Thought on How to Pray
In my last Dal-sabzi note I wrote.... my
mother is in the hospital. I shall miss her at the kirtan tomorrow, but she
will be with me and Krishna will be with her, and I shall pray that my Blue Lord
protect her from pain of any kind.
(My mother has gone home since then)
Read 'A mother my mother')
How do I pray?
Is there a correct way to pray? People often ask me 'Doesn't
God know what I need? So then, where is the need for prayer?
Sometimes, please note, I said 'sometimes' that is the voice of the ego,
because we depend too much on ourselves and exhaust ourselves in the process.
Prayer will make us grow wings and fly because our heavily laden ego
falls away. If one can truly surrender then, not to ask, is the best
form of prayer, but can we? Truly surrender, I mean. So if one has to ask, then
why not ask the Almighty?
I have heard 'knock and you shall receive'
I tell the Lord if it requires only a knock for you to answer my prayers then
hear me knocking. However you are my Chief Accountant . You know my past and
present karmas. You know what, and how much I need to learn from these
experiences. So if it be best for me, grant me what I desire.
I have heard that ones prayers are always answered. Sometimes God says:
'Yes' Sometimes 'No' Sometimes 'Wait!'. So I cling on to the fact that no
matter what the outcome, God is with me, Why shouldn't He be? He is Love and I
cannot believe that He would want me to suffer. He does His best according
to my karmas, and I am convinced that karmas are there to teach not to
Prayer is transformation. Transformation does not follow the prayer, it
happens in the prayer itself. Prayer does not mean shifting our responsibility
onto another. If one is not totally absorbed in prayer, then it remains a
superficial act. Tremendous energy is hidden in the small atoms of prayer.
Let us not be too clever. Look at some of the people coming out of a
temple. They are so full of ego! God is not a person. He does not require your
flattery to grant your wishes. However by singing His praise, one is
annihilating ones ego. By proclaiming He is great, one is saying 'I am nothing'.
If our prayers are answered, let us remember that it was due to the Lord's
grace. Because His Grace is perpetually raining. Let us learn to keep our
pitcher upright to receive It.