Friday, October 18, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Photo Credit: Lensaku
For Hindus, Buddhists and other eastern faiths, it's the
single-syllabled Om. For Jews, it's the six words of the Shema. This
week we look at prayers of few words - the small-but-mighty sayings that
inspire and sustain millions.
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Pandit Roopnauth Sharma is a Hindu priest and leader of Ram Mandir temple, a community of 3,000 families in Mississauga, Ontario. Earlier this year he shared a wonderful story with us about his struggle to release his father's ashes, as per tradition, in public waters in Canada. You can hear A Son's Journey here.
This is the symbol for Om - the one-word prayer that is packed with so much meaning
Rabbi Joseph Meszler leads the Temple Sinai congregation of Sharon, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books including Witnesses to the One: The Spiritual History of the Sh'ma by Jewish Lights Publishing.
When the novelist J.D. Salinger died in 2010, much was said about Salinger' s reclusive nature - and his classic book 'The Catcher in the Rye'. But, here and there, you could find Salinger tributes by people who said his work changed their lives. They spoke of his novel Franny and Zooey, which introduced countless readers to a short prayer, The Way of a Pilgrim, often called The Jesus Prayer. It's just nine words long:
"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."