The Heart of Prayer
'Prayer is to understand and feel that the only being in us is God’s being, and to abide as that.'
The Heart of Prayer explores the highest form of prayer. The belief that we are a separate person, a tiny part of a vast world, leads us to project the idea of God beyond the world, at an infinite distance from ourself. As this person, we enter into a devotional relationship with God; we surrender to God. This is the highest state of the individual, placing it in the right relationship to the whole. However, when the individual is divested of all the qualities that it derives from the content of experience, it stands revealed as infinite being, God’s being, the only being there is. As such, the individual does not pray; it is dissolved in prayer.
‘This book, of all the books I have written, is probably my favourite. It comes directly from my heart. In fact, all my books originate from my heart, but most of them are then filtered through my mind. However, this book comes unfiltered, directly from my heart. In some ways, I feel it is the clearest and most accurate expression of my understanding, such as it is.’
The Essence of Meditation Series presents meditations on the essential, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions, compiled from contemplations led by Rupert Spira at his meetings and retreats. This simple, contemplative approach, which encourages a clear seeing of one’s experience rather than any kind of effort or discipline, leads the reader to an experiential understanding of their own essential being and the peace and fulfilment that are inherent within it.
★★★★★ Rupert’s best book to date
Reviewed in Belgium on October 13, 2023
With every new publication, Rupert finds clearer and more poignant ways of showing us the way. He outdoes himself with each new book. This one is no exception.
Reviewed in Australia on July 2, 2023
A wonderful read. Packed with clarity and guidance. This is beautiful content you can refer to again and again.
★★★★★ A masterpiece not to be missed!
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2023
In The Heart of Prayer, Rupert’s wisdom is sculpted in meditative form, clarifying that the gift of prayer is “not what we do, but what we are”. The meditative wisdom in The Heart of Prayer leads us to the wide-open portal of experientially being, knowing and loving Infinite Reality. This is a truly illuminating masterwork!
★★★★★ A lovely little book on prayer
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2023
This book is a delightful exploration of the real meaning of prayer from a non-dual perspective.
★★★★★ The best book I have ever read!
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2023
A five star review does not adequately indicate how wonderful this book is. If it were possible, I would buy a copy for every soul on the planet! Thank you Rupert.
★★★★★ Another gem
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2023
I love this series of books and I am so happy to have a new one to add to my collection. The Heart of Prayer brings new clarity for me on the essential oneness of prayer and meditation. That God can be this "intimate" presence I pray to AND the infinity of the absolute somehow closes the circle for me. Ever grateful for the non-dual understanding, I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
★★★★★ Love and Being
Reviewed in India on July 17, 2023
A beautiful book, brings out so much love and oneness. A must read. Heartfelt thanks to Rupert for all his contributions!