| | Namaste children!
During the last eight months I have tried to give some background of our important deities and hopefully you all have got an understanding of individual deity and the significance. Here I am now starting with various prayers which we offer to the deities.
Prayer is the ultimate form of communication with the Bhagwan. It can be offered in simple words or as an elaborate ritual. Prayer helps a person in many ways.
- To achieve an object of desire or fulfill a wish
- To overcome any challenges in the process of this achievement
- To nurture a special relationship with our creator, protector and the regenerator- the one and only God.
- To purify the mind and make one a better person by the day
- To gain the required mental maturity eventually so that we are ready to receive the spiritual knowledge.
Prayer produces two types of results- one that is experienced immediately, a feeling of inner comfort by acknowledging and accepting a higher power and surrendering to that power. The unseen results are the favourable responses from a multitude of variables involved in an action over which we have no control what so ever.
The following four shlokaas formulate a very simple way of surrendering the new day to the Lord and moving on with confidence that the Lord is with us at all times to guide us through the day’s challenges.
Our culture promotes an excellent way to begin our day by saying a brief but very meaningful prayer. Say this the first thing when you open your eyes, before getting out of your bed. Rub your palms together, touch your eyes, look at them and say:
Karaagre vasathe Lakshmi
Kara madhye Saraswathi
Kara moolethu Govindha
Prabhaathe kara darshanam
“Kara means hands/palms. This prayer says that “Mother Lakshmi, the Goddess of material and spiritual wealth resides at the tip of my fingers. The Goddess of academic and spiritual knowledge, Mother Saraswathi is in the middle of my palms and Lord Govindha (another name for Vishnu), the protector at the corner of my palms. I start my day with the blessings from them and for sure my day will be as good as it has to be. I have no fear because the Divine Power is with me in my hands and I will not do anything wrong or undesirable with my hands today”.
This is a wonderful way of invoking the divine presence within you the first thing in the morning and surrendering the new day to the Lord.
*Kanayalal Raina is a Brampton based writer who contributes regularly to various Canadian publications. He is working as Executive Director at Canada Hindu Heritage Centre in Canada. An automobile Engineer and MBA (Mktg) by profession he is providing consultancy on Project Management, Financing and Marketing.
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