Murshid Nawab Pasnak
Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan
Most gracious Lord, Master, Messiah and Saviour of Humanity,
The eyes are open, steadily looking forwards during the whole prayer
Raising the hands upwards symbolizes the raising of the Divine ideal in one's own estimation.
We greet Thee with all humility.
The hands are folded, the glance is downward.
O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God!
The joining of the palms together expresses the unity of the soul and body which are placed before the Divine.
Thou whose heart constantly reacheth upward,
Thou comest on earth with a message as a dove from above when Dharma decayeth,
and speaketh the word that is put into Thy mouth, as the light filleth the crescent moon.
Let the star of the Divine Light shining in Thy heart be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees,
May the Message of God reach far and wide,
illuminating and making the whole humanity...
The hands are with palms up and the arms are somewhat widely spread at level with the heart.
…as one single Brotherhood in the Fatherhood of God*
The palms are brought together in front of the face...
*A gender neutral version might be substituted:
…as one single Family in the Parenthood of God
...then the hands touch the forehead
This symbolizes raising the ideal of the Divine to one's highest understanding.
The hands are lifted to above the forehead, briefing touching the head.
That which has been offered in the prayer is brought to the temple of God, the body.
The hands are brought downward along the sides of the body, not actually touching it, then finally turned outward with palms facing down.
…then hands clasped.
Clasping the right hand over the left in the silence.