Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Babylonian Prayer

Babylonian Prayer for the City of Ur: like its archetype written and published.
Tablet of Ishtar-shuma-eresh, Chief Scribe of Asshur-bani-pal, King of the Universe.


"FATHER NANNAR, Lord of the firmament, Lord of the gods, Merciful One, Begetter of the universe, who founded among living creatures His illustrious seat; Father, long-suffering and full of forgiveness, whose hand uphold the life of all mankind;
Lord, Thy divinity, like the far-off heaven, fills the wide sea with fear; First-born, Omnipotent, whose heart is immensity, and there is none who may discover it.
Who dost march in glory from the horizon to the zenith, opening wide the doors of heaven, and establishing light in the world; the Ordainer of the laws of heaven and earth, whose command may not be broken; Thou holdest the rain and the lightning, Defender of all living things. In heaven, who is great? Thou alone. On earth who is exalted? Thou alone. When Thy voice resounds in heaven, the very gods fall prostrate. When Thy voice resounds on earth, the spirits kiss the dust.
Thy will is seen in stall and stable; it increases all living things. Thy word hath created law and justice, so that mankind hath established law.
King of Kings, whose divinity no god resembles, where your eye doth glance there cometh harmony; where Thou dost grasp the hand there cometh salvation; look with favour on Thy temple! Look with favour on Thy city Ur! "……………………….
Between 669 B.C. and 626 B.C.

To all Christians and others who have studied in Christian schools the above words would bring on a sense of astonishment because of its close resemblance to the Lord’s Prayer which Jesus taught to his followers and which is the most common prayer of Christendom today.
The deep rooted connection between the children of Abraham, who settled in the region north of Sinai or the Promised Land, and their cultural and pagan roots very much imprinted in their psyche can not be ignored when we study the life of the prophets of the region from Moses to Mohammed.

Abraham was the citizen of Ur and he was the son of an idol maker. His father was a Pagan. It was the spiritual insight of Abraham, whose elevated consciousness sought a more meaningful understanding of the all pervading divine element, which lead him to listen to his internal spiritual calling to move away from Ur (which symbolized idol worshipping pantheism) into the wilderness of the unknown or unknowable (symbolizing the universal and yet monotheistic attribute of Yahweh) to become the progenitor of a humanity whose fundamental life principle is ultimate union with one unaltered all pervading consciousness or one God. This is the ultimate divine element of all religions whether it be Christianity (God the Father), Judaism (Yahweh or Ein Sof), Hinduism (Nirguna Brahma) or Islam (Allah).

The seed of this understanding already existed in the culture of Sumer and it is evident in the above prayer.

Love to you all

4 comments :

  1. To me Babylonian prayer to the Father appeals than the Biblical one which seems to have a materialistic touch

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  2. Thanks for the feedback!
    The Sumerian cosmology was fairly advanced. Zacharia Sitchin has done a detail study of the Sumerian clay tablets and his findings are revelotary.
    This is the reason that the Babylonian prayer is more in the spiritual plane than the prayer of Jesus. Jesus had to dilute the expression so that ordinary people could understand the prayer, just as it happens today. The original Aramaic prayer could have been more cosmic and a lot of study points in that direction.

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