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How Do You Pray—My Honest Confessions.

Self improvement is an ongoing process throughout the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

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The morning Sunrise, brings along hope for a blessed day.

The morning Sunrise, brings along hope for a blessed day.

My Honest Confessions:

Every morning, I sit down to pray--with closed eyes and folded hands--in a Namaskar pose, (Salutations), chanting Mantras (chants or sacred utterances).

Soon after, I realize that my mind is preoccupied with thoughts, about my near and dear ones. Their well being, their big and small problems, small issues of the household, or the workplace, the relatives or the neighbours, or worse enough, the kitchen menu, for the day, or anything on the Earth, for that matter, but—

-----The God.

While the lips are still chanting Mantras, and physically I am still sitting at the Pujasthal, (The prayer room), the mind is elsewhere.

It’s True!

That the mind travels faster than light, or any other mode of transport.

I feel guilty, and ask for forgiveness to God, for the lack of concentration.

I make a promise to the GOD, that I will concentrate in my prayers from now onwards, whatever may happen, and whatever may be my cause of worry.

The God is smiling----He always does---- and I feel a sense of relief, presuming that he has forgiven me.

I try to concentrate again----and again---and again!

Does this happen to you?

I am sure this may be happening to others too.

God warms his hands at man’s heart when he prays.

~ John Masefield

The 10 Senses or the 10 Indriyas-- Jnanendriyas and Karmendriyas, according to the principles of Yoga

  • According to the principles of Yoga, the human body has 5 entrance or exit doors.
  • They are called the Gyanendriyas or the Jnanendriyas, the organs of the senses, namely—the eyes (to see), the ears (to hear), the nose (to smell), the skin (to touch), the tongue (to taste).
  • Gyana means knowledge, and Indriya means senses.
  • The 5 exit doors are called, the Karmaendriyas, the organs for action or work, which includes the hands, the legs, the reproducing and the eliminating doors.
  • Karma means actions, and the Indriyas means the senses.
  • These are Sanskrit words, and the Yogic meditation involves, the conscious and active inclusion, of all these 10 Indriyas, or the senses.
Find God in Nature!

Find God in Nature!

So, How do we Pray, and Pray Correctly?

As mentioned above, according to the Yogasana or the Yogic Gurus, there are five Gyanendriyas (the organs of senses) and five Karmendriyas (the organs of actions or work).

And when, most of the Indriyas (organs) of your whole being is involved, it is considered as a meaningful prayer, or meditation

But What is True Prayer?

The very desire to sit in front of the God, have his Darshan (manifestation or sight/ vision), share your joys, sorrows, worries with him like a close friend, it is true meaningful Prayer.

The whole purpose of Prayer, is to open up to him, love him, seek his direction and draw strength from him.

As it is said, nothing happens without a reason and without 'His' will. So, why not leave it to 'Him', to set things right for you?

Is there some correct way of Praying to GOD?

Prayer can be done in many ways.

  • Thanking Him, for something good, which has happened to you, is also a kind of Prayer.
  • Confessing for the mistakes, you have committed, with a promise to mend them, is also a kind of Prayer.
  • The real Prayer is in fact, to Believe, that 'He' is there for you and 'Have Belief' in 'His' existence.
  • Appreciating the Nature and making efforts to preserve it, is also a form of Prayer.
  • Helping those, who are needy, is also a kind of Prayer.
  • Feeding those, who are hungry, and homeless, is also a kind of Prayer.
  • Never hurting anyone, with your words or deed, and consider each one, as creation of God, is also a kind of prayer.
  • Hate the Sin, and not the Sinner, they say. Therefore, forgiving those, who have done wrong to you, and help them to correct themselves, is also like serving God.
Preserve and Conserve the 'Nature' as a service to 'God'!

Preserve and Conserve the 'Nature' as a service to 'God'!

The presence of the Supreme is all around us. We should be able to see it.

The presence of the Supreme is all around us. We should be able to see it.

The great people of the earth today are the people who pray, (not) those who talk about prayer…but I mean those who take time and pray.

~ S.D.Gordon

Final thoughts:

There are many persons, who do not have enough time for the prayers, because they have many responsibilities, on their shoulders.

Does that mean, that they are doing something wrong, by not sitting in front of the God, and performing their rituals and prayers?

I believe, NOT!

The service to the mankind, is service to the God Himself.

If you really want to find 'Him', see 'Him', you may find 'Him' in the smile of a child, in the wrinkles of a granny.

The joy and satisfaction, which you experience, when you help a poor, helpless and sick person is the real Prayer.

To love 'Him,' and seek strength and direction from 'Him,’ to try and perform our Duties, with full sense of devotion, is the real Prayer.


Chitrangada Sharan

In my deepest and darkest moments, what really got me through, was a prayer.

Sometimes my prayer was, ‘Help me.’

Sometimes my prayer was, ‘Thank you.’

What I have discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator, will always get me through. Because I know that my support, my help is just a prayer away.

—Iyanla Vanzant

The 'Sunrise'

The 'Sunrise'

Amazing video on prayer, source: You tube

Listen to some relaxing music, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you believe in the power of prayers and meditation?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 19, 2018:

I agree with you Maurice. He knows it all—our strengths, our weaknesses, our successes, our failures.

Thanks for visiting again!

Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on July 18, 2018:

The one difference I have is that I see God as pure love. There is nothing ever to forgive for all is an experience and through this experience, we are loved.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2018:

Thank you Maurice Glaude, for stopping by!

Appreciate your kind comments!

Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on July 17, 2018:

I would love to learn this way.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 10, 2018:

Thank You so much Hari Ji for reading and appreciating the hub! Glad you liked it and I am sure that for many people like us, prayer is the ultimate therapy.

Have a blessed day!

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on January 10, 2018:

Prayer therapy. A very beautiful hub chitrangadaji. Bookmarking it.

- hari

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 01, 2016:

Thank you Nithya for visiting this hub again!

I also find it very difficult to concentrate during prayers on most days. But prayer time is a routine for me and I never miss it. In fact I prepare myself for the day with the strength I gather from prayers, even if it is a brief one.

Thank you my friend for your support. Wish you all the best!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 30, 2016:

Came back for a visit, great hub. It 's hard for me to concentrate when I pray but with a strong will I control my mind and think of God alone. As you say so, many things play upon the mind, and it is so distracting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2016:

Thanks johnmariow, for your kind visit and valuable feedback!

I agree that it takes few seconds to pray or connect with God. Same here--But it is difficult to concentrate and sit for longer duration.

Thanks for your comments!

johnmariow on July 22, 2016:

One can pray at any time. A prayer only takes a few seconds. For example: Before going on a long trip one could pray for a safe return. Likewise, one could ask for God's forgiveness at any time.

I also have a hard time concentrating on reciting prayers. Therefore I recommend talking to God about one's problems and reciting a prayer afterward.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 22, 2016:

Thank you MarleneB, for reading and commenting on this hub!

So nice to see you after a long time and I appreciate you for your honest confession. I was thinking that it happens with me only. I have supreme faith in God and I do believe in his presence and existence. I also believe that whatever good or bad happens in our lives, happens as he has planned them for us. We must follow the good path as shown by him. But all the same I wish I could concentrate more during prayers.

Thank you my friend and have a very good day!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 21, 2016:

Very interesting to read that others do the same thing as I do. Sometimes, I start over when I realize I have not been giving 100% of my prayer time to praying. I also must admit that I sometimes fall asleep during nighttime prayers. But, at least I started out with good intentions.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2014:

Hi techygran!

So good to see you visiting my hub. Thank you for such a wonderful comment.

I completely agree with your views on prayer. In fact every religion teaches us the same basic and simple to follow principles of humanity, truthfulness, kindness, forgiveness and faithfulness. If all of us follow that path, the World will be full of love and respect for each other and a beautiful and happy place.

Many thanks for your insightful comment!

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on September 28, 2014:

This is a nicely-written article on prayer, ChitrangadaSharan. As a Christian, I like the model that Jesus provided when his disciples asked him to teach them to pray: "The Lord's Prayer" found in the Bible in Matthew 6:9-13. It provides the model that you refer to as well: praise and worship, asking to have our needs met, asking for forgiveness for our shortcomings, and promising to forgive others, asking for spiritual strength to overcome evil, thanksgiving and confirming our belief and commitment. It's about relationship. You made that clear in your hub. Thank you! I also enjoyed the 'relaxing music' video. ~Cynthia

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 12, 2014:

Thank you peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

And thanks for making that honest confession!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 11, 2014:

i agree that sometimes when i pray, my mind seem to drift away

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2014:

Thank you Kasturi, my darling daughter!

kasturi on July 16, 2014:

Beautifully written maa

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 27, 2014:

Thank you teaches 12345, for your kind visit and valuable comments!

Yes, belief in God is very important. It builds up hope and faith and in turn gives us mental strength to face the many challenges of life.

Thank you for your insightful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 27, 2014:

I agree, aviannovice! It is really satisfying to help others, who are in need. It is in fact service to God.

Thank you so much for your valuable comments and support!

Dianna Mendez on June 26, 2014:

Thanks for your thoughts on prayer. I do agree that one has to believe in God to reap the results of faith. Prayer is valuable and will help one live happy and well.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 26, 2014:

I think that by improving the lot of others is always meaningful. I take care of the birds and animals, so that is my function.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2014:

Thank you thumbi7, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Even I feel the presence of God in Nature. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

JR Krishna from India on June 25, 2014:

I do agree with you. I find GOD in nature. Dense jungles. dark clouds, sea, rain etc. remains me of GOD or some super power above us.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 24, 2014:

Thank you AudreyHowitt, for stopping by!

Appreciate your valuable and insightful comments and thanks for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 24, 2014:

Thank you Denise Handlon, for reading the hub and my confessions!

I am pleased to read your beautiful and encouraging comments. Yes, it takes me a little more time to concentrate. But even if I am able to connect for few seconds, I feel peaceful.

Thank you for your generous votes and share! Thanks for the Follow as well!

Audrey Howitt from California on June 24, 2014:

Food for thought--The wandering and sometimes frantic mind--I found this hub to be quietly inspirtional

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 24, 2014:

What a beautiful hub, ChitrangaSharan. I had to smile when you confessed that your mind wanders. Oh, how I can relate. I sit in meditation in morning and evening, before sleep, and I fight the same wandering mind. Sometimes, when I am with my teachers, it is just as bad! lol. But, I persevere and in time, my mind settles down into the quiet of the meditation focus.

Thank you for sharing your confession...sweet. :) Loved the music.

Up/U/A/B and sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 21, 2014:

Thank you Vellur, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 20, 2014:

Great hub positive and inspirational.

To love 'Him' and seek strength and direction from 'Him' to try to perform our 'Duties', with full sense of devotion is the real 'Prayer.' - so very true. Voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 20, 2014:

Thank you midget38, for reading the hub and commenting!

Appreciate your opinion!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 20, 2014:

Though I am not Hindu, I think that most religions use meditative techniques like you've suggested! Great hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2014:

Thank you denise.w.anderson, for reading this hub and sharing your valuable views!

And I appreciate your honest confession too. We are worldly people with our set of problems and anxieties, which keep on clinging to our mind, whatever we may be engaged into.

Prayers provide that belief and faith, that we would be able to come out of the problems. If I am able to concentrate even for few seconds, I feel a sense of hope and faith, that all will be well!

Thanks again for sharing your valuable opinion!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2014:

Thank you suzettenaples, for your honest confession! I am glad that I am not the only one, who faces distractions, while praying. But even if I am able to connect for few moments, with the supreme power, it gives a beautiful feeling. But this happens few times only.

Thanks for reading and sharing your views!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2014:

Thanks billybuc, for your kind visit and appreciation!

Glad you liked this hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2014:

Thank you Jodah, for reading the hub and sharing your views!

You are right, each one of us have our own way of praying. I do believe in GOD as well. Every religion teaches only the 'Right' path and stay away from the wrong one. The purpose is to follow the right path, which satisfies your own soul.

Thanks for your valuable feedback!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2014:

Hi Nell!

Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your views on prayer. I also admire and respect all religions and its good to learn from each one of them.

Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 18, 2014:

Hi Devika!

Thanks for visiting and sharing your views! Appreciate your comments and support!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 18, 2014:

It is nice to know that I am not the only one whose mind wanders during prayer! I find that short prayers for specific issues work best for me. That way, I can focus on the question, then focus on the answer, whenever it comes. There are so many things and people that a person can pray for! Prayer works wonders, I know that for a fact!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 18, 2014:

I have experienced what you have experienced. I try to pray and my mind is racing about others or other things. I have to really discipline myself and concentrate on what I want to pray about. I have found that prayer helps and I have used it in meditation. I am glad to hear of someone who has experienced this too. The music here is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on prayer. I enjoyed this.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 18, 2014:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on prayer, and, like DDE, I love that line about the mind travelling faster than light....nicely written.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 18, 2014:

I am sure prayers have a powerful effect Chitrangada, and as Nell said we all pray in our own way. I am sure there s a God and our prayers don't go unheard. Very interesting hub. Thank you for sharing about Hindu prayer and mantras.

Nell Rose from England on June 18, 2014:

Beautiful words and thoughts chitrangada, I think we all pray in our own way, and my belief is that I tend to incorporate many religions into my prayers, wonderful hub, and voted up and shared, nell

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 18, 2014:

Interesting! ''the mind travels faster than light or any other mode of transport!'' My mind races at times and still to no avail. I do believe in prayer and what is due will be.

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