Category: prayer

Or Mele Kalikimaka

by Andrea Elizabeth

Welcome to The Dao Pali Factor, home of the No Yang Zone

Time for the Dharma Points Memo

Donald Trump’s denial of definitive Russian involvement in the Presidential election plays into the paranoid propaganda of his opponents. A more peaceful Zen reaction to anxiety inducing paranoia would be to take a deep breath and not care. Not caring about worldly affairs is different than denial or not knowing about them. If knowing, whether that Russia influenced the election or that the Democrats want to delegitimize Trump’s victory, brings suffering, then one simply needs to rise above the suffering, not the knowledge. Just say “Pali Anapanasati” several times until you’re not upset anymore. Barak O’bama was very good at this. When he gave a speech amidst disagreeing people he would speak in the rhythm of “Pali Anapanasati” and by the end, no one cared that he was ineffective at solving problems.

This is not the only application of this phrase. Donald Trump should use it at three in the morning to avoid tweeting. The press should use it to avoid twitter talking points. And then nothing would happen. But if nothing happens we all die, you say. Same if things do happen. Kobo Daishi wrote a poem about dead bodies as a help to overcome desire.

Does Donald Trump represent desire? Is he promoting hedonistic wealth for everyone or rather healthy, productive work? Yang alert! He has succeeded in representing both. He also uses wealth as an indicator of a person’s scope and effectiveness. He must say “Pali Anapanasati” at six in the morning because then he seems able to let some things, like his stocks at least, go.



Great Doxology

by Andrea Elizabeth

Великое славословие



Сла́ва Тебе́, показа́вшему нам свет!

Glory to Thee, Who has shown us the light!



Сла́ва в вы́шних Бо́гу, и на земли́ мир, в челове́цех благоволе́ние.

Glory in the highest to God, and on earth peace, and to men good will.

Хва́лим Тя, благослови́м Тя, кла́няем Ти ся, славосло́вим Тя, благодари́м Тя вели́кия ра́ди сла́вы Твоея́.

Praise we Thee, bless we Thee, bow we to Thee, glorify we Thee, give thanks to Thee great for glory Thy.

Го́споди, Царю́ Небе́сный, Бо́же, О́тче Вседержи́телю,

Oh Lord, King Heavenly, God, Father Almighty,

Го́споди Сы́не Единоро́дный, Иису́се Христе́, и Святы́й Ду́ше.

Oh Lord, Son Onlybegotten, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit.

Го́споди Бо́же, А́гнче Бо́жий, Сы́не Оте́чь, взе́мляй грехи́ ми́ра, поми́луй нас.

Oh Lord God, Lamb God, Son of the Father, (take away) sin earth, have mercy on us.

Взе́мляй грехи́ ми́ра, приими́ моли́тву на́шу.

Takest sins world, receive prayer our.

Седя́й одесну́ю Отца́, поми́луй нас.

Dwells right hand Father, have mercy on us.

Я́ко Ты еси́ Еди́н Свят; Ты еси́ Еди́н Госпо́дь, Иису́с Христо́с, в сла́ву Бо́га Отца́, ами́нь.

For Thou art alone Holy; Thou art alone Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory God Father, amen.

На всяк день благословлю́ Тя и восхвалю́ и́мя Твое́ во ве́ки, и в век ве́ка.

On every day I bless Thee and praise name Thy for ever, and ever and ever.

Сподо́би, Го́споди, в день сей без греха́ сохрани́тися нам!

Vouchsafe, Oh Lord, in day this without sin save us!

Благослове́н еси́, Го́споди Бо́же оте́ц на́ших,

Blessed art Thou, Lord God fathers our,

и хва́льно и просла́влено и́мя Твое́ во ве́ки, ами́нь.

And Praised and glorified name Thy for ever, amen.

Бу́ди, Го́споди, ми́лость Твоя́ на нас, я́коже упова́хом на Тя.

Do, Oh Lord, mercy Thy on us, for we hope in Thee.

Благослове́н еси́, Го́споди, научи́ мя оправда́нием Твои́м (трижды).

Blessed art Thou, Oh Lord, teach me justifications Thy.

Го́споди! Прибе́жище был еси́ нам в род и род.

Oh Lord! Refuge hast been Thou our from generations and generations.

Аз рех: Го́споди! поми́луй мя, исцели́ ду́шу мою́, я́ко согреши́х Тебе́.

I said: Lord! have mercy on me, heal soul my, for I have sinned against Thee.

Го́споди! к Тебе́ прибего́х: научи́ мя твори́ти во́лю Твою́,

Oh Lord! Unto Thee do I cling: teach me to do will Thy,

я́ко Ты еси́ Бог мой,

For Thou art God my,

я́ко у Тебе́ исто́чник живота́, во све́те Твое́м у́зрим свет.

For in Thee is source of life, in light Thy shall we see light.

Проба́ви ми́лость Твою́ ве́дущим Тя!

Continue mercy Thy unto those who follow Thee!

Святы́й Бо́же, Святы́й Кре́пкий, Святы́й Безсме́ртный, поми́луй нас! (трижды).

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us! (thrice)

Сла́ва Отцу́ и Сы́ну и Свято́му Ду́ху, и ны́не и при́сно и во ве́ки веко́в, ами́нь.

Glory Father and Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages, amen.

Святы́й Безсме́ртный, поми́луй нас.

Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Святы́й Бо́же, Святы́й Кре́пкий, Святы́й Безсме́ртный, поми́луй нас!

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us!

Псалом 50 Psalm 50

by Andrea Elizabeth

Псалом 50

Psalm 50

Помилуй мя, Боже, по велицей милости Твоей,

Have mercy on me, Oh God, “by” great mercy Thy,

и по множеству щедрот Твоих очисти беззаконие мое.

And by “plurality” compassions Thy cleanse transgressions my.

Наипаче омый мя от беззакония моего,

“Yet more” wash me from transgressions my

и от греха моего очисти мя;

And from sin my cleanse me;

яко беззаконие мое аз знаю,

For transgressions my “I know”,

и грех мой предо мною есть выну.

And sins my “before” me are “taken out”.

Тебе Единому согреших и лукавое пред Тобою сотворих,

To Thee only have I sinned and evil before Thee “created”.

(now also using St. Tikhon’s Press Slavonic/English prayer book, which seems to be more literal. I will still put in Russian order if English sentence structure is different. Also using online translators mostly till waiting for my dictionary. I realize conjugations are off. I’m mainly concerned with root words for now.)

яко да оправдишися во словесех Твоих,

That let be justified in words Thy,

и победиши внегда судити Ти.

And conquer always when judge Thou.

Се бо, в беззакониих зачат есмь,

Behold, in iniquities “shapened” was I.

и во гресех роди мя мати моя.

And in sin bore me mother my.

Се бо, истину возлюбил еси;

Behold, truth hast “loved” Thou;

безвестная и тайная премудрости Твоея явил ми еси.

“obscure” and “secret” wisdom Thy revealed to me Thou.

Окропиши мя иссопом, и очищуся;

Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed.

омыеши мя, и паче снега убелюся.

Wash me, and “more so” made “white”r?

Слуху моему даси радость и веселие;

To hearing my Thou shalt give joy and gladness;

возрадуются кости смиренныя.

Rejoice bones that are humbled.

Отврати лице Твое от грех моих и вся беззакония моя очисти.

“Turn away” “the person (face?) of” Thy from sin my and all transgressions my cleanse.

Сердце чисто созижди во мне, Боже,

Heart “purely” “I(Thou?) will build” in me, O God,

и дух прав обнови во утробе моей.

and spirit right renew in “womb” my.

Не отвержи мене от лица Твоего и Духа Твоего Святаго не отыми от мене.

Not reject me from person Thy and Spirit Thy Holy not take from me.

Воздаждь ми радость спасения Твоего и Духом владычним утверди мя.

Воз “who” give”me joy salvation Thy and Spirit “episcopal” “strengthen” me.

Научу беззаконыя путем Твоим,

Teach “without law” by (ways?) Thy.

и нечестивии к Тебе обратятся.

And ungodly to Thee turn.

Избави мя от кровей, Боже, Боже спасения моего;

Deliver me from “bloods”, O God, O God salvation my;

возрадуется язык мой правде Твоей.

Rejoice (tongue?) my righteousness Thy.

Господи, устне мои отверзеши, и уста моя возвестят хвалу Твою.

Lord, lips my open, and mouth my “herald” praise Thy.

Яко аще бы восхотел еси жертвы, дал бых убо:

For (if?) “would” “willed” Thou “victim”, “I give” would (?):

всесожжения не благоволиши.

“Burnt offering” not thankful(?).

Жертва Богу дух сокрушен; сердце сокрушенно и смиренно Бог не уничижит.

“Victim” to God spirit “crushed”; heart crushed and humbled God not despise.

Ублажи, Господи, благоволением Твоим Сиона, и да созиждутся стены Иерусалимския.

Do good, O Lord, good will Thy Zion, and let be built walls Jerusalem.

Тогда благоволиши жертву правды, возношение и всесожегаемая; тогда возложат на oлтарь Твой тельцы.

“Then” Thou will be pleased victim/sacrifice of righteousness/truth, oblations and burnt offerings; Then they lay on alter Thy calves.

A third on changing the past from 11-23-63

by Andrea Elizabeth

After the first attempt, Jake calls one of the would have been victims who recognizes him all those years later as her brother’s guardian angel, which he had called himself at the time. She then gets upset and asks him where he was when that brother was later killed in Vietnam. It’s a good question. If you can go back in time, which is what eternity does for you according to C.S. Lewis’ Great Divorce, where people living in heaven can direct things that happened in the past, then you are responsible for everything. What if our prayers can change things that even happened in the past. Perhaps this is what forgiveness and freedom from oppression is in a way. I think King is right that the past is obdurate and in harmony with itself and the future, which is why it is so hard to break free from these events. Even the would have been victims live similar lives when it didn’t happen as it had. This is why working miracles takes such intense concentration and years in prayer to perform. Guns are the quick and easy solution.


by Andrea Elizabeth

Profound thought of the day:
What if Jesus accepted the crumb-eating gentile lady because he often lives on our crummy leftovers of devotion?

Strollin on the Water

by Andrea Elizabeth

I have recently gotten the message that admitting our weakness is a statement of identification. With it, we ask God’s strength. This association of properties is a little more dichotomous than I’m used to thinking. It’s adjusted from the idea that we pray for God to help make us strong. But are we ever in ourselves strong? I’m starting to think not. God doesn’t strengthen us to make us independent. Could Jesus ever teach Peter to walk on water by himself? Don’t think so. All Peter could do was direct his attention. Maybe that is the only power we are ever capable of.

The tyranny of niceness

by Andrea Elizabeth

End of Chapter 3 of Atlas Shrugged

“She had always flet that the concourse looked like a temple. Glancing up at the distant ceiling, she saw dim vaults supported by giant granite columns, and the tops of vast windows glazed by darkness. The vaulting held the solemn peace of a cathedral, spread in protection high above the rushing activity of men.

Dominating the concourse, but ignored by the travelers as a habitual sight, stood a statue of Nathaniel Taggart, the founder of the railroad. Dagny was the only one who remained aware of it and had never been able to take it for granted. To look at that statue whenever she crossed the concourse, was the only form of prayer she knew.”

Con, of course, idolizing a business.

Pro, she can be used as a parable of true, committed worship. How often does Jesus compare seeking after the kingdom of heaven to how committed people are to business ventures, whether investment or agricultural? How does the one parable treat unprofitable servants? Even what they have will be taken away.

Rand’s belief in freedom over coercion: “Dagny regretted at times that Nat Taggart was her ancestor. What she felt for him did not belong in the category of unchosen family relations. She did not want her feeling to be the thing one was supposed to owe an uncle or grandfather. She was incapable of love for any object not of her own choice and she resented anyone’s demand for it. But had it been possible to choose an ancestor, she would have chosen Nat Taggart, in voluntary homage and with all of her gratitude.”

Again she’s being fluid in her reactions – regret turns into voluntary homage. Or is Rand unknowingly contradicting herself? I wish she had said why she initially regretted him. I don’t think you can take it for granted that she didn’t like his end-justifies-the-means behavior described earlier.

Rand seems to want permission to admire the people she admires, and to not admire those she doesn’t. To call a spade a spade, as it were. I believe there is room for her blantant honesty and belief in freedom. So, lets go ahead and call some people enemies, instead of all the pc feel goody language many believe is the Christian way, which I believe is the tyranny of niceness. People are afraid to hate the sin nowadays. That isn’t true love. True love desires perfection. But what to do with those enemies? How to love enemies is the hardest thing. Not so much because we don’t want to, but because of the how’s involved. Like what do you do if he’s endangering your children, spending your money destructively, causing havoc in the marketplace, lying about God, etc? It’s not so simple. Placing someone in time out, at least, and calling out the wrongness of the behavior isn’t hating them. The tyranny of niceness spoils people, and that isn’t love.

Angels watch

by Andrea Elizabeth

If heavenly-mindedness causes a certain detachment from earthly cares, I ask, in the midst of Dionysius the Areopagite’s Celestial Hierarchies, where does that leave earthly-goodliness? I would say, focus also on the children, ironically, because ‘their angels behold the face of the Father’. Lots of things are done for the sake of children, and I pray they are done with discernment and wisdom attained by proper, pure devotion to heavenly things.

Communal thoughts

by Andrea Elizabeth

I hear that dwelling on Communion helps the mind transcend earthly cares. Creation as symbols as well as thankfulness spontaneously appear unbidden.

The silent world enables hymns of angels to occupy the mind. Prayer consists of the names and faces of others last remembered. May God have mercy on their souls.

The importance of discernment

by Andrea Elizabeth

It is apparent in these patristics quotes on the discernment of thoughts that taking thoughts captive is of the highest importance. For example:

It is discernment which in Scripture is described as they eye and the lamp of the body. This is what the Saviour says, ‘our eye is the light of your body, and if your eye is sound then there is light in your whole body. But if your eye is diseased then your entire body will be in darkness’ (Matthew 6:22-23). This eye sees through all the thoughts and actions of a man, examining and illuminating everything which we must do. And if it is not sound in a man, that is, if it is not fortified by good judgment and by well-founded knowledge, if it is deluded by error and by presumption, this makes for darkness in our entire body. The clear thrust of the mind as well as everything we do will be shadowed and we shall be wrapped in the blindness of sin and the blackness of passion. ‘If the light within you is darkness,’ says the Saviour, ‘what a darkness that will be’ (Matthew 6:23). For let no one doubt that our thoughts and our works, which originate from the deliberative processes of discernment, will be caught up in the shadows of sin if ever the good judgment of our heart goes astray or is taken over by the night of ignorance.” St John Cassian, “Conferences,” (New York: Paulist Press, 1985), pp. 61-63, (a conversation between Abba Moses and John Cassian)

So, then, the four kinds of discernment to which I have been referring will be necessary to us. First, as to material, is it true gold or spurious? Second, we must reject as fake and counterfeit coinage those thoughts which have the deceptive appearance of piety. They bear a false and not the genuine image of the king. Then we must be able to detect and to abhor those which impose a viciously heretical stamp on the precious gold of Scripture. This is not the effigy of the true king but of a tyrant. Finally, we must drive away thoughts which are like underweight coins, dangerous and inadequate, thoughts which have lost weight and value because of the rust of vanity, thoughts which do not measure up to the standard of the ancients. St. John Cassian, The Conferences

Most times we consider our own judgment trustworthy. We must trust it somewhat or we would be paralyzed. Since discernment is listed as spiritual gift, I suppose it must be asked for with the view that improvement is always needed.