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Prayers and Godhead
« on: November 07, 2009, 12:01:31 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana says in Sri Arunachala Padigam, Verse 10:-

I have seen a wonder, (this) magnetic hill which forciblly
attracts the soul!  Having suppressed the mischievous (mental)
activities of the soul who has brought of it (even) once, having
drawn (that) soul (inwards) to face itself, the one (Reality), and
having made it motionless (achala) like itself, it feeds upon the
sweet, pure and ripened soul.  What ( a wonder) this is!  O souls!
Be saved by thinking of this great Arunagiri, the destroyer of the
soul, who shines in (our) heart.

It if often assumed that Bhagavan was a strict Jnani whose
entire focus was intent on conveying the subtle erudition of
Advaita, the basis of which is that there is no sense of other,
there is only one Brahman in the apparent world of difference.
He systematically pointed out the delusions of our mind and
brought home to us the necessity of remaining still in the awareness of 'I' devoid of thought.  He taught that there is
no journey, there is no effort, there is only one supreme consciousness and we are That.

There was another side of Bhagavan which is equally important
and valid.  Bhagavan like Sri Sankara that other giant of Advaita,
was also a Bhakta and His hymns to Arunachala reveal a heart
pouring out both its anguish and ecstasy in the presence of the
Beloved.  He revealed by the example of His own mortal life
we can approach and be absorbed into the divine light of what
He called Arunachala, the Supreme Consciousness.

Bhagavan showed us a way through prayer to open our hearts
to the saving grace of Arunachala.  There are also times when
prayer can be a hymn of gratitude for unexpected blessings.
We read in the Vedas the most vigorous invocations and expressions of delight in the divine.

There is another approach which is that by calmly waiting in silence we are receptive to a higher power which may enlighten our
present darkenss.  By opening our minds and hearts to the great silence within we create space for insight and blessings to be
born.  Prayer implicitly affirms that there is a purpose to our
lives and that there is a higher compassionate power to which
we can connect.

Prayer as we generally know it, is a supplication.  But it also
can be affirmation.  It all depends on our attitude.  Prayer
if one considers it carefully, is an act of attention or giving.
We give our attention to that which is higher than us.  We
offer up our minds and hearts until we reach a stage of pure
meditation when we are at one with the object of our quest.
We are however in a state of duality which implies effort, and
until we establish within ourselves a strong sense of direction
our efforts will be nullified by a lack of consistency.  The name
or image of Arunachala-Ramana effectively assists our concentration both outwardly as well as inwardly through the
mysterious working of Grace.

We begin with sporadic acts of prayer until the strength grows
to the point where the act of prayer is sufficient reward in itself.
We do not yearn for more but rather revel in the silent sense
of completeness where one needs for nothing.

(Source:  Editorial, Mountain Path, July-Sept. 2009)

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Prayers and Godhead
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009, 01:20:26 PM »
I will post some ver ywell known prayers from buddhist traditions...

the four inmeasurable thoughts:

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes

May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes

May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss

May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger


"May i be the doctor and the medicine   
And may I be the nurse  For all sick beings in the world   
Until everyone is healed.   
May a rain of food and drink descend   
To clear away the pain of thirst and hunger   
And during the aeon of famine   
May I myself change into food and drink.   
May I become an inexhaustible treasure   
For those who are poor and destitute;   
May I turn into all things they could need   
And may these things be placed close beside them."   

prayer by the acharya Shantideva

the 7 line prayer invoking the enlightened mind of Padmashambava...


On the Northwest border of the country of Urgyen

In the pollen heart of a lotus,

Marvelous in the perfection of your attainment,

You are known as the Lotus Born

And are surrounded by your circle of many Dakinis.

Following you, I will practice.

I pray that you will come to confer your blessings.



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Re: Prayers and Godhead
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009, 03:23:23 PM »
Dear matthias,

Excllent.  There is an Upanishadic statement which is the same
as the first one.

May happiness be bestowed to all.  May sufferings not touch
all living beings.  May every being peaceful.  Om Shanti,
Shanti, Shanti.

Arunachala Siva.