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The Spirituality of the Heart in the Syriac Tradition
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:48:08 AM »
"The spirituality of the heart in the Syriac tradition", Sebastian Brock

Ibn Arabi Society UK Symposium, Oxford, May 2009

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At one point (c. 12:00), Brock quotes from Aphrahat (d. 345), who explains the significance the passage from Jesus (Matthew 6:6) about praying to the Father in your room, in secret, with the door shut:

"Our Lord thus tells us, pray in secret, in your  heart, and shut the door. What is the door He says we must shut? Is it not your mouth? For here is the Temple in which Christ dwells, just as the apostle Paul said, You are the Temple of the Lord. For him to enter into your inner person, into this House, to cleanse it from everything that is unclean, while the door -- that is to say, your mouth -- is closed. That is the purpose of prayer. If this were not the case, how would you understand the passage? Suppose you happen to be in the desert, where there was no house and no door? Would you be able to pray? How could you do it? How could you pray in secret? Or if you happened to be on top of a mountain, would you be unable to pray?"
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If you will, you can become all flame.
Extra caritatem nulla salus.
In order to become whole, take the "I" out of "holiness".
सर्वभूतहित
Ἄνω σχῶμεν τὰς καρδίας
"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is." -- Mohandas Gandhi
Y dduw bo'r diolch.