Do you Pray?
Prayer is not muttering words
The greatest power that is extremely subtle, undetectable and yet more powerful than a nuclear weapon is the power of prayer. Prayer is not a mere repetition or muttering of words. It is not a ritualistic act of worship which is aimed at getting some benefit. We shall discuss the various facets of Prayer, a process that connects the heart to the Supreme.
Inner frailties of man
When man is beset by problems that is the time when the mettle of a being is tested. We live a life which is beset with so many problems and function. Our inner mood and disposition is hidden or unmanifest in the normal course of existence. The hidden disposition is in reality, our real form, our original representation. Most of the people of the world have not yet discovered their original disposition and as a result, when they are beset with challenges or are cornered by life-challenging situations, most slump into depressive states. These depressive states signify the lack of cultivation of character and represent the weaknesses of the heart. The weaknesses of the heart are a result of neglected inner-health. This also means that life has been operating at a superficial level and is not cemented well at the foundation, at the level of being. Most of the human population is living through stress because the fundamental edifice is not strong. One needs to understand that at our very rudiments is the universal entity called consciousness. When consciousness transforms through its non-matter subtlety into its gross forms, it builds as the ego, intellect, mind and the physical body. Unless pure consciousness is awakened and dragged through the grosser layers of ego, intellect and the mind, one shall continue to wade through the material deformities. With passage of time, all that we know as alive or conscious shall degrade towards inertness and decay. Thus, if pure consciousness is not exercised through spiritual discipline, the ego, intellect, mind and the body shall be dragged to a state of growing stress and suffering.
Mechanics of Prayer
Prayer is one of the most potent and dynamic mechanisms to summon consciousness that can cause huge awakening of the inner faculties. Prayer, as the common folks commonly misunderstand, is not asking for or begging to the Supreme. Prayer is to be understood as a channel for connecting through to the Supreme. This connection has to be invoked voluntarily if at all the purity of consciousness is aimed towards awakening all aspects of the body-mind organism. Prayer is a deep intent for reliance on the Self. This reliance is not of the nature of “dependence” for anything material or support. Prayer is the invocation of the already existent pure spirit to spread its light and intelligence so that clarity is attained. When we pray to the Lord, we pray to the personified Self. This personification of the Supreme is an extremely potent methodology to invoke unprecedented capacities of the spirit.
How does one Pray?
When one interacts with the world, our limited senses, mind and other grosser faculties get tainted with the soot of matter and materialistic emotions. This soot blunts our intelligence and outlook. We become limited in our capabilities with passing time. Our so-called maturity takes a back seat and the power of illusion gets us into taking wrong decisions. Prayer reverses this condition. When we close our eyes and invoke the Lord with all straightforwardness and faith thus “Oh Supreme Lord, Protect me. I surrender unto you. I accept my position at your Lotus feet. I act as if I am intelligent but I am the greatest fool. Only you can only guide me and show me the path and take me towards light. Oh Lord Save me, Protect me.” When such a prayer is rendered in innocence and all humility, pure consciousness rushes to the forth and spreads itself all-round the prayerful person and rejuvenates him at the thought and emotion level. A moment’s prayer can be as refreshing as taking bath in the cool Himalayan waters or taking bath in the warm geysers in the ice cold mountains. A prayer cannot be mimicked or acted. Prayer has its effect only when the one praying takes an extremely humble and surrendered position. Meditation is a process of tuning and raising consciousness while prayer is the process of invoking pure grace with minimum effort. It is sincerity alone that matters.
Nature of a prayerful heart
Prayers can be most effective when one is trained to be spiritual, right from childhood. A heart that is not prayerful cannot benefit from prayer. Unless there is some sense of acceptance of higher life or faith in the laws of the Supreme, Prayer cannot proceed. Prayer is an essential aspect of spirituality. Prayer works well with people who are not overtly result oriented. People may have ambitions and goals but if there is no dexterity in taking a humble position of surrender, prayer cannot proceed from the hearts of such men. Prayer is a measure of one’s spiritual status. A person who constantly prays may not feel the need to meditate. If meditation is listening to God, Praying is talking to God, sharing with Him, one’s fears, likes and dislikes. A person who prays, befriends God simply through the act. The Lord can never be far away from such a person. He is available for help at all times. A man who prays without expectation is a great devotee. Such a person is summoning the Lord, inviting Him to be one’s friend. Just as we need friends to share joyful moments, a man of prayers has the Lord beside him at all times. Such a prayerful person can never be tormented by stress and modern day ailments. A man who prayers is well even if he is bodily sick. The mind of a prayerful man is always lit with the joy of the Lord. Just by praying with all of one’s heart it is possible to unravel the mystery of nature. As we communicate with the Lord, the simple things of our heart, the Lord too transmits the secrets of the universe unto the heart of his prayerful friend. Just as you share your deepest human secrets with Him, He shares His greatest secrets with you, of which the secrets of the Universe is just a small part. This is the power of prayer.