By : Ms.Bhakti Sethi(Pasrija)
Once I read a mythological instance in my Childhood where Goddess Laxmi asked Lord Vishnu about the importance of Prayers in a person’s life.Her query was “when everything is pre-destined & if Lord Brahma writes ‘Prarabdh’ of a person even before he is born, than why should a man pray. What will change after Prayers?
Lord Vishnu replied very beautifully. Lord said, Dear-I will tell you a story to answer this question. Once upon a time a man lived in a valley surrounded by Mountains. The creator had written in his destiny that a mountain will fall upon him in his lifetime. This man was a great Shiva Bhakta and used to pray with a clear heart daily for Lord’s grace. Then Goddess Laxmi asked “Did his fate change due to prayers, the mountain must not have fallen?” Lord replied ‘No dear, the fate did not change & the mountain did fall. I will tell you what his prayers changed. Everyday some stones from that mountain broke and used to fell upon his house. He had to face that inconvenience daily and had to remove those stones regularly from his premises. This continued for years till the entire mountain disappeared. Such is the importance of Prayers. Whatever bad is written in a person’s destiny gets scattered & becomes bearable.
Else Prayers will make you stronger enough to face any blow and come out unfazed.
Now continuing to our article,I would say, Such is Almighty’s grace, you may not have a lighter burden, but your shoulder will be broader.
The Lord is near to all those who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Pray to God if you feel you are getting into wrong temptations or something which is not right. Bible says “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”One should be joyful in hope, patient in affliction & faithful in Prayer. Don’t be uneasy about anything in life, but in every ruffled wave in life, by prayer and perseverance let your heart make that humble request to God. The silent Prayers of a righteous person are very powerful and effective. However if you ask something with wrong motives, you won’t receive that. For example, you may want to spend what you get on your sole pleasures or wrong desires. Such prayer will not be answered. Similarly Prayer seeking harm of someone will not be answered and will displease the Almighty. An enlightened soul prayed to lord
Enne Dukh na Dewi,ki Rull Jawa
Te Enne Sukh na Devi,ki Tenu Bhul Jawa
Meaning thereby ‘God don’t give me so many sufferings that I am lost and don’t give me so much happiness that I forget you altogether’.
Pray to Divine for your loved ones too always. Remember them in your ‘Duaa’.As the proverb goes
“When you pray for others, God listens to you & blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.”The best way to improve your relations with people is to include their names in your prayers.
Prayers give you peace and calm your mind, body and soul. They give you enough wisdom & serenity to accept the things you cannot change and the powers to change the things you can move by your efforts.
Pray to the Almighty every day. You can just close your eyes for few moments & only say ‘Thank you God’. You will gradually start feeling relaxed and more empowered in your life. Kindness too springs out from such blessed hearts. Stay blessed!!