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translated by Dr. Douglas-Klotz from Prayers of the Cosmos, a pioneering book in the movement to recover the wisdom of Jesus as a Native Middle Eastern person.
The Lord’s Prayer and Beatitudes from the new, multi-layered translations, by Dr. Douglas-Klotz’s, in his first book (1990, HarperCollins). This original transliteration and translation is straight from the Peshitta (Syriac-Aramaic) version of Matthew 6:9-13 & Luke 11:2-4 into present day English.
O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos / you create all that moves in light.
(Countermelody chant for peace—Sacred Unity in Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew and Old Canaanite: Allaha Allah Elohim Elat)
Focus your light within us—make it useful: as the rays of a beacon show the way.
Create your reign of unity now—through our fiery hearts and willing hands.
Nehwey tzevyanach aykanna d’bwashmaya aph b’arha.
Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all form
(Conclusion of first half: Abwoon Abwoon Abwoon Hayy) (Hayy is life energy in Aramaic)
Hawvlan lachma d’sunqanan yaomana.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight: subsistence for the call of growing life.
Washboqlan khaubayn (wakhtahayn) aykana daph khnan shbwoqan l’khayyabayn.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.
Wela tahlan l’nesyuna
Don’t let us enter forgetfulness.
Ela patzan min bisha.
But free us from unripeness.
Metol dilakhie malkutha wahayla wateshbukhta l’ahlam almin.
From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews.
Truly—power to these statements – may they be the source from which all my actions grow.
Sealed in trust & faith. Amen.
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Watch The Lord’s Prayer on this video with the translation read by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz in Aramaic, the Native Language of Jesus Christ – http://youtu.be/e8M6EqCPJMI.
Music by Akbar Eric Manolson.
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Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D. is a world-renowned scholar in religious studies, spirituality and psychology. Living in Fife, Scotland, he directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning and for many years was co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion
A frequent speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of several books, including Prayers of the Cosmos (1990),The Hidden Gospel (1999), The Genesis Meditations (2003), The Sufi Book of Life (2005), Blessings of the Cosmos (2006), The Tent of Abraham (2006) (with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister) and Desert Wisdom (1995, revised 2010). He has also produced three audio series of teachings on the Aramaic approach to Jesus, published by Sounds True (see Online Store section of this website).
Known also for his citizen diplomacy work, Neil led several group trips to Russia and the Middle East and in 2004 cofounded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (http://www.eicsp.org). In 2005 he was awarded the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year award for his work in Middle Eastern peacemaking.
Under his Sufi name, Saadi Shakur Chishti, Neil also offers spiritual retreats combining his work with Native Middle Eastern spirituality with the lineage of Chishti Sufism. He was a long-time student of the Murshid Moineddin Jablonski (d. 2001), the spiritual successor of Sufi Ahmed Murad Chishti (1996-1971). Saadi was recognized as a teacher in the Sufi path in 1981 and a senior teacher or murshid in 1993 in the lineage of the Sufi Ruhaniat (http://www.ruhaniat.org).
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