|AHYMSIN newsletter, issue - July 2011|
How to Pray for Someone
by Swami Veda Bharati
Spiritual guides are often asked to pray for someone. From illness to wellness, from poverty to wealth, from failure to success, from emotional distress to peace, from grief to acceptance, from anger to equanimity.
Frequently, the seekers also ask “how may I pray for someone”. Here is a brief answer.
Often people think of prayer as so many words, “please help him. Oh God”, “please make my daughter well”, “please make my son pass his examination”, “Dear Divine Mother, please, please, reduce my husband’s anger” – and so on.
Or we think of prayer as reciting or chanting of some mantras, shlokas, set compositions, verses from holy books of our religion – whichever religion.
The way of prayer for a meditator is a silent one. My Master, Swami Rama of the Himalayas, said:
Prayer is intense feeling.
Even one who does not believe in God can pray for others.
But, one needs to learn to prepare one’s mind to offer such a prayer. A clear, sattvic and selfless mind.
Also, learn the technique of meditation. This can be a long and complex process, or short one. One may even use a recording of guided meditation (1). Here briefly is one (missing out many details):
Do this repeatedly till your goal for the person is achieved. But, let there also be a sense of acceptance, surrender of the desire and the fruit. If the Divine Force accepts the prayer, you are grateful.
For a more advanced mode of this feeling prayer, one needs to learn diaphragmatic breathing, otherwise chest problems can ensue. For this, take some lessons in the Himalayan yoga meditation methods from a certified teacher.
When diaphragmatic breathing has become a natural process, one may move to the next step in this feeling prayer.
Do not complain: “God when will you hear my prayer? I have been praying for so long and you have not fulfilled my wish!!”
Secrets of success in prayer are:
I wish you success in your prayers.
(1) The recordings of guided meditations are available from firstname.lastname@example.org