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March 22, 2014

We have numerous Gods and umpteen ways to win favors from them. We simply promise to offer ‘prasad’ (mostly something edible) to the God of a certain amount or piece of jewelry or clothes for the deity.                                                                                                                          When we were kids, we would keep coins with us when we traveled to throw them in the river when we crossed over  the bridge. We never thought of wishing for anything. Most Gurudwaras (Sikh temples) and holy places are associated with some or other myth. Holy dips in sarovars ( ponds), tying sacred thread on ancient trees, writing letter to the deity or whispering in the ear of the idol and so on.                    I have tried these sometimes but I am not sure whether my wishes have come true as a result because I forget after sometime. We are supposed to revisit the place after wish fulfillment and offer thanks.                                              DSCN1755 - Copy                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ??????????


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  1. Always worth a read… Thanks!

    • Thank you for the encouraging words. Sometimes I really wonder if we pray because it helps us gain spiritual power and thank God or simply because we fear God or nature or the numerous deities. Is the promise of offering a bribe to the Gods? In my mind I have simplified the system by offering to help needy when my wish is fulfilled as tithing or seeding.

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