Martin Luther King Jr. said
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step”.
Most of us in our times of our difficulties question our faith, beliefs as to whether God exists or no? If he does why the suffering? In such times, it is important to hold ourselves as firmly as possible. No matter how painful the situation, no matter how bad the day goes, ‘Be Strong’. Don’t forget, a diamond undergoes a lot of grinding, cutting and polishing before you see it as it is.
You may wonder, what is it that will hold me together? The answer is Optimism, Faith and Prayer.
Believe it or not, a prayer is man’s greatest power. It enables us to maintain a rapport with the Supreme. A prayer in layman terms would be “Conversation with God”. Prayer can be the unfolding of your innermost emotions, thoughts, a few verses in His glory. A prayer doesn’t change God or affect Him in anyway. It brings about a transformation in the person who has said the prayer.
A question may arise- If it’s a conversation, where’s the part where God talks to you?
The fact is God does talk to you. All you need to do is ‘listen’. There is a huge difference between listen and hear. Listening involves your mind as well whereas hearing doesn’t. In other words, you register what is being spoken to you while in hearing you do not. You always listen when you are calm and quiet. A calm mind can empower the body with tremendous energy. The best way to calm the mind down is to meditate. Meditation means to contemplate and what better way than to contemplate on the Supreme.
ananyas cintayanto mam
ye janah paryupasate
yoga-ksemam vahamy aham
But those who worship Me with devotion, meditating on My transcendental form-to them I carry what they lack and preserve what they have.
Srimad Bhagavatham 6.1.19
“Although not having fully realized Krishna, persons who have even once surrendered completely unto His lotus feet and who have become attracted to His name, form, qualities and past-times are completely freed of all sinful reactions, for they have thus accepted the true method of atonement. Even in dreams, such surrendered souls do not see Yamaraja or his order carriers who are equipped with ropes to bind the sinful”.
It is clearly stated, one who simply surrenders to Him, has nothing to fear.
“God is the best listener. You don’t need to shout or cry our loud because he hears even the very silent prayer of a sincere heart”.