LOVE AND SINCERE PRAYERS BRING SUCCESS
IN YOUR LIFE
How is it that
the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening with
utmost regularity every day? How is it that the stars twinkle
beautifully in the sky at night and hide themselves during
the day? How is it that the wind blows incessantly and sustains
the living beings without taking rest even for a moment? How
is it that the rivers flow perennially making gurgling sounds? (Telugu
The word Jagat (world) means that which
is born, sustained and ultimately dissolved. God, who is responsible
for the creation, sustenance and dissolution of the world,
has no specific form. He pervades the entire world in the
form of the five elements, namely, ether, wind, fire, water
and earth. There is no place or person where these five elements
are not present. The same truth is proclaimed by the Bhagavad
Gita: Sarvatah Panipadam Tat Sarvathokshi Siromukham, Sarvatah
Sruthimalloke Sarvamavruthya Tishthati (with hands, feet,
eyes, head, mouth and ears pervading everything, He permeates
the entire universe). There is no place where God does not
exist. How can anyone comprehend or explain the principle
of such an all-pervasive divinity? People attribute various
names and forms to God. They celebrate the birthdays of their
chosen divine forms, worship them and derive joy thereby.
But, it is not possible for anyone to fathom fully the nature
of divinity. However, no one can afford to ignore this fact.
When the child is separated from the womb of the mother, it
starts crying. What is the reason for this? The moment you
put a drop of honey or milk on its tongue, the child stops
crying. From this we can say that everyone is born with hunger
and thirst. What type of hunger is that? Is it worldly or
spiritual? It is difficult to judge who is born with what
type of hunger. However, hunger is common for all. Food is
essential to satisfy one’s hunger. It is the duty of
every individual to strive for sustenance for himself and
also share it with others.
God has neither birth nor death. He is beyond all names, forms
God is eternal without birth
or death. He has no beginning, middle or end. He is omnipresent
and is the eternal witness. (Telugu
How can anyone give a specific name to God who is all powerful
and all-pervasive? The earth absorbs rainwater and supplies
it to the crop. As a result, we reap the harvest. Thus, mother
earth sustains our life by providing our sustenance. Water
is very essential for our survival. One may live without food
for a few days, but no one can live without water. Water is
the gift of God. It can be acquired only through prayer and
not by any other means. People in many places perform worship
and offer special prayers to invoke divine grace for water.
Pauper or millionaire, everyone must pray to God, for He is
the one who gives us food and water. Man cannot create food
and water by himself. He does not even know what type of food
is essential to lead a healthy life. He should make efforts
to understand this.
Whatever God does is for the welfare of the world. You must
understand that world is the very form of God. The creator
and the creation are not different from each other. One should
not worship God for the fulfilment of worldly desires. We
should pray to God to attain Him. He showers His grace on
the devotee and gives you everything you require. He alone
knows what is good for the creation. Everything that you need
is provided by him when the time is ripe. Without any overt
effort from you, He gives you what you deserve. It is not
the quality of a true devotee to feel disappointed and blame
God if his desires are not fulfilled. It is the duty of devotees
to find ways and means to earn divine grace and make efforts
to attain Him.
No one can comprehend the ways of God. In this context, Saint
Thyagaraja sang a verse:
Not even a blade of grass
will move without divine Will,
Right from an ant to Brahman, God pervades everything,
But some people do not understand this and take pride in their
But no one however mighty knows what is going to happen in
the next moment.
Nobody can understand or explain divine plans. God alone
knows His plans and He only can reveal them. No one can predict
when God will shower His grace on an individual. Only God
knows the answers to the questions like who, when, where,
why and how. If one forgets God and gets carried away by ego
and a sense of doership, one will not meet with success in
one’s endeavours. Anything can be achieved through prayer.
There is nothing greater than prayer. Hence, everyone must
necessarily offer his prayers to God. However, one should
not pray for worldly gains. “Oh God! I want your love
and nothing else.” This should be your constant prayer.
Once you become the recipient of God’s love, you can
conquer the entire world.
You may undertake any task, but do not pray to God for the
fulfilment of the task undertaken. Instead, leave everything
to His Will. Have full faith that He will do what is good
for you. Pray to Him, “Oh God, please take care of our
needs every moment of our life.” When you discharge
your duties surrendering everything to God’s Will, you
will certainly achieve success in your tasks. But Swami’s
Will takes shape without any prompting or planning at the
appropriate time. Whatever Swami requires arrives unasked.
However, Swami would like to make one more thing clear. As
things come to us unasked, we utilise them for the benefit
of others, too. Swami does not want anything at all! Swami’s
only purpose is that, having come here, you should make best
use of this opportunity and lead your lives in a happy and
sacred manner. You need not give anything for Myself. Swami
is always ready to fulfil your desires. But before you express
your desire, you should enquire yourself whether you really
Any mighty task can be accomplished by prayer. Hence, pray
to God silently. Do not pray for the fulfilment of your petty
desires. Give up all desires and pray to God wholeheartedly
with love. You will certainly find fulfilment in life. You
can understand and experience divinity only through love.
Some people complain, “Swami, God is not coming to our
rescue in spite of our incessant prayers. I tell them, “The
mistake lies in your prayer and not in God.” If your
prayers are sincere, they will certainly be answered. There
is nothing that God cannot accomplish.
The stories of the Lord are
most wonderful and sacred in all the three worlds. They are
like sickles that cut the creepers of worldly bondage. They
are most ennobling and elevating. They confer bliss on the
sages and seers doing penance in forests. (Telugu
Today, we are celebrating the sacred festival
of Christmas. We should celebrate it in the true spirit without
entertaining petty desires. Jesus was the son of God. While
he was being crucified, he said, “Oh father, let thy
Will be done.” When you surrender yourself to God’s
Will, he will take care of you. Do not develop superiority
complex. Give up ego and pomp. Pray silently and sincerely.
If your prayers are not answered, you can certainly question
Me. God is not confined to a place somewhere in a distant
corner. He always resides in your heart. He can accomplish
anything. He is ever ready to perform any task, be it big
or small for the sake of His devotees. All are His children.
Hence, He will certainly answer our prayers. Jesus taught,
“All are children of God.” When you have such
firm conviction, we can accomplish any task. You need not
go through voluminous books. Fill your heart with love and
leave everything to His Will. You will certainly achieve success
in your endeavours.
Embodiments of Love!
Love is the quintessence of Swami’s Discourses.
His love is power. There is nothing greater than love. When
you develop love, you can face the challenges of life with
ease and emerge victorious. God will always be with you, in
you and around you and will take care of you. Any mighty task
can be accomplished through prayer. However, your prayers
should be sincere. There should be unity of thought, word
and deed. Develop firm faith that Swami is in you and He always
listens to your prayers. If you think that Swami is outside,
how will your prayers reach Him?
Embodiments of Love!
It is only love that will help you to achieve success in your
life. Hence, develop love. That is the true prayer that God
expects from you.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, “Prema
Mudita Manase Kaho …”