, as when he leaves the ordinary life of men and devotes his days solely to prayer ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Way of Devotion, 571 [T1],
198:GURU YOGA
   Guru yoga is an essential practice in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. This is true in sutra, tantra, and Dzogchen. It develops the heart connection with the masteR By continually strengthening our devotion, we come to the place of pure devotion in ourselves, which is the unshakeable, powerful base of the practice. The essence of guru yoga is to merge the practitioner's mind with the mind of the master.
   What is the true master? It is the formless, fundamental nature of mind, the primordial awareness of the base of everything, but because we exist in dualism, it is helpful for us to visualize this in a form. Doing so makes skillful use of the dualisms of the conceptual mind, to further strengthen devotion and help us stay directed toward practice and the generation of positive qualities.
   In the Bon tradition, we often visualize either Tapihritsa* as the master, or the Buddha ShenlaOdker*, who represents the union of all the masters. If you are already a practitioner, you may have another deity to visualize, like Guru Rinpoche or a yidam or dakini. While it is important to work with a lineage with which you have a connection, you should understand that the master you visualize is the embodiment of all the masters with whom you are connected, all the teachers with whom you have studied, all the deities to whom you have commitments. The master in guru yoga is not just one individual, but the essence of enlightenment, the primordial awareness that is your true nature.
   The master is also the teacher from whom you receive the teachings. In the Tibetan tradition, we say the master is more important than the Buddha. Why? Because the master is the immediate messenger of the teachings, the one who brings the Buddha's wisdom to the student. Without the master we could not find our way to the Buddha. So we should feel as much devotion to the master as we would to the Buddha if the Buddha suddenly appeared in front of us.
   Guru yoga is not just about generating some feeling toward a visualized image. It is done to find the fundamental mind in yourself that is the same as the fundamental mind of all your teachers, and of all the Buddhas and realized beings that have ever lived. When you merge with the guru, you merge with your pristine true nature, which is the real guide and masteR But this should not be an abstract practice. When you do guru yoga, try to feel such intense devotion that the hair stands upon your neck, tears start down your face, and your heart opens and fills with great love. Let yourself merge in union with the guru's mind, which is your enlightened Buddha-nature. This is the way to practice guru yoga.
  
The Practice
   After the nine breaths, still seated in meditation posture, visualize the master above and in front of you. This should not be a flat, two dimensional picture-let a real being exist there, in three dimensions, made of light, pure, and with a strong presence that affects the feeling in your body,your energy, and your mind. Generate strong devotion and reflect on the great gift of the teachings and the tremendous good fortune you enjoy in having made a connection to them. Offer a sincere prayer, asking that your negativities and obscurations be removed, that your positive qualities develop, and that you accomplish dream yoga.
   Then imagine receiving blessings from the master in the form of three colored lights that stream from his or her three wisdom doors- of body, speech, and mind-into yours. The lights should be transmitted in the following sequence: White light streams from the master's brow chakra into yours, purifying and relaxing your entire body and physical dimension. Then red light streams from the master's throat chakra into yours, purifying and relaxing your energetic dimension. Finally, blue light streams from the master's heart chakra into yours, purifying and relaxing your mind.
   When the lights enter your body, feel them. Let your body, energy, and mind relax, suffused inwisdom light. Use your imagination to make the blessing real in your full experience, in your body and energy as well as in the images in your mind.
   After receiving the blessing, imagine the master dissolving into light that enters your heart and resides there as your innermost essence. Imagine that you dissolve into that light, and remain inpure awareness, rigpa.
   There are more elaborate instructions for guru yoga that can involve prostrations, offerings, gestures, mantras, and more complicated visualizations, but the essence of the practice is mingling your mind with the mind of the master, which is pure, non-dual awareness. Guru yoga can be done any time during the day; the more often the better. Many masters say that of all the practices it is guru yoga that is the most important. It confers the blessings of the lineage and can open and soften the heart and quiet the unruly mind. To completely accomplish guru yoga is to accomplish the path.
   ~ Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep, [T3],
199:AUGOEIDES:
   The magicians most important invocation is that of his Genius, Daemon, True Will, or Augoeides. This operation is traditionally known as attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is sometimes known as the Magnum Opus or Great Work.
   The Augoeides may be defined as the most perfect vehicle of Kia on the plane of duality. As the avatar of Kia on earth, the Augoeides represents the true will, the raison detre of the magician, his purpose in existing. The discovery of ones true will or real nature may be difficult and fraught with danger, since a false identification leads to obsession and madness. The operation of obtaining the knowledge and conversation is usually a lengthy one. The magician is attempting a progressive metamorphosis, a complete overhaul of his entire existence. Yet he has to seek the blueprint for his reborn self as he goes along. Life is less the meaningless accident it seems. Kia has incarnated in these particular conditions of duality for some purpose. The inertia of previous existences propels Kia into new forms of manifestation. Each incarnation represents a task, or a puzzle to be solved, on the way to some greater form of completion.
   The key to this puzzle is in the phenomena of the plane of duality in which we find ourselves. We are, as it were, trapped in a labyrinth or maze. The only thing to do is move about and keep a close watch on the way the walls turn. In a completely chaotic universe such as this one, there are no accidents. Everything is signifcant. Move a single grain of sand on a distant shore and the entire future history of the world will eventually be changed. A person doing his true will is assisted by the momentum of the universe and seems possessed of amazing good luck. In beginning the great work of obtaining the knowledge and conversation, the magician vows to interpret every manifestation of existence as a direct message from the infinite Chaos to himself personally.
   To do this is to enter the magical world view in its totality. He takes complete responsibility for his present incarnation and must consider every experience, thing, or piece of information which assails him from any source, as a reflection of the way he is conducting his existence. The idea that things happen to one that may or may not be related to the way one acts is an illusion created by our shallow awareness.
   Keeping a close eye on the walls of the labyrinth, the conditions of his existence, the magician may then begin his invocation. The genius is not something added to oneself. Rather it is a stripping away of excess to reveal the god within.
   Directly on awakening, preferably at dawn, the initiate goes to the place of invocation. Figuring to himself as he goes that being born anew each day brings with it the chance of greater rebirth, first he banishes the temple of his mind by ritual or by some magical trance. Then he unveils some token or symbol or sigil which represents to him the Holy Guardian Angel. This symbol he will likely have to change during the great work as the inspiration begins to move him. Next he invokes an image of the Angel into his minds eye. It may be considered as a luminous duplicate of ones own form standing in front of or behind one, or simply as a ball of brilliant light above ones head. Then he formulates his aspirations in what manner he will, humbling himself in prayer or exalting himself in loud proclamation as his need be. The best form of this invocation is spoken spontaneously from the heart, and if halting at first, will prove itself in time. He is aiming to establish a set of ideas and images which correspond to the nature of his genius, and at the same time receive inspiration from that source. As the magician begins to manifest more of his true will, the Augoeides will reveal images, names, and spiritual principles by which it can be drawn into greater manifestation. Having communicated with the invoked form, the magician should draw it into himself and go forth to live in the way he hath willed.
   The ritual may be concluded with an aspiration to the wisdom of silence by a brief concentration on the sigil of the Augoeides, but never by banishing. Periodically more elaborate forms of ritual, using more powerful forms of gnosis, may be employed. At the end of the day, there should be an accounting and fresh resolution made. Though every day be a catalog of failure, there should be no sense of sin or guilt. Magic is the raising of the whole individual in perfect balance to the power of Infinity, and such feelings are symptomatic of imbalance. If any unnecessary or imbalanced scraps of ego become identified with the genius by mistake, then disaster awaits. The life force flows directly into these complexes and bloats them into grotesque monsters variously known as the demon Choronzon. Some magicians attempting to go too fast with this invocation have failed to banish this demon, and have gone spectacularly insane as a result.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
200:
   In the lower planes can't one say what will happen at a particular moment?

That depends. On certain planes there are consciousnesses that form, that make formations and try to send them down to earth and manifest them. These are planes where the great forces are at play, forces struggling with each other to organise things in one way or another. On these planes all the possibilities are there, all the possibilities that present themselves but have not yet come to a decision as to which will come down.... Suppose a plane full of the imaginations of people who want certain things to be realised upon earth - they invent a novel, narrate stories, produce all kinds of phenomena; it amuses them very much. It is a plane of form-makers and they are there imagining all kinds of circumstances and events; they play with the forces; they are like the authors of a drama and they prepare everything there and see what is going to happen. All these formations are facing each other; and it is those which are the strongest, the most successful or the most persistent or those that have the advantage of a favourable set of circumstances which dominate. They meet and out of the conflict yet another thing results: you lose one thing and take up another, you make a new combination; and then all of a sudden, you find, pluff! it is coming down. Now, if it comes down with a sufficient force, it sets moving the earth atmosphere and things combine; as for instance, when with your fist you thump the saw-dust, you know surely what happens, don't you? You lift your hand, give a formidable blow: all the dust gets organised around your fist. Well, it is like that. These formations come down into matter with that force, and everything organises itself automatically, mechanically as around the striking fist. And there's your wished object about to be realised, sometimes with small deformations because of the resistance, but it will be realised finally, even as the person narrating the story up above wanted it more or less to be realised. If then you are for some reason or other in the secret of the person who has constructed the story and if you follow the way in which he creates his path to reach down to the earth and if you see how a blow with the fist acts on earthly matter, then you are able to tell what is going to happen, because you have seen it in the world above, and as it takes some time to make the whole journey, you see in advance. And the higher you rise, the more you foresee in advance what is going to happen. And if you pass far beyond, go still farther, then everything is possible.
   It is an unfolding that follows a wide road which is for you unknowable; for all will be unfolded in the universe, but in what order and in what way? There are decisions that are taken up there which escape our ordinary consciousness, and so it is very difficult to foresee. But there also, if you enter consciously and if you can be present up there... How shall I explain that to you? All is there, absolute, static, eternal: but all that will be unfolded in the material world, naturally more or less one thing after another; for in the static existence all can be there, but in the becoming all becomes in time, that is, one thing after another. Well, what path will the unfolding follow? Up there is the domain of absolute freedom.... Who says that a sufficiently sincere aspiration, a sufficiently intense prayer is not capable of changing the path of the unfolding?
   This means that all is possible.
   Now, one must have a sufficient aspiration and a prayer that's sufficiently intense. But that has been given to human nature. It is one of the marvellous gifts of grace given to human nature; only, one does not know how to make use of it. This comes to saying that in spite of the most absolute determinisms in the horizontal line, if one knows how to cross all these horizontal lines and reach the highest Point of consciousness, one is able to make things change, things apparently absolutely determined. So you may call it by any name you like, but it is a kind of combination of an absolute determinism with an absolute freedom. You may pull yourself out of it in any way you like, but it is like that.
   I forgot to say in that book (perhaps I did not forget but just felt that it was useless to say it) that all these theories are only theories, that is, mental conceptions which are merely more or less imaged representations of the reality; but it is not the reality at all. When you say "determinism" and when you say "freedom", you say only words and all that is only a very incomplete, very approximate and very weak description of what is in reality within you, around you and everywhere; and to be able to begin to understand what the universe is, you must come out of your mental formulas, otherwise you will never understand anything.
   To tell the truth, if you live only a moment, just a tiny moment, of this absolutely sincere aspiration or this sufficiently intense prayer, you will know more things than by meditating for hours.

~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953,
201:One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful pictures, that his name should stand there alone.
The descriptions, of Sunday as spent by children of the last generation, are quoted verbatim from a speech made to me by a child-friend and a letter written to me by a lady-friend.
The Chapters, headed 'Fairy Sylvie' and 'Bruno's Revenge,' are a reprint, with a few alterations, of a little fairy-tale which I wrote in the year 1867, at the request of the late Mrs. Gatty, for 'Aunt Judy's Magazine,' which she was then editing.
It was in 1874, I believe, that the idea first occurred to me of making it the nucleus of a longer story.
As the years went on, I jotted down, at odd moments, all sorts of odd ideas, and fragments of dialogue, that occurred to me--who knows how?--with a transitory suddenness that left me no choice but either to record them then and there, or to abandon them to oblivion. Sometimes one could trace to their source these random flashes of thought--as being suggested by the book one was reading, or struck out from the 'flint' of one's own mind by the 'steel' of a friend's chance remark but they had also a way of their own, of occurring, a propos of nothing --specimens of that hopelessly illogical phenomenon, 'an effect without a cause.' Such, for example, was the last line of 'The Hunting of the Snark,' which came into my head (as I have already related in 'The Theatre' for April, 1887) quite suddenly, during a solitary walk: and such, again, have been passages which occurred in dreams, and which I cannot trace to any antecedent cause whatever. There are at least two instances of such dream-suggestions in this book--one, my Lady's remark, 'it often runs in families, just as a love for pastry does', the other, Eric Lindon's badinage about having been in domestic service.

And thus it came to pass that I found myself at last in possession of a huge unwieldy mass of litterature--if the reader will kindly excuse the spelling --which only needed stringing together, upon the thread of a consecutive story, to constitute the book I hoped to write. Only! The task, at first, seemed absolutely hopeless, and gave me a far clearer idea, than I ever had before, of the meaning of the word 'chaos': and I think it must have been ten years, or more, before I had succeeded in classifying these odds-and-ends sufficiently to see what sort of a story they indicated: for the story had to grow out of the incidents, not the incidents out of the story I am telling all this, in no spirit of egoism, but because I really believe that some of my readers will be interested in these details of the 'genesis' of a book, which looks so simple and straight-forward a matter, when completed, that they might suppose it to have been written straight off, page by page, as one would write a letter, beginning at the beginning; and ending at the end.

It is, no doubt, possible to write a story in that way: and, if it be not vanity to say so, I believe that I could, myself,--if I were in the unfortunate position (for I do hold it to be a real misfortune) of being obliged to produce a given amount of fiction in a given time,--that I could 'fulfil my task,' and produce my 'tale of bricks,' as other slaves have done. One thing, at any rate, I could guarantee as to the story so produced--that it should be utterly commonplace, should contain no new ideas whatever, and should be very very weary reading!
This species of literature has received the very appropriate name of 'padding' which might fitly be defined as 'that which all can write and none can read.' That the present volume contains no such writing I dare not avow: sometimes, in order to bring a picture into its proper place, it has been necessary to eke out a page with two or three extra lines : but I can honestly say I have put in no more than I was absolutely compelled to do.
My readers may perhaps like to amuse themselves by trying to detect, in a given passage, the one piece of 'padding' it contains. While arranging the 'slips' into pages, I found that the passage was 3 lines too short. I supplied the deficiency, not by interpolating a word here and a word there, but by writing in 3 consecutive lines. Now can my readers guess which they are?

A harder puzzle if a harder be desired would be to determine, as to the Gardener's Song, in which cases (if any) the stanza was adapted to the surrounding text, and in which (if any) the text was adapted to the stanza.
Perhaps the hardest thing in all literature--at least I have found it so: by no voluntary effort can I accomplish it: I have to take it as it come's is to write anything original. And perhaps the easiest is, when once an original line has been struck out, to follow it up, and to write any amount more to the same tune. I do not know if 'Alice in Wonderland' was an original story--I was, at least, no conscious imitator in writing it--but I do know that, since it came out, something like a dozen storybooks have appeared, on identically the same pattern. The path I timidly explored believing myself to be 'the first that ever burst into that silent sea'--is now a beaten high-road: all the way-side flowers have long ago been trampled into the dust: and it would be courting disaster for me to attempt that style again.

Hence it is that, in 'Sylvie and Bruno,' I have striven with I know not what success to strike out yet another new path: be it bad or good, it is the best I can do. It is written, not for money, and not for fame, but in the hope of supplying, for the children whom I love, some thoughts that may suit those hours of innocent merriment which are the very life of Childhood; and also in the hope of suggesting, to them and to others, some thoughts that may prove, I would fain hope, not wholly out of harmony with the graver cadences of Life.
If I have not already exhausted the patience of my readers, I would like to seize this opportunity perhaps the last I shall have of addressing so many friends at once of putting on record some ideas that have occurred to me, as to books desirable to be written--which I should much like to attempt, but may not ever have the time or power to carry through--in the hope that, if I should fail (and the years are gliding away very fast) to finish the task I have set myself, other hands may take it up.
First, a Child's Bible. The only real essentials of this would be, carefully selected passages, suitable for a child's reading, and pictures. One principle of selection, which I would adopt, would be that Religion should be put before a child as a revelation of love--no need to pain and puzzle the young mind with the history of crime and punishment. (On such a principle I should, for example, omit the history of the Flood.) The supplying of the pictures would involve no great difficulty: no new ones would be needed : hundreds of excellent pictures already exist, the copyright of which has long ago expired, and which simply need photo-zincography, or some similar process, for their successful reproduction. The book should be handy in size with a pretty attractive looking cover--in a clear legible type--and, above all, with abundance of pictures, pictures, pictures!
Secondly, a book of pieces selected from the Bible--not single texts, but passages of from 10 to 20 verses each--to be committed to memory. Such passages would be found useful, to repeat to one's self and to ponder over, on many occasions when reading is difficult, if not impossible: for instance, when lying awake at night--on a railway-journey --when taking a solitary walk-in old age, when eyesight is failing or wholly lost--and, best of all, when illness, while incapacitating us for reading or any other occupation, condemns us to lie awake through many weary silent hours: at such a time how keenly one may realise the truth of David's rapturous cry "O how sweet are thy words unto my throat: yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!"
I have said 'passages,' rather than single texts, because we have no means of recalling single texts: memory needs links, and here are none: one may have a hundred texts stored in the memory, and not be able to recall, at will, more than half-a-dozen--and those by mere chance: whereas, once get hold of any portion of a chapter that has been committed to memory, and the whole can be recovered: all hangs together.
Thirdly, a collection of passages, both prose and verse, from books other than the Bible. There is not perhaps much, in what is called 'un-inspired' literature (a misnomer, I hold: if Shakespeare was not inspired, one may well doubt if any man ever was), that will bear the process of being pondered over, a hundred times: still there are such passages--enough, I think, to make a goodly store for the memory.
These two books of sacred, and secular, passages for memory--will serve other good purposes besides merely occupying vacant hours: they will help to keep at bay many anxious thoughts, worrying thoughts, uncharitable thoughts, unholy thoughts. Let me say this, in better words than my own, by copying a passage from that most interesting book, Robertson's Lectures on the Epistles to the Corinthians, Lecture XLIX. "If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps."
Fourthly, a "Shakespeare" for girls: that is, an edition in which everything, not suitable for the perusal of girls of (say) from 10 to 17, should be omitted. Few children under 10 would be likely to understand or enjoy the greatest of poets: and those, who have passed out of girlhood, may safely be left to read Shakespeare, in any edition, 'expurgated' or not, that they may prefer: but it seems a pity that so many children, in the intermediate stage, should be debarred from a great pleasure for want of an edition suitable to them. Neither Bowdler's, Chambers's, Brandram's, nor Cundell's 'Boudoir' Shakespeare, seems to me to meet the want: they are not sufficiently 'expurgated.' Bowdler's is the most extraordinary of all: looking through it, I am filled with a deep sense of wonder, considering what he has left in, that he should have cut anything out! Besides relentlessly erasing all that is unsuitable on the score of reverence or decency, I should be inclined to omit also all that seems too difficult, or not likely to interest young readers. The resulting book might be slightly fragmentary: but it would be a real treasure to all British maidens who have any taste for poetry.
If it be needful to apologize to any one for the new departure I have taken in this story--by introducing, along with what will, I hope, prove to be acceptable nonsense for children, some of the graver thoughts of human life--it must be to one who has learned the Art of keeping such thoughts wholly at a distance in hours of mirth and careless ease. To him such a mixture will seem, no doubt, ill-judged and repulsive. And that such an Art exists I do not dispute: with youth, good health, and sufficient money, it seems quite possible to lead, for years together, a life of unmixed gaiety--with the exception of one solemn fact, with which we are liable to be confronted at any moment, even in the midst of the most brilliant company or the most sparkling entertainment. A man may fix his own times for admitting serious thought, for attending public worship, for prayer, for reading the Bible: all such matters he can defer to that 'convenient season', which is so apt never to occur at all: but he cannot defer, for one single moment, the necessity of attending to a message, which may come before he has finished reading this page,' this night shalt thy soul be required of thee.'
The ever-present sense of this grim possibility has been, in all ages, 1 an incubus that men have striven to shake off. Few more interesting subjects of enquiry could be found, by a student of history, than the various weapons that have been used against this shadowy foe. Saddest of all must have been the thoughts of those who saw indeed an existence beyond the grave, but an existence far more terrible than annihilation--an existence as filmy, impalpable, all but invisible spectres, drifting about, through endless ages, in a world of shadows, with nothing to do, nothing to hope for, nothing to love! In the midst of the gay verses of that genial 'bon vivant' Horace, there stands one dreary word whose utter sadness goes to one's heart. It is the word 'exilium' in the well-known passage

Omnes eodem cogimur, omnium
Versatur urna serius ocius
Sors exitura et nos in aeternum
Exilium impositura cymbae.

Yes, to him this present life--spite of all its weariness and all its sorrow--was the only life worth having: all else was 'exile'! Does it not seem almost incredible that one, holding such a creed, should ever have smiled?
And many in this day, I fear, even though believing in an existence beyond the grave far more real than Horace ever dreamed of, yet regard it as a sort of 'exile' from all the joys of life, and so adopt Horace's theory, and say 'let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.'
We go to entertainments, such as the theatre--I say 'we', for I also go to the play, whenever I get a chance of seeing a really good one and keep at arm's length, if possible, the thought that we may not return alive. Yet how do you know--dear friend, whose patience has carried you through this garrulous preface that it may not be your lot, when mirth is fastest and most furious, to feel the sharp pang, or the deadly faintness, which heralds the final crisis--to see, with vague wonder, anxious friends bending over you to hear their troubled whispers perhaps yourself to shape the question, with trembling lips, "Is it serious?", and to be told "Yes: the end is near" (and oh, how different all Life will look when those words are said!)--how do you know, I say, that all this may not happen to you, this night?
And dare you, knowing this, say to yourself "Well, perhaps it is an immoral play: perhaps the situations are a little too 'risky', the dialogue a little too strong, the 'business' a little too suggestive.
I don't say that conscience is quite easy: but the piece is so clever, I must see it this once! I'll begin a stricter life to-morrow." To-morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow!

"Who sins in hope, who, sinning, says,
'Sorrow for sin God's judgement stays!'
Against God's Spirit he lies; quite stops Mercy with insult; dares, and drops,
Like a scorch'd fly, that spins in vain
Upon the axis of its pain,
Then takes its doom, to limp and crawl,
Blind and forgot, from fall to fall."

Let me pause for a moment to say that I believe this thought, of the possibility of death--if calmly realised, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. If the thought of sudden death acquires, for you, a special horror when imagined as happening in a theatre, then be very sure the theatre is harmful for you, however harmless it may be for others; and that you are incurring a deadly peril in going. Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.
But, once realise what the true object is in life--that it is not pleasure, not knowledge, not even fame itself, 'that last infirmity of noble minds'--but that it is the development of character, the rising to a higher, nobler, purer standard, the building-up of the perfect Man--and then, so long as we feel that this is going on, and will (we trust) go on for evermore, death has for us no terror; it is not a shadow, but a light; not an end, but a beginning!
One other matter may perhaps seem to call for apology--that I should have treated with such entire want of sympathy the British passion for 'Sport', which no doubt has been in by-gone days, and is still, in some forms of it, an excellent school for hardihood and for coolness in moments of danger.
But I am not entirely without sympathy for genuine 'Sport': I can heartily admire the courage of the man who, with severe bodily toil, and at the risk of his life, hunts down some 'man-eating' tiger: and I can heartily sympathize with him when he exults in the glorious excitement of the chase and the hand-to-hand struggle with the monster brought to bay. But I can but look with deep wonder and sorrow on the hunter who, at his ease and in safety, can find pleasure in what involves, for some defenceless creature, wild terror and a death of agony: deeper, if the hunter be one who has pledged himself to preach to men the Religion of universal Love: deepest of all, if it be one of those 'tender and delicate' beings, whose very name serves as a symbol of Love--'thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women'--whose mission here is surely to help and comfort all that are in pain or sorrow!

'Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno,

*** WISDOM TROVE ***

1:The greatest prayer is patience. ~ buddha, @wisdomtrove
2:Writing is a form of prayer. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
3:All writing is a form of prayer. ~ john-keats, @wisdomtrove
4:God's solution is a prayer away! ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
5:Purity is the fruit of prayer. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
6:Real prayer is union with God. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
7:The fruit of Silence is Prayer. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
8:Prayer can never be in excess. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
9:Prayer is man's greatest power! ~ w-clement-stone, @wisdomtrove
10:The beginning of prayer is silence. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
11:Complaint is a prayer to the devil. ~ michael-beckwith, @wisdomtrove
12:Prayer does not change God; it changes me. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
13:Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
14:Prayer is the thermometer of grace. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
15:The goal of prayer is the ear of God. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
16:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ thomas-keating, @wisdomtrove
17:I cannot neglect prayer for a single day. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
18:Prayer is in all things, in all gestures. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
19:Prayer is the best response to hatred. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
20:The key to prayer is simply praying. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
21:Souls of prayer are souls of great silence ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
22:Prayer, study, and suffering make a pastor. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
23:The fewer the words, the better the prayer. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
24:A prayer less soul is a Christ less soul. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
25:Prayer is climbing up into the heart of God. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
26:It is impossible to have a prayer without power. ~ gary-zukav, @wisdomtrove
27:Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
28:Prayer moves the arm that moves the world. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
29:Worry increases pressure; prayer releases peace. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
30:meditation vs prayer = listening vs talking ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove
31:Prayer is a concentration of positive thoughts. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
32:Before prayer changes others, it first changes us. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
33:Prayer is an act of love. Words are not needed. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
34:Brief let me be. The fewer words the better prayer. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
35:Man's greatest power lies in the power of prayer. ~ w-clement-stone, @wisdomtrove
36:Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
37:True prayer is measured by weight, not by length ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
38:A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
39:By prayer, community is created as well as expressed. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
40:Prayer in action is love, love in action is service. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
41:True prayer is the trading of the heart with God. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
42:It's good to have a prayer on your lips wherever you go. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
43:Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
44:The seeker's silence is the loudest form of prayer. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
45:Every wish Is like a prayer&
46:All our perils are nothing, so long as we have prayer. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
47:Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
48:Mighty prayer has often been produced by mighty trial. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
49:Prayer is a silent surrendering of everything to God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
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51:For all prayer is answered. Don't tell God how to answer it. ~ edgar-cayce, @wisdomtrove
52:Prayer gives us a pure heart and a pure heart can do much. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
53:[Prayer] takes no time, but it occupies all our time. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
54:The church converteth the whole world by blood and prayer. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
55:Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
56:Prayer should not be merely an act, but an attitude of life. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
57:All good is born in prayer, and all good springs from it. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
58:It is God’s passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
59:You're never without hope, because you're never without prayer. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
60:Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
61:Prayer meetings are the throbbing machinery of the church. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
62:Prayer is an invisible tool which is wielded in a visible world. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
63:Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. ~ mahatma-gandhi, @wisdomtrove
64:Through prayer we speak to God. In meditation, God speaks to us. ~ edgar-cayce, @wisdomtrove
65:a spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
66:Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
67:No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do. ~ meher-baba, @wisdomtrove
68:You can delegate many things, but prayer is not one of them. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
69:Prayer is a friendly conversation with the One we know loves us. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
70:It is to this silence [contemplative prayer] that we all are called. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
71:More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. ~ alfred-lord-tennyson, @wisdomtrove
72:Prayer is the most sacred occupation a person could engage in. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
73:Prayer is more than a wish; it is the voice of faith directed to God. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
74:Prayer is the autograph of the Holy Ghost upon the renewed heart. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
75:Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
76:True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
77:Only the prayer which comes from our heart can get to God's heart. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
78:The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. ~ marcus-aurelius, @wisdomtrove
79:Prayer never brought in no side-meat. Takes a shoat to bring in pork. ~ john-steinbeck, @wisdomtrove
80:For a successful season of prayer, the best beginning is confession. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
81:Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer. ~ reinhold-niebuhr, @wisdomtrove
82:I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention... ~ mary-oliver, @wisdomtrove
83:Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. ~ douglas-adams, @wisdomtrove
84:For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
85:God's first line of defense - and offense - for every situation is prayer. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
86:I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
87:It is well said that neglected prayer is the birth-place of all evil. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
88:Prayer enables us to transform the world because it transforms us. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
89:Prayer is one of the necessary wheels of the machinery of providence. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
90:Prayer sweeps the battlefield, slays the enemy, and buries the bones. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
91:The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
92:When joy and prayer are married, their first born child is gratitude. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
93:Prayer is a powerful thing; for God has bound and tied himself thereunto. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
94:The essential thing is to work in a state of mind that approaches prayer. ~ henri-matisse, @wisdomtrove
95:Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
96:How beautiful to look at When my prayer Lights a candle of hope In my heart. ~ sri-chinmoy, @wisdomtrove
97:Prayer is not a pious decoration of life but the breath of human existence. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
98:Prayer is the breath of life to our soul; holiness is impossible without it ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
99:He is thinking quietly: I should not have got out of the habit of prayer. ~ william-faulkner, @wisdomtrove
100:Prayer is doubts destroyer, ruin's remedy, the antidote to all anxieties. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
101:We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
102:God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
103:Souls who do not practice prayer are like people whose limbs are paralyzed. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
104:As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
105:Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man. ~ thomas-carlyle, @wisdomtrove
106:Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer. ~ georg-wilhelm-friedrich-hegel, @wisdomtrove
107:A prayer couched in the words of the soul, is far more powerful than any ritual. ~ paulo-coelho, @wisdomtrove
108:If you give your life as a prayer, you intensify the prayer beyond all measure. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
109:I would never want any prayer that would not make the virtues grow within me. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
110:When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
111:I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
112:Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
113:The life of prayer is just love to God, and the custom of being ever with Him. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
114:Prayer is the hand of faith on the door knob of your heart, inviting Jesus to enter. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
115:Group chanting and prayer is very powerful. It can bring important changes. ~ mata-amritanandamayi, @wisdomtrove
116:I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
117:Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
118:Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
119:Real prayer is union with God, a union as vital as that of the vine to the branch. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
120:For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
121:It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.   ~ mahatma-gandhi, @wisdomtrove
122:Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
123:The best style of prayer is that which cannot be called anything else but a cry. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
124:The more we can give in our silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
125:There is only one prayer and that is prayer for light, for purity, for perfection. ~ frederick-lenz, @wisdomtrove
126:If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
127:Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
128:Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
129:Prayer is the sign of your weakness. Rely on your inner strength. You will be the winner. ~ amit-ray, @wisdomtrove
130:The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
131:True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
132:Prayer must not be our chance work but our daily business, our habit and vocation. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
133:Nine times out of ten, declension from God begins in the neglect of private prayer. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
134:Prayer is an art which only the Spirit can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
135:Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
136:I've got so much work to do today, I'd better spend two hours in prayer instead of one. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
137:Prayer is the little implement through which men reach; where presence is denied them. ~ emily-dickinson, @wisdomtrove
138:Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the center of your heart filled with love. ~ amit-ray, @wisdomtrove
139:This is the role of writers: to turn their tears into a story - and perhaps into a prayer. ~ elie-wiesel, @wisdomtrove
140:To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
141:Hear our humble prayer, O God. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the animals. ~ albert-schweitzer, @wisdomtrove
142:Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence. ~ oscar-wilde, @wisdomtrove
143:True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. ~ adyashanti, @wisdomtrove
144:He that knows how to overcome the Lord in prayer, has heaven and earth at his disposal. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
145:Prayer to be fruitful must come from the heart and must be able to touch the heart of God. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
146:The world was made partly that there may be prayer; partly that our prayers might be answered. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
147:Prayer is simply talking to God like a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
148:Why God has instituted Prayer:— To communicate to his creatures the dignity of causation. ~ blaise-pascal, @wisdomtrove
149:Prayer is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
150:The 3 most powerful resources you have available to you : love, prayer and forgiveness. ~ h-jackson-brown-jr, @wisdomtrove
151:If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
152:may I be I is the only prayer&
153:The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme, The young men's vision, and the old men's dream! ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
154:I don't pray because it doesn't work. Prayer doesn't fix anything. Bad things happen anyway. ~ nicholas-sparks, @wisdomtrove
155:HELPED are those whose every act is a prayer for peace; on them depends the future of the world. ~ alice-walker, @wisdomtrove
156:I can say a prayer while washing my teeth, but that does not mean I should wash my teeth in church. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
157:Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end. ~ george-santayana, @wisdomtrove
158:Take prayer with you wherever you go. Say it anytime, and then focus your mind and heart on God. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
159:The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme, / The young men's vision, and the old men's dream! ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
160:Intercessory prayer is an act of communion with Christ, for Jesus pleads for the sons of men. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
161:Souls without prayer are like bodies, palsied and lame, having hands and feet they cannot use. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
162:There is no harder shield for the devil to pierce with temptation than singing with prayer. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
163:These are only hints an guesses... the rest is prayer, observance, discipline, thought, and action. ~ t-s-eliot, @wisdomtrove
164:How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
165:I don't know what heavy penance I would not have gladly undertaken rather than practice prayer. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
166:Oh, grant me my prayer, that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many. ~ rabindranath-tagore, @wisdomtrove
167:Prayer bends omnipotence of heaven to your desire. Prayer moves the hand that moves the world. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
168:It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last of the evening. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
169:Our minds can be kept free of anxiety as we dump the load of our cares on the Lord in prayer. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
170:I still say the Lord's Prayer every day. It covers a lot of ground in our relation to the world. ~ rupert-sheldrake, @wisdomtrove
171:The Christian's heart must be soaked in prayer before the true spiritual fruits begin to grow. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
172:But from the good health of the mind comes that which is dear to all and the object of prayer-happiness. ~ aeschylus, @wisdomtrove
173:Christians fight best on their knees. Whatever good may be done is done and brought about by prayer. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
174:I pray without ceasing now. My personal prayer is: Make me an instrument which only truth can speak. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
175:Unless you have forgiven others you read your own death warrant when you repeat the Lord's Prayer ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
176:Deliberate in their thoughts and behaviors through prayer, meditation, or simply by setting intentions; ~ brene-brown, @wisdomtrove
177:Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by radical amendment of life; not before. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
178:To cry out to Him is never in vain. So long as no response is received, the prayer must be continued. ~ anandamayi-ma, @wisdomtrove
179:A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
180:Prayer is a very precious medicine, one that certainly helps and never fails, if you will only use it. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
181:Prayer is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him... who loves us, who is near to us. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
182:To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.  ~ mahatma-gandhi, @wisdomtrove
183:Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
184:The flower-girl's prayer to buy roses and pinks, held out in the smoke, like stars by day. ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
185:The purpose of daily prayer is the cultivation of a sense of the sacred. Sacred energy renews us. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
186:If our bones were not sending whispers of doubt to our hearts, there would be no need for prayer at all. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
187:Prayer irrigates the fields of life with the waters which are stored up in the reservoirs of promise. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
188:From my mother I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
189:I am so busy now that if I did not spend three hours each day in prayer, I could not get through the day. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
190:I believe in religion against the religious; in the pitifulness of orisons, and in the sublimity of prayer. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
191:Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
192:Prayer feeds the soul - as blood is to the body, prayer is to the soul - and it brings you closer to God. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
193:Prayer is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him... who loves us, who is near to us... ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
194:Prayer is speaking to God - but sometimes He uses our times of prayerful silence to speak to us in return. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
195:That no Flake of [snow] fall on you or them - is a wish that would be a Prayer, were Emily not a Pagan. ~ emily-dickinson, @wisdomtrove
196:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
197:The sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
198:Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection. ~ george-washington, @wisdomtrove
199:I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
200:The real &
201:We ought not to tolerate for a minute the ghastly and grievous thought that God will not answer prayer. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
202:Any sermon that is not birthed in prayer is not a message from God no matter how learned the preacher. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
203:Prayer is first of all listening to God. It's openness. God is always speaking; he's always doing something. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
204:Prayer never works for me on the golf course. That may have something to do with my being a terrible putter. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
205:To pray without expectation is to misunderstand the whole concept of prayer and relationship with God. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
206:For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
207:In vocal prayer we speak to God; in mental prayer he speaks to us. It is then that God pours Himself into us. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
208:The Simple Path Silence is Prayer Prayer is Faith Faith is Love Love is Service The Fruit of Service is Peace ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
209:Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn't pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
210:To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
211:About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation. ~ will-rogers, @wisdomtrove
212:Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. ~ h-jackson-brown-jr, @wisdomtrove
213:Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
214:Prayer is the center of the Christian life. It is the only necessary thing. It is living with God, here and now. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
215:A soul which gives itself to prayer, either much or little, should on no account be kept within narrow bounds. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
216:The prayer preceding all prayers is &
217:Faithful servants have a way of knowing answered prayer when they see it, and a way of not giving up when they don't. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
218:Prayer and praise are the oars by which a man may row his boat into the deep waters of the knowledge of Christ. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
219:We all need God's power in our lives, and prayer is the dynamic that releases His power, sometimes in dramatic ways. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
220:I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: &
221:I think one thing is that prayer has become more useful, interesting, fruitful, and... almost involuntary in my life. ~ mary-oliver, @wisdomtrove
222:Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
223:None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
224:The crisis of our prayer life is that our minds may be filled with ideas of God while our hearts remain far from him. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
225:A dull, dark, depressing day in Winter: the whole world looks like a Methodist church at Wednesday night prayer meeting. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
226:It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
227:It's not my business to try and make God think like me... but to try, in prayer and penitence, to think like God. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
228:Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power. ~ amit-ray, @wisdomtrove
229:Spending time with God through prayer and His Word is a prerequisite for having a great life and fulfilling your purpose. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
230:The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer. ~ maya-angelou, @wisdomtrove
231:I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
232:The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
233:I myself am part of the weather and part of the climate and part of the place … It is certainly part of my life of prayer. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
234:Prayer is not a substitute for work; it is an effort to work further and be efficient beyond the range of one's powers. ~ george-santayana, @wisdomtrove
235:To desire revival... and at the same time to neglect(personal) prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
236:All things come through desire and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that on which our hearts are fixed. Many ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
237:Prayer is always in danger of degenerating into a glorified gold rush. How to get things from God occupies most [books]. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
238:When you recognize the festive and the still moments as moments of prayer, then you gradually realize that to pray is to live. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
239:Prayer doesn't just change things - it changes us. If we are diligent in seeking God, slowly and surely we become better people. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
240:What shall we do with... the Jews?... I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings... are to be taken from them. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
241:Prayer is an expression of who we are... We are a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
242:[The notion of separating church and state with such policies as disallowing prayer in public schools] is a deception from Satan. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
243:I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
244:In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. ~ mark-twain, @wisdomtrove
245:When the opposite of your prayer occurs, your prayer hasn't been ignored; it's been considered & refused for your ultimate good. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
246:Prayer is as necessary as the air, as the blood in our bodies, as anything to keep us alive-to keep us alive to the grace of God. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
247:Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.        ~ mahatma-gandhi, @wisdomtrove
248:A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
249:Prayer is the beginning and the end, the source and the fruit, the core and the content, the basis and the goal of all peacemaking. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
250:There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
251:At the heart of silence is prayer. At the heart of prayer is faith. At the heart of faith is life. At the heart of life is service. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
252:Farewell! if ever fondest prayer For other's weal avail'd on high, Mine will not all be lost in air, But waft thy name beyond the sky. ~ lord-byron, @wisdomtrove
253:One night alone in prayer might make us new men, changed from poverty of soul to spiritual wealth, from trembling to triumphing. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
254:Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
255:When I was crossing into Gaza, I was asked at the checkpost whether I was carrying any weapons. I replied: Oh yes, my prayer books. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
256:My prayer for you is that you come to understand and have the courage to answer Jesus' call to you with the simple word &
257:Saints of the early church reaped great harvests in the field of prayer and found the mercy seat to be a mine of untold treasures. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
258:The whole play of existence is so beautiful that laughter can be the only response to it. Only laughter can be the real prayer, gratitude. ~ rajneesh, @wisdomtrove
259:Prayer is either a sheer illusion or a personal contact between embryonic, incomplete persons (ourselves) and the utterly concrete Person. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
260:As you read or listen to God's Word and spend time talking to Him in prayer, your spirit will eventually become stronger than your flesh. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
261:To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
262:The granting of prayer, when offered in the name of Jesus, reveals the Father's love to him, and the honor which he has put upon him. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
263:Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. ~ alan-cohen, @wisdomtrove
264:Leadership requires vision, and whence will vision come except from hours spent in the presence of God in humble and fervent prayer? ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
265:Nothing is more important than honesty in prayer. There are no pretensions in prayer, so the best place to begin is wherever you are. ~ robert-h-schuller, @wisdomtrove
266:If God be near a church, it must pray. And if he be not there, one of the first tokens of his absence will be a slothfulness in prayer. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
267:There's no trouble in this world so serious that it can't be cured with a hot bath, a glass of whiskey, and the Book of Common Prayer. ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove
268:True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is a spiritual commerce with the Creator of heaven and earth. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
269:Prayer is innocence's friend; and willingly flieth incessant &
270:Prayer lets God do what he does best. Take a pebble & kill a Goliath. Take the common, make it spectacular! Pray & see what He can do. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
271:Prayer shouldn't be casual or sporadic, dictated only by the needs of the moment. Prayer should be as much a part of our lives as breathing. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
272:We do not want to be beginners [at prayer]. but let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners, all our life! ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
273:Is not prayer a study of truth, a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? No man ever prayed heartily without learning something. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
274:Make the most of prayer. ... Prayer is the master-weapon. We should be wise if we used it more, and did so with a more specific purpose. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
275:I'm healthy as can be - not an ache or a pain. A lot of my prayer is thanking the Lord that I am healthy. I pray for long life and good health. ~ joel-osteen, @wisdomtrove
276:Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
277:The simple power of prayer can save us all kinds of time and trouble if we will ask God to give us wisdom and discernment in our relationships. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
278:Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer. ~ dean-koontz, @wisdomtrove
279:The joy of Jesus will be my strength - it will be in my heart. Every person I meet will see it in my work; my walk, my prayer - in everything. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
280:I believe that ultimately it all comes down to whether we seek conscious contact with God on a daily basis through prayer and meditation. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
281:Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical changes are possible through prayer. ~ paramahansa-yogananda, @wisdomtrove
282:Prayer gives a channel to the pent-up sorrows of the soul, they flow away, and in their stead streams of sacred delight pour into the heart. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
283:Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
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285:My debts are large, my failures great, my shame secret and heavy; yet I come to ask for my good, I quake in fear lest my prayer be granted. ~ rabindranath-tagore, @wisdomtrove
286:God delights in our temptations and yet hates them. He delights in them when they drive us to prayer; he hates them when they drive us to despair. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
287:Father of Light! great God of Heaven! Hear'st thou the accents of despair? Can guilt like man's be e'er forgiven? Can vice atone for crimes by prayer. ~ lord-byron, @wisdomtrove
288:Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. ~ maya-angelou, @wisdomtrove
289:Meditation and prayer have withstood the test of time. They work today as perfectly as they did for those who first practised and perfected them. ~ michael-beckwith, @wisdomtrove
290:Noise and crowds have a way of siphoning our energy and distracting our attention, making prayer an added chore rather than a comforting relief ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
291:I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord's side. ~ abraham-lincoln, @wisdomtrove
292:Prayer pushes us through life's slumps, propels us over the humps and pulls us out of the dumps. Prayer is the oomph we need to get the answers we seek. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
293:We don't pray to win. We pray to play the best we can, and to keep us free from injury. And the prayer we say after the game is one of thanksgiving. ~ vince-lombardi, @wisdomtrove
294:A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
295:God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer-to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
296:We ought not to criticize, explain, or judge the Scriptures by our mere reason, but diligently, with prayer, meditate thereon, and seek their meaning. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
297:Faith induces one to pray.Prayer purifies the heart.In the purified heart is reflected the light of Lord.When the Light sighns the mortal becomes immortal. ~ sivananda, @wisdomtrove
298:We seek a constitutional amendment to permit voluntary school prayer. God should never have been expelled from America's classrooms in the first place. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
299:We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
300:Humour is, in fact, a prelude to faith; and laughter is the beginning of prayer … Laughter is swallowed up in prayer and humour is fulfilled by faith. ~ reinhold-niebuhr, @wisdomtrove
301:If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
302:Your prayer causes you to focus, and the Law of Attraction causes everything in the Universe that's in vibrational harmony with your focus to come to you. ~ esther-hicks, @wisdomtrove
303:There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer. ~ john-wooden, @wisdomtrove
304:Be careful before leaving someone in a sorrowing situation. Say a word of prayer with them and share even a brief word of encouragement from the Scriptures. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
305:By ceaseless prayer He Who is Akhands (whole) is found. One's own Self, the Life of one's life, the Beloved of One's heart is the One to be eagerly sought. ~ anandamayi-ma, @wisdomtrove
306:My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
307:Prayer is not a hard requirement - it is the natural duty of a creature to its creator, the simplest homage that human need can pay to divine liberality. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
308:Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you the freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
309:Sometimes I'm asked to list the most important steps in preparing for an evangelistic mission, and my reply is always the same: prayer... prayer... prayer. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
310:When the past has taught us that we have more within us than we have ever used, our prayer is a cry to the divine to come to us and fill us with its power. ~ rudolf-steiner, @wisdomtrove
311:Warlords of sorrow and queens of tomorrow will offer their heads for a prayer. You can't find no salvation, you have no expectations anytime, anyplace, anywhere. ~ bob-dylan, @wisdomtrove
312:What causes us to think of prayer as the last option rather than the first? I can think of two reasons: feelings of independence and feelings of insignificance. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
313:Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
314:... True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
315:Meditation is not a technique to master; it is the highest form of prayer,  a naked act of love and effortless surrender into the silent abyss beyond all knowing" ~ adyashanti, @wisdomtrove
316:What is the use of praying if at the very moment of prayer, we have so little confidence in God that we are busy planning our own kind of answer to our prayer? ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
317:Prayer is like a secret garden made up of silence and rest and inwardness. But there are a thousand and one doors into this garden and we all have to find our own. ~ jean-vanier, @wisdomtrove
318:To one who has been long in city pent, ’Tis very sweet to look into the fair And open face of heaven, — to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament. ~ john-keats, @wisdomtrove
319:You are the answer to every prayer I've offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don't know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have. ~ nicholas-sparks, @wisdomtrove
320:A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation. ~ robert-louis-stevenson, @wisdomtrove
321:That's prayer to let God's Word speak deep within you and tell you, "You are my beloved. You don't have to take an eye for an eye. No, no you're too rich for that." ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
322:I don't know what heavy penance could have come to mind that frequently I would not have gladly undertaken rather than recollect myself in the practice of prayer. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
323:Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarecely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
324:As we regularly spend time reading God's Word and talking to Him in prayer, we put ourselves in position for Him to do things in our lives we could never do on our own. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
325:Joy is prayer; joy is strength, joy is love. God loves a cheerful giver. The best way we can show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
326:Don't imagine that, if you had a great deal of time, you would spend more of it in prayer. Get rid of that idea; it is no hindrance to prayer to spend your time well. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
327:Him I call a Mahatma (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor, otherwise he is a Duratma (wicked soul). Let us unite our wills in continued prayer for their good. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
328:No conventional therapy can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
329:Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer can do. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
330:Work for god, love god alone, and be wise with god. When an ordinary man puts the necessary rime and enthusiasm into meditation and prayer, he becomes a divine man. ~ paramahansa-yogananda, @wisdomtrove
331:I have always been a firm believer in God and the power of prayer, though to be honest, my faith has made for alist of questions I definitely want answered after I'm gone. ~ nicholas-sparks, @wisdomtrove
332:Whoever has not begun the practice of prayer, I beg for the love of the Lord not to go without so great a good. There is nothing here to fear but only something to desire. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
333:Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.  ~ mahatma-gandhi, @wisdomtrove
334:We cannot all ARGUE, but we can all PRAY; We cannot all be LEADERS, but we can all be PLEADERS; We cannot all be mighty in RHETORIC, but we can all be prevalent in PRAYER. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
335:Much more is accomplished by a single word of the Our Father said, now and then, from our heart, than by the whole prayer repeated many times in haste and without attention. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
336:Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
337:Meditation is a sort of prayer and prayer is meditation. The highest meditation is to think of nothing. If you can remain one moment without thought, great power will come. ~ swami-vivekananda, @wisdomtrove
338:Prayer is addressed to the personal God, not because he is personal indeed, I know for certain that he is not personal, because personality is limitation, while God is unlimited. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
339:Selfishness is never so exquisitely selfish as when it is on its knees. ... Self turns what would otherwise be a pure and powerful prayer into a weak and ineffective one. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
340:The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
341:You have to listen to the one who calls you beloved. That has to be affirmed over and over again. That is prayer - listening to the voice of the one who calls you "the beloved." ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
342:Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care To grant, before we can conclude the prayer: Preventing angels met it half the way, And sent us back to praise, who came to pray. ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
343:Prayer makes your heart bigger, until it is capable of containing the gift of God himself. Prayer begets faith, faith begets love, and love begets service on behalf of the poor. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
344:Prayer power is real. By putting it into action, we will be able to stay more constantly in higher awareness than ever before. If we can do that, the world will quickly change. ~ james-redfield, @wisdomtrove
345:You will always receive help within a second of a prayer. To recognize the help, you must see everything in your life from that second on as a part of the answer to your prayer. ~ caroline-myss, @wisdomtrove
346:I prefer a kind of sweet, deep, rich prayer in which a person goes in and says, Take me down deep into the reason you gave me life. Take me down deep. It silences the chaos in me. ~ caroline-myss, @wisdomtrove
347:What manner of men should ministers be? They should thunder in preaching, and lighten in conversation; they should be flaming in prayer, shining in life, and burning in spirit. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
348:You should not take prayer too seriously. There is something playful about God. You only have to look at a penguin... to realize that He likes to play little jokes on creatures. ~ thomas-keating, @wisdomtrove
349:I know that some believe that voluntary prayer in schools should be restricted to a moment of silence. We already have the right to remain silent - we can take our Fifth Amendment. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
350:Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God. ~ denis-diderot, @wisdomtrove
351:Contemplative prayer [oración mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
352:If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
353:I say to myself, if the text was good enough for my father and grandfather, it must be good enough for me. I admit, that is a rather personal way of approaching the text - or a prayer. ~ elie-wiesel, @wisdomtrove
354:I so detached my heart from the world and cut short my hopes that for thirty years now I have performed each prayer as though it were my last and I were praying the prayer of farewell. ~ rabia-basri, @wisdomtrove
355:Let him never cease from prayer who has once begun it, be his life ever so wicked; for prayer is the way to amend it, and without prayer such amendment will be much more difficult. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
356:Let your cares drive you to God. I shall not mind if you have many of them if each one leads you to prayer. If every fret makes you lean more on the Beloved, it will be a benefit. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
357:Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
358:Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb/I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from/Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer/It's not dark yet, but it's getting there. ~ bob-dylan, @wisdomtrove
359:I would like to emphasize again that right prayer leads to right action, that faith without works is dead. An excellent way to put thoughts into action is to write a letter for peace. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
360:Put up at the moment of greatest suffering a prayer, not for thy own escape, but for the enfranchisement of some being dear to thee, and the sovereign spirit will accept thy ransom. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
361:I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer. ~ henri-matisse, @wisdomtrove
362:Lord Jesus, cause me to know in my daily experience the glory and sweetness of Thy name, and then teach me how to use it in my prayer, so that I may be a prince prevailing with God. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
363:You will always receive help within a second of a prayer. To recognize the help, you must see everything in your life from that second on as a part of the answer to your prayer. ~ norman-vincent-peale, @wisdomtrove
364:If you pray for a thing, but have fear as you pray, that you may not receive it, or that your prayer will not be acted upon by Infinite Intelligence, your prayer will have been in vain. ~ napoleon-hill, @wisdomtrove
365:I prefer a kind of sweet, deep, rich prayer in which a person goes in and says, Take me down deep into the reason you gave me life. Take me down deep. It silences the chaos in me. ~ norman-vincent-peale, @wisdomtrove
366:Just as you wouldn't leave the house without taking a shower, you shouldn't start the day without at least 10 minutes of sacred practice: prayer, meditation, inspirational reading. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
367:What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer! ~ saint-augustine, @wisdomtrove
368:To be alone by being part of the universe-fitting in completely to an environment of woods and silence and peace. Everything you do becomes a unity and a prayer. Unity within and without. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
369:We may expect answers to prayer, and should not be easy without them any more than we should be if we had written a letter to a friend upon important business, and had received no reply. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
370:The purpose of prayer is not to change God's mind, which always knows your wholeness and your deservingness. The purpose of prayer is to change your mind so you can see through the eyes of God. ~ alan-cohen, @wisdomtrove
371:Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
372:Methinks every true Christian should be exceedingly earnest in prayer concerning the souls of the ungodly; and when they are so, how abundantly God blesses them and how the church prospers! ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
373:The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, &
374:The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving. ~ franz-kafka, @wisdomtrove
375:Along with my spiritual practices of meditation, affirmative prayer, and visioning, what catalyzes my sense of aliveness is putting those practices into action by being of service to others. ~ michael-beckwith, @wisdomtrove
376:Our lives laid down in war and peace may not Be found acceptable in Heaven's sight. And that they may be is the only prayer Worth praying. May my sacrifice Be found acceptable in Heaven's sight. ~ robert-frost, @wisdomtrove
377:To learn to concentrate we must choose a prayer or meditation and follow this path with commitment and steadiness, a willingness to work with our practice day after day, no matter what arises. ~ jack-kornfield, @wisdomtrove
378:A satisfying prayer life elevates and purifies every act of body and mind and integrates the entire personality into a single spiritual unit. In the long pull we pray only as well as we live. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
379:God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
380:Delayed answers to prayer are not only trials of faith; they also give us opportunities to honor God through our steadfast confidence in Him, even when facing the apparent denial of our request. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
381:In order to profit from this path [of prayer] and ascend to the dwelling places we desire, the important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so, do that which best stirs you to love. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
382:In meditative prayer, one thinks and speaks not only with the mind and lips, but in a certain sense with one's whole being... All good meditative prayer is a conversation of our entire self to God. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
383:The true contemplative is one who has discovered the art of finding leisure even in the midst of his work, by working with such a spirit of detachment and recollection that even his work is a prayer ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
384:If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word - prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
385:Prayer and action... can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
386:Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
387:Our prayer is not simply, ‚ÄòDear God, please send me a better job,’ but, ‚ÄòDear God, enable me to see this situation differently, that this area of apparent lack might be healed inside my mind. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
388:The 1928 Republican Convention opened with a prayer. If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it's been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking. ~ will-rogers, @wisdomtrove
389:My constant prayer, these days, as I start my backswing is, &
390:Everybody around us was weeping. Someone began to recite Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. I don't know whether, during the history of the Jewish people, men have ever before recited Kaddish for themselves. ~ elie-wiesel, @wisdomtrove
391:If you ever feel distressed during your day - call upon our Lady - just say this simple prayer: &
392:In reality, there is only one true prayer, only one substantial prayer: Christ himself. There is only one voice which rises above the face of the earth, the voice of Christ. Prayer is oneness with Christ. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
393:Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
394:Half at least of all morality is negative and consists in keeping out of mischief. The lords prayer is less than 50 words long, and 6 of those words are devoted to asking god not to lead us into temptation. ~ aldous-huxley, @wisdomtrove
395:I am deeply convince that the necessity of prayer, and to pray unceasingly, is not as much based on our desire for God as on God's desire for us. It is God's passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
396:You have no time for the prayer meeting, but you have time enough to be brushing your hair to all eternity; you have no time to bend your knee, but plenty of time to make yourselves look smart and grand. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
397:I choose gentleness... Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
398:It is the habit of faith, when she is praying, to use pleas. Mere prayer sayers, who do not pray at all, forget to argue with God; but those who prevail bring forth their reasons and their strong arguments ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
399:Look to it that you do not try to do all of it, do not try to do too much, lest your spirit grow weary. Besides, a good prayer mustn't be too long. Do not draw it out. Prayer ought to be frequent and fervent. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
400:A growing community must integrate three elements: a life of silent prayer, a life of service and above all of listening to the poor, and a community life through which all its members can grow in their own gift. ~ jean-vanier, @wisdomtrove
401:I am a man of prayer and meditation. I feel inspiration is of paramount importance. If I can inspire someone, and if that person also can inspire me, then we can do many good things for the betterment of this world. ~ sri-chinmoy, @wisdomtrove
402:True prayer is the trading of the heart with God, and the heart never comes into spiritual commerce with the ports of heaven until God the Holy Ghost puts wind into the sails and speeds the ship into its haven. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
403:We must love prayer. It widens the heart to the point of making it capable of containing the gift that God makes of himself. Ask and seek, and your heart will be widened to welcome him and to keep him within itself. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
404:Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education. ~ fyodor-dostoevsky, @wisdomtrove
405:We complicate prayer as we complicate many things. It is to love Jesus with undivided love-for you, for me, for all of us. And that undivided love is put into action when we do as Jesus said, love as I have loved you ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
406:Joy is the characteristic by which God uses us to re-make the distressing into the desired, the discarded into the creative. Joy is prayer-Joy is strength-Joy is love-Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
407:The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
408:Oh, without prayer what are the church's agencies, but the stretching out of a dead man's arm, or the lifting up of the lid of a blind man's eye? Only when the Holy Spirit comes is there any life and force and power. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
409:A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God. ~ walt-disney, @wisdomtrove
410:Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set. Everyone can reach this love through meditation, spirit of prayer, and sacrifice, by an intense inner life. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
411:I always begin my prayer in silence, for it is in the silence of the heart that God speaks. God is the friend of silence-we need to listen to God because it's not what we say but what He says to us and through us that matters. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
412:Oh, for five hundred Elijahs, each one upon his Carmel , crying unto God, and we should soon have the clouds bursting into showers. Oh, for more prayer, more constant, incessant prayer! Then the blessing would rain upon us. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
413:To me, today, at age sixty-one, all prayer, by the humble or highly placed, has one thing in common: supplication for strength and inspiration to carry on the best human impulses which should bind us together for a better world. ~ walt-disney, @wisdomtrove
414:All is summed up in the prayer which a young female human is said to have uttered recently: "O God, make me a normal twentieth-century girl!" Thanks to our labors, this will mean increasingly: "Make me a minx, a moron, and a parasite. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
415:Houses of Congress have . . . requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God. ~ george-washington, @wisdomtrove
416:Remember: He WANTS your fellowship, and He has done everything possible to make it a reality. He has forgiven your sins, at the cost of His own dear Son. He has given you His Word, and the priceless privilege of prayer and worship. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
417:Vocal prayer . . . must be accompanied by reflection. A prayer in which a person is not aware of Whom he is speaking to, what he is asking, who it is who is asking and of Whom, I don't call prayer-however much the lips may move. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
418:... the power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
419:You will never be able to have perfect interior peace and recollection unless you are detached even from the desire of peace and recollection. You will never be able to pray perfectly until you are detached from the pleasures of prayer. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
420:It is the burning lava of the soul that has a furnace within&
421:Prayer plumes the wings of God's young eaglets so that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer brings inner strength to God's warriors and sends them forth to spiritual battle with their muscles firm and their armor in place. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
422:Prayer is crucial in evangelism: Only God can change the heart of someone who is in rebellion against Him. No matter how logical our arguments or how fervent our appeals, our words will accomplish nothing unless God's Spirit prepares the way. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
423:I think half the troubles for which men go slouching in prayer to God are caused by their intolerable pride. Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
424:I was almost persuaded to be a Christian. I thought I never again could be thoughtless and worldly. But I soon forgot my morning prayer or else it was irksome to me. One by one my old habits returned and I cared less for religion than ever. ~ emily-dickinson, @wisdomtrove
425:The Christian church, in its attitude toward science, shows the mind of a more or less enlightened man of the Thirteenth Century. It no longer believes that the earth is flat, but it is still convinced that prayer can cure after medicine fails. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
426:You will feel restless for God when your heart becomes pure and your mind free from attachment to the things of the world. Then alone will your prayer reach God. A telegraph wire cannot carry messages if it has a break or some other defect. ~ sri-ramakrishna, @wisdomtrove
427:Joys and sorrows are time born and cannot last. Therefore, do not be perturbed by them. The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within. ~ anandamayi-ma, @wisdomtrove
428:Prayer covers the whole of man's life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
429:Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
430:HELPED are those whose ever act is a prayer for harmony in the Universe, for they are the restorers of balance to our planet. To them will be given the insight that every good act done anywhere in the cosmos welcomes the life of an animal or a child. ~ alice-walker, @wisdomtrove
431:A family that prays together stays together. As we are united at this moment, let us join also the prayer of all and everyone. What you can do I cannot do. And what I can do you cannot do. But all of us together are doing something beautiful for God. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
432:No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
433:It seems to me that the prayers of the Bible can be distilled into one. The result is a simple, easy-to-remember, pocket-sized prayer: Father, you are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen. Let this prayer punctuate your day. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
434:The delightful study of the Psalms has yielded me boundless profit and ever-growing pleasure; common gratitude constrains me to communicate to others a portion of the benefit, with the prayer that it may induce them to search further for themselves. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
435:The joy of the presence of Jesus, you must be able to give wherever you go. But you cannot give what you don't have. That's why you need a pure heart, a pure heart that you will receive as a fruit of your prayer, as a fruit of your oneness with Christ. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
436:With enough of us connecting heart with heart, center with center, innovation with innovation, prayer with prayer, through the internet and the noosphere, we can have a major impact on a more gentle transition toward the next stage of evolution. ~ barbara-marx-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
437:You can pray while you work. Work doesn't stop prayer and prayer doesn't stop work. It requires only that small raising of the mind to him: I love you God, I trust you, I believe in you, I need you now. Small things like that. They are wonderful prayers. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
438:Prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
439:Prayer is such a basic foundation of a Christian's relationship with God. It's how we communicate and fellowship with Him. But a surprising number of people, young and old, new and even long-time Christians, say they're not satisfied with their prayer life. ~ joyce-meyer, @wisdomtrove
440:The bells themselves are the best of preachers, Their brazen lips are learned teachers, From their pulpits of stone, in the upper air, Sounding aloft, without crack or flaw, Shriller than trumpets under the Law, Now a sermon and now a prayer. ~ henry-wadsworth-longfellow, @wisdomtrove
441:It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills. ~ thomas-aquinas, @wisdomtrove
442:If we traverse the world, it is possible to find cities without walls, without letters, without kings, without wealth, without coin, without schools and theatres; but a city without a temple, or that practiseth not worship, prayer, and the like, no one ever saw. ~ plutarch, @wisdomtrove
443:The easiest way to get touch with this universal power is through silent Prayer. Shut your eyes, shut your mouth, and open your heart. This is the golden rule of prayer. Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the centre of your heart filled with love. ~ amit-ray, @wisdomtrove
444:The only thing to seek in contemplative prayer is God; and we seek Him successfully when we realize that we cannot find Him unless He shows Himself to us, and yet at the same time that He would not have inspired us to seek Him unless we had already found Him. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
445:A church should be a camp of soldiers, not an hospital of invalids. But there is exceedingly much difference between what ought be and what is, and consequently many of God's people are in so sad a state that the very fittest prayer for them is for revival. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
446:the real "work" of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me. To gently push aside and silence the many voices that question my goodness and to trust that I will hear the voice of blessing&
447:FAITH is the head chemist of the mind. When FAITH is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer. ~ napoleon-hill, @wisdomtrove
448:Through prayer we can carry in our heart all human pain and sorrow, all conflicts and agonies, all torture and war, all hunger, loneliness and misery, not because of some great psychological or emotional capacity, but because God's heart has become one with ours. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
449:It's said that prayer can move mountains. Well, it's certainly moved the hearts and minds of Americans in their times of trial and helped them to achieve a society that, for all its imperfections, is still the envy of the world and the last, best hope of mankind. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
450:Prayer is asking for rain. Faith is carrying an umbrella. Faith is the inner sense of knowing that with divine order working on your side, all things will come together for your good. Faith is knowing that there is a divine plan and purpose for everything in life ~ lyania-vanzant, @wisdomtrove
451:Prayer is the way to both the heart of God and the heart of the world - precisely because they have been joined through the suffering of Jesus Christ Praying is letting one's own heart become the place where the tears of God's children merge and become tears of hope. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
452:Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world. ~ max-lucado, @wisdomtrove
453:The Christian leaders of the future have to be theologians, persons who know the heart of God and are trained - through prayer, study, and careful analysis - to manifest the divine event of God's saving work in the midst of the many seemingly random events of their time. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
454:As my prayer became more attentive and inward, I had less and less to say. I finally became completely silent... This is how it is. To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking. Prayer involves becoming silent, and being silent, and waiting until God is heard. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
455:Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. Prayer to God is like a child's conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs. ~ billy-graham, @wisdomtrove
456:We must love one another as God loves each one of us. To be able to love, we need a clean heart. Prayer is what gives us a clean heart. The fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith and the fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
457:It would be very difficult to draw a line between holy wonder and real worship; for when the soul is overwhelmed with the majesty of God's glory, though it may not express itself in song, or even utter its voice with bowed head and humble prayer, yet it silently adores. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
458:Prayer is an investment. The time you dedicate to prayer isn't lost; it will return dividends far greater than what a few moments spent on a task ever could. If we fail to cultivate this discipline, prayer winds up being our last resort rather than our first response. ~ charles-r-swindoll, @wisdomtrove
459:Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips. ~ viktor-frankl, @wisdomtrove
460:We need prayer to understand God's love for us. If we really mean to pray and want to pray we must be ready to do it now. These are only the first steps towards prayer but if we never make the first step with determination, we will not reach the last one: the presence of God ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
461:I always give all the glory to God, but I do not forget that He gave me the privilege of ministering from the first to a praying people. We had prayer meetings that moved our very souls, each one appeared determined to storm the Celestial City by the might of intercession. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
462:Prayer changes things. Prayer changes us. Prayer changes life. Sometimes an event has been manifested that needs to be stopped, midair. Don't pray just when you're in trouble. Pray every day. Surround yourself with prayer. You never know when you might need an extra miracle. ~ melody-beattie, @wisdomtrove
463:Perpetual Adoration, Eucharistic Adoration offers to our people the opportunity to join those in religious life to pray for the salvation of the world, souls everywhere and peace on earth. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer and the difference it will make in our world ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
464:Intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent. What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvelous deeds. Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
465:One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
466:It's two things: it's totally impersonal and it's totally personal, simultaneously. That's the nature of the mystical experience of life. Everything about life is impersonal, but you have a personal experience. And the bridge between the personal and the impersonal is called prayer. ~ caroline-myss, @wisdomtrove
467:The most potent and acceptable prayer is the prayer that leaves the best effects. I don't mean it must immediately fill the soul with desire . . . The best effects are those that are followed up by actions-when the soul not only desires the honor of God, but really strives for it. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
468:If you've got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you've got a very good business. And if you have to have a prayer session before raising the price by a tenth of a cent, then you've got a terrible business. I've been in both, and I know the difference. ~ warren-buffet, @wisdomtrove
469:In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
470:Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and  obedience to government; to entertain a  brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large. ~ george-washington, @wisdomtrove
471:February 1997 - National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the President and the First Lady. "What is taking place in America," she said, "is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another." ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
472:To continue to condemn only brings condemnation, then, for self. This does not mean that self's activity should be passive, but rather being constant in prayer-knowing and taking, knowing and understanding that he that is faithful is not given a burden beyond that he is able to bear . . . ~ edgar-cayce, @wisdomtrove
473:The simplicity that all this presupposes is not easy to attain. I find that my life constantly threatens to become complex and divisive. A life of prayer is basically a very simple life. This simplicity, however, is the result of asceticism and effort: it is not a spontaneous simplicity. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
474:Prayer and meditation are my inner secret and my outer secret. My muscles are next to nothing compared to the muscles of the professional bodybuilders and weightlifters. It is because of the strength of my prayer-life and meditation-life that I am able to accomplish these feats of strength. ~ sri-chinmoy, @wisdomtrove
475:The whole function of the life of prayer is, then, to enlighten and strengthen our conscience so that it not only knows and perceives the outward, written precepts of the moral and divine laws, but above all lives God's law in concrete reality by perfect and continual union with His will. ~ thomas-merton, @wisdomtrove
476:It's two things: it's totally impersonal and it's totally personal, simultaneously. That's the nature of the mystical experience of life. Everything about life is impersonal, but you have a personal experience. And the bridge between the personal and the impersonal is called prayer. ~ norman-vincent-peale, @wisdomtrove
477:The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field - the object is attained - and it now remains to be my earnest wish & prayer, that the Citizens of the United States could make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed before them. ~ george-washington, @wisdomtrove
478:Temples and churches have become social centers. They have lost their original purpose because the minds of the people are more attracted to worldly things than to prayer. The lips repeat the prayer mechanically like a phonograph record, but the mind wanders to other places. ~ swami-satchidananda-saraswati, @wisdomtrove
479:All right prayer has good effect, but if you give your whole life to the prayer you multiply its power... No one really knows the full power of prayer. Of course, there is a relationship between prayer and action. Receptive prayer result in an inner receiving, which motivates to right action. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
480:Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Haven fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So if God answers prayer it's because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That's the source of everything. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
481:This doctrine of prenatal influence is now slowly being recognized, and science as well as religion calls out: &
482:may i be i is the only prayer&
483:Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God's help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy. ~ fyodor-dostoevsky, @wisdomtrove
484:Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly. Others give but an occasional pluck at the rope. But he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
485:I am constantly thankful. The world is so beautiful, I am thankful. I have endless energy, I am thankful. I am plugged into the source of Universal Supply, I am thankful. I am plugged into the source of Universal Truth, I am thankful. I have this constant feeling of thankfulness, which is a prayer. ~ peace-pilgrim, @wisdomtrove
486:I used to think the Lord's Prayer was a short prayer; but as I live longer, and see more of life, I begin to believe there is no such thing as getting through it. If a man, in praying that prayer, were to be stopped by every word until he had thoroughly prayed it, it would take him a lifetime. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
487:Prayer requires that we stand in God's presence with open hands, naked and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing. As disciples, we find not some but all of our strength, hope, courage, and confidence in God. Therefore, prayer must be our first concern. ~ henri-nouwen, @wisdomtrove
488:..should never have been expelled from America's schools. As we struggle to teach our children... we dare not forget that our civilization was built by men and women who placed their faith in a loving God. If Congress can begin each day with a moment of prayer... so then can our sons and daughters. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
489:Everything starts from prayer. Without asking God for love, we cannot possess love and still less are we able to give it to others. Just as people today are speaking so much about the poor but they do not know or talk to the poor, we too cannot talk so much about prayer and yet not know how to pray. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
490:I am told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day; for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each inaugural day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
491:If our prayer is ‚ÄúDear God, please use me to be of service,‚Äù then that is what we will be. And it is not for us to judge either the size or value of our gifts. Our job is to try to get out of the way, to defer to the spirit moving within us and become open channels for the flow of God’s love. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
492:A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
493:I am alone, I am all alone, I am completely alone. Grasping this reality, I let go of my bag, drop to my knees and press my forehead against the floor. There, I offer up to the universe a fervent prayer of thanks. First in English. Then in Italian. And then - just to get the point across - in Sanskrit. ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove
494:In order for us to be able to love, we need to have faith, because faith is love in action and love in action is service. In order for us to be able to love, we have to see and touch. Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same compassion. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
495:Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
496:It is not possible to engage in the direct apostolate without being a soul of prayer. We must be aware of oneness with Christ, as he was aware of oneness with his Father. Our activity is truly apostolic only insofar as we permit him to work in us and through us with his power, with his desire, with his love. ~ mother-teresa, @wisdomtrove
497:Prayerless souls are Christless souls, Christless souls are Graceless souls and Graceless souls shall soon be damned souls. See your peril, you that neglect altogether the blessed privilege of prayer! You are in the bonds of iniquity, you are in the gall of bitterness. God deliver you, for Hisname's sake! ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
498:In human affairs we accomplish everything through prayer. What has been properly arranged we keep in order, what has gone amiss we change and improve, what cannot be changed and improved we bear, overcoming all the trouble and sustaining all the good by prayer. Against force there is no help but prayer alone. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
499:The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave - caring nothing whether the words are suitable or not, but simply saying the first thing that comes to mind from being learnt by rote by frequent repetition - cannot be called prayer: God grant that no Christian may address Him in this manner. ~ teresa-of-avila, @wisdomtrove
500:All systems of morality are fine. The gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality, divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few common-place sentences put into bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove

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1:A Prayer ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes,
2:Prayer is a groan. ~ Jeff Wheeler,
3:Poetry to me is prayer. ~ Anne Sexton,
4:Prayer changes us. ~ Timothy J Keller,
5:Prayer after Communion Let ~ Anonymous,
6:Prayer does change things. ~ Emmet Fox,
7:Desire is prayer. ~ Orison Swett Marden,
8:Prayer keeps me centered. ~ Alicia Keys,
9:Prayer is listening. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
10:stand sentry in prayer ~ Karen Kingsbury,
11:We can always try prayer. ~ Dakota Krout,
12:I'm for prayer in schools. ~ Charles Evers,
13:There's no prayer like desire. ~ Tom Waits,
14:I prefer a story to a prayer. ~ Hannah Kent,
15:Labor, you know, is prayer. ~ Bayard Taylor,
16:Music is a form of prayer. ~ Toru Takemitsu,
17:PRAYER IS A SHIELD TO THE SOUL, ~ Anonymous,
18:World Peace Prayer movement. ~ Ervin Laszlo,
19:Your desire is your prayer. ~ Joseph Murphy,
20:A picture is like a prayer. ~ Harry Callahan,
21:A prayer is a chat with thy God. ~ Toba Beta,
22:may I be I is the only prayer ~ E E Cummings,
23:Prayer is an education. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
24:Prayer is a shield to the soul ~ John Bunyan,
25:Prayer is where the action is. ~ John Wesley,
26:Prayer makes a difference. ~ Karen Kingsbury,
27:Writing [is] a form of prayer. ~ Franz Kafka,
28:All writing is a form of prayer. ~ John Keats,
29:Buddhism in one long prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
30:God hears a mother's prayer. ~ Victoria Gotti,
31:God loves a prayer of action. ~ Bryant McGill,
32:God's solution is a prayer away! ~ Max Lucado,
33:Prayer isn't an excuse to sin. ~ Tessa Bailey,
34:True prayer has no set form ~ Morihei Ueshiba,
35:Being Who You Are is a Prayer ~ Grazyna Wolska,
36:No prayer is complete without prescence ~ Rumi,
37:No prayer is complete without presence. ~ Rumi,
38:ora et labora, prayer and work. ~ Peter Kreeft,
39:Prayer is an effort of will. ~ Oswald Chambers,
40:Prayer really can change things. ~ Tyler Perry,
41:Purity is the fruit of prayer. ~ Mother Teresa,
42:Real prayer is union with God. ~ Mother Teresa,
43:True prayer has no set form. ~ Morihei Ueshiba,
44:Hurry is the death of Prayer. ~ Samuel Chadwick,
45:Prayer ain't weakened by distance. ~ Vicki Lane,
46:The fruit of Silence is Prayer. ~ Mother Teresa,
47:Perhaps thought really is prayer. ~ Ellis Peters,
48:Prayer is the little implement ~ Emily Dickinson,
49:When I am with you, everything is prayer. ~ Rumi,
50:Worry is a prayer to chaos ~ Gabrielle Bernstein,
51:Desperation leads to prayer. ~ R Albert Mohler Jr,
52:Prayer can never be in excess. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
53:Praying doesn't mean repeating a prayer. ~ Juanes,
54:Say a prayer at the stones of home ~ Markus Zusak,
55:The greatest prayer is patience. ~ Gautama Buddha,
56:. Cooking was a relief, like prayer. ~ Rumaan Alam,
57:Doubtful prayer is no prayer at all. ~ John Calvin,
58:If faith fails, prayer perishes. ~ Saint Augustine,
59:I'm not a prayer, I just wish a lot. ~ Kevin Young,
60:Prayer changes the person who prays. ~ Chris Fabry,
61:Prayer is an attitude of the heart. ~ Larry Dossey,
62:prayer is faith become audible. ~ Timothy J Keller,
63:Prayer is helplessness plus faith. ~ Bill Thrasher,
64:Prayer unites the soul to God. ~ Julian of Norwich,
65:Attentiveness is the heart of prayer. ~ Simone Weil,
66:Make no decision without prayer! ~ Elizabeth George,
67:My greatest weapon is mute prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
68:No prayer fully expresses our faith. ~ Oscar Romero,
69:Prayer is the preview of God's action. ~ Mark Dever,
70:The beginning of prayer is silence. ~ Mother Teresa,
71:True prayer is a lonely business. ~ Samuel Chadwick,
72:Whole prayer is nothing but love. ~ Saint Augustine,
73:A coward cannot have any prayer answered. ~ Nichiren,
74:Does prayer change God or change me? ~ Philip Yancey,
75:Genocide is as human as art or prayer. ~ John N Gray,
76:Prayer is the chief exercise of faith. ~ John Calvin,
77:Wherever God erects a house of prayer ~ Daniel Defoe,
78:Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer. ~ Simone Weil,
79:A coward cannot have any prayer answered. ~ Nichiren,
80:I you're in prayer, take care of your heart. ~ Luqman,
81:Not a hope, a prayer; a fuckin' song. ~ Amanda Boyden,
82:Poetry and prayer are very similar. ~ Carol Ann Duffy,
83:Prayer doesn't change God, it changes me. ~ C S Lewis,
84:Prayer is a nourishing friendship. ~ Timothy J Keller,
85:Prayer never changes the laws of nature. ~ Dan Barker,
86:The Rosary is my favorite prayer. ~ Pope John Paul II,
87:Complaint is a prayer to the devil. ~ Michael Beckwith,
88:essential prayer is conversational. It ~ John Eldredge,
89:Prayer allows us to wait without worry. ~ John Ortberg,
90:Prayer does not change God; it changes me. ~ C S Lewis,
91:Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance. ~ Victor Hugo,
92:Prayer is the acid test of devotion. ~ Samuel Chadwick,
93:Prayer is the oxygen of the soul. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina,
94:Prayer is the thermometer of grace. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
95:Prayer never brought in no side-meat. ~ John Steinbeck,
96:Cursing again, he said a silent prayer ~ Samantha Chase,
97:Days of trouble must be days of prayer. ~ Matthew Henry,
98:Fear drives the wretched to prayer ~ Seneca the Younger,
99:Laughter is the highest form of prayer. ~ Martha N Beck,
100:Love is the only prayer I know. ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley,
101:Make sickness itself a prayer. ~ Saint Francis de Sales,
102:My longing for truth was a single prayer. ~ Edith Stein,
103:Prayer turns theology into experience. ~ Timothy Keller,
104:Reserve me a room . . . say me a prayer. ~ Stephen King,
105:The sovereign cure for worry is prayer. ~ William James,
106:A good deed is the best prayer. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
107:Be specific in your prayer requests of GOD. ~ Benny Hinn,
108:Each day begins with a prayer of thank you. ~ Wayne Dyer,
109:God's favorite type of prayer is action. ~ Bryant McGill,
110:I am in prayer for his kids and the family. ~ Diana Ross,
111:I do believe in the power of prayer. ~ Geraldine Ferraro,
112:Prayer draws us near to our own souls. ~ Herman Melville,
113:Prayer is futility when compared to belief. ~ James Cook,
114:Prayer is where the cross changes shoulders. ~ Mark Hart,
115:Praying solves the problems of prayer. ~ Samuel Chadwick,
116:The goal of prayer is the ear of God. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
117:The love ofChrist is my prayer-book ~ Gerhard Tersteegen,
118:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ Thomas Keating,
119:Time spent in prayer is never wasted. ~ Francois Fenelon,
120:To saints their very slumber is a prayer. ~ Saint Jerome,
121:You cannot petition the lord with prayer! ~ Jim Morrison,
122:'Help' is a prayer that is always answered. ~ Anne Lamott,
123:His hand fell like a prayer on her temple. ~ Jodi Picoult,
124:I cannot neglect prayer for a single day. ~ Martin Luther,
125:I can say the Lord's prayer in 10 seconds. ~ Evel Knievel,
126:Love and prayer are intimately related. ~ Diana Abu Jaber,
127:Prayer does nothing to alleviate suffering. ~ Sh saku End,
128:Prayer is happy company with God. ~ Clement of Alexandria,
129:Prayer is in all things, in all gestures. ~ Mother Teresa,
130:Prayer is the best response to hatred. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
131:Prayer is the one thing that can conquer God ~ Tertullian,
132:Prayer turns theology into experience. ~ Timothy J Keller,
133:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ Thomas Keating,
134:The words sounded like a desperate prayer. ~ Nora Sakavic,
135:things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, ~ Joseph Murphy,
136:To saints their very slumber is a prayer. ~ Saint Jerome,
137:Without prayer there is no inward peace. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
138:...anxiety was, for her, a form of prayer. ~ Peter Ackroyd,
139:Battles are won and lost through prayer. ~ Karen Kingsbury,
140:God will do nothing but in answer to prayer. ~ John Wesley,
141:Make your life a prayer. Live your mediation. ~ Reba Riley,
142:Mature prayer always breaks into gratitude. ~ Richard Rohr,
143:My love for prayer was an answer to prayer. ~ Francis Chan,
144:Prayer begins where human capacity ends. ~ Marian Anderson,
145:Prayer is a state of continual gratitude. ~ Kallistos Ware,
146:Short prayer pierceth heaven. ~ Dionysius of Halicarnassus,
147:Souls of prayer are souls of great silence ~ Mother Teresa,
148:The prayer that is faithless is fruitless. ~ Thomas Watson,
149:The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. ~ Georges Bernanos,
150:True prayer is asking God what He wants. ~ William Barclay,
151:True prayer is not a prelude to inaction. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
152:When worse may yet befall, there's room for prayer, ~ Ovid,
153:A good prayer is master of anothers purse. ~ George Herbert,
154:Feeding the birds is also a form of prayer. ~ Pope Pius XII,
155:Lack of prayer is the cause of lack of time. ~ Peter Kreeft,
156:Make your life a prayer. Live your meditation. ~ Reba Riley,
157:No man is greater than his prayer life. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
158:One should not pray if that prayer is vanity. ~ Idries Shah,
159:Prayer gets us in on what God is doing. ~ Eugene H Peterson,
160:Prayer is the laying aside of thoughts. ~ Evagrius Ponticus,
161:Prayer, study, and suffering make a pastor. ~ Martin Luther,
162:Reading is the last act of secular prayer. ~ Richard Powers,
163:The fewer the words, the better the prayer. ~ Martin Luther,
164:The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer. ~ Pope Paul VI,
165:With a hope and a prayer, you can get there. ~ Heather Wolf,
166:A prayer less soul is a Christ less soul. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
167:Prayer begins where our power ends. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
168:Prayer is climbing up into the heart of God. ~ Martin Luther,
169:Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life. ~ Oswald Chambers,
170:Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
171:Prayer to God as Father is for Christians only. ~ J I Packer,
172:Today I offer a prayer of forgiveness: ~ Mary Anne Radmacher,
173:Daily, every moment, prayer is necessary to men. ~ Tertullian,
174:God answers prayer in His own way, not ours. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
175:God's promises are to be our pleas in prayer. ~ Matthew Henry,
176:If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
177:If you only say one prayer in a day make it Thank You. ~ Rumi,
178:Invoke often! Inflame thyself with prayer! ~ Aleister Crowley,
179:It is impossible to have a prayer without power. ~ Gary Zukav,
180:Prayer is first and foremost an act of love ~ Brennan Manning,
181:Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God ~ Mother Teresa,
182:Prayer moves the arm that moves the world. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
183:Prayer Releases All Your Eternal Resources ~ Priscilla Shirer,
184:Were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be. ~ Francois Fenelon,
185:Worrying is one of my few forms of prayer. ~ Joanne Greenberg,
186:A prayer makes sense only if it is lived. ~ Anthony of Sourozh,
187:Centering prayer is a training in letting go. ~ Thomas Keating,
188:Consistent prayer is the desire to do right. ~ Mary Baker Eddy,
189:Do I pray? Yes. Prayer is very important to me. ~ Vera Farmiga,
190:In certain ways writing is a form of prayer. ~ Denise Levertov,
191:Invoke often! Inflame thyself with prayer! ~ Aleister Crowley,
192:Love is worth as much as prayer. Sometimes more. ~ Elie Wiesel,
193:Meditation is a huge part of my life. And prayer. ~ A J McLean,
194:Seen better fights than this at a prayer meeting. ~ John Wayne,
195:That was my prayer: Fuckthemfuckthemfuckthem. ~ Cheryl Strayed,
196:The freshness of my eyes is given to me in prayer. ~ Anonymous,
197:The prayer of Ajax was for light. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
198:Every prayer is an agreement with yourself. ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz,
199:meditation vs prayer = listening vs talking ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
200:Now are the days, of humblest prayer, ~ Frederick William Faber,
201:Prayer is a declaration of dependence upon God. ~ Philip Yancey,
202:Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God. ~ John Knox,
203:Prayer is a refusal to settle for what is. ~ Walter Brueggemann,
204:prayer takes us well beyond human possibilities. ~ Andy Stanley,
205:Prayer without heart is a waste to time. ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi,
206:Sincere prayer is answered by unfailing grace. ~ Shri Radhe Maa,
207:A spiritual prayer is a humble prayer. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
208:Nehemiah i is a blend of prayer and action. ~ Charles R Swindoll,
209:Prayer and comfortable living are incompatible. ~ Teresa of vila,
210:Prayer begins at the edge of emptiness. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
211:Prayer clears the mist and brings back peace to the Soul. ~ Rumi,
212:Prayer is the fruit of joy and thankfulness. ~ Evagrius Ponticus,
213:Surely revival delays because prayer decays. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
214:The life of a good man is a continual prayer. ~ Charlotte Lennox,
215:The Psalter is the great school of prayer. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
216:Before prayer changes others, it first changes us. ~ Billy Graham,
217:He that leaves off prayer leaves off to fear God. ~ Thomas Watson,
218:My life is a blunt to the head, a prayer for the dead, ~ Styles P,
219:My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age. ~ Toby Keith,
220:Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint. ~ Oswald Chambers,
221:Prayer is a long rope with a strong hold. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe,
222:Prayer is the answer to every problem there is. ~ Oswald Chambers,
223:Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. ~ Oswald Chambers,
224:Prayer time must be kept up as duly as meal-time. ~ Matthew Henry,
225:prayer-time must be kept up as duly as meat-time. ~ Matthew Henry,
226:Silence was the first prayer I learned to trust. ~ Patricia Hampl,
227:The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. ~ William Shakespeare,
228:The most fervent prayer meetings are in hell. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
229:The OTHER Serenity Prayer 🌿 Eleanor Brownn ~ Amen! ~ #Inspiration,
230:Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that ~ George Washington,
231:Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer. ~ Anne Lamott,
232:A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages. ~ Tennessee Williams,
233:How much more of the mosque, of prayer and fasting? ~ Omar Khayyam,
234:Let every step you take upon the earth be as a prayer. ~ Black Elk,
235:Nothing is so at odds with prayer as vanity. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
236:not some thing we have. . . . Prayer has nothing to ~ Ernest Kurtz,
237:Now I am past all comforts here, but prayer. ~ William Shakespeare,
238:Prayer for me is an updward leap of the heart ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
239:Prayer is - a means of uniting us unto Himself. ~ Richard J Foster,
240:Prayer is prayer, regardless of where you are. ~ Lisa Tawn Bergren,
241:the first road to God is prayer, the second is joy. ~ Paulo Coelho,
242:The greatest encouragement is conveyed in prayer. ~ David Jeremiah,
243:The key that opens the door to the faith is prayer. ~ Pope Francis,
244:Today, see each problem as an invitation to prayer. ~ John Ortberg,
245:Brief let me be. The fewer words the better prayer. ~ Martin Luther,
246:Every wish Is like a prayer--with God. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
247:I'll tell you right now. I'm for prayer in school. ~ Kinky Friedman,
248:Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? ~ Corrie ten Boom,
249:Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there. ~ Madonna Ciccone,
250:Prayer in private results in boldness in public. ~ Edwin Louis Cole,
251:Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
252:Prayer is earthly license for heavenly interference. ~ Myles Munroe,
253:Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
254:Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together. ~ Mother Teresa,
255:Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth. ~ Philip James Bailey,
256:Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue. ~ Adam Clarke,
257:Prayer turns problems into promises and possibilities. ~ Lori Nawyn,
258:Tenacious prayer is a lifestyle that produces results. ~ Tony Evans,
259:True prayer is measured by weight, not by length ~ Charles Spurgeon,
260:writing is the most personal form of prayer. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
261:A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
262:A spontaneous prayer makes differences and does changes. ~ Toba Beta,
263:A strong drink can numb the soul as good as any prayer ~ Erin Bowman,
264:By prayer, community is created as well as expressed. ~ Henri Nouwen,
265:Fervent prayer keeps your true identity in focus. ~ Priscilla Shirer,
266:Frequently, only silence can express my prayer. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
267:I have but one prayer: 'Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. ~ Voltaire,
268:Over Emily’s grave, Peach said the Lord’s Prayer in a ~ John Sweeney,
269:Prayer in action is love, love in action is service. ~ Mother Teresa,
270:Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. ~ Timothy Keller,
271:'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. ~ Alice Walker,
272:There's no Biblical definition of contemplative prayer ~ Mike Bickle,
273:True prayer is the trading of the heart with God. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
274:You might say a prayer or two while you're waiting. ~ James Reasoner,
275:A good laugh is as good as a prayer sometimes. ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery,
276:All my discoveries have been made in answer to prayer. ~ Isaac Newton,
277:God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it. ~ John Wesley,
278:I am in the House of Mercy, and my heart is a place of prayer. ~ Rumi,
279:Love is the story and the prayer that matters the most. ~ Brian Doyle,
280:meditation must follow hearing and precede prayer. ~ Donald S Whitney,
281:prayer and persistence, the good Lord will provide. ~ Teresa Medeiros,
282:Prayer is a recognition of the greatness of our God. ~ Timothy Keller,
283:Prayer: the key of the day and the lock of the night. ~ Thomas Fuller,
284:The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness. ~ John Wesley,
285:You’re the answer to a prayer I didn’t even know I had. ~ Lauren Rowe,
286:all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. ~ Anonymous,
287:Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the Soul. ~ Nicolas Malebranche,
288:Every wish, every prayer has to go somewhere, right? ~ Zoraida C rdova,
289:God does nothing except in response to believing prayer. ~ John Wesley,
290:If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation. ~ John Owen,
291:Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
292:Meditation If prayer is speaking, meditating is listening. ~ Kyle Gray,
293:PRAISE should always follow answered prayer; ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
294:Prayer ardent opens heaven. ~ Edward Young, Night-Thoughts (1742–1745),
295:Prayer is not optional for the Christian; it is required. ~ R C Sproul,
296:Prayer, then, begins by an intellectual adjustment. ~ Evelyn Underhill,
297:Prayer unaccompanied by perseverance leads to no result. ~ John Calvin,
298:The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer. ~ Barack Obama,
299:The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God. ~ Oswald Chambers,
300:We do not prescribe any prayer; we welcome all prayer. ~ George W Bush,
301:Worrying is just a prayer for the worst possible scenario. ~ Daphne Oz,
302:Great morning prayer is like marinating in the Holy Spirit. ~ Mark Hart,
303:He squeezed his eyes shut and sent up a silent prayer. ~ Carly Phillips,
304:Intercessor in Heaven, is besought with prayer and ~ Henry Steel Olcott,
305:In these times of suffering prayer is of even more help. ~ Pope Francis,
306:I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer. ~ Tahar Ben Jelloun,
307:It's good to have a prayer on your lips wherever you go. ~ Henri Nouwen,
308:Never waste a prayer on something that isn't important. ~ Oscar Goodman,
309:Prayer begins at the edge of emptiness. ~ Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,
310:Prayer in its highest form is agonizing soul sweat. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
311:Prayer is an act of love. Words are not needed. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
312:Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God. ~ Henri Nouwen,
313:Prayer is the most tangible expression of trust in God. ~ Jerry Bridges,
314:Sniffing glue is a homeless nonbeliever's prayer. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
315:The government ought to stay out of the prayer business. ~ Jimmy Carter,
316:The seeker's silence is the loudest form of prayer. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
317:The world knows little of the works wrought by prayer. ~ Dwight L Moody,
318:This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” [5] ~ Anonymous,
319:When the problem is worry, the prescription is prayer. ~ David Jeremiah,
320:You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release. ~ Sabaa Tahir,
321:You cussed. Sooner or later, every curse is a prayer. ~ Terry Pratchett,
322:By prayer, community is created as well as expressed. ~ Henri J M Nouwen,
323:I'm a true believer in prayer, a big believer in prayer. ~ Janet Jackson,
324:I pray a prayer of protection for you every single night. ~ Tayari Jones,
325:Prayer for me is an updward leap of the heart ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
326:Prayer is a discipline in truthfulness, in honesty. ~ Marilynne Robinson,
327:Prayer is aligning ourselves with the purposes of God. ~ E Stanley Jones,
328:Prayer is “Gods breath in man returning to his birth. ~ Timothy J Keller,
329:Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. ~ Oswald Chambers,
330:Proceed with much prayer, and your way will be made plain. ~ John Wesley,
331:The only power that God yields to is that of prayer. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
332:The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer... ~ Walt Whitman,
333:The transcendental face of art is always a form of prayer. ~ John Berger,
334:Whatever opposes prayer opposes the whole work of ministry. ~ John Piper,
335:Whatever prayer is not according to God’s will is utterly ~ Watchman Nee,
336:All our perils are nothing, so long as we have prayer. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
337:A man is his tallest when he is down on his knees in prayer. ~ Beth Moore,
338:Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
339:I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, I will heal you ~ Anonymous,
340:Just a thank you is a mighty powerful prayer. Says it all. ~ Rosanne Cash,
341:Mighty prayer has often been produced by mighty trial. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
342:Prayer is a serious thing. We may be taken at our words. ~ Dwight L Moody,
343:Prayer is a silent surrendering of everything to God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
344:Prayer was and is both a spontaneous act and a recitative ~ Scot McKnight,
345:..."She'll be a'ight." It's a prayer more than a prophecy. ~ Angie Thomas,
346:Time spent in prayer is not time wasted but time invested. ~ Myles Munroe,
347:Worry is the facade of taking action when prayer really is. ~ Ann Voskamp,
348:A lake. A prayer. It's so lovely to be lovely in Private. ~ Jennifer Niven,
349:Fasting and prayer are common injunctions in my religion. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
350:For all prayer is answered. Don't tell God how to answer it. ~ Edgar Cayce,
351:for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. ~ Anonymous,
352:Frequently, only silence can express my prayer. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
353:I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, I will heal you. ~ Anonymous,
354:My favorite prayer is, ‘Dear God. I’ll pedal if You’ll steer. ~ Robyn Carr,
355:Prayer gives us a pure heart and a pure heart can do much. ~ Mother Teresa,
356:Prayer is not ever thing, but everything is by prayer. ~ Fred A Hartley Jr,
357:Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen. ~ Anne Lamott,
358:The church converteth the whole world by blood and prayer. ~ Martin Luther,
359:Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered ~ Joseph Murphy,
360:A poem is a hand, a hook, a prayer. It is a soul in action. ~ Edward Hirsch,
361:As you walk upon the sacred earth, treat each step as a prayer. ~ Black Elk,
362:Before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you. ~ Dionne Warwick,
363:...every vertebrae on his back was a prayer bead under my hands. ~ Amy Lane,
364:God doesn't answer prayer, He answers desperate prayer! ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
365:I liked a @YouTube video youtu.be/QPsoc0M9V6M?a Radha's Prayer ~ The Mother,
366:One of the biggest enemies to prayer is nervous tension. ~ Anthony de Mello,
367:Prayer can be simple, but it's not easy. Nothing great is. ~ Timothy Keller,
368:prayer is at the very heart of what it means to believe. ~ Timothy J Keller,
369:Prayer is awe, intimacy, struggle-yet, the way to reality. ~ Timothy Keller,
370:Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God. ~ Billy Graham,
371:prayer is to religion what original research is to science, ~ Thomas Merton,
372:Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has.” ~Blink ~ Ted Dekker,
373:Prayer should not be merely an act, but an attitude of life. ~ Billy Graham,
374:shade of a wall, listlessly fingering their prayer beads, ~ Khaled Hosseini,
375:The gift of prayer is not always at our command. ~ Gotthold Ephraim Lessing,
376:The prayer that is heard is not of many words, but of Oneness ~ Vivian Amis,
377:You will never have time for prayer; you must make time. ~ Richard J Foster,
378:All good is born in prayer, and all good springs from it. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
379:Any act can be a prayer, if done as well as we are able. ~ George R R Martin,
380:I believe in prayer. I believe in gratitude and serving people. ~ Kiran Bedi,
381:I'm the type to say a prayer and then go get what I just prayed for. ~ Drake,
382:It is God’s passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer. ~ Henri Nouwen,
383:Prayer and sacrifice can touch souls better than words. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
384:Praying the sinners prayer does not heal you. It saves you ~ Christine Caine,
385:Remember, the first road to God is prayer, the second is joy. ~ Paulo Coelho,
386:Scream silently in your prayer; remember the pain of others. ~ Megan McKenna,
387:Sholeh Wolpé poetry proves to be rumination, prayer, song. ~ Nathalie Handal,
388:Sometimes the blessing is in the prayer not being answered. ~ Andrena Sawyer,
389:The Ego is a veil between humans and God’.” “In prayer all are equal. ~ Rumi,
390:Thou Great First Cause, least understood. ~ Alexander Pope, Universal Prayer,
391:Transform your sex into love, and transform your love into prayer ~ Rajneesh,
392:We all have a tendency to use prayer to dictate to God. ~ Jen Pollock Michel,
393:Where is the church persevering in the priority of prayer? ~ James MacDonald,
394:You're never without hope, because you're never without prayer. ~ Max Lucado,
395:18†praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, ~ Anonymous,
396:Banning prayer in school in effect made God unconstitutional. ~ Rush Limbaugh,
397:But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core. ~ Paul Laurence Dunbar,
398:Every single emotion you have should be processed in prayer. ~ Timothy Keller,
399:God may want you to be the answer to your own prayer. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
400:Her hands were folded just below her breasts, as if in prayer. ~ Stephen King,
401:I couldn't really jet off to the States on a whim and a prayer. ~ David Platt,
402:It was no true prayer to beg forgiveness while choosing to sin. ~ Brent Weeks,
403:Laziness in prayer is like handing the devil a key to your house. ~ Mark Hart,
404:Nobody matures past his or her need for prayer and meditation. ~ Andy Stanley,
405:Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
406:Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view. ~ Philip Yancey,
407:Prayer is the midwife of mercy, that helps to bring it forth. ~ Matthew Henry,
408:Prayer means keeping company with God who is already present. ~ Philip Yancey,
409:Prayer meetings are the throbbing machinery of the church. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
410:The prayer that is heard is not of many words....but of Oneness ~ Vivian Amis,
411:Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered. ~ George Meredith,
412:With every prayer and every thought of love, we release ~ Marianne Williamson,
413:Either worrying drives out prayer, or prayer drives out worrying. ~ D A Carson,
414:Every church should meet for prayer. Without prayer, churches die. ~ Anonymous,
415:God does nothing apart from prayer, but he does everything by it. ~ John Welch,
416:I always carry prayer cards to St. Jude and St. Martha with me. ~ Patsy Kensit,
417:More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. ~ Alfred Tennyson,
418:Passion produced out of prayer and praise pushes you to extremes. ~ Carl Lentz,
419:Persistence in prayer brings results that casual prayer does not. ~ Max Anders,
420:Prayer is an invisible tool which is wielded in a visible world. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
421:Prayer is simply saying "thank you, bless you, praise you." ~ Richard J Foster,
422:Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
423:Their love was like a perfect prayer.
Even God could not deny it. ~ Unknown,
424:The Jesus Prayer is not only Christ-centered but Trinitarian. ~ Kallistos Ware,
425:Through prayer we speak to God. In meditation, God speaks to us. ~ Edgar Cayce,
426:We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war. ~ John Piper,
427:What I dislike least in my former self are the moments of prayer. ~ Andre Gide,
428:Work is prayer. Work is also stink. Therefore stink is prayer. ~ Aldous Huxley,
429:A legalistic commitment to duration can kill one's prayer life. ~ R Kent Hughes,
430:Battering the gates of heaven with the storms of prayer. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson,
431:effective prayer is linked to a dedicated and obedient life. ~ Warren W Wiersbe,
432:Everything we do, our entire interior monologue, is prayer. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
433:For many people, there is an almost power to be found in prayer. ~ Mohsin Hamid,
434:Fundamentally, [prayer] is a position, a placement of oneself. ~ Patricia Hampl,
435:God is using my struggle. My struggle is the answer to the prayer. ~ Max Lucado,
436:I believe that those who die for Ireland have no need for prayer ~ Liam Mellows,
437:If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it. ~ Tom Vilsack,
438:I smoke crack. I get all my dancers together and we do a prayer. ~ Jim Gaffigan,
439:Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
440:Prayer is a cry of distress, a demand for help, a hymn of love. ~ Alexis Carrel,
441:Prayer is asking for guidance. Meditation is listening to it. ~ Sonia Choquette,
442:Prayer is asking for rain and faith is carrying the umbrella. ~ Barbara Johnson,
443:Prayer is a wine which makes glad the heart of man ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
444:Prayer is not about asking what you want, but what God wants. ~ Shannon L Alder,
445:Prayer is the key discipline whereby all spiritual work is done. ~ Chuck Pierce,
446:Prayer is the secret weapon that restores your trust in God. ~ Elizabeth George,
447:Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. ~ George Herbert,
448:Preface for Eucharistic Prayer II Preface for Eucharistic Prayer IV ~ Anonymous,
449:The only limit to prayer is how limited it is in our lives. ~ Jentezen Franklin,
450:The Prayer that is answered is not of many words, but of Oneness. ~ Vivian Amis,
451:There is nothing a natural man hates more than prayer. ~ Robert Murray M Cheyne,
452:The Song of Prayer pamphlet All page numbers are for the second ~ Gary R Renard,
453:They have a form of prayer for atheists. It’s called worrying. ~ Mishka Shubaly,
454:we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. ~ Anonymous,
455:What if the drive to survive was a form of faith, a form of prayer? ~ Anne Rice,
456:Words are not the essence but the garments of prayer. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
457:Conversion is not a single prayer. Conversion is pilgrimage. ~ Diana Butler Bass,
458:If I make one last prayer I ask that your god grant me an enemy. ~ Louis L Amour,
459:My prayer is, let me be a blessing to someone or something today. ~ Jean Houston,
460:Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy. ~ Laurence Sterne,
461:Pray anyway. Who knows what God can do through your prayer? ~ Frederick Buechner,
462:Prayer is indeed the Christian’s vital breath and native air. ~ J Oswald Sanders,
463:Prayer is our way of entering into the happiness of God himself ~ Timothy Keller,
464:Pray for knowledge and light, every other prayer is selfish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
465:The best we can say to God in prayer, is what He has said to us. ~ Matthew Henry,
466:The Cinderella of the church of today is the prayer meeting. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
467:the essence of prayer is not to think a lot, but to love a lot. ~ Danielle Steel,
468:The firmament of the Bible is ablaze with answers to prayer. ~ Theodore L Cuyler,
469:There are more battles won through prayer than by any other means. ~ Chuck Smith,
470:The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
471:We lie to God in prayer if we do not rely on him afterwards. ~ Robert B Leighton,
472:Where there is prayer, the fallen spirits have no power. ~ Thaddeus of Vitovnica,
473:And prayer? How could you pray to a God you wanted to hit? ~ Benjamin Alire S enz,
474:a spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ. ~ Henri Nouwen,
475:Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer ~ Saint Augustine,
476:I believe above the storm the smallest prayer will still be heard. ~ Dolly Parton,
477:I’m convinced my place is one of prayer. God can do what man cannot. ~ Nancy Mehl,
478:In our prayer and meditation we hope for fulfilling ordinary life. ~ Thomas Moore,
479:in prayer as in other areas of life, God wants us to trust and obey. ~ D A Carson,
480:No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do. ~ Meher Baba,
481:Offer a prayer when you hear an ambulance’s or police car’s siren. ~ Wayne W Dyer,
482:Prayer is not a preparation for the battle; it is the battle! ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
483:Sir 3:4 He that loveth God, shall obtain pardon for his sins by prayer, ~ Various,
484:The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer. ~ Anonymous,
485:The Rosary is a school of Prayer. The Rosary is a school of Faith. ~ Pope Francis,
486:Unless I had the spirit of prayer, I could do nothing. ~ Charles Grandison Finney,
487:We have control over our prayer life, our relationship with Jesus. ~ Francis Chan,
488:We often think of prayer as a means to an end. Prayer is the goal. ~ Francis Chan,
489:You cannot know what prayer is for, until you know that life is war. ~ John Piper,
490:A culture that does not teach prayer soon runs mad with desire. ~ Laurence Freeman,
491:Art and prayer are the only decent ejaculations of the soul. ~ Joris Karl Huysmans,
492:As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere. ~ Victor Hugo,
493:Each moment spent in prayer is like a coin put into a bank account ~ Doreen Virtue,
494:God answers prayer in three ways: yes, no, and wait awhile. ~ Norman Vincent Peale,
495:God comes down to us by his Spirit, and we go up to him by prayer. ~ Thomas Watson,
496:God will not violate another’s free will in response to my prayer. ~ Adam Hamilton,
497:If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart,
498:In the late hours of the night, befriend the prayer mat. ~ Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri,
499:Next to prayer, Fishing is the most personal relationship of man. ~ Herbert Hoover,
500:Prayer and sacrifice can touch souls better than words. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux,
501:Prayer is a sign of repentance, a desire to become better, purer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
502:Prayer is seeing His greatness to the extent we can receive it. ~ Richard J Foster,
503:Reader, is prayer your element or your weariness? Which? ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
504:Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 ~ Anonymous,
505:The bigger your problems, the bigger your prayer should be. ~ Norman Vincent Peale,
506:The decision was too important to make lightly without more prayer. ~ Jody Hedlund,
507:The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. ~ Samuel Marinus Zwemer,
508:The stillness in art characterizes prayer, and the eye of the storm. ~ Saul Bellow,
509:The true prayer is only of thankfulness; just a simple thank you is enough. ~ Osho,
510:We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
511:An hour of study, for the modern apostle, is an hour of prayer. ~ Josemaria Escriva,
512:Being a person of prayer is the most important calling in one’s life. ~ Mike Bickle,
513:Each moment spent in prayer is like a coin put into a bank account. ~ Doreen Virtue,
514:He who avoids prayer is avoiding everything that is good. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
515:If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you. ~ Wayne Dyer,
516:It is to this silence [contemplative prayer] that we all are called. ~ Henri Nouwen,
517:Kane stood ready, his sword forged of love, hope and prayer, in hand. ~ Steve Perry,
518:More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson,
519:my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. ~ Anonymous,
520:No matter how softly you whisper a prayer, God hears and understands. ~ Tonto Dikeh,
521:Peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace. ~ Dalai Lama,
522:prayer is nothing more than thought. It is a yearning of the heart. ~ Sophy Burnham,
523:Prayer is our way of entering into the happiness of God himself. ~ Timothy J Keller,
524:Prayer is the evidence that I am spiritually concentrated on God. ~ Oswald Chambers,
525:Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself. ~ John Vianney,
526:The armament varies, from prayer to wealth to herbs to stem cells. ~ Paul Kalanithi,
527:The best prayer I ever prayed had enough sin to damn the whole world. ~ John Bunyan,
528:The Ego is a veil between humans and God’.”

“In prayer all are equal. ~ Rumi,
529:The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. ~ Julia Cameron,
530:The Holy Guide reminded him that in Islam labor was a form of prayer. ~ Orhan Pamuk,
531:There can be no prevailing in prayer without travailing in prayer. ~ Oswald J Smith,
532:We do not see that prayer is the asking of God to fulfill His needs. ~ Watchman Nee,
533:2†Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it †with thanksgiving; ~ Anonymous,
534:Faith Works’ only tools were prayer, bible study and church attendance, ~ Dan Barker,
535:I am a song bird, I am a meek song bird, I offer my prayer to the Lord. ~ Guru Nanak,
536:I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention. ~ Mary Oliver,
537:I used a lot of pancake makeup and a prayer, and a Buddhist chant. ~ Steven Cojocaru,
538:No prayer is ever complete without the words "...if it is your will. ~ Danny L Deaub,
539:Not all prayer is in words, because not all conversation is in words. ~ Peter Kreeft,
540:Prayer causes things to happen that wouldn't happen if you didn't pray. ~ John Piper,
541:Prayer doesn't change things - God changes things in answer to prayer. ~ John Calvin,
542:Prayer immediately turns us into something greater than ourselves. ~ Timothy M Dolan,
543:Prayer is more than a wish; it is the voice of faith directed to God. ~ Billy Graham,
544:Prayer is the autograph of the Holy Ghost upon the renewed heart. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
545:Prayer is the bridge over which the Kingdom of God comes to the earth. ~ Rich Nathan,
546:Prayer is the key to unlocking God's prevailing power in your life. ~ David Jeremiah,
547:Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
548:Prayer wasn't a familiar practice in my life. --Titus Ray, Chapter 2 ~ Luana Ehrlich,
549:Prayer without ceasing is only possible in a life of continual thanks. ~ Ann Voskamp,
550:Service is the highest form of prayer as far as I am concerned. ~ John Henrik Clarke,
551:Simply defined, prayer is earthly permission for heavenly interference. ~ Tony Evans,
552:Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious ~ Alcoholics Anonymous,
553:There is enough sin in my best prayer to send the whole world to Hell. ~ John Bunyan,
554:There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God ~ Ivan Illich,
555:True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. ~ Billy Graham,
556:You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That's how prayer works. ~ Pope Francis,
557:All good meditative prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God. ~ Thomas Merton,
558:And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to father time. ~ Ben Gibbard,
559:a spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ. ~ Henri J M Nouwen,
560:Embark on no enterprise which you cannot submit to the test of prayer. ~ Hosea Ballou,
561:God, why have you done this to me? My little prayer goes unanswered. ~ Katherine Owen,
562:If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
   ~ Meister Eckhart,
563:I liked a @YouTube video youtu.be/xMDgVVHbPUQ?a Radha's Prayer ~ The Mother இராதையின்,
564:I’ve heard people using your songs as prayer, begging god in falsetto. ~ Warsan Shire,
565:I went from a D all the way to an A plus, I tell you prayer changes things. ~ R Kelly,
566:Only the prayer which comes from our heart can get to God's heart. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
567:Prayer always forsakes the kingdom of self for the kingdom of God, ~ Paul David Tripp,
568:Prayer and meditation help us affirm that our Higher Power cares for ~ Melody Beattie,
569:Prayer is more than words. It's listening, seeing and feeling. ~ Norman Vincent Peale,
570:Prayer is the key to each new day and the lock for every night. ~ Wanda E Brunstetter,
571:reflects as only the Irish can in five parts curse and five parts prayer. ~ Morrissey,
572:Remember, a daily prayer to God is not an option in the day! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
573:Teaching
One hour's teaching is better than a whole night of prayer. ~ Idries Shah,
574:The door is closed to prayer unless it is opened with the key of trust. ~ John Calvin,
575:The LORD has heard my supplication;           the LORD accepts my prayer. ~ Anonymous,
576:The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals. ~ Duke of Wellington,
577:The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. ~ Marcus Aurelius,
578:We talk to God--that is prayer; God talks to us--that is inspiration. ~ H Emilie Cady,
579:Against the persecution of a tyrant the godly have no remedy but prayer. ~ John Calvin,
580:A ton of prayer will never produce what an ounce of obedience will. ~ Edwin Louis Cole,
581:Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it  d with thanksgiving. ~ Anonymous,
582:Every positive thought is a silent prayer which will change your life. ~ Bryant McGill,
583:fervently—because fervent prayer keeps your true identity in focus. ~ Priscilla Shirer,
584:I hoped until it hurt. I hoped so hard I felt it finally turn to prayer. ~ Jan Ellison,
585:In souls filled with love, the desire to please God is continual prayer. ~ John Wesley,
586:In the prayer time, the battle of the spiritual life is lost or won. ~ E Stanley Jones,
587:Living your life constructs your soul, not a few seconds of daily prayer. ~ James Cook,
588:Poetry and prayer put ideas in people’s heads that got them killed, ~ Colson Whitehead,
589:Prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and meanness. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
590:Prayer from the heart can achieve what nothing else can in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
591:Prayer is ecstatic communication with your innernavigational computer. ~ Timothy Leary,
592:Prayer is either petitional or, in its wider sense, inward communion. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
593:Prayer is the safest method of replying to a word of hatred. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
594:Prayer, like radium, is a luminous and self-generating form of energy. ~ Alexis Carrel,
595:Prayer never brought in no side-meat. Takes a shoat to bring in pork. ~ John Steinbeck,
596:Prayer without study would be empty. Study without prayer would be blind. ~ Karl Barth,
597:Satyagraha is itself an unmistakable mute prayer of an agonized soul. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
598:There is no need to get to a place of prayer; pray wherever you are. ~ Oswald Chambers,
599:The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. ~ Havelock Ellis,
600:The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. ~ H Havelock Ellis,
601:The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasures of gold and silver. ~ John Bunyan,
602:Again we see prayer is simply a recognition of the greatness of God. ~ Timothy J Keller,
603:As long as algebra is taught in school, there will be prayer in school. ~ Cokie Roberts,
604:Change only takes place through action, not through meditation and prayer. ~ Dalai Lama,
605:For a successful season of prayer, the best beginning is confession. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
606:For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. ~ Teresa of vila,
607:Gratitude is the greatest prayer. Thank you is the greatest mantra. ~ Swami Nithyananda,
608:Holy desire can be learned. All prayer is part work and part rest. ~ Jen Pollock Michel,
609:Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr,
610:In our home there was always prayer - aloud, proud and unapologetic. ~ Lyndon B Johnson,
611:In prayer, more is accomplished by listening than by talking. ~ Jane Frances de Chantal,
612:I pray for miracles. I have always found prayer to bring quick results. ~ Martha Reeves,
613:perhaps there's no sharper spur to meditation than answered prayer. ~ Hortense Calisher,
614:Prayer gives us relief from the melancholy burden of self-absorption . ~ Timothy Keller,
615:Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
616:Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is to life. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
617:Prayer is the opening of the soul to God so that he can speak to us. ~ Georgia Harkness,
618:Prayer. That was what people did when there was nothing else left to do. ~ Magnus Flyte,
619:The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
620:The meaning of prayer is that I want to evoke that Divinity within me. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
621:When the fire of prayer goes out, the barrenness of busyness takes over. ~ George Carey,
622:A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer. ~ Doris Lessing,
623:Every positive thought is a silent prayer which will change your life. ~ Bryant H McGill,
624:For what is prayer but the expansion of your self into the living ether? ~ Khalil Gibran,
625:God answers prayer on the ground of Redemption and on no other ground. ~ Oswald Chambers,
626:God's prayer-line is not a wheel of fortune or lottery for the indolent. ~ Bryant McGill,
627:Humor is a prelude to faith, and laughter is the beginning of prayer. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr,
628:If love were only spiritual, the practices of fasting and prayer would not exist. ~ Rumi,
629:I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. ~ Martin Luther,
630:I like the Kardashians, but I do keep them on the top of my prayer list. ~ Tamar Braxton,
631:It is well said that neglected prayer is the birth-place of all evil. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
632:Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. ~ Douglas Adams,
633:Prayer and hard work are a pretty good one-two punch to get things done. ~ Rick Santorum,
634:Prayer enables us to transform the world because it transforms us. ~ Marianne Williamson,
635:Prayer has not been a part of my life in the sense that truth has been. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
636:Prayer is a friendly conversation with the One we know loves us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
637:Prayer is a virtue that prevaileth against all temptations. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
638:Prayer is not about changing God, but being willing to let God change us. ~ Richard Rohr,
639:Prayer is one of the necessary wheels of the machinery of providence. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
640:Prayer sweeps the battlefield, slays the enemy, and buries the bones. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
641:PSA6.9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. ~ Anonymous,
642:Sometimes the best answers to prayer are the ones God doesn't answer. ~ Robin Jones Gunn,
643:The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, buy unoffered prayer. ~ F B Meyer,
644:The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. ~ Billy Graham,
645:the neglect of prayer is a major cause of stagnation in the Christian life. ~ R C Sproul,
646:The real business of your life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. ~ Oswald Chambers,
647:When joy and prayer are married, their first born child is gratitude. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
648:Worrying paralyzes progress; prayer, preparation and persistence ensures it. ~ T F Hodge,
649:As for methods of prayer, all of them are good as long as they are sincere. ~ Victor Hugo,
650:Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. —ROMANS 12:12 ~ Sarah Young,
651:Fingers interlocked like a beautiful accordion of flesh or a zipper of prayer ~ Sarah Kay,
652:He who rises from his prayer a better man, his prayer has been granted. ~ Neville Goddard,
653:I added a video to a @YouTube playlist youtu.be/QPsoc0M9V6M?a Radha's Prayer ~ The Mother,
654:I closed my eyes tightly and offered a short but sincere prayer of thanks. ~ John Grisham,
655:If the answers to prayer are merely what God wills all along, then why pray? ~ Dan Barker,
656:Intercessory prayer might be defined as loving our neighbour on our knees. ~ Charles Bent,
657:I repeated his name, over and over again. A plea. A prayer. A solemn vow. ~ Chance Carter,
658:It is my humble prayer that I may be of some use in my day and generation. ~ Hosea Ballou,
659:Music is the child of prayer, the companion of religion. ~ Francois Rene de Chateaubriand,
660:My little secret before I do every scene is I say a short little prayer. ~ Justin Baldoni,
661:My prayer today is that God would make me an extraordinary Christian. ~ George Whitefield,
662:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. ~ Thomas Keating,
663:Prayer and meditation help us affirm that our Higher Power cares for us. ~ Melody Beattie,
664:Prayer, in many ways, is the supreme expression of our faith in God. ~ Martyn Lloyd Jones,
665:Prayer is a powerful thing; for God has bound and tied himself thereunto. ~ Martin Luther,
666:Prayer is a refusal to live as an outsider to my God and my own soul. ~ Eugene H Peterson,
667:Prayer is life passionately wanting, wishing, desiring God's triumph. ~ G Campbell Morgan,
668:Prayer is the very highest energy of which the mind is capable. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
669:Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has.” ~ Ted DekkerBlink ~ Ted Dekker,
670:The essential thing is to work in a state of mind that approaches prayer. ~ Henri Matisse,
671:The primary purpose of prayer is not to get something, but to know Someone. ~ David Platt,
672:The single most important piece of advice about prayer is one word: Begin! ~ Peter Kreeft,
673:Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
674:Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
675:Faith furnishes prayer with wings, without which it cannot soar to Heaven. ~ John Climacus,
676:How beautiful to look at When my prayer Lights a candle of hope In my heart. ~ Sri Chinmoy,
677:It’s a mystery how you know what to do, what to say, how to frame a prayer. ~ Ruth Rendell,
678:Much more prayer is called for, clearly, but first I will take a nap. ~ Marilynne Robinson,
679:My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight. ~ C S Lewis,
680:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. ~ Thomas Keating,
681:Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work. ~ Oswald Chambers,
682:Prayer is less about changing the world than it is about changing ourselves. ~ David Wolpe,
683:Prayer is not a pious decoration of life but the breath of human existence. ~ Henri Nouwen,
684:Prayer is the only way to maintain a constant state of dependence on God. ~ David Jeremiah,
685:Prayer mixed with worry and a negative conversation doesn't bring an answer. ~ Joyce Meyer,
686:Prayer was of little help when your executable was stuck in an infinite loop ~ Shulem Deen,
687:Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth but from falling in love. ~ Richard J Foster,
688:Sometimes we don't appreciate Prayer until we have to go through something! ~ Steve Harvey,
689:That's the way prayer do. It's like electricity, it keeps things going. ~ Kathryn Stockett,
690:That's what I'm hoping we can all do, is come together in a spirit of prayer. ~ Max Lucado,
691:The heart of true prayer is vertical confession, not horizontal desire. ~ Paul David Tripp,
692:The man of prayer will be at peace with himself and with the whole world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
693:The prayer of faith is a prayer of trust. The very essence of faith is trust. ~ R C Sproul,
694:You are my temple. You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release. ~ Sabaa Tahir,
695:you remain faithful to your mental attitude, your prayer will be answered. ~ Joseph Murphy,
696:Your positive thoughts are both the prayer, and the answer to your prayer. ~ Bryant McGill,
697:God instituted prayer to communicate to creatures the dignity of causality. ~ Blaise Pascal,
698:I began to murmur the Lord's Prayer in thanks.
"Shit," Mrs. Parsall said. ~ Laura Bickle,
699:I believe the best way to get an answer to prayer is to work for it, ~ Gene Stratton Porter,
700:If you are too busy for prayer, you are too busy for a relationship with God. ~ Mike Bickle,
701:If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22 ~ Beth Moore,
702:It was as if God had answered a prayer she'd never been bold enough to pray. ~ Melissa Tagg,
703:Long, long time ago, I declared that all my works are a form of a prayer/a wish. ~ Yoko Ono,
704:Prayer brings new perspective because it puts God back into the picture. ~ Timothy J Keller,
705:Prayer is my chief work, and it is by means of it that I carry on the rest. ~ Thomas Hooker,
706:Prayer is the breath of life to our soul; holiness is impossible without it ~ Mother Teresa,
707:Prayer is the highest form,
the supreme act of the Creative Imagination. ~ Henry Corbin,
708:Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
709:Prayer is the way to die to our own wishes and surrender everything to God. ~ Scot McKnight,
710:Prayer needs no speech. It is itself independent of any sensuous effort. I ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
711:The correct prayer is never one of supplication but one of gratitude. ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
712:The Muslim call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset. ~ Barack Obama,
713:The world is my church. My actions are my prayer. My behavior is my creed. ~ Steve Maraboli,
714:We should all without shame enrol in the school of contemplative prayer. ~ Richard J Foster,
715:What Simone Weil said: Attention without object is a supreme form of prayer. ~ Jenny Offill,
716:29. The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. ~ Anonymous,
717:Amen is not the end of a prayer, it just gets us ready to go to the next level. ~ Gary Busey,
718:Answered prayer is the interchange of love between the Father and His child. ~ Andrew Murray,
719:Be patient in trials, watchful in prayer, and never cease working. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
720:Constant prayer interrupts our ego trips and disrupts our toxic trajectories. ~ Jen Hatmaker,
721:He is thinking quietly: I should not have got out of the habit of prayer. ~ William Faulkner,
722:IF EVERYONE TURNED GOSSIP INTO PRAYER, THERE WOULD BE NO MORE REASON FOR GOSSIP. ~ Anonymous,
723:My constant prayer for myself is to be used in service for the greater good. ~ Oprah Winfrey,
724:People on sinking ships do not complain of distractions during their prayer. ~ Philip Yancey,
725:Prayer is doubts destroyer, ruin's remedy, the antidote to all anxieties. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
726:Prayer is not just something on our to-do list; it's the breath of our soul. ~ Kimberly Hahn,
727:Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion. ~ Novalis,
728:Students in the school of prayer never graduate from the school of the Gospel. ~ C J Mahaney,
729:The Bible is a letter God has sent to us; prayer is a letter we send to him. ~ Matthew Henry,
730:The ease and immediacy of twitter is no match for the patient labor of prayer. ~ Tony Reinke,
731:The Prayer that precedes all other prayer is, may the real me meet the real you. ~ C S Lewis,
732:The third preventive for callousness is the life of prayer (Heb. 4:14–16). ~ Charles C Ryrie,
733:Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks. ~ Thomas Goodwin,
734:Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. ~ Mark Twain,
735:Waiting is a sustained effort to stay focused on God through prayer and belief. ~ Max Lucado,
736:We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer. ~ Billy Graham,
737:We must pray for more prayer, for it is the world's mightiest healing force. ~ Frank Laubach,
738:Whatever man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself. ~ Ivan Turgenev,
739:When there is little awareness of real need, there is little real prayer. ~ Donald S Whitney,
740:Worship or prayer is not to be performed with the lips, but with the heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
741:17He has regarded the prayer of the destitute, And has not despised their prayer. ~ Anonymous,
742:All religion is founded on prayer, and in prayer it has its test and measure. ~ Peter Forsyth,
743:Anything big enough to occupy our minds is big enough to hang a prayer on. ~ George MacDonald,
744:Do make this your first prayer every day: “Lord, bless thy saints everywhere. ~ Andrew Murray,
745:God answers the prayer we ought to have made rather than the prayer we did make. ~ J I Packer,
746:God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. ~ Mother Teresa,
747:I do not believe that God answers the prayer of any unredeemed Gentile or Jew ~ Jerry Falwell,
748:If I've learned anything about prayer, it's that desperation drives discipline. ~ Bill Hybels,
749:I’ve had enough, this is my prayer, that I’ll die living just as free as my hair. ~ Lady Gaga,
750:Let not the spirit wander while the words of prayer run on out of our mouth. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
751:Let us work as we pray, for indeed work is the body’s best prayer to the Divine. ~ The Mother,
752:Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. Amen. ~ Douglas Adams,
753:Mediation centred upon divine realities is the very essence and soul of prayer. ~ James Allen,
754:One who prays ceaselessly is one who combines prayer with work and work with prayer. ~ Origen,
755:Prayer brings you into God’s presence, where our shortcomings are exposed. ~ Timothy J Keller,
756:Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit. ~ Oswald Chambers,
757:Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
758:Prayer is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings. ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
759:Prayer is thus a means ordained to receive what God has planned to bestow.[22] ~ Joel R Beeke,
760:Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things. ~ Sam Shoemaker,
761:The answer to our prayer may be the echo of our resolve. ~ Herbert Samuel 1st Viscount Samuel,
762:The only certainties that don't break down are those acquired in prayer. ~ Reinhold Schneider,
763:The prayer of the saints is never self-important, but always God-important. ~ Oswald Chambers,
764:Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22 ~ Rhonda Byrne,
765:A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer. ~ Gotthold Ephraim Lessing,
766:Asking in prayer helps you to see your problem in the light of God's power. ~ Elizabeth George,
767:Asking in prayer helps you to see your problem in the light of God’s power. ~ Elizabeth George,
768:Assume the attitude of prayer, and in time, the attitude will become prayer. ~ Mercedes Lackey,
769:As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer. ~ Henri Nouwen,
770:For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
771:Healing the earth is not a liberal or conservative idea— it is a form of prayer. ~ Mary Pipher,
772:I believe in prayer. It's the best way we have to draw strength from heaven. ~ Josephine Baker,
773:In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ~ John Bunyan,
774:It is impossible to overstate the need for prayer in the fabric of family life. ~ James Dobson,
775:Meaningful prayer is a matter of the heart, not the eloquence of the words. ~ Elizabeth George,
776:Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man. ~ Thomas Carlyle,
777:Prayer is as mighty as God, because He has committed Himself to answer it. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
778:Prayer is simple, as simple as a child making known its wants to it parents. ~ Oswald Chambers,
779:Prayer is talking to God. Meditation is letting God talk to you.” —Yogi Bhajan ~ Maria Shriver,
780:Prayer is the expression of your heart’s sincere desires poured out to God. ~ Elizabeth George,
781:Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. ~ Matthew Kelly,
782:Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,
783:The Bible does not present an art of prayer; it presents the God of prayer. ~ Timothy J Keller,
784:There is nothing the devil fears so much, or so much tries to hinder, as prayer. ~ Philip Neri,
785:This is our Lord's will... that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large. ~ Julian of Norwich,
786:Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22. ~ Joseph Murphy,
787:All poetry, as discriminated from the various paradigms of prosody, is prayer. ~ Samuel Beckett,
788:A prayer couched in the words of the soul, is far more powerful than any ritual. ~ Paulo Coelho,
789:Every time I have had a breakthrough in my life, it has been because of Prayer ~ John C Maxwell,
790:Fasting detaches you from this world. Prayer reattaches you to the next world. ~ Fulton J Sheen,
791:If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. MEISTER ECKHART ~ Guy Kawasaki,
792:Know that we win the war when we pray in power because prayer is the battle. ~ Stormie Omartian,
793:Patience, prayer and silence-these are what give strength to the soul. ~ Mary Faustina Kowalska,
794:Prayer alone will not make a happy life. A happy life must be built. You must act. ~ Dalai Lama,
795:Prayer is spiritual exercise and every act of prayer stretches the soul. ~ James Dillet Freeman,
796:Prayer is the hard-work business of Christianity, and it nets amazing results. ~ David Jeremiah,
797:Souvenez vous," she tells me. "One must make a little prayer from time to time. ~ James Baldwin,
798:The first step in faith is to stop thinking about God at the time of prayer.- ~ Brennan Manning,
799:Things happen which would not happen without prayer. Let us not forget that. ~ Elisabeth Elliot,
800:Today is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Let us work and pray. ~ Pope Francis,
801:What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.
~ Corrie ten Boom,
802:You are biological. Like a cow. Prayer for you is like the opiate of the people. ~ David Brooks,
803:A personal selfish prayer is bad whether made before an image or an unseen God. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
804:Cause that's the way prayer do. It's like electricity, it keeps things going. ~ Kathryn Stockett,
805:Cause that’s the way prayer do. It’s like electricity, it keeps things going. ~ Kathryn Stockett,
806:Even when she was speaking, her soul was in prayer reposing on an unseen support. ~ George Eliot,
807:he  e regards the prayer of the destitute         and does not despise their prayer. ~ Anonymous,
808:His every breath was a prayer. For peace. Protection. Truth.
Thy will be done. ~ Laura Frantz,
809:I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. ~ Marianne Williamson,
810:Know that your heart can be deployed to wherever the Lord sends you in prayer ~ Stormie Omartian,
811:Persistence with patience and prayer pays with profits, prosperity and peace of mind. ~ Voltaire,
812:Prayer begins and ends not with the needs of man but with the glory of God ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
813:Prayer is designed to adjust you to God's will, not to adjust God to your will. ~ Henry Blackaby,
814:Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness. ~ Martin Luther,
815:Prayer is speaking to God. Meditation is listening to God. Trust tranquility. ~ Shirley MacLaine,
816:Prayer keeps the burden fresh. It keeps our eyes and hearts in an expectant mode. ~ Andy Stanley,
817:Thank God he killed the guy. Oh, now, wait a minute. What kind of a prayer was that! ~ Anne Rice,
818:The goal of prayer is not just the sharing of our ideas, but also of ourselves. ~ Timothy Keller,
819:There is nothing that torments Satan more than the sight of a faithful in prayer. ~ Nadeem Aslam,
820:Watch your motive before God; have no other motive in prayer than to know Him. ~ Oswald Chambers,
821:Your prayer for someone may or may not change them, but it always changes YOU. ~ Craig Groeschel,
822:An investor doesn’t have a prayer of picking a manager that can deliver true alpha. ~ Eugene Fama,
823:Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer. ~ David Wilkerson,
824:Every prayer - every thought, every statement, every feeling - is creative. ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
825:Folks keep forgetting that wishing don't make nothing so, but prayer sometimes do. ~ Bette Greene,
826:Grace works that way. It’s a kind word from a gentle person with an impossible prayer. ~ Bob Goff,
827:He only said the one word. A prayer. A supplication. A breath from his heart to mine. ~ C D Reiss,
828:His worst fault is, he's given to prayer; he is something peevish that way. ~ William Shakespeare,
829:I am, I think, finally learning what a prayer is. It is just a thank-you. ~ Nora McInerny Purmort,
830:I did pray. I kept on Praying. But prayer did nothing to alleviate their suffering. ~ Sh saku End,
831:If you don’t become them, even for a second, a prayer is nothing but words. That’s ~ Brit Bennett,
832:I have found, however, that I sense more power in prayer when I speak them out loud. ~ Beth Moore,
833:In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
834:It's exactly at these moments, when all hope has vanished, that prayer has dominion. ~ Junot D az,
835:It's exactly at these moments, when all hope has vanished, that prayer has dominion. ~ Junot Diaz,
836:My love for you is a prayer, she thought. Love is the only prayer I know. ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley,
837:Prayer for the Day Higher Power, help me find You in the people and events of my day. ~ Anonymous,
838:Prayer is an impossibility without a living faith in the presence of God within. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
839:Prayer is the hand of faith on the door knob of your heart, inviting Jesus to enter. ~ Max Lucado,
840:Prayer is you speaking to God. Meditation is allowing the spirit to speak to you. ~ Deepak Chopra,
841:Prayer presupposes faith. No prayer is in vain. Prayer is like any other action. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
842:Speak, move, act in peace, as if you were in prayer. In truth, this is prayer. ~ Francois Fenelon,
843:The primary means-of-reviva l that everyone agrees upon is extraordinary prayer. ~ Timothy Keller,
844:Unless we fix certain hours in the day for prayer, it easily slips from our memory. ~ John Calvin,
845:You cannot pray a prayer I cannot hear. There is no wrong way to reach out to me. ~ Julia Cameron,
846:God is much in the difficult home problems as in the times of quiet and prayer. ~ Evelyn Underhill,
847:Group chanting and prayer is very powerful. It can bring important changes. ~ Mata Amritanandamayi,
848:I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it. ~ John Wesley,
849:I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God. ~ Victor Hugo,
850:I was a sinner, and she was my only prayer. A deity. The only goddess I worshipped. ~ Belle Aurora,
851:Lord, with so much violence in Iraq, may we persevere in our prayer and generosity. ~ Pope Francis,
852:Most priests and religious equate prayer with thinking. That is their downfall. ~ Anthony de Mello,
853:No one finds time for prayer. You either take time for it or you don't get it. ~ Joan D Chittister,
854:Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God. ~ Chuck Smith,
855:Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. ~ Mother Teresa,
856:Prayer is not asking God to do something, it's asking God to help YOU do something ~ Dennis Prager,
857:Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us. ~ Henri Nouwen,
858:prayer isn’t asking God to do what we want. Prayer is asking God to do what is right. ~ Max Lucado,
859:Real prayer is union with God, a union as vital as that of the vine to the branch. ~ Mother Teresa,
860:Scatter as a prayer
escaping my lips...

as orchids
blooming in clouds. ~ Sanober Khan,
861:Sometimes he would have liked to pray, but what is prayer if there is nobody there? ~ Iris Murdoch,
862:The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16, KJV ~ Michelle Stimpson,
863:The sinner's prayer has sent more people to Hell than all the bars in America. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
864:When the heart gets into prayer, every beat of the heart creates a miracle. ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi,
865:When you live with constant gratitude, your life will become a living prayer. ~ Barbara De Angelis,
866:A complete fast is a complete and literal denial of self. It is the truest prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
867:As pain tells us of the need for healing, worry tells us of the need for prayer. ~ Richard Lovelace,
868:Be honest with God and ask Him to give you a willingness to do the work of prayer. ~ David Jeremiah,
869:Believe in the power of prayer - it is real, it is wonderful, it is tremendous. ~ Gordon B Hinckley,
870:But prayer isn't asking God to do what we want. Prayer is asking God to what is right. ~ Max Lucado,
871:For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait. ~ C S Lewis,
872:I added a video to a @YouTube playlist youtu.be/xMDgVVHbPUQ?a Radha's Prayer ~ The Mother இராதையின்,
873:I'll tell you what's more important than all the commentaries in your library: prayer. ~ Mark Dever,
874:Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
875:(On surviving on the raft for 47 days) We had truly made it on a wing and prayer. ~ Louis Zamperini,
876:Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. ~ Mother Teresa,
877:prayer incorporates the unknown and unpredictable in the outworking of God’s grace. ~ Philip Yancey,
878:Prayer is the supreme instance of the hidden character of the Christian life. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
879:Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer. ~ John Bunyan,
880:Souls who do not practice prayer are like people whose limbs are paralyzed. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
881:Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
882:The best style of prayer is that which cannot be called anything else but a cry. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
883:The more we can give in our silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. ~ Mother Teresa,
884:There is only one prayer and that is prayer for light, for purity, for perfection. ~ Frederick Lenz,
885:The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer. ~ Muhammad Iqbal,
886:Whatever is the object of a saint's hope is the subject of his prayer. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
887:A prayer, a master act, a king idea Can link man's strength to a transcendent Force. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
888:For the faithful, Spirit-filled Christian, every place becomes a place of prayer. ~ John F MacArthur,
889:If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
890:It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life. ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
891:I uttered my prayer: Give me your honey. Bless my tongue with rhyme, poetry, song. ~ Carol Ann Duffy,
892:Live a life of prayer, giving glory to God and continually listening for His guidance. ~ Mary C Neal,
893:Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
894:No man's prayer is acceptable with God whose life is not well pleasing before God. ~ Alexander Whyte,
895:Not forgiving interferes with the effectiveness of your prayer life (Mark 11:25). ~ Stormie Omartian,
896:Prayer has comforted us in sorrow and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead. ~ George W Bush,
897:Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. ~ Hippocrates,
898:Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon. ~ Martin Luther,
899:Prayer is - loving conversation with the One who has invited us into His embrace. ~ Richard J Foster,
900:Prayer is the art of assuming the feeling of being and having that which you want. ~ Neville Goddard,
901:Prayer is the easiest thing to assume in church and the hardest thing to maintain. ~ James MacDonald,
902:Prayer is the sign of your weakness. Rely on your inner strength. You will be the winner. ~ Amit Ray,
903:Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history. ~ Pope John Paul II,
904:The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence. ~ Mother Teresa,
905:Therefore, Your servant has found the courage to pray this prayer to You. 2 Samuel 7:27 ~ Beth Moore,
906:The streaming wounds of Jesus are the sure guarantees for answered prayer. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
907:The tree of the promise will not drop its fruit unless shaken by the hand of prayer. ~ Thomas Watson,
908:The true believer can no more live without prayer, than without food day by day. ~ George Whitefield,
909:True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
910:Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. ~ Eckhart Tolle,
911:I think the Lord's Prayer is a very powerful prayer. And the prayer of St. Francis. ~ Dennis Kucinich,
912:I would never want any prayer that would not make the virtues grow within me. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
913:Like completing a run, living today begins with preparation, planning, and prayer. ~ Elizabeth George,
914:Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay. ~ Leigh Bardugo,
915:No, the essence of prayer is volition, so the essence of blasphemy is volition. She ~ Ford Madox Ford,
916:Prayer holds together the shattered fragments of creation. It makes history possible. ~ Jacques Ellul,
917:Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling, arising within the mind of the one praying. ~ Ernest Holmes,
918:Prayer is God's answer to our poverty, not a power we exercise to obtain an answer. ~ Oswald Chambers,
919:Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina,
920:prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings. ~ D A Carson,
921:Prayer must not be our chance work but our daily business, our habit and vocation. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
922:Prayer wasn’t a good-luck charm, he had said. It was a means of discovering God’s will. ~ Dean Hughes,
923:Religion is only in the service of the people; it is not in the rosary and the prayer-carpet. ~ Saadi,
924:The Igor position on prayer is that it is nothing more than hope with a beat to it. ~ Terry Pratchett,
925:The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life. ~ Timothy Keller,
926:When I manage to keep my center, it's usually because I've taken prayer seriously. ~ Jonathan Jackson,
927:A man of prayer regards what are known as physical calamities as divine chastisement. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
928:Authentic prayer changes us, unmasks us, strips us, indicates where growth is needed. ~ Teresa of vila,
929:faith is the acknowledgement of our own poverty and the prayer for God’s riches in Christ. ~ Anonymous,
930:How powerful prayer is! May we never lose the courage to say: Lord, give us your peace. ~ Pope Francis,
931:If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart,
932:If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart,
933:If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years, Demian, it’s never to rely on prayer. ~ Alec Hutson,
934:If we ever opened a meeting with a prayer, silent or otherwise, we would disintegrate. ~ Jerry Falwell,
935:Nine times out of ten, declension from God begins in the neglect of private prayer. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
936:Prayer is an art which only the Spirit can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
937:Prayer is a rising up and a drawing near to God in mind and in heart, and in spirit. ~ Alexander Whyte,
938:Prayer is awe before an infinite force, and yet it's intimacy with a personal friend. ~ Timothy Keller,
939:Prayer is essentially about making the heart strong so that fear cannot penetrate there. ~ Matthew Fox,
940:Some people think prayer is telling God what to do. I don't think that's the case. ~ John Shelby Spong,
941:The correct prayer is therefore never a prayer of supplication, but a prayer of gratitude. ~ Anonymous,
942:The fruit and the purpose of prayer is to be oned with and like God in all things. ~ Julian of Norwich,
943:The life of prayer is just love to God, and the custom of being ever with Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
944:The very precariousness of weather excites a large amount of earnest prayer. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
945:The whole of our life should be a prayer offered to the Divine. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III,
946:through prayer and trust in the Lord her losses would turn into something beautiful. ~ Karen Kingsbury,
947:For the faithful, Spirit-filled Christian, every place becomes a place of prayer. ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
948:Happy is the spirit that attains to the perfect formlessness at the time of prayer. ~ Evagrius Ponticus,
949:have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. 2 KINGS 20:5 ~ Stormie Omartian,
950:History is a test of faith, and the correct response to that test is persistent prayer. ~ Philip Yancey,
951:Hope is really just desire disguised, just desperation, aching, dressed up like a prayer. ~ T Greenwood,
952:I don’t believe in prayer, but I do believe in magic, and I want to believe in miracles. ~ Laini Taylor,
953:If prayer flew as quickly as gossip, all the saints in heaven could not keep up with it. ~ James R Benn,
954:If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," it will be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart,
955:If the only prayer you say throughout your life is "Thank You," then that will be enough. ~ Elie Wiesel,
956:If you want to protect me, prayer is just as powerful a weapon as that gun you carry. ~ Karen Witemeyer,
957:I've got so much work to do today, I'd better spend two hours in prayer instead of one. ~ Martin Luther,
958:My biggest concern for this generation is your inability to focus, especially in prayer. ~ Francis Chan,
959:Prayer is inward communication with yourself; action is outward conversation with God. ~ Steve Maraboli,
960:Prayer is not the answer. God is the answer. Prayer is the vehicle by which we reach God. ~ Greg Laurie,
961:Say a prayer for the pretender, who started out so young and strong only to surrender. ~ Jackson Browne,
962:Temptation is stronger in the minds of people who are in doubt.
Prayer makes it weaker. ~ Toba Beta,
963:The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life. ~ Timothy J Keller,
964:The more sanctified a person is the more heavily weighted his prayer time is in adoration. ~ R C Sproul,
965:The tea-kettle is as much an English institution as aristocracy or the Prayer-Book. ~ Catharine Beecher,
966:We need to repeat Paul’s prayer: “Lord, help me to will and to work for your good pleasure. ~ Anonymous,
967:Without prayer it is impossible to resist temptations and to keep the commandments. ~ Alphonsus Liguori,
968:Without prayer, our faith is weakened, our love grows cold, our hope becomes uncertain. ~ Terence Cooke,
969:You do not have to wait until you become a saint. [Prayer] is the way to become a saint. ~ Peter Kreeft,
970:And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. ~ Lupita Nyong o,
971:Christian prayer is fellowship with the personal God who befriends us through speech. ~ Timothy J Keller,
972:Desire and feeling joined together in a mental marriage will become the answered prayer. ~ Joseph Murphy,
973:Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them. ~ Mahalia Jackson,
974:Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. ~ Jacqueline Winspear,
975:If you practise meditation and prayer it will make me happy. I look on you as my own. ~ Sri Ramakrishna,
976:may I be I is the only prayer--not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong. ~ E E Cummings,
977:may I be I is the only prayer--not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong. ~ e e cummings,
978:Prayer does make a difference-a life-changing, mind-blowing, earth-rattling difference. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
979:Prayer infuses the air of a time yet to be into the suffocating atmosphere of the present. ~ Walter Wink,
980:Prayer is fundamentally a transformation of will, a lifting of the heart and will to God. ~ Peter Kreeft,
981:Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s willingness. ~ Jennifer Kennedy Dean,
982:Prayer is the little implement through which men reach; where presence is denied them. ~ Emily Dickinson,
983:Prayer - secret, fervent, believing prayer - lies at the root of all personal godliness. ~ William Carey,
984:Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the center of your heart filled with love. ~ Amit Ray,
985:Prayer usually means praise, or surrender, acknowledging that you have run out of bullets. ~ Anne Lamott,
986:Saadi’s dictum, in the Bostan: ‘The Path is not in the rosary, the prayer-mat and the robe ~ Idries Shah,
987:See that you do not use the trick of prayer to cover up what you know you ought to do. ~ Oswald Chambers,
988:Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix. ~ Edward Coke,
989:Sometimes I think that just not thinking of oneself is a form of prayer. . . ~ Barbara Grizzuti Harrison,
990:The Church gives more time, thought, and money to recreation and sport than to prayer. ~ Samuel Chadwick,
991:The spiritual leader should outpace the rest of the church, above all, in prayer. And ~ J Oswald Sanders,
992:The test of sincerity of one's prayer is the willingness to labor on its behalf. ~ Saint John Chrysostom,
993:This is the role of writers: to turn their tears into a story - and perhaps into a prayer. ~ Elie Wiesel,
994:Time is not something you give back. The very next moment may be an answer to your prayer. ~ Mitch Albom,
995:To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. ~ Martin Luther,
996:True prayer presupposes an attitude of humble submission and adoration to the Almighty God. ~ R C Sproul,
997:We will all be far better spouses, parents, and leaders as we take time to grow in prayer. ~ Mike Bickle,
998:Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground in silent or vocal prayer. ~ George Whitefield,
999:Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. ~ Corrie ten Boom,
1000:Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon. ~ George MacDonald,
1001:Everybody works . . . . That's what life is. Work and a little play and a lot of prayer. ~ Susan Vreeland,
1002:Every time someone cries out in prayer and I can't answer, I feel guilty about not being God. ~ Anonymous,
1003:Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the blessings we ask for in prayer. ~ Mary Baker Eddy,
1004:Hear our humble prayer, O God. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the animals. ~ Albert Schweitzer,
1005:I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. 2 KINGS 20:5 ~ Stormie Omartian,
1006:I knew I'd chosen the wrong airline when I noticed the sick bag had the Lord's Prayer on it. ~ Les Dawson,
1007:I would like to explain that I consider prayer above all an act of gratitude for existence. ~ Saul Bellow,
1008:My father was an Episcopalian minister, and I've always been comforted by the power of prayer. ~ Anna Lee,
1009:My prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death is all for Allah, The Lord of The Worlds. ~ Louis Farrakhan,
1010:Prayer became less about asking God for something and more about being in God’s presence. ~ Mike McHargue,
1011:Prayer earns merit. Merit makes life predictable. Keeps away accidents and surprises. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
1012:Prayer in secret is life finding expression in the realized Presence of God our Father. ~ Samuel Chadwick,
1013:Prayer is the only way to amend your life: and without prayer, it will never be mended. ~ Alexander Whyte,
1014:Prayer is the way we communicate with God. Affirmation is the way we reprogram the mind. ~ Iyanla Vanzant,
1015:Prayer must never be answered: if it is, it ceases to be prayer and becomes correspondence. ~ Oscar Wilde,
1016:Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1017:Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest. ~ Book of Common Prayer, collect for the Second Sunday in Advent.,
1018:Study your prayers, a great part of my time is spent getting in tune for prayer. ~ Robert Murray M Cheyne,
1019:The church expect too much from the pastors and there's barely anytime left for prayer. ~ David Wilkerson,
1020:There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. ~William Shakespeare ~ William Shakespeare,
1021:True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. ~ Adyashanti,
1022:When we pray to God with entire assurance, it is Himself who has given us the spirit of prayer. ~ Cyprian,
1023:Why God has instituted Prayer:— To communicate to his creatures the dignity of causation. ~ Blaise Pascal,
1024:With prayer, one can go on cheerfully and even happily. Without prayer, how grim a journey! ~ Dorothy Day,
1025:A kind of prayer. VLADIMIR: Precisely. ESTRAGON: A vague supplication. VLADIMIR: Exactly. ~ Samuel Beckett,
1026:Central Truth: Prayer is successful only when it is based on the promises in God’s Word! ~ Kenneth E Hagin,
1027:Every word you speak is a prayer, or meditation of reinforcement which creates permanence. ~ Bryant McGill,
1028:He that knows how to overcome the Lord in prayer, has heaven and earth at his disposal. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1029:I begin and end each day with prayer, meditation, and thoughts about what I am grateful for. ~ Nathan East,
1030:I don't think science is totally true, because I've seen miracles happen through prayer. ~ Meredith Brooks,
1031:If we do not love one another, we certainly shall not have much power with God in prayer. ~ Dwight L Moody,
1032:I love to live alone in my own little cottage, where I can spend much time in prayer, etc ~ David Brainerd,
1033:I'm a hopeless prayer. I think somewhere in there I spend a great deal of time at it. ~ Frederick Buechner,
1034:In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
1035:My prayer for you is for peace, which is something you have to make. You can’t just have it ~ Tayari Jones,
1036:Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer. ~ Oswald Chambers,
1037:Prayer has been the saviour of my life. Without it I should have been a lunatic long ago. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1038:Prayer is an acknowledgement of your dependence on God and His direction for your life. ~ Elizabeth George,
1039:Prayer to be fruitful must come from the heart and must be able to touch the heart of God. ~ Mother Teresa,
1040:Prayer was talking and listening and being excited to spend time with someone who loves you. ~ Chris Fabry,
1041:Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan. ~ John Bunyan,
1042:The core of all prayer is indeed listening, obediently standing in the presence of God. ~ Henri J M Nouwen,
1043:The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
1044:The most glorious works of grace that have ever took place, have been in answer to prayer. ~ William Carey,
1045:The politician's prayer is: May my words be ever soft and low, for I may have to eat them. ~ Norman Lamont,
1046:There is no promise too hard for God to fulfill. No prayer is too big for Him to answer! ~ Christine Caine,
1047:The world was made partly that there may be prayer; partly that our prayers might be answered. ~ C S Lewis,
1048:To say a prayer doesn't take more than a minute, but you need the discipline to do it. ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz,
1049:A day without prayer is a day wasted of an opportunity to see God's hand in my life. ~ Candace Cameron Bure,
1050:Cheese!" I exclaimed. It was a secret prayer, whose meaning was known only to God and to me. ~ Alan Bradley,
1051:Christian prayer is generally too worshipful and therefore dualistic. And it is too wordy. ~ Paul F Knitter,
1052:God, please help me not be an asshole, is about as common a prayer as I pray in my life. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber,
1053:God's Word must be the guide of your desires and the ground of your expectations in prayer. ~ Matthew Henry,
1054:In prayer the lips ne'er act the winning part, Without the sweet concurrence of the heart. ~ Robert Herrick,
1055:I put the pistol by my head, and say a prayer. I see visions of me dead, Lord are you there? ~ Tupac Shakur,
1056:My favorite prayer is thank you. Most people are asking for things and not doing their part. ~ Tony Robbins,
1057:My prayer for you is for peace, which is something you have to make. You can't just have it. ~ Tayari Jones,
1058:No one who has had a unique experience with prayer has a right to withhold it from others. ~ Soong May ling,
1059:Prayer allows you to tap into God’s wisdom anywhere, anytime, no matter what’s going on. ~ Elizabeth George,
1060:Prayer alone will overcome the gigantic difficulties which confront the workers in every field. ~ John Mott,
1061:Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. ~ R C Sproul,
1062:Prayer is better than to sleep. Wake up. Wake up & pray. This is the way you free yourself. ~ Tariq Ramadan,
1063:Prayer is God's appointed means for appropriating the blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus. ~ D A Carson,
1064:Prayer is God’s appointed means for appropriating the blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus. ~ D A Carson,
1065:Prayer is like Thanksgiving dinner. It takes one hour to eat it and ten hours to prepare it. ~ Peter Kreeft,
1066:Prayer is not for the enhancement of our comforts but for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. ~ John Piper,
1067:Prayer is the way to experience a powerful confidence that God is handling our lives well. ~ Timothy Keller,
1068:Prayer, which is breathing with the Spirit of Jesus, leads us to this immense knowledge. ~ Henri J M Nouwen,
1069:Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you. ~ James Dillet Freeman,
1070:true fidelity consists in never neglecting prayer, study, meditation and fasting. ~ Omraam Mikha l A vanhov,
1071:We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. ~ Oswald Chambers,
1072:When she cries, it is quiet, tearless, almost completely imperceptible: one more unheard prayer. ~ Joe Meno,
1073:Yes, I like that word. "More" is a prayer to God, isn't it? Gratitude and plea, all in one. ~ Art Garfunkel,
1074:8By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. ~ Anonymous,
1075:Apes. The moon woke them--
round the world's navel revolved
prayer wheels of steps. ~ Dag Hammarskj ld,
1076:If it's worth doing, it's worth doing poorly. (friend who is a priest said regarding prayer) ~ Sybil MacBeth,
1077:If you ever feel distant, never mistake who has drifted away. Prayer will close this gap. ~ Tad R Callister,
1078:In books we seek God; in prayer we find him. Prayer is the key which opens God's heart. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina,
1079:It wasn’t enough to wish people well and offer a quick prayer. God’s people needed to act. ~ Karen Kingsbury,
1080:Prayer enables you to tap into God's wisdom anywhere, anytime, no matter what's going on. ~ Elizabeth George,
1081:Prayer enables you to tap into God’s wisdom anywhere, anytime, no matter what’s going on. ~ Elizabeth George,
1082:Prayer is a law of the universe, like gravity. You don't even have to believe in God to ask. ~ Sophy Burnham,
1083:Prayer is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1084:Prayer, therefore, leads to a self-knowledge that is impossible to achieve any other way. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1085:The 3 most powerful resources you have available to you : love, prayer and forgiveness. ~ H Jackson Brown Jr,
1086:To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world. ~ Karl Barth,
1087:Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble. ~ Elizabeth George,
1088:Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer, and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble. ~ Francois Fenelon,
1089:We find, sooner or later, that in prayer we either abandon ourselves or we abandon prayer. ~ E Stanley Jones,
1090:When our will wholeheartedly enters into the prayer of Christ, then we pray correctly. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
1091:Annai Unnai Alagarithu ~ The Mother Prayer Song- Gangai Amaran – S P Bal... youtu.be/cRASQz0HHO8 via @YouTube,
1092:God,’ said Pascal, ‘instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality. ~ C S Lewis,
1093:I believe that there is no prayer without fasting, and there is no real fast without prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1094:If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith. ~ Martin Luther,
1095:It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer ~ Oswald Chambers,
1096:It was a prayer that he had never said before, because it was a prayer without words or pleas. ~ Paulo Coelho,
1097:My only prayer for my time with you is, "God I just want these men and women to long for you." ~ Francis Chan,
1098:My personal prayer is simply my joy to be alive, and to live in gratitude and generosity. ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz,
1099:People with a lot of theological study and no prayer life are dangerous... and not in a good way. ~ Mark Hart,
1100:Prayer consists simply in giving to God all the careful attention of which the soul is capable. ~ Simone Weil,
1101:Prayer is not a form of words but an aspiration. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - II, The Need of the Moment,
1102:Prayer is to the Christian what breath is to life, yet no duty of the Christian is so neglected. ~ R C Sproul,
1103:Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1104:Replace worry with prayer. Make the decision to pray whenever you catch yourself worrying. ~ Elizabeth George,
1105:Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat, leading to bad science and worse religion. ~ Michael Shermer,
1106:Seek the still of prayer that you may know yourself and make order of what is required of you. ~ Tamara Leigh,
1107:The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God's will to mine, but to mold my will into His. ~ Timothy Keller,
1108:The essence of prayer is simply talking to God as you would to a beloved friend—without ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
1109:The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme, The young men's vision, and the old men's dream! ~ John Dryden,
1110:The Psalter, then, affirms both the communion-seeking and kingdom-seeking kinds of prayer. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1111:The richness of God’s Word ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
1112:To keep God at the center of one's life requires frequent renewal of power through prayer. ~ Georgia Harkness,
1113:We are so quick to tweet, Facebook, and Instagram but we treat prayer with a sense of delay? ~ Timothy Keller,
1114:We must reflect the light of Christ through lives of prayer and joyful service to others. ~ Pope John Paul II,
1115:When we devote all of our actions to a spiritual goal, everything that we do becomes a prayer. ~ Muhammad Ali,
1116:Where prayer, amulets and incantations work it is only a manifestation of the patient's belief. ~ Hippocrates,
1117:Without a plan in your head or a penny in your pocket, you best have a prayer in your heart- ~ Nancy B Brewer,
1118:Without prayer it is impossible to resist temptations and to keep the commandments. ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
1119:writing poetry is like prayer, and prayer isn’t something you have to share with other people. ~ Sigrid Nunez,
1120:You can serve or you can sing, and wreck your heart in prayer, working the world's hard work. ~ Annie Dillard,
1121:Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the blessings we ask for in prayer.
~ Mary Baker Eddy,
1122:I don't pray because it doesn't work. Prayer doesn't fix anything. Bad things happen anyway. ~ Nicholas Sparks,
1123:knew something about prayer, asked Jesus how to pray (Luke 11:1). Here is where prayer really ~ Edward T Welch,
1124:Laughter, music, prayer, touch, truth telling, and forgiveness are universal methods of healing. ~ Mary Pipher,
1125:No man - I don't care how colossal his intellect - No man is greater than his prayer life. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
1126:Prayer is all-powerful. Let us use it to bring peace to the Middle East and peace to the world. ~ Pope Francis,
1127:Preaching affects men; prayer affects God. Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
1128:The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine but to mold my will into his. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1129:The guy that helped me learn this stuff suggested prayer and meditation. So I took up smoking. ~ Larry Correia,
1130:The ultimate aim of prayer is “obedience to God’s will, not the contemplation of his being. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1131:All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists. ~ D A Carson,
1132:Being inside her was like prayer. It was worship. It was the closest to God I had ever been. ~ Jessica Gadziala,
1133:Conversation with God leads to an encounter with God. Prayer turns theology into experience. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1134:Effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings. ~ D A Carson,
1135:effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings. ~ D A Carson,
1136:HELPED are those whose every act is a prayer for peace; on them depends the future of the world. ~ Alice Walker,
1137:I can say a prayer while washing my teeth, but that does not mean I should wash my teeth in church. ~ C S Lewis,
1138:if monasteries accepted the irreligious and permitted abstention from prayer, I'd become a monk. ~ Henri Troyat,
1139:If you have no time for prayer and meditation, you will have lots of time for sickness and trouble. ~ Emmet Fox,
1140:Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end. ~ George Santayana,
1141:Prayer can come in only when fasting has done its work. It can make fasting easy and bearable. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1142:Prayer had always struck me as more or less a glorified attempt at a business transaction. ~ Barbara Kingsolver,
1143:Prayer, in it's simplest form, is finding out what God wants to do and then asking Him to do it. ~ Graham Cooke,
1144:Prayer is no mere exercise of words or of the ears, it is no mere repetition of empty formula. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1145:Prayer is no substitute for work; equally true is it that work is no substitute for prayer. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
1146:prayer is not an attempt to get God to agree with you or provide for your selfish desires ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
1147:Prayer is the only means of bringing about orderliness and peace and repose in our daily acts. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1148:Prayer that runs its course till the last day of life needs a strong and tranquil soul. ~ Clement of Alexandria,
1149:Pray fIor my soul, more things are wrought bX prayer than this world dreams of
-- Tennyson ~ Neville Goddard,
1150:Take prayer with you wherever you go. Say it anytime, and then focus your mind and heart on God. ~ Henri Nouwen,
1151:Teaching:
One hour's teaching is better than a whole night of prayer.
Saying of the Prophet ~ Idries Shah,
1152:The Believers come with their guns, their prayer beads and their own Destroy-Yourselves Manual. ~ Arundhati Roy,
1153:The Bible’s teaching on prayer leads overwhelmingly to one conclusion: Prayer changes things. ~ John Ortberg Jr,
1154:The branches of the trees looked as if they were holding hands and bowing their heads in prayer. ~ Ishmael Beah,
1155:The purpose of prayer is the alignment of the mind with the thoughts and the will of God. ~ Marianne Williamson,
1156:There is comfort in keeping what is sacred inside us not as a secret, but as a prayer. ~ Terry Tempest Williams,
1157:The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1158:To say a prayer is not enough. One has to believe that it's possible for that prayer to be heard. ~ Marvin Hier,
1159:Trying to describe what I do in prayer would be like telling the world how I make love to my wife. ~ J I Packer,
1160:When people are truly dedicated to the Divine, there is no difference between action and prayer. ~ Mother Meera,
1161:You are not going to know the meaning of God or prayer unless you reduce yourself to a cipher. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1162:A church service starts and ends with a prayer. A magazine starts and ends with an advert. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
1163:Better channel your words into prayer, than into complaints. Zip your mouth and make a plan. ~ Israelmore Ayivor,
1164:But in His grace, He has given us the privilege of prayer so that we might share in His great ~ Warren W Wiersbe,
1165:Every act I live while I am fully awake can not help but be both prayer and lovemaking. ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer,
1166:Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. ~ William Shakespeare,
1167:I must ask the Lord to direct the Holy Spirit within me to drain the life out of sin and in prayer. ~ J I Packer,
1168:Intercessory prayer is an act of communion with Christ, for Jesus pleads for the sons of men. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1169:Maybe writing can't be taught, but editing can be taught—prayer, fasting and self-mutilation. ~ Donald Barthelme,
1170:Prayer for the Day God, help me find You in my moments of blindness. This is when I really need You. ~ Anonymous,
1171:Prayer is an ordinance of God, that must continue with a soul so long as it is on this side glory. ~ John Bunyan,
1172:Prayer that is thoughtless and detached is offensive to God and should be offensive to us. ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
1173:The minister is not always in the act of prayer, but he is always in the spirit of it. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1174:There is no harder shield for the devil to pierce with temptation than singing with prayer. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
1175:through prayer we can reach into the future and with loving hands touch those beyond our reach. ~ Brother Andrew,
1176:To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
1177:We do pray for mercy, and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy. ~ William Shakespeare,
1178:What moves the soul through each death are the keys of humility, desire, choice and prayer. ~ Padma Aon Prakasha,
1179:When the prayer becomes the vibration of the mind and self, then we can create a miracle. ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi,
1180:When you kneel in prayer, don't give God orders, just report to your Commander in Chief for duty. ~ Michael Catt,
1181:A congregational prayer is a means for establishing essential human unity though common worship. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1182:Close the day with prayer so that you may have a peaceful night free from dreams and nightmares. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1183:Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains. ~ Frederick Douglass,
1184:Faith, prayer, and the Word of God are the weapons God provides you with to fight spiritual battles. ~ Jim George,
1185:Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Thy Word, more steadfast grip on its truth. ~ Anonymous,
1186:I don't need politicians doing a 24-hour prayer with Oral Roberts to get our country back on track. ~ Lewis Black,
1187:I'm not very good at praying, but what I experience when I'm writing a poem is close to prayer. ~ Denise Levertov,
1188:I think I get from my books what other people get from family or a relationship or from prayer. ~ Karen Armstrong,
1189:Oh, grant me my prayer, that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of the many. ~ Rabindranath Tagore,
1190:Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. ~ Bill W,
1191:Prayer bends omnipotence of heaven to your desire. Prayer moves the hand that moves the world. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1192:Real inward devotion knows no prayer but that arising from the depths of its own feelings. ~ Wilhelm von Humboldt,
1193:Religion often gets in the way of God.’ – BONO, AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST, FEBRUARY 2, 2006 ~ Jodi Picoult,
1194:The fall of communism had more to do with prayer meetings in Poland than bombs dropped on Cambodia. ~ Brian Zahnd,
1195:The sky may be overcast today with clouds, but a fervent prayer to God is enough to dispel them. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1196:An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
1197:And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. ~ Khalil Gibran,
1198:Begin your day with prayer, and make it so soulful that it may remain with you until the evening. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1199:Every other consideration and plan and emphasis is secondary to that of wielding the forces of prayer. ~ John Mott,
1200:I find a great deal of comfort and care in my faith and prayer. I'd sooner do without air than prayer. ~ Mary Karr,
1201:I laid great stress upon prayer as an indispensable condition of promoting the revival. ~ Charles Grandison Finney,
1202:In moments of prayer, people tend to pose as a critic and point out perceived flaws in God's art. ~ Steve Maraboli,
1203:In moments of prayer, people tend to pose as a critic and point out percieved flaws in God's art. ~ Steve Maraboli,
1204:I stood up and offered not a prayer, for that was of no use to anyone, but a moment of contemplation. ~ John Boyne,
1205:It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last of the evening. ~ Martin Luther,
1206:It was not apathy or passiveness. For him, prayer was a display of the strongest possible activity. ~ Eric Metaxas,
1207:Prayer continues in the desire of the heart, though the understanding be employed on outward things. ~ John Wesley,
1208:Prayer, he suspected... was putting one foot in front of the other. Moving all
the same. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold,
1209:Prayer is - listening for the still small voice of God. Listening with the "ear of our hearts." ~ Richard J Foster,
1210:Prayer not only teaches and strengthens one for work, work teaches and strengthens one for prayer. ~ Andrew Murray,
1211:Prayer that focuses on self is always hypocritical because every true prayer focuses on God. ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
1212:The best way to develop an abiding awareness of God’s presence is to speak to Him often in prayer. ~ Robert Morgan,
1213:The gods’ most savage curses come to us as answers to our own prayers. Prayer is a dangerous business. ~ Anonymous,
1214:...the goodness of God is the highest object of prayer and it reaches down to our lowest need. ~ Julian of Norwich,
1215:The prayer does call for serious, serious punishment on people. But I didn't call for that, God did. ~ Wiley Drake,
1216:To foster inner awareness, introspection, and reasoning is more efficient than meditation and prayer. ~ Dalai Lama,
1217:Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit. ~ Pope Francis,
1218:Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with most earnest prayer to perfect it. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia,
1219:And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive ~ Anonymous,
1220:Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. ~ Anne Lamott,
1221:Heaven’s wiser love rejects the mortal’s prayer; ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
1222:He teaches us how to be in prayer what we are in life and how to be in life what we are in prayer. ~ Dallas Willard,
1223:I believe with faith all is possible. An answer to prayer is greatest positive feedback you can get. ~ J R Martinez,
1224:I love my Jesus with all my heart, so why would I offer anything less than an ignited prayer life? ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
1225:Isn't that a kind of prayer? The care and maintenance of the web of our noticing, the paying heed? ~ Kathleen Jamie,
1226:I still say the Lord's Prayer every day. It covers a lot of ground in our relation to the world. ~ Rupert Sheldrake,
1227:I wanted to know what I looked like to you. A sin committed and a prayer answered, you said. ~ Terese Marie Mailhot,
1228:Jay," my name comes out like a prayer. "Be mine. Be only mine," he whispers to me. ~ Nicole Reed Kane ~ Nicole Reed,
1229:Le de s ir de la prie' re est de j a' une prie' re. The wish for prayer is already a prayer. ~ Georges Bernanos,
1230:nothing else can ever cure our sick world except saints, and saints are never made except by prayer. ~ Peter Kreeft,
1231:Open the Bible, start reading it, and pause at every verse and turn it into a prayer. John Piper ~ Donald S Whitney,
1232:Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends the other descends. ~ Mark Hopkins,
1233:Prayer, as a means of drawing ever new strength from Christ, is concretely and urgently needed. ~ Pope Benedict XVI,
1234:Prayer is the difference between seeing with our physical eyes and seeing with our spiritual eyes. ~ Mark Batterson,
1235:The Lord's Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart. ~ Frederick Denison Maurice,
1236:The main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to know God. ~ Philip Yancey,
1237:The most important thing is not to get what we want in prayer, but to accomplish what God wants. ~ Stormie Omartian,
1238:The place of private prayer is the key, the strategic position, where decisive victory is obtained. ~ Andrew Murray,
1239:There is no problem with the opening of new houses of prayer for Lutherans and Pentecostals. ~ Vladimir Zhirinovsky,
1240:This is thine own. Thou drawest near, as turns a pigeon to his mate: Thou carest too for this our prayer. ~ Various,
1241:Through the medium of prayer we go to our enemy, stand by his side, and plead for him to God. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
1242:As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1243:But from the good health of the mind comes that which is dear to all and the object of prayer-happiness. ~ Aeschylus,
1244:Christians fight best on their knees. Whatever good may be done is done and brought about by prayer. ~ Martin Luther,
1245:Christians, instead of arming themselves with swords, extend their hands in prayer. ~ Saint Athanasius of Alexandria,
1246:He offered a prayer so deeply devout that he seemed kneeling and praying at the bottom of the sea. ~ Herman Melville,
1247:I don't know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed, except the answer to prayer. ~ Mark Twain,
1248:If, when God speaks to us in his word, we are deaf, when we speak to him in prayer, he will be dumb. ~ Thomas Watson,
1249:My prayer was different now: A year, a year, a year. Those two words beat like a heart in my chest. ~ Cheryl Strayed,
1250:Prayer cannot be a request made to a theistic deity to act in human history in a particular way. ~ John Shelby Spong,
1251:Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God's heart. ~ Maximilian Kolbe,
1252:Prayer [is] the quiet, persistent living of our life of desire and faith in the presence of our God. ~ Andrew Murray,
1253:Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as 'Pass the salt' It's a secret, direct prayer language to God. ~ Katy Perry,
1254:Tears are akin to prayer - Pharisees parade prayers, imposters parade tears. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
1255:The real 'work' of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me. ~ Henri Nouwen,
1256:Unless you have forgiven others you read your own death warrant when you repeat the Lord's Prayer ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1257:When prayer fades out, power fades out. We are as spiritual as we are prayerful; no more, no less. ~ E Stanley Jones,
1258:When we can play with the unself-conscious concentration of a child, this is: art: prayer: love. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
1259:A flag doesn't cause someone to sit in a prayer meeting for an hour, and then stand up and shoot people. ~ Rich Lowry,
1260:As my life was fading away, I remembered the Lord. My prayer came to You, to Your holy temple. Jonah 2:7 ~ Beth Moore,
1261:C. S. Lewis wrote that in prayer we must “lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us. ~ John Ortberg Jr,
1262:Faith" is not a generalized abstraction but a way of life that is expressed in persistent prayer. ~ Eugene H Peterson,
1263:If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank you,” that would be sufficient. —MEISTER ECKHART ~ Sam Keen,
1264:I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had and lift you like a prayer to the sky. ~ ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
1265:It's the perfect environment for prayer. Chanting in Greek is like a beautiful opera, but way better. ~ Troy Polamalu,
1266:Leading effective change in your church without prayer will not work. And it’s not very smart either. ~ Thom S Rainer,
1267:Nothing is more vital than prayer in Christian existence, and few things are more vulnerable to neglect. ~ John Piper,
1268:Prayer doesn't bend God's arm but it's guaranteed to bend our hearts toward His will. Worry less. Pray more. ~ LeCrae,
1269:Prayer for the Day Higher Power, help me to learn from my attitudes. Whatever the outcome, help me learn. ~ Anonymous,
1270:Prayer is a mighty ministry that any believer can have—anywhere, anytime, and in any circumstance. ~ Elizabeth George,
1271:Prayer is a salve for every sore, even the sorest, a remedy for every malady, even the most grievous. ~ Matthew Henry,
1272:Prayer is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him...who loves us, who is near to us. ~ Thomas Merton,
1273:The asacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. ~ Anonymous,
1274:The winds mourn and whine was wiser than any psalm, prayer, or profession of love he’d ever heard. But ~ Clive Barker,
1275:Though prayer doesn't change God's mind or God's purposes, prayer does change something- It changes us. ~ Chuck Smith,
1276:To cry out to Him is never in vain. So long as no response is received, the prayer must be continued. ~ Anandamayi Ma,
1277:To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1278:A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep. ~ C S Lewis,
1279:Aldrik,” she breathed faintly, as though it were a prayer. No word had ever tasted sweeter on her tongue. ~ Elise Kova,
1280:And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. MATTHEW 21:22 ~ Joyce Meyer,
1281:It is unbelievable what a person of prayer can achieve if he would but close the doors behind him. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
1282:Nowhere is it more important to be in a conversational relationship with God than in our prayer life. ~ Dallas Willard,
1283:Our prayer is a heart search. It is a reminder to ourselves that we are helpless without His support. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1284:Please. Don’t use the Lord’s name, unless you’re in prayer. It’s a hundred years in purgatory. ~ Dorothea Benton Frank,
1285:Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. ~ Hippocrates, Regimen, IV, 87,
1286:Prayer is a very precious medicine, one that certainly helps and never fails, if you will only use it. ~ Martin Luther,
1287:Prayer is not magic. God is not a celestial bellhop ready at our beck and call to satisfy our every whim. ~ R C Sproul,
1288:she hardly ever let herself say his name, when it felt like a prayer that her lips could only get dirty. ~ Cole McCade,
1289:Souls without prayer are like bodies, palsied and lame, having hands and feet they cannot use. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
1290:the call to follow Jesus is not simply an invitation to pray a prayer; it’s a summons to lose our lives. ~ David Platt,
1291:The candidate was required to prepare himself by confession, fasting, and passing the night in prayer. ~ Horatio Alger,
1292:The day you learn to be publically specific in your prayer, that is the day you will discover power. ~ David Wilkerson,
1293:The greatness of prayer is nothing but an extension of the greatness and glory of God in our lives. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1294:The Lord's Prayer takes less than twenty seconds to read aloud, but it takes a lifetime to learn. ~ R Albert Mohler Jr,
1295:The readings described prayer as talking to God and meditation as listening to the divine within. A ~ Kevin J Todeschi,
1296:Until we have acquired genuine prayer, we are like people teaching children to begin to walk. ~ Margaret Mary Alacoque,
1297:We don't have all the answers. Perhaps prayer is simply a time we set aside to acknowledge that reality. ~ Mary E Hunt,
1298:We should not permit prayer to be taken out of the schools; that's the only way most of us got through. ~ Sam Levenson,
1299:By our attitude to prayer we tell God that what was begun in the Spirit we can finish in the flesh. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
1300:Each activity of daily life in which we stretch ourselves on behalf of others is a prayer in action. ~ Richard J Foster,
1301:How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
1302:It's not your schedule that keeps you from praying, it's your failure to realize the importance of prayer. ~ Jim George,
1303:Let your prayer for temporal blessings be strictly limited to things absolutely necessary. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
1304:Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer. ~ Mother Teresa,
1305:Prayer finds its source in God's holiness and it is at the same time our response to this holiness. ~ Pope John Paul II,
1306:Prayer for the Day Higher Power, help me to choose wisely. Help me remember I'm responsible for my choices. ~ Anonymous,
1307:Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine. ~ Kathleen Norris,
1308:Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. We must always remember this. The actual words matter less. ~ Pope John XXIII,
1309:Prayer, like everything else in the Christian life, is for God's glory and for our benefit, in that order. ~ R C Sproul,
1310:Prayer steadies one when he is walking in slippery places - even if things asked for are not given. ~ Benjamin Harrison,
1311:Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read. ~ Hal Elrod,
1312:Take note, complaining is not the same as prayer. It doesn’t require any spiritual insight to grumble. ~ Brother Andrew,
1313:The flower-girl's prayer to buy roses and pinks, held out in the smoke, like stars by day. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
1314:The purpose of daily prayer is the cultivation of a sense of the sacred. Sacred energy renews us. ~ Marianne Williamson,
1315:The purpose of prayer is emphatically not to bend God's will to ours, but rather to align our will to his. ~ John Stott,
1316:There is a holiness about your tears. Each one is a prayer that only God can understand. KATHE WUNNENBURG ~ Roma Downey,
1317:There is no such thing as a powerful prayer; we only have powerful people praying to a powerful God. ~ Chris Oyakhilome,
1318:True prayer, not just mindless, halfhearted petitions, is what digs the well God wants to fill with faith. ~ Beth Moore,
1319:What Is Prayer? Prayer is man giving God the legal right and permission to interfere in earth’s affairs. ~ Myles Munroe,
1320:What most of all hinders heavenly consolation is that you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer. ~ Thomas a Kempis,
1321:Blessed be God,         because he has not rejected my prayer         or removed his steadfast love from me! ~ Anonymous,
1322:Christ can come back at any time so the one thing you want to have in your life is a focused prayer time. ~ Francis Chan,
1323:Communicating our questions, hopes, and fears in prayer makes them-even to ourselves-more open and clear. ~ Jimmy Carter,
1324:Edmund P. Clowney wrote, “The Bible does not present an art of prayer; it presents the God of prayer. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1325:If our bones were not sending whispers of doubt to our hearts, there would be no need for prayer at all. ~ Mother Teresa,
1326:James 5:16 - The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. ~ Eugene H Peterson,
1327:Keep on praying for faith, it is through prayer that you develop all your wonderful qualities of soul. ~ Myrtle Fillmore,
1328:Lack of prayer says you've brought into the lie that life is manageable and you've got everything under control ~ LeCrae,
1329:Meditative prayer like that we experienced in the labyrinth resonates with hearts of emerging generations. ~ Dan Kimball,
1330:Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer. ~ Francois Fenelon,
1331:Our prayer must always be, ‘Holy Spirit, dwell with me! Holy Spirit, dwell with Your servants! ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1332:Prayer irrigates the fields of life with the waters which are stored up in the reservoirs of promise. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1333:Prayer is not verbal. It is from the heart. To merge into the Heart is prayer. That is also Grace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
1334:Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia,
1335:Prayer succeeds by avoiding conflict. Prayer is, above all things, easy. Its greatest enemy is effort. ~ Neville Goddard,
1336:Prayer will never do our work for us; what it will do is to strengthen us for work which must be done. ~ William Barclay,
1337:The greatest and best talent that God gives to any man or woman in this world is the talent of prayer. ~ Alexander Whyte,
1338:And so...we prayed. And I added a silent prayer of my own, giving God thanks for the blessing of my father. ~ Nancy Moser,
1339:Be thankful and repay Growth with good work and care. Work done in gratitude Kindly, and well, is prayer. ~ Wendell Berry,
1340:But I suspect if I asked, she would tell me that the prayer itself has power, regardless of who hears it. ~ Tessa Gratton,
1341:By my definition, prayer is consciously hanging out with God. Being with God in a deliberate way. ~ Reverend Malcolm Boyd,
1342:From my mother I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true. ~ Ronald Reagan,
1343:I am so busy now that if I did not spend three hours each day in prayer, I could not get through the day. ~ Martin Luther,
1344:I believe in religion against the religious; in the pitifulness of orisons, and in the sublimity of prayer. ~ Victor Hugo,
1345:Let me say amen betimes lest the devil cross my prayer, for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew. ~ William Shakespeare,
1346:May each family rediscover family prayer, which helps to bring about mutual understanding and forgiveness. ~ Pope Francis,
1347:My job was simply to follow His leading one step at a time, holding every decision up to Him in prayer. ~ Corrie ten Boom,
1348:No day should be lived unless it was begun with a prayer of thankfulness and an intercession for guidance. ~ Robert E Lee,
1349:Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone. ~ Thomas Merton,
1350:Prayer feeds the soul - as blood is to the body, prayer is to the soul - and it brings you closer to God. ~ Mother Teresa,
1351:Prayer goes up and thought comes down -- or so it seems. As far as I can tell, that's the only difference. ~ Alan Bradley,
1352:#Prayer is not verbal. It is from the heart. To merge into the Heart is prayer. That is also Grace. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi,
1353:Prayer is speaking to God - but sometimes He uses our times of prayerful silence to speak to us in return. ~ Billy Graham,
1354:Prayer is the best study. It blesses the pleading preacher and the people to whom he ministers. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1355:She didn’t think that she could sway the universe, but she hoped that you could nudge it with a prayer. ~ Allegra Goodman,
1356:She whispered his name like a prayer, fingers already fast at work in that swampy heat between her thighs. ~ Blake Crouch,
1357:That no Flake of [snow] fall on you or them - is a wish that would be a Prayer, were Emily not a Pagan. ~ Emily Dickinson,
1358:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
1359:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
1360:The sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all. ~ Thomas Merton,
1361:To have time for it, I left off prayer which was to me the first inlet of evils. ~ Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon,
1362:All souls in hell are there because they did not pray. All the saints sanctified themselves by prayer. ~ Alphonsus Liguori,
1363:Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection. ~ George Washington,
1364:God answers every prayer, Rabbi Schumann once told him, years ago. Mostly His answer is ‘no’. ~ Paul Russell,
1365:I indulge prayer when the world seems incomprehensible and only a plea to the incomprehensible makes sense. ~ James Ellroy,
1366:I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. ~ James Kaplan,
1367:In religious circles, depression is often deemed to be a spiritual condition that can be cured with prayer. ~ Tony Campolo,
1368:I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things. ~ Mother Teresa,
1369:I’ve heard it said that prayer is the act of talking to God, while meditation is the act of listening. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
1370:My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for. ~ John Wayne,
1371:Prayer, humility, and charity toward all are essential in the Christian life: they are the way to holiness. ~ Pope Francis,
1372:Prayer is a torchlight that shows you hidden possibilities in the dark environment of your despondent mind. ~ Shubha Vilas,
1373:Prayer is never rejected so long as we do not cease to pray. The chief failure of prayer is its cessation. ~ Peter Forsyth,
1374:Prayer is the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul. ~ Richard J Foster,
1375:Prayer prompts and nurtures obedience, putting the heart into the proper "frame of mind" to desire obedience. ~ R C Sproul,
1376:The Christian life is not limited to prayer, but requires an ongoing dedication and courage born of prayer. ~ Pope Francis,
1377:We do not drift into spiritual life or disciplined prayer. We will not grow in prayer unless we plan to pray. ~ D A Carson,
1378:We ought not to tolerate for a minute the ghastly and grievous thought that God will not answer prayer. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
1379:What is essential in prayer is not that we learn to express ourselves, but that we learn to answer God. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1380:And seek assistance through patience and prayer, and most surely it is a hard thing except for the humble ones, ~ Anonymous,
1381:As far as the Jews were concerned, Hitler's only 'prayer' was that they be wiped off the face of the earth. ~ Efraim Zuroff,
1382:By affliction prayer is quickened, for our prayers are very apt to grow languid and formal in a time of ease. ~ John Newton,
1383:I'll like to tell all the people who wrote me and said a prayer for me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. ~ Gucci Mane,
1384:In His own heart, there were frequently great struggles. And those struggles drove Him to prayer. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1385:Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year's prayer, not a resolution. I'm praying for courage. ~ Susan Sontag,
1386:LISTEN TO ME CONTINUALLY. I have much to communicate to you, so many people and situations in need of prayer. ~ Sarah Young,
1387:Meditation goes in. Prayer goes out. But they both aim for the same place of union between you and the devine. ~ Lisa Jones,
1388:No prayer!--No faith!--No Christ in the heart. Little prayer!--Little faith!--Little Christ in the heart. ~ Alexander Whyte,
1389:Prayer is first of all listening to God. It's openness. God is always speaking; he's always doing something. ~ Henri Nouwen,
1390:Prayer never works for me on the golf course. That may have something to do with my being a terrible putter. ~ Billy Graham,
1391:Pray, hope and don't worry. Anxiety doesn't help at all. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina,
1392:Prior to the meeting, there was a prayer. In general, in the United States there was always praying. ~ Friedrich Durrenmatt,
1393:The cardinal rule in prayer remains the dictum of Don Chapman: “Pray as you can; don’t pray as you can’t. ~ Brennan Manning,
1394:The first person I came out to was God. And the first conversation I ever had with anybody was in prayer. ~ Andrew Sullivan,
1395:The Irish Catholic side was married to the life of an actor and I found out acting could be a form of prayer. ~ Liam Neeson,
1396:The joining of the whole congregation in prayer has something exceedingly solemn and affecting in it. ~ Karl Philipp Moritz,
1397:the most awesome power every human being possesses: the power to influence earth from heaven through prayer. ~ Myles Munroe,
1398:The only prayer which a well-meaning man can pray is, O ye gods, give me whatever is fitting unto me! ~ Apollonius of Tyana,
1399:The only way those Ten Commandments and prayer would be stripped from that Courtroom is with the force of arms. ~ Fob James,
1400:The prayer preceding all prayers is 'May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.' ~ C S Lewis,
1401:The purpose of prayer is to reveal the presence of God equally present, all the time, in every condition. ~ Oswald Chambers,
1402:If I could have one prayer answered, I would pray for patience. I move so fast sometimes. I try to slow down. ~ Debra Winger,
1403:Intent on prayer, she has a dumb girl's sweet piercing way of putting her whole body into one thing at a time. ~ John Updike,
1404:In the same way that a small child cannot draw a bad picture so a child of God cannot offer a bad prayer. ~ Richard J Foster,
1405:My principal battle with the North Vietnamese was a moral one, and prayer was my prime source of strength. ~ Jeremiah Denton,
1406:Offer Christ your heart in meditation and personal prayer which is the foundation of the spiritual life. ~ Pope John Paul II,
1407:PRAYER and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. ~ Thomas Merton,
1408:Prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. ~ Thomas Merton,
1409:Prayer bends the omnipotence of heaven to your desire. Prayer moves the hand that moves the world. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
1410:Prayer is a practical strategy, the gaining of temporal advantage in the capital markets of Sin and Remission. ~ Don DeLillo,
1411:Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
1412:prayer is whenever we consciously try to get in contact with the numinous, the ineffable, the marvelous. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
1413:Prayers and love are learned in the hour when prayer has become impossible and your heart has turned to stone. ~ Thomas Mann,
1414:Sometimes prayer moves the hand of God, and sometimes prayer changes the heart of the person who is praying. ~ Mark Driscoll,
1415:Suffering borne in the will quietly and patiently is a continual, very powerful prayer before God. ~ Jane Frances de Chantal,
1416:The Christian confession is not a neutral proposition; it is prayer, only yielding its meaning within prayer. ~ Benedict XVI,
1417:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
1418:The great poet Hafiz says that you should dye your prayer-carpet with wine if your teacher tells you to do so. ~ Idries Shah,
1419:The importance of prayer rises in proportion to the importance of the things we should give up in order to pray ~ John Piper,
1420:Verily, Prayer prevents the worshipper from indulging in anything that is undignified or indecent. (Quran 29:46) ~ Anonymous,
1421:You are my temple,” I murmur as I kneel beside her. “You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release. ~ Sabaa Tahir,
1422:Again the word was a prayer, incense offered up to a high God through this new and unfathomable darkness ~ F Scott Fitzgerald,
1423:At the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer the Priest takes the chalice and the paten with the host and, raising ~ Anonymous,
1424:Every Christian needs a half-hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour. ~ Saint Francis de Sales,
1425:Every life you touch, every difference you make, every prayer you pray makes the world a better place. ~ Linda Evans Shepherd,
1426:Everywhere, wherever you may find yourself, you can set up an altar to God in your mind by means of prayer. ~ John Chrysostom,
1427:For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. ~ C S Lewis,
1428:If I had a prayer, it would be this: "God, spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen." ~ Byron Katie,
1429:I had come to the time in my life when prayer became necessary and so I invented gods and prayed to them, ~ Sherwood Anderson,
1430:In vocal prayer we speak to God; in mental prayer he speaks to us. It is then that God pours Himself into us. ~ Mother Teresa,
1431:Let us keep the flame of faith alive through prayer and the sacraments: let us make sure we do not forget God. ~ Pope Francis,
1432:My mother was a Sunday school teacher. So I am a byproduct of prayer. My mom just kept on praying for her son. ~ Steve Harvey,
1433:Now Peter and John were going up together to the •temple complex at the hour of prayer at three in the afternoon. ~ Anonymous,
1434:Prayer for the Day Higher Power, help me to see the funny side of life. Allow me to see humor and fun in my life. ~ Anonymous,
1435:Prayer is for the religious life what original research is for science--by it we get direct contact with reality. ~ Anonymous,
1436:Prayer is talking to something or anything with which we seek union, even if we are bitter or insane or broken. ~ Anne Lamott,
1437:Prayer lets you speak to God; meditation lets God speak to you. Both are essential to becoming a friend of God. ~ Rick Warren,
1438:Sadly, prayer for many of us has been shrunk to an agenda that is little bigger than asking God for stuff. ~ Paul David Tripp,
1439:The great thing in prayer is to feel that we are putting our supplications into the bosom of omnipotent love. ~ Andrew Murray,
1440:There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. ~ William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare ~ William Shakespeare,
1441:The Simple Path Silence is Prayer Prayer is Faith Faith is Love Love is Service The Fruit of Service is Peace ~ Mother Teresa,
1442:True love and prayer are learned in the hour when love becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone. ~ Jack Kornfield,
1443:What is essential in prayer is not that we learn to express ourselves, but that we learn to answer God.131 ~ Timothy J Keller,
1444:You can get more with a simple prayer and a Thompson sub-machinegun than you can with a simple prayer alone. ~ John Dillinger,
1445:about what you want. The goal of prayer is to change your own heart, to want what He wants, to the glory of God. ~ Chris Fabry,
1446:All great literature has an uncreeded and luminous theology behind it... Art [is] a form of active prayer. ~ Melissa Pritchard,
1447:A man does a lot of praying in an enemy prison. Prayer, even more than sheer thought, is the firmest anchor. ~ Jeremiah Denton,
1448:For, "Yes," he had sighed on his dying breath, and all knew that was the ultimate prayer one could offer to life. ~ Robin Hobb,
1449:He wanted to express his gratitude to the dead thing. But how does one say a prayer over the corpse of a god? ~ Jeffrey Thomas,
1450:He who is unable to spend a long time together in prayer, should often lift up his mind to God by short prayers. ~ Philip Neri,
1451:I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. ~ Voltaire,
1452:It's one thing to say so in a prayer, but it's a whole other thing to match those prayers in obedience. ~ Linda Evans Shepherd,
1453:Ministers who do not spend two hours a day in prayer are not worth a dime a dozen - degrees or no degrees. ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
1454:No, the prayer is essential. I live on the prayers. They alone can strengthen me to fight despair and fatigue. ~ Philip Yancey,
1455:Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship with the Lord. ~ Pope Francis,
1456:Prayer is, above all, a means of forming character. It combines freedom and power with service and love. What ~ Dallas Willard,
1457:Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn't pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him. ~ Billy Graham,
1458:Prayer is the way that truth is worked into your heart to create new instincts, reflexes, and dispositions. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1459:The prayer of the monk is not perfect until he no longer recognizes himself or the fact that he is praying. ~ Anthony of Padua,
1460:To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer. ~ Martin Luther,
1461:True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection. ~ Mary Baker Eddy,
1462:We must never underestimate the power of the prayer that is lifted up by wonderful saints all around the world. ~ Will Graham,
1463:And the forest perfume — trees and earth — it's like incense in a shrine. You fall into a state of... prayer. ~ Keiichi Sigsawa,
1464:A servant of the Lord stands bodily before men, but mentally he is knocking at the gates of heaven with prayer. ~ John Climacus,
1465:Biology doesn't make anyone a parent," Cassia added as she tucked her Eturian prayer stone beneath her shirt. ~ Melissa Landers,
1466:Blasphemy and prayer are one. Both assert the existence of a superior power. The first, however, with conviction. ~ David Mamet,
1467:God has instituted, not only prayer, but all good deeds in order to lend his creatures the dignity of being causes. ~ Anonymous,
1468:If prayer do not constantly endeavour the ruin of sin, sin will ruin prayer, and utterly alienate the soul from it. ~ John Owen,
1469:It isn't a coincidence that prayer was commanded right after the year of sadness. The prayer was the greatest comfort. ~ Yasmin,
1470:My father thrives on fear. You know that prayer If I should die before I wake? I had sheets that said that! ~ Christopher Titus,
1471:Never think that God's delays are God's denials. True prayer always receives what it asks, or something better. ~ Tryon Edwards,
1472:No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments. ~ Book of Common Prayer, Shorter Catechism,
1473:One of the first, and most important of those duties which are incumbent upon us, is fervent and united prayer. ~ William Carey,
1474:Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus. ~ Mother Teresa,
1475:Prayer is of no avail. The lightning falls on the just and the unjust in accordance with natural laws. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
1476:Prayer is the center of the Christian life. It is the only necessary thing. It is living with God, here and now. ~ Henri Nouwen,
1477:Prayer is what develops in us after we step out of the center and begin responding to the center, to Jesus. ~ Eugene H Peterson,
1478:Prayer means that the total you is praying. Your whole being reaches out to God, and God reaches down to you. ~ E Stanley Jones,
1479:The gods' most savage curses come upon us as answers to our own prayers. Prayer is a dangerous business. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold,
1480:There are three answers to prayer: yes, no, and wait a while. It must be recognized that no is an answer. ~ Ruth Stafford Peale,
1481:To-despise the world is the way to enjoy heaven; and blessed are they who delight to converse with God by prayer. ~ John Bunyan,
1482:Undoubtedly, prayer requires a living faith in God. Successful satyagraha is inconceivable without that faith. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1483:All souls in hell are there because they did not pray. All the saints sanctified themselves by prayer. ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori,
1484:Blessings are the spiritual equivalent of breathing in, and prayer is the spiritual equivalent of breathing out. ~ Thom Hartmann,
1485:I can think of nothing great that is also easy. Prayer must be, then, one of the hardest things in the world. ~ Timothy J Keller,
1486:I say a little prayer every time I see a race. I say a little prayer that the riders and the horses will be okay. ~ Kenny Troutt,
1487:It's more important to put the own heart in the prayer than to put other's words with nothing of the own heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
1488:Meditating on the nature and dignity of prayer can cause saying at least one thing to God: Lord, teach us to pray! ~ Karl Rahner,
1489:No matter what I preach or what we claim to believe in our heads, the future will depend upon our times of prayer. ~ Jim Cymbala,
1490:Our Lord is the ground from whom our prayer grows and in his love and grace he himself gives us our prayers. ~ Julian of Norwich,
1491:Patience, she’d tell herself, whispering the word like a prayer. If Vengeance has a mother, her name is Patience. ~ Jay Kristoff,
1492:Prayer is a grace through which we pour ourselves out before God and through which He calls us into His presence. ~ Rich Mullins,
1493:Prayer must emanate from the heart, where God resides, and not from the head where doctrines and doubts clash. ~ Sathya Sai Baba,
1494:Prayer sometimes dulls the hunger of the pauper, like a mother's finger thrust into the mouth of her starving baby. ~ I L Peretz,
1495:since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. ~ Max Lucado,
1496:There is no specialized art of prayer. All of life must be a training to pray. We pray the way we live. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel,
1497:This spirit gradually decayed, not being nourished by prayer. I became cold toward God. ~ Jeanne Marie Bouvier de la Motte Guyon,
1498:We cannot evangelize until we have been evangelized. This happens most powerfully through solitary prayer. ~ John Michael Talbot,
1499:We live by faith in a prayer-hearing, soul-converting , soul-sanctifyin g, soul-restoring, soul-comforting God. ~ Francis Asbury,
1500:When you do something nice for somebody, it is just like walking around a temple. It is just like saying a prayer. ~ Pam Houston,

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  298 Integral Yoga
  222 Poetry
   61 Occultism
   55 Yoga
   52 Christianity
   46 Philosophy
   42 Fiction
   35 Islam
   26 Mysticism
   13 Psychology
   13 Philsophy
   13 Hinduism
   8 Sufism
   5 Buddhism
   5 Baha i Faith
   4 Education
   3 Mythology
   3 Kabbalah
   2 Zen
   2 Science
   1 Thelema
   1 Integral Theory
   1 Alchemy


  172 The Mother
   97 Satprem
   92 Sri Aurobindo
   72 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   50 William Wordsworth
   46 Sri Ramakrishna
   35 Muhammad
   31 James George Frazer
   29 Saint Teresa of Avila
   27 Saint John of Climacus
   24 H P Lovecraft
   22 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   19 Percy Bysshe Shelley
   19 Aldous Huxley
   17 Aleister Crowley
   15 Carl Jung
   15 Anonymous
   13 William Butler Yeats
   13 Ralph Waldo Emerson
   13 John Keats
   11 Rabindranath Tagore
   11 Friedrich Schiller
   10 Vyasa
   8 Robert Browning
   8 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   8 A B Purani
   7 Walt Whitman
   7 Plato
   7 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   6 Swami Vivekananda
   6 Baha u llah
   5 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   5 Nirodbaran
   5 Jorge Luis Borges
   5 Jalaluddin Rumi
   4 Rainer Maria Rilke
   4 Plotinus
   4 George Van Vrekhem
   4 Bokar Rinpoche
   4 Al-Ghazali
   3 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
   3 Saint Francis of Assisi
   3 Rabbi Moses Luzzatto
   3 Peter J Carroll
   3 Kabir
   3 Hafiz
   3 Farid ud-Din Attar
   2 Thubten Chodron
   2 Theophan the Recluse
   2 Ramprasad
   2 Ovid
   2 Mahendranath Gupta
   2 Ken Wilber
   2 Jordan Peterson
   2 Henry David Thoreau
   2 Friedrich Nietzsche
   2 Franz Bardon
   2 Edgar Allan Poe
   2 Bulleh Shah


   50 Wordsworth - Poems
   45 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   35 Quran
   32 Prayers And Meditations
   31 The Golden Bough
   27 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
   24 Lovecraft - Poems
   19 The Perennial Philosophy
   19 The Bible
   19 Shelley - Poems
   18 The Way of Perfection
   18 Agenda Vol 08
   17 Savitri
   16 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 08
   16 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
   13 Yeats - Poems
   13 Keats - Poems
   13 Emerson - Poems
   13 City of God
   13 Agenda Vol 01
   12 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
   11 Schiller - Poems
   11 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   11 Letters On Yoga II
   10 Vishnu Purana
   10 The Interior Castle or The Mansions
   10 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   10 Tagore - Poems
   10 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05
   10 Agenda Vol 02
   9 Questions And Answers 1953
   9 Agenda Vol 04
   8 Talks
   8 Questions And Answers 1956
   8 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   8 Browning - Poems
   7 Vedic and Philological Studies
   7 Some Answers From The Mother
   7 Letters On Yoga IV
   7 Dark Night of the Soul
   6 Words Of The Mother II
   6 Whitman - Poems
   6 The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
   6 Liber ABA
   6 Faust
   6 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
   6 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 06
   6 Agenda Vol 06
   5 Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo
   5 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   5 Questions And Answers 1954
   5 On the Way to Supermanhood
   5 Magick Without Tears
   5 Crowley - Poems
   5 Collected Poems
   5 Aion
   5 Agenda Vol 11
   5 Agenda Vol 09
   5 Agenda Vol 05
   4 Words Of The Mother III
   4 The Secret Doctrine
   4 The Alchemy of Happiness
   4 Tara - The Feminine Divine
   4 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   4 Rumi - Poems
   4 Rilke - Poems
   4 Questions And Answers 1955
   4 Preparing for the Miraculous
   4 On Education
   4 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   4 Hymn of the Universe
   4 Agenda Vol 12
   4 Agenda Vol 07
   4 Agenda Vol 03
   3 Words Of Long Ago
   3 The Secret Of The Veda
   3 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
   3 The Book of Certitude
   3 Songs of Kabir
   3 Record of Yoga
   3 Raja-Yoga
   3 Mysterium Coniunctionis
   3 Liber Null
   3 Letters On Yoga III
   3 General Principles of Kabbalah
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
   3 Bhakti-Yoga
   3 Agenda Vol 13
   3 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
   2 Walden
   2 The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
   2 The Practice of Magical Evocation
   2 The Divine Comedy
   2 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
   2 Sex Ecology Spirituality
   2 Poe - Poems
   2 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 04
   2 Metamorphoses
   2 Maps of Meaning
   2 Let Me Explain
   2 Labyrinths
   2 Isha Upanishad
   2 How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator
   2 Goethe - Poems
   2 Essays On The Gita
   2 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   2 Essays Divine And Human
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
   2 Borges - Poems
   2 Amrita Gita
   2 Agenda Vol 10
   2 Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2E
   2 5.1.01 - Ilion


0.00 - INTRODUCTION, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  About his parents Sri Ramakrishna once said: "My mother was the personification of rectitude and gentleness. She did not know much about the ways of the world; innocent of the art of concealment, she would say what was in her mind. People loved her for her open-heartedness. My father, an orthodox brahmin, never accepted gifts from the sudras. He spent much of his time in worship and meditation, and in repeating God's name and chanting His glories. Whenever in his daily Prayers he invoked the Goddess Gayatri, his chest flushed and tears rolled down his cheeks. He spent his leisure hours making garlands for the Family Deity, Raghuvir."
  Khudiram Chattopadhyaya and Chandra Devi, the parents of Sri Ramakrishna, were married in 1799. At that time Khudiram was living in his ancestral village of Dereypore, not far from Kamarpukur. Their first son, Ramkumar, was born in 1805, and their first daughter, Katyayani, in 1810. In 1814 Khudiram was ordered by his landlord to bear false witness in court against a neighbour. When he refused to do so, the landlord brought a false case against him and deprived him of his ancestral property. Thus dispossessed, he arrived, at the invitation of another landlord, in the quiet village of Kamarpukur, where he was given a dwelling and about an acre of fertile land. The crops from this little property were enough to meet his family's simple needs. Here he lived in simplicity, dignity, and contentment.
  --
   Born in an orthodox brahmin family, Sri Ramakrishna knew the formalities of worship, its rites and rituals. The innumerable gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion are the human aspects of the indescribable and incomprehensible Spirit, as conceived by the finite human mind. They understand and appreciate human love and emotion, help men to realize their secular and spiritual ideals, and ultimately enable men to attain liberation from the miseries of phenomenal life. The Source of light, intelligence, wisdom, and strength is the One alone from whom comes the fulfilment of desire. Yet, as long as a man is bound by his human limitations, he cannot but worship God through human forms. He must use human symbols. Therefore Hinduism asks the devotees to look on God as the ideal father, the ideal mother, the ideal husband, the ideal son, or the ideal friend. But the name ultimately leads to the Nameless, the form to the Formless, the word to the Silence, the emotion to the serene realization of Peace in Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute. The gods gradually merge in the one God. But until that realization is achieved, the devotee cannot dissociate human factors from his worship. Therefore the Deity is bathed and clothed and decked with ornaments. He is fed and put to sleep. He is propitiated with hymns, songs, and Prayers. And there are appropriate rites connected with all these functions. For instance, to secure for himself external purity, the priest bathes himself in holy water and puts on a holy cloth. He purifies the mind and the sense-organs by appropriate meditations. He fortifies the place of worship against evil forces by drawing around it circles of fire and water. He awakens the different spiritual centres of the body and invokes the Supreme Spirit in his heart. Then he transfers the Supreme Spirit to the image before him and worships the image, regarding it no longer as clay or stone, but as the embodiment of Spirit, throbbing with Life and Consciousness. After the worship the Supreme Spirit is recalled from the image to Its true sanctuary, the heart of the priest. The real devotee knows the absurdity of worshipping the Transcendental Reality with material articles — clothing That which pervades the whole universe and the beyond, putting on a pedestal That which cannot be limited by space, feeding That which is disembodied and incorporeal, singing before That whose glory the music of the spheres tries vainly to proclaim. But through these rites the devotee aspires to go ultimately beyond rites and rituals, forms and names, words and praise, and to realize God as the All-pervading Consciousness.
   Hindu priests are thoroughly acquainted with the rites of worship, but few of them are aware of their underlying significance. They move their hands and limbs mechanically, in obedience to the letter of the scriptures, and repeat the holy mantras like parrots. But from the very beginning the inner meaning of these rites was revealed to Sri Ramakrishna. As he sat facing the image, a strange transformation came over his mind. While going through the prescribed ceremonies, he would actually find himself encircled by a wall of fire protecting him and the place of worship from unspiritual vibrations, or he would feel the rising of the mystic Kundalini through the different centres of the body. The glow on his face, his deep absorption, and the intense atmosphere of the temple impressed everyone who saw him worship the Deity.
  --
   As his love for God deepened, he began either to forget or to drop the formalities of worship. Sitting before the image, he would spend hours singing the devotional songs of great devotees of the Mother, such as Kamalakanta and Ramprasad. Those rhapsodical songs, describing the direct vision of God, only intensified Sri Ramakrishna's longing. He felt the pangs of a child separated from its mother. Sometimes, in agony, he would rub his face against the ground and weep so bitterly that people, thinking he had lost his earthly mother, would sympathize with him in his grief. Sometimes, in moments of scepticism, he would cry: "Art Thou true, Mother, or is it all fiction — mere poetry without any reality? If Thou dost exist, why do I not see Thee? Is religion a mere fantasy and art Thou only a figment of man's imagination?" Sometimes he would sit on the Prayer carpet for two hours like an inert object. He began to behave in an abnormal manner
  , most of the time unconscious of the world. He almost gave up food; and sleep left him altogether.
  --
   Hardly had he crossed the threshold of the Kali temple when he found himself again in the whirlwind. His madness reappeared tenfold. The same meditation and Prayer, the same ecstatic moods, the same burning sensation, the same weeping, the same sleeplessness, the same indifference to the body and the outside world, the same divine delirium. He subjected himself to fresh disciplines in order to eradicate greed and lust, the two great impediments to spiritual progress. With a rupee in one hand and some earth in the other, he would reflect on the comparative value of these two for the realization of God, and finding them equally worthless he would toss them, with equal indifference, into the Ganges. Women he regarded as the manifestations of the Divine Mother. Never even in a dream did he feel the impulses of lust. And to root out of his mind the idea of caste superiority, he cleaned a pariahs house with his long and neglected hair. When he would sit in meditation, birds would perch on his head and peck in his hair for grains of food. Snakes would crawl over his body, and neither would be aware of the other. Sleep left him altogether. Day and night, visions flitted before him. He saw the sannyasi who had previously killed the "sinner" in him again coming out of his body, threatening him with the trident, and ordering him to concentrate on God. Or the same sannyasi would visit distant places, following a luminous path, and bring him reports of what was happening there. Sri Ramakrishna used to say later that in the case of an advanced devotee the mind itself becomes the guru, living and moving like an embodied being.
   Rani Rasmani, the foundress of the temple garden, passed away in 1861. After her death her son-in-law Mathur became the sole executor of the estate. He placed himself and his resources at the disposal of Sri Ramakrishna and began to look after his physical comfort. Sri Ramakrishna later spoke of him as one of his five "suppliers of stores" appointed by the Divine Mother. Whenever a desire arose in his mind, Mathur fulfilled it without hesitation.
  --
   There are two stages of bhakti. The first is known as vaidhi-bhakti, or love of God qualified by scriptural injunctions. For the devotees of this stage are prescribed regular and methodical worship, hymns, Prayers, the repetition of God's name, and the chanting of His glories. This lower bhakti in course of time matures into para-bhakti, or supreme devotion, known also as prema, the most intense form of divine love. Divine love is an end in itself. It exists potentially in all human hearts, but in the case of bound creatures it is misdirected to earthly objects.
   To develop the devotee's love for God, Vaishnavism humanizes God. God is to be regarded as the devotee's Parent, Master, Friend, Child, Husband, or Sweetheart, each succeeding relationship representing an intensification of love. These bhavas, or attitudes toward God, are known as santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, and madhur. The rishis of the Vedas, Hanuman, the cow-herd boys of Vrindavan, Rama's mother Kausalya, and Radhika, Krishna's sweetheart, exhibited, respectively, the most perfect examples of these forms. In the ascending scale the-glories of God are gradually forgotten and the devotee realizes more and more the intimacy of divine communion. Finally he regards himself as the mistress of his Beloved, and no artificial barrier remains to separate him from his Ideal. No social or moral obligation can bind to the earth his soaring spirit. He experiences perfect union with the Godhead. Unlike the Vedantist, who strives to transcend all varieties of the subject-object relationship, a devotee of the Vaishnava path wishes to retain both his own individuality and the personality of God. To him God is not an intangible Absolute, but the Purushottama, the Supreme Person.
  --
   One day Jatadhari requested Sri Ramakrishna to keep the image and bade him adieu with tearful eyes. He declared that Ramlala had fulfilled his innermost Prayer and that he now had no more need of formal worship. A few days later Sri Ramakrishna was blessed through Ramlala with a vision of Ramachandra, whereby he realized that the Rama of the Ramayana, the son of Dasaratha, pervades the whole universe as Spirit and Consciousness; that He is its Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer; that, in still another aspect, He is the transcendental Brahman, without form, attribute, or name.
   While worshipping Ramlala as the Divine Child, Sri Ramakrishna's heart became filled with motherly tenderness, and he began to regard himself as a woman. His speech and gestures changed. He began to move freely with the ladies of Mathur's family, who now looked upon him as one of their own sex. During this time he worshipped the Divine Mother as Her companion or handmaid.
  --
   The Vaishnava scriptures advise one to propitiate Radha and obtain her grace in order to realize Sri Krishna. So the tortured devotee now turned his Prayer to her. Within a short time he enjoyed her blessed vision. He saw and felt the figure of Radha disappearing into his own body.
   He said later on: "It is impossible to describe the heavenly beauty and sweetness of Radha. Her very appearance showed that she had completely forgotten herself in her passionate attachment to Krishna. Her complexion was a light yellow."
  --
   Totapuri arrived at the Dakshineswar temple garden toward the end of 1864. Perhaps born in the Punjab, he was the head of a monastery in that province of India and claimed leadership of seven hundred sannyasis. Trained from early youth in the disciplines of the Advaita Vedanta, he looked upon the world as an illusion. The gods and goddesses of the dualistic worship were to him mere fantasies of the deluded mind. Prayers, ceremonies, rites, and rituals had nothing to do with true religion, and about these he was utterly indifferent. Exercising self-exertion and unshakable will-power, he had liberated himself from attachment to the sense-objects of the relative universe. For forty years he had practised austere discipline on the bank of the sacred Narmada and had finally realized his identity with the Absolute. Thenceforward he roamed in the world as an unfettered soul, a lion free from the cage. Clad in a loin-cloth, he spent his days under the canopy of the sky alike in storm and sunshine, feeding his body on the slender pittance of alms. He had been visiting the estuary of the Ganges. On his return journey along the bank of the sacred river, led by the inscrutable Divine Will, he stopped at Dakshineswar.
   Totapuri, discovering at once that Sri Ramakrishna was prepared to be a student of Vedanta, asked to initiate him into its mysteries. With the permission of the Divine Mother, Sri Ramakrishna agreed to the proposal. But Totapuri explained that only a sannyasi could receive the teaching of Vedanta. Sri Ramakrishna agreed to renounce the world, but with the stipulation that the ceremony of his initiation into the monastic order be performed in secret, to spare the feelings of his old mother, who had been living with him at Dakshineswar.
  --
   Toward the end of 1866 he began to practise the disciplines of Islam. Under the direction of his Mussalman guru he abandoned himself to his new sadhana. He dressed as a Mussalman and repeated the name of Allah. His Prayers took the form of the Islamic devotions. He forgot the Hindu gods and goddesses — even Kali — and gave up visiting the temples. He took up his residence outside the temple precincts. After three days he saw the vision of a radiant figure, perhaps Mohammed. This figure gently approached him and finally lost himself in Sri Ramakrishna. Thus he realized the Mussalman God. Thence he passed into communion with Brahman. The mighty river of Islam also led him back to the Ocean of the Absolute.
   --- CHRISTIANITY
  --
   The Master took up the duty of instructing his young wife, and this included everything from housekeeping to the Knowledge of Brahman. He taught her how to trim a lamp, how to behave toward people according to their differing temperaments, and how to conduct herself before visitors. He instructed her in the mysteries of spiritual life — Prayer, meditation, japa, deep contemplation, and samadhi. The first lesson that Sarada Devi received was: "God is everybody's Beloved, just as the moon is dear to every child. Everyone has the same right to pray to Him. Out of His grace He reveals Himself to all who call upon Him. You too will see Him if you but pray to Him."
   Totapuri, coming to know of the Master's marriage, had once remarked: "What does it matter? He alone is firmly established in the Knowledge of Brahman who can adhere to his spirit of discrimination and renunciation even while living with his wife. He alone has attained the supreme illumination who can look on man and woman alike as Brahman. A man with the idea of sex may be a good aspirant, but he is still far from the goal." Sri Ramakrishna and his wife lived together at Dakshineswar, but their minds always soared above the worldly plane. A few months after Sarada Devi's arrival Sri Ramakrishna arranged, on an auspicious day, a special worship of Kali, the Divine Mother. Instead of an image of the Deity, he placed on the seat the living image, Sarada Devi herself. The worshipper and the worshipped went into deep samadhi and in the transcendental plane their souls were united. After several hours Sri Ramakrishna came down again to the relative plane, sang a hymn to the Great Goddess, and surrendered, at the feet of the living image, himself, his rosary, and the fruit of his life-long sadhana. This is known in Tantra as the Shorasi Puja, the "Adoration of Woman". Sri Ramakrishna realized the significance of the great statement of the Upanishad: "O Lord, Thou art the woman. Thou art the man; Thou art the boy. Thou art the girl; Thou art the old, tottering on their crutches. Thou pervadest the universe in its multiple forms."
  --
   For the householders Sri Ramakrishna did not prescribe the hard path of total renunciation. He wanted them to discharge their obligations to their families. Their renunciation was to be mental. Spiritual life could not be acquired by flying away from responsibilities. A married couple should live like brother and sister after the birth of one or two children, devoting their time to spiritual talk and contemplation. He encouraged the householders, saying that their life was, in a way, easier than that of the monk, since it was more advantageous to fight the enemy from inside a fortress than in an open field. He insisted, however, on their repairing into solitude every now and then to strengthen their devotion and faith in God through Prayer, japa, and meditation. He prescribed for them the companionship of sadhus. He asked them to perform their worldly duties with one hand, while holding to God with the other, and to pray to God to make their duties fewer and fewer so that in the end they might cling to Him with both hands. He would discourage in both the householders and the celibate youths any lukewarmness in their spiritual struggles. He would not ask them to follow indiscriminately the ideal of non-resistance, which ultimately makes a coward of the unwary.
   --- FUTURE MONKS
  --
   Harish, a young man in affluent circumstances, renounced his family and took shelter with the Master, who loved him for his sincerity, singleness of purpose, and quiet nature. He spent his leisure time in Prayer and meditation, turning a deaf ear to the entreaties and threats of his relatives. Referring to his undisturbed peace of mind, the Master would say: "Real men are dead to the world though living. Look at Harish. He is an example." When one day the Master asked him to be a little kind to his wife, Harish said: "You must excuse me on this point. This is not the place to show kindness. If I try to be sympathetic to her, there is a possibility of my forgetting the ideal and becoming entangled in the world."
   --- BHAVANATH
  --
   Balaram Bose came of a wealthy Vaishnava family. From his youth he had shown a deep religious temperament and had devoted his time to meditation, Prayer, and the study of the Vaishnava scriptures. He was very much impressed by Sri Ramakrishna even at their first meeting. He asked Sri Ramakrishna whether God really existed and, if so, whether a man could realize Him. The Master said: "God reveals Himself to the devotee who thinks of Him as his nearest and dearest. Because you do not draw response by praying to Him once, you must not conclude that He does not exist. Pray to God, thinking of Him as dearer than your very self. He is much attached to His devotees. He comes to a man even before He is sought. There is none more intimate and affectionate than God." Balaram had never before heard God spoken of in such forceful words; every one of the words seemed true to him. Under the Master's influence he outgrew the conventions of the Vaishnava worship and became one of the most beloved of the disciples. It was at his home that the Master slept whenever he spent a night in Calcutta.
   --- MAHENDRA OR M.
  --
   Gopal Sur of Sinthi came to Dakshineswar at a rather advanced age and was called the elder Gopal. He had lost his wife, and the Master assuaged his grief. Soon he renounced the world and devoted himself fully to meditation and Prayer. Some years later Gopal gave the Master the ochre cloths with which the latter initiated several of his disciples into monastic life.
   --- NARENDRA
  --
   One day, soon after, Narendra requested Sri Ramakrishna to pray to the Divine Mother to remove his poverty. Sri Ramakrishna bade him pray to Her himself, for She would certainly listen to his Prayer. Narendra entered the shrine of Kali. As he stood before the image of the Mother, he beheld Her as a living Goddess, ready to give wisdom and liberation. Unable to ask Her for petty worldly things, he prayed only for knowledge and renunciation, love and liberation. The Master rebuked him for his failure to ask the Divine Mother to remove his poverty and sent him back to the temple. But Narendra, standing in Her presence, again forgot the purpose of his coming. Thrice he went to the temple at the bidding of the Master, and thrice he returned, having forgotten in Her presence why he had come. He was wondering about it when it suddenly flashed in his mind that this was all the work of Sri Ramakrishna; so now he asked the Master himself to remove his poverty, and was assured that his family would not lack simple food and clothing.
   This was a very rich and significant experience for Narendra. It taught him that Sakti, the Divine Power, cannot be ignored in the world and that in the relative plane the need of worshipping a Personal God is imperative. Sri Ramakrishna was overjoyed with the conversion. The next day, sitting almost on Narendra's lap, he said to a devotee, pointing first to himself, then to Narendra: "I see I am this, and again that. Really I feel no difference. A stick floating in the Ganges seems to divide the water; But in reality the water is one. Do you see my point? Well, whatever is, is the Mother — isn't that so?" In later years Narendra would say: "Sri Ramakrishna was the only person who, from the time he met me, believed in me uniformly throughout. Even my mother and brothers did not. It was his unwavering trust and love for me that bound me to him for ever. He alone knew how to love. Worldly people, only make a show of love for selfish ends.
  --
   In spite of the physician's efforts and the Prayers and nursing of the devotees, the illness rapidly progressed. The pain sometimes appeared to be unbearable. The Master lived only on liquid food, and his frail body was becoming a mere skeleton. Yet his face always radiated joy, and he continued to welcome the visitors pouring in to receive his blessing. When certain zealous devotees tried to keep the visitors away, they were told by Girish, "You cannot succeed in it; he has been born for this very purpose — to sacrifice himself for the redemption of others."
   The more the body was devastated by illness, the more it became the habitation of the Divine Spirit. Through its transparency the gods and goddesses began to shine with ever increasing luminosity. On the day of the Kali Puja the devotees clearly saw in him the manifestation of the Divine Mother.

0.00 - The Book of Lies Text, #The Book of Lies, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
     Follows a version of the "Lord's Prayer", suitable
    to Horus. Compare this with the version in Chapter 44.
    There are ten sections in this Prayer, and, as the Prayer
    is attributed to Horus, they are called four, as above
  --
    As I enflame myself with Prayer:
    "There is no grace: there is no guilt:
  --
    Burning up i the Flame of his Prayer, and born
     again-the Phoenix!
  --
     Prayer
    This Interchange, the Double Gift of Tongues, the
  --
     Whose swollen mask mutters an atheist's Prayer.
    What oath may stand the shock of this offence:

0.02 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Extract from the Mother's Prayers and Meditations, 18 June 1913.
  It is good sometimes to look backwards for a confirmation of
  --
  The sadhak's Prayer is composed of extracts from several Prayers of the Mother in
   Prayers and Meditations,: paragraph one, 29 November 1913; two, 7 January 1914;
  --
  As to my belief in the efficacy of Prayer, I believe
  in its efficacy only when it is addressed to the Mother.
  --
  and blood. If you refer your Prayer to some unknown
  or unknowable or invisible god, I do deride it as mere
  --
  This morning at pranam a Prayer leapt up from my
  heart towards You: "May this day bring me an opportunity to remain calm even in the face of provocation." It
  was a very spontaneous Prayer.
  Now that is indeed an imprudent Prayer! It is as if you were
  deliberately attracting an unpleasant experience to yourself.
  --
  action of Saint Genevieve who, by the ardour of her Prayers,
  obtained the intervention of the Divine Grace. This prompted
  --
  A Prayer: Teach me the unfailing way to receive from
  Sweet Mother a healing and comforting kiss.

0.05 - Letters to a Child, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Mother, accept my Prayer.
  I am always with you, my child, so it is not only possible but
  --
  accept my childlike Prayer.
  For you I want consciousness, knowledge, artistic capacity, selfmastery in peace and perfect equality, and the happiness that is

0.06 - Letters to a Young Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  I do not understand a phrase in Your Prayers: "and that
  all are equal - infinitesimal grains of dust or identical

0.07 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  A Prayer:
  "O Lord, awaken my entire being that it may be for Thee

0.08 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  that the Prayers of the various religions are addressed. These religions most often choose, for various reasons, one of these gods
  and transform him for their personal use into the supreme God.

01.02 - The Issue, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A Prayer, a master act, a king idea
  Can link man's strength to a transcendent Force.

01.04 - The Secret Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And a faint voice of ecstasy and Prayer
  Calls to those lucent lost immensities.
  --
  Unmoved by cry of revolt and ignorant Prayer
  They reckon not our virtue and our sin;

01.05 - Rabindranath Tagore: A Great Poet, a Great Man, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   and sends up this Prayer:
   Earth-souls needing the touch of the heaven's peace to recapture,

0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  one of Your Prayers and then invoke the Divine Grace
  in silence, each in his own way, for the departed person,
  --
  (Regarding a Prayer for Kali Puja Day)
  It is all right, my children, but it is not enough to pray; you must
  --
  I have the impression that Your Force responds according to the intensity of our Prayer. But my case seems
  to be different. Or am I not conscious of my Prayers?
  Or is everything done for me, for my good, in spite of

0.11 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  The Mother, Prayers and Meditations, 24 August 1914.
  This is how I understand the Purusha:
  --
  The Mother, Prayers and Meditations, 17 May 1914.
  Series Eleven - To a Sadhak
  --
  One morning as I was reading Your book Prayers and
  Meditations, I wished to know which movement comes

0 1955-06-09, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   Mother, this letter is a Prayer.
   ***
  --
   While reading your Prayer, I too prayed that it be heard.
   With my blessings.

0 1956-04-23, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   Mother takes a passage from Prayers and Meditations of September 25, 1914:
   The Lord hast willed, and Thou dost execute;

0 1956-12-12, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   I dont see a thing, nothing. Oh Mother, I turn towards you in this void that is stifling me. Hear my Prayer. Tell me what I must do. Give me a sign. Mother, you are my sole recourse, for who else would show me the path to be taken, who else but you would love me? Or is my fate to go off into the night?
   Forgive me, Mother, for loving you so poorly, for giving myself so badly. Mother, you are my only hope, all the rest in me is utter despair.

0 1957-07-03, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   It is certainly not an arbitrary construction of the type built by men, where everything is put pell-mell, without any order, without reality, and which is held together by only illusory ties. Here, these ties were symbolized by the hotels walls, while actually in ordinary human constructions (if we take a religious community, for example), they are symbolized by the building of a monastery, an identity of clothing, an identity of activities, an identity even of movementor to put it more precisely: everyone wears the same uniform, everyone gets up at the same time, everyone eats the same thing, everyone says his Prayers together, etc.; there is an overall identity. But naturally, on the inside there remains the chaos of many disparate consciousnesses, each one following its own mode, for this kind of group identification, which extends right up to an identity of beliefs and dogma, is absolutely illusory.
   Yet it is one of the most common types of human collectivityto group together, band together, unite around a common ideal, a common action, a common realization but in an absolutely artificial way. In contrast to this, Sri Aurobindo tells us that a true communitywhat he terms a gnostic or supramental communitycan be based only upon the INNER REALIZATION of each one of its members, each realizing his real, concrete oneness and identity with all the other members of the community; that is, each one should not feel himself a member connected to all the others in an arbitrary way, but that all are one within himself. For each one, the others should be as much himself as his own bodynot in a mental and artificial way, but through a fact of consciousness, by an inner realization.

0 1957-12-13, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   Sweet Mother, this is what is rising from my soul: I feel in me something unemployed, something seeking to express itself in life. I want to be like a knight, your knight, and go off in search of a treasure that I could bring back to you. The world has lost all sense of the wonderful, all beauty of Adventure, this quest known to the knights of the Middle Ages. It is this that calls so relentlessly within me, this need for a quest in the world and for a beautiful Adventure which at the same time would be an adventure of the soul. How I wish that the two things, inner and outer, be JOINED, that the joy of action, of the open road and the quest help the souls blossoming, that they be like a Prayer of the soul expressed in life. The knights of the Middle Ages knew this. Perhaps it is all childish and absurd in the midst of this 20th century, but this is what I feel, this that is summoning me to leavenot anything base, not anything mediocre, only a need for something in me to be fulfilled. If only I could bring you back a beautiful treasure!
   After that, perhaps I would be riper to accept the everyday life of the Ashram, and know how to give myself better.

0 1958-04-03, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   Mother, from the depths of my being, I offer you a sole Prayer: may I become your more and more perfect instrument, a sword of light in your hands. Oh, to get out of this ego that belittles everything, diminishes everything, to emerge from it! All is falsehood in it.
   And I, who understood nothing of love, am beginning to suspect who Satprem is. Mother, your grace is infinite, it has accompanied me everywhere in my life.

0 1958-07-06, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   But yesterday, in fact, I was looking (with all these mantras and these Prayers and this whole vibration that has descended into the atmosphere, creating a state of constant calling in the atmosphere), and I remembered the old movements and how everything now has changed! I was also thinking of the old disciplines, one of which is to say, I am That.7 People were told to sit in meditation and repeat, I am That, to reach an identification. And it all seemed to me so obsolete, so childish, but at the same time a part of the whole. I looked, and it seemed so absurd to sit in meditation and say, I am That! I, what is this I who is That; what is this I, where is it? I was trying to find it, and I saw a tiny, microscopic point (to see it would almost require some gigantic instrument), a tiny, obscure point in an im-men-sity of Light, and that little point was the body. At the same timeit was absolutely simultaneous I saw the Presence of the Supreme as a very, very, very, VERY immense Being, within which was I in an attitude of (I was only a sensation, you see), an attitude (gesture of surrender) like this. There were no limits, yet at the same time, one felt the joy of being permeated, enveloped and of being able to widen, widen, widen indefinitelyto widen the whole being, from the highest consciousness to the most material consciousness. And then, at the same time, to look at this body and to see every cell, every atom vibrating with a divine, radiant Presence with all its Consciousness, all its Power, all its Will, all its Loveall, all, really and a joy! An extraordinary joy. And one did not disturb the other, nothing was contradictory and everything was felt at the same time. That was when I said, But truly! This body had to have the training it has had for more than seventy years to be able to bear all that without starting to cry out or dance or leap up or whatever it might be! No, it was calm (it was exultant, but it was very calm), and it remained in control of its movements and its words. In spite of the fact that it was really living in another world, it could apparently act normal due to this strenuous training in self-control by the REASONby the reasonover the whole being, which has tamed it and given it such a great cohesive power that I can BE in the experience, I can LIVE this experience, and at the same time respond with the most amiable of smiles to the most idiotic questions!
   And then, it always ends in the same way, by a canticle to the action of the grace: O, Lord! You are truly marvelous! All the experiences I have needed to pass through You have given to me, all the things I needed to do to make this body ready You have made me do, and always with the feeling that it was You who was making me do itand with the universal disapproval of all the right-minded humanity!

0 1958-09-16 - OM NAMO BHAGAVATEH, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   The different mantras or Prayers that came to Mother and which She grouped under the heading Prayers of the Consciousness of the Cells, are included as an addendum to the Agenda of 1959.
   ***

0 1958-12-15 - tantric mantra - 125,000, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   When you invoke Durga, it is I you invoke through her, when you invoke Shiva, it is I you invoke through himand in the final analysis, to the Supreme Lord go all Prayers.
   With all my love.

0 1959-05-25, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   I can only repeat the Prayer that I made to the Supreme Lord this morning:
   May Your Will be done in all things and at every moment. And may Your Love manifest.

0 1960-01-28, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   Prayers of the Consciousness of the Cells

0 1960-05-16, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   In the early part of the century, I wrote Prayers and Meditations, and I too spoke of Him; but I wrote that with all my aspiration, all my sincerity (at least with all the sincerity of the conscious parts of my being) and I locked it up in a drawer so that no one would see it. It was Sri Aurobindo who later asked me to publish it, for it could be useful If I knew then, fifty years ago, what I know now, I would have been crushed! All this shame, all this unworthiness
   After all, its good to know gradually, good to have some illusionsnot for the sake of illusions but as a necessary step along the way.

0 1960-06-04, #Agenda Vol 01, #unset, #Zen
   It is even good for people whove never been in trance to repeat a mantra (or a word, a Prayer) before going to sleep. But the words must have a life of their ownby this I dont mean an intellectual meaning, nothing of the kind, but rather a vibration. And this has an extraordinary effect on the body, it starts vibrating, vibrating, vibrating and so calm, you let yourself go, like falling off to sleep. And the body vibrates more and more, more and more, more and more, and you drift off.
   Such is the cure for tamas.
  --
   'Or any word that has a power for you, a word spontaneously springing from the heart, like a Prayer which sums up your aspiration.'
   Unfortunately, Mother had us cut many things from this text. We regret the fact.

0 1961-01-24, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   At midnight I was lying in bed. (And I remained there from midnight until I oclock fully awake. I dont know if my eyes were open or closed, but I was wide awake, NOT IN TRANCEI could hear all the noises, the clocks, and so forth.) Then, lying flat, my entire body (but a slightly enlarged body, exceeding the purely physical form) became ONE vibration, extremely rapid and intense but immobile. I dont know how to explain this, because it did not move in space but was a vibration (that is, it wasnt motionless); yet it was motionless in space. And the exact form of my body was absolutely the most brilliant white Light of the supreme Consciousness, the consciousness OF the Supreme. It was IN the body and it was as though in EACH cell there was a vibration, and it was all part of a single BLOCK of vibration. It extended this much beyond the body (gesture indicating about six centimeters). I was absolutely immobile in my bed. Then, WITHOUT MOVING, without shifting, it began consciously to rise upwithout moving, you understand: I remained like this (Mother holds her two joined and motionless hands at the level of her forehead, as if her entire body were mounting in Prayer)consciously like an ascension of this consciousness6 towards the supreme Consciousness.
   The body was stretched out flat.

0 1961-03-27, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Yesterday, while waiting for X, I was as usual in communion with the Supreme in his aspect of Love. Suddenly I felt X arriving and spontaneously, like a Veda, a movement of gratitude for his great goodwill arose from my heart, and it was formulated as a Prayer to the Supreme: Give him [X] the bliss of Your Love and the joys of Your Truth.
   For a long time X has said nothing about his meditations with me, but just yesterday he told N. that he had some difficulty at the start of the meditation due to the presence of an adverse force, and it took him five minutes to overcome it!
  --
   You know he said someone has been doing black magic against me; but I have never felt anything of the sort in the room where we meditate, because I make a point of coming half an hour early and this of course clears the atmosphere: everything is always ready when he arrives, in silence, in perfect peace. Hasnt he always told you that when he comes into that room he enters another world, like Kailas?1 And thats the way it has always been. If there has been a change, its that now its even more like thatbecause (how to put it?) its more stable. Before, it fluctuated a bit: it came, went, came. But now its like a tranquil mass (Mother lowers her arms) that doesnt stir. Yesterday in particular, this was the experience: I felt him coming (when he is about to come in, I always sense something drawing me outward a little so that I wont be completely in trance and can stand up), and this Prayer came so spontaneously, oh! And then (laughing) in the afternoon N. tells me, Oh, X said he had some difficulty at the start of todays meditationa hostile force was present and it took him five minutes to clarify the atmosphere!
   It gave me the impression you get in outer life: all the pieces more or less dovetail but with no inner unitytheres not ONE thing, not one, that is true, essentially and always true. We know it is like that outwardly, of course; but I have always felt that with people who have an inner life, one could attain a kind of identity of vibration and knowledge but no!

0 1961-04-15, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   After that, I spend hours concentrated in Prayernot exactly Prayer but (gesture palms turned upwards), like that, beseeching.
   What has been achieved now is that I am absolutely detached from EVERYTHING. From everything, beginning with my body and including the work, ideas, conceptions, even the [people], all, all of them. It all seems to me so utterly dull and nonexistent.

0 1961-04-18, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Something is happening there (Mother touches her head); something is taking shape, being worked on. Every day, twice a day, during my long evocation-invocation-aspiration (or Prayer, if you like), I say to the Supreme Lord, Take possession of this brain. (I dont mean thought, I mean thisMo ther points to her headthis substance inside.) Take possession of it!
   Once during the night, I went exploring inside this head; some cells still had fresh imprints of things registered during the day for whatever reason they hadnt had time to be combined into the whole, so they showed up as tiny, very clear images, minuscule things utterly devoid of any mental or psychological movementsimply like tiny photographic images. There were three or four images like that, and it was so shocking to see them in this Presence that all at once I said to myself, Am I going mad?! It was that shocking. And I had to bring in a peace, a peacenot to make the movement of possession stop, but to accompany it simultaneously with a mighty peace so I wouldnt tell myself, Youre losing your head. Thats how shocking it was.

0 1961-04-29, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   59One of the greatest comforts of religion is that you can get hold of God sometimes and give him a satisfactory beating. People mock at the folly of savages who beat their gods when their Prayers are not answered; but it is the mockers who are the fools and the savages.
   Poor T.! She asked me, What does it mean (laughing) to give God a satisfactory beating? How is this possible? I still havent answered. And then she added another question: Many people say that Sri Aurobindos teachings are a new religion. Would you call it a religion? You understand, I began to fume!
  --
   I remember once going into a church (which I wont name) and I found it a very beautiful place. It wasnt a feast or ceremony day, so it was empty. There were just one or two people at Prayer. I went in and sat down in a little chapel off to the side. Someone was praying there, someone who must have been in distressshe was crying and praying. And there was a statue, I no longer know of whom: Christ or the Virgin or a Saint I have no idea. And, oh! Suddenly, in place of the statue, I saw an enormous spider like a tarantula, you know, but (gesture) huge! It covered the entire wall of the chapel and was just waiting there to swallow all the vital force of the people who came. It was heart-rending. I said to myself, Oh, these people There was this miserable woman who had come seeking solace, who was praying there, weeping, hoping to find solace; and instead of reaching a consciousness that was at least compassionate, her supplications were feeding this monster!
   I have seen other things but I have rarely seen anything favorable in churches. Here, I remember going to M I was taken inside and received there in quite an unusual waya highly respected person introduced me as a great saint! They led me up to the main altar where people are not usually allowed to go, and what did I see there! An asura (oh, not a very high-ranking one, more like a rakshasa4), but such a monster! Hideous. So I went wham! (gesture of giving a blow) I thought something was going to happen. But this being left the altar and came over to try to intimidate me; of course, he saw it was useless, so he offered to make an alliance: If you just keep quiet and dont do anything, I will share all I get with you. Well, I sent him packing! The head of this Math5. It was a Math with a monastery and temple, which means a substantial fortune; the head of the Math has it all at his disposal for as long as he holds the position and he is appointed for life. But he has to name his successor and as a rule, his own life is considerably shortened by the successorthis is how it works. Everyone knew that the present head had considerably shortened the life of his predecessor. And what a creature! As asuric as the god he worshipped! I saw some poor fellows throw themselves at his feet (he must have been squeezing them pitilessly), to beg forgiveness and mercyan absolutely ruthless man. But he received meyou should have seen it! I said nothing, not a word about their god; I gave no sign that I knew anything. But I thought to myself, So thats how it is!

0 1961-06-02, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I know why I gave no explanations as I was speaking: because of the intensity of the experience. There is something like it in Prayers and Meditations. I remember an experience I had in Japan which is noted there. (Mother looks through Prayers and Meditations and reads a passage dated November 25, 1917:)2
   Thou art the sure friend who never fails,
  --
   With the exception of the second asterisked passage, which was not included in his English version of selected Prayers and Meditations, the following translations are Sri Aurobindo's.
   'Homage' is used in the original text.

0 1961-07-07, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   While walking in my room, a series of invocations or Prayers have come to me2 (I didnt choose themthey were dictated to me) in which I implore the Lord to manifest his Perfection (and I am quite aware of how foolish this expression is, but it does correspond to an aspiration).3 When I say manifest, I mean to manifest in our physical, material world Im asking for the transformation of this world. And the moment I utter one of these invocations, the sense of the particular approach it represents is there; thats why I am now able to give such a lecture on PerfectionPerfection is one of these approaches. Manifest this, I tell Him, Manifest that, manifest Your Perfection. (The series is very long and it takes me quite a while to go through it all.) Well, each time I say Manifest Your Perfection, I have an awareness of what constitutes Perfectionit is something global.
   Its like the word purityone could lecture endlessly on the difference between divine purity and what people call purity. Divine purity (at the lowest level) is to admit but one influence the divine Influence (but this is at the lowest level, and already terribly distorted). Divine purity means that only the Divine existsnothing else. It is perfectly pureonly the Divine exists, nothing other than He.

0 1961-08-05, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   It was during this period that I used to go out of my body every night and do the work Ive spoken of in Prayers and Meditations (I only mentioned it in passing).8 Every night at the same hour, when the whole house was very quiet, I would go out of my body and have all kinds of experiences. And then my body gradually became a sleepwalker (that is, the consciousness of the form became more and more conscious, while the link remained very solidly established). I got into the habit of getting up but not like an ordinary sleepwalker: I would get up, open my desk, take out a piece of paper and write poems. Yes, poems I, who had nothing of the poet in me! I would jot things down, then very consciously put everything back into the drawer, lock everything up again very carefully and go back to bed. One night, for some reason or other, I forgot and left it open. My mother came in (in France the windows are covered with heavy curtains and in the morning my mother would come in and violently throw open the curtains, waking me up, brrm!, without any warning; but I was used to it and would already be prepared to wake upotherwise it would have been most unpleasant!). Anyway, my mother came in, calling me with unquestionable authority, and then she found the open desk and the piece of paper: Whats that?! She grabbed it. What have you been up to? I dont know what I replied, but she went to the doctor: My daughter has become a sleepwalker! You have to give her a drug.
   It wasnt easy.

0 1961-12-16, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   One day (Im translating the last section of The Synthesis of Yoga, The Yoga of Self-Perfectionit plunges you into bottomless gulfs) and one day (I think Ive told you this), I had a vision of the gap between not even what ought to be, because we probably havent the slightest idea of that, but between our concept of what we would like to be and what is. And it was so dreadful that the body was thrown into, oh an anguish, a horror; and along with it an intensity of aspiration, a Prayer. The gap seemed so tremendous: Is it possible?
   Thats how it felt.

0 1961-12-20, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But between these two meetings he participated in a whole series of experiences, experiences of gradually growing awareness. This is partly noted in Prayers and Meditations (I have cut out all the personal segments). But there was one experience I didnt speak of there (that is, I didnt describe it, I put only the conclusion)the experience where I say Since the man refused I was offering participation in the universal work and the new creation and the man didnt want it, he refused, and so I now offer it to God.6
   I dont know, Im putting it poorly, but this experience was concrete to the point of being physical. It happened in a Japanese country-house where we were living, near a lake. There was a whole series of circumstances, events, all kinds of thingsa long, long story, like a novel. But one day I was alone in meditation (I have never had very profound meditations, only concentrations of consciousness Mother makes an abrupt gesture showing a sudden ingathering of the entire being); and I was seeing. You know that I had taken on the conversion of the Lord of Falsehood: I tried to do it through an emanation incarnated in a physical being [Richard]7, and the greatest effort was made during those four years in Japan. The four years were coming to an end with an absolute inner certainty that there was nothing to be done that it was impossible, impossible to do it this way. There was nothing to be done. And I was intensely concentrated, asking the Lord, Well, I made You a vow to do this, I had said, Even if its necessary to descend into hell, I will descend into hell to do it. Now tell me, what must I do?The Power was plainly there: suddenly everything in me became still; the whole external being was completely immobilized and I had a vision of the Supreme more beautiful than that of the Gita. A vision of the Supreme.8 And this vision literally gathered me into its arms; it turned towards the West, towards India, and offered meand there at the other end I saw Sri Aurobindo. It was I felt it physically. I saw, sawmy eyes were closed but I saw (twice I have had this vision of the Supremeonce here, much later but this was the first time) ineffable. It was as if this Immensity had reduced itself to a rather gigantic Being who lifted me up like a wisp of straw and offered me. Not a word, nothing else, only that.
  --
   Mother is probably alluding to this passage in Prayers and Meditations (September 3, 1919): 'Since the man refused the meal I had prepared with so much love and care, I invoke the God to take it.'
   See conversation of November 5, 1961.
   Perhaps Mother is alluding to this passage from Prayers and Meditations (October 10, 1918): 'My Father smiled at me and gathered me into his powerful arms....'
   ***

0 1962-02-03, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And if one adds to this, as I do, a mantric program, that is, a sort of Prayer or invocation, a program for both personal development and helping the collective, then it becomes a truly active work. Then theres also what I call external work: contact with others, reading and answering letters, seeing and speaking to people, and finally all the activities having to do with the organization and running of the Ashram (in meditation this work becomes worldwide, but physically, materially, it is limited for the moment to the Ashram).
   In the course of my observation, I also saw the position of X and people like him, who practically spend their lives doing japa, plus meditation, puja,4 ceremonies (I am talking only about sincere people, not fakers). Well, thats their way of working for the world, of serving the Divine, and it seems the best way to themperhaps even the only way but its a question of mental belief. In any case, its obvious that even a bit of not exactly puja, but some sort of ceremony that you set yourself to dohabitual gestures symbolizing and expressing a particular inner statecan also be a help and a way of offering yourself and relating to the Divine and thus serving the Divine. I feel its important looked at in this waynot from the traditional viewpoint, I cant stand that traditional viewpoint; I understand it, but it seems to me like putting a brake on true self-giving to the Divine. I am speaking of SELF-IMPOSED japa and rules (or, if someone gives you the japa, rules you accept with all your heart and adhere to). These self-imposed rules should be followed as a gesture of love, as a way of saying to the Divine, I love You. Do you see what I mean? Like arranging flowers in a certain way, burning incense, dozens of little things like that, made beautiful because of what is put into themit is a form of self-giving.

0 1962-07-28, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The first Prayers and Meditations date from November 1912, but there may have been earlier ones among the numerous texts Mother destroyed.
   ***

0 1962-09-15, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I dont want English. I dont want English! And more and more, I dont want English. For instance, the English translation of Prayers and Meditations is out of print and they wanted to reprint it. I said no: If you want, you can reprint what Sri Aurobindo HIMSELF translated (theres not much, just a thin volume). That, yes, because Sri Aurobindo translated it. But even at that, its not the same thing as my textits Sri Aurobindos, not mine.
   Prayers and Meditations came to me, you knowit was dictated each time. I would write at the end of my concentration, and it didnt pass through the mind, it just came and it obviously came from someone interested in beautiful form. I used to keep it under lock and key so nobody would see it. But when I came here Sri Aurobindo asked about it, so I showed him a few pages and then he wanted to see the rest. Otherwise I would have always kept it locked away. I destroyed whatever was leftthere were five thick volumes in which I had written every single day (there was some repetition, of course): the outcome of my concentrations. So I chose which parts would be published (Sri Aurobindo helped in the choice), copied them out, and then I cut the pages up and had the rest burned.
   Thats a shame!

0 1962-12-15, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But to me this seems to come from his Jewish background. Because Thon was Jewish, even though he never mentioned the fact (the Tlemcen officials made it known: when he arrived he had to tell them who he was). He never spoke of it and he had changed his name. They said he was of Jewish origin, but they could never say whether he was Polish or Russian. At least the person who told me never knew. But for the Jews its the Unthinkable, whose name must not be uttered (it is uttered only once a year, on the Day of Atonement; I think thats what its called). Its the word Yahveh, and it must not be uttered. But the Prayers speak of the Elohim, and the Hebrew word Elohim is plural, meaning the invisible lords. So there was no one and only God for Thon, only the unthinkable Formless; and all the invisible beings who claimed to be one and only gods were Asuras.
   He used to call Christ That young man! (Laughter) It was very funny.

0 1963-01-30, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   In my case it was from the age of twenty to thirty that I was concerned with French (before twenty I was more involved in vision: painting; and sound: music), but as regards language, literature, language sounds (written or spoken), it was approximately from twenty to thirty. The Prayers and Meditations were written spontaneously with that rhythm. If I stayed in an ordinary consciousness I would get the knack of that rhythm but now it doesnt work that way, it wont do!
   Yesterday, after my translation, I was surprised at that sense a sense of absolute: THATS HOW IT IS. Then I tried to enter into the literary mind and wondered, What would be its various suggestions? And suddenly, I saw somehow (somehow, somewhere there) a host of suggestions for every line! Ohh! No doubt, I thought, it IS an absolute! The words came like that, without any room for discussion or anything. To give you an example: when he says the clamour of the human plane, clameur exists in French, its a very nice wordhe didnt want it, he said No, without any discussion. It wasnt an answer to a discussion, he just said, Not clameur: vacarme.1 It isnt as though he was weighing one word against another, it wasnt a matter of words but the THOUGHT of the word, the SENSE of the word: No, not clameur, its vacarme.

0 1963-02-15, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   When I sit down to play, I make how should I put it? Not a Prayer, but my usual invocation, like this (gesture above), I am in a state of contemplation, and all of a sudden it starts: I see my hands in position on the keys, and, Now then, begin that way! All right, I begin that way. Then one note calls for the next. But I have to be very tranquil. And, oh, what I hear is lovely, so lovely! But I have no idea of what I play. I play without hearing what I play: I hear the other thing.
   Thats why one day I will ask to listen to the recording to see whether both things are the same.

0 1963-03-13, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And an invisible Presence kneels in Prayer.
   Pretty lovely!
  --
   And an invisible Presence kneels in Prayer.
   On some deep breast of liberating peace
  --
   It sent its voiceless Prayer to the Unknown;
   It listened for the footsteps of its hopes

0 1963-05-11, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Mother later clarified: "'Glory to You, O Lord' isn't MY mantra, it's something I ADDED to itmy mantra is something else altogether, that's not it. When I say that my mantra has the power of immortality, I mean the other, the one I don't speak of! I have never given the words.... You see, at the end of my walk, a kind of enthusiasm rises, and with that enthusiasm, the 'Glory to You' came to me, but it's part of the Prayer I had written in Prayers and Meditations: 'Glory to You, O Lord, all-triumphant Supreme' etc. (it's a long Prayer). It came back suddenly, and as it came back spontaneously, I kept it. Moreover, when Sri Aurobindo read this Prayer in Prayers and Meditations, he told me it was very strong. So I added this phrase as a kind of tail to my japa. But 'Glory to You, O Lord' isn't my spontaneous mantrait came spontaneously, but it was something written very long ago. The two things are different."
   Such is the case, for example, of Anandamayi-M, who was said to be hysterical because of the strange gestures she made during her meditations, until it turned out that they were ritual asanas and mudras which she performed spontaneously.

0 1963-07-20, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   It happens especially during daytime (between 12:30 and 1 oclocknot for long, a few minutes, I cant say; and between 5:30 and 6). At night its not the same, because (I think Ive told you already) as soon as I stretch out, the whole body is like a Prayer. Its more than an aspiration, its an intense need: Lord, take hold of me ENTIRELY! So there may be nothing but You, and that always brings about a result [the trance]which may last more or less long, until (how can I put it?) the moment agreed upon comes! Then when I wake up, or rather when the body emerges from that state, it knows its agreed upon, it doesnt have that anxiety. I dont know how to explain. In terms of consciousness its almost like a child: very simple, very simple. No complications, no complications whatever, very simple: to do what is to be done in the proper way while expressing the supreme Will. That is, to bring as little mixture as possible to the supreme Will (its not a question of Will: the Movement, the Vibration), as little mixture or distortion or deterioration as possible to the Vibrationwe always translate into words that are too intellectual.
   But the body is docile, full of goodwill. Only I find its a little bit of a whiner (that must be particular to this one, I am sure other bodies are different), it isnt spontaneously joyful. Not that it complains, not at all, but Perhaps its due to that sort of concentration of Force of progressits not a blissful satisfaction, far from it. Its a long time since it stopped enjoying ordinary satisfactions, like the sense of taste, of smell: it doesnt enjoy any of thatit is conscious, very conscious, it can discern things very clearly, but in an entirely objective way, without deriving any pleasure from them.

0 1963-07-24, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And yet, for some time now and increasingly, there has been an extremely concrete Response to a kind of aspiration (a call or Prayer) in which I say to the Lord, Supreme Lord, manifest Your Love. (It comes at the end of a long invocation in which I ask Him to manifest all His aspects one after another, one after another, and it ends like that.) But then, remarkably enough, at that moment there comes a Response which is growing clearer and clearer, stronger and stronger. But Sri Aurobindo says that Truth should be established first, and that what he calls the Supramental is the supreme Truth, the Divine Truth. It corresponds to what I noticed while translating that last chapter on the perfection of the being in the Yoga of Self-Perfection: I kept thinking, But thats only the aspect of Truth; all that he expresses is the aspect of Truth; always and everywhere, its the angle of Truth; and his supramental action is an action of Truth.
   I didnt know he had said it, but its written clearly here:

0 1963-08-10, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The last experience (which Ive had these last few days), in which apparently there was a hitch (it wasnt really one) was a sort of demonstration. I told you what it was, you remember: its like a purge of all the vibrations that are false vibrations, that arent the pure and simple response to the supreme Influence (all that in the cells still responds to the vibrations of falsehood, either from habit or from the people around or the food takenfifty thousand things). Then, with an aspiration or a decision, almost a Prayer for purification coming from the body, something happens which, naturally, upsets the balance; the imbalance in turn brings about a general discomfort. The form discomfort takes is habitually the same: first, pains and all kinds of sensations I need not describe; if that state goes on developing, if it is allowed to assume its full proportions, it results in the past it resulted in a faint. But this time, I followed the process for about two hours from the moment I got up: the struggle between the new balance, the new Influence that was getting established, and the resistance of all the existing elements forced to go away. That created a sort of conflict. The consciousness remained very clear the consciousness of the BODY remained very clear, very quiet, perfectly trusting. So for two hours I was able to follow the process (while going on with all my usual activities, without changing anything), until I felt, or rather was told sufficiently clearly that the Lord wanted my body to be completely immobile for a while so that He might complete His work. But I am not all alone: there are other people here to help me and watch over everything (but I dont say or explain anything to them, those are things I dont talk about I dont say what goes on, I dont say anything), so I sat there wondering, Is it really and truly indispensable? (Mother laughs) Then I felt the Lord exert a little more pressure, which heightened the intensity of the conflict, so that I had all the signs of fainting I understood (!) I stood up, let my body moan a little to make it plain it didnt feel too well (!) and I stretched out. Then I was immobile, and in that immobility, I saw the work that was being donea work that cannot be done if you go on moving about. I saw the work. It took nearly half an hour; in half an hour it was over. Which means there is really there is a fact I cannot doubt, even if all the surrounding thoughts and forces contradict it: I cannot doubt that the consciousness is increasing more and more the consciousness in the body. It is growing more and more precise, luminous, exactQUIETvery peaceful. Yet very conscious of a TREMENDOUS battle against millennial habits. Do you follow?
   When it was over, I saw that even physically, bodily, there is a strength: the result is an increased strength. A very clearly increased strength.

0 1963-08-24, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   At times For the body its a constant worka constant laborvery tiny, of every instant, an unceasing effort, with, so to say, an imperceptible result (externally at any rate, quite nonexistent), so for someone who doesnt have my consciousness, its perfectly obvious that the body appears to wear out and age, to be slowly heading for decomposition: thats in everyones atmosphere and consciousness (Mother laughs), its the kind of appreciation and vibration thats being thrown all the time on this poor body, which besides is quite conscious of its infirmityit doesnt entertain any illusions! But that quiet, peaceful, but UNCEASING endurance in the effort of transformation makes it sometimes yearn for a little ecstasynot as an abolition or annihilation, not at all, but it seems to be saying, Oh, Lord, I beg you, let me be You in all tranquillity. In fact, thats its Prayer every evening when people are supposed to leave it in peace (unfortunately they leave it in peace physically, but mentally they dont). But that I could cut off, I learned to cut off long, long ago, I could cut off, but something, I mean somewhere, someone doesnt approve! (Mother laughs) Obviously what the Someone the great Someonewants to see realized is perfect peace, perfect rest, and joy, a passive joy (not too active; a passive joy is enough), a passive, constant joy, WITHOUT forsaking the work. In other words, the individual experience isnt regarded as all-importantvery far from it: the help given to the whole, the leaven which makes the whole rise, is AT LEAST equally important. Ultimately, thats probably the major reason for persisting in this body.
   Nothing inside asks any questions, there are no problems there; all the problems I am talking about are posed by the body, for the body; otherwise, inside, everything is perfect, everything is exactly as it should be. And totally so: what people call good, what they call evil, the beautiful, the ugly, the all that is a small immensity (not a big immensity), a small immensity that is moving more and more towards a progressive realization thats the correct phrasewithin an integral Consciousness which integrally (how should I put it?) enjoys, or I could say, feels the plenitude of what He doesdoes, is and so forth (its all the same thing). But this poor body

0 1963-12-07 - supramental ship, #Agenda Vol 04, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   There have been many efforts, concentrations, meditations, Prayers to bring about the clarification and control of all those semiconscious reflexes that govern individualsa great concentration on that point. And this experience seems to be the outcome.
   There are lots of things which people dont even take notice of in life (when they live an ordinary life, they dont take any notice), theres a whole field of things that are absolutely not quite unconscious, but certainly not conscious; they are reflexesreflexes, reactions to stimuli, and so on and also the response (a semiconscious, barely conscious response) to the pressure exerted from above by the Force, which people are totally unconscious of. It is the study of this question which is now in the works; I am very much occupied with it. A study of every second. You see, there are different ways for the Lord to be present, its very interesting (the difference isnt for Him, its for us!), and it depends precisely on the amount of habitual reflex movements that take place almost outside our observation (generally completely outside it) And this question preoccupied me very, very much: the ways of feeling the Lords Presence the different ways. There is a way in which you feel it as something vague, but of which you are sureyou are always sure but the sensation is vague and a bit blurred and at other times it is an acute Presence2 (Mother touches her face), very precise, in all that you do, all that you feel, all that you are. There is an entire range. And then if we follow the movement (gesture in stages, moving away), there are those who are so far away, so far, that they dont feel anything at all.

0 1964-01-22, #Agenda Vol 05, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Its Prayers that come out from here (gesture to the heart center), like this, all of a sudden, unexpectedly they come out all the time, but I found this one interesting. It was again after my bath (!). It often happens at that time.
   To be what You want me to be,

0 1964-03-25, #Agenda Vol 05, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And I saw (because I wanted to see, and I saw) that the other experience was still there but it was beginning to be almost habitual, almost natural, while this one was new. It was the result of my old Prayer: Lord, take possession of this brain.
   Well, thats what is happeninghappening everywhere, all the time. So if it happens in a large enough aggregate, it gives the appearance of a miracle4but it is the miracle of the whole EARTH.

0 1964-03-28, #Agenda Vol 05, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I see the problem very clearly, because all these experiences (if you reread Prayers and Meditations, you will see), I had them in the mind, even in the vital, and at the time, naturally, what I said was very clear, it made perfect sense; but the body didnt participate: it obeyed. When its perfectly docile, it obeys, and it didnt stand in the way. But whats happening now is that all this, all these living experiences are taking place in the body itself; and unless one has them HERE, all my explanations of vibrations are meaningless
   Its only when the experience becomes mental and psychological that people understand it.

0 1964-08-08, #Agenda Vol 05, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   He was an inventive manmy father also had a very inventive imagination. But my father was a first-rate mathematician, while I dont know about this man. He had invented a meditating machine! It was really very interesting, I even brought it back; but it worked with batteries and I couldnt replace them, so its useless now. It must still be around somewhere. But its a machine like the Prayer wheel, something of that sort, but it was a meditating machine! It was very interesting. There are some strange things.
   ***

0 1964-09-23, #Agenda Vol 05, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And I clearly feel that the problem could disappear only if the supreme Consciousness truly took possession of the cells and made them live, act, move, like that, so they had the sense of the Omnipotence taking hold of them; then it would be over, they would no longer be responsible for anything. This seems to be the only solution. Then comes the Prayer, When will it come?
   Aspire intensely, but without impatience.

0 1965-05-08, #Agenda Vol 06, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   It has been a revolution in the atmosphere, thats why I am telling you about it. Because all the experiences described [in Savitri] are precisely the experiences I have. So then, suddenly, in the body.. I was over there in the music room, and H. was reading to me; then when she had finished reading, all of a sudden the body sat up straight in an aspiration and a Prayer of such intensity! It was a dreadful anguish, you know: See, the whole experience is here [in Mother], complete, total, perfect, and because this thing [the body] has lived too long, it no longer has the power of expression. And it said, But why, Lord? Why, why do You take away from me the power of expression because this has lived too long? It was a sort of revolution in the bodys consciousness.
   Things have been much better since, much better. There has been a decisive change.

0 1965-05-29, #Agenda Vol 06, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And when X came, they took him to Auroville,2 and there is there a small Ganesh temple that was bought along with the land, on condition that the small temple be respected and people be allowed to come and offer Prayers if they want to. They showed him the temple, he was very glad, then they asked him what should be done for the ritesOh, Ganesh will look after that, dont worry! (Mother laughs) He said that very nicely.
   ***

0 1965-07-21, #Agenda Vol 06, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Isnt it! I am quite astonished. I noticed it yesterday or the day before. I wasnt well, anyway things werent pleasant, and all of a sudden, here was all this mind saying a Prayer. A Prayer you know how I used to say Prayers before, in Prayers and Meditations: it was the Mind saying Prayers; it would have experiences and say Prayers; well, here we are, now its the experience of all the cells: an intense aspiration, and suddenly all this starts expressing it in words.
   I noted it.
  --
   It was dinner time; there had been (there always is) a fatigue, a tension, the need for more harmony in the atmosphere its becoming a little heavy going; and there I was, sitting, when all of a sudden, all this straightened up like a flame, oh, in a great intensity, and then it was as if this body-mind, on behalf of the body (it was the body beginning to be mentalized), were saying a Prayer (Mother looks for a note) And it very much has the sense of the oneness of Matter (this has been very strong for a long, long time, but its becoming very conscious: a sort of identity); so there was the sense of the totality of Matterterrestrial, human Matter, human Matter and it said:
   I am tired of our unworthiness. But it is not to rest that this body aspires
  --
   I wrote this very fast, then I left it there. But heres this mind showing itself to be like the other (Mother looks for a second note), it has a sort of concern for perfection in the expression; and in the afternoon of the next day (it generally happens after my bath; there is a sort of special activity at that time), after my bath it was in that state and I had to write this (it had become quite like a Prayer):
   OM, supreme Lord,
  --
   And then, in the afternoon, it was no longer a Prayer, but the observation of a fact (Mother looks for a third note). I found it was becoming interesting. It said:
   The other states of being
  --
   Everything that was mental I remember very clearly the state I was in when I wrote those Prayers and Meditations, especially when I wrote them here (all those I wrote here in 1914): it seems to me cold and dry yes, dry, lifeless. Its luminous, its lovely, pleasant, but its cold, lifeless. Whereas this aspiration here [in the cellular mind], oh, it has a powera power of realizationquite an extraordinary power. If this becomes organized, it will be possible to do something. There is an accumulated power there.
   (silence)

0 1965-07-24, #Agenda Vol 06, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And that Prayer I told you the other day was after that; not immediately afterwards, but a day later. As though having had that experience in the physical mind and seen exactly what it was, the nature of this mind, had permitted a progress.
   And what gave me an indication of the falsity of that consciousness and its activities was when I made that efforta tremendous effortto recall that my brother had died years earlier; from that I saw the distance between my true consciousness and the consciousness I was in for that dream. I saw the distance of falsity of that consciousness. It gave me a very clear indication. Instead of that quiet and peaceful consciousness which is like an undulationan undulation of light that always goes like this (gesture of great wings beating in the Infinite), a very vast, very peaceful movement of the consciousness, yet which follows the universal movement very quietlyinstead of that, there was something strained (gesture to the temples), it was as hard as wood or iron and strained, tense, oh! Then I knew how false it was. It gave me the exact measure.

0 1965-08-21, #Agenda Vol 06, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   (Mother holds out another flower called Prayer) Here, a Prayer that they may change.
   No, we should never give details, that way they wouldnt be able to fling them back at us.

0 1965-11-27, #Agenda Vol 06, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And then, the Flame When the Flame lights up, everything becomes different. But this Flame is something totally different; its totally different from religious feeling, religious aspiration, religious worship (all that is very fine, its the summit of what man can do and its very fine, its excellent for humanity), but this Flame, the Flame of transformation, is something else. Oh, I remember now that Sri Aurobindo reminded me of something I had written in Japan (which is printed in Prayers and Meditations), and I had never understood what I had written. I always tried to understand and asked myself, What the devil did I mean? I have no idea. It had come like that and I had written it directly. It was about a child and it read, Do not come too near him because you will get burnt. (I dont remember the words at all.) And I always wondered, Whats this child I am referring to? And why should one take care not to come too near him??5 And suddenly, only yesterday or the day before, I understood; suddenly he showed me, he told me, Its this: the child is the beginning of the new creation, it is still in its infancy, so dont touch it if you dont want to be burntbecause it burns.
   (silence)
  --
   Prayers and Meditations, March 27, 1917: "...You see it in your own heart, this triumphant hearth; you alone can bear it without its being destructive. If others touched it, they would be consumed. Do not therefore let them come too near it. The child must know that he must not touch the bright flame that attracts him so much...."
   ***

0 1966-04-16, #Agenda Vol 07, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The body constantly used to ask (not a sign or an assurance or a proof: its all of that together), it used to ask for a sort of sensation (sensation, if it can be called that) that it is the Lord that rules (I am putting it in childlike words because they are the truest), that it is the Lord that rules. It asked for that all the time, the way a child could ask: that in all the innumerable nothings one does all the time, which are the very fabric of the bodys existence. It became so intense. Anything perceived as separate from that becomes inert: ashes. Inert without even the power of inertia: the inertia of dust. I mean that a rock has a power in its existence, a power of cohesion, of durationits not even that: its dust. So then, there was constantly, constantly that Prayer in the body. And thats what led me to the experience.
   When that is there, everything seems to swell with a golden, luminous, radiating Power: its so intense as to have volume! If that isnt there, everything is dust.

0 1966-04-27, #Agenda Vol 07, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   In vain his heart lifts up its yearning Prayer,
   Peopling with brilliant Gods the formless Void

0 1966-05-07, #Agenda Vol 07, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   For instance, there are passages I wrote in those Prayers and Meditations, some of which have been publishedpassages I wrote in Japan, and when I wrote them, I didnt at all know what they meant. For a very long time I didnt know. And very recently, one of those things that had always remained mysterious cleared up, I said, There! Its crystal clear, thats what it means.
   In other words, a prophetic little spirit without knowing it!

0 1966-11-23, #Agenda Vol 07, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   He answers not the ignorant voice of Prayer.
   Eternal while the ages toil beneath,

0 1967-01-18, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   This possibility of transformation in trance was announced to the body about yes, about sixty years ago, and periodically afterwards. And there has always been a Prayer: No, may it not be necessary: its the method of laziness. Its the method of inertia. Now all those preferences, all that is gone. There is only an increasingly alerted, awakened consciousness, but awakened to the point of being alerted to the possibility of unconscious resistances, with the will for them to disappear. All depends on the plasticity, the receptivity.
   You understand, even if this body is told, You will have to last a hundred or two hundred years for the work to be done without trance, it says, Its all the same to me. All it wants is to be conscious. All it wants is, Lord, to be conscious of Your consciousness, nothing else. Thats its sole, exclusive will: To be conscious of Your consciousness, that is, to consciously become You in another mode. But it isnt in a hurry, because it has no reason to be in a hurry.

0 1967-04-15, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   There is something interesting in this cellular consciousness: they have a sense of sincerity which is MUCH sharper, and what they call in English exacting, than in the vital and the mind (even the material vital and mind). There is a sort of absoluteness in the sincerity which is very remarkable, and they have a rigorousness between them which is quite wonderful. Its extremely interesting. If anything, any part, any movement, tries to cheat, they catch it like this (gesture of nipping it and wringing its neck), and in such a sharp and precise way. In all the vital or mental movements, there is always a kind of (sinuous gesture) suppleness, something that tries to adaptwhile here, oh its like this (inflexible gesture). So when there is invocation, Prayer, self-giving, surrender, trust, all those things become so pureso pure, so crystalline, you know, that oh!
   And precisely, there is a growing conviction that a perfection realized in Matter is a perfection that is FAR MORE perfect than anywhere else. Thats what gives it a stability it has nowhere else. If there is something somewhere (when there is a great offering and then a joyous self-giving, joyous surrender), if there is something that comes in with even the slightest self-interest for instance, a suffering in some little corner (a pain or disorder), which hopes for or wishes or expects some improvement then it gets caught like this (same gesture of nipping and wringing its neck) and its told, Oh, insincere one! Give yourself unconditionally. Then its magnificent.

0 1967-04-27, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Here is the sequence of events: someone living here had a very bad cold some seven or eight days before the darshan. I said to myself, I must not catch it(in fact, Mother has a bad cold). So I did a special Prayer not to catch it. But it has had consequences.
   I told you about that experience (which has been growing increasingly concrete and constant) of the Vibration of Harmony (a higher harmony expressing the essential Consciousness in its aspect of love and harmony and, as it draws nearer to the manifestation, of order and organization), and of the nearly constant and general vibration of disorder, disharmony, conflictin reality, Matters resistance to this Action. The two vibrations are like this (Mother slips the fingers of her right hand between those of the left), as if they interpenetrated each other and a simple movement of consciousness sent you to one side or the other, or rather, the aspiration, the will for realization, put you into contact with the Vibration of Harmony, and the SLIGHTEST slackening made you lapse into the other. It has become constant. And then, on the 24th, right from morning there was a constant aspiration, a constant will for the triumph of the Vibration of Harmony. Then I sat down at my table as I always do, about five or ten minutes before it began. And instantly, with a puissancea puissance capable of crushing an elephantthis Vibration of Harmony came down like that, massive to the point that the body lost the sense of its existence altogether: it became That, it was conscious of nothing but That. And the first quarter of an hour literally flashed by in a second. Then, there were three people in the room; one of the three, or maybe all three, felt a malaise (nothing surprising!), and that woke me up: I saw the light (I burn a candle on my table) and I saw the time, but it wasnt me something saw. Then there was a sort of pacifying action on the place, and thengone again. And one second later, the call of the end!1

0 1967-05-06, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But I found that interesting, because Its generally like this: the Force is there, working, and if something comes (a call from someone, a Prayer or something), all this (gesture to the forehead) generally remains absolutely still, immobile, letting only the Force pass through, and all I sometimes do is simply (gesture of offering or presenting something upward): Lord, here is this task, its for You. Thats all, and I leave it. But in this case, I was sitting at my table (the telegram had just come), and I concentrated and quite deliberately and consciously I put him in contact with the Force. Because there was a whole world of suggestions, he expected the end: This time its the end. So because of that, I concentrated and put a formation.
   (silence)

0 1967-06-07, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But you know I have rarely felt thatyesterday there was really something like a Prayer for Israel.
   Indeed there was!

0 1967-06-30, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But now I remember what it was this morning: it was about physical health and balance; because it was like an answer to a sort of call (or Prayer or aspiration, anyway, as you like) that I had yesterday evening, and in the night it was as if I was being shown the mechanism to restore harmony in the bodys functioning.
   And I made a special concentration for you, which continued this morning. Now I remember.

0 1967-07-05, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   (long silence, then Mother repeats this Prayer:)
   Glory to You, O Lord, all-triumphant Supreme,

0 1967-07-08, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   You know that I burned all those notebooks. For how many years?over at least four or five years, every day I used to write Prayers and Meditations (I had several big notebooks, big like this). Then, when Sri Aurobindo told me to make a book out of them (naturally, as it was written every day, there were some repetitions), so I made my selection; I selected and extracted all those he wanted (I kept a few, which I extracted and distributed), and as for the rest It was a long, long time ago, I was still living over there.1 The last time that I wrote, was after my return from Japan, that is, in 1920. In 1920 I still wrote a little, then stopped. Then Sri Aurobindo chanced upon it, and he told me it had to be published. I said all right, I made a selection, and what to do with the rest? So I burned it.
   Oh, what didnt I hear!

0 1967-07-22, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   To man, God is too slow in answering his Prayer.
   To God, man is too slow in opening to His influence.

0 1967-08-02, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But its not the full Presence yet, not the complete Presence of the being, which, through an incontrovertible omnipotence, changes things. And then, the body, with something so very moving in the simplicity of its Prayer and its childlike astonishment, asks, Since You are there, how can that be? And all that is ready to be transformed is transformed. But it isnt yet (how can I explain?) the compelling thing (gesture of irresistible descent), the absolute authority that nothing can resistits not that, not yet, far from it.
   Theres no knowing how much more time it will take.

0 1967-08-16, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And in the evening (at the balcony), there was a crowd (I think it was the largest crowd weve ever had, it filled all the streets; the streets were full of people as far as the eye could see), so I came out. And when I came out, there arose from that whole crowd a sort of something in between an entreaty, a Prayer and a protest, for the worlds condition, and particularly the countrys. And it rose up in waves. I looked at it (it was extremely insistent), then said to myself, Today isnt my day, its Sri Aurobindos day, and I did like this (gesture of withdrawal) and put Sri Aurobindo in front. Then, when he came to the fore, while bringing himself to the fore, he simply said, very simply, The Lord knows better what He is doing. (Mother laughs) I immediately started smiling (I didnt laugh, but started smiling), and there came the same peace as in the morning.
   Thats all.

0 1967-09-16, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Have you heard about the latest decision? In the church, the priest always used to turn his back to the faithful while officiating: he would face the deity and turn his back to the faithful (the original idea was certainly that he represented the faithfuls aspiration and Prayer: he addressed himself to the Divine). Now the Pope has said, Turn your altars around, face the public and represent the Divine. Its interesting. They are doing it here now, and the comical part is that theyve asked U. to do the work of turning the altars around. Thats how I know it, its U. who told me; they have asked him to go to all the churches here and turn the altars around. Its a big job because they are embedded.
   (silence)

0 1967-09-30, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And it explains the manner in which he received P. when he went there. P. (an Indian disciple), as you know, paid him a visit; he was taken there by an Italian who had come here (a very nice boy who showed him around Italy and took him to the Pope). The Pope gave him a private audience, and after talking to him, asking questions, replying (it was a whole conversation), he said to P. with a smile, And now what are you going to give me? (They spoke in French.) Then P. said, I have only one thing, which I always keep with me and is infinitely precious to me, but I will give it to you, and he gave him Prayers and Meditations. And the Pope answered, I am going to read them.
   So it all fits together.

0 1967-10-19, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Not this year, but it says there will be a terrible battle before the second coming of Christ. I know nothing about that myself! But a lady disciple in Holland has written a letter: it seems everyone there is terror-stricken, theres panic all over the country (!) and they say its the year of the battle. And here in India (not concertedly, of course), astrologers have said that September and October are months of a terrible battle (maybe not a war, but a battle) between Truth and Falsehood. There in Holland, it seems its like in the year 1000: they gather for meditations, entreaties, collective Prayers. Well. And here, its the same thing, they are panic-stricken.
   But battle there is. You cant move a finger without waging a battle.

0 1967-11-22, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   At the end of the physical demonstration,1 all the children are going to pray in chorus, and the Prayer has been written by me. I will read it to you.
   But I hadnt thought about it: they asked me for it, and I wrote it.
   Probably, they have read the Bulletin, and then they asked me for a Prayera Prayer that would really be the bodys. I answered:
   THE Prayer OF THE CELLS IN THE BODY
   Now that by the effect of the Grace we are slowly emerging out of inconscience and waking up to a conscious life, an ardent Prayer rises in us for more light, more consciousness:
   O Supreme Lord of the Universe,
  --
   They will say it after their demonstration; it appears they are going to show the whole evolution of physical culture, and then, at the end, they will say, We have not reached the end, we are at the beginning of something, and here is our Prayer.
   I was very glad.
  --
   The body, you see, theyve asked for a Prayer of the BODY. They have come to understand that the body must begin to transform itself into something else. Previously, they were all full of the whole history of physical culture in every country, in which country its most developed, the use of the body as it is, and and so on. Anyway, it was the Olympic ideal. Now, they have leaped beyond: that is the past, now they want the transformation.
   You understand, people were asking to be divine in their mind and vital that is, the whole ancient history of spirituality, the same old theme for centuries but now, its the BODY. Its the body that asks to participate. Its certainly a progress.
  --
   And this physical mind, which Sri Aurobindo said was an impossibility, that it was something that goes round in circles and would go on turning round forever, without consciousness, precisely, like a sort of machine, this physical mind has been converted, it has fallen silent, and in silence it has received inspiration from the Consciousness. And it has started praying again: the same Prayers that were earlier in the mind.
   I quite understand all that can take place in you, but
  --
   Otherwise, it would be hopeless! If this matter, which began as Even a stone is already an organization; it was certainly worse than a stone: the inert, absolute Inconscient. Then, little by little, little by little, it awakens. One can see it, you know, one sees it: one just has to open ones eyes to see it. Well, the same thing is now taking place: for the animal to become a man, it didnt take anything more than the infusion of a consciousnessa mental consciousness and now, its the awakening of that consciousness which was there, deep down, in the very depths. The mind has withdrawn, the vital has withdrawn, everything has withdrawn; when I was supposedly ill, the mind had gone away, the vital had gone away, and the body was left to itselfpurposely. And thats why, its precisely because the vital and mind had gone that it looked like a very serious illness. And then, in the body left to itself, the cells little by little started awakening to the consciousness (gesture of a rising aspiration); once those two had gone, the consciousness which had been infused into the body THROUGH the vital (from the mind to the vital and from the vital to the body) started slowly, slowly emerging. It began with that burst of Love right at the top, from the extreme, supreme altitude; then, little by little, little by little, it came down to the body. Then that sort of physical mind, that is, something totally and completely idiotic going round and round in circles, forever repeating the same thing over and over again, became clear little by little and grew conscious, organized, then fell silent. And then in that silence, the aspiration expressed itself in Prayers.
   (silence)
  --
   (Mother translates into French the Prayer of the cells in the body silence)
   So?

0 1967-11-25, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Prayers of the Consciousness of the Cells

0 1967-11-Prayers of the Consciousness of the Cells, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Prayers of the Consciousness of the Cells
   (second series) Link to the First Series
  --
   The Prayer of the cells in the body
   (The Prayer of the bodys cells)
   Now that by the effect of the Grace we are slowly emerging out of inconscience and waking up to a conscious life, an ardent Prayer rises in us for more light, more consciousness:
   O Supreme Lord of the Universe,

0 1967-12-16, #Agenda Vol 08, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Now I dont even remember what I wrote for the School. I know that one message was in the form of a wish (two or three were like that), and one was in the form of a Prayer, that is, directly addressed to the Truth: O Truth
   But its very pleasant to have this empty, oh, very restful.

0 1968-02-03, #Agenda Vol 09, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   In my life, I have been given so many, so many experiences, as proof that EVERYTHING is possible. For instance, when I was twenty-two, one night, after an experience I had in the night (I forget the details of it) at the time women wore dresses that exactly touched the ground, just touched it without resting on it (gesture of skimming the ground), and in my experience at night, I had grown tallin the morning, there was one inch between the dress and the ground! Which means that the body had grown one inch WITH THE NIGHTS EXPERIENCE. You see, in the nights experience I had grown tall (I dont remember the details), and in the morning And Ive been given that material verification for many such experiences, so as to be sure, so the body may be convinced without having to repeat the experiences over and over again. So it KNOWS, it knows there is nothing impossible, it knows impossible doesnt mean anything. But it doesnt depend on an individual will, you understand. The Consciousness which rules things is a marvel of wisdom, patience, compassion, endurance. When there is destruction or disorder, it means its absolutely unavoidable, absolutelybecause matters resistance in the individual or in things is so strong that it quite naturally brings about disorder or destruction. But that doesnt form part of the Action, the supreme Action, which is a marvel. The body has understood that; it has understood, it is patient. Only, from time to time (how can I put it?) There are people whom I prevent from dyingseveral people. I dont yet have the consciousness, the conscious power to cure them, but the possibility is there and I maintain it above them. That is to say, its not all-powerful in the sense that a certain receptivity, a certain response, a certain attitude are necessary which arent always there (human natures are very fluctuating, there are ups and downs and more ups and downs, and that makes the work very difficult), but at times, during a down spell, when a being suffers or sags, there is something in the consciousness [of Mother], a compassion (how can I explain that?) Affliction and all those movements are movements of weakness, but that is something at once very strong and very sweet, almost like sorrow, and the whole, entire consciousness in the body rises like a Prayer and an aspirationa pure Prayer: Why are things still in this pitiful state, why? Why? And it instantly has an effect [in the sick person]. Unfortunately, the effect doesnt last; it doesnt last because certain conditions in others are still necessary. But its wonderful, you know! Its something so wonderful. And it makes one understand the necessity of a presence on this side, a presence capable of feeling, understanding still IN THE OTHER WAY, so the suffering of others may be a reality. And that also is taken into account, that also means time is needed, patience is needed. Now the body knows ittheres no longer any impatience; there is only, now and then, that sort of sorrow, especially when beings are full of aspiration, goodwill, faith, and in spite of it this suffering is still there, clinging. That on one side, and on the other, one thing: there is still a sort of horror and reprobation of acts of cruelty, of THE cruelty; thats And then, there is this awesome Poweryou feel, you can feel that a mere nothing, a simple little movement would, oh, bring about a catastrophe. So you have to keep that still, still, still so what happens may always be the best.
   Now stupidity, imbecility, ignorance, all those things are looked at with a patience which waits for them to grow. But bad will and crueltyespecially viciousness, cruelty, what LOVES to cause suffering thats still difficult, one still has to keep a hold on oneself. In figurative language (not language, but a way of being), its Kali that wants to strike, and I have to tell her, Keep still, keep still. But thats a human transcription. All those gods, all those beings are real, they exist, but its a transcription. True truth is beyond all that.

0 1968-03-02, #Agenda Vol 09, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   (Mother laughs) Because everyone finds the words arent the ones he wants. There has been quite a to-do with the Communists and the Soviet consul, a very intelligent man, it seems, who has read Sri Aurobindo, is quite interested, wants to be useful and he says, What can I do with divine consciousness!1 (Mother laughs) In our country the word divine is banned. He was told, This has nothing to do with God (a ban on God I quite understand, you see, because you can put whatever you like in the word), but he said, I cant. They sent a Russian translation, which luckily came after the ceremony; it was the translation of their own thought, not at all of my text! So we answered them it had come too late. Its T. who did the translation, but she refused to read it out [at the inauguration], because, she said, it was too heavy a responsibility! (Mother laughs) They are all like that. Finally it was read out by S. But then, we have a Communist architect, a Russian, who has been working a great deal for Auroville, on the models and so on (a young man, he is very nice), and yesterday he came with a Prayer: whether he could change the word divine. I asked him, What are you offering me? He said, The universal consciousness. Then I answered (laughing), You are making it shrink terribly! He was bothered: whats to be done? I told him, Listen, Ill make a concession for you; if you like, well say perfect consciousness, thats harmless. So he was happy, I wrote perfect consciousness on his paper, and he left with it!
   But here, the group of (what shall we call them?) Y.s disciples, the forward group, dont at all like divine consciousness, and the woman who translated it into German (not a direct disciple of Y.s but one of M.s) went to M. to ask for his help (moral help, probably), and the best they could find was highest consciousness. So I asked, Where is your high? Where is your low?

0 1968-03-23, #Agenda Vol 09, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   (Satprem read Mother the end of the Playground Talk of June 3, 1953, about Karma: "In all religions, when people said that [the consequences of Karma were strict] and gave such absolute rules, as for me, I think it was to take the place of Nature and pull people's strings.... So then they panic, they get terrified...they should just go to the next floor up. What should be given them is the key to open the door. The staircase has a door, and it needs a key. The key is a sufficiently sincere aspiration or a sufficiently intense Prayer.... In both there is a magic power, one must know how to use it.... Some detest Prayer (if they went to the bottom of their hearts, they would see it's out of pride). And there are those who have no aspiration, who try but can't aspire that's because they don't have the flame of will, they don't have the flame of humility. Both are needed: to change one's Karma, one must have a very great humility and a very great will.")
   When did I say that?

0 1968-08-07, #Agenda Vol 09, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I have been many times in direct contact with Mother, and I feel her force enveloping me. Yesterday I began reading Mothers Prayers and Meditations. It is a splendor. Every day P.L. and I talk about the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Every day. The Lord has taken you by the hand to this oasis of peace and light: bless him. I envy you! Together with P.L., we form an invincible team. We have great plansand will realize them. I thought I was old, but P.L. has revealed to me that you become old when you stop progressing.
   Its good.

0 1968-09-11, #Agenda Vol 09, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   You will see that your whole conception and notion [of heaven and hell] is based on one thing, an entity you call God, and a world you call his creation, which, to your mind, are two different thingsone having made the other, the latter being subjected to the former and the expression of what the former made. Well, thats the initial error. But if you could feel deep down that there is no division between that something you call God and that something you call the creation; if you thought, Its exactly the same thing, if you could FEEL that what you call God (which is perhaps a mere word), what you call God suffers when you suffer, is ignorant when you are ignorant, and it is through this whole creation that he finds himself again little by little, step by step, unites with himself, realizes himself, expresses himself, and its not at all something he willed arbitrarily and made autocratically, but it is the growing, increasingly developing expression of a consciousness that objectifies itself to itself Then, instead of being like a little child who kneels down, folds his hands and says, God, I implore You, make me a good boy, let me not cause my mother any sorrow (thats very easy and, well, I cant say its bad!), instead of lighting a candle and kneeling before it with folded hands, light a flame in your heart and have a great aspiration for something more beautiful, truer, nobler, better than anything I know; I ask that tomorrow I begin knowing all those things and begin doing all that I cannot doand every day a little more. Then, if you objectify a little, if for some reason you have been put in presence of a lot of misery in the world, if you have unhappy friends or suffering parents or difficultiesanything then you ask that the entire consciousness may rise TOGETHER towards that perfection which must manifest, that all this ignorance which has made the world so unhappy may be changed into enlightened knowledge, that all that bad will may be illumined and transformed into benevolence. And how lovely those Prayers would be!
   I remember that during those classes, on certain days I knew it was the psychic that spoke, and on other days it was only the mind. And that day, I remember, the psychic presence was very strong.

0 1969-09-24, #Agenda Vol 10, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   He thought, But I have nothing left, neither a pendulum nor my hands nor anything. And all of a sudden he had a revelation: You have nothing left because you no longer need anything! Then he began, and he noticed that when his thought met with someones thought or call, it was done in a split second. For instance, one day a woman sent him a wire in Paris: she had given birth and had a torn perineum. He got the wire, thought, and said, Shes cured. The next morning he went and saw her: the perineum had healed. Another extraordinary case: a woman was dying in the fifth month of her pregnancy, dying of meningeal tuberculosis. The hospital was helpless, they brought her home. In reality, she didnt want her child. He went and saw her several times, and one day, she had terrible convulsions and died in his arms. Then, he says, I had a sort of Prayer at the bottom of my heart, I said, But this woman hasnt followed the law of love, its right that she should die, but why should this child in her die? He had a sort of Prayer. And five minutes later, the woman came back to life in his arms. She opened her eyes and said, I am cured. She was indeed cured, but unable to move anymore. Two weeks later, she gave birth to a child, who was not only normal but viable and full-grown, which means that in those fifteen days, the gestation had accelerated and the child was just as full-grown as a nine-month-old child.
   Five months old

0 1969-11-29, #Agenda Vol 10, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Well, what about me with people? Its far worse! (Mother laughs) I CONSTANTLY feel as if I were almost buried under Prayers, entreaties, requestsALL of them for personal things.
   Its like that, its like a mass around me.

0 1970-05-20, #Agenda Vol 11, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   That, you know, is a Prayer I often have: to know what I should say to people.
   Yes.

0 1970-07-11, #Agenda Vol 11, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   O my unique Love which sprang from my heart and filled it so much that it made my life blossom. O my Lord of unique Love who has given himself to me wholly and by the Grace-Light has transmuted me. My Love that has entered and unified with me in my heart, so as to transform my body into a golden body. The skin has become supple, the influx of the nervous current all over the body is vibrating, with pauses in between; the bones have become pliable and plastic in their nature; the soft muscles have become truly loosened; the blood has become condensed within; the semen has become concentrated into a single drop and confined in the chest; the petals of the brain2 have blossomed or expanded; amrita [nectar of immortality] is welling up into springs all over the body and filling it up; the luminous forehead perspires; the luminous face brightens up; the breath full of peace becomes cool and refreshing; the inner smile beams up; the hair stands on end; tears of joy flow down towards the feet; the mouth vibrates into the passionate calling [of the Divine]; the ear tubes ring with the sense of musically humming sound; the body has become cool; the soft chest moves; the hands join [as in Prayer]; the legs revolve or spin round; the mind melts sweetly, the intelligence becomes full of light; the will becomes full of joy and harmony; the individuality has enlarged itself everywhere; the heart has blossomed into the universality of feeling so as to be felt by the world outwardly; the whole knowledge-body has become blissful; even the spiritual egoism of the senses has gone away; the senses (tattva) have been replaced wholly by the truth (sattva), the truth-principle or truth-substance which alone prevails now uniquely; attachment to objects of the senses and to things of the world has dissolved away, and only the aspiration and will towards the illimitable Grace grows and intensifies.3
   And how long did he live like this?
  --
   He says that the bones have become supple. The body has become cool; the soft chest moves; the hands join as in Prayer; the legs revolve or spin round. Which means, I suppose, that the legs can move in every direction, since the bones have become pliable.
   (long silence)

0 1970-07-29, #Agenda Vol 11, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Tomorrow, on your birthday, I will be in thought and Prayer among all your children, so happy to offer you their warmest and most affectionate wishes.
   May God keep you many more years in the affection of your countless friendswho all need your advice and presence to purify their being and let it grow to the superhuman stature willed by the Creator.

0 1970-09-05, #Agenda Vol 11, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   During all this meditation, Satprem was in such an intense Prayer, and there seemed to be a luminous power, almost white, bluish, solid, with these words constantly rising in him, as if they came from this light, "We shall conquer, we shall conquer...."
   Soon afterwards, Sujata reminded Satprem of these lines from Sri Aurobindo's poem, "A God's Labour":

0 1970-09-09, #Agenda Vol 11, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Ah, naturally it would be easier for me. But that (how can I put it?) its not my business. I have no right to demand it: I have to do the work. Naturally, as I told you, your Prayer that night had a you know, the word relief in English. It was, oh, such a relief!
   (very long, moaning silence)

0 1971-04-14, #Agenda Vol 12, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   (Mother goes within. Long contemplation, like a common Prayer for the pain of the earth)
   Oh, mon petit!

0 1971-06-03, #Agenda Vol 12, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Tell Satprem that whatever the circumstances, he must go down very, very deep into his heart: Lord, what You want, Lord, what You want. No questioning, no asking whythis (forehead) silent, and here (heart) remaining steadfastly like this (gesture of clenched fists) with an intense Prayer: Lord, what You want, what You want.
   ***

0 1971-07-10, #Agenda Vol 12, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The experience in the body is very interesting. All so-called moral, intellectual, psychological suffering, in other words, the suffering of the consciousness that is not purely material, seems childish to the body. Yesterday, it had (what shall I say? I dont know how to explain it). It doesnt feel things in relation to itself, it feels things (silence) IN others, but with a general consciousness, not a personal one; and it has such a horror of physical suffering, that is to say illnesses, accidents, that it wondered why, why the world exists like that.1 It then understood why some people dont want to have a body anymore (that always seemed absurd before), it understood why. It was such an intense experience! It had an aspiration, something like a Prayer, but its not a Prayer: May the world change! May the world change. It HAS to changeor else disappear. The idea of disappearing had not come before, it seemed it used to think that the world was moving towards a harmonious perfection; but, you see, its long the length of time is terrible! There was an aspiration of incredible intensity for the transformation. Everything looks so dreadful because because the transformation must, MUST take place. That anyone can be satisfied with a world like this is impossibleits impossible to a physical consciousness that is conscious of the Divine. Its impossible, it absolutely has to change. And that was so vivid I was gripped by it all night and all day, even while seeing people, with such an intensity: it must change, it must change.
   The being, the inner consciousness can say and be conscious that that suffering is unreal, but the physical consciousness cantit cant, it HAS to change. Its not a matter of merging with a consciousness, leaving this physical consciousness to disappear: it has to change, it has to change. I cant put it into words, I cant say it.

0 1971-10-13, #Agenda Vol 12, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   These last words were said in such a moving tone, as if they were at once invocation, pain, Prayer....
   ***

0 1972-01-15, #Agenda Vol 13, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   When the body became conscious of what was happening, its Prayer, the Prayer of the body was: Let me know when the time for dissolution comes, if dissolution is necessary, so that everything in me will accept the dissolution, but only in that case. Well. Oh, its so strange, the states of consciousness are strong, limpid, precise, but they cant express themselves. There are no words.
   One day its one thing, another day another thing.

0 1972-12-30, #Agenda Vol 13, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But the body, the body has a single Prayeralways the same:
   Make me worthy of knowing You

0 1973-01-03, #Agenda Vol 13, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   (Sujata:) Mother, I have something to ask you, I have a Prayer. Satprem is very tormented, you know; so I pray that you will take his torment away.
   Why tormented?

02.04 - The Kingdoms of the Little Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Arose her great voice of toil and Prayer and strife.
  37.17
  --
  Its Prayer denied, it fumbled after thought.
  39.3

02.07 - The Descent into Night, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    A Prayer upon his lips and the great Name.
    If probed not all discernment's keen spear-point,

02.08 - The World of Falsehood, the Mother of Evil and the Sons of Darkness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  While twixt the incense and the muttered Prayer
  All the fierce bale with which the world is racked

02.13 - In the Self of Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A noise was heard, between, of thought and Prayer,
  A strife, a labour without end or pause;

02.14 - The World-Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  He outstretched to her his folded hands of Prayer.
  Then in a sovereign answer to his heart

03.01 - The New Year Initiation, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   This is the New Year Prayer the Mother has formulated for our sake. This is the turn She would have us give to our sadhana for the year. What is the special import of this new orientation? It is, one may say, to direct our efforts towards an objective expression, towards an application to life on the material plane.
   One starts on the path of sadhana with an almost entire unconsciousness it is so in all evolutionary process. A goal is there, vague and indistinct, far off. Within him also the sadhaka feels an equally indefinite and indefinable urge, he seems to move without any fixed aim or purpose, with an urge simply to move and move on. This is what he feels as a yearning, as an aspirationcaraivete, as the Upanishad says. Then step by step as he progresses, his consciousness grows luminous, the aim also begins to take a clear and definite shape. The mind is able slowly to understand and grasp what it wants, the heart's yearning and attraction also begin to be transparent, quiet but deep. Still this cannot be called a change of nature, let alone transformation. Then only will our nature consent really to change when we become, when even our sense-organs become subject to our inner consciousness, when our actions and activities are inspired, guided and formed by the power and influence of this inner light.
  --
   The scope of this New Year Prayer does not limit itself only to our individual sadhanait embraces also the collective consciousness which is specially the field of its application. It is the muffled voice of entire humanity in its secret aspiration that is given expression here. It is by the power of this mantra, protected by this invulnerable armour,if we choose to accept it as such,that the collective life of man will attain its fulfilment. We have often stated that the outstanding feature of the modern world is that it has become a Kurukshetra of Gods and Titans. It is no doubt an eternal truth of creation, this conflict between the divine and the anti-divine, and it has been going on in the heart of humanity since its advent upon earth. In the inner life of the world this is a fact of the utmost importance, its most significant principle and mystery. Still it must be said that never in the annals of the physical world has this truth taken such momentous proportions as in the grim present. It is pregnant with all good and evil that may make or mar human destiny in the near future. Whether man will transcend his half-animal state and rise to the full height of his manhood, nay even to the godhead in him, or descend back to the level of his gross brute naturethis is the problem of problems which is being dealt with and solved in the course of the mighty holocaust of the present World War.
   In her last year's message1 the Mother gave a clear warning that we must have no more hesitation, that we must renounce one side, free ourselves from all its influence and embrace the other side without hesitation, without reservation. At the decisive moment in the life of the world and of mankind, one must definitely, irrevocably choose one's loyalty. It will not do to say, like the over-wise and the over-liberal, that both sides the Allies and the Axis Powersare equalequally right or equally wrong and that we can afford to be outside or above the prejudices or interests of either. There is no room today for a neutral. He who pretends to be a neutral is an enemy to the cause of truth. Whoever is Dot with us is against us.

03.03 - The House of the Spirit and the New Creation, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Motionless on a pedestal of Prayer.
  A strength he sought that was not yet on earth,
  --
  And an invisible Presence kneels in Prayer.
  On some deep breast of liberating peace
  --
  It sent its voiceless Prayer to the Unknown;
  It listened for the footsteps of its hopes

03.04 - The Vision and the Boon, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  His Prayer sank down in the resisting Night
  Oppressed by the thousand forces that deny,

03.05 - The Spiritual Genius of India, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Was not Europe also in her theocratic and mediaeval ages as largely spiritual and as fundamentally religious as India? Churches and cathedrals and monasteries grew like mushrooms in every nook and corner, in all the countries of Europe; it was the clergy who, with their almost unbounded influence and power, moulded and guided the life and aspiration of the people; devotion to God and love of Prayer and pilgrimage were as much in the nature of the average European of those times as they are in any Indian of today; every family considered it a duty and an honour to rear up one child at least to be consecrated to the service of God and the Church. The internal as well as the external life of the men of mediaeval Europe was steeped through and through in a religious atmosphere.
   The whole world, in fact, was more or less religious in the early stages of its evolution; for it is characteristic of the primitive nature of man to be god-fearing and addicted to religious rite and ceremony. And Europe too, when she entered on a new cycle of life and began to reconstruct herself after the ruin of the Grco-Latin culture, started with the religion of the Christ and experimented with it during a long period of time. But that is what wasTroja fuit. Europe has outgrown her nonage and for a century and a half, since the mighty upheaval of the French Revolution, she has been rapidly shaking off the last vestiges of her mediaevalism. Today she stands clean shorn of all superstition, which she only euphemistically calls religion or spirituality. Not Theology but Science, not Revelation but Reason, not Magic but Logic, not Fiction but Fact, governs her thoughts and guides her activities. Only India, in part under the stress of her own conservative nature, in part under compelling circumstances, still clings to her things of the past, darknesses that have been discarded by the modern illumination. Indian spirituality is nothing but consolidated mediaevalism; it has its companion shibboleth in the cry, "Back to the village" or "Back to the bullock-cart"! One of the main reasons, if not the one reason why India has today no place in the comity of nations, why she is not in the vanguard of civilisation, is precisely this obstinate atavism, this persistent survival of a spirit subversive of all that is modern and progressive.

04.04 - The Quest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Its spirit of patient muse and potent Prayer.
  Or near to a lion river's tawny mane

04.17 - To the Heights-XVII, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Lord, this is my Prayer:
   May the voice of thy silence enter me,-

04.18 - To the Heights-XVIII, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Lord, thou hast heard our Prayer,
   And come down into our mortal ways-

05.01 - Man and the Gods, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Unmoved by cry of revolt and ignorant Prayer
   They reckon not our virtue and our sin,

05.12 - The Soul and its Journey, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   An easy and quick passage to the place of rest, that is what the being needs and asks for after death. This is determined by one's Karma in life and the last wish and Prayer at the moment of death for the force of consciousness at this critical moment acts not only upon the character of the passage but also upon the character even of the next birth. Apart from one's own merit, one can be helped by others also who are still upon earth and who claim to be his friends and relatives and wellwishers not in the way they think they do at present, that is to say, by grieving and lamenting or even by performing rites and ceremonies, these often retard rather than accelerate the passage, but by an inner detachment and calm Prayer and goodwill: oftener perhaps to forget the departed is the best way to help him. A truly conscious help can be given only by one who has the requisite occult power and spiritual realisation the Guru, for example.
   III

06.01 - The Word of Fate, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  No cry or Prayer can turn her from her path.
  She has leaped an arrow from the bow of God."

06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Heaven's wiser love rejects the mortal's Prayer;
  Unblinded by the breath of his desire,

06.22 - I Have Nothing, I Am Nothing, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Now when all sense of personalitynot only the sense but even the fact itselftotally dissolved, the voice of the Supreme Divine was heard and His impulsion recorded. The Prayers and Meditations hereafter were written through such an impulsion; it was truly automatic writing the instrument did not know what it was writing and even did not understand the meaning of the recorded words, it was merely a copyist, it looked at the writing as a third person would.
   The whole being in all its parts acted thus like a recording or transmitting agency. It was under such conditionsat the zero point of human personality and consciousness that the instrument which so long lived apart and behind, concerned with itself more or less, was made to come forward and take up the work that the Divine demanded of it. The vessel that was completely empty, a universal and transcendental shape, came gradually to be filled, with the Divine's own will and its own formations.

06.24 - When Imperfection is Greater Than Perfection, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Therefore the Mother says in her Prayers and Meditations that having gone beyond all desires still she had to live in the midst of desires; she had no choice of her own, no preference, no attachment, no need of anything, yet she was put in the conditions of very ordinary life, the normal human life; she had to deal with the common man, handle the small insignificant objects of material existence. In one part of her being she had to identify herself with ignorance and obscurity, so much so that even the distinction between consciousness and unconsciousness the conscient and the inconscientwas for a time obliterated. Naturally, the inmost being in its inner self remained always calm, luminous, inviolable, but it put around itself this body of ordinary nature to meet its ordinary reactions and through them gradually to uplift and train it to manifest and incarnate the inmost divine.
   The gods are perfect; but it is said, they have to become men, come down upon earth and assume human proportions that is, imperfections,if they wish to progress further, attain still higher levels of consciousness. For, the gods are perfect each in his own limited and well-defined and therefore unchangeable type; but man means an aspiring soul, that is to say, infinityhis very imperfection is a sign and symbol of ever greater possibility; the fluidity of his nature means an opportunity.

06.30 - Sweet Holy Tears, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The Mother: Prayers and Meditations, 12 July 1918
   The tears that the soul sheds are holy, are sweet; they come bidden by the Divine and are blessed by His Presence. They are like the dew from heaven. For they are pure, they are spontaneous, welling out of a heart of innocent freedom. The feeling is infinitely impersonal, completely egoless: there is only an intense movement of self-giving, total simple self-giving. Tears are the natural expression in one who needs help, who has the complete surrender and simplicity of a child, the abdication of all vanity. Such tears are beautiful in their nature and beneficent in character. They are therefore like dewdrops that belong to heaven as it were and come from there with a sovereign healing virtue. Such tears are not idle tears, as the English poet says in a vein of melancholy, they are instinct with a power, an effective energy which brings you relief, ease and peace. And it is not only pure but purifying, this feeling made of quiet intensity and aspiration and surrender: it is unmixed, free from any demand or need of reward or return; it is so impersonal that the aspiration is, so to say, even independent of the object for which it exists.
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   The Mother: Prayers and Meditations, 3 September 1919
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06.31 - Identification of Consciousness, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The Prayers1 speak always of the identification of consciousness with the Supreme. There is also the other identification of the consciousness, on the other side, namely, with things and beings, with the world outside: to that also the Prayers refer constantly. In reality, however, there is only one consciousness; it is everywhere, in all objects, in the universe and beyond. When a limit is put around it somewhere, a frame is erected, then it becomes or appears to become an individual consciousness. It is man's ego, a spot or point cutting and shutting itself off from the global consciousness, that has thus separated itself from the Divine; it is that ego, that separative consciousness which is asked to break the limits and regain its natural unity with the one consciousness. And when it can do so it is said to have made the identification with the Supreme. Apart from this, however, when the consciousness has separated and individualised itself in different centres, even then it exists and acts in hiding in all the multiple varieties of forms, from the tiniest to the biggest. The same consciousness is alive in the atom, the stone, the plant, the animal, in the earth and the sun and the stars, in the universe as a whole. Each object big or small, living or non-living, conscious or unconscious, contains that consciousness at its centre and embodies or ex-presses it in various ways.
   Consider, for example, your country, India. When you say India, what do you mean to convey? Is it the geographical boundary that goes by the name or the expanse of soil contained within that boundary or its hills and rivers, forests and fields or the beasts that range in it or its human inhabitants or all of these together? No, it is something else; it is a centre of consciousness which has as its bodily frame the particular geographical boundary: it is that which dwells in its mountains and meadows, vibrates in its vegetation, lives and moves in its animal kingdom; and it is that which is behind the mind and aspiration of its people, animating its culture and civilisation and moving it towards higher and higher illuminations and achievements. It is not India alone, but every country upon earth has its consciousness, which is the central core of its life and culture. Not only so, even the earth itself, the earth as a whole, has a consciousness at its centre and is the embodiment of that consciousness: and earth's evolution means the growth and expression of that consciousness. Likewise the sun too has a solar consciousness, a solar being presiding over its destiny. Further, the universe too has a cosmic consciousness, one and indivisible, moving and guiding it. And still beyond there lies the transcendental consciousness, outside creation and manifestation.
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   The Mother: Prayers and Meditations.
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06.32 - The Central Consciousness, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The first condition, however, to arrive at the crucial or synthetic state of consciousness (which is, in fact, the basic supramental consciousness, as Sri Aurobindo calls it) is the realisation that the world, that is to say, physical consciousness does not exist by itself. By itself, it is nothing. As the Prayer says, it knows nothing, it can do nothing, it is nothing.1 This realisation must not be merely a mental perception, a perception in the inner consciousness alone; but the body, the physical existence itself must be conscious and in that consciousness see and experience the truth that by itself it is a void, non-existence: it becomes so however only to find that it is real, supremely real when it is suffused with its true substance, when it is the embodiment or vehicle of the supramental consciousness.
   The Mother: Prayers and Meditations, 19 May 1914
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06.34 - Selfless Worker, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The Prayer says: I look for my conscious mind and I find it no more. . .1 Normally one is conscious of oneself. Whatever one does or whenever one does something, the consciousness always remains behind, I am here, I am doing. And if this sense of I am is not there, one can do nothing. All action stops automatically if I do not see or feel that I am acting. But that is the nature of ordinary consciousness; in the spiritual consciousness things are otherwise. Spiritual consciousness means the consciousness in which this sense of I am doing or even I am has disappeared, got dissolved. Truly, the work is done not by me, by the sense of illness, but by Prakriti, Nature, apparently by Lower Nature, secretly by Higher Nature. When the I disappears, the force that has been working continues to work, only the sense of I attached to it (in ignorance and by ignorance) is no longer there. Or, the I has completely merged itself into the working Force and is one with it. What is conscious is not the personality or the individual I, but the Force of action.
   The Mother: Prayers and Meditations, 7 April 1914
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07.04 - The Triple Soul-Forces, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Mine is the Prayer that climbs in vain from earth,
  I am traversed by my creatures' agonies,
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  A patient Prayer has risen from my breast;
  A pallid resignation lights my brow,

07.06 - Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  In flashing armour, folding hands of Prayer,
  And poured heaven's rays into the earthly form.

07.14 - The Divine Suffering, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The Divine's compassion, translated in the individual physical consciousness, becomes a sorrow that is not egoistic, a sorrow that is an expression of one's identification with the universal sorrow through sympathy. I have described the experience at some length in one of the Prayers and Meditations. I spoke there of the sweetest tears that I shed in life; for those tears were not for my sake, I was not weeping for myself. In almost every case man grieves for egoistic reasons, in the human way. Whenever anyone loses a person he loves, he suffers and weeps, not over the condition of the person: in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred or even more, people do not know in what condition the person gone may be, do not and cannot know if the person is happy or unhappy, if he is suffering or is in peace. It is the sense of separation that causes the grief, the feeling that he will not be with them anymore which they so much wish. At the root of all human sorrow, there lies this return upon one's own self, more or less conscious, more or less admitted. But when you feel unhappy for the unhappiness of others, there comes in a mixture. That is to say, to your personal grief is added a psychic element which I described as the reversed image of the Divine Compassion. Now, if you can distinguish between the two, the personal anguish and the disinterested sorrow, come out of what is egoistic and concentrate upon the divine element, make yourself one with it, then you can in that way come in contact with the great universal compassion, which is something immense, vast, calm, mighty, pro-found, which is perfect peace and infinite Bliss. If you know then how to enter into your suffering, go down to the very bottom of it, pass beyond the portion that is egoistic and personal, go farther on, then you arrive at the door of a wonderful revelation. Not that you should seek suffering for the sake of the suffering and in order to have the experience; but when it is there, when it has come upon you, then try what I have suggested, cross the border, the barrier of egoism in your suffering: note first where is the egoistic part, what is it that makes you suffer, what is the egoistic reason of your suffering, then step across and beyond, towards something universal, towards a greater principle. You enter then into the vast, the infinite compassion, the door of the Psychic opens for you. If, in that domain, you see me in tears, as you say you did in your dream, then you can identify yourself with me at the moment, enter into those tears as it were, melt into them. That will open the door and it will bring you an experience, a very unique experience that leaves always a deep mark upon the consciousness. It is never blotted out altogether even if the door closes again and you become once more what you are in your ordinary movements. That experience, that mark remains behind and you can recall it, go back to it, refer to it in your moments of concentration. You feel then the immensity of an infinite sweetness, a great peace, pervading all your being, it is not in your thought only; it goes out and sympathises with everything and can cure everything.
   Only you must sincerely wish, you must have the will, to be cured. Everything lies there. Now I always come back to the same theme. You must be sincere. If you want an experience for the sake of the experience and, once you have it, to go back to your ordinary ways, that will not do. You must sincerely will to be curedcured precisely of the ordinary waysyou must have the aspiration, the true aspiration to overcome the obstacle, to mount up and up, above and beyond yourself, so that you may drop all that pulls you back, drags you down, to break all limits, clarify and purify yourself, rid yourself of all that lies in your way. If you have this will, the true intense will not to fall back into past errors, to rise out of obscurity and ignorance towards the light, shorn of all that is human, too humantoo small, too ignorant then that will and that aspiration shall act, act gradually, strongly and effectively bringing you a complete and definitive result. But beware, there must be nothing that clings to the old movements, that does not declare itself but hides its head and when the occasion is opportune puts up its snout.

07.24 - Meditation and Meditation, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Meditation and Some Questions Prayer and Aspiration
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part SevenMeditation and Meditation
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   Meditation and Some Questions Prayer and Aspiration

07.25 - Prayer and Aspiration, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
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   Prayer and Aspiration
   There are many kinds of Prayers. There is one external and physical, that is to say, simply words learnt by rote and repeated mechanically. It does not mean much. It has usually one result, however, making you quiet. If you go on repeating a few words or sounds for some time, it puts you into a state of calmness in the end. There is another kind which is the natural expression of a wish; you want a particular thing and you express it clearly. You can pray for an, object or for a circumstance, you can pray also for a person or for yourself. There is still another kind in which the Prayer borders on aspiration and the two meet: it is the spontaneous formulation of a living experience; it shoots out of the depth of your being, it is the utterance of something lived within: it wants to express gratitude for the experience, asks for its continuation or seeks an explanation. It is then, what I said, almost an aspiration. Aspiration, however, does not necessarily formulate itself in words; if it uses words at all, it makes of them a kind of invocation. Thus, you wish to be in a certain condition. You have, for example, found in you something which is not in harmony with your ideal, a movement of obscurity or ignorance or even bad will. You wish to see it changed. You do not express the thing in so many words, but it rises up in you like a flame, an ardent offering of the experience itself which seeks increase and greatening to be made more clear and precise. It is true all this is capable of being expressed in words, if one tries to recall and note down the experience. But the experience, the aspiration itself is, as I say, like a flame shooting up and contains within it the very thing it asks for. I say asks for, but the movement is not at all that of a desire; it is truly a flame, the flame of purifying will carrying at its centre the very object which it wished to be realised. The discovery of a fault in you impels you to make it an occasion for more progress, for greater self-discipline, for further ascension towards the Divine. It opens out a door upon your future, which you wish to be clearer, truer, intenser; all that gathers in you like a concentrated force and tosses you up in a movement of ascension. It needs no expression in words. It is indeed a flame that leaps up. Such is true aspiration. Prayer usually is something much more external; it is about a very precise object. It is always formulated; for the formulation itself makes what a Prayer is. You may have an aspiration and you can transcribe it into a Prayer, but the aspiration itself exceeds the Prayer. It is something much more intimate, much more self-forgetful, living only in the object it wishes to be or the thing to do, almost identified with it. A Prayer can be of a very high quality. Instead of being a request for a fulfilment of your particular desire, it may express your thankfulness and gratefulness for what the Divine has done and is doing for you. You are not busy with your little self and its egoistic interests, you ask for the Divine's ways in you and in the world. This leads you to the border of aspiration. For aspiration too has many degrees and it is expressed on many levels. But the core of aspiration is in the psychic being, it is there at its purest, for there is its origin and source. Prayers come from the other, the lower or secondary levels of being. That is to say, there are physical or material Prayers, asking for physical or material things, vital Prayers, mental Prayers; there are psychic Prayers and spiritual Prayers too. Each has its own character and its own value. I say again there is a certain type of Prayer which is so spontaneous and so disinterested, more like an appeal or a call, generally not for one's own sake, but acting sometimes like an intercession with the Divine on behalf of others. Such a Prayer is extremely powerful. I have seen innumerable cases where such a Prayer had brought about its immediate fulfilment. It means a great faith, a great fervour, a great sincerity and also a great simplicity of heart, something which does not calculate, which does not bargain or barter, does not give with the idea of receiving. The majority of Prayers are precisely made with the idea of giving so that one may receive. But I was speaking of the rarer variety which also does exist, which is a kind of thanksgiving, a canticle or a hymn.
   To sum up then it can be said that a Prayer is always formed of words. Words have different values, according to the state of consciousness of the person when he formulates it. But always Prayer is a formulated thing. But one can aspire without formulating. And then, Prayer needs a person to whom one prays. There is, of course, a certain class of people whose conception of the universe is such that there is no room in it for the Divine (the famous French scientist Laplace, for example). Such people are not likely to favour the existence of any being superior to themselves to whom they can appeal or look up for guidance and help. There is no question of Prayer for them. But even they, though they may not pray, may aspire. They may not believe in God, but they may believe, for example, in progress. They may conceive of the world as a progressive movement, that it is becoming better and better, rising higher and higher, growing constantly to a nobler fulfilment. They can ask for, will for, aspire for such progress; they need not look for the Divine. Aspiration requires faith, certainly, but not faith necessarily in a personal God. But Prayer is always addressed to a person, a person who hears and grants it. There lies the great difference between the two. Intellectual people admit aspiration, but Prayer they consider as something inferior, fit for unintellectual persons. The mystics say, aspiration is quite all right, but if your aspiration is to be heard and fulfilled, you must also pray, know how to pray and to whomwho else but the Divine? The aspiration need not be towards any person; the aspiration is not for a person, but for a state of consciousness, a knowledge, a realisation. Prayer adds to it the relation to a person. Prayer is a personal thing addressed to a person for a thing which he alone can grant.
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07.26 - Offering and Surrender, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Prayer and Aspiration Equality of the Body Equality of the Soul
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part SevenOffering and Surrender

08.03 - Death in the Forest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  What Prayer she breathed her soul and Durga knew.
  Perhaps she felt in the dim forest huge

08.07 - Sleep and Pain, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Usually there is a whole group of dreams, useless and tiresome, that prevent you from resting. You must avoid all that. You can avoid them, if just before you go to sleep you make a little effort at concentration, that is to say, try to be in relation with what is best in yourself, through an aspiration or a Prayer. You do that and go to sleep. Now, if you have done your concentration in some way successfully, you are likely to get a kind of dreams, rather experiences in sleep which you remember, which are useful indications or signs about problems for which you had had no answer; it may be on the subject of certain circumstances where you have to take a decision and are unable to do So; or it may be something in your consciousness which is not clear to you in your waking state, because you are not in the habit of noticing or recognizing it normally, but which you feel in some way doing you harm. All these things may appear to you in a revealing symbolic dream. Things are clear which were obscure before. And this does not depend upon what you have been or were doing the whole day long, but much upon the way in which' you get into sleep. A minute of sincere aspiration just before going to sleep is sufficient to make of your sleep a powerful help instead of an agent for obscuration.
   There is also a proper way of getting out of sleep, as there is a proper way of getting into it. Instead of jumping out of the bed as soon as you are awake or moving about in it, you should keep quiet and still as you awake; you awake slowly without the least movement in your limbs; you feel a sort of vague impression left in you of something that has happened, something peculiar and even strange. Keep yourself still and observe, observe closely and attentively. Slowly you perceive a kind of half memory emerging of an activity in your past night. Remain concentrated and always still and immobile, gradually something like the tail-end of a dream appears and if you pull at it, follow it up, that is to say, backwardalways keeping yourself quietyou can recollect practically the whole of your dream, quite an interesting activity of yours in the night.

08.11 - The Work Here, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   From the worldly standpoint, from the point of view of the result achieved, certainly things can be done better. But I am speaking of the effort put in, effort in the deepest sense of the word. Work is Prayer done with the body. With that effort in your work the Divine is satisfied, the eye of the Consciousness that has viewed it is indeed pleased. Not that from the human standpoint one cannot do better. For us, however this particular endeavour is one among many; it is only one movement in our sadhana. We are engaged in many other things. To raise one particular item of work to something like perfection requires time and means and resources which are not at our disposal. But we do not seek perfection in one thing, our aim is an integral achievement.
   An outside view may find many things to criticise and criticise much, but from the inner view what has been done has been done well. In an outside view, you come with all kinds of mental, intellectual formations and find there is nothing uncommon in what is done here. But thereby you miss what is behind: the sdhan. A deeper consciousness would see the march towards a realisation that surpasses all. The outside view does not see the life spiritual; it judges by its own smallness.

08.26 - Faith and Progress, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   One must aspire, it is indispensable; but there are people who aspire and yet with so much conflict within them, between faith and want of faith, trust and distrust, between optimism that is sure of victory and pessimism that is just waiting for the catastrophe to come etc., etc. If such is the state of your being, you may aspire but nothing will come out of it. You say, "I aspire and I get nothing"; that is because you are demolishing your aspiration all the while by your want of trust. But if truly you have the trust, things would be different. Children, for example, when they are left to themselves, when they have not been deformed by elderly people, have a great confidence that everything will be all right. When they have an accident they never think that it will be anything serious. They have the spontaneous conviction that it will be set right soon and that helps things to get right soon. When you aspire for the Force, ask for the Divine's help, if you do it with an unshakable certitude that the thing will come, in that case, it is impossible for it not to come. In fact, as I say, such a conviction is in itself an inner opening. There are people who are naturally and automatically in this condition. Whenever or wherever there occurs an opportunity to receive something from above they are there present. And there are others who always fail to be on the spot when there is an occasion for the descent: they close themselves at the right moment. But they who have the childlike reliance they never miss an opportunity. It is a very curious phenomenon. Apparently there may not be much difference between the two types. Both may have the same goodwill, the same aspiration, the same desire to do one's best, but he who has a happy confidence in him, who does not question, who does not ask if he will have the thing or not, whether the Divine will answer or notfor, to him that is not the question, it is understood and taken for granted: "The thing I need I shall be given," he says, "if I pray my Prayer will be granted, in am in difficulty and I ask for help, the help will come, it will not only come but settle everything"I say, the person who has such a spontaneous, candid, unquestioning reliance gets the best conditions under which an effective descent can take place; its action then is marvellous.
   It is with your mental contradictions and doubts that you spoil everything, with this kind of ideas that enter into you when you are in difficulty: "It is impossible, I shall never come to the end of it, supposing the situation gets worse, supposing I am to roll down etc., etc... " In this way you build up a wall between yourself and the Force that you want to receive.
   The psychic being has this trust, has it in a wonderful manner, without a shadow, without a question, without contradiction; and when it is there, there is no Prayer that remains unanswered, no aspiration unfulfilled.
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08.27 - Value of Religious Exercises, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Faith and Progress Prayer and Aspiration
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part EightValue of Religious Exercises
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   These things, if they help you, are all right; if they do not, naturally they are of no use. The value is quite relative. It is worth only the effect it has on you or the measure of your belief in it. If it is an aid to your concentration, then, as I say, it is welcome. The ordinary consciousness takes to the thing through a kind of superstition; one thinks, "If I go to the temple or to the church once a week, for example, if I say my Prayers regularly, something good will happen to me." It is a superstition spread all over the world, but it has no spiritual value.
   I have been to holy places. I have seen monuments considered as very highly religious, in France, in Japan and elsewhere; they were not always the same kind of temples or churches nor were they the same gods but the impression they left on me, my experiences of them were everywhere almost the same, with but slight differences. There is usually a force concentrated at the place, but its character depends entirely upon the faith of the faithful; also there is a difference between the force as it really exists and the form in which it appears to the faithful. For instance, in a most famous and most beautiful place of worship which was, from the standpoint of art, the most magnificent creation one could imagine, I saw within its holy of holies a huge black Spider that had spread its net all around, caught within it and absorbed all the energies emanating from the devotion of the people, their Prayers and all that. It was not a very pleasant spectacle. But the people who were there and prayed felt the divine contact, they received all kinds of benefit from their Prayers. And yet the truth of the matter was what I saw. The people had the faith and their faith changed what was bad into something that was good to them. Now if I had gone and told them: 'you think it is God you are praying to! it is only a formidable vital Spider that is sucking your force,' surely it would not have been very charitable on my part. But everywhere it is almost the same thing. There is a vital Force presiding. And vital beings feed upon the vibrations of human emotion. Very few are they, a microscopic number, who go to the temples and churches and holy places with the true religious feeling, that is to say, not to pray or beg something of God, but to offer themselves, to express gratitude, to aspire, to surrender. One in a million would be too many. These when they are there, get some touch of the Divine just for the moment. But all others go only out of superstition, egoism, self-interest and create the atmosphere as it is found and it is that that you usually brea the in when you go to a holy place; only as you go there with a good feeling, you say to yourself "what a peace-giving spot!"
   I am sorry to say it. But it is like that. I tell you I have purposely made the experiment to some extent everywhere. Perhaps I came across at times in far-away small cornerslike a small village church, for exampleplaces where there was real peace and quiet and some true aspiration. Barring that, everywhere it is but a web of adverse vital forces that use everything for their food. The bigger the congregation, the more portentous the vital deity. Besides, in the invisible world it is only the vital beings that like to be worshipped. For, as I have said, that pleases them, gives them importance. They are puffed up with pride and are happy; when they can have a troop of people adoring them, they reach the very height of satisfaction.
   But if you take a truly divine being, that is not the thing he likes or appreciates. He does not like to be worshipped; worship does not give him special pleasure. But if he sees anywhere a fine intuitive sense, a good feeling, a movement of unselfishness or spiritual enthusiasm, he considers that as infinitely more valuable than Prayers and Pujas. I tell you seriously, if you place a true god upon a chair and compel him to remain there all the time you are doing him Puja, he can amuse himself by letting you do it, but surely it gives him no happiness, none! He feels neither flattered nor satisfied nor glorified by your Puja. You must get that idea out of your head. There is an entire region between the spiritual world and the material, belonging to the vital beings and it is this region that is full of such things as are liked by them, because they are their food. They are happy, they feel important when men call them, pray to them, make their offerings to them: the being that has the largest number of adorers is the most satisfied, the most glorified, the most puffed up. How can you imagine that a true god, a god even of the Overmindalthough those of this region are already somewhat touched by human frailties that is to say, one who has the higher consciousness, would get any pleasure out of these things? I repeat, an act of real kindness, intelligence, unselfishness or fine understanding or sincere aspiration is for him an altogether higher and more valuable thing than any petty religious ceremony. There is no comparison. You speak of religious ceremonies. There is, for example, a being called Kali; there are many Kalis, of many varieties, installed in temples and homes. All of them almost are vital beings and forces, some are ugly and terrible. I have known people who had such a fear of Kalitheir household Kali that they trembled at the thought of offending her in any way, of committing the least fault that would displease her; for that means Kali's vengeance. I know, I know very well these entities: they are beings of the vital world, they are vital formations the forms are given by the human mind and what forms! To think that men worship such terrible and demoniac things!
   From this standpoint it is good that for a time humanity should come out of the religious atmosphere, full of fear and blind superstitious submission by which the adverse forces have profited so monstrously. The age of negation, of atheism and positivism is from this view quite indispensable for man's liberation from sheer ignorance. It is only when you have come out of this, this abject submission to the evil forces of the Vital that you can rise to truly spiritual heights and then become there collaborators and right instruments of the forces of the Truth and Consciousness and Power. The superstitions of the lower levels you must leave far behind to rise high.
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   Faith and Progress Prayer and Aspiration

08.28 - Prayer and Aspiration, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
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   Prayer and Aspiration
   What you do has an inevitable and absolute consequence. This is a necessary concept at a given moment of the evolutionary process. It is meant to prevent men from becoming completely egoistic or doing what they do in a totally unconscious manner. There are many who are like that, the majority, I suppose; they follow their impulses and do not ask what consequences their actions will have for themselves and for others. It is good then if someone told them with a severe air: "Take care, that has consequences which, last long, very long." There are religions that rose to warn you: "You will pay for that in another life," "If you commit this sin, you will go into hell for eternity" and so on. That is, however, a most fantastic story that man has invented; still, people are frightened and checked in some way. It spares them a moment for reflection before they run after their impulses, not always, sometimes the reflection comes after, a little late.
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   What they must do is to get to an upper floor. And they must be given the key to open the door. The key is (1) a sufficiently sincere aspiration, or (2) a sufficiently intense Prayer. I said or, but it may not be so; there are people who like the one and there are people who prefer the other. But in both magic power and one must know to use them.
   There are some who detest Prayers. If they entered d their heart, they would see that it is pride, even worse than that vanity. There are people who have no aspiration, they try but they are not able to aspire. They are not able to aspire, because they have not the flame of the will, nor have they the flame of humility. Both are necessary. To change one's Karma one needs a great humility and a great will-power.
   The Divine Grace counteracts the Karma wholly; the Grace melts Karma, as the sun melts butter. If you have an aspiration sincere enough, or a Prayer intense enough you can bring down into you something that will change everything.
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   Up there, it is the domain of absolute freedom. Who tells you that a sufficiently sincere aspiration, a sufficiently intense Prayer cannot change the course of the unfolding? It means everything is possible. This is one wonderful grace that has been granted to human nature. Only one does not know how to make use of it.
   So, in spite of the most absolute determinism in the horizontal line, one can, if one is able to cross it and reach the highest point of consciousness, change what appears to be absolutely determined.
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   Indeed, if you live just for a minute only by this absolutely sincere aspiration, this adequately intense Prayer, you will know more things than by meditating for long hours.
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08.29 - Meditation and Wakefulness, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Prayer and Aspiration Dealing with a Wrong Movement
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part EightMeditation and Wakefulness
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   Prayer and Aspiration Dealing with a Wrong Movement

08.38 - The Value of Money, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The Significance of Dates Prayer and Aspiration
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part EightThe Value of Money
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   The Significance of Dates Prayer and Aspiration

09.01 - Prayer and Aspiration, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
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   Prayer and Aspiration
   Prayers are of many kinds. There is a Prayer, purely mechanical and physical, that is to say, merely words learnt by rote and repeated mechanically. It does not mean much and generally has only one effect, making the person calm who prays; if you repeat a Prayer several times, it calms you in the end.
   There is a Prayer which is a formula welling out spontaneously in order to give expression to something very precise which you ask for. You may pray for something, for some person; you may pray even for certain circumstances; you may pray for yourself also.
   Or you may pray to express your gratitude to the Divine for what He has done for you, for what you see in Him, for what you wish to do for Him in thankfulness. Evidently it is the highest kind of Prayer, for it is not exclusively concerned with one's own self. It is of a great order, this Prayer of thanksgiving.
   It is the meeting ground of Prayer and aspiration. Such Prayers are the spontaneous formulation of an experience that has been lived; it pours out from within the being, as the expression of a deep realisation, a yearning to sing praises for this experience that has been granted, a desire that the experience may continue or be explained. All this is very near to aspiration.
   Again there is a Prayer, spontaneous and disinterested, a great call as it were, a call for divine intercession. It is a very powerful thing. I have had innumerable examples of things being fulfilled instantaneously by Prayers of this kind. It means a great faith, a great fervour, a great sincerity, also a great simplicity of heart something that does not calculate, that does not arrange, that does not bargain, that does not give with the idea of a return.
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   You can pray in all domains. A Prayer belongs to the domain in which you pray.
   Prayers may be purely physical, even material.
   They may be vital or mental or psychic or spiritual.
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   Prayer is a thing much more external than aspiration. It concerns generally a definite object and it is always formulated, for it is the formula itself that is the Prayer. One can have an aspiration and transcribe it in a Prayer, but if it is formulated in words, ids almost a movement of invocation.
   Aspiration goes beyond Prayer on all sides. It is much more self-forgetful, living only in the thing that one wills to do or become, in the offering that one seeks to make to the Divine. Aspiration may come from any plane, but the centre lies in the psychic.
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   Aspiration necessarily includes a faith, but it need not be a faith in the divine Being. Prayer, on the other hand, cannot exist unless it is addressed to a divine Being.
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   What to pray unless one prays to some person for something. You pray to someone who can listen to you. If there is none to listen to you, how can you pray? Therefore, if you pray, it means, even in case you do not admit it, you have a faith in something which is infinitely greater and infinitely more powerful than you and which can change your destiny and change yourself, provided you pray in a way that the Prayer is heard.
   The intellectuals recognise aspiration and say that Prayer is an inferior thing. The mystics tell you that aspiration is all right, but if you wish to be heard and wish the Divine to hear, you must pray and pray with the simplicity of a child, with a perfect candour, that is to say, perfect trust. "I have need of this or that"whether a moral or material need"I ask it of you give me."
   "You gave me what I asked for. You have brought to my close touch experiences that were unknown and that are now wonders which I reach at will. I am infinitely grateful and I offer you this hymn of thanksgiving for your intervention."
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   And in proportion to what you are able to do, what you are able to understand, you wish with all your heart that it may be like that. It may take the form of a Prayer, and you can askask of what or whom? Ask of that which knows, ask of that which is capable, ask of all that is better and stronger than yourself to give the help that it may be so. And how beautiful such Prayers would be!
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09.02 - Meditation, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Prayer and Aspiration The Psychic Being
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta Part NineMeditation
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   Collective meditation, of which the most external form is collective Prayer, has been practised since ancient times for different reasons, in different ways, and with different purposes. Groups of persons, whether belonging to the same Church or not, come together to express a common feeling; in certain cases, it is to sing together in praise of God, to chant a hymn of gratitude, expressing love, adoration, thankfulness. In other cases,there are many historical examples of thispeople gather together for a common invocation, to ask something from the Divine in the hope that a Prayer done collectively will have more effect than an individual Prayer. Thus, in Europe prophets announced that in the year one thousand of grace there would be the end of the world; everywhere crowds assembled to implore the divine protection and to pray that the catastrophe might be averted. More recently in modern times, when the king of England, George VI, had an attack of pneumonia and was almost on the point of death, the British people gathered not only in churches but even in the streets in front of the royal palace, to pray in common and to ask God to save their king. This is of course a most external form, I could say, a most worldly meditation in community. Besides, in all groups of Initiation, in all spiritual schools of ancient times and naturally in modern times also, meditation in community has always been practised; here the purpose is evidently very different. People gather together to make a collective progress, to open themselves to a force, a light and an influence; it is somewhat like that which we all try to do here. There are two ways to proceed, and both are excellent. For individual meditation, first of all, one must prepare to meditate, that is to say, after sitting down in a posture, at the same time comfortable enough not to be too cramped, and not too comfortable either lest you should fall asleep, one establishes the calm and the silence, not only externally but internally and then one gathers as far as possible one's consciousness which is generally dispersed in all kinds of thoughts and preoccupations. One brings back the consciousness as completely as one can, and concentrates it in the region of the heart, towards the solar plexus, so that all the active energies which are in the head, all which make the brain active are turned and concentrated on this point. This may be done in a few seconds, or in a few minutes. It depends upon each one; when you have prepared yourself in this way, you have the choice between two attitudes: active and passive.
   What I call an active attitude is to concentrate on the person who guides the meditation with the will to open yourself to receive what is being given to you or to the force with which you are put in contact. It is active, because here there is a will which acts and an active concentration to open yourself to someone or something.
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   Prayer and Aspiration The Psychic Being

09.04 - The Divine Grace, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   If you want a precise thing, if you have a special reason for invoking the Grace, you must formulate your Prayer exactly and clearly. Naturally, if you are in a state of complete surrender, if you are giving yourself, offering yourself wholly, simply to the Grace and you let it work as it wants, there is nothing to say, it is all right. But after a time you must not begin to question about what it has done, you must not say, "I did that with the idea of getting this". Indeed if you have in you the idea of getting something then it is better to formulate the thing sincerely and simply, just as you see it. Thereafter it is for the Grace to choose, whether it will do or not do as you want. In any case, you have clearly formulated your desire and there is nothing bad in that. It becomes bad only when it is not granted and you revolt. You must understand at that moment that the desire or the aspiration that one has may not be very enlightened and that one might ask for a thing that is not exactly good for oneself. So one must be wise and say, "Let Thy Will be done".
   But so long as you have an inner perception and a choice of your own, there is no harm in formulating it. It is quite a natural movement. For example, if you have committed a fault and wish sincerely not to repeat it, I do not see any harm in asking for it. On the contrary, if you ask for it with a true inner sincerity, there is a great chance of its being granted. You must not believe that the Divine likes to contradict you. He is not at all particular about it. Only He may know better what exactly is good for you. He contradicts your aspiration only when it is absolutely indispensable. Otherwise he is always ready to grant you what you want.

10.02 - The Gospel of Death and Vanity of the Ideal, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Dumb it receives his offering and his Prayer.
  It has no voice to answer to his call,

1.002 - The Heifer, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  3. Those who believe in the unseen, and perform the Prayers, and give from what We have provided for them.
  4. And those who believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, and are certain of the Hereafter.
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  43. And attend to your Prayers, and practice regular charity, and kneel with those who kneel.
  44. Do you command people to virtuous conduct, and forget yourselves, even though you read the Scripture? Do you not understand?
  45. And seek help through patience and Prayer. But it is difficult, except for the devout.
  46. Those who know that they will meet their Lord, and that to Him they will return.
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  110. And perform the Prayer, and give alms. Whatever good you forward for yourselves, you will find it with God. God is Seeing of everything you do.
  111. And they say, “None will enter Heaven unless he is a Jew or a Christian.” These are their wishes. Say, “Produce your proof, if you are truthful.”
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  125. And We made the House a focal point for the people, and a sanctuary. Use the shrine of Abraham as a place of Prayer. And We commissioned Abraham and Ishmael, “Sanctify My House for those who circle around it, and those who seclude themselves in it, and those who kneel and prostrate.”
  126. When Abraham said, “O My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and provide its people with fruits—whoever of them believes in God and the Last Day.” He said, “And whoever disbelieves, I will give him a little enjoyment, then I will consign him to the punishment of the Fire; how miserable the destiny!”
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  142. The ignorant among the people will say, “What has turned them away from the direction of Prayer they once followed?” Say, “To God belong the East and the West. He guides whom He wills to a straight path.”
  143. Thus We made you a moderate community, that you may be witnesses to humanity, and that the Messenger may be a witness to you. We only established the direction of Prayer, which you once followed, that We may distinguish those who follow the Messenger from those who turn on their heels. It is indeed difficult, except for those whom God has guided. But God would never let your faith go to waste. God is Kind towards the people, Merciful.
  144. We have seen your face turned towards the heaven. So We will turn you towards a direction that will satisfy you. So turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque. And wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it. Those who were given the Book know that it is the Truth from their Lord; and God is not unaware of what they do.
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  153. O you who believe! Seek help through patience and Prayers. God is with the steadfast.
  154. And do not say of those who are killed in the cause of God, “Dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you do not perceive.
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  177. Righteousness does not consist of turning your faces towards the East and the West. But righteous is he who believes in God, and the Last Day, and the angels, and the Scripture, and the prophets. Who gives money, though dear, to near relatives, and orphans, and the needy, and the homeless, and the beggars, and for the freeing of slaves; those who perform the Prayers, and pay the obligatory charity, and fulfill their promise when they promise, and patiently persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and in the time of conflict. These are the sincere; these are the pious.
  178. O you who believe! Retaliation for the murdered is ordained upon you: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the female for the female. But if he is forgiven by his kin, then grant any reasonable demand, and pay with good will. This is a concession from your Lord, and a mercy. But whoever commits aggression after that, a painful torment awaits him.
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  238. Guard your Prayers, and the middle Prayer, and stand before God in devotion.
  239. But if you are in fear, then on foot, or riding. And when you are safe, remember God, as He taught you what you did not know.

1.003 - Family of Imran, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  38. Thereupon Zechariah prayed to his Lord; he said, “My Lord, bestow on me good offspring from Your presence; You are the Hearer of Prayers.”
  39. Then the angels called out to him, as he stood praying in the sanctuary: “God gives you good news of John; confirming a Word from God, and honorable, and moral, and a prophet; one of the upright.”

10.03 - Life in and Through Death, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The soul carries the body even like a corpse, says a scripture. It is a dead inert mass of inconscience weighing upon the conscious being that is behind. Such is the burden of life that the soul bears through its earthly existence. The image is beautifully delineated in the Indian legend of Shiva and Sati. Sati is dead, the bereaved Shiva goes about in anguish with the dead body of Sati flung upon his shoulder. Shiva is to be relieved of this burden, otherwise the creation will go to rack and ruin. The Prayer went to Vishnu and Vishnu hurled his discus that cut to pieces the corpse of Sati the pieces were fifty-two in number and each spot where a piece, a limb of Sati, fell became a great place of pilgrimage. Even so, the world in its inconscience lies heavy on the secret Consciousness that is behind. It lies almost smothered under the dead weight of the inconscient and the unconsciousness. But the Divine Grace has entered into the inertial mass and split it up, entered into each particle as a spark of consciousness to turn gradually the dead matter into a rising and evolving tier of consciousness.
   Creation started originally with an absolutely inconscient existence. It is the pressure of an indwelling spirit the Grace descending into matter that has forced matter to burst into, to flower into forms of light and consciousness. The pressure is ever-present and the flowering continues into higher and higher modes of the Divine Consciousness. The figure '52' of the mythological legend denotes perhaps the integral multiplicity of the manifested universe. We may suggest an interpretation just to satisfy a mental curiosity: 52=50+2; and 50 is 5 X 10. The number 5 is very well-known as representing the five planes of consciousness, and as there is a descending and an ascending movement in each level that gives the number 10. And 5 times 10 is 50. This makes up the manifested creation. The remaining two are the Supreme Divine and his Shakti, or two unities at each end the one above, the one below. This however may be considered as a playful calculation meaning to represent, as I said, a multiple integrality of existence.

10.04 - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  In vain his heart lifts up its yearning Prayer,
  Peopling with brilliant Gods the formless Void;
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  He answers not the ignorant voice of Prayer.
  Eternal while the ages toil beneath,

1.004 - Women, #Quran, #unset, #Zen
  43. O you who believe! Do not approach the Prayer while you are drunk, so that you know what you say; nor after sexual orgasm—unless you are travelling—until you have bathed. If you are sick, or traveling, or one of you comes from the toilet, or you have had intercourse with women, and cannot find water, find clean sand and wipe your faces and your hands with it. God is Pardoning and Forgiving.
  44. Have you not considered those who were given a share of the Book? They buy error, and wish you would lose the way.
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  77. Have you not considered those who were told, “Restrain your hands, and perform your Prayers, and spend in regular charity”? But when fighting was ordained for them, a faction of them feared the people as God is ought to be feared, or even more. And they said, “Our Lord, why did You ordain fighting for us? If only You would postpone it for us for a short while.” Say, “The enjoyments of this life are brief, but the Hereafter is better for the righteous, and you will not be wronged one bit.”
  78. Wherever you may be, death will catch up with you, even if you were in fortified towers. When a good fortune comes their way, they say, “This is from God.” But when a misfortune befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All is from God.” So what is the matter with these people, that they hardly understand a thing?
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  101. When you travel in the land, there is no blame on you for shortening the Prayers, if you fear that the disbelievers may harm you. The disbelievers are your manifest enemies.
  102. When you are among them, and you stand to lead them in Prayer, let a group of them stand with you, and let them hold their weapons. Then, when they have done their prostrations, let them withdraw to the rear, and let another group, that have not prayed yet, come forward and pray with you; and let them take their precautions and their weapons. Those who disbelieve would like you to neglect your weapons and your equipment, so they can attack you in a single assault. You commit no error, if you are hampered by rain or are sick, by putting down your weapons; but take precautions. Indeed, God has prepared for the disbelievers a demeaning punishment.
  103. When you have completed the Prayer, remember God, standing, or sitting, or on your sides. And when you feel secure, perform the Prayer. The Prayer is obligatory for believers at specific times.
  104. And do not falter in the pursuit of the enemy. If you are aching, they are aching as you are aching, but you expect from God what they cannot expect. God is Knowledgeable and Wise.
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  142. The hypocrites try to deceive God, but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for Prayer, they stand lazily, showing off in front of people, and remembering God only a little.
  143. Wavering in between, neither with these, nor with those. Whomever God sends astray, you will never find for him a way.
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  162. But those among them firmly rooted in knowledge, and the believers, believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you; and the observers of Prayers, and the givers of charity, and the believers in God and the Last Day—upon these We will bestow an immense reward.
  163. We have inspired you, as We had inspired Noah and the prophets after him. And We inspired Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and Jesus, and Job, and Jonah, and Aaron, and Solo