I would very much like to have an explanation of how the Lord’s Prayer fits in with our present meditations, as well as an actual explanation.
The Guide: Yes. Well, for most of my friends, using – at this point of their development – any prepared and ready meditation or prayer is not advisable. It is much better if they use it spontaneously, according to the present need, because each day their needs and their approach to their inner self may change.
But as a point of interest, regarding the original meaning, I may say this: namely, that father is not meant as a person residing up in heaven, but that universal consciousness, the spirit of truth and of the divine powers that dwell in each individual entity, and that are accessible to each individual entity.
In that, there is a unity among all, because that higher self or that spiritual being – which it is the aim of all development to be in contact with, to be unified with, to be integrated with – that is one, yours and everyone else’s. It is the same.
That does not mean it is unindividualistic. It is many faceted, as entities and individualities exist, but it is one in all – it is a oneness in purpose, in everything. And that might be called the father.
As the master has said, the kingdom of heaven is within the soul, always within. Now, once this basic approach is understood, the rest of these words will automatically fall into place and become meaningful, for they will also be understood in a different way – that what you do to yourself, you do to others, and what you do to others, you do to yourself.
This is something that anyone who is actively engaged in this work of self-realization must find, constantly. The more you realize yourself, the more reality you perceive, the more you understand the truth that whatever you do to yourself you do to others, and whatever you do to others, you do to yourself. These two things, I think, explain everything in that prayer. (Lecture #9 Prayer and Meditation: The Lord’s Prayer)
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