“Prayerless Prayer”


The other day, when I read “Prayerless prayer,” a post by Didi, I was reminded of a saying attributed to Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vorki (1819-1868), who practiced silence and didn’t always answer questions. When he was asked how “true Jews” should behave or could be recognized, Rabbi Menachem Mendel replied: “upright kneeling, silent screaming, motionless dance.”

“Upright kneeling” reminds us that, wherever we are standing and whatever we are doing, we remain in the presence of Gd, and therefore our hearts should be kneeling humbly before our Creator.

“Silent screaming” reminds us that we need not scream aloud for Gd to hear our cries in the face of injustice or agony, because Gd hears our crying, and can bring us comfort, even when we make no sound. All we need do is think the thoughts, and Gd has heard them!

Finally, “motionless dance” is the idea that life is meant to be celebrated, and we should be grateful, happy, and enjoying the goodness that continues to exist, even when life’s details aren’t perfect. So although our bodies may be still, our hearts constantly should be dancing in celebration of our presence in the miracle that is Creation.

Like Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vorki, Didi juxtaposes an act and its opposite to remind us where the spiritual path can lead us — to a place where our every action is a offering to The One, before whom our hearts are kneeled, as we silently celebrate the mystery and grandeur of our Gd.

Please take a look at Didi’s post.

This Shabbat, may Didi and Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vorki inspire us to new depths of service to The One.

Shabbat shalom to all, jen

3 thoughts on ““Prayerless Prayer”

  1. Dear Jen,

    Thank you so much, I feel honoured and ashamed as well that I do not deserve this honour – allow me to pass this honour and thankfulness to my Master Sant Kirpal Singh Ji.

    Life is not easy with our mind on our shoulders, the mind that directs us and deceive us also as well. Our silent soul should be the master and the mind the servant of it. But as we have identified us with our body and even with our mind, happiness is a temporary thing in our life – when our mind becomes still and our wishes cease to be (as all wishes in this silence will be fulfild by God) – then we may taste permanent happiness, a connection with God consciously in every second – and there we should have our thankfulness too, in God, every moment and whatever life, the will of God offers us.

    Thank you very much, dear Jen 🙂
    All what is good for your soul

    • Dear Didi– You are very welcome, my friend! I’m sorry it took me so many days to finish my post. It seems I’ve over-scheduled my life this week!
      As for your second paragraph, I say simply, “Amen!” All the best, jen

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