A prayer comes from the heart, and points to something that is beyond words and meaning. Its only function is to throw you back to yourself, to silence. It must be devoid of demands, which can only be objective and an expression of separation. In prayer, the result precedes the wish. Uma Gautam has written a lovely prayer that I’m happy to share here with you:
“My Beloved ~ I pray to you
Grant us an exhaustion so deep
every cell in the body bows and accepts defeat.
Take away from us
the arrogance of guilt and judgement we don’t even recognise.
Help us move
as leaves move, free-floating in the breeze
all hidden controls thrown away like muslin in the wind.
Make us so alone
we find we are our own best friend, lover and beloved.
Help us look every belief in the eye and keep it down gently.
Let every idea we have of ourselves be given a quiet burial.
Make our every thought word action
harmless as a rose and
sharp shiny and clear as a sword
Suffuse us with a Love so vast
no sea, no rock, no tree, nothing is safe
from this love anymore.”
Text and Painting by Uma Gautam
Uma Gautam paints and writes from the heart, playing and experimenting. She has published a book of poems, ‘Inner Weather’. Uma currently lives in Bangalore, India.
– ART BY UMA Gautam (Facebook Page)
– Fragrance (on the role and nature of prayer)