Prayer is a spiritual practice with ancient roots, found in practically every spiritual tradition and is still common today.
What most practices of prayer have in common is an effort to have a communion or communication with the divine. The goal can be to become aware of and more connected to spiritual forces, to ask for spiritual help or guidance, or many other things.
Although in many cases a simple technique, prayer is also described in ancient texts as something vitally important and fundamental to any effort towards spiritual change.
Ancient Hindu texts mention praying to the divine sun to “join our minds and other organs to the Supreme Self so that we may attain the Knowledge of Reality” – they also made libations (ritual oil offerings) in prayer, as did the ancient Greeks. Jesus in both Essene texts and the canonical Gospels continually spoke of the importance of prayer, saying to “pray every day to your Heavenly Father and Earthly Mother” as “communions are a bridge between man and the angels.”
Listed here are texts related to the religion of the sun where references to prayer can be found (note this is a work in progress and will be expanded as further research is conducted):
- Essene Gospel of Peace, Book One
- Essene Gospel of Peace, Book Two
- Gospel of Mark 1:35, King James Version
- Gospel of Matthew 6:5-13, King James Version
- Iamblichus: The Life of Pythagoras or On The Pythagorean Life, The Daily Program. Taken from The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library, compiled and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie, pp. 81-82
- The Odyssey, Book 3, by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler
- Svetasvatara Upanishad, translated by Swami Nikhilananda
Below are posts on practices, exercises, and techniques for using prayer from ancient sacred texts related to the religion of the sun.