“… praying in this manner … points to the unspeakable majesty of the Real. It’s a form of prayer that endears at the same time that it is in awe …”  ~ Pir Elias Amidon

sunset mountains majesty real awe wonder

The Nest of Your Nearness is from Munajata 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.

In the introduction notes, Elias says:  “… On the one hand praying in this manner is love-talk evoking the nearness of divine reality, and on the other hand it can’t help but go mute as it points to the unspeakable majesty of the Real. It’s a form of prayer that endears at the same time that it is in awe …”

An old friend of yours told me
that my heart is like a bird
in the world of desire
flying in the air of seeking

until it lands in the nest of nearness to you.

hummingbird amidon nearness

I fold my wings. The nest is lined
with the soft down of silence,
held in the infinite tree of your presence.
I didn’t know it would be like this.
munajat dawn
Where I come from people are lonely.
They hurry past your beauty, fearing death.
used to be like them, afraid of heights,
until you gave my heart these wings.
amidon flying bird canyon nearness
Now I don’t ask to be comforted.
That would keep me scared and needy.
Now there is no edge to the peace

of my happiness and yours.

~ 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. Visit Elias Amidon’s Teacher’s Page for a comprehensive overview of his background, and work.

Images: (all edited and logo added) 1 and Featured) Sunset Tateyama by Kanenori, 2) Hummingbird by IvaCastro, 3) Trees Sunrise by jplenio, 1-3 are CCO Public Domain, 4) Canyon of the Tsitse river in Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, by Synaps-s, [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, https://goo.gl/2tbRPs
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