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Pray and be happy

columns Updated: Apr 04, 2013 23:19 IST
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In today's world, one finds hardly any time for understanding one's own self; people fail to give time to themselves and thus they are denied of happiness.

So, a little initiative in this regard can be taken by visiting a temple or any other shrine.

By visiting such places, one gets serenity and calmness; and by inculcating this habit, eventually a person gets spiritually nourished.

A Gurudwara-goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the Gurudwara every Sunday.

"I have gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3000 days of Kirtan and Katha; but for the life of me, I cannot remember a single one of them. So I think I am wasting my time and the Gianis are wasting theirs."

A few days after, another person wrote: "I have been married for 30 years now. In that time, my wife cooked some 32,000 meals, but for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know that all this nourished me and gave me the strength to live and be useful. I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to the Gurudwara for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

This tells us reciting prayers or going to spiritual places may not show results immediately but they do exist and enlighten us to live a healthy and better life.

Even an atheist is spiritually nourished when he says he doesn't believe in God because he is remembering God!

Spiritual nourishment is as important as physical nourishment.

One has to take a conscious step daily to give the self time to relax and remember God. Only then life becomes meaningful and purposeful as peace and happiness follow.