Meditations on Prayer

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Power of Prayer
Prayer is talking to Guru and Krishna, and all their expansions.
Chanting the holy name contains all prayers, though all our personal prayers help us take shelter of him, and chant with more feeling. To chant and serve with love is our goal.
Prayer is surrendering to God’s will.
Prayer is also remembering Krishna, because you can’t pray without remembering who you are praying to—the Lord of our heart!

Prayer is direct communion with God.
Prayer is as necessary as breathing…more so, as it carries us beyond breathing and beyond physical life and death.
Because of Prayer, there is always hope!
Prayer is humility and submission because prayer is admitting that we are not the Supreme Controller. We are always dependent and need help!
Prayer is the language of the soul, the outlet for our covered love for God.
Prayer is the beginning or perfection of our spiritual life, depending on our purity, faith, realization and level of advancement.
Prayer is the beginning, middle and end of our spiritual life.
Prayer opens the door which we have closed between ourselves and God.
Arjuna prays to Lord Krishna
Prayer is the awakening of the soul from the ignorant sleep of forgetfulness.
Prayer is the antithesis of false ego.
Prayer with tears of eagerness for attainment of God’s company, is the price for entering His abode.
Prayer is meant for bringing forth the truth in our heart, our yearning, desires, and both our lowest and highest aspects or ideals.
Prayer is one way to reveal our self, not only to God, but to ourself as well.
Prayer is the purging of our heart of all darkness, bringing forth that darkness to Krishna’s supreme Light to purify it.
We need to pray as often as possible to remind ourself of the truth of our dependence on God, lest we continue to forget.
Prayer is joy, because we are acknowledging our connection to our dear-most friend—our very life—the soul of our soul! Even a tiny ray of Krishna’s unlimited mercy dissipates our suffering in the material world.
Prayer expresses our tears and lamentation for our fallen condition.
Prayer is blissful agony to express our sins and shortcomings, yet also acknowledging Krishna’s greatness, mercy, and grace. Though he can seem so faraway—no one is nearer, or dearer than he for whom everything rests.
Brahma prays to Krishna
Prayer should be our constant companion so we can call upon him in all circumstances. All things come from him, everything is maintained by him, and all results are rewarded by him alone.
Prayer expresses our struggle to be Krishna conscious, to do the right thing or to do God’s will.
Prayer acknowledges what we lack as we stand naked before the Lord, feeling unworthy to properly serve him, yet knowing that we must endeavor to serve Krishna and his devotees at all times and in all circumstances.
Prayer is for everyone, both the saint and the sinner, and everyone in between.
Prayer means to acknowledge the existence of God and that it is he that should be served.
Prayer is rejoicing in the inconceivable greatness and wonder of Krishna.
Prayer is glorification of Krishna's qualities, name, form, and activities, as well as his presence and manifestation in this world and in our lives.
By prayer we glorify our dear-most Lord--the supreme hero of heros, and supreme lover of lovers--and give thanks for his mercy, and the faith to appreciate him in our life.
We live by his mercy alone, and we pray to realize this at every moment!
Prayer is real life, and we thank God for prayer!
Praying together around Tulasi

Combined comments from old site

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 23:32 — Karnamrita.das
For you to expand upon

This free writing on prayer is not meant to be the last word, but like the first word in a book--your book--on prayer, to be used as a catalyst for you to think about and expand. I am sure you can add many more things about prayer. "Meditations on Prayer" means it is only a brief outline meant to help us all realize the importance and necessity of prayer in our life. We are students and teachers of each other. Even the scriptures are only like the table of contents of the greatest subject, the unlimited God, who we are beginning to know as Krishna. Although the impersonalist philosophers say God is too great to speak about--unknown and unknowable--we say that we can't say enough about him, but we make the attempt just to become purified!

Your friend in Krishna,

Karnamrita