Dialogue between a Man and His God, an ancient Babylonian cuneiform tablet dating from c. 2125 BCE, tells the tale of an afflicted man in prayer and reflection. One part of this narrative describes a retrospection and a personal confession of the deep issues weighing on this man’s chest:
57-63. “My god, …… before you. I would speak to you: my tears are excess and my words are supplication. I would tell you about it, would unravel to you like a thread the evil of my path.
75-81. “In the overwhelming bitterness of my path I never see a good dream — but unfavourable (?) visions daily never stop for me.
120-129. The man’s god heard his bitter weeping. After his lamentation and prolonged wailing had soothed the heart of his god towards the young man, his god accepted the righteous words, the holy words he had spoken.
This exercise can be done by allotting time for a quiet reflection. By being honest with ourselves and by turning our attention inwardly and reflecting on the way we have passed our life, any wrongdoings we may have committed, any difficulties we are unable to overcome, and so on, we can gain a deep insight into the very nature of these issues. Also, praying for further understanding and clarity can provide further insights and guidance.
Please note: While we recommend this practice, the text that it comes from requires further research and therefore is not currently on the recommended reading list of The Spiritual Sun.
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