Third Edition 1970
Dedicated to the Almighty God
working through all Masters Who have come
and Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj
at whose Lotus Feet
the author imbibed sweet Elixir of Holy Naam - the Word
To The Reader:
Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
MATTHEW 4: 4
PRAYER is the salt of life and we cannot do without it. It is ingrained in the nature of Man to pray for the fulfillment of his wishes whatever they be. But more often than not we do not know what we may really pray for, how to pray, and what we may do to make our prayer a great dynamic force as may stir up Heaven's mercy.
The secret of a successful prayer lies
not so much in the words we use, nor in the time we devote to it, nor in
the effort that we put into it, as it lies in the concentrated attention
that we may give it at the seat of the soul so as to make it soulful. The
most natural form for a fruitful prayer is the yearning of a soul without
the agency of words, oral or mental, with the tongue of thought. A prayer
like this generates and releases such a fund of spiritual energy that all
the Cosmic Powers are attracted and combine together, shaping out things
as best as possible.
A true prayer is one continuous process, independent of form, time and place, and leads ultimately to the stage of Sehaj--a halcyon calm, a perfect equipoise and a complete satiety, with no desire whatsoever. This then is the climax of a genuine prayer and here prayer itself ceases to be a prayer and becomes a state of being, as one gradually rises first into Cosmic Consciousness, with the Divine Will fully revealed unto him. This is the be-all and the end-all of prayer - and how to achieve it is the object of this enquiry.
At the end of the book, by way of an
appendix, are collected, in classified form, specimen prayers from various
Saints and Scriptures for the benefit of the interested reader.
July 1, 1959
Sawan Ashram, Delhi, India
Table of Contents
Webnotes: regarding this web published version of "PRAYER"Specimen Prayers
Prayers from Kabir
Ode to the Satguru
Hymns of Mira
From Dhani Dharam Das
From Sikh Scriptures
From Book of Common Prayer
Prayers from Various Religions