Then a priestess said, “Speak to us of Prayer.”
And he answered, saying :
You pray in your distress and your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
For what is prayer but the expansion of your self into the living ether?
And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.
And if you cannot but weep when your soul summons you to prayer , she should spur you again and yet again, through weeping until you should come out laughing.
When you pray you rise to meet those who you can only meet by prayer.
Let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion.
If you enter the temple for no other purpose than asking you shall not receive,
you enter into it to humble yourself,
even if you enter it to beg for the good of others you shall not be heard,
It is enough you enter the temple invisible.
God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
I cannot teach you the the prayer of the seas, the forests or the mountains,
You who are born of the mountains, the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart.
And if you listen in the stillness of the night, you shall hear them in silence:
“Our God , who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth.
It is the desire in us that desireth.
“We cannot ask thee for aught for thou knowest our needs before they are born into us .
” Thou art our need ; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.”
To be continued once more along with the author’s name!
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