What constitutes the essence of prayer?


Many prayers to God are current among the lovers of God, arising as they do from diverse cultural contexts.Some of the prayers invariably contain an element of asking something from God, either material or spiritual.

In fact, God is so merciful and bountiful that even without their asking He always gives more than His lovers can receive. He knows their real needs more deeply than they do. Therefore the element of asking something from God is superfluous. It often mars the inner love and worship which a prayer tries to express.

The ideal prayer to the Lord is nothing more than spontaneous praise of His being. You praise Him, not in the spirit of bargain but in the spirit of self-forgetful appreciation of what He really is.

You praise Him because He is praiseworthy. Your praise is a spontaneous appreciative response to his true being, as infinite light, infinite power and infinite bliss.

It is futile to attempt a standard prayer and hold it up as an ideal for all people of all times. The glory of the Almighty transcends all human understanding and defies all verbal descriptions. Eternally fresh and selfrenewing in its unlimited amplitude, it never fades. Nor is it ever confined within the limits of the best of hymns.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[From:- Beams from Meher Baba on the Spiritual Panorama, © Copyright 1958 by Sufism Reoriented, Inc., U.S.A. All Rights Reserved Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 58-59805]

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