As my prayer become more attentive and inward
I had less and less to say.
I finally became completely silent.
I started to listen
– which is even further removed from speaking.
I first thought that praying entailed speaking.
I then learnt that praying is hearing,
not merely being silent.
This is how it is.
To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking,
Prayer involves becoming silent,
And being silent,
And waiting until God is heard.
–Søren Kierkegaard, quoted by Joachim Berendt in The Third Ear, translated by Tim Nevill (Shaftsbury, England: Element Books, 1988).
Wisdom from our summer 1990 issue on attention.
Photo Credit: Randy P. Martin
I have a thousand brilliant lies For the question: How are you?Hafiz (via lazyyogi)
I have a thousand brilliant lies For the question: What is God?
If you think that the Truth can be known From words,
If you think that the Sun and the Ocean Can pass through that tiny opening Called the mouth,
O someone should start laughing! Someone should start wildly Laughing Now!
The self is an ocean without a shore. Gazing upon it has no beginning or no end, in this world and the next.Andalusian Sufi master, Ibn Arabi (1165-1240) (quoted by the artist Bill Viola)