His prayer



I was interested in knowing more about the source of the prayer he says in front of the mountain... something like "You have no form but I worship thee here", or something like that. I was hoping someone would know if it is related to a "real" , (I mean "standart") prayer from a certain religion or if it is made up by M.M. Kaye.... Being that the character was brought up "one week hindu, one week muslim", and probably raised anglican in England, I was wondering if it directly connected to any of them. Or if it ties with the believes of one or the three religions mentioned... ideas?

Thanks!

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I read the book, and IIRC, his prayer was based on an Hindu prayer his foster mother taught him.

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yes the prayer he says is
"Oh Lord forgive three sins that are due to my human limitations, thou art everywhere but I worship thee here, thou art without form but I worship you in these forms, thou needest no praise yet I offer you these prayers and salutations."

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Thank you so much for writing it down for me! Much appreciated! It really moves me every time I hear/read it...

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You're welcome. It moved me as well.
I believe it is a Hindu prayer commonly used as an opening in temple ceremonies.

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I looked it up in the internet and I found it
Huston Smith in his book The World's Religions[8] says

"Enter Hinduism’s myths, her magnificent symbols, her several hundred images of God, her rituals that keep turning night and day like never ending prayer wheels. It is obtuse to confuse Hinduism’s images with idolatry, and their multiplicity with polytheism. They are 'runways' from which the sense-laden human spirit can rise for its "flight of the alone to the Alone".

Even village priest will frequently open their temple ceremonies with the following beloved invocation:

O Lord, forgive three sins that are due to my human limitations:
Thou art everywhere, but I worship you here;
Thou art without form, but I worship you in these forms;
Thou needest no praise, yet I offer you these prayers and salutations,
Lord, forgive three sins that are due to my human limitations.


wikipedia- under forgiveness - ^ Huston Smith, The World's Religions

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