Walking to close gate to hermitage I remember to pray for her.
Lu-men moonlight spills through misty treesMaybe there's only one teaching -- to remember one another in prayer -- in words, in silence, in stillness, and in act.
and I come again to the old hermitage.
The path leads through pines,
to the brushwork door
back again to solitude and silence.
Where a hermit lives,
there’s no need for companions.
--Meng Hao-jan (689-740)
Prayer is the turning of heart and mind to that which creates and sustains us in this existence. "That which" is sometimes spelled "G-o-d", and at other times it is spelled "c-l-e-a-r l-i-g-h-t" There are times when those who prefer it be spelled "A-l-l-a-h" or "J-e-s-u-s" cannot help themselves when the spelling and pronunciation do not fit their preferences, and become angry or dismissive. Not always. Just sometimes.
The time is sure to come when, far from being content with sound teaching, people will be avid for the latest novelty and collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then, instead of listening to the truth, they will turn to myths. Be careful always to choose the right course; be brave under trials; make the preaching of the Good News your life’s work, in thoroughgoing service.Timothy doesn't want us to stop thinking new ways of understanding primordial verities, but he is interested in not substituting neologisms for sound action that physically and concretely helps people who are in need of help. Explanation of belief takes backseat to loving and compassionate action. This engaged service is the essence of the spiritual path.
(--from 2 Timothy 4:1 - 8)
There are two rules on the spiritual path - begin and continue.Someone once said it and it applies to me: Up until now I have done nothing.