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What do I pray for?

October 26, 2013

An interesting question for introspection. We learn what we see around us happening as we grow up as a child. At that age we are too young to analyse what is being done and why. We imitate and do things as we see them happening around us in the family or in the neighbourhood. The same is true for most of us when it comes to praying, following a religious ritual or a ceremony, or visiting a place of worship. We start following the belief and performing the same rituals that we watched while we grew up.

I don’t remember having been told what to pray for. As a child l had seen my eighty plus grandmother meditating daily for hours incessantly early in the morning and would have her breakfast only after she is done with daily reading of a couple of religious books after her meditation. Pooja ceremonies were performed at home on festivals like of Durga Ashtami, Dusshera, and Diwali and the whole family used to sit and pray together.

‘Fold your hands, close your eyes, and pray to God for all’ is what I remember being told whenever we had pooja or visited temple. What is perhaps meant was that we need to reach out our fellow human beings to make life meaningful. My husband has summed this up beautifully in a two-line rhyme:

I pray to reach out and to give
Without it would I really live?

Illustration and Poem Credit - Arvind Passey

Illustration and Poem Credit – Arvind Passey

But what is to be prayed and for whom ‘all’ was never understood small at that point of time. So with folded hands and closed eyes I used to pray for our small wishes and happiness. As I grew up and understood the importance of family and friends, these prayers were naturally extended for them too at different times.

Diwali being the major festival for all young and old and most exciting Preparation for Diwali Pooja use to start since morning. As small kids we were excited to collect all the items required for the Pooja and place them at the place where Pooja was to be performed. Even with all the planning in advance, many times we were asked to rush to the local shop at the last minute to get some or the other missed or forgotten Pooja item. Understandably, it is quite normal for anyone to forget something when preparations are on besides being attending to guests on Diwali. And young children of the family are considered to be best suited to rush to the local shop at the last minute to get these missing essentials. As children, Pooja was secondary to us and any delay in Pooja meant delay in bursting crackers and playing with fireworks and it was frustrating and annoying whether or not it was expressed.

Pooja packs like Lakshmi Pooja Pack from Cycle Aggarbatti is taking care of all the needs of Diwali Pooja items and gives stress-free time to the lady of the house to attend to family and guests and other preparations for this special festival. I am sure even children of the house will be thrilled to know that they will not have to rush to the local shop at the last minute to purchase essentials for Pooja and can play with their fireworks without having to wait for eternity.

Lakshmi Pooja Packs are thus not only a boon to lady of the house but will be appreciated by the youngsters of the family too!

This post is written as a part of a blogging contest titled: ‘Everyone has a reason to pray’. The sponsors of the contest are (of Cycle Pure Agarbathies) (Their Facebook page)

Sangita Passey
11 October 2013


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