DOES GOD LISTEN TO MY PRAYER - Part 2
the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna assures spiritual seekers with a promise:
persons who worship Me, meditating on their identity with Me and ever
devoted to Me—to them I carry what they lack and for them I preserve what
they already have.
is no destruction for him either in this world or the next: no evil, My
son, befalls a man who does good.
man who has fallen away from yoga goes to the worlds of the righteous.
Having lived there for unnumbered years, he is reborn in the home of the
pure and the prosperous.
he is born in a family of yogis rich in wisdom. Verily, such birth is hard
to gain in this world.
the most sinful man, if he worships Me with unswerving devotion, must be
regarded as righteous; for he has formed the right resolution.
soon becomes righteous and attains eternal peace. Proclaim it boldly...
that My devotee never perishes.
Whoever offers Me, with devotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water—that
I accept, the pious offering of the pure heart.
regard to prayer, Christ says:
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut
thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Prayer is the outpouring of the soul. It is making a direct appeal to God.
It is the last refuge of a spiritual seeker when all other means of
attaining God have failed. Prayer does not have any definite language. It
can be verbal, semi-verbal, or silent. Sincere prayer is always answered.
This is the assurance of the prophets, saints, and scriptures of different
receiving an answer to prayer a seeker is required to be wholehearted,
true in thought, word, and deed, and intensely restless for an answer. He
must throw himself completely at the mercy of God. The cry of a sincere
soul is never ignored by God, since all souls are His created beings.
Spiritual illumination, which alone puts an end to all sufferings of life,
is not the result of human effort. Spiritual illumination is the gift of
God that comes as divine grace. Only sincere prayer makes divine
[Copyright Swami Adiswarananda]
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