There is nothing better than prayer to rid ourselves of bad traits and purify our hearts. Without prayer there will be no peace of mind.

Nama Article 28th December 2012

 

Mahathma Gandhi

 

Prayer is not mere uttering of some words. It is the performance of good deeds that will yield good results. Repeating the Lord’s Name only at the time of prayer and forgetting Him after that does not amount to true prayer. It is like insulting Him. Those who do not have the unshakable faith that God resides within, cannot do prayer. If we keep praying for the purification of our heart, we will get progressively purified day by day.

Prayer is not only the means to ultimate Liberation, but also liberation in this world. When we are blessed with something bigger, we automatically get those which are smaller. Prayer is the great love that the soul has for the One which is a complete whole. That is the tool for the spiritual evolution of the soul. If we are determined to keep our hearts pure, God will not ignore our prayers. When a community prayer is held, a divine force flows from one to the other even without our knowing it, and this helps in the spiritual evolution of the soul. God does not listen to the prayers of those who are arrogant and those who indulge in prayer as a commercial quid pro quo.

There is nothing better than prayer to rid ourselves of bad traits and purify our hearts. Without prayer there will be no peace of mind. I have never lost my peace of mind even when I was assailed by any number of failures in my political life. There were many who had envied me for that. I was able to get that peace through prayer. For real prayer, there is no religious or caste distinction. Prayer seeks the good of the entire human race. If that happens, the kingdom of God will be on this earth.

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

What is prayer?

 

Believe in simple prayers

 

Conversing with God in a personal manner is prayer in itself. Thanking God for all the good things He has given you is prayer in itself. Singing His Divine Name is prayer in itself.

 

In the same way, God is sought for obtaining job, for marriage, for begetting a child, for education, for wealth and various other reasons. But, if we bring God Himself to our homes, we will get everything that we need.

 

The man of prayer will be at peace with himself, and with the whole world

 

Chanting lips make many hands work

 

Prayer gives us a pure heart and a pure heart can do much

 

Repeating a demand or prayer over and over again, mentally or orally, and with deepening attention and devotion, spiritualizes the prayer

 

What is the power of practising prayers, how it can transform a person and why a devotee is dear to Lord Krishna ?

 

You are never so poor that you cannot do anything for others

 

By God’s grace and power everything is possible, if our prayers are really sincere.

 

When I was crossing into Gaza, I was asked at the checkpost whether I was carrying any weapons. I replied: Oh yes, my prayer books

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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