March 28th, 2021 Sunday Morning Youth Session: Importance of Prayers

In this Sunday Morning Youth session, Pujya Swamiji answers to some fundamental questions each of us have within.  When did we get separated from God?  Pujya Swamiji points out to pay attention of why this question arises.  Because we feel separated from God, we feel we don’t see God, we don’t know where he is.  This sense of separation is explained differently in different philosophies, but what is important is that we feel separated, why we feel so is not so important.  The various Acharyas have given us the means to remove that separation, like Bhakti.  Pujya Swamiji explains how there should be worship of Isvara in one way or other.

We need Isvara’s anugraha to accomplish moral, wordly and spiritual goals.  Because for any successful accomplishment both self effort, a proper and adequate one at the right time, and grace of God is required.  We are born with the need to be successful, the outcome is very important to us, and thus grace of God is very important in our life.  So Isvara’s anugraha is important for helping us to be successful, as we are selfish people.  But someday we will grow out of this begging, and the prayers will be an offering, just out of pleasure.

Knowingly or unknowingly Isvara is the most important in our life, and we are born with this destination in mind, and our journey finds its culmination when we meet Bhagawan.  What is growth?  When we become free from our needs progressively!  Right now we have many needs and our happiness depends on fulfilling those needs.  By including prayers in our life, we live a conscious life, so we don’t take things for granted.  We always need the grace of God, which we are as such receiving without asking.  So let us all include prayers in our life whether it be to fulfill our needs, whether it be as an offering, let us all contemplate on the constant grace we are experiencing and offer our gratitude towards our Bhagawan.

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