In the Aramaic Lord's Prayer
A Formula of Meditation
"The Queendom of Heaven lies within you."
1. Go within. Invoke the Source. "Enter into your inner chamber and lock the door..."
Let our eyelids be the door and our aspiration be the lock. Yeshua (Jesus) warned
against the kind of praying that so many Christians now do -- loud talk and public
display. Originally the word translated as "repent" meant "turn within".
The original Aramaic Lord's Prayer is a sublime Christian mantra. In those days prayers
were chanted -- sometimes just one word over and over. Just the sound/feeling is
exceedingly beautiful. Here you can listen to it: Meditatively, Chanted or Sung.
3. Become like little children.
Innocently surrender to the meditative process, let it flow. Love and intimacy with it
will naturally grow and we will never ever want to lose it ! This is my experience.
simplicity and purity. You will be less concerned with technique and self-effort
and will feel that all will be given to you.” Shri Chinmoy
"Only go straight, don't know ... Don't know is the number one good practice,
okay? Try it!" Seung Sahn, Zen master
ABWOON ~ "FATHER & MOTHER! SUPREME SPIRIT! UNIVERSAL BREATH OF LIFE!"
language it comes from. The Total Reality is invoked as the goal of meditation.
Our aspiration is to attain That of which we are made in the image. Breath and Spirit
are Abwoon and also the essence of our personal self.
The whole prayer is contained in and emerges from the one ABWOON. That's whythey
sing it over and over sometimes.
The word is plural, "OUR" Father / Mother. And it doesn't say only Yeshua's followers,
or even only human beings! ALL that lives is supported by this Reality. All the trees
are in the same Earth.
Although we may meditate alone, we are not really alone because thousands or
millions are meditating with us all around the world. Thus, a sort of Wave of Abwoon is
flowing around, embracing, the Earth.
Creative Love Energy, is feminine! Thus, I say "FATHER and MOTHER". Those dried-up
old bishops distorted the translation!
"When you make the two one
and you make the inside as the outside
and the outside as the inside
and the above as the below
and if you establish the male with the female as a single unity …
Then shall you enter the Sovereignty." Gospel of Thomas
meaning "Extending Without Limit".
As soon as we sit calmly, a feeling of expansion and upliftment comes -- the breath
and the body start to settle down. Thus, OUR own breath and our spirit combine with
the Universal Breath and Spirit. Simple.
believed and were not too naughty. The Meditation of Yeshua is for the here and now.
Radiant, Resounding and Vast.
SHEM, meaning "Light, Sound, Space". Thus, it is Attraction for the Name that moves
meditation inward. Is not the Soul naturally attracted to what is beautiful and vast?
This "NAME" is within the soul as well as within the whole universe. But it is hidden
from gross perception. It can be known only in stillness thru very subtle intuition.
Holy words like Yahweh, OM, Allaha, Elohim, Amen can only symbolize it -- they are not
which the Father bestowed upon himself through the Son.
This ever-existing Name of the Father he exalts over all,
for the Son could not become the Father
unless he were given the Name of the Father.
This real Name they are made to have in the mind,
and it cannot be spoken. Gospel of Phillip
From these sublime verses we can form a clear statement of intention. Just as an
archer concentrates on this target before releasing his arrow, so having a clear idea
of our goal will invoke it in the heart and makes our practice more alert and focused.
For me, these verses make the following statement:
I invoke you deep inside
May my Breath flow into Your Breath
May my Spirit unite with Your Spirit
May I be drawn into the Heavenly Space
Where the radiant Name resounds."
infused into our Mind, Nervous System and Environment.
happening now. This happens when the body, the nervous system and the
brain waves all come into the Unique Meditative State.
This is that "Peace that Passeth all Understanding", This is that "When thy
eye be single thy whole body will be filled with Light." IT IS NOT not begging
that some day some heaven will come!
-- "the Queendom". We already say "Mother Nature". Why not "Mother
Divine" also! Do not Mothers create? Don't they love their children too?
Don't they organize well and forgive easily? --all ideal qualities to rule a
thru us the world starts to come into synchrony with it. Truth, Simplicity and Love!
come from other dimensions , but they must be imbibed and radiated out thru
individuals here on earth.
To fully uplift our environment requires Lifelong Dedicated Daily Practice. The very
Nervous System has to be tuned to the Reality.
We should do like Yeshua and seek out solitude -- in gardens, by bodies of water,
under trees, or in a private room. We need a balanced life-style so we don't waste the
transcendental Energy we are accumulating. And we need to root out Habit-Patterns
and Attitudes that die hard -- I have seen how people can meditate for years and not
"GIVE US BREAD FOR OUR NEEDS FROM DAY TO DAY" We ask for our Material
and Spiritual Needs to be met. We affirm Gratitude, Humility and Contentment with
what we have. We take a stand for Social Justice and Sharing.
Bow down in gratitude -- to God, Mother Nature, the name doesn't matter! Only
Gratitude and Giving from the Heart will open the heavens. I have also found
that deep meditation is like a sweet flow of gratitude in itself.
the Essenes communities they were related to. Even today Christians are
known for the spirit of sharing. This verse was Yeshua's addition to this ancient
some form of help. When you go back into activity maybe you will think of a way
to even do something to help them -- but the thot is powrful in itself.
Release all Resentments and Intolerance. Affirm and Radiate out Compassion and
Universal Love. Remember, the word "forgive" contains "give"!
more intensive meditation will create a Yogic Heat" that will burn up deeper
impurities and transform the body and release a Love Power that we scarcely
imagined. Only then we can talk about really forgiving others, really radiating
compassion and love.
Sometimes I feel everybody offends me! One has to intereact with every
bothersome person! This verse helps release "generalized resentment" -- so the
Inner Light can radiate towards all.
meditator's mind functions from a subtler, more powerful level, it is imperative
that we only have thoughts of forgiveness and tolerance and compassion. That
way we will uplift others and uplift ourselves too.
in everybody and overlook the rest.
METHOD: View our enemies and those who criticize us as Our Best Teachers.
Or see them as reflectors showing us our own flaws.
"DO NOT LET US ENTER INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM ERROR AND
DANGER." ~ An aura of purity and protection forms around us. Worries and
negativity dissolve. Daily we affirm Vigilance, Discipline and Caution for all situations .
Shield" that repels negativity. But we must not damage that aura with our
own negative thots, words or actions. CAUTION and VIGILANCE still need
to be affirmed and exercised.
reminds us to listen to the Still Small Voice within.
will enter, so that he may get up, put his things in order, and arm
himself before they invade." Gospel of Thomas
"His disciples questioned him and said to him, "Do you want us to
fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we
Yeshua said, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all
things are plain in the sight of heaven." Gospel of Thomas
JEALOUSY, LAZINESS and ATTACHMENT. But we need these in some measure
-- for example, if not for Sensuality we would not put on our jacket, if not for
Greed we would not go to work. These are like beasts -- extremely dangerous in
the wild, but faithful friends when tamed. Meditation helps us sublimate, not kill,
these passions -- we rule them instead of them ruling us.
The Three Petitions reduce to:
I will have Tolerance and Compassion for all.
I will be Vigilant in all I do."
In Africa,a AMEN meant "the invisible divine realities". In Egypt, AMUN meant
"the hidden one". In India, NAMA meant the same as the Name. Only when the
inner reality got forgotten did they say "so be it". Thus, to me AMEN is not an
ending but a beginning, a pointer in inward direction, a launching into
transcendence! Perhaps it was at one time a mantra like AUM.
"Follow the Word and the Word will take you to God."
investigating words and chasing after talk.
S/he takes the backward step of turning the light and shining it back.
Body and mind will drop away of themselves,
and the monk's original face, before his or her parents were born, will
The Essene Holy Rule of the White Robed Monks of Mt. Carmel
The wording and pronunciation in varies a bit from place to place. According to
one Father Dale Barhanna, who lived in Syria and Lebanon, the Aramaic that
follows is close to how Yeshua actually spoke it.
Our Father/Mother in Heaven,
Holy is Thy Name.
Your Queendom is coming,
Your will is being done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
af bara hav lan lakma dsoonkanan
Give us bread for our needs day by day.
yamana washbook lan
Forgive us our offenses
kavine aykana daf
As we forgive those who offend us.
hanan shabookan lhayavine oolow talahn lanesyana
Do not let us enter into temptation.
ela fatsan men beesha
Deliver us from error.
Now that we've gone to the depth of this, why not finish with a direct experience.
language on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem. It is still
chanted in Aramaic in Christan communities in those lands.
Through its multi-dimensional language we see a long
overlooked Secret Yoga, a Queendom of Heaven, powerful
Affirmations, Aramaic Mantras, and more.
Are you averse to all the dogma and mythology of religion?
Could there be a simpler and deeper Reality behind all the
bla-bla-bla? Could there be a Christian meditation?
By looking into the psychological and mystical dimensions
of this ancient prayer formula we find just that Inner Reality,
followed by and then a series of powerful Affirmations to put
it to use in the world.
The original Abwoon Prayer showers freshness and delight
like a cloud showers rain!
NOTE: I have taken help from the research of various
scholars and linguists. Credits are mentioned on the
following page, Abwoon FAQS.
The rest of the prayer is simple. It asks for sustenance,
good relations, and protection and guidance.
First, each petition is a humble request. the Universal
Intelligence. You just put the thot out and trust. At the very
least a spirit of Surrender and Humility get cultivated.
Secondly, these prayers release anxiety. You forgive the
past, you trust for the future, and thus you can simply Be
Here Now! This is tremendously helps meditation -- Less
worries equals deeper Inner Silence!
Thirdly, each prayer plants a powerful Affirmation or
Suggestion deep in our subconscious -- just by saying or
thinking it from the heart. There, they can be nurtured in
the fertile soil of the Meditative Mind. They will bear their
Fourthly, each prayer is an explosion of light and love into
the world. We come out of meditation with our cup full. WE
ask everythig in the First Person Plural -- GIVE US! The
Prayer ends as a vehicle of Service to Humanity.