If I am God, why should I pray?

“As the night-bird Chakor gazes all night at the moon; so Thou art my Lord and I am Thy servant. From the beginning until the ending of time there is love between Thee and me; and how shall such love be extinguished? As the river enters into the ocean, so my heart touches Thee.” – Kabir

Doesn’t this remind us of Rumi’s poetry as well? Swamiji explains we pray because of this deep and abiding love we have for the divine in us that we are a part of. But we can also choose not to. When our true nature is pure consciousness, we are the wave of the big Ocean but, and here he makes the point, the big Ocean is not the wave although it is in the wave.

To help us understand this further, Swamiji tells a the story from the Ramayana. Rama is also known by other names – Ram or Ramachandra. He is considered as the Supreme Being in Rama-centric traditions of Hinduism.

“When Ramachandra asked Hanuman, “What do you think of me?” Hanuman replied, “As a body, I am Hanuman thy servant. As the conscious being inside this body, the Jiva, you are the whole, I am the part. But as pure consciousness, the Atman, you and I are the same.”

Swamiji speaks of the saguna Brahman to further illustrate this point that though we are the same, we are also different.

In practical terms

If you ask us what’s our take on this whole question of what it means when we start to have an inkling of our true nature as akin to God, it would be this: it would mean we are able to transcend the limits we ourselves have placed on our perception of things, people, events, circumstances, the whole rigmarole of why, how, what, where, when, and who. Such limitations would begin to drop and increasingly, we prefer actions to come from a place of truth.

We want to be able to see things as they are without the blinkers and filters. We prefer to give people and things the benefit of the doubt rather than to superimpose our notions of likes and dislikes, this or that, generalisations, or impositions of one kind or another. We just want to operate differently from a place of greater wisdom and compassion. We no longer want to be what we were previously, ignorant and unhappy. Well, that’s our take and we hope you find this video useful just as we have.