Contemplative Prayer

The Rumi Museum in Konya, Turkey

The Rumi Museum in Konya, Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The great Sufi master Jalaluddin Rumi: ‘I, you, he, she, we – in the garden of mystic lovers, these are not true distinctions’ 

In the realization produced by spiritual devotion, everything begins to be seens as God’s glory and goodness. Praising God in song and prayer, meditating on God’s magnificence, and repeating God’s name, leads to a purifcation that can remove all barriers between lover and the Beloved, and the two become One.

According to spiritual adepts such as Rumi and the poet Kabir, the God we know through loving prayer is the same as the One we know through self-observation. In the Hindu scriptures, the God is referred to as Isvara and the One we know through self-observation is referred to as Purusha or Atman. Rumi writes ‘ For ages I knocked at God’s door, but when it opened, at last, I was knocking from the inside’.

Patañjali as an incarnation of Adi Sesha

Patañjali as an incarnation of Adi Sesha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my previous blog, I wrote about Japa and Mantra as a means to attaining one-pointedness of the mind, as explained in the Yoga Sutras, by Patanjali, and it is facinating to see the convergance between the Indian yogis and the Sufi saints. In verse 1.28 of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjani says ‘Its (‘OM’) repetition and the contemplation of its meaning should be performed, and in the next verse 1.29, he goes on say that in and through this chanting, comes the realization of the inner consciousness and freedom from all disturbances. 

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