08/13/2011 Comments Off on Prayer
Prayer defined: the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
“When you pray, you stir into action an atomic force. You release a potent spiritual vibration that can be released in no other way. Through prayer you unleash a God energy within and around you that gets busy working for you and through you, producing right attitudes, reactions and results.” Catherine Ponder , The Dynamic Laws of Prayer
“You begin to see that God cannot give and God cannot withhold. You can shut yourself off from the grace of God, but through prayer, you can be reunited with your Source. Your prayer will not be a seeking of any thing; it will be an asking and a knocking for more light, greater spiritual wisdom, greater discernment. – Joel Goldsmith The Art of Spiritual Healing
“Prayer is spiritual communication.”– ‘Let There Be Light’
“…that prayer is nothing more than coming into alignment with the Higher Nature of individual being to release into expression that which already is.” ~ John Price
“Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You cain’t pray a lie – I found that out.” ~ Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
‘Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.’ ~Kierkegaard
“Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude.”~Walter A. Mueller
“When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing – nothing.” Saint Francis of Assisi
“Incessant remembrance of God destroys the misery of the whole world and fills a person with the Highest Bliss.”  “Pray to God silently. Seek solitude and do enquiry of “WHO AM I” in right earnest. Tell your mind to constantly plunge into the thought of God. Regular practice of contemplation and meditation will bestow upon you peace and happiness. Think positively always. You grow into the likeness of the thought picture which you hold on to with sincerity and persistence. Contemplate upon the ideals into which you wish to grow.” Swami Sivananda
 “In your sorrows and troubles address your prayers and petitions to Him. To Him you should confide all your difficulties, for He is the Fountain of Goodness.”
 “In the days of affliction and distress call out to God and cry for Him. It is but He who comes to man in the guise of a brother or a husband. Only by invoking Him can peace be found.” – Anandamayee Ma
“Unceasingly pray to God. Surrender to Him whole-heartedly. God runs to him who prays with a sincere heart. You may be certain of that. Be pure in heart. Let your mind and your lips be as one. Surrender yourself to His care. The Lord will hear your prayers. If your prayers are not heard, wait for sometime. God is all-merciful. He will certainly listen to you. Your prayer must come from your heart. Then only, He will take care of you.” – Swami Sivananda
“A” is the first and source of all the letters. Even so is God Primordial the first and source of all the world. Kural 2 What has learning profited a man, if it has not led him to worship the Good Feet of Him who is pure knowledge itself? Kural 3 The Supreme dwells within the lotus of the heart. Those who reach His Splendid Feet dwell enduringly within unearthly realms. Kural 4 Draw near the Feet of Him who is free of desire and aversion, and live forever free of suffering. Kural 5 Good and bad, delusion’s dual deeds, do not cling to those who delight in praising the Immutable, Worshipful One. Kural 6 A long and joyous life rewards those who remain firmly on the faultless path of Him who controls the five senses. Kural 7 They alone dispel the mind’s distress who take refuge at the Feet of the Incomparable One. Kural 8 They alone can cross life’s other oceans who take refuge at the Feet of the Gracious One, Himself an Ocean of Virtue. Kural 9 The head which cannot bow before the Feet of the Possessor of eight infinite powers is like the senses lacking the power to perceive. Kural 10 The boundless ocean of births can be crossed, indeed, but not without intimate union with Infinity’s Holy Feet. Source: A chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukural, an ethical masterpiece written over 2,200 years agoin South India. “Holy Couplets.” Part I: On Virtue / Section I: Prologue from Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Kauai Aadheenam, Himalayan Academy.com
“One of the first things Seneca children learned was that they might create their own world, their own environment, by visualizing actions and desires in prayer. The Senecas believed that everything that made life important came from within. Prayer assisted in developing a guideline toward discipline and self control.” –Twylah Nitcsh, SENECA
“All permanent and lasting change starts first on the inside and works its way out. Having constant prayer and Creator directed visions helps us to live in harmony. This is the best way to grow strong and become a Warrior. No matter what is going on outside of ourselves, it is our projection that makes it so. It is our projections that even give it any meaning. Another way is each day to turn our life and our will over to the care of the Great Spirit. Then He will show us His desire for us. When we are in alignment to His desire, we become very joyful and very happy.” Source: Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 10
Praying is what has brought us old people through life. We’ve all gone through hard times. We’ve all done our share of bad things. But through our prayers and faith in the Creator we get together again and we try hard
to live right. –Paula Weasel Head, BLOOD
“As we go through life we find ourselves on track one day and off track the
next day. We gain consistency through prayer. Prayer is our connection
to the Great Spirit. Prayer is our channel for knowledge and wisdom.
Prayer is how we keep our sanity. The Elders say we should walk in
prayer”~~ Great Spirit, teach me to walk in prayer. Help keep my faith strong
“When Jesus was asked how they should pray by His apostles…This is what He said. Not much to do with father, or names. Now certainly You do not have to be a Christian or any other religion to say this…for it is for all religions and no religions!
So who is God?
God is all that IS!…was and ever will be!
“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether? And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.
And if you cannot but weep when your soul summons you to prayer, she should spur you again and yet again, though weeping, until you shall come laughing.Kahlil Gibran
When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet. Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion. For if you should enter the temple for no other purpose than asking you shall not receive:
And if you should enter into it to humble yourself you shall not be lifted:
Or even if you should enter into it to beg for the good of others you shall not be heard.
It is enough that you enter the temple invisible.
I cannot teach you how to pray in words. God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips. And I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains. But you who are born of the mountains and the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart, And if you but listen in the stillness of the night you shall hear them saying in silence, ”Our God, who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth. It is thy desire in us that desireth. It is thy urge in us that would turn our nights, which are thine, into days which are thine also. We cannot ask thee for aught, for thou knowest our needs before they are born in us: Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.”
As children we pray to our parents, elders and guardians at the time of our need. We seek their help and guidance. When we grow into adolescence we learn to pray to ourselves – to our latent abilities and strength. We try not to be dependent on others. But there is a limitation to this prayer. So when we feel we are in need of something else, something beyond our capacity, we resign ourselves to God and pray for His help and guidance.
Evidently we feel His response – an all-potent inner force that listens to our prayers and fulfils our
wishes the moment we are a little sincere and faithful.- Swami Sivananda
As for the devotee, he resigns himself to God – surrendering his ego at His feet. He forgets all about the world and thinks of nothing else but God alone who would surely save him and who alone would be able to help and guide him. He communes his will with God’s and acts as per His guidance. There is no sense of individuality or doer-ship in him. He knows that God’s will is his will and that he must act up to it. Does that mean that he is devoid of self-effort? Certainly not. For he negates himself and resigns himself to the Lord. To him flows the divine grace instantly. His nature is divinised and so he naturally
exerts himself in the right direction. Indeed the very act of self-surrender is purushartha (self-effort) of the highest order. – Swami Sivananda
Prayer requires more of the heart than the tongue. Adam Clarke
Prayer is nothing else than a sense of God’s presence. Brother Lawrence
“The prayer life does not consist of perpetual repetition of petitions. The prayer life consists of life that is always upward and onward and Godward.” G. Campbell Morgan
 “The most important part of prayer is what we feel, not what we say. We spend a great deal of time telling God what we think should be done, and not enough time waiting in the stillness for God to tell us what to do.”
 “Now I place any problem into my prayer consciousness. I place it into the best possible hands–God’s hands, and turn my attention to other things. ”
 “if you give your whole life to the prayer you multiply its power.”
”The most important part of prayer is what we feel, not what we say. We spend a great deal of time telling God what we think should be done, and not enough time waiting in the stillness for God to tell us what to do. ”
 “I pray without ceasing now. My personal prayer is: Make me an instrument which only truth can speak.”
 “Prayer is a concentration of positive thoughts” Peace Pilgrim
“Prayer is not asking. It is the yearning of the soul for communion with God. Sincere prayer draws the grace of the Lord.” Swami Sivananda
 “Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need. In this, as in everything, God’s thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honored by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.”
“…prayer is not intended to change God’s purpose, nor is it to move Him to form fresh purposes. God has decreed that certain events shall come to pass through the means He has appointed for their accomplishment.”
“[Prayer] is the way and means God has appointed for the communication of the blessings of His goodness to His people.”
“The prevailing idea seems to be, that I come to God and ask Him for
something that I want, and that I expect Him to give me that which I
have asked. But this is a most dishonoring and degrading conception.
The popular belief reduces God to a servant, our servant: doing our
bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires. No, prayer is a
coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord,
and leaving Him to deal with it as seemeth Him best.”
“Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts
between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts
with His thoughts, and then His desires will become our desires flowing
back to Him.”
“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude-an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.” Arthur W. Pink
“So I prayed, but I had to pray from my heart. All of my concentration and thoughts went from my head to my heart. All of my senses – hearing, smell, taste, and feeling – were connected to my heart.” –Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
“The heart is the gateway to the Unseen World, to the Spirit World. It takes real concentration to do this. To connect to our own heart is also a mental state. It starts in the head and transitions to the heart. This mental state is our inner stillness. Be still and know. This place of the heart is very joyous and peaceful. It is this place that we become one with God, our Creator”. ~~ Great Spirit, teach me to be a heart warrior ~~ Source: Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 29
“I shall work and pray. Pray because everything depends on God; work as if everything depended on me.” Francis J. Spellman
”Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Morte D’Arthur”
“One prays to the World-Mother (The divine feminine – Goddess CHANDI) for the essence of things, for the Supreme Treasure, for that which, when it is obtained the question of receiving or not receiving has ceased to exist. Moreover, at the early stages it is necessary for the aspirant to have his worldly wants fulfilled. Gradually prayer for the Supreme Wealth awakens in him.”Anandamayee Ma
PRAYER IS CHARITY A person’s charity should not be confined only to money and other material things. Think well of all. Pray for their welfare. Wish for their success in life. Pray for the sick and suffering, for those who are physically and mentally distressed. Be liberal, kind and tolerant at all times. All this is also charity. —Sri Swami Sivananda
“Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you “my beloved daughter,” “my beloved son,” “my beloved child.” To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being.” — Henri Nouwen
“Vocation to Solitude – To deliver oneself up, to hand oneself over, entrust oneself completely to the silence of a wide landscape of woods and hills, or sea, or desert; to sit still while the sun comes up over that land and fills its silences with light. To pray and work in the morning and to labor and rest in the afternoon, and to sit still again in meditation in the evening when night falls upon that land and when the silence fills itself with darkness and with stars.” -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
“The sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all.” -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
“You pray best when the mirror of your soul is empty of every image except the Image of the Invisible Father.” -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
“We do not pray for the sake of praying, but for the sake of being heard. We do not pray in order to listen to ourselves praying but in order that God may hear us and answer us. Also, we do not pray in order to receive just any answer: it must be God’s answer.” -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
“In true prayer, although every silent moment remains the same, every moment is a new discovery of a new silence, a new penetration into that eternity in which all things are always new. We know, by fresh discovery, the deep reality that is our concrete existence here and now and in the depths of that reality we receive from the Father light, truth, wisdom and peace”. -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
“We ruin our life of prayer if we are constantly examining our prayer.” -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
“What is the use of praying if at the very moment of prayer, we have so little confidence in God that we are busy planning our own kind of answer to our prayer?” -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude
“When I am liberated by silence, when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life, but in the living of it, I can discover a form of prayer in which there is effectively, no distraction. My whole life becomes a prayer. The world of silence in which I am immersed contributes to my prayer.” -Thomas Merton, Thoughts In Solitude