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God can’t be flattered
Neela Sood, Hindustan Times
April 08, 2012
First Published: 23:04 IST(8/4/2012)
Last Updated: 23:07 IST(8/4/2012)

A disciple asked his guru,” Does God become happy when we pray?” The saint, who was a scholar of the Vedas said, “God neither becomes happy with the person who remembers him nor he develops a feeling of hostility towards those who are atheists. He is above such emotions and protects all creatures on this earth without making any distinction.


“Further, He being ‘just’ rewards everybody with the fruit of his deeds without making any favour to those who worship Him. Our noble deeds bring happiness to us and similarly shoddy deeds result in misery and sorrow. No amount of prayer can lessen the punishment. If He starts pardoning the sins of those who after committing crimes take His shelter, crimes will only multiply and there will be complete chaos.”

This sent the disciple into tizzy. After a while he asked, “Master, if He remains unmoved by prayer, then why should we remember Him?”, The Mahatma smiled and said, “My dear son, we worship to improve the quality of our own acts. When we start coming close to God with our Upasana, we are filled up with divine ecstasy. The soul rids itself of all the impurities, sorrows and shortcomings and its nature, attributes and character become pure like that of God, just as a man shivering from cold ceases to suffer by coming close to fire.

“This also improves the quality of our actions and we find ourselves in a state of eternal bliss. Our conduct becomes virtuous and we are a source of happiness to others too.

“Probably you must have experienced that sometimes we come across such noble souls that after meeting them our spontaneous reaction is: It looks as if God himself has descended on the earth. But the fact remains that such noble souls are those persons who with their Upasana attain the attributes of God and radiate happiness.”

Thus, one can say by praying we are not making God happy but improving the quality of our own acts, which in turn makes us happy and contented.A disciple asked his guru,” Does God become happy when we pray?” The saint, who was a scholar of the Vedas said, “God neither becomes happy with the person who remembers him nor he develops a feeling of hostility towards those who are atheists. He is above such emotions and protects all creatures on this earth without making any distinction.

“Further, He being ‘just’ rewards everybody with the fruit of his deeds without making any favour to those who worship Him. Our noble deeds bring happiness to us and similarly shoddy deeds result in misery and sorrow. No amount of prayer can lessen the punishment. If He starts pardoning the sins of those who after committing crimes take His shelter, crimes will only multiply and there will be complete chaos.”

This sent the disciple into tizzy. After a while he asked, “Master, if He remains unmoved by prayer, then why should we remember Him?”, The Mahatma smiled and said, “My dear son, we worship to improve the quality of our own acts. When we start coming close to God with our Upasana, we are filled up with divine ecstasy. The soul rids itself of all the impurities, sorrows and shortcomings and its nature, attributes and character become pure like that of God, just as a man shivering from cold ceases to suffer by coming close to fire.

“This also improves the quality of our actions and we find ourselves in a state of eternal bliss. Our conduct becomes virtuous and we are a source of happiness to others too.

“Probably you must have experienced that sometimes we come across such noble souls that after meeting them our spontaneous reaction is: It looks as if God himself has descended on the earth. But the fact remains that such noble souls are those persons who with their Upasana attain the attributes of God and radiate happiness.”

Thus, one can say by praying we are not making God happy but improving the quality of our own acts, which in turn makes us happy and contented.


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