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Online prayer magic

columns Updated: Mar 05, 2013 00:10 IST
P P Wangchuk
P P Wangchuk
Hindustan Times
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I believe most of us pray; and suspect even the so-called atheists pray or would have done at one time or the other in their lives. And I also believe, as the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard did, that the function of prayer is not to influence God but to change the nature of the person who prays so that he/she can create a better world to live in.

For believers, prayer does wonders. It was with this point in mind that a strong believer in prayer and its power, Jamie Coughlin, 32, a Princeton graduate, has gone to the extent of setting up a network to use prayer as a tool to bring in real change in the wretched lives of people in this trouble-torn world. He got into this venture on All Souls Day and threw it open to the whole world in mid-January. His website, known as PlusGrace, lets people pledge for others online or donate money electronically to those requesting prayers. And he says it has worked well and hopes to make it the biggest social tool to benefit mankind.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek that reported on Coughlin’s venture recently, in today’s world when there is so much trouble and enmity, one can really do something by being proactive in praying and change the outcome the way one desires.

The website flashes slogans like ‘Social for the Soul’ and ‘Pray it Forward’ on the home page that also features popular users and their latest tweets.

The curious among you may ask how to go about it? It is so simple: You have to just open an account and upload a few photos and then provide a title and a short description of the cause you believe merits spiritual or monetary help. And be happy to be an effective tool for a world that is free of tension and conflicts.