Besides, our time with spiritual sound (as in chanting of mantras) helps us access a divine realm. Many are reluctant to explore the world of anti-matter; they are just busy grappling with their daily challenges at the material level. But a few minutes of spiritual practises does help us – at least for the time being – to go beyond the material. Often the taste lingers on and even a little access to the spiritual dimension of our existence charges our batteries for the rest of the day.
‘Listen’ is the soul of prayer
Many things are beyond our control. At such times, prayers help us connect to our conscience – inner compass – for direction. Abraham Lincoln said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” Really speaking prayer is not about asking for what we need. It’s more to do with listening to God’s voice in the depth of our hearts.
In the tradition I come from the emphasis is on ‘listen’; we listen as we chant our mantras and participate in the spiritual classes. Although there are forums for interactive sessions, morning didactic classes help us ‘listen’ and thereby connect to God. It’s a silent prayer session. Unfortunately for many, prayer is like a spare tire to be used when nothing else works. But for sincere spiritualists, prayer is the steering wheel; it’s like breathing to be spiritually alive. Many confuse prayer to be some mental exercise or vocal performance. It’s much deeper than that; it’s a spiritual experience founded on ‘hearing’. It’s also not an escapist’s crutch; devotees don’t pray to God for an easy life. Rather, we seek strength to endure a difficult one.To be continued..