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Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"Like his spiritual sister, Teresa of Avila, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee sees prayer not as something we do, but rather a gift the Beloved has hidden within the innermost chamber of our hearts. Our whole life is an answer to the call to discover that treasure, to become prayer. With an extraordinary blend of passion and dignity, Llewellyn guides us deep into the blazing quiet of our own being, where prayer becomes the magic carpet that carries us to union with object of our most profound longing—a union that results in the melting of lover into Beloved, so that only love remains. This, Llewellyn teaches us, is our sacred birthright." —Mirabai Starr, author and translator, Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross, The Interior Castle, and The Book of My Life by St. Teresa of Avila
About the Author
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher who has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is the author of more than 15 books, including Alchemy of Light, Return of the Feminine and the World Soul, and Spiritual Power. He lives in Inverness, California.
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There is no real difference in these two practises. All practise is based on repetition (which helps to make us perfect), and indeed these two forms of praying are very repetitive. Both have as their aim to be able to stand in the presence of God, and unite with Him through the heart.
That the Naqsbandi silent Zikr is closest to the Christian Prayer of the Heart (at its highest level) is an excellent observation by Llewellyn, who writes from his own experience.
I found one particular paragraph very beautiful and relating to my own experience:
"When love reveals its real nature we come to know that there is neither lover nor Beloved. There is no one to pray and no one to pray to. We do not even know that we are lost; we return from these states of merging knowing only that we gave our self and were taken. Our gift of our self was accepted so completely that we knew nothing of the encounter. We looked towards our Beloved and were taken into love's arms, embraced in oneness, dissolved in nearness. For so many years we had cried and called out, and when the Beloved finally came the meeting was so intimate there was nothing left of us to witness it."
Fully recommended as an angle on the Prayer of the Heart!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clear, challenging and inspiring. It helped to give a boost to my own practice by clarifying the stages of prayer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lucien cayer
Heart-felt teachings which show how the Prayer of the Heart is common to Christian mysticism and Sufism. Very worthwhile.Published 15 months ago by Gary Reiner
I see the ego relinquishing its protective role by joining not opposing the soul: the passion of of the soul is creation and communication according to its design for a person. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James R C Baker
The words one uses in the beginning are not the prayer. They are a means to preparer the mind for the prayer. The pray is when we "wait on the lord. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by N. Murphy
I was looking for more indepth guidance about prayer. A lot of what is in this book I had read in one of his other books. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Ayana Sloan
It spoke to me like no book has in a very long time. I absolutely loved it and I'm on my fourth reading...very deeply.Published on October 15, 2013 by Sr. Mary Rogers, snjm
I am a big fan of this man. His writing is the reality of truth wrapped in the sweetness of love. I would recommend any and all of his writings if love is what you seek.Published on June 10, 2013 by pgclark
The author takes you to where the two seas meet (Sufi and Christian Mysticism). The place where true Love, Peace, and Happiness can be found.Published on April 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer