i will now briefly explain how i feel about prayer. i believe it is just a simple misunderstanding which causes so many people not to pray.
we pray, i am sure we all do, even the so called ‘atheist’ and ‘non religious’ type. it is natural, is it not, to pray?
God, or whatever name you wish to call him, has taken on a role altogether not his, and really has a bad reputation, it must be said.
i am going to try my best to keep this brief, while still maintaining the idea. keep an open mind, if nothing else, don’t believe me if you choose not too, but please, for your own sake keep an open mind. here we go.
you are 1/10th of your True Self. 1/10th. the other 9/10th’s is either Home (heaven, call it what you will) or otherwise occupied on Earth or on another planet in the universe or another universe all together. you are PART OF THE WHOLE. do you see what i am trying to explain?
imagine, in the ‘heavens’ if it helps you, there is a LARGE GRAND version of YOU, like a puppet master. he is the one sending down the orders from above, he(or she) is the reason you are here, this person, which hereafter we will call the Overself is showing you your path in life. now everyone’s path is different. each and every single one of us is on a journey of purification. to rid ourselves of false desire, of lust, of greed, selfishness, the list continues….in the end, this is why we are all here. i say ‘in the end’ because some of us may be here to experience lust, greed, envy, etc etc etc…(these only exist to show us the power of love by the way) but, the point is each one of us has a certain path in order to rid ourselves of that which is holding us back from SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION. this and only this is what we should be focusing on.
when we pray it is to this person, to the other 9/10’s of ourselves, to our Overself, that we pray to; well, actually we pray to our subconscious who then gets in touch with the Overself – the subconscious is the gateway to all that is. get him on your side and you will have powers unlike you ever imagined. THIS is the closest we will ever get to God; for all of his magnificence we cannot imagine in our poor, 3 dimensional bodies. after all, god is not Human and certainly nowhere close to this earth, NOT EVEN CLOSE.
do you wish to pray? to see if i tell the truth or lies? please do!
start by naming your subconscious/Overself (refer to P.Brunton and T.L.Rampa for much, much more in depth knowledge). any name will do, one you feel right with. a hyphenated name works well, as it is more difficult for others to guess at. then you are to sit (on the floor please) with your feet together, heels and toes as much as possible, with your fingers on each hand clasped with each other, spine erect (this is all done to ensure your energy is most efficiently used) and then begin prayer by taking a deep, calming breath. call 3X by name, the name which you have given. and then, pray. it is advisable to repeat each prayer 3x. it is also advisable to tithe, to give in order that you may receive. giving, sacrificing, is how to we help ourselves.to tithe means to give 10% of your income. give for the sake of giving and NOT for the sake of getting. give something which has value to you, after all, what is the point of giving if you have nothing attached to that which you give?
also, no one else is to know this name. also, do not ever discuss such matters with people who are ignorant of such things. this is a personal matter, at times discussion can be taken, be sure that it is with someone you trust. also, the more you pray, the more confidence you will gain. all prayers are answered, perhaps not in the way which the person praying wished, but always they are answered.
here are 2 prayers that i repeat daily.
1) before meals this is the prayer to be used:
Brahmarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmaiva Tena Ghantavyam
repeat this 3x before each meal. no matter how much your mouth waters. no matter how ‘starving’ you are, repeat it. not only for food, but for drink as well, and for snacks, for any sustenance which you decide to offer to your body (ie-the Universe/Lord/God/Almighty, whatever name you want to use). do not worry so much about the correct pronunciation. just on the words and on what it means. briefly, this is what it means:
The act of offering is God, the oblation is God
By God it is offered into the Fire of God
God is That which is to be attained by him
who performs action pertaining to God
2) the second is the Gayatri mantra, which is not only beautiful, but also beneficial to all peoples, especially Christians. it is as follows:
OM Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat OM
this you should repeat always. when you are not praying for thanks for the food or drink, repeat this mantra. silently, in a whisper, mentally, or verbally and chant it. as a song. search for it on the Webs, you will find many different versions. one will undoubtedly appeal to you. remember it and repeat it. it will change your life, if that is what you are seeking, and, if you allow it to.
what does it mean? per a man i trust and love it means as follows:
“‘We meditate upon the ineffable effulgence of that resplendent Sun. May that Sun direct our understanding for the good of all living.’
repeat it. memorize it. english or hindi; i prefer the hindi, but to each their own.
yoga is the joining of opposites. the joining of the positive and the negative. of the male and the female or the light and the dark and of the good and the bad. prayer can help us to see this and to see yoga all around us, everyday in every way.
do you want to know how to succeed in life? how to stop worrying?
do the absolute best you can each and every single day. do unto others as you would have them do unto you. this, by the way, is a true buddhist. not simply one who wears a robe and repeats a mantra without knowing why. buddhism is a way of life. a way of life where you do unto others as you would have done unto you. not a religion. buddhists, true buddhists, believe in the truth. not in some fallacy. the truth for me, as i often tell people, is easy. it is not something i have to memorize. for example, i was sent to catholic school as a child, i remember we had a test on the 10 commandments. and i remember cheating! walking out in the hall, reading them on the wall, walking back in and writing them down. i never did believe for one minute that GOD, the almighty, all powerful, all knowing being, would simply smite me if i didn’t do ‘as he said’, poppycock i thought. all mighty and all powerful and thats the best he can do? if things don’t make sense INVESTIGATE them. if you are seeking answers for the right reasons, for pure, honest, just reasons, the answers will come to you. i promise you this. i can guarantee you this. why? i have lived it. i wanted the truth. boy howdy, have i found it.
trust no one. believe only that which you experience.
PRAY. MEDITATE. AND DO YOGA.
yoga, if you ask me, is easy. it is meditation in motion. once you can learn to calm the mind, once you learn that all the barriers in your life are self imposed and that ‘i can’t’ is nonsense, well, then, my friends, nothing is impossible, impossibility is impossible.
oh, and one more thing, have faith. if in nothing else, in yourself. afterall, we are all that ever was, ever has been and ever will be. don’t believe me? good. go meditate on it and find your own answers.
return good for evil and fear no man. and fear no mans deeds. for in always returning good for evil we progress ever upward and never down.