PRAYER IS SPIRITUAL FOOD
11/12/2011 § Leave a comment
Prayer elevates, inspires, redeems. Through prayer divine grace and divine light descend. Prayer is spiritual food for the soul. Prayer is a spiritual tonic. Prayer is a master-key to open the realms of Elysian bliss. Prayer helps the devotee to be in tune with the infinite. Prayer should come from the inner recesses of the heart – then it will be heard at once.
Prayer works wonders. Its power is ineffable. Through prayer the devotee sits by the side of the Lord. Prayer expands and purifies the heart. Prayer is a strong spiritual injection. It fills the heart with immense power and strength.
Every religion has its own prayer. Pray in the early morning – it is more effective. Let prayer become habitual pray at all times. Pray not for wealth, position, wife and children, success in lotteries or horse racing – ask for darsan (vision) of the Lord. Pray for devotion and communion.
Recite the beautiful Upanishadic prayer morning and night: “Asatoma sat gamaya, tamasoma jyotir gamaya, mrtyorma amrtam gamaya” – “Lead me on from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from mortality to immortality.”
During mass prayer a huge spiritual current is generated.
Gayatri japa is a prayer – the devotee asks for illumination of the intellect, so that he can know his real, essential, divine nature. This is an unselfish prayer Mrityunjaya mantra also is a prayer. It is a prayer to the Lord Siva. The devotee asks: “Free me from bondage and death make me immortal”.
Om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayat
“Let us meditate on the glory of Isvara, who has created this universe, who is fit to be worshipped, who is the remover of all sins and ignorance. May He enlighten our intellect”.
Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pustivardhanam
urvarukamiva bandhanan mrtyor muksiya mamrtat
“We worship the three eyed one (Lord Siva), who is fragrant and who nourishes well all beings. May He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality, even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage (to the creeper).”
– Swami Sivananda