“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka (“The Great Mystery” or “The Great Spirit” or “The Divine”), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” ~ Black Elk
Thou who art within and without,
above and below and all around,
Thou who art interpenetrating
every cell of my being,
Thou who art the eye of my eyes,
the ear of my ears,
the heart of my heart,
the mind of my mind,
the breath of my breath,
the life of my life,
the soul of my soul,
Bless us, dear God, to be aware of thy presence
now and here.
May we all be aware of thy presence
in the East and the West,
in the North and the South.
May peace and good will abide among individuals,
communities, and nations.
This is my earnest prayer.
May peace be unto all!
~ Swami Omkar
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This post creation had interesting synchronicity … while we were considering a peace prayer as the next post, we happened to discover a movement about deepening peace throughout the world : Pujas For Peace which is “… calling on all people and communities around the world to come together around a sacred fire in prayer and meditation to bring peace …” on New Year’s Eve 2016 … more on this movement in future but in the meantime, please visit their website and consider joining in.
Wakan-Tanka from Wikipedia: “… In the Lakota way of life, Wakan Tanka (Standard Lakota Orthography: Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka) is the term for “the sacred” or “the divine”. This is usually translated as “The Great Spirit”. However, according to Russell Means, its meaning is closer to “Great Mystery” as Lakota spirituality is not henotheistic. Before their attempted conversion to Christianity, the Sioux used Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka to refer to an organization of sacred entities whose ways were mysterious: thus, “The Great Mystery”. …”
Opening Quote: Black Elk Quotes on Wikiquotes.
Prayer for Peace: God Makes the Rivers to Flow: An Anthology of the World’s Sacred Poetry and Prose by Eknath Easwaran.
Images: (edited and logo added) 1) Soul – Souls in resonance by Moyan Brenn, CC BY 2.0 (also the featutred image), 2) Montana by tpsdave, CCO Public Domain, 3) Love God by sciencefreak, CCO Public Domain.