DOES GOD LISTEN TO MY
PRAYER (Part 1)?
Spiritual seekers are often
assailed by doubts about whether their prayers reach God and whether God
listens to their prayers. Regarding this, Sri Ramakrishna says:
One must be restless for God.
If a son clamors persistently for his share of the property, his parents
consult with each other and give it to him even though he is a minor. God
will certainly listen to your prayers if you feel restless for Him. He has
begotten us, surely we can claim our inheritance from Him. He is our own
Father, our own Mother. We can force our demand on Him. We can say to Him,
“Reveal Thyself to me!”
Sri Ramakrishna taught the
devotees how to call on the Divine Mother.... “I used to pray to Her in
this way: ‘O Mother! O Blissful One! Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must!’
Again, I would say to Her: ‘O Lord of the lowly! O Lord of the universe!
Surely I am not outside Thy universe. I am bereft of knowledge. I am
without discipline. I have no devotion. I know nothing. Thou must be
gracious and reveal Thyself to me.’”
Again, in another context,
Sri Ramakrishna assures the devotees about the efficacy of prayer:
HAZRA: “Does God listen to
our prayer for bhakti [devotion]?”
MASTER: “Surely. I can assure
you of that a hundred times. But the prayer must be genuine and earnest.
Do worldly-minded people weep for God as they do for wife and children? At
Kamarpukur the wife of a certain man fell ill. The man thought she would
not recover; he began to tremble and was about to faint. Who feels that
way for God?
You will feel restless for
God when your heart becomes pure and your mind free from attachment to the
things of the world. Then alone will your prayer reach God. A telegraph
wire cannot carry messages if it has a break or some other defect.
Pundit Shashadhar, a renowned
Hindu preacher of the time, asked Sri Ramakrishna, “Does God listen to our
prayers?” Sri Ramakrishna answered:
God is the Kalpataru, the
Wish-fulfilling Tree. You will certainly get whatever you ask of Him. But
you must pray standing near the Kalpataru. Only then will your prayer be
fulfilled. But you must remember another thing. God knows our inner
felling. A man gets the fulfillment of the desire he cherishes while
practicing sadhana [spiritual discipline]. As one thinks, so one receives.
(to be continued)
[Copyright Swami Adiswarananda]
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