This was my first brush with spirituality when I read a book published by Vivekananda Centre for Holistic Management – VIVEKAMANAGEMENT. This article beautifully explains the true meaning of a prayer.
Is a song of the heart addressed to the unknown
We are so small and existence is so infinite. We are only for a few moments, and existence has always been here and will always be here. We are just small waves in the infinite ocean. We can ask, but we cannot demand. We can ask because we are not strangers to existence, we are not outsiders. We belong to it. We are not of it. Existence has peopled us. It is existence’s desire that we are. We can ask. But in ask there is no demanding. If it is fulfilled, we are thankful. If it is not fulfilled, we are thankful. Remember that, that is the beauty of prayer.
If it is fulfilled, we are thankful, obviously. If it is not fulfilled, we are still thankful. Why are we thankful even when it is not fulfilled? Because then the man knows what prayer is, who lives prayer, also knows that sometimes we ask for a thing which is not good for us. Existence knows better. If it is needed, it will be fulfilled. If it is not needed, it will not be fulfilled.