Personal Prayers!

Praying is very personal, very personal. I know of people who pray for good children, pray for money, pray for health, pray for world peace as well.

Everyone’s reason to pray is very very individualistic. And I know some people who say they are atheists and yet pray. Because prayer is powerful. It is a direct dialing system to a superior being, you may or may not believe to exist. But prayer connects your heart to your mind and cleanses your soul. Prayer has the power to make you believe in the impossible and yet convince you that if you believe strongly, pray hard, it will happen.

When I was a kid, I always prayed for good marks. You know the usual, bhagwan, please please please let me get an easy Maths paper, I promise I will keep the utensils in the shelf for the next 10 days without cribbing to Amma. Does this qualify as a prayer or a bribe? I don’t know, but to a class 3 student, it meant asking for something which would make her life easier, and at times it worked, at times it didn’t. And such is the human mind, that if the prayer worked, I would believe that’s because I prayed really hard, and if it didn’t work, it was because I didn’t pray with sincerity.

When I got older, in college, I would still pray for easy papers and nice examiners. Having spent a lot of time being a nerd, I think examinations evoked a deep sense of spirituality in me 🙂

My Amma, is a strong believer in the power of prayer. And my Appa, who didn’t visit temples, till he got married to Amma, believes that her prayers have a lot of power in them. The only catch here is ‘it works only when Amma prays for others’ No seriously! and Amma always prays for others.

I remember she had kept a 16 week Santoshi Mata vrath for our neighbour uncle to get a job he wanted out of India, and believe it or not, on the 16th Friday, uncle came over to say that he had got the job. That’s when I think I started believing in the power of prayer. And then once, she had prayed for the good health of a relative and it worked wonders as well.

As we grew older, we realised that Amma is not a very ritualistic person. But she is deeply religious. Every morning, after she brushes her teeth and puts the milk to boil, she lights the lamp and the agarbathi in our house. Without having a bath. There have been a lot of people who had told her that its very wrong to touch God’s things without a bath, including her own mother, but Amma doesn’t really bother. The smell of the agarbathi coupled with freshly brewed coffee decoction happens to be one of my favorite childhood smell memories 🙂

Now, Amma just prays for everyone in the world. She prays everyone should be happy wherever they are and get whatever they want. Does her prayer work? I don’t think so, but does she believe her prayer works? Yes she does 🙂

When I was pregnant with R, I used to go to a temple near my bus stop on the way to office, every day. It was a Ganpati temple. And there, I used to pray, God if I have a girl child, her hair should be like my husband’s. Go on laugh. I was really praying for that. And R does have RD’s hair texture. People laugh at me, when I tell them, this is what I prayed for. But I did. and I believe in the power of prayer 🙂

Now, I just pray for the good health of everyone I know. I pray for people stuck in natural disasters and I pray for blog friends who write about their sad experiences. I do! I pray for the world to be a better place and I pray for everyone to be content with what they have.

When I read about the Lakshmi Pooja Pack, I was wondering if I could use it during Diwali. I wouldn’t be at home, but perhaps I can buy it to use it on the road. You know, listen to the audio CD for the chants for the Goddess, and then follow the instructions step by step as given in the booklet.Of course, this seems more like RD’s version of praying, but it seems interesting to try it out. Hmmm interesting idea 🙂

Written for Womens Web – Cycle Pure Agarbathies Your Reason to Pray contest. 


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14 Responses to Personal Prayers!

  1. Tharani says:

    I do believe in prayers. It works wonders know. You are cute RM, everytime if my prayers doesn’t work, unlike you I blame God 🙂

  2. ashreyamom says:

    i am surprised that u didnt pray that prof should meet with mild accident or should have dysentery, so the test for the day would be cancelled.. :). i did it during my coll days.. 🙂

  3. pixie says:

    I believe in the power of Prayer too.

  4. Ashwathy says:

    I have a quiet corner in the house where I light my lamp every morning and pray? Do I believe God sits in that corner? No. But it cleanses my mind and makes me feel good to do that little ritual…. so I go ahead and do it. So yes I totally get what you say. Cannot get into the philosophy of it, but yes I do pray. My step-mom and family know a lot of these mantras by heart, which they chant while lighting the lamp. It’s beautiful to hear. My only regret is that I haven’t been learn the same. Maybe I should start… I definitely want my kids to learn all that 🙂 Whether they follow that later is their choice though.

  5. Prachi says:

    Had I been aware of power of your Amma’s prayers….I would have done anything to convince her to pray for my mom. Because all my prayers were of no use.
    Talking about my beliefs….I dont know, but I dont have a strong faith now…..only thing left is fear of happening something bad again.
    Sorry for a pathetic comment, feel free to delete it RM.

    • R's Mom says:

      Oh hugs hugs hugs Prachi…My Mom is not a miracle maker rey! hugs to you and please dont feel the comment is isnt! It just gives your true feelings..big hugs to you darling!

  6. Arch says:

    Lovely post RM! Everyone has their own reasons to pray for.. And I too believe prayers have a lot of power. 🙂

  7. I was a nerd throughout school and college, too, and I have prayed for the same things as you – easy papers and good examiners. 🙂 Later, I learnt to pray for things beyond my control, work hard for the others. I believe today in ‘Arziyaan saari chehre pe likh ke laaya hoon, tum se kya maangun?’ I have become a staunch believer in the Serenity Prayer, which goes:

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference.

    Prayer is very, very personal, yes. Different people have different ways of praying to God. I think I am praying when I watch a beautiful natural scene unfold in front of me or read a beautiful book or even cook for my family. I don’t think you necessarily have to take a bath or follow madi-aajaram or even go to a temple to pray. A prayer is something that comes naturally to you, without any force, or sense of your surroundings. In that respect, I am like your Amma too.

    • R's Mom says:

      God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
      The courage to change the things I can,
      And wisdom to know the difference.

      I LOVED THIS!!!!

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