Prayer is a way of communicating with God or connecting with inner-self. Prayers help us remember the Truth behind our existence, and cultivate closeness with God. It is a way of expressing ‘Praise and Gratitude’ to God.
It is also a request or call for help from the Universal Master.
“Teach the children the habit of daily prayer, when they rise from bed in the morning and when they lie down to sleep when the day is over. - BABA”
HABIT OF PRAYER MUST BE DEEPLY INCULCATED IN THE STUDENT. ITS BENEFITS ARE NUMEROUS - DEMONSTRATES THE GLORY OF THE LORD - CHILDREN EXPERIENCE DIVINE PRESENCE - HELPS ACKNOWLEDGE A HIGHER FORCE OR BEING THAT WE CAN CALL UPON FOR GUIDANCE - PROMOTES POSITIVE THOUGHT AND WISDOM -HELPS DEVELOP DEVOTION, FAITH AND SELF-CONFIDENCE – PEACEFUL WAY TO LET OUT PENT-UP FEELINGS AND FRUSTRATIONS - IMPROVES MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION -PROMOTES HEALTH AND HAPPINESS - INFUSES STRENGTH AND COURAGE - CONFERS MENTAL PEACE.
Apart from learning and memorising the prayer, one must also chant it with love and understanding of its meaning and significance.It is particularly useful to find prayers from various religions which are saying the same thing. This helps to promote unity of faiths and develop tolerance and respect for others of different faiths and cultures. Acharaya Vinoba Bhave compares prayers to bath, food and sleep. Bath cleanses the body, wholesome food nourishes the body and sound sleep refreshes and invigorates the body. Similarly, prayer cleanses the mind, nourishes it and gives spiritual vigour and peace. Just as we have bath, food and sleep at regular times, so prayer must also be at regular times.