Part I

1.1

I pray
That I can teach my mind
Every day.


  1. PLM 1-17. The first 17 prayers in this book were written on 17 September 1981 in New York.

2.

I pray
That I can think
Infinitely more
Of my aspiring friend,
My heart,
Than of my unaspiring
And disappointing enemies:
My lethargic body,
My aggressive vital
And my doubting mind.

3.

I pray
That my life's deaf days
And blind nights
Have ended.

4.

I pray
That I shall never question
My inner captain:
My soul.

5.

I pray
That I may receive
Only God's Love,
Which the entire world
Can neither give me
Nor take away from me.

6.

I pray
That I do not forget
What I have
In my aspiration-world:
Peace.

7.

I pray
That I do not forget
What I am
In my realisation-world:
Love.

8.

I pray
That I remember
Only one thing:
God's Forgiveness
Every day saves me.

9.

I pray
That God's Compassion-Sun
Never hides inside
My mental clouds.

10.

I pray
That I do not overestimate
My love of God.

11.

I pray
That I do not underestimate
God's Love for me.

12.

I pray
That my pride
Will never exploit
God's Compassion-Sea.

13.

I pray
That my impurity
Will never exploit
God's Forgiveness-Sky.

14.

I pray
That I may study
The art of unlearning
Every day
Consciously
And devotedly.