Devotional Prayer may here be called as PRAYER;
whereas Intuitional Prayer may coincide roughly with CONTEMPLATION. Both type
of prayers lead to union with God. Such of them is more suited to some Sadhakas than to
others. According to time and need suitability of these Prayers may change.
Any Prayer that limits itself to the thinking mind alone is not prayer really but! at
best, a preparation for prayer. Even among Sadhakas there is no genuine personal
communication that isnt at least in some small degree heart communication, that does
not contain some small degree of emotion in it. If a communication, a sharing of
thoughts, is entirely and totally devoid of all emotion you can be sure the intimate,
personal dimension is lacking.
Here are some variations of the previous exercise more devotional than intuitional. As the
thought content in prayer is minimalit will easily move from the devotional to
the intuitional, from the heart to the heart.
Become aware of your breathing for a while. Now REFLECT presence of God in the atmosphere
all around you.... Reflect His presence in the air you are breathingBE CONSCIOUS OF
HIS PRESENCE.... Notice what you feel, when you become conscious of His presence in
the air you are breathing in and out....
Now express yourself to God non-verbally. Frequently, express a sentiment
through a look on a gesture .... Then again by breathing. Express first of all, a great
yearning for Him without using words, even mentally, say to Him, MY LORD, I long
for You .... Just by the way breathe. You may express this by breathing in deeply, by
deepening your inhalation.
Now express another attitude or sentiment: ONE OF TRUST AND SURRENDERNO
wordsjust through breath, My LORD, I surrender myself entirely to you .... You
may do this by emphasising your exhalation, by breathing out each time as if you were
sighing deeply. Each time you breathe out feel yourself letting the whole of yourself
go in Gods hand.
Then, after sometime, take up other attitudes before your LORD and express these through
your breathing such as: LOVE.... CLOSENESS.... and INTIMACY ADORATION..........
GRATITUDE.......... PRAISE.... if you are tired of doing this, return to the beginning of
this exercise and just rest peacefully in the awareness of God all around you and in the
air you are breathing in and out.... Then, if you tend to get distracted, fall back on
second part of the exercise and express yourself to God non-verbally once more.