I have read the views of famous writers, including those
of Khushwant Singh, on prayer in this column.
It is important to understand what prayer really is. It
involves meditation, connectivity, thanks giving and
asking the higher self for something you need or value.
The Vedas say you
should ask for, not only for self, but for peace and
happiness of all creatures in this world.
Meditation and connectivity is the state of oneness with
God, called ‘dhyan’ in the language of sage Patanjali.
It means perfect connectivity and focus on higher self.
Mediation also provides an opportunity to take note of
our weaknesses like anger, greed, ignorance of our true
nature, jealousy, pride, wanton desires, habitual
tendencies which prove to be toxic for our mental
And, according to the Vedas, the first three in order as
to who should be thanked daily are God, parents and your
guru. God as the creator of this universe has bestowed
upon us all that which sustains our lives. Parents give
birth and raise us by giving their best. A Guru has to
be thanked because he shows us the path by giving
knowledge and removes our ignorance.
The last step is to ask for something. Here the best
thing is to ask, not only for the self, but for every
body on this earth especially those who are less
privileged. One Sufi saint had said, “I pray for those
for whom there is no body to pray.”
What should we ask for? It is a personal matter and
depends upon the state of your mind, your spiritual
advancement and the situation in which you happen to be.
But, a few things which we can ask for are: wisdom for
self and wisdom for every body. Wisdom is nothing but
good and thought process. Then we should ask for good
health and for the peace to prevail every where
Those who have faith and pray can realise the importance
of prayer. Prayer plays the role of support system in
our lives and makes us feel less lonely and more