|Association Change (Worship)|
Devotees offer their prayers to God. Some people doubt the efficacy of prayer. But, in fact any mighty task can be accomplished through prayer. It makes impossible things possible.
Here is a small example. There has been a swelling on My cheek for the past ten days. I never take any medicine. Yesterday I observed that the attention of all those assembled here was focused on My cheek, not on Me! They were worried that the swelling had still not reduced and that Swami was undergoing a lot of pain. After I delivered the Valedictory Discourse, I retired to My room.
As I was resting, a number of devotees were praying to Me that I should cure Myself at least by the auspicious day of Guru Purnima. All their prayers reached Me. When I got up in the morning, the swelling reduced and there was absolutely no pain whatsoever. In fact, I had not willed that it should be so. It is the result of the prayers of devotees. Yesterday, many did not even take food. With tears in their eyes, they were praying continuously. My thoughts went to them for a moment. But I never willed that I should be cured. I never do it.
Why? As Sanjay Sahni, ex-student, rightly pointed out, "I and you are one." You are not different from Me. This is not My body, it is yours. So, it is your responsibility to take care of this body. I never think of My body and its well being. I never make a Sankalpa (Will) that such and such a thing should happen, so far as My body is concerned. There is no selfishness in Me from head to toe. That is why I have got every right to declare that you and I are one.
God certainly listens to the prayers of His devotees. Some people hesitate to pray lest their prayers should cause inconvenience to God. They are mistaken, for God can never be put to any inconvenience whatsoever. God has no suffering at all. He considers devotees' happiness as His happiness.
However, your happiness results from material things; whereas My happiness is related to the principle of Atma. I am pleased by the smallest of small offering if it is made with Love. Your tiny offering will assume gigantic proportions to Me. On the other hand, you are not satisfied in spite of receiving mighty favors.
Guru Poornima 27th July, 2002
Prayer is communication with God who is the creator of this vast Universe and also of all living beings therein. He is also the sustaining power of life, and provides us with the essential things needed for our physical and general well being.
It is said "Ten minutes spent in the Christ society everyday, aye, two minutes will make the whole day different…it will change everything, even our entire life"
- Henry Drummound.
"The daily prayers are like fresh river waters which are flowing by the yardside of your house. Whoever takes bath therein will keep himself pure and clean.
- Prophet Mohammed
"The distance between us and Shiva is just the distance that our call will reach; believe in Him and call on Him. He will answer, 'I am here': I am with you."
- Sathyam Shivam Sundaram I
"Prayers and Concentration are the two disciplines by which the mind can be cleansed of Egoism and Hatred.
A GIFT - ACCEPT IT.