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How Do You Pray? My Honest Confessions!

Updated on September 19, 2017
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Self improvement is an ongoing process throughput the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

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An Honest Confession!

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  • Every morning, I sit down to pray:
  • --with closed eyes and folded hands:
  • --in a Namaskar,(Salutations) chanting Mantras(chants or sacred utterances)..
  • --Soon after I realize that my mind is preoccupied in thoughts about my near and dear ones.
  • --Their well being, their big and small problems, small issues of the household or the workplace,the relatives or the neighbors, or worse enough, the kitchen menu for the day or anything on the Earth for that matter, but
  • -----"The God."

  • ---While the lips are still chanting Mantras and physically I am still sitting at the Pujasthal, (The prayer room), the mind is elsewhere.
  • True------!

  • ---the mind travels faster than light or any other mode of transport!
  • --I feel guilty and ask for forgiveness to God, for lack of concentration.
  • --I make a promise to GOD, that I will concentrate on my prayers from now onward, whatever may happen and whatever may be my cause of worry.
  • ---The God is smiling----He always does---- and I feel a sense of relief, presuming that he has forgiven me.
  • ---I try to concentrate again----and again---and again!

I am sure this may be happening to others too.

God warms his hands at man’s heart when he prays.

~ John Masefield

The 10 Senses or the 10 Indriyas-- Jnanendriyas and Karmendriyas:

  • According to the yogic belief, the human being has 5 entrance doors.
  • They are called the Gyanendriyas or Jnanendriyas, the organs of the senses, namely--Eyes(seeing), Ears(hearing) , Nose(smelling), Skin(touching), Tongue(tasting).
  • Gyana means knowledge and Indriya means senses.
  • The 5 exit doors are called, Karmendriyas, the organs of actions or work, which includes hands, legs, eliminating and reproducing doors.
  • Karma means action and Indriyas means the senses.
  • These are Sanskrit words and 'Yogic meditation' involves conscious and active inclusion of all these 10 Indriyas or senses!


Find God in Nature!
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Preserve and Conserve the 'Nature' as a service to 'God'!
Preserve and Conserve the 'Nature' as a service to 'God'! | Source

So, How Do We Pray And Pray Correctly?

According to the Yogasana or the Yogic Gurus, there are five Gyanendriyas (the organs of senses) and five Karmendriyas (the organs of actions or work).

And when most of the Indriyas (organs) of your whole being is involved, it is a meaningful prayer or meditation

But what is 'True Prayer'?

The very desire to sit in front of the God, have his Darshan (manifestation or sight/ vision), share your joys, sorrows, worries with him like a close friend, it is true meaningful Prayer, isn't it!

The whole purpose of Prayer is to open up to him, love him and seek his direction and draw strength from him.

As it is said, nothing happens without a reason and without 'His' will. So why not leave it to 'Him', to set things right for you!

Is there some correct way of Praying to GOD?

Prayer can be done in many ways.

  • Thanking Him, for something good, which has happened to you, is also a kind of Prayer.
  • Confessing for the mistakes you have committed, with a promise to mend them, is also a kind of Prayer.
  • The real Prayer is in fact, to Believe, that 'He' is there for you and 'Have Belief' in 'His' existence.
  • Appreciating the Nature and making efforts to preserve it, is also a form of Prayer.
  • Helping those who are needy is also a kind of Prayer.
  • Feeding those, who are hungry and homeless is also a kind of Prayer.
  • Never hurting anyone with your words or deed , and consider each one as creation of God , is also a kind of prayer.
  • Hate the Sin and not the Sinner, they say! Therefore forgiving those who have done wrong to you and help them to correct themselves is also like serving God.

The great people of the earth today are the people who pray, (not) those who talk about prayer…but I mean those who take time and pray.

~ S.D.Gordon

To conclude:

  • There are many persons, who do not have enough time for prayers, because they have many responsibilities on their shoulders.
  • Does that mean that they are doing something wrong by not sitting in front of the GOD and performing their rituals and prayers!
  • I believe, NOT!
  • The service to mankind is service to GOD, Himself.
  • If you really want to find 'Him', see 'Him', you may find 'Him' in the smile of a child' in the wrinkles of a granny'.
  • The joy and satisfaction which you experience, when you help a poor, helpless and sick person is the real 'Prayer'!
  • To love 'Him' and seek strength and direction from 'Him' to try to perform our 'Duties', with full sense of devotion is the real 'Prayer.'

© Chitrangada Sharan 18th June, 2014,

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya for visiting this hub again!

      I also find it very difficult to concentrate during prayers on most days. But prayer time is a routine for me and I never miss it. In fact I prepare myself for the day with the strength I gather from prayers, even if it is a brief one.

      Thank you my friend for your support. Wish you all the best!

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      Nithya Venkat 9 months ago from Dubai

      Came back for a visit, great hub. It 's hard for me to concentrate when I pray but with a strong will I control my mind and think of God alone. As you say so, many things play upon the mind, and it is so distracting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks johnmariow, for your kind visit and valuable feedback!

      I agree that it takes few seconds to pray or connect with God. Same here--But it is difficult to concentrate and sit for longer duration.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      John Gentile 14 months ago from Connecticut

      One can pray at any time. A prayer only takes a few seconds. For example: Before going on a long trip one could pray for a safe return. Likewise, one could ask for God's forgiveness at any time.

      I also have a hard time concentrating on reciting prayers. Therefore I recommend talking to God about one's problems and reciting a prayer afterward.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MarleneB, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      So nice to see you after a long time and I appreciate you for your honest confession. I was thinking that it happens with me only. I have supreme faith in God and I do believe in his presence and existence. I also believe that whatever good or bad happens in our lives, happens as he has planned them for us. We must follow the good path as shown by him. But all the same I wish I could concentrate more during prayers.

      Thank you my friend and have a very good day!

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      Marlene Bertrand 14 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Very interesting to read that others do the same thing as I do. Sometimes, I start over when I realize I have not been giving 100% of my prayer time to praying. I also must admit that I sometimes fall asleep during nighttime prayers. But, at least I started out with good intentions.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi techygran!

      So good to see you visiting my hub. Thank you for such a wonderful comment.

      I completely agree with your views on prayer. In fact every religion teaches us the same basic and simple to follow principles of humanity, truthfulness, kindness, forgiveness and faithfulness. If all of us follow that path, the World will be full of love and respect for each other and a beautiful and happy place.

      Many thanks for your insightful comment!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      This is a nicely-written article on prayer, ChitrangadaSharan. As a Christian, I like the model that Jesus provided when his disciples asked him to teach them to pray: "The Lord's Prayer" found in the Bible in Matthew 6:9-13. It provides the model that you refer to as well: praise and worship, asking to have our needs met, asking for forgiveness for our shortcomings, and promising to forgive others, asking for spiritual strength to overcome evil, thanksgiving and confirming our belief and commitment. It's about relationship. You made that clear in your hub. Thank you! I also enjoyed the 'relaxing music' video. ~Cynthia

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

      And thanks for making that honest confession!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i agree that sometimes when i pray, my mind seem to drift away

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Kasturi, my darling daughter!

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      kasturi 3 years ago

      Beautifully written maa

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you teaches 12345, for your kind visit and valuable comments!

      Yes, belief in God is very important. It builds up hope and faith and in turn gives us mental strength to face the many challenges of life.

      Thank you for your insightful comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I agree, aviannovice! It is really satisfying to help others, who are in need. It is in fact service to God.

      Thank you so much for your valuable comments and support!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thanks for your thoughts on prayer. I do agree that one has to believe in God to reap the results of faith. Prayer is valuable and will help one live happy and well.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think that by improving the lot of others is always meaningful. I take care of the birds and animals, so that is my function.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you thumbi7, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Even I feel the presence of God in Nature. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      I do agree with you. I find GOD in nature. Dense jungles. dark clouds, sea, rain etc. remains me of GOD or some super power above us.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AudreyHowitt, for stopping by!

      Appreciate your valuable and insightful comments and thanks for sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Denise Handlon, for reading the hub and my confessions!

      I am pleased to read your beautiful and encouraging comments. Yes, it takes me a little more time to concentrate. But even if I am able to connect for few seconds, I feel peaceful.

      Thank you for your generous votes and share! Thanks for the Follow as well!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Food for thought--The wandering and sometimes frantic mind--I found this hub to be quietly inspirtional

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      What a beautiful hub, ChitrangaSharan. I had to smile when you confessed that your mind wanders. Oh, how I can relate. I sit in meditation in morning and evening, before sleep, and I fight the same wandering mind. Sometimes, when I am with my teachers, it is just as bad! lol. But, I persevere and in time, my mind settles down into the quiet of the meditation focus.

      Thank you for sharing your confession...sweet. :) Loved the music.

      Up/U/A/B and sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Vellur, for your kind visit and positive comments!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub positive and inspirational.

      To love 'Him' and seek strength and direction from 'Him' to try to perform our 'Duties', with full sense of devotion is the real 'Prayer.' - so very true. Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you midget38, for reading the hub and commenting!

      Appreciate your opinion!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Though I am not Hindu, I think that most religions use meditative techniques like you've suggested! Great hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you denise.w.anderson, for reading this hub and sharing your valuable views!

      And I appreciate your honest confession too. We are worldly people with our set of problems and anxieties, which keep on clinging to our mind, whatever we may be engaged into.

      Prayers provide that belief and faith, that we would be able to come out of the problems. If I am able to concentrate even for few seconds, I feel a sense of hope and faith, that all will be well!

      Thanks again for sharing your valuable opinion!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you suzettenaples, for your honest confession! I am glad that I am not the only one, who faces distractions, while praying. But even if I am able to connect for few moments, with the supreme power, it gives a beautiful feeling. But this happens few times only.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your views!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked this hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jodah, for reading the hub and sharing your views!

      You are right, each one of us have our own way of praying. I do believe in GOD as well. Every religion teaches only the 'Right' path and stay away from the wrong one. The purpose is to follow the right path, which satisfies your own soul.

      Thanks for your valuable feedback!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Nell!

      Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your views on prayer. I also admire and respect all religions and its good to learn from each one of them.

      Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Devika!

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your views! Appreciate your comments and support!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It is nice to know that I am not the only one whose mind wanders during prayer! I find that short prayers for specific issues work best for me. That way, I can focus on the question, then focus on the answer, whenever it comes. There are so many things and people that a person can pray for! Prayer works wonders, I know that for a fact!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I have experienced what you have experienced. I try to pray and my mind is racing about others or other things. I have to really discipline myself and concentrate on what I want to pray about. I have found that prayer helps and I have used it in meditation. I am glad to hear of someone who has experienced this too. The music here is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on prayer. I enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on prayer, and, like DDE, I love that line about the mind travelling faster than light....nicely written.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I am sure prayers have a powerful effect Chitrangada, and as Nell said we all pray in our own way. I am sure there s a God and our prayers don't go unheard. Very interesting hub. Thank you for sharing about Hindu prayer and mantras.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Beautiful words and thoughts chitrangada, I think we all pray in our own way, and my belief is that I tend to incorporate many religions into my prayers, wonderful hub, and voted up and shared, nell

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting! ''the mind travels faster than light or any other mode of transport!'' My mind races at times and still to no avail. I do believe in prayer and what is due will be.