PRAYING IN MODERN TIMES.
Nowadays some people think that praying is about asking God for material things or asking for our physical health or asking for money. Remember: We are in the Dark Age!
There is a higher level of praying. Let us explain…
WHAT IS A PRAYER?
Yogis’ pray goes within and not without. The truth, which is unconditional, does not depend of anything; it is beyond time and space. It is everywhere and beyond human limits. A real pray goes toward Atman and he always hear it beyond any belief.
A prayer is a force as strong as the faith of the one who prays. The stronger the faith is the stronger the pray is. A powerful faith can create miracles. A person with a powerful faith cannot be stop, that person is unstoppable.
A prayer is a magnifier that makes stronger the power of doing everything. A prayer has mental, emotional and vital energy within it.
PRAYER AND FAITH.
Faith is a need to do anything you want. One is the faith on oneself and the other one is the faith in Atman. When you use any of these prayers then you can do a lot; but when you combine both then you can go beyond human limits!
A prayer without faith is like a car without fuel. The prayer is useless without faith and a car is useless without fuel. All our actions require at least a bit of faith. You would never do anything without faith.
Is it possible to increase the faith? Is it possible to learn to pray?
We will answer those questions soon.
We can use different techniques to pray and we can have different reasons to pray but; The most important element is faith.
DIFFERENT REASONS TO PRAY:
1> PRAYER FOR A REQUEST.
This is a pray where the person speaks and asks for something: Money, job, health, etc.
2> APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE.
This is a way to thank for everything you have: Food, a place to sleep, clothing, your body,
your friends, your family, etc.
3> KNOWLEDGE OR WISDOM.
This prayer is not so common. This prayer is about asking for spiritual guidance, more
understanding about life and our fellas, enlightenment, love for other beings, etc.
We all have a right to ask for something (Prayer #1); but it does not mean prayer is only to ask for something. We have a right to ask for a better life or to have something better; nevertheless, life is a lot more than having things.
This kind of prayer has more power when we ask for the well-being of others. Why? Because just the action to think of the well-being of others activates the most important energy within us: LOVE!
Love is the most beautiful and the most powerful force of the universe. Nobody can be happy without love. Love itself is a gift and a reward. That is why the prayer #2 is higher that prayer #1.
Appreciation and gratitude are the first steps toward happiness. When people focus on what they do not have then they do not appreciate what they have and they do not feel gratitude. Please read my article: Yoga and Emotional Health (Link at the bottom).
We have the misconception that love has to go to one person. That is a very selfish way to understand love. Yes, a person might be really important in our life, that person is special to us; but Great Masters and Yogis develop love for other beings beyond any belief, country, skin color, language, etc. Love makes no difference among humans or animals or plants.
When someone prays (Prayer #2) with his/her heart for other beings then the force generated by the prayer is powerful. It lacks selfishness and that is the reason of such power.
Praying for wisdom or knowledge (Prayer #3) is different. Not everybody prays for that. Most of the people are happy with the way they live or with the way they understand life. Nevertheless, wisdom has not limits. There is not an end to knowledge. The person who believes he knows too much is blinded by arrogance. Wisdom requires humbleness. A humble person is always willing to learn more from everybody, especially from Atman.
Atman likes humble people and keeps away arrogant ones. Humbleness opens the Anahata Chakra, That chakra is the door to wisdom. Only a sincere person can open this chakra to receive the knowledge hidden deep down in the heart.
MEDITATION: PRAYING WITH IMAGINATION.
The Great Master from the gospels told us two important things about praying:
1> We could make miracles if we had the faith the size of a grain of mustard.
2> When you pray think you already have it.
You really do not need to explain why you pray. You need to develop faith that is the most important element of the prayer. Another great element of it is the capacity of seeing it as if you already have it. That capacity is called imagination or visualization.
Praying with imagination or praying with visualization is wonderful. When you do so then you do not need words and you do not need explanations. Explanations have a goal: It is convincing other person to do something or to accept something. You cannot convince Atman about anything. You pray and wait for the outcome without the process of the mind.
One of the objectives of meditation is to go beyond the mind. The mind needs explanations; but not Atman. Explaining the reason of your pray is for you to convince yourself about it. You should focus in the divinity within you: Atman. Then wait for the answer. It will come sooner or later.
Atman hears all prayers coming from the heart. Our heart needs no explanation. A person in love feels it, but cannot explain that feeling. Moreover, a person in love does not need any explanation. Love is beyond any explanation. Love is a gift and a reward itself.
When you pray you should visualize the object of the prayer. The rest is up to Atman. He will give you what you need as long as your intention is pure and it comes from your heart. Atman is beyond time and space, so a miracle might happen at any time and at any place.
When you have problems then calm down, take it easy, breathe, take a walk or go to run. Stop from thinking of the problems all the time. It makes things worst and it takes a lot of energy from you. When you are more relax then seat down and close your eyes. Open the eye of imagination and, after some mantras, visualize what you need. No explanations are needed just faith. You are not alone: the most powerful energy of the universe is within you: ATMAN!