SINCERE PRAYERS BRING SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE
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How is it that the sun
rises in the morning and sets in the evening with utmost regularity every
day? How is it that the stars twinkle beautifully in the sky at night and
hide themselves during the day? How is it that the wind blows incessantly
and sustains the living beings without taking rest even for a moment? How is
it that the rivers flow perennially making gurgling
The word Jagat (world) means that which is born,
sustained and ultimately dissolved. God, who is responsible for the
creation, sustenance and dissolution of the world, has no specific form. He
pervades the entire world in the form of the five elements, namely, ether,
wind, fire, water and earth. There is no place or person where these five
elements are not present. The same truth is proclaimed by the Bhagavad Gita:
Sarvatah Panipadam Tat Sarvathokshi Siromukham, Sarvatah Sruthimalloke
Sarvamavruthya Tishthati (with hands, feet, eyes, head, mouth and ears
pervading everything, He permeates the entire universe). There is no place
where God does not exist. How can anyone comprehend or explain the principle
of such an all-pervasive divinity? People attribute various names and forms
to God. They celebrate the birthdays of their chosen divine forms, worship
them and derive joy thereby. But, it is not possible for anyone to fathom
fully the nature of divinity. However, no one can afford to ignore this
fact. When the child is separated from the womb of the mother, it starts
crying. What is the reason for this? The moment you put a drop of honey or
milk on its tongue, the child stops crying. From this we can say that
everyone is born with hunger and thirst. What type of hunger is that? Is it
worldly or spiritual? It is difficult to judge who is born with what type of
hunger. However, hunger is common for all. Food is essential to satisfy
one’s hunger. It is the duty of every individual to strive for sustenance
for himself and also share it with others.
God has neither birth nor death. He is beyond all names, forms and
God is eternal without birth or death. He has
no beginning, middle or end. He is omnipresent and is the eternal witness.
How can anyone give a specific name to God who is all powerful and
all-pervasive? The earth absorbs rainwater and supplies it to the crop. As a
result, we reap the harvest. Thus, mother earth sustains our life by
providing our sustenance. Water is very essential for our survival. One may
live without food for a few days, but no one can live without water. Water
is the gift of God. It can be acquired only through prayer and not by any
other means. People in many places perform worship and offer special prayers
to invoke divine grace for water. Pauper or millionaire, everyone must pray
to God, for He is the one who gives us food and water. Man cannot create
food and water by himself. He does not even know what type of food is
essential to lead a healthy life. He should make efforts to understand this.
Whatever God does is for the welfare of the world. You must understand that
world is the very form of God. The creator and the creation are not
different from each other. One should not worship God for the fulfilment of
worldly desires. We should pray to God to attain Him. He showers His grace
on the devotee and gives you everything you require. He alone knows what is
good for the creation. Everything that you need is provided by him when the
time is ripe. Without any overt effort from you, He gives you what you
deserve. It is not the quality of a true devotee to feel disappointed and
blame God if his desires are not fulfilled. It is the duty of devotees to
find ways and means to earn divine grace and make efforts to attain Him.
No one can comprehend the ways of God. In this context, Saint Thyagaraja
sang a verse:
Not even a blade of grass will move
without divine Will,
Right from an ant to Brahman, God pervades everything,
But some people do not understand this and take pride in their intelligence,
But no one however mighty knows what is going to happen in the next moment.
Nobody can understand or explain divine plans. God alone knows His
plans and He only can reveal them. No one can predict when God will shower
His grace on an individual. Only God knows the answers to the questions like
who, when, where, why and how. If one forgets God and gets carried away by
ego and a sense of doership, one will not meet with success in one’s
endeavours. Anything can be achieved through prayer. There is nothing
greater than prayer. Hence, everyone must necessarily offer his prayers to
God. However, one should not pray for worldly gains. “Oh God! I want your
love and nothing else.” This should be your constant prayer. Once you become
the recipient of God’s love, you can conquer the entire world.
You may undertake any task, but do not pray to God for the fulfilment of the
task undertaken. Instead, leave everything to His Will. Have full faith that
He will do what is good for you. Pray to Him, “Oh God, please take care of
our needs every moment of our life.” When you discharge your duties
surrendering everything to God’s Will, you will certainly achieve success in
your tasks. But Swami’s Will takes shape without any prompting or planning
at the appropriate time. Whatever Swami requires arrives unasked. However,
Swami would like to make one more thing clear. As things come to us unasked,
we utilise them for the benefit of others, too. Swami does not want anything
at all! Swami’s only purpose is that, having come here, you should make best
use of this opportunity and lead your lives in a happy and sacred manner.
You need not give anything for Myself. Swami is always ready to fufil your
desires. But before you express your desire, you should enquire yourself
whether you really deserve it.
Any mighty task can be accomplished by prayer. Hence, pray to God silently.
Do not pray for the fulfilment of your petty desires. Give up all desires
and pray to God wholeheartedly with love. You will certainly find fulfilment
in life. You can understand and experience divinity only through love. Some
people complain, “Swami, God is not coming to our rescue in spite of our
incessant prayers. I tell them, “The mistake lies in your prayer and not in
God.” If your prayers are sincere, they will certainly be answered. There is
nothing that God cannot accomplish.
The stories of the Lord are most wonderful and
sacred in all the three worlds. They are like sickles that cut the creepers
of worldly bondage. They are most ennobling and elevating. They confer bliss
on the sages and seers doing penance in forests.
Today, we are celebrating the sacred festival of Christmas.
We should celebrate it in the true spirit without entertaining petty
desires. Jesus was the son of God. While he was being crucified, he said,
“Oh father, let thy Will be done.” When you surrender yourself to God’s
Will, he will take care of you. Do not develop superiority complex. Give up
ego and pomp. Pray silently and sincerely. If your prayers are not answered,
you can certainly question Me. God is not confined to a place somewhere in a
distant corner. He always resides in your heart. He can accomplish anything.
He is ever ready to perform any task, be it big or small for the sake of His
devotees. All are His children. Hence, He will certainly answer our prayers.
Jesus taught, “All are children of God.” When you have such firm conviction,
we can accomplish any task. You need not go through voluminous books. Fill
your heart with love and leave everything to His Will. You will certainly
achieve success in your endeavours.
Embodiments of Love!
Love is the quintessence of Swami’s Discourses. His love is power.
There is nothing greater than love. When you develop love, you can face the
challenges of life with ease and emerge victorious. God will always be with
you, in you and around you and will take care of you. Any mighty task can be
accomplished through prayer. However, your prayers should be sincere. There
should be unity of thought, word and deed. Develop firm faith that Swami is
in you and He always listens to your prayers. If you think that Swami is
outside, how will your prayers reach Him?
Embodiments of Love!
It is only love that will help you to achieve success in your life. Hence,
develop love. That is the true prayer that God expects from you.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, “Prema Mudita Manase Kaho …”