True Prayer and ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’

Caroline discusses the true meaning of 'Prayer' in Japanese culture and it's connotations in the West

 
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祈り inori / prayer

The word ‘Inori’ means the act of focusing the whole BEING on something that is needing to be manifested in this world

Prayer means different things to different people. When we use the word 'prayer', we are not referring to a conventional prayer of a particular faith or denomination.

Our reference and use of the word 'prayer' is an affirmation and declaration of the wishes and aspirations that exist within each one of us, in communion with the heart where there is only Oneness, Compassion and Love for humanity.

In Japan the word ‘Prayer’ or ‘Inori’ does not have all the trappings or connotations that the word holds for us in the West.  In fact, the majority of Japanese people do not consider themselves to be religious.  They do not label themselves as ‘I am a Christian’ or ‘I am a Buddhist’ or any other religious path.  They will happily go to a temple, shrine, church or any sacred space. 

The word ‘Inori’ translated as 'prayer' means the act of focusing the whole BEING on something that is needing to be manifested in the sacred sound of the 'Inori'.   The belief that words are alive and have energy or ‘Kotodama’, the spirit of the sound, is intrinsic to the work of The World Peace Prayer Society. 

By focusing on the prayer or affirmation 'May Peace Prevail on Earth’, the time has come, in the evolution of humanity, to create true peace in this world.  This starts with the individual, and then ripples out to encompass every human being, and everything that exists in nature and creation.

Samuel Sparrow