Sunday, January 1, 2017

Heart Centred Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him………” …………………Matthew 6:5-8
"When the energy field is too scattered then by default you fall back on the only program that you can run, which is mental-egoic, divide-and-conquer, separate-to-see ~ it’s the kind of program that the West has been running for 2500 years. So it’s only the kind of crazy mystics that model for us what undivided perception feels like.
Centring Prayer artlessly and innocently without realization that this is what it was doing was laying the physiological groundwork for a developed capacity for non-dual awareness. The heart has been seen as central to the physiological underpinning of non-dual consciousness and non-dual selfhood." ………….Cynthia Bourgeault
I would like to open the first post of 2017 with what I feel is the urgent need of the hour. The importance prayer has almost disappeared from the world of the youth and it is fossilized in empty words and often repeated obligatory ritual in which the mere recitation is given any importance. It is quantity rather than quality.
We live in a world that is seeing an exponential increase in noise pollution and this pollution is not restricted to the auditory nature only but has also, through technological evolution, invaded the private mental space of the human being. The increasing influence of the virtual media especially among the youth today has shut out the route to inner reflection and the silence of the senses which is so very essential to reach down to the inner dwelling of the Divine.
It is in this context that the words of Christ uttered 2000 years ago begins to assume a great significance. The prayers of the hypocrites and the public prayers of proclamation in the places of worship of all religions cannot provide the much needed communication with the Divine. The intention of public prayers in places of worship was to create a homogeneous intention energy field in the universal unconsciousness so that this increased and multi-fold energy field can be tapped by the devotee through his or her own positive intentional resonance. But by default, in a public sphere of prayer, we tend to descend into the realm of the ego mentality and become self-centred both in our attitude as well as in our intentions. Before we look at the mode of individual heart centred prayer, I would like to dwell upon what the effect of group resonance can have on a global scale when there is a  silent intention of a small group.
“In 1974 an experimental study observed three different gatherings of over 7,000 people meditating each morning and evening for three consecutive weeks.  The study took place in Fairfield, Iowa (December 17, 1983-January 6, 1984), The Hague, Holland (December 21, 1984-January 13, 1985) and Washington, DC (July 1-July 10, 1985).  The results were astounding.  According to the Rand Corporation, a think-tank based in California, “acts of global terrorism resulting in fatalities and injuries were reduced by 72%.”  Time series analysis was used in this study to rule out possibilities that the reduction in global terrorism was caused by pre-existing trends, drifts in data or cycles.
Scientists believe this is due to a coherent resonance being created in the Unified Quantum Field by those meditating.
The 7,000 people meditating created a Field Effect of harmonious coherence that spread throughout the collective–which in turn helped to reduce acts of terrorism (incoherent, disruptive energy).
This effect, which has also been called the “Maharishi Effect,” has had over 600 scientific studies conducted in 33 countries and in over 250 independent research institutions. The evidence overwhelmingly correlates synchronized group prayer and meditation having extremely positive social, political and economic benefits to the world.  Positive correlations for numerous health benefits to the individual were also observed and confirmed.”
This study is continuously conducted by the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) under its “Global Consciousness Project (GCP)”
This phenomenal effect has to start at the individual level and the laser sharp non-dual awareness is the fundamental requirement. It is only when we can lose our self-identity at the ego level and see ourselves as an inseparable part of the universe we can truly move into the realm of a heart centred prayer. The Anahata or heart chakra is the meeting point of the ascending, earning, supplicating, terrestrial energy of the human manifestation  and the descending, universal non-dual consciousness energy of the Divine. In prayer we seek this union and the place of union is heart.
All mystics had a deep understanding of this Divine truth.
The Qur'an continuously mentions focusing on the heart:
"Bring to God a sound heart, a heart that can respond."
There's a direct revelation from God to Prophet Muhammad  called  Hadith Qudsi where God says:
I cannot be contained in the space of the earth,
I cannot be contained in the space of the heavens,
But I can be contained in the space of the pure loving heart.

Let me close this appeal to all my readers that in the New Year, in what so ever religion we seek the Divine, we will move to a heart centred prayer in our lives. As Rumi says:

“Close down speech's door and open up the heart's window!
The moon will only kiss you through the window.”

Wish you all a blessed and peaceful New Year.

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