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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:54 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beyond words, , Divine Philosophy, , intuition, Meditation, , Rumi,   

    Communion beyond words, prayer as 'conversation with God' meditation as speaking with your own spirit 

    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá says,

    1. “I have the greatest desire to speak with you, but if I do not talk with my tongue I commune with my heart and my soul is with you. Without the medium of words it speaks to you of mysteries. Those who understand can converse with me thus for night and day I cry, “Yá Bahá El-Bahá,” and I proclaim the kingdom of BAHA‘O‘LLAH so that intelligent hearts can understand the significance.

    Those turned toward the kingdom perceive the light of BAHA‘O‘LLAH; but if they are not turned, even should I address them in eloquent and resonant words, it would be like playing a marvelous instrument for the deaf.

    Thanks be to God, your hearts and intelligence are awakened, so that you hear the divine mention night and day, I hope that you understand what I say, that you comprehend the praises of BAHA‘O‘LLAH, for I have no aim save to proclaim the kingdom of El-Bahá; I have no occupation save to explain the book of BAHA‘O‘LLAH. My hope in you is great, that the song may penetrate.”
    (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 119-120)

    2 “In His talks ‘Abdu’l-Bahá describes prayer as ‘Conversation with God‘, and concerning meditation He says that ‘while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit. In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and the reality is revealed.”
    (Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 540)

    It seems that Rumi said something very similar;

    There is a voice that doesn’t use words.
    ~ Rumi (allegedly)

    1 How are we to understanding this communing with heart and soul?
    2 Who is the you? What is your ‘own spirit’ if it is separate from the ‘you’? Is there definitely the definite article implication of ‘your’ in ‘your spirit’ in the original language – might it be just ‘spirit’?

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:55 am on August 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Awareness, , Connection, , Contemplation, Meditation, Spiritual practice   

    The Tree of Contemplative Practices – which ones work for you? 

    This wonderful ‘tree of contemplative practices’ has been updated since I last looked at the relevant site;

    Tree of Contemplative practices new version

    My personal grateful thanks to all those who contributed to this wonderful ‘tree’. To go to the site to see much, much more click HERE

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