Blessings and welcome Gentle Reader, as we approach the end of another week I wish you a peaceful and gentle ride home and a restful time with friends and family.
As you know, prayer forms a central part of my daily spiritual practice. As a child, I was brought up in the Christian faith; mum made sure my brother and I went to Sunday School and encouraged us to take part in various church related activities and functions. Mum is a stout Anglican and to this day she can’t understand my “fascination” with other religions. In fact as I write I recall a conversation with mum where she looked at me in bemusement and said “what religion are you – do you actually believe in God.”
all religions are true – Sri Ramakrishna
Prayer and faith are personal matters and my heart goes out to those brave soldiers and peaceful warriors who are killed for their faith and religious beliefs.
Today’s Weekly Prayer is a salutation to Maha Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess for material and spiritual wealth and prosperity. If you are familiar with deity Mantras, you will recognise the mantra for Maha Lakshmi as OM Sri Maha Lakshmyai Namah, which is the nurturing aspect of the Divine Mother.
In next week’s blogs, I will talk a little bit more about mantra meditation and the role it plays it my personal meditation practice.
For now, here is a prayer I recently wrote in honour of Maha Lakshmi. My mother wouldn’t approve, yet I trust the spirit of peace and love unites us in prayer.
Prayer Of Gratitude
Maha Lakshmi I thank you for the growing sense of abundance flowing through, for the richness of the earth and clarity of the winds cleansing my soul from within.
Sri Ganesh, may I continue to seek your guidance, give honour and praise to insurmountable obstacles which help me to release, trust and grow. May I always honour the goddess within and give glory and thanks to my divine mother and father.
And as I rise to greet a new day, may I always remember the source of my abundance and wealth flows from deep within and no man or material resource can hinder this progress of peace, love and joy.
And So It Is.
Food For Thought
Thanks for taking the time to pause, reflect and join me in our weekly prayer spot. And remember no matter how much debt, financial woes or spiritual darkness you may feel, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
And now I’d love to hear your views and thoughts on prayer and praying. Do you believe, praying can make a difference to your life, and what about my mother’s comments re my fascination with a different religion. Do you feel we should stick with the religion we grew up in, or is it OK to embrace other religions and spiritual philosophies?
Take special care and have a wonderful weekend and remember stay Marvellous!
Image, with thank CosmovisiA via flickr.com
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