Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mohawk Thanksgiving Prayer

Wise men of the six-nation confederacy of the Haudenosaunee (the original people of Northwest United States), also known as the Iroquois, have passed down through the ages the teachings of the Great Peacemaker. A millennium ago, they had been warring tribes, caught in vicious cycles of attack, revenge, and retaliation, when the peacemaker came across Lake Ontario in a stone canoe. Gradually his words and actions won them over, and they accepted the Great Law of Peace. They buried their weapons under the Peace Tree by Lake Onondaga (near Syracuse in upper New York stae) and formed councils for making wise choices together, and for self-governance. In the Haudenosaunee, historians recognize the oldest known participatory democracy and point to the inspiration it provided to Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and others in crafting the Constitution of the United States.
Mohawks are one of the tribes in the six nation confederacy. Their understanding of healthy living in peace and harmony with fellow beings and the eco-system reflects in the prayer they used to recite.
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The People
Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.
Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother
We are all thankful to our mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.
Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers
We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. We send greetings and thanks to these caring teachers.
Now our minds are one.

The Creator
Now we turn our thoughts to the creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the creator.
Now our minds are one.

Closing Words
We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.
Now our minds are one.
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What a beautiful prayer and very much needed to heal the world today.
Acknowledgement to citation by Joanna Macy in Shamballa Sun, Nov. 2007. pp.50-51.

Love to you all

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