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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for November 29
THE DEEPER YOUR PRAYERS ECHO IN YOUR OWN CONSCIOUSNESS, THE MORE AUDIBLE THEY ARE TO GOD.
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God is in the depths of consciousness. Now the Message of God, being the Message of God, has employed such prayers as would make each a reality. The idea of word not carrying life is foreign to Sufism. Sufism is the philosophy of life, so its words must be living words. While it is not wrong to petition God, the training in Sufism enables one to pray in a practical manner to attain to Success. Saum
, Salat, Khatum and all prayers which have been included in any portion of the message are valuable beyond conception.
If it be supposed that one might petition God without these prayers, it is not wrong, but if one be a lover of another, the lover does not ask the beloved to assume tasks which the lover might do himself. Therefore, for the purpose of attainment it is preferable to practice meditation or concentration and not to petition God. Rather pray, "Use us for the purpose that Thy Wisdom chooseth," and "Give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls." Such a prayer, combined with Darood
, Meditation and Concentration will serve every need of humanity.
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