Theme: Prayer

Why Pray?

Amma’s gospel was simple:

Love yourself
by being true to yourself
Always Pray
Be not in haste to react
First anticipate then contemplate
then respond
Follow the right path
Be happy
Be successful

How to pray? I would ask

Amma would explain:

As a seeker, accepting ignorance
In helplessness,
reasoning mortals cannot do everything
For knowledge to train
for physical, psychic and spiritual health
In quest of wisdom, admitting foolishness
With Thanks, knowing
that offering gratitude brings fortitude
With yearning to be in His Grace

What about riches

Amma would answer:

There are no better riches than
Acceptance of Life as it is
Doing what you can do best
Resilience to withstand all hurdles
Good health to meet the purpose of every day
Wisdom to differentiate between right and wrong
Being humble and grateful in His Compassionate Grace

With a twinkle in her eyes,
Amma would add:

Do not hanker, despise greed
Let other riches seek you
And remember always
You get what you deserve
Only when it becomes due


Let us pray
Amma’s way


See also: Amma's Gospel

Illustration by Niloufer Wadia


More By  :  Rajender Krishan

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Comments on this Poem

Comment 'You get wht you deserve...' so true. Not an iota more.

V.K. Joshi
11-Aug-2020 02:34 AM

Comment I like the last two lines.
That's what one has to do. Philosophy, spirituality, pragmatism blended so beautifully in this multilayered sir.

T.S.Chandra Mouli
15-Jul-2020 13:09 PM

Comment Lessons and morals from a mother as these are in the poems of Kipling and Lawrence somewhere lying it expressed what it to do when you grow up or take to your stance.

Bijay Kant Dubey
14-Jul-2020 03:33 AM

Comment Pre - ordained is bound to happen
Why worry so much
Accepting life 'as it comes'
Is what we have to learn

Bow down with commits and omits
Surrender in utter humility
That's Amma's way of praying
To make miracles happen.

Neera Pradhan
14-Jul-2020 01:47 AM

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