The Power of Prayers
Prayer is a very powerful tool available to man to purify the mind and gain spiritual strength. Prayer is the foundation of success.
The sages tell us that for a prayer to be effective, faith in the Divine, concentration of the mind, and positive thinking are necessary pre-requisites before, during and after the prayer. If one prays for success and at the same time holds thoughts of failure within, the prayer will not be answered. Sages tell us that the mind is the transmitter of prayers. Thus, a prayer transmitted by a restless mind is akin to broadcasting over a broken transmitter. To receive God's answer to our prayers, sages provide the following instructions for prayers:
· Meditate before praying to calm restless thoughts. Keep the body still throughout meditation. "Be still and know you are God."
· According to yogic literature, the nerve center between the eye-brows (ajna chakra) is the transmitter of prayer and the heart is the receiver of God's answer to the prayer. If a prayer is properly transmitted, God's answer appears in the form of subtle feeling(s) arising in the heart following the prayer.
· To pray, focus attention at the center between the eyebrows and say the prayer mentally with the deepest devotion of your heart. Repeat the prayer until it becomes one with your consciousness.
· Always pray to God as His child, who demands the rightful share of all God's bounties. Never pray to God as a beggar.
· Only genuine prayers are fulfilled. "If you pray five hours daily that you might become a Henry Ford, that prayer will not be granted," explains Paramahansa Yogananda.
What is Mantra or Mantrams?
Sanskrit is the language of mantra, of spiritually empowered sounds. Its usage is to bring our minds back to the consciousness and the power of mantra.
Mantra is not just concerned with sound but with meaning. Each object is a symbol for the universe itself. Words represent this universal meaning broken down, fragmented and compartmentalized.
There is divinity in every being, if we recognize this it opens the doorways to infinity
What is Shloka or Shlokam?
Shloka is a verse, phrase, proverb or hymn of praise, usually composed in a specified meter. Especially a verse of two lines, each of sixteen syllables. Shloka is the primary verse form of the Sanskrit epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana
In the most carefully controlled scientific study ever performed on the effects of prayer on healing, cardiologist Randolph Byrd, formerly a
A few Shlokas that can be recited everyday. Reciting these small shlokas can make you feel calm, happy and charged to face another pressurizing day.
EARLY MORNING PRAYERS (KARAAGRE VASATE)
The first thing when we get up in the morning before we see anyone or anything we must look at our open palms joint together and recite this mantra
“Karaagre vasati lakshmi
karamadhye saraswati .
karamooleh tu govinda
The front part of the hands (the finger tips) are ascribed to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, the middle part (the palm proper) to Goddess Saraswati - the Goddess of learning and the root (the part of of hand near the wrist) to Govinda (God). Therefore, every morning, one should have a respectful look at one's hand which symbolizes honest labor.
BEFORE GETTING DOWN FROM THE BED
paada sparsham kshamasva me”
O! Mother Earth, who has the ocean as clothes and mountains and forests on her body, who is the wife of Lord Vishnu, I bow to you. Please forgive me for touching you with my feet.
WHILE TAKING A
Gange cha Yamune chaiva
Narmadhe Sindhu Kaveri
Jale asmin sannidhim kuru”
In this water, I invoke the presence of holy waters from the rivers
BEFORE EATING (BHOJAN MANTRA - BRAHAMAARPANAM
“Brahmaarpanam brahma havih
brahmaagnau braahmanaa hutam
brahmaiva tena gantavyam
brahma karma samaadhinaa“
A process of offering is Brahman, the oblation is Brahman, the instrument of offering is Brahman, the fire to which the offering is made is also Brahman. For such a one who abides in Brahman, by him alone Brahman is reached
WHILE LIGHTING A LAMP
“Shubham karoti kalyaanam
aarogyam dhana sampadaa
I salute the One who is the lamplight, that brings auspiciousness, prosperity, good health, abundance of wealth, and the destruction of the intellect's enemy
MANTRA FOR REMOVING ANY OBSTACLES
Chant this shloka everyday morning and evening while lighting a ghee lamp before any Hanuman picture. This mantra is said to remove the obstacles in your life.
“Sanjeeva parvathoddhara mama dukham nivaraya
ghoran upadravan sarvan nasha yakshasuranthaka
markatesha mahothsaha sarva shoka vinashaka
shatrun samhara mama raksha shriyam dhathwa cha mambhara”
“Karacharanam kritam vaa kaayajam karmajam vaa
shravananayanajam vaa maanasam vaaparaadham
vihitamavihitam vaa sarvametatkshamasva
jaya jaya karunaabdhe shriimahaadeva shambho
Oh Lord kindly forgive my wrong actions done knowingly or unknowingly, either through my organs of action (hand, feet, speech) or through my organs of perception (eyes, ears) or by my mind. Glory unto Thee O Lord, who is the ocean of kindness.