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The Logic of Prayer   
October 10, 2009 by Shruti Prakash

The Logic of Prayer, Oct  10, 2009, by Shruti B Prakash

In all religions, prayer is encouraged as a basic, fundamental practice - a necessary component of being a religious person.

If one were to ask the following questions:

·         Why do we pray?

·         What is involved in praying?

·         What do we hope to achieve in praying?

·         If we hope to be rewarded as a result of praying, who will give us the “thing that we are praying for”?

The answers to the above questions are quite personal.  When one talks about Prayer, we think of a personal relationship with god – something deeply personal and emotional.  The intent of this Blog entry - the LOGIC of Prayer is to provide an alternative perspective with possible answers to the above questions.

The basis of the logic of Prayer lies with the Principle of Karma (a blog entry dedicated to the Principle of Karma is in process with respect to its scientific basis and the relationship to the universal principle of cause and effect). 

The Act of Praying is a “karmic” act – with resultant Karmic Rewards.  A karmic act (Karmic Transaction) has with it

·         Inputs associated with the act. Inputs such as intention of the action, concentration, duration of the act, clarity of thought etc.

·         Outputs – such as the effects of the act. It is precisely the effects of the karmic act of prayer that is under discussion in this blog entry.

Consider the following diagram/table 

INPUTS

Karmic Transaction Process

OUTPUTS

 

 

Clarity of thought

Sincerity

Intention,  frame of mind,

focus on objectives, etc

 

 

 

Act of Prayer

A Unit of Cause and Effect

 

Greater appreciation of challenges, improved mental clarity, improved personal emotional state, renewed personal energy to work towards achievement of objectives, etc.

 

 

The above diagram/table is indicating that the outputs of prayer are of such a nature that the effects are on you - the person - ONLY.  In the act of prayer, the effects do not include an effect on others – particularly God.  

In no way, can your personal act of prayer have an influencing effect on God (or any other entity or person), wherein God is influenced to provide rewards to you that are not within your karmic reward bank.

The above diagram further indicates that the karmic rewards are of such a nature that it only influences your mental state -  to enable you to commit further personal actions (karmic transactions) to fulfill your objectives.

Clearly the above discussion is not a sum total discussion on the subject of Prayer.  Given the logic of prayer provided above and the obvious emotional, spiritual and blind faith that are associated with Prayer from the original time of known religions, this blog entry does not seek  to declare answers on the questions raised above. Rather, it seeks to open up discussions within our Community to further explore answers to these questions and to foster a common theological understanding of Vaidaik Satya Sanatan Dharma.

I encourage a discussion on this subject – please post a reply below.

 

Shruti Prakash is a member of the Arya Samaj Community. He is the author of this Blog entry and his views do not necessarily represent the views of MDG NA Inc.

 

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