Dedicate Your Prayers
I am born in a Jain family. Jainism is based on philosophy that your fate is nothing but result of past Karma (actions). Whatever you do today, will be your destiny which includes future births also. All the eastern philosophies are based on this principle. With that philosophy in mind, I never thought that prayers have any role in bringing happiness in our life or removing sorrow/pain from our life.
I would like to recall an incident when I got introduced to an elderly lady for some work purpose. We hardly met 2-3 times then. That time when I fell sick, somehow she came to know about it. Later I came to know that she actually walked 20 kms to a temple to pray for my wellness. Though I never had faith in prayers but I was touched by her gesture, selfless love and care for someone who is not even a close friend or relative.
After giving a much thought to the power of prayers, I realized that prayers are not powerful because somebody is sitting there, listening to your prayer and taking action for your well being. Instead, prayers help in increasing the faith in self and becoming psychologically as well as emotionally strong. And which in turn direct all universal forces to create situation/circumstances which are required to make prayers successful.
Most of us pray for greed of getting something or fear of losing something. The best thing which I learned few days back is – Everyday, one should dedicate a prayer for someone else, selflessly. I am not sure if that will help someone or not, but it will definitely give you the utmost pleasure of selflessness.
5 Tips for Dedicating Prayer for others:
1) Everyday think of someone who is in some pain.
2) Pray to your God for his/her well being.
3) If you do not believe in any God, pray to the nature/universe.
4) You may devise your own method of praying.
5) Try to be as selfless as possible in prayers.
पूजा ऐसी मत करो, भय व लोभ हो साथ।
परहित ही मन मे रहे, जोड़ प्रभु को हाथ H279