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WHAT IS IT WITH _______?

Sunday, September 17th, 2023

Brampton, Caledon

I was extremely happy to share some of my poetry with the very content devotees in Brampton. They took to kirtan so well, and to listening. One of the poems about prayer really captured them. Here it is:


Is it not the most divine form of communication

A way of expression, a marvellous supplication

An urge from the heart due to a hurt or a wound

A cry so desperate from feeling so ruined

A call for help as if lost in dense jungle

Seeking signs for a way out of the tangle

Prayer can be a request for strength, hope, courage

It certainly transcends any mundane verbiage

But special requests do not alone constitute prayer

Prayer should not only refer to events of despair

Not just reserved when life appears abhorrent

For prayer is rare when we're sunk in comfort

The better prayer is praise in which we thank

For compared to the Divine we're in a different rank

It's unwholesome to lodge blame on the Creator

And not owning up, it puts one in a hole, a crater

Prayer is acknowledgement of His great worth

Though the ego declares, "Mine was the greatest birth"

Prayer is a good medium for reconciliation

Becoming then an exercise in self realization

Prayer should not be a shopping list on what's missing

Rather a counting of blessings as the Universe is kissing

Prayer is power, a super-healing process

An opportunity to invoke human progress

Our heart can soften like a lotus flower

When we pray in gratitude each and every hour

– By Bhaktimarga Swami

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