Aufie Zophy

(18 October 1964)

Sacrifice of the ego, privilege to the soul


Praying with ego, or praying with soul,

The ego prayer is our ego, talking.
It sees prayer as a sacrifice of our time,
So that later we will benefit.
I will do something for God,
so I can get rewards later.
Can you see the huge arrogance
already creeping in, in the motives alone.
I, my ego, will do something for God.
How can we do something for God?
God is so great and omnipotent
that He is not affected by any of our actions.
We cannot affect God.
Only God can affect us.
But the ego prayer is still thinking:
If I please God now, make the sacrifice
and say the prayers I have memorised,
I will get my rewards later,
while the others deserve their own punishment;
- something we may even enjoy to see if the moment arrives,
since they have been so stupid
not to follow the same rules we believe in.
Our ego is always thinking in a commercial way.
Superior versus inferior.
I do something for you, you do something for me.
A mild form of corruption?
Only our ego could make us think and act as such.

The soul prayer is our soul, praying
It sees prayer as a gift of God to us
something sent to us from heaven,
something we can do for ourselves.
Praying is no longer a sacrifice we make for God,
it is a privilege we accept.
By praising God and praying with our heart, our mind and our soul,
we will immediately experience peace of mind
and if even that would be the only reward,
it would be already enough for us to keep on praying.
But it is not the only reward.
In the process we gain insights that help us,
live a more complete and happy life full of peace of mind.
It will really help us to see God’s plan for us.
We will become alerter and try to miss fewer opportunities to do good.
We will start to live more as a soul person and less as an ego person.
Living a life according to God’s plan,
we may die with great peace of mind that lasts well into eternity.
After a soul prayer we will not feel to be the good ones
deserving rewards in distant future,
while the ones not praying like us are the bad ones
deserving punishment;
after a soul prayer we will realise all of us are poor sinners
and it is our duty to do as much good as possible
and in the process inspire as many people as possible to do good with us.
This will result in an immediate but lasting peace of mind

Submitted: Monday, June 21, 2010
Edited: Saturday, May 11, 2013

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (4/21/2012 12:41:00 AM)

    Prayer is essentially conversing with God and prayer always changes us. Ego has nothing of God in it and Self is what ego contains. Nothing that the ego does can ever connect to God even if it kneels in prayer because it is itself, focused on Self. Romans 12: 1-2 says I urge you, therefore, in view of God's Mercy, to offer your bodies as pleasing sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed in the renewing of your minds\. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing, and perfect will. God's will is found in His Word- the Bible. If we pray according to that will, He answers in His time and way. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. (Matthew 21: 22) (Report) Reply

  • Lasoaphia Quxazs (2/11/2012 1:13:00 PM)

    I see the many side of ideas, here is mine. Most people prays, begs God for something. Give me give me,
    When I pray, I give thanks for what I have and I know God will give me anyway what I need if I need something more.
    I am grateful and He is wonderful to me. (Report) Reply

  • Mel Patterson (11/26/2011 10:06:00 PM)

    Very insightful and well thought out. I agree that bargaining with God does not work. He wants our sincere love and heartfelt prayers. Someone who already is striving for holiness knows how to put into poetic form such a fine poem as this. Thank you for the privilege of reading it. Mel (Report) Reply

  • Lenore Lee (9/8/2011 9:14:00 PM)

    I love this poem. It says that praying because we have to and staying firm on how to worship is self-destructing. It only upsets others and God himself. This is so beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (8/21/2011 3:33:00 AM)

    Huge content, Yes ego is destructive form...God not affected by us but we are affected by Him coz He creates us...The title really bold the meaning, sacrifice the ego, privilege to the soul coz what ego we have? what we can do without God? if we believe and love Him more it really turn peace...about reward is just an encouragement but when we really need Him, He always there and it means a lot for us..Being loved by Creator of all...Lot of beautiful verses there...just great meaning and i Just like it all_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Abdallah Gamal (7/30/2011 3:24:00 AM)

    A so wise and beautiful poem, , I like the verse that says

    Dr.tony Brahmin (6/22/2010 3: 29: 00 AM)

    God is so great and omnipotent
    that He is not affected by any of our actions.
    We cannot affect God.
    Only God can affect us.
    But the ego prayer is still thinking:
    If I please God now, make the sacrifice
    and say the prayers I have memorised,
    I will get my rewards later, liked these lines very much.

    really nice poem Sir :) (Report) Reply

  • Omar Ibrahim (8/15/2010 9:57:00 AM)

    firstly, God is so great that life is too cheap to sacrifice for him....well expressed here.
    secondly.you have reached a splendid level of thinking...i think you're muslim right? ..you can't reach this level except after reading the koran and believing in it..you reached the reason why god asked us to pray..a soul pray indeed...it let's us feel how poor wrongdoers we are..and that helps us to emphasize on doing good and avoiding sins..so you reached the reason why we pray, then you will believe in God truly and that's why God asked us to think and 'READ in the name of God who created the man from a dropp of blood'...keep thinking because wisdom and believing in God is built by thinking....and keep writing those beautiful things
    thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (8/2/2010 4:18:00 AM)

    This is really a great write, Aufie. You have described the difference between ego prayer and soul prayer so well that one can feel a sigh of relief after reading this soulful peace of poetry. warm Regards.

    Naseer (Report) Reply

  • Colin J... (7/26/2010 2:41:00 PM)

    Your writing strikes a chord with me...
    You have a great talent...

    When I was younger a bigot asked me if I knew who God was...
    I replied that ' God is All Things to All Men '
    I still believe that... He didn't as he thought God was only for him and his ilk..

    A Wonderful Poem...
    Colin J... (Report) Reply

  • Malaya Roses (6/22/2010 9:03:00 AM)

    We are capitalis and uphold profit-aiming action. we never do something without expectation of profit gain and prospect of benefit; we are so used to be self-centered among human, therefore we want to walk on the same path towards GOD.
    May be this is the time to be more sincere, honest and humble because GOD expect nothing frm us.
    Human shoud'nt be more arrogant, boast or ego because all those behaviour will takes them nowhere and they are nothing before God.We can't show-off about anything before GOD because the Ultimate Jurisdictions is HIS, not us.
    Good poem and words usage makes me get the main point of this poem.
    Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (6/22/2010 3:29:00 AM)

    God is so great and omnipotent
    that He is not affected by any of our actions.
    We cannot affect God.
    Only God can affect us.
    But the ego prayer is still thinking:
    If I please God now, make the sacrifice
    and say the prayers I have memorised,
    I will get my rewards later, liked these lines very much.

    ego plays hide and seek with us. if we really succede in concouring ego tendencies we will live in peace united with the Almighty and with the human beings. you have very well brought this idea into your poem. thank you.
    sometimes u write like a priest or a priestess.. thank u dear (Report) Reply

  • Sreekala Sukumaran (6/22/2010 1:32:00 AM)

    You have penned it so well.. True prayers is always an intimacy between you and God there ego should never play a role.. you have expressed it so beautifully...Need to read more from you...10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Denise Bekker ~* The Sound *~ (6/21/2010 10:32:00 AM)

    At times we need to sacrifically give back to God, and come out of the Bless Me, brigade. Meekness and humbleness before Him is a key. True prayer is intiamacy between one and God, here there should be no ego. Very interesting write.; D (Report) Reply

  • Amrit Rathi (6/21/2010 9:18:00 AM)

    Wonderful Divine Exposition very well penned! Ego always have judgment as you rightly pointed out of inferior/superior, strict give and take transaction, not love but unwilling sacrifice and arrogance with God.For soul prayer is gift of God in the form of peace, joy, creativity(intuition) .YOUR POEM REVEAL THIS ALL SUCCINCTLY 10+++
    Thanks for inviting. (Report) Reply

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