The Prayer of the Quiet

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

In recent years I have been drawn more and more deeply into prayer. I have been doing spiritual practice for almost fifty years now but I find that prayer takes me deeper and deeper within myself, into that relationship, that communion, that sacred space which, for Sufis, is within the heart. Where I can be with my Beloved, with God, with the One Being, whatever name you like to call That which is beyond any name. I will explore this Sufi prayer of deep silence, of deep inner communion, but first I want to acknowledge that there are many, many different forms of prayer.

We have just heard the call to prayer. We have just heard beautiful music that touches the soul, with prayer of the spirit that cries out to God. As Rumi, the Sufi poet said, “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” I was brought up in the Christian tradition and grew up with the Lord’s Prayer, which is a very, very beautiful prayer. Even today I meditate often on a particular line in it—Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven—to invoke the Spirit, the blessings, the guidance and the power of the Divine into our life here, which often sadly seems to be lacking from that Presence, that Power, that Guidance. It is not lacking but it is often hidden from us.

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© 2017 by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., a Sufi teacher and author of a number of books, including Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth (www.spiritualecology.org) and For Love of the Real, a Story of Life’s Mystical Secret. He is the founder of the Golden Sufi Center: www.goldensufi.org.

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