Munajat: “… a “whispered prayer” … is love-talk evoking the nearness of divine reality … ~ Pir Elias Amidon

whispered prayer nearness divine reality

Munajat is a book of forty prayers, by Pir Elias Amidon. These prayers “… were originally inspired by the Munajat — “whispered prayers,” or “intimate conversations with God” — of the 12th Century Persian Sufi, Abdullah Ansari. … praying in this manner is love-talk evoking the nearness of divine reality, … It’s a form of prayer that endears at the same time that it is in awe.”

Munajat: The Quiet

Your stillness is upon me.

How gentle it is.
It doesn’t ask anything.

munajat stillness

It holds the beating of my heart
and the air around me.

It holds the story of my life.

So quiet, so clear,
no wonder no one notices.

Your stillness is upon me.

It comes first, gives birth,
like a mother births a child.

Mother light, child light,
the quiet at the heart.

Your stillness is upon me.

You are the I that I am.

~~ Pir Elias Amidon

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For more information on Pir Elias Amidon’s book Munajat, please visit our post: Pir Elias Amidon: Munajat – Forty Prayers: In The Cathedral

More teachings from Pir Elias Amidon are coming soon … so stay tuned.


We are honored to offer this profound and beautiful prayer by Pir Elias Amidon. It is published here with his gracious permission and is sourced from his latest book, Munajat.

Below is a brief BIO for Pir Elias, excerpted from the The Open Path /The Sufi Way website, and is in lieu of 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.”

He “… has worked as a schoolteacher, carpenter, architect, professor, writer, anthologist, environmental educator, peace activist, wilderness quest guide, and spiritual teacher. He founded, co-founded, or helped to develop several schools: the Heartwood School, the Institute for Deep Ecology, the Boulder Institute for Nature and the Human Spirit, the graduate program in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University, and the Open Path.”

He is the “Author of the book The Open Path – Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers, and Prayers for a Thousand Years, he has worked for many years in the fields of peace and environmental activism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and with indigenous tribes in Thailand and Burma on issues of cultural continuity and land rights. He was instrumental in founding the Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil (Abraham’s Path), an international project dedicated to helping Middle Eastern countries open a network of cultural routes and walking trails through the region. He continues to travel widely teaching Open Path and other Sufi Way programs.”

Images: (all edited and logo added) 1 & Featured) Dusk at Sligachan by Oliver ClarkeCC BY 2.0, 2) In the balcony of my house by Abel Maestro Garcia, Public Domain.

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