These quotes have been taken from Satsangs (discourses) given by our teacher Professor Ojaswi Sharma. He himself was never interested in writing anything but his students felt the need to preserve his wisdom. They taped his talks, transcribed them and sorted out into several Topics. Because the full discourses were very long, shorter passages were chosen on each Topic and presented here.
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What is a prayer? Prayer is the inner attitude of a person who has experienced the defeat of the ego. It is asking for help from a higher power.
Prayer from inside arises when a person finds out he is unable to solve his own problems by his own energy or strength.
Everybody wants to be free of problems, so the question is how to solve them. One finds that by one's own strength, capacity, and intelligence, one is unable to solve one's problems. After that one approaches somebody stronger, wiser, more intelligent, and more capable, and prays for help. In the act of approaching somebody stronger, wiser, and more intelligent, one finds that no human being, or even humanity collectively, can help. Then one turns to that unknown energy which is eternal and infinite.
Prayer occurs in the life of a person after he has discovered his individual limitations. What should be done? One has the problem; one knows the problem; one has tried ones best to solve the problem; but the problem is not solved. What else except prayer remains now?
Real prayer 'happens.' Real prayer is not 'done' as such, it just happens. Whenever prayer is 'done', it is the creation of ego. When ego is defeated, prayer happens.
Prayer gets its expression in words, but words are not really necessary. In fact, when prayer is expressed in words, it becomes less pure. It becomes adulterated by the mind, by our thinking. Prayer arises from the heart, and the heart needs no words. Genuine and sincere prayer is found within.
Pray to Him, Her or That in whom you have faith. You should try to discover in whom or in what you have faith. If you feel that there is some universal, infinite, eternal energy, and that this energy helps, then you should pray to it. If you feel there is none, do not pray. The energy of the Lord will not enter your room, wake you up and say: "Pray! Pray to me!" No! That energy of the Lord will also not have any bad feelings against you if you do not pray. But if you pray, that ever-existing energy will start flowering in you. If you use the opportunity, as a human being, then at once the energy will respond. To whom should you pray? In whomsoever you have faith.
Pray to your own self, because it is your own self that is the infinite energy, you are not separate from it. But ego and self are different.
Real prayer arises only by God's grace. All our efforts to remove weaknesses and to achieve purification are worthwhile, but prayer has the greatest effect.
One of the great factors of life is faith. This element of trust and faith is more important than reasoning.