Two literary gems, both poetically narrated prayers, had a profound impression on my mind. One of them I had read in a magazine over a quarter century ago. The anonymously written piece, titled, The Impossible Dream, left me pondering over the seriousness of the purpose of life.
The other piece, a soul-touching prayer, is sponsored in a Hindi magazine by an Indore-based organisation, Curewin. In this piece, God is asked to grant some favours. It shows beautifully God’s ways of dealing with the seeker’s entreaties.
“I begged God to give me strength and power. But He chose to place hurdles in my way. I suppose He did so to make me bold so as to be able to stand up to them.
“I also begged of Him to give me riches and prosperity. But the Lord in His wisdom imparted me knowledge to go on performing my duty. This was perhaps His way to put it in my mind that the things that come easy in life are not worth having.
“Then I urged Him to shower His affection and love on me. But He directed me to places where the under-privileged lived. I understood that the Supreme Being was telling me I could claim His love and mercy by serving the afflicted.”
“And when I asked Him to give me nerves of steel, I found myself burdened with problems. I wondered if it was God’s way to make me accept the challenge.
“Lastly, I asked the Lord that if nothing else than at least grant me a boon. While the boon did not come forth,
I found some opportunities opening up. I felt God was telling me to seize them and thus become worthy of His blessings.
“Looking back, I realise I got all that I really wanted from life.”
In The Impossible Dream, the protagonist visualises fighting the unbeatable foe, bearing unbearable sorrow and standing for the truth without question. And, lastly, willing to march even to hell for a heavenly cause!