The dictionary meaning of Prayer is a form of communication with the God / Divine / an Invisible Force and is done either to request something or to seek solace or to say thanks.
Most of us in the world, irrespective of the geographical location or faith / belief systems have the practice of prayer in-built. Prayer can be a hymn or a song or a chant or just an expression of the feelings / thoughts in the mind of the person who is praying. Whatever it may be, prayer does have the power to help and heal the worshipper.
Prayer not only helps the one who prays but also creates positive vibrations that can reach others.
Typically, when we get lost in the material world, we don’t find time for prayers! We seek refuge in the Divine Force when we are in a difficult situation or need divine assistance. In fact there is an adage in my Mother tongue Kannada, “ಸಂಕಟ ಬಂದಾಗ ವೆಂಕಟರಮಣ” (Sankata Bandaaga VenkataRamana), which highlights exactly this point.
As we all are painfully aware of the health-scare situation (COVID-19) that has affected the entire world, praying and emanating positive thoughts would be the most effective approach we can take apart from following the safety measures such as wearing masks / gloves, washing hands and legs frequently, practising social distancing, and avoiding unnecessary rumours. The more we listen to rumours and misinformation, the more we get stressed out, which in fact weakens our immune system. So, rely on reliable sources like WHO Web Site. When in doubt, call your local helpline for guidelines.
Whether you a theist or an atheist, some form of prayer or positive affirmation will do the trick.
I dedicate this blog-post to one of my Gurus, Sri. Rajan Pandhi at S-VYASA, the Yoga University. I got a chance to interact with him during 1st Semester of my MSc Yoga Therapy program at S-VYASA Yoga University. He was a very active, jovial, and positive-minded soul who coordinated Karma Yoga activities and volunteered during our classes. Whenever we heard that some of our batchmates weren’t feeling well or a family member is ill, he would make us chant “MahaMrityunjaya Mantra” three times; he emphasized the power of this group chanting. And yes, the people we prayed for did get better.
After touching so many individuals life through his mind-power, compassion, clarity, understanding, and positivity, he reached the heavenly abode while he was on a pilgrimage, Chardham Yatra; we, his students and the S-VYASA family believe that he has reached Moksha. Whenever I hear somebody is in trouble or ill, I remember your words and following your guidelines, Rajan Guruji. Pranaam.
Thus is the power of Prayer! Let us all pray for each others safety, health and happiness. A special prayer and shout-out to all the medical professionals who are helping and treating the affected people putting their own health at risk and also to those who are working on COVID-19’s vaccines / medicines research.
A few links to Devotional Songs and Chants on YouTube:
- MahaMrityunjaya Mantra Chanting
- Vande Guru Paramparaam, Kuleep M. Pai
- Sounds of Isha
- Chants to Improve Life, an Article in Inc.com
COVID-19 Awareness & Prevention Measures Links:
Visit S-VYASA University Web Site for more useful videos. श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः Sri Gurubhyo Namah
सर्वे जनाः सुखिनो भवन्तु (May all be happy and healthy)
हरि ॐ (Hari Om)