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TRANSLATION OF SOME TEACHINGS OF

MEVLANA AND OTHER SAINTS ABOUT

PRAYERS, WISHES

[Texts written between square brackets and some punctuation are added for the sake of making the meaning clearer.]

I am Mevlana
...
You read the prayer from [the] book
Have you thought about [its] meaning?
Let yourself give,
Let you pray
[in order to pray, you should be able to concentrate, understand the meaning]
What you read is not your language [What you read is in a language that you do not understand]
What you understand is not your knowledge [you do not understand the meaning]
In order to be able to give oneself,
One needs to read,
[one needs to] Remember his/her Allah as he/she knows
In order to reach Him[God]
One needs to pray to Allah
Make your prayer
Not by "which prayer [verse[s]] should I read?"
But as it passes through your heart
[pray, not by reading verses of religious books, but as you feel in your heart, as it comes from your heart]
For Allah to understand your prayer
Wish [pray]
In [the] language of the wool ball[pray in your mother tongue, in the language that you understand best]
With [the] words of your own mouth [in your own words, as it comes from your heart]
He[God] hears you
He[God] knows from word, does not separate language[s] [God understands all languages]
When you say "ya Rab" it is only One [when you say "ya Rab", there is only one Rab, and that is God]
His [God's] Language is not separate
His [God's] Denomination is not separate
His [God's] People are not separate
To reach Him[God] one does not need to be Arabian
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6 September 1969

I am Mevlana
...
Kid's prayer is welcome [appropriate]
...
? April 1970

I am Mevlana
...
Allah grants good one of your good wish
[God] Takes your curse [and] sends [it back] to you
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? December 1970

I am Mevlana
...
Prayer has no condition
[prayer] Does not fit in [any] frame
Let it be read dearly
Let it be wished from heart
...
? 1970

I am Mevlana
...
Would ever a prayer be harmful to human?
[of course not]
Read [pray] when you pass by [a] grave[yard]
Spirits [souls] gather around [you]
[they] Become your protector
Pray while passing through water
[water] Gives you way
Pray while passing over a mountain
That repels the one with bad arrow [repels human[s] with bad intention].
...
? February 1970

I am Mevlana
...
[the] Beautiful of prayer is this
"I wish that you are a darling human of my Allah"
...
11 April 1970

I am Mevlana
...
If you curse [someone, something] that you remember
You put your curse in front of you
Do not forget
You come in front of the mountain
Whatever you shout, you hear that [same] as answer
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8 September 1970

I am Mevlana
...
Grapevine does not need any silver
Prayer does not need any frame
What does grapevine give?
Wine, look at the matured one [think of the aged tasty wine]
Whether you drink wine in a clay jug
[or] In a silver glass
It [the taste] does not change
Prayers don't fit in [any] frame
Don't stay in one scale [measure, format]
Day comes [in which day] human can not stop praying
Day comes [in which day human] can not turn his/her heart to one side
Then, how can you place frame?
Do you sit in front of hodja [imam] because [you say] "it is my prayer time"?
I say open[ly]
"Each day my job is to read this verse, that verse" you say
Why are you framing?
...
19 October 1970

I am Mevlana
...
If his/her prayer [wish] is accepted
It is accepted because it is right
[a] Prayer that is not right is returned back [refused]
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7 December 1970

I am Mevlana
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"Prayer [should] not [be] like that, [should be] like this" is said
Measure is given
I said before
[prayers] Don't have any measure
Don't fit [in] any frame
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16 January 1971

I am Mevlana
...
[the] One [soul] who wishes prayer
Comes to the one [human] whose heart gate is open
Gives sign
Numbing [tingling] of [the] arm, head ache, ringing of ear
Twitching of the eye are all such signs
[the] One who gets the sign, let him/her read [pray]
Saying "for all humans of my Allah"
[this] Enlightens his/her earth [life] and after earth life
If you think of the ones who are in after earth life
As much as you do so for earth human
[then] You become carrier of [the] flags of both lives [earth life and after earth life]
You get the shelter of your prophet
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12 February 1971

I am Mevlana
...
His/her state on earth is his/her level in after earth life
How much ever he/she loves, that much he/she is loved
As much as he/she is loved, that much prayers he/she receives
[the] Prayers [that] he/she receives take him/her higher
If you say "how?"
[similar to] How [the] wind moves [the] cloud
Prayers take human higher too
Each breath moves higher one level [sublevel, curtain] more
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22 February 1971

I am Mevlana
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Never curse
Don't say bad about human
There is not bad of human
There is no tough of path [no difficult path]
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1 March 1971

I am Mevlana
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The acceptance of prayers is due to [them] coming from heart
If you read as [if the prayer is] fit in a frame and hang
[then] Your prayer stays hanged on the wall
[if you do not pray from heart, your prayer has no value]
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14 April 1971

I am Mevlana
...
You throw [the] fishing line into the sea to take fish [to catch a few fish]
You catch whatever your share is
You think about the weather ashore
If you got what you hoped for
You say "acceptance of my prayer"
[You say "I caught all fish that I had prayed for"]
It should not be forgotten that
Acceptance of prayer [occurs only] if it is for your good
Do not forget that your Creator thinks about you more than you do so for yourself
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21 May 1971

I am Mevlana
...
One does not copy prayers
One prays as it comes from the heart
That is the only kind of prayer that is accepted by my Allah
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8 October 1971

I am Mevlana
...
My Allah is so great, looks at each one His[God's] humans' prayers
However, He[God] does not say,
"Let him/her take [and] go
Let whatever happens to him/her, happen"
[instead] He[God] gives only [whatever is] good for His[God's] human
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22 October 1971

I am Mevlana
...
Fatigue is [for the one who is] in body, not in the one existing without body
Don't think [that] the one who gets rid of body is covered [with soil]
Our prayer should be
Not only be for the one who entered under the ground
But also for the one[s] who is[are] among us without body
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28 November 1971

I am Mevlana
...
Each prayer is accepted by my Allah
If [it] is good for His[God's] human
If human wishes suffering of human
[then] Saying "[I wish] acceptance of [my] prayer" is inappropriate
You can make your prayer in your simple [every day] language too
[however, ] Your Allah Whom you lean on
Gets your prayer while it is [yet] passing through heart
[God knows about your prayer even before it comes to your mouth]
[then] What the tongue is needed for [when praying]?
[when praying, it is enough for you to think, God reads your thoughts even before they appear in your mind]
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3 February 1972

I am Mevlana
...
You give your prayer to the one who is buried,
[then] Why do you withhold [your prayer] from earth human [who is still on earth]?
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16 June 1972

I am Mevlana
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What His[God's] human takes is His[God's]
What His[God's] human gives is His[God's]
Only your prayers are yours
As long as your prayers are with you
[then] Your path is open
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17 September 1972

I am Mevlana
...
[the] One who makes his/her prayer to his/her Allah for all His [God's] humans
Provides comfort to us as well as to humans whose dough has not [yet] been kneaded
[when you pray for ALL humans, this provides comfort for all the ones who passed away and the ones who are still on earth]
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11 November 1969

I am Mevlana
...
I used to pray like this:
"My Allah,
Let me know what you gave
Let me not divert from the right [path]
Let me act like your human
Let me love your humans without exception"
I did not spare time for other prayers
I could not find time to think about sparing [time for other prayers]
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4 October 1970

I am Mevlana
...
Do not forget
Meryem [Mary] did not reach her Allah with worship
However, her prayer was worth one-thousand worships
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4 October 1970

I am Mevlana
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Prayer is not learned by reading at school
[you don't learn how to pray by attending schools]
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16 January 1971

I am Mevlana
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Human should wish for his/her intention with prayer, not with cruelty
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7 August 1971

I am Mevlana
...
Human sets intention, prays, finds what is good for him/her
Let us wish [for] our intention to my Allah with prayer
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12 November 1971

I am Mevlana
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To give frame to your wish is unnecessary
Pray in your simple [daily] language
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13 November 1971

I am Mevlana
...
How much ever we may be young
We get closer to [approach] Him[God] as much as our prayers
...
7 December 1971

...
Hazrat Musa [prophet Moses] says
"Prayer makes sea road, [prayer makes road through sea]
Assigns [saves] His[God's] human[s] to security [salvation]
Although it happened with [after] my prayer,
[it was] Not for me
[however] My Allah showed His[God's] humans [that] it happened with [after] my prayer
Because He[God] assigned me [as] guide for them"
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3 January 1972

I am Mevlana
...
My Allah waits for His[God's] human's prayer
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4 February 1972

I am Mevlana
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You arrive [reach God] not with worship, but with prayer
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16 February 1972

I am Mevlana
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As much as you can pray,
Pray for all [humans]
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25 February 1972

I am Mevlana
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Do not enter into [the subject of] measure of prayer
There is no measure for prayer
[because] Human does not arrive [reach God] with measure
Prayer ties to Him[God]
Praying not from heart is like filling water into a wicker basket
Prayer made with love is equivalent to sea
When you say Allah can you embrace the universe?
Can you tie your heart to Him[God] until your migration?
...
29 February 1972

I am Mevlana
...
Human thinks, dreams,
"Let me be so powerful
That I hit, beat anyone who comes on my way"
[this is] Not [a] prayer, it is [self promoting] ambition [egoist desire]
...
11 December 1972

I am Mevlana
...
With prayer
You find what is going to be
With ambition
You go away from what is going to be
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11 January 1974

I am Mevlana
...
If you say,
"If there is [wording] mistake in prayer,
It is not accepted by my Allah"
[then] You are the one who falls into mistake [who makes the mistake]
Can a mute human not remember [pray to] my Allah?
Can [the] one who has fault in his/her tongue not pray?
Prayer [is made] as it comes from heart
When you say [in your mind],
"My Allah
I believed in You
I took shelter in You
I trusted You"
Is it not accepted by my Allah?
...
1 February 1973

I am Mevlana
...
Human finds with intention
It is the order of my Allah
That each human who is soft
Should read [pray]
Do not forget
What takes each path to going [what clears the stones of the path]
[what] Opens each door
Is prayer
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9 March 1973

I am Mevlana
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The price of the meaning is prayer
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16 March 1973

I am Mevlana
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If you are among all humans
Then when your prayer is for all humans
You are in [the scope of your prayer]
[remember, when you pray for all humans, your prayer automatically includes you]
First, all humans
You exist together with all humans
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13 April 1973

I am Mevlana
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Believer's prayer is for all humans
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3 June 1973

I am Mevlana
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Let us pray
Not for me
But us [all humans]
Let us find Him[God] in us
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8 June 1973

I am Mevlana
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The place where the prayer is made
Is the place where the universe stands
Not a church, nor a mosque
It is the place where you are directed by heart
The place where you are directed by heart is the presence of Hakk [God]
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27 July 1973

I am Mevlana
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Prayer does not repel the event
[it] Takes you out [of the event]
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8 February 1974

I am Mevlana
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If you say,
"Is his/her prayer appropriate for his/her intention?"
If prayer is for Hakk [God], soft path is found
If you say,
"Is there prayer that is not for Hakk [God]?"
What one requests [wants] from Hakk [God] is not prayer
It is intention
Prayer is when one says,
"Let me know myself,
Let me find You in myself"
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12 July 1974

I am Mevlana
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Prayer is such that
You erase yourself
You open hand for all humans [you pray for all humans]
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12 July 1974

I am Mevlana
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At the place where there is prayer, intention erases [disappears]
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3 October 1973

I am Mevlana
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Reach Allah with prayer and [good] intention
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27 February 1976

I am Mevlana
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What prayer gives is where human arrives
If not arriving, then the fault in prayer is yours
There is no borrowed prayer
When praying, first empty yourself totally
Think [ask yourself]
"Is my love enough for all that I think of,
Or does it add rancor in between?"
When you pray like this, all empty
Then, of course your prayer will make you arrive where you wish to
What is meant by emptiness is not lovelessness
[it is] Good [and] bad thought
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12 March 1976

I am Mevlana
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Prayer occurs in every moment, whenever you think [of God]
Prayer occurs in every moment, whenever you remember [God]
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8 July 1976

I am Mevlana
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Four directions of [the] prayer are these:
With tongue
With body
With heart
With love
"With tongue" you please the heart of His [God's] human
"With body" is worshipping,
"With body" is helping His [God's] human
"With heart" is loving
Giving the same love to each one of His [God's] humans
[giving the same love] To all [He [God] has] created
Love is above all, is praying to my Allah
Without knowing [the first] three of them
[without] Dividing to its place [without accomplishing the first tree of them]
You can not pass to four
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20 October 1976

I am Mevlana
...
Prayer is made until filling up hearts,
[until] Being One with all humans
"Being One with all humans"
Was said [about], explained [before]
If you can see me in me, in Ahmet, in Mehmet [Ahmet, Mehmet are ordinary human names]
If you can keep yourself One with wealthy with poor
[then] I say, "your are One with all humans"
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17 December 1976

I am Mevlana
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Prayer starts whenever wished
It has no timing, no location
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28 December 1976

I am Mevlana
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Let the prayer be from past to future
Let it [the prayer] take [cover] all humans
Let it [the prayer] reach all humans
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28 December 1976

I am Mevlana
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Prayer lets you mature
Love lets you find
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7 January 1977

I am Mevlana
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Prayer opens the curtain that is between body and spirit
However,
[the] Prayer that is made to Him [God]
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12 February 1977

I am Mevlana
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Prayer does not give direction to the flow of [the] water
It [prayer] gives direction to the look of [the] human
Will show its water clear
Will make its stone, sand talk
Will make [you] love even its litter
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18 March 1977

I am Mevlana
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Share your prayers with the ones who are waiting [pray for the ones who are dead and alive]
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23 June 1977

I am Mevlana
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Prayer is performed on his/her own
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17 October 1977

I am Mevlana
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Let us say, "we came"
Let us thank for what we know
Let us remember Him [God] in our prayer
Each remembrance is of course [a] prayer
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6 December 1977

I am Mevlana
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In happy night
Pray for all creations
Because
You have claim from particle
Particles have claims from you
Never stay as credit or dept owner to one another [at migration time]
Each particle waits for prayer
As you do wait [also]
Do not forget
You are made of particles too
With prayer you come together with each one of your particle[s]
Of course, even your own body waits for prayer from you also
With prayer [it] pushes His [God's] human[s] toward one another
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2 July 1978

I am Mevlana
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Worship is performed on ground
Prayer is remembered in heart
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13 August 1978

I am Mevlana
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He [God] knows the prayers
Each prayer stays in Him [God]
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6 April 1979

I am Mevlana
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Prayers are performed in the name of Hakk [God]
[and] Are delivered completely to each one whom you remember
Similar to how you give water to someone who is thirsty
You such nourish the ones who wait for prayer
Of course they see that you enlighten their spirit
They all come together [,] take their share
Without saying small, big
Without consuming [a] few or more
Without adding word to word
They hope and take
Of course they reach His [God's] presence [of course they get comfort]
Each particle to you
Each drop to them
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25 April 1980

I am Mevlana
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To pray for all humans
We are assigned on duty
You are assigned on duty
[It is the duty of all of us to pray for all of us [all humans]]
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13 July 1981

I am Mevlana
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During each prayer
Spirit's particles fertilize each particle of [the] body
[spirit's each particle] Gives path [guides] as much as knows
Makes ash as much as burns
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5 January 1982

I am Mevlana
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The key of the door of Hakk [God] is your prayer
However
Prayer [is such] that you conform with heart and state [action]
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22 January 1982

I am Mevlana
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Our prayer is for all of you
Stay in One
Erase "you" [,] "me"
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? August 1983

I am Mevlana
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As [a] mill waits for flour
As [a] loom waits for fabrics
As our food waits for salt
Our heart waits for prayer
Prayer joins each subject to another
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29 November 1983

I am Mevlana
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If you have cage
Have your prayer in each one of your particles
You come to birth [migration] like that
You find yourself in essence [soul]
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2 December 1983

I am Mevlana
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The biggest prayer to my Rabb [is when]
You share your humanhood with His [God's] human
You share your food for a journey [with others]
You share your love
You share your morsel
[the] One who shares never loses
No decrease has ever been seen
In his/her breath
In his/her moneybag
In his/her desire
In his/her cage
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27 September 1984

I am Mevlana
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Do we find with intention [or]
Do we find with prayer?
And intention and prayer let human find the reality
Intention makes known human's reality
Prayer makes known Giver's reality
If we pray for the reality that we lean on
[then] Of course our intention is mature
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4 October 1984

I am Mevlana
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With prayer human reaches the table that he/she wishes
[with prayer human can reach any spiritual table, level]
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4 April 1985

I am Mevlana
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White sheep [and] black sheep are the property of the same herd
Good [and] bad [is similar to the]
State of the one who knows [, and] the one who does not know
Let us be the one who knows
[and let us] Join the one who does not know
To [the] ones who know
If we wore shirt
Let us sell the one [shirt that is] at home
To [some]one who can not [afford to] wear
Let heritage be what you get from the noble One
Surely there is a return for each one that you give
One should not say,
"[how] Can shirt be sold [to a poor person]?"
If you got [a thanks'] prayer for the shirt that you gave
That is its price
...
10 July 1986

I am Mevlana
...
Prayer is the door of reality
Whoever says, "let me enter"
Works [has to work for it]
...
25 July 1986


[Please note that these are the translations of just SOME of the messages on the topic "Prayers, Wishes."]

LOVE, SEE & SHARE:

Love all HIS creations;
See HIM in all of HIS creations;
Share HIS Meaning.

© Sabahat Ak■iray (Garib)
Translated by Tamer Ízel