There is a prayer in the Vedas which says:”O God, I pray and bow to you in the evening as well as in the morning. Let my night begin with a prayer to you. O God, let every day is spent with a prayer to you. O God, You benevolent and remover of all miseries, I bow to you in these forms again and again.”
This is such an effective mantra which you should keep on reciting whether you are on the calm and beautiful bank of a river, or in a place which is covered with lovely plants and creepers, or in an orchard filled with colorful flowers. You should recite this mantra and bow to God and say, “O God, you are smiling in the flowers, blooming in the buds, residing in each and every heart, and there is no place where you are not there; You reside in the delightful shouts of children or embedded in the smiles of some innocent people, or in the eyes of any devotee or in the hands of a donor or in the footsteps of some pilgrims or in the songs of some singers. You are everywhere, my God. In all the voices and musical notes only your inspiration flows whether you are Lord Krishna or Lord Rama. You only are my Shiva, syumbhu, pure and wise, harmless, faultless and formless. You have many names but still are nameless. You are the light and also the personification of light. You are the guide, you are the one who leads us on the correct path, you are the mother, you are the father, and you are the protector of those who have nobody to protect them, you are the protector of the orphans, and, you are the provider to those who have nothing of their own.”
I do not know how I should call you or address you. Which name I should use to call you, and how to influence you, and what kinds of prayers I should use. You are omnipresent. You are the know-all. All the words and voices are yours, all the bhajans are yours and all these are for you. All these calls are for you, O My Lord. Everything here is all yours. I am also yours. The whole world is yours, O God. Please accept me, take me under your protection, let me stay at your holy feet, and do not let me wander around. If I get lost put me on the correct path but do not let me get lost in the world. I want to be yours, I want to meet with you. I want to merge in you in the same way as any river after meeting with the ocean feels to be complete. I want to put an end to my emptiness. I too wish to be complete.
All these prayers should emerge from the heart. There should be no need to look for words to say prayers. Get the heart associated with prayers and the words would start coming out. Whatever comes out of the heart may be those are the rough and tough words of Dhanna Jat or maybe the strong will of Karmabai, or the verses of Surdas or the stanzas of Tulsidas. In whatever way, you wish to call him whether it was like the songs of Mirabai with the sitar in her hands, or speaking like Narsai Bhagat or talking like Sant Eknath, and Tukdoji Maharaj, or whatever way you wish to call him from the bottom of your heart. This way the prayers will go to God – the words may be left out but the feelings will reach him. God is hungry for the feelings – words have no meaning for him.
Your words laced with inner feelings become flowers. Adore God with the garland of these flowers – not for an outwardly display or not to be shown to others that you have become a devotee. At the time of saying prayers, your heart should continue to speak. God will continue to listen what you are saying. Your devotion should reach him. It is a fact that when the feelings of devotion emerge from the heart these become the feed of your soul. Keep that feeling alight in your heart. That is why you should say, “God, I bow to you. Let there be no evening when I do not greet you.” Look for a place where you can hear the voices of animals, birds, insects, and cricket, not of people. Let you hear these voices as if coming from the sitar or any other musical instrument. The music should be a divine music. You listen to the divine music and enrich your mind and soul with that feeling.
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