Christian Prayer – the Opposite of Mantras and Meditations (+video)

3 July 2018

When you will be dying, the most important thing will be to make an act of perfect contrition. This means to admit your sin and sinfulness and to call on the name of God. “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom 10:13)

In the hour of your death, your eternity will be decided. Therefore, prepare for it in interior prayer.

How does the Holy Spirit help us during this prayer?

The Apostle answers: The Spirit makes intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom 8:26)

How should those pray who have the gift of praying in unknown tongues?

The Apostle Paul answers, “If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful” (1Cor 14:14), and he adds that it is necessary to pray with the mind too (v.15). It means to realize and experience the truth that unites me with Jesus.

When you begin to pray, it is appropriate to kneel. First realize the four most fundamental realities. The first one – death; the second one – God’s judgment; the third one – heaven or hell is in store for you; the fourth one – forgiveness of sins, but only in this time. Stand by the cross in spirit, realize your sin and sinfulness as well as the need for forgiveness. Open up to the light of God which comes out of Christ’s cross. Standing in this light is the condition for these words to be true, “If we walk in the light, the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin.” (1Jn 1:7) Look in spirit at the five wounds of Christ, fasten your eyes on each one of them and repeat slowly: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, have mercy on me!” (Forgive me!)

We sin not only in our actions. We also sin in our thoughts, feelings, words or self-will when we do not seek and do the will of God.

You can also slowly repeat the sentence: “The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin,” and realize the depth of this truth. Try to experience it personally.

Stay in this light for a quarter of an hour.

For the next quarter of an hour, you can experience God’s Word: I have been crucified together with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Gal 2:20).

To focus your mind better, what helps is to look into Jesus’ wounds in His hands and at the crown of thorns. I can see streams of blood running down His temples, His wounded face, His mouth open in pain. I look in Christ’s eyes and meet His gaze. It penetrates my entire being like a spiritual ray of light. I consciously open up to this spiritual communion that unites me to Jesus. At this moment, I surrender myself wholly to Jesus, the Son of God, who loves me. He suffers for me to save me from the slavery of sin and death.

Within every man is a poisoned root – original sin, the spiritual source of lies and evil. All my sins come out of this source. I can imagine it as a dark ball within me. When I realize “I have been crucified together with Christ,” I experience it as if a cross of light was passing through my being. It halves and quarters the dark ball in me. When I am crucified with Christ, the source of evil in me is no longer compact. At that moment it becomes powerless to hold me in the darkness and to breed new sins. This is the reality of my unity with the crucified Jesus. I repeat in spirit again and at the same time I realize: “I have been crucified together with Christ.” “Jesus, You and me … You and me, … together …” I can only repeat the word “You” for a while and perceive the presence of Jesus. Then I repeat: “together …” And then I can abide in the following words: “I have been crucified together with Christ.” I repeat the individual words and experience this reality.

If disturbing thoughts attack me which interrupt the spiritual union with Jesus, or if I fall into a spiritual stupor, I return to the reality of God’s Word as soon as possible.

When I perceive a ray of light connecting the cross of light within me with Jesus on the cross, I repeat the word “together…”, and I perceive true communion with Jesus.

The words I have been crucified with Christ” express the depth of surrender to Jesus. Now I live the essence of the first and greatest commandment: “You shall love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Now I live these words, and at the same time I perceive the words of Jesus: “On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (Jn 14)

Being crucified with Christ, I have entered into unity with Jesus, and therefore I can say: “Christ lives in me.” (Gal 2:20)

This prayer of unity is a preparation for the moment of death on which depends my whole eternity. True life wisdom is to be mindful of death and eternity!

What is the essence of Hindu and Buddhist meditations?

As for these meditations, they do not unite man with the one true God but with demons.

Why did Hinduism and Buddhism become popular in Europe and America?

The practice of yoga and so-called martial arts has contributed to it. Behind both of them is a spiritual root to which their adherents are connected in meditations. Meditations lead to unity with so-called energies, in fact, with demonic powers.

What is a Christian’s proper view of reincarnation?

Reincarnation is a great deception; it denies 1) the true God, 2) the immortal soul, 3) original sin, 4) salvation which is in Jesus Christ and 5) the reality of eternal condemnation.

What are mantras?

Mantras contain the names of demons. Reciting mantra, the adherent connects with them.

What would You say in conclusion?

It is necessary to know that Christian prayer is absolutely inconsistent with Oriental meditations.

 

+ Elijah

Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate

 

 

Stáhnout: Christian Prayer – the Opposite of Mantras and Meditations (3.7.2018)

 

 

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Word of Life

“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

Rom 6:13 (18/11/2018 – 2/12/2018)