When You and I Pray With Our Eyes Closed...

Everyone goes to the temple to pray and seek His blessings. We enter a kind of trance before the deity, dedicating our very soul to him, our minds filled with thoughts and prayers. And what do we pray? God, let me win in tomorrow's exam, God take care of me and my family, God make my fly higher than my neighbour… the list is endless.

When we pray, in front of the shrine we stand, with eyes closed and palms folded; in a virtual world we live, conversing with Him, chanting His names and innumerable prayers. We never pray with our eyes open. We never look at Him when we pray. But WHY? He is crowned, dressed well, adorned with ornaments and every bit worth taking a look at and losing yourself in the sight. And still you close your eyes and pray. So who are you praying to?

Is not the "God" in the temple the embodiment of all human feelings like jealousy, selfishness, self-love and all other individualistic thoughts and feelings? So when we pray with our eyes closed, aren't we indirectly espousing the invaluable message that human life is not to be wasted away in base earthly desires and emotions? When we close our eyes in front of the beautifully dressed, good- looking, bedecked god, isn't that symbolic of the realization that all these are not the eternal truths of life? And its not to be forgotten that we close our eyes after seeing that all these stuffs are there in life.isn't that the expression of realizing the truth, that eternal truths of life are not these and are beyond the values of these?

When we close our eyes, we look into ourselves and realize what we are, realize what makes and defines us. Isn't that what we mean by devotion? Isn't that self- realization the essence of what we call 'prayer'? Praying to God means realizing yourself and your worth and the meaning of life; understanding that life is to be lived as He grants and that all earthly paraphernalia- thrills, wealth, fame,and so on- are merely nothing !!

I express my gratitude towards Jinju S, for the favour she did to me, for editing this write up and making it a better, a lot better, post than it was to be earlier, if posted.

1 Shared Thoughts:

..Rugma.. said...

hey....
shravan well written and well edited....
its God and our prayers that keeps our hope alive...
your idea is well expressed!!!!

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