Prayer For The World

Prayer For 2014 : Thich Nhat Hanh

This prayer was offered by the Plum Village fourfold sangha as part of the midnight ceremony to mark the dawn of the New Year 2014.

Sunrise over earth

Dear Beloved Father Sun – Bodhisattva Mahavairocana Tathagata,

Dear Beloved Mother Earth – Bodhisattva Mahagaia,

Dear Beloved Ancestors, both Spiritual and Genetic,

We present ourselves before you at this solemn moment of the New Year to express our gratitude and deep aspiration as a spiritual family.

Dear Father Sun, your infinite light is the nourishing source of all species. You are our Sun, a great Buddha, a great Bodhisattva, our Great Tathagata Sun,our source of limitless light and life. You are not only in the sky but you are also ever-present in Mother Earth and in us. Just as our life depends on our heart, so too does our life depend on you. We bow our heads this evening with gratitude for your radiant non-discrimination and gift of life.

Dear Mother Earth, with your patience, stability, endurance and creativity you have nourished and guided us through many lifetimes. You have given birth to us and to countless, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Saints. You, our beautiful blue planet, are the Earth Refreshing Bodhisattva–fragrant, cool, and kind. Yet for many lifetimes we have suffered, and made you suffer, because we have been unable to see you as the Pure Land, as the very Kingdom of God: the most beautiful place in the Heavens. Despite our many mistakes, you have always forgiven us, and are always ready to open your arms and embrace us.

Because of our wrong perceptions and discrimination we have lived a life of separation, hatred, loneliness, violence and despair. We have allowed individualism to prevail, causing great damage and hardship to ourselves and to you, dear Mother Earth. We have run after fame, wealth, power, and sensual pleasures, forgetting that these pursuits can never bring us true happiness. We have become restless and distracted, running away from ourselves, our beloved ones and from you, dear Mother Earth. As a society and as a civilization we know we are going in the wrong direction.

Dear Mother Earth, Dear Father Sun and Dear Ancestors, tonight, on the occasion of the New Year 2014, we give rise to the deep aspiration to begin anew, to go in a new direction and request your forgiveness for all our mistakes. With great respect we make the deep aspiration to live mindfully each moment of our daily life. We promise to stop running away from our suffering, losing ourselves in consumption. We promise to come home to ourselves with compassion, to recognize, embrace and look deeply into our suffering. We promise to take refuge in you, dear Mother Earth, and your capacity to nourish, heal and embrace all that is. We promise to offer our true presence to our beloved ones and not to get too busy, striving for success – even in pursuit of our dreams. We know that we can realize our dreams in every moment, and we vow to live every day of 2014 as a realization of our dream. We know that time is not money. Time is life, and time is love. We promise to live simply, to love one another with non-discrimination, to build true brotherhood and sisterhood and respect our deepest aspiration.

Dear Mother Earth, you have been calling out to us for many lifetimes, and some of us have been able to hear your pain. You have asked if you can count on us, your children, to lovingly heal and transform ourselves and the present situation. In this solemn moment of the New Year, with our palms joined and body and mind united, we promise that you can count on us. You can have faith and confidence in us.

We shall practice for you, Mother Earth, Father Sun, for all our ancestors and future generations so that joy, peace, harmony and love will always be present in this world. Please accept our offerings of incense, flowers, fruit, tea, and love. Respected Father Sun, Respected Mother Earth, Dear Ancestors, please have trust in us.

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Love Song To The Earth

Love Song To The Earth

Your body, my body, our body, one body.

Your blood, my blood, our blood, one blood.

Your pain, my pain, our pain, one pain.

Your tears, my tears, our tears, one tear.

Your breath, my breath, our breath one breath.

Your being, my being, our being, one being.

Your life, my life, our life, one life.

Your mind, my mind, our mind, one mind.

Your heart my heart, our heart, one heart.

Your light, mylight, our light, one light.

Your song, my song, our song, one song.

Your prayer, my prayer, our prayer, one prayer.

Awakening.

 

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Women’s Prayer

Women In Their Tender Way
God listens more to women’s prayer than

Men’s when women are in their tender way.

Because often they have achieved with the blessings

Of the earth.

What a man can rarely do on his own:

Bring empathy ,sensitivity and kindness into the heart and mind,

And make the voice more tender,

One’s touch more gentle, one’s plea more powerful from it being so sincere.

It is holy, blood.

And all that can come from a body

As if it were part of God,

Everything should be enshrined.

Hafiz

From A Year with Hafiz; daily contemplations by Daniel Landinsky

 


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Prayer of The Heart, Llewellyn Vaughan – Lee

Relax.
Feel the breath,
Feel the heartbeat the simple rhythm of life within you.
Remember that your breath, your heartbeat, is the breath, the heartbeat of the world.
The earth’s heart is beating.
The earth breathes through every tree, every leaf.
Then go deep within your heat,
to the sacred inner place that belongs to the relationship with God.
We each have our own way of being with God.
It is our offering, our supplication, our prayer.
Stay with that prayer.
Become that prayer until every cell in your body
Is the prayer of the creation for the Creator,
Is the need of the earth that will draw down to it the grace
Love and power of God that is needed.
Open your heart to how the creation speaks to you;
With your love, your devotion, your sorrow
You offer this song, this cry of creation to our Creator

and we stay with it…….

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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A Morning Prayer And The Call Of The Earth by Llewellyn Vaughan -Lee

This article was posted on Huffington Post: 07/21/2012   www.huffingtonpost.com

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

There are so many different ways to pray; in Rumi’s words, “there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Recently I wrote about being drawn into silent inner prayer, but there is another form of prayer that meets me early each morning.

Walking beside the wetlands I see an egret’s wings rise brilliant white from the water. It flies and settles further off in the grey early light, and I am awakened in a quite differently way than from my first cup of hot tea. After its white, white wings I see the world more distinct, the wild roses more brilliant and pink as they spill over a fence. I sense, smell, hear and see in a different way: I am more present.

I have always loved and needed to walk in the early morning. After waking up, first meditation and hot tea, then going outside, feeling, sensing the world before the day’s demands begin. Even when I lived in the city I would run or cycle in the early morning, needing this connection, this seeing the world around before life’s business too often drowned out any quiet. For the last 20 years I have lived amid nature — an unexpected blessing — and taking the same walk every morning, each day would be different, the light, the call of the birds, the way a leaf moved in the wind. Recently we moved, not far, but my early walk is different, beside a wetland rather than amidst the trees, and so the landscape of this morning meeting is very different. And yet the essence of this early prayer is the same: this meeting with the sacred around me.

While meditation takes me inward into an essential inner silence and emptiness, this early morning walking is a prayer. In prayer there is a meeting: I meet and bow before the One in Its many colors, sounds and smells. Of course, many mornings I forget, and take my own thoughts with me on my walk. But then I am reminded, like today when the egret’s wings flashed white, and I awake from myself and see more clearly — the colors, the sounds, the beauty, the divine. Once more I am attuned to how “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

Any prayer in which there is a real meeting, a real relationship with the divine, is always changing. Just as each day is different, sometimes fog (we live beside the ocean), sometimes the sun breaking through, sometimes bright light, so the states of prayer change. Sometimes this meeting in the morning is more intimate, my heart sings, I feel a deep oneness with what is around me. More recently I have felt a calling, as if the earth needs me, needs my attention. It wants to draw me into deeper awareness: to meet it not just on the surface, amidst the brilliance of its colors and sounds, but in its interior soul, in the depths of its sacred self.

In these moments there is a sense that my morning walking prayer is not just for me, but also mysteriously for something within nature: that this meeting in prayer is needed by the earth. These early mornings are for me a deep remembrance of the sacred in creation, in the world around. It is a very private time — no one else is around — I try not to allow the thought-forms or demands of the day in. But there has come a deepening sense that this remembrance is also needed by the earth — that it is calling for my awareness of its divine nature — that it needs my prayer.

We always think that our prayer is about us, our need for the divine. And of course this is true: prayer is born from need. Each morning under the need to remember, to reconnect with a wonder that is around me there is also a deeper truth, that the divine needs our remembrance. In so many ways the divine calls out to us — throughout our day, throughout our life. And our prayer is a response to Its call. As Rumi says, “I never knew that God too desires us.”

And now the earth is calling. I can sense it in the early morning, in the white flashing of the egret’s wings, in the fragrance of the wild roses. The earth needs us to remember its divine nature: it needs our prayers. Something sacred in the world is dying and needs our attention. How long can it survive our culture’s desecration, our pillage and pollution, our deep neglect of its divine nature? Just as the world helps me to awaken every morning, we are needed to help the world awaken from this nightmare we call materialism. The soul of the world is calling to us. Our prayers for the earth are needed.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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Devi Prayer- Hymn To The Divine Mother

The Divine Mother is everywhere.
She is in everything.
She is the Divine Essence that lives within all beings.
Her domain is the field of life, for she gives
to all beings the sustenance that is needed for life.
Her beauty lives in the natural world,
and spans the universes in all their splendor.
She has been called by many names,
for all traditions recognize Her.
Into each consciousness the knowledge is given
of the sacredness of life.
This sacredness IS the Mother.
She is the holy generator of the physical world,
joined to the heart and soul of every living thing.
All of the Earth is one with Her.
All beings of the Earth owe their life to Her,
for she is the Mother of all, the One who bestows
all gifts of life.
Her gifts come to the deserving and to the
non-deserving alike, for the sun does not choose
upon whom to shine.
She is the source of Divine blessing, the part
of the Oneness that bestows the graces that fill life.
We have not seen Her because her being is
cloaked in silence.
She emerges now as part of the Oneness where
she has always resided, blessing all, giving to all.
All who bow before Her are sustained by the life
within them.
All who honor Her are sustained by life’s gifts
both within themselves and beyond.
The purpose of existence is to join with Life that lives
in all dimensions and all realms of being.
It is the Mother that creates this evolving,
this unfolding journey,
for she is the fabric of Time itself,
the means by which all things grow.
She is the template for life that exists within Her —
the substance and form of all that shall ever come to be.
May all be blessed by the blessings of the
Divine Oneness.

English text by Julie Redstone: http://lightomega.org/

Music – “Devi Prayer” from the album “Sacred Names of Mother Divine” by Craig Pruess and Ananda. Heaven on Earth Music.co.uk – http://www.heaven-on-earth-music.co.uk/.

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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee: Prayer For The Earth

Prayer for the Earth – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from Working with Oneness on Vimeo.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee: The Cry Of The Earth:

Cry of the Earth – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from Working with Oneness on Vimeo.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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