Friday, August 21, 2009

Definition of prayer

Prayer is attempted coercion

It is a form of violence against one’s chosen god

Telling the immortal what to do.

If you do not do this I will not do that

Ex: I do not get a new bike, I will not follow you.

Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune

3 comments:

The Romantic Mystic said...

Wow. I 've never heard that definition of prayer before. I guess some people are like that though.

I define prayer as communion with Ultimate Reality, whether it is regaurded as personal, impersonal, or beyond them both. The way I see it, prayer defines human nature in it's highest sense, in its efforts at spiritual attainment, and inner change of heart, mind, and behavior. It is the fundamental and perennial method of scaling the heights and probing the depths of The Real.

I guess that's just one way of looking at though. I'm sure people would disagree.

tina FCD said...

I like that, it was pretty funny.

Stardust said...

Yep, it's pretty funny because it's so true for so many people. My husband and I were just talking yesterday about the Lord's Prayer and the way it is worded is demanding. "Give us", "Forgive us"...

Most prayer is selfish beggary. I like that phrase coined by JD a few years ago.