One of the marks that speaks the loudest about our generation is the frenzy to define and control the environment around us. People clamor to “change the world,” to control even the weather, and push ever outward to find out what exists on other planets, or even the chemical make-up of faraway stars in distant galaxies. “We” focus our attention on all these things beyond our own selves, but what do we know of our selves?
We try to look strong, wise, and independent, but in whose eyes? What is strength, when we can’t control our own passions? Our bellies, or, our eyes, command us to take the shortest route to the refrigerator, the next exit with a burger joint, or the most enticing sexual interest – are we so enslaved to our physical appetites? We grasp for the easiest conquest over others. Does our pride have that much power over us? We seek to find out what is the smallest sub-particle in an atom, or the latest gossip in the entertainment world. Are we more than data storage units? We say we want independence, but from what, really? Are we more than our outward pride? Do we exist only to perfect our posing skills?
The most ancient sages of every culture reflect this one insight – that the human heart, the core of our being, is more expansive than the universe itself. It is deeper than any ocean trench, more complex than the finest study of physics, and broader than the very reaches of space-time, yet we have been taught to ignore it, to “pay no attention to the Man behind the curtain.” The Tao of Prayer invites us to explore and discover this frontier, and what it really means, what it costs, and what i really means to become truly, fully Human, and Divine.