Murshid Nawab Pasnak
Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan
Praise be to Thee, most supreme God,
Raising the hands upwards symbolizes the raising of the Divine ideal in one's own estimation.
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
…then arms down
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.
raise us from the denseness of the earth.
While rising up, there is the thought of being raised up by God .
Thy beauty do we worship,
Bow and rise with palms out
o Thee do we give willing surrender.
Bow and rise once more.
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.
the idealized Lord of the whole humanity,
Hands remain clasped
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.
and toward Thee alone do we aspire
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.
illuminate our souls with divine light
The left hand is placed on the right side, acknowledging that "My soul comes from a Divine place".
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.
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.
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".
Of the worlds above
For "Of the worlds above…" the head is turned upwards. Then for "…and below", the head is turned downwards.
And of the seen...
The eyes are opened...
…and unseen beings.
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.
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.
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.
The hands are brought downward along the sides of the body, not actually touching it, then finally turned outward with palms facing down.
…then hands clasped.
Clasping the right hand over the left in the silence.