40,000 Year-old Australian Aboriginal Prayer

January 13, 2011

May the fire be in our thoughts
making them true, good and just,
may it protect us from the evil one.

May the fire be in our eyes;
may it open our eyes to share what is good in life.
We ask that the fire may protect us from what
is not rightfully ours.

May the fire be on our lips, so that we may
speak the truth in kindness; that we may serve
and encourage others.
May it protect us from speaking evil.

May the fire be in our ears.
We pray that we may hear with a deep, deep listening
so that we may hear the flow of water, and of all creation.
And the dreaming.

May we be protected from gossip and from things
that harm and break down our family.

May the fire be in our arms and hands
so that we may be of service and build up love.
May the fire protect us from all violence.

May the fire be in our whole being –
in our legs and in our feet,
enable us to walk the earth
with reverence and care;
So that we may walk in the ways of goodness and truth
and be protected from walking away from what is truth.

– credited to Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal elder

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2 Responses to “40,000 Year-old Australian Aboriginal Prayer”

  1. KD said

    Which aboriginal group did this come from?
    How do you know it’s 40,000 years old?
    Who translated it from what language?

  2. As noted above, the blessing is attributed to Burnum Burnum, an aboriginal activist. Beyond that, I cannot provide any definitive answer to your questions. You may find more information by researching the work and writing of Burnum Burnum.

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