Today I want to share with you about what is true prayer?
The word ‘praying’ is beautifully understood when you also take its counterpart in Sanskrit-Praarthnaa(prayer).
‘Arth’ means desire. Whenever you usually pray, and we all keep praying, our prayers are to the world, our prayers are to people, to situations. Whenever we normally pray, there is a desire behind it- ‘arth’. The desire is obviously a product of conditioning; it is obviously material, as all desires are bound to be. It is about a thing, a person or an idea.
There is one story I would like to share which highly relates to our prayers.
A wise man would give regular lectures to his disciples. He was a very learned man, and always shared something good and positive with them. One day, he was talking to them about his prayer habits during his days as a youngster, “I was a revolutionary then, and all my prayers were requests to the Lord to change the world. As I approached the middle age, my prayers became requests to change the family and friends. But, now that I am an old man, I have a different prayer altogether.”
Dear readers, what do you think the prayers of old wise man would have become?
When the wise man became old, his prayer was a request to the Lord to bestow on him the grace to change his own Self.
It is futile to want to change the whole world. Prayer is a form of auto-suggestion that works wonders on oneself, not on others. It is the most powerful form of energy that one can generate.
The best prayer is the prayer of gratitude. We are thanking for our existence, what we are enjoying now, like the fresh air, sunlight, unconditional love of nature, internal and external riches, experiences, relationships and everything that we have been given without any conditions. When we thank the Almighty wholeheartedly, it will decrease our ego.
The worst prayer is the prayer of asking for something. That way we are expressing lack of something. We are expressing insufficiency. Thought is the first level of creation. Energy gets released there. Energy can never die. It stays and conglomerates with similar energies and creates your destiny. The nature or your subconscious takes things literally. When you say that you do not have something, your subconscious takes it literally and repeats “You do not have that”. That becomes your reality. While gratitude makes our heart rich, prayer of insufficiency makes our heart poor, helpless and dependent. So be careful. Your thoughts, words and actions create your destiny.
Be cautious about what you want…
I will illustrate this by sharing a story with you all…
Once upon a time, there was a poor old man who lifted heavy sticks from one place to another for a living. One day, as he was on his way with the heavy load on his back, he grew tired. He sat on the bank of a nearby river and said, “I’m sick and tired of this. I wish Death would come and relieve me right now.” That very moment, Death slipped up from behind, “Here I am. What do you want me to do?’’ the old man was astonished beyond words.
As now the old man saw Death in front of him what do you think that old man would have ordered the Death angel to do?
Dear readers the old man ordered the Death angel that, “I want you to put this bundle of sticks on my back again.”
Two things can be derived from this story:-
- No one really wants to die, unless they commit suicide on the spur of the moment.
- Whatever we wish or pray for would come to fruition.
We must therefore be careful about what we pray for, and must also choose our wishes carefully.
( International Trainer, Motivator & Coach
Edexcel Level – 4 Btec Professional Award ( UK)
ITOL Diploma in Coaching Excellence (UK) )