Aug 072018

Question: “Can we pray for something that would be favorable for our service?”

Giriraj Swami: “Suppose I don’t have a car to get to the temple. Can I pray to Krishna to give me a car so I can go to the temple? In the Bhagavad-gita (7.26) Krishna says, ‘O Arjuna, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I know everything that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet to come. I also know all living entities; but Me no one knows.’ He knows what is best for us, more than we ourselves do. So our prayers should be tempered with that understanding. There is a very nice prayer by Maharaja Prithu in Srimad-Bhagavatam (4.20.31) that I sometimes recommend to devotees: ‘My Lord, due to Your illusory energy, all living beings in this material world have forgotten their real constitutional position, and out of ignorance they are always desirous of material happiness in the form of society, friendship, and love. Therefore, please do not ask me to take some material benefits from You, but as a father, not waiting for the son’s demand, does everything for the benefit of the son, please bestow upon me whatever You think best for me.’ This is a perfect prayer.”

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