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Praying to the Creator with our mind, body and soul

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Praying to the Creator with our mind, body and soul can best be understood by describing each component, mind, body and soul individually then combining them as a whole.

Praying with our body is a physical action followed by an understanding of the action itself. We pray to God twice a day; once before we sleep at night and once after we wake up in the morning. A devout follower may think that if we worship God many times a day (for example during every hour of wakefulness) may count towards going to heaven. On the other extreme, a believer may feel that acceptance of God without the act of worshipping is sufficient.
From the consciousness that Xian Sheng received, praying twice a day in the prescribed method strikes the best balance in our modern daily lives. Although the demands of our chores may take precedence during the day, we would still have the mental and physical focus to pray once after awakening and once just before going to sleep. It is worthy to note that it is the quality of the prayer rather than the quantity that is desired.
While praying, the action of kneeling with our hands clasped at our chest and facing skywards with our eyes open has real and symbolic effects.

A chemical concoction created by a chemist in a bell jar gives us a good analogy of where God is. The chemical creation is not a part of the chemist; similarly this universe or any of God’s creation is not part of God. Therefore it is safe to say that God is beyond God’s creation.
With that in mind, we were given knowledge by Xian Sheng that our kneeling posture during prayer will generate the brainwave of the highest quality to project beyond this universe and other God’s creation to reach God. In time, with technological advances Xian Sheng knows that this brainwave projection will be proven true.

It is an innate part of our psyche that kneeling is the highest form of physical respect that one can perform. Symbolic as it may be, the action of kneeling will nevertheless put us into the right mental perspective while praying to the Creator.

This brings us to the subject of praying to the Creator with our mind. The mind in itself is a much debated entity in the scientific and philosophical community. However controversial, no one can object to its existence. In our movement we recognise that our mind is the core of our consciousness. It is this core that we should harness to create brainwaves of the best quality to project towards God during prayers. This means our pursue of the knowledge of our spiritual movement’s guidelines and all of Xian Sheng’s teaching would play a role in assisting us to pray to the Creator with our mind.

However, theoretical knowledge must be followed by practical application thereof. One can claim to know and understand all of Xian Sheng’s teachings but yet for example, fail to participate in regular fasting sessions or submit to bad thoughts and ill action towards others.
Surely the body may have the form of kneeling down and praying but our mind may be in conflict. Knowing about doing good deeds but failing to do it may produce a conflict in our conscience, finally affecting our mind’s ability to effectively pray to God.

In a literal sense praying with our mind also means clearing our mind of any thoughts except for the focus on praying to the Creator. Turning off the television or radio and asking the family for some quiet time before and during the prayers may help.

As humans, we may occasionally succumb to distractions. As such, Xian Sheng recommends that even if distracted, we may wish to re-recite the prayer during our prayer session until we finally get focused and have the ability to concentrate to pray effectively.

While praying, Xian Sheng says that we should imagine that our brainwaves are projected beyond the boundary of our universe towards God. This visualisation is intended to allow the mind to further sharpen its focus while praying.

As Xian Sheng puts it, the mind can trained to be so focused during prayer that we achieve the ability to block out any visual and aural distractions during our prayer. With a sound spiritual knowledge, sincere effort towards doing good, focus and concentration while praying to God, we may finally achieve the best of our ability to pray with our mind. That would be our ultimate aim for praying to the Creator with our mind.

Praying to the Creator with our soul requires us to first achieve the combination of our ability to pray with our mind and body. In addition to what was mentioned earlier, participation in our spiritual activities like obsequies, regular spiritual discussions, meditation, regular fasting and more will allow our mind and body to further strengthen its ability to pray to God.

In a philosophical sense, our mind and body may strive to perform the entire above task which may be strenuous to incorporate into our lives. As in any regular physical exercise, our muscle builds, our flexibility increases and we achieve stamina; similarly with active participation in our spiritual activities we would continue to build our ability to pray with our mind and body to reach a critical mass and maintain it.

This mass will gradually seep into the deepest part of our lives and eventually our soul. It is the continuous attention to the development of our ability to pray with our mind and body, that the soul will eventually learn to pray to the Creator.

Very frequently mentioned by Xian Sheng, food is the nourishment for our body and fasting is the nourishment for our soul. Thus regular fasting will count towards assisting us to pray with our soul. During fasting our attention towards doing good deeds and avoiding bad deeds should rightfully be heightened.

With regular fasting, we will be periodically reminded to do good deeds and avoid bad deeds. Over time, the mind, body and finally the soul would have been ingrained within themselves the need to do more good over bad.

Special attention should be given to the second spiritual guideline of fearing nothing except God. Although meeting the entire requirement as laid down in the spiritual guidelines are essential, fearing nothing except God must take a high priority in our lives if we wish to pray to the Creator with our mind, body and soul.

Many years of learning, performing good deeds, fasting and worship would all come to a naught if finally we do not fear anything except God. For example, when threatened with a job sacking because of religion, in our case praying to God, we are ready to abandon praying to the Creator just to retain our jobs. Similarly, the willingness to abandon our beliefs to participate in a superstitious ritual in the pursuit of fortune would breach our guideline of fearing nothing (not even poverty) except God. A God fearing person also fears submission to evil thoughts and fears performing bad deeds such as lying, cheating and others.

In summary, praying to the Creator with our mind, body and soul requires an all-rounded approach and continuous positive effort. Pursue of spiritual knowledge must be supplemented with the actual practice of doing good deeds and fearing nothing except God.

When successful, signs of our ability to pray to the Creator with our mind, body and soul would surface intermittently in our lives. One very obvious sign is that during our meditation, our soul leaves our body and proceeds on to kneel down to pray purely in the soul form. This is because our years of hard work of praying with our mind and body had finally been infused into our soul.

Other signs as indicated by Xian Sheng are the ability of the mind and body to be detached while praying with our soul. For example, we would notice that although physically kneeling down and praying behind a set of windows, we would see that we (our soul) have actually gone outside, beyond the confines of the windows or the house. Literally the soul has leaped out of our body as though it wanted to get an unobstructed view of the sky to better worship God.

Nevertheless all the above are just intermittent signs, as the definitive indication of our ability to pray with our mind, body and soul is the reward of discovering that we have ended up in the positive plane (heaven) after our bodily death on earth.

In view of that, a quote of Xian Sheng would be most appropriate: “You live to go through an Examination in life and die to live”. Which points out that until the day we finally leave this earthly plane, we must continually seek to pray to the Creator with our mind, body and soul regardless of our age and physical condition.