Inside the noise my life makes
you live in silence. ~ Pir Elias Amidon
Your Beautiful Composure is from Munajat a book of forty prayers, by Pir Elias Amidon, originally inspired by the Munajat — whispered prayers, or intimate conversations with God — of the 12th Century Persian Sufi, Abdullah Ansari.
Munajat: Your Beautiful Composure
you live in silence.
You make my body move
but you stay still.
The sun climbs into the day
and everyone gets busy,
but you don’t.
Over there we’re hurting each other,
and over there we’ve left a mess,
but you don’t interfere.
You’re quiet, like the air,
always giving us another chance.
Teach us the way you are, beloved,
your beautiful composure, this generous giving,
the way you pour light everywhere
just to see love grow
in our gardens.
Teach us to be like that,
not asking for anything,
sweeping the kitchen after the party,
everyone home in their beds.
Teach us to turn into you
when no one’s looking,
when we see stars coming out
in each other’s bodies.
~~ Pir Elias Amidon
For more information on Pir Elias Amidon’s book Munajat, please visit our post: Pir Elias Amidon: Munajat – Forty Prayers: In The Cathedral
For a brief BIO for Pir Elias, go to the, The Open Path /The Sufi Way website. A description of his spiritual background is provided in the paragraph below. Stay tuned for his teacher page on Stillness Speaks, which will be added shortly … and as is typical of our teacher pages, it will provide a comprehensive view about his background, and work:
“Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way. He has been an initiate of the Sufi Way for the past 44 years, and was appointed as the Pir of the order in 2004 by the previous Pir, Sitara Brutnell. His root teacher in the order was Pir Fazal Inayat-Khan. Pir Elias has also studied with Qadiri Sufis in Morocco, Theravaden Buddhist teachers in Thailand, Native American teachers of the Assemblies of the Morning Star, Christian monks in Syria, Zen teachers of the White Plum Sangha, and contemporary teachers in the Dzogchen tradition.”