THE LORD’S PRAYER
The first word our is the all inclusive our that excludes no one. The Lord’s prayer could have started with “My.” It didn’t for a very simple reason. We are a world family. God—no matter by what Name we call Him—belongs to all of us, and all of us belong to Him. Every thought of every person influences each and every one of us each and every day. All the people on the planet, as well as those in heaven and those in the hell of no spiritual awareness, are included. The phrase, “That all men are created equal…” from the Bill of Rights derives its meaning directly from this word our of the Lord’s prayer.
The father figure is the symbolic aspect of God as creator, protector, figurehead, disciplinarian and bread winner. A father is one who wants to create out of himself in order to love. For the Supreme Father, all of creation is Himself. “Without Him there is no one and no thing made….”
Our bodies are—as all things are—made of God-thought condensed into matter and formed by His Word—the vibration of protons, neutrons and electrons. The Father looks after, supports, feeds and cares for His children unbeknownst by the vast majority of those very children. He hides in and behind the beauty of nature. He seldom lets the few children who know Him intimately break the rules of His cosmic game of hide and seek and divulge the secret of apparent miracles. He enjoys His children enjoying His cosmic play.
At the same time, He gave all of His children free will to not believe in Him and the saints and divine beings who know Him. He wants to perpetuate this drama. If we meet Him and experience His total nature, we tire of the drama instantly and discover we don’t want to play any more. He who created us loves us more than we love our body’s life. We become very attached to this body and what seems to be our life, but God created us as a soul, not a body. He breathed the breath of Himself, the indestructible soul, into perishable bodies of “dust,” which He then makes return to that very same “dust.” Our creative Father set up the heavens, the earth and the hells as schools for His children, the souls, to attend and to learn the Good News that there is no death for an immortal soul, and that the law is to love and be loved by one another.
Who art in heaven –
The father maintains a location and existence other than this grand stage where human life appears to experience the drama. He created seven spheres of consciousness which St. John saw and described as the seven Churches. God’s consciousness and existence is heaven itself, and described as awareness of truth, and ever-new bliss or joy. So when we talk of Heaven on Earth, we are referring to the state of consciousness of heaven, literally “having our heads in the clouds of heaven with our feet on the ground.”
This is also called entering the Christ Consciousness state. The Father is our original heavenly state of consciousness, an awareness of which is our birth right. We, for the most part, have forgotten that. We are blinded by the overwhelming roar and perceptions born of the five senses. Whatever we perceive with these five senses we perceive as real. But the great masters say that these perceptions are unreal, simply movie pictures playing out on a screen from God’s thought projector. They say only the Father in Heaven is real. All else perishes (returns to dust) except Himself. Our immortal souls are the parts of Himself that make us who we are in reality. He is watching, playing and returning himself to Himself through us. He is our Father and wants us to return home to Him as prodigal sons. It is our destiny to greet Him in Heavenly Consciousness.
Hallowed be thy name –
Hallowed means “sacred” or “halo-ed, having a halo of God-conscious golden light around and in it.” The reason God’s Name is hallowed is that the Name of God—like the name of a person—is a way of communicating with the same. God created all the universes by saying or speaking it. God Said “Let there be light…” So if God created the universe by speaking, we can get God’s attention by saying His Name, just as you get your spouse’s attention by saying his or her name. We learn that there is power to know or attract God’s attention by repetition of His holy or hallowed Name. This is the underlying rationale for japa practice (repetition of a holy Name or prayer, with or without a rosary) because Name and the object are the same.
Thy Kingdom come –
The Kingdom that comes is the kingdom of heavenly consciousness which is everyone’s birthright. All souls eventually return to their rightful place of heavenly, blissful existence in the royal court of our Heavenly Father.
Thy will be done –
The supreme Father, protector and parent—just like any worldly Father—wills for us only our greatest good. But we have free will to think and do things which are just the opposite of what God wants us to do. If we ask God for His will to be done, we cannot go wrong or get lost in the mire of our own wants and desires. We ask to know and do God’s will in order to quickly return home to our birthright, the Temple of Joy.
On earth as it is in Heaven –
Most of us want world peace. We want and need God’s flawless government of love in Heaven to guide our earthly governments as well as our “government” of three billion cells in our own bodies. Without order through governance of some kind, there is chaos. God has a perfect plan for each one of us and for the world. But we are given free will as mini-creators of our own heaven or hell. Each one of us can literally experience “heaven or hell” on earth. We must choose wisely, with the free will we are given, because this life is short.
Give us this day our daily bread –
The bread is the food we eat, the clothes and shelter we are given and the very breath of life in our bodies. God gives of His creation every day to sustain us in our dream existence. We may do things to make it difficult for Him to give us our daily bread, but He is up to the task. We need to recognize that it is indeed Him who is providing us with all that we need. And all we really need is that Love “that proceeds from the very mouth of God….” This is “mana from heaven.” In eastern traditions, it is called prana.
And forgive us our trespasses –
As we forgive those who trespass against us –
God is Father to all, be they naughty or nice. He forgives His children. That is a given. WE must be like our Father and forgive all, as well. We are to turn the other cheek and not get upset with others. In that manner, we must work to be like our great benevolent Father. It is our sacred duty. We are sisters and brothers to all souls. We must act Godly to understand Him and regain our state with Him. This is the essence of Godliness. “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do….”
And lead us not into temptation –
God is always leading us! Souls who attune themselves to God in any of His many forms live the divine life. They feel God’s presence silently guiding them. The subtle, silent hand manifests as synchronistic events and happenings which worldly persons call “Lady Luck.” God is leading us but we use our God-given will to lead ourselves into tempting environments or situations, pleasant and unpleasant. Tempting “fate” or God is usually done by our own bad judgment and though our own prenatal tendencies. We tell others that we just can’t help ourselves. God will test us to see if we really want Him more than worldly playthings, fame or worldly love.
But deliver us from evil –
We ask for strength and wisdom to see beyond the temptations and rise above them. The word “BUT” carries an interesting implication. It implies that the temptation is going to come no matter what but when it does come, save us from the evil that is in the temptation. God is the deliverer. He delivers all things materially and spiritually. We need to ask to be spared any evil that is seeking to destroy us during our tests. At times, evil tries to overtake us in some form or another. God can shield us from our karma (results of past thoughts, words and deeds) and here we are asking for God’s grace.
For thine is the Kingdom –
God made everything out of Himself. All is His Kingdom. It is God, not us, who “owns” it. He is its sole creator, preserver and destroyer.
The power –
All supernatural forces, as well as natural forces are created and controlled by Him. Verily, He is the whole cosmos. Every atom is His body. His is the power behind the cosmos.
And the glory –
Glory is the praise or singing of angels in heaven. If we wish to know Him, we need to emulate those beings in heaven in order to develop a proper relationship with God. The very stones cry out praises because God is Extreme Bliss Consciousness. In that state of knowing God, your hair stands on end and you give praise automatically and continuously.
Forever and ever –
God exists as the eternal now. Time is different in heaven. The Hindus say that a day in the life of God the Creator is 440,235,000 earth years long. And that His night is just as long. Time does not exist like we think it does. Time is an illusion. There is only the great NOW.
We end the prayer with the Amen, the AUM vibration of the Holy Spirit, the one and true witness to all of God’s creation, the eternal vibration of God from which all creation is made and which is present in all creation as the Holy Spirit. This unseen vibratory force is pure divine love energy which comes out of God and sustains all worlds. Matter and energy are changed back and forth in the cosmos continuously but nothing is ever lost. The Holy Spirit, a universal force, takes us back to God by being “baptized” into that Spirit. Great saints and sages from the beginning of time all describe the Holy vibration sound as Aum, Amen, Amin, and OM. We can say and hear this sound and its variations to find our way back to its source because the source is God’s “Word” or love vibration.