HOME

 

Activities
Chants, Music, and Lectures
Minister's Monthly Message
Center's Teachings
Sri Ramakrishna
Sri Sarada Devi
Swami Vivekananda
Books, Incense, Photographs and Videos
What's New
Website Contents

Does God Listen to My Prayer - Part 2 ?

Book  stop.gif (845 bytes)  Weekly Message Archive

WEEKLY MESSAGES

In this new feature of our website, we present every week a new selection of the teachings of Vedanta, taken from a variety of sources – lectures and writings of Swami Adiswarananda, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Literature, and other spiritual texts.

 

 

 

 

DOES GOD LISTEN TO MY PRAYER - Part 2

 

by

SWAMI ADISWARANANDA

Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center

New York


 


 

In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna assures spiritual seekers with a promise:

Those 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.


 

[T]here is no destruction for him either in this world or the next: no evil, My son, befalls a man who does good.

The 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.

Or, he is born in a family of yogis rich in wisdom. Verily, such birth is hard to gain in this world.


 

Even the most sinful man, if he worships Me with unswerving devotion, must be regarded as righteous; for he has formed the right resolution.

He 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.


 

In regard to prayer, Christ says:

But 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 traditions.

For 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 intervention possible.

[Copyright Swami Adiswarananda]

Book  stop.gif (845 bytes) Weekly Message Archive