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Prayer and meditation are two distinct methods of approach to reality. Both are equally legitimate and useful. Prayer is based on the concept of God Transcendent, above and beyond the world of human affairs; meditation, however, appeals to those who recognise God Immanent, or within His creation. When we pray we speak to God; when we meditate we listen to God, or let God speak to us.
The basic distinctions between prayer and meditation are motivation and means. Prayer is based on personal desire and depends upon emotional fervour and intensity for results; whereas meditation is, or should be, motivated by service to the Plan and the greater good for all humanity. Meditation uses the disciplined mind to contact the soul and know the will of God.
Both prayer and meditation are invocative in nature. They both call upon spiritual forces for the release of energies in answer to a voiced demand, and both methods work. Both methods are needed because much of humanity is still focussed at the emotional level.
Meditation is practiced by those who recognise that divinity–the “Kingdom of God”–is within, and that God-realisation is a natural process. The disciplined use of the mind, combined with service to others, is the means for attaining that realisation. “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” is a reality to the meditator.
PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Curated by Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2018 Kumarahub.com
Date: November 26, 2018
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