'Be' with Swami Venkatesananda

Prayer

Real prayer, I think, is when the human being recognizes the futility of his own individual personality, and in some way looks beyond his self, towards “a greater Being” – God.

Even here the motivation is not the “I cannot lift this table, my dear God, please carry it for me” spirit, but the recognition that this other Being knows what the individual does not.

Hence, prayer is an act of surrender.

One may or may not believe in God or what has come to be regarded as religion, but it is clear that, as long as the self rules life, there can be no peace, happiness, welfare, nor wholeness nor sincerity.