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SAUM

Praise be to Thee, most supreme God,
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, All-pervading,
the only Being.
Take us in Thy Parental Arms.
Raise us from the denseness of the earth.
Thy Beauty do we worship.
To Thee do we give willing surrender.
Most Merciful and Compassionate God,
the Idealized Lord of the whole humanity!
Thee only do we worship,
and towards Thee alone do we aspire.
Open our hearts towards Thy Beauty.
Illuminate our souls with Divine Light.
O Thou, the perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty!
All-powerful Creator, Sustainer,
Judge and Forgiver of our shortcomings!
Lord God of the East and of the West,
of the worlds above and below,
and of the seen and unseen beings!
Pour upon us Thy Love and Thy Light,
give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls,
use us for the purpose that Thy Wisdom chooseth,
and guide us on the path of Thine Own Goodness.
Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life,
until in us be reflected;
Thy Grace, Thy Glory, Thy Wisdom, Thy Joy and Thy Peace.

Amen
Listen to Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan recite "Saum":
"Saum means fasting or inner discipline. It has also been suggested that Hazrat Inayat Khan was attracted to the word because (to him, at any rate) it sounded like the Judeo/Christian word psalm".

Murshid Nawab Pasnak

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Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan

Movements
1.

Praise be to Thee, most supreme God,

Raising the hands upwards symbolizes the raising of the Divine ideal in one's own estimation.

Remembrance

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2.

omnipotent, omnipresent, all-pervading, the only Being.

The hands are brought downwards along the sides of the face, stopping when the palms reach the chin.

Saluting the Divine ideal

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…then arms down

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3.

Take us in Thy parental arms,

Bending and putting one's hands on the knees

Reflects the idea of surrender and resignation to the Divine will.

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4.

raise us from the denseness of the earth.

rise

While rising up, there is the thought of being raised up by God .

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5.

Thy beauty do we worship,

Bow and rise with palms out

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6.

o Thee do we give willing surrender.

Bow and rise once more.

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7.

Most merciful and compassionate God,

Clasping the right hand over the left so that the right thumb is under the wrist, is symbolic of a regard for the Divine law.

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8.

the idealized Lord of the whole humanity,

Hands remain clasped

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9.

Thee only do we worship

Once again, bending and putting one's hands on the knees, reflecting the idea of surrender and resignation to the Divine will.

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10.

and toward Thee alone do we aspire

rise

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11.

Open our hearts toward Thy beauty,

The right hand is placed on the left over the heart, acknowledging that the heart is the temple of God.

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12.

illuminate our souls with divine light

The left hand is placed on the right side, acknowledging that "My soul comes from a Divine place".

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13.
There is a short pause while one crosses oneself as in the External Zikar. As if pulling a ray of light with the thumb, index and middle fingers, the right hand is drawn across from the left shoulder to the right shoulder and then from the forehead down to the heart.
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14.

O Thou, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty!

Raising the hands upwards once again symbolizes one's acknowledgement of the Perfection of the Divine.

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15.

All powerful, Creator, Sustainer and Forgiver of our shortcomings,

The joining of the palms together expresses the unity of the soul and body which are placed before the Divine.

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16.

Lord God of the East
and of the West,

For "Lord God of the East", the head is turned to the right. The to the left for"…and of the West".

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17.

Of the worlds above
and below,

For "Of the worlds above…" the head is turned upwards. Then for "…and below", the head is turned downwards.

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18.

And of the seen...

The eyes are opened...

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19.

…and unseen beings.

…then closed.

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20.

Pour upon Thy Love and Thy Light,

Give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls,

Use us for the purpose that Thy Divine Wisdom chooseth,

And guide on the path of Thine own Goodness.

The hands are raised heavenwards, palms up, to the level of the heart. The arms are slightly outspread.

One is asking for blessing and help.

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21.

Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life,

Until in us be reflected Thy Grace, Thy Glory,

Thy Wisdom, Thy Joy and Thy Peace.

The hands are together, palms up, not bent towards oneself, but as if receiving from above; more horizontal, in cup-form. The hands are not too high, on a level with the solar plexus and out somewhat from the body.

Now one is asking for that which is beyond even blessing and help; unity with God.

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22.

Amen.

The hands are lifted to above the forehead, briefing touching the head.

That which has been offered in the prayer is brought to the temple of God, the body.

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23.

The hands are brought downward along the sides of the body, not actually touching it, then finally turned outward with palms facing down.

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…then hands clasped.

Clasping the right hand over the left in the silence.

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