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Questions tagged [prayer]

For questions about prayer (i.e. [puja]).

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Proper response when we pray, but outcomes are negative?

What is the proper response/behavior of someone who prays with fervor, but for whom outcomes are negative? For example: Praying for someone else’s good health. Praying success in life events. Let’s ...
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On the existence of the gods and the relevance of prayer [duplicate]

I am a European philosophically convinced by Hindu metaphysics (more particularly by advaita vedanta in the tradition of Adi Shankara that I discovered via René Guénon). I say this to explain that I ...
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How to pray to Brahman?

How do I pray to Bhraman to help me achieve unification with Him? I want to know how to meditate on Him. I want to achieve liberation. I want to end my desires.
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How do mantras works?

I am practicing the mantra "om namo vagawate rudrays" this days, but although i feel the peace inside after chanting them for few minutes like 15-20 minutes with full devotion. My mind keeps asking ...
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Does she/he should leave noble/Good works or stop praying God because there is no output in doing noble/good works and praying the God?

Sometimes when you prayed something to God, like please make my life successful, but its doesn't happen even after praying for long time. My question is that does she/he should leave noble/Good ...
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How is praying different from begging?

Beggars always ask for something without giving any goods or services in return. Thats why they are often despised. However, when we pray to God, we often make requests without giving anything in ...
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How to have faith and devotion again?

I have become attached to all forbidden things rather than praying and worshiping. How do I free myself of all hindrances to my faith and devotion?
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Way of offering prayer to the Supreme [closed]

I heard sadhguru saying in a video that in our religion we pray for specific things through bhagwan like saraswati devi for vidya and gyan, durga devi for victory, courage, .... My question is: Do we ...
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What is the foundation behind the concept of prayer in Hinduism?

Prayer is an important concept in Hinduism. Most hindus do it. But we also believe that everything we do should have its foundations in the scriptures. So my question is, does the concept of prayer ...
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Which gods are Vaishnavas allowed to pray to or worship?

Vaishnavas believe that Lord Vishnu is supreme hence they are discouraged from worshipping other gods like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, etc. But what about the associates of Vishnu like Sudarshana chakra, ...
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Are there any references to simple prayers to Lord Vishnu in the scriptures? [closed]

I don't mean recitation of vedas, mantras, japas or even stotrams, or even any rituals. I mean simple prayers in your own words in any language such as english, such as "Please help me with xyz." or "...
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What is the difference between prayer and worship?

Since my sanskrit knowledge is very limited, I generally read the english translations. Here I often find words like 'prayer', and 'worship'. Is there any difference in their meaning?
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While praying to Lord Narayana, is it necessary to pray aloud, or can we pray silently through our thoughts? [duplicate]

I'm referring to simple prayers, for eg. 'I should do well in exams' or 'Please save me from difficulty'.
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Why oil is offered to Lord Hanuman on Saturday?

If you visit Hanuman temple especially on Saturdays, we see a number of devotees offer oil (especially gingili oil). Why oil is offered to Lord Hanuman
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Cloth, flower along with Kalash falling from the altar during Ganesha Puja - is this a good or bad omen? [closed]

When I was worshiping Lord Ganesha I offered him cloth that is dhoti and flowers ..after I finished my aarti the cloths and flower just fell off which eventually led the Kalash to fall ..is this a bad ...
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Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings while praying?

As I saw from my childhood while doing prayer we use banana/coconut as one of the puja ingredients. Why do we use these particular fruits rather than others? Why do we give special importance to them?...
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How did Ashwatthama pray to and invoke Lord Shiva on the last night of the war?

As I discuss in my answer here, Lord Mahadeva entered inside Ashwatthama and Ashwatthama did mass destruction after that: Having said these words unto the high-souled Ashvatthama, the divine ...
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Does listening to Hanuman Chalisa every day give the same benefits as chanting the Hanuman Chalisa? [duplicate]

Does listening to Hanuman Chalisa every day give the same benefits as chanting the Hanuman Chalisa?
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Does praying to God help attain that which is not present in our destiny

Can praying to god/deity help a person attain something if that is not present in their Destiny/Prarabdha? If it is not present in your destiny/prarabdha and you pray for it like you really want it, ...
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Mantras/prayers to be chanted by parent for the well being of children

Are there any mantras/stotras that a parent can chant for the well being (health/wisdom/ long life etc) of their children?
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Why did Ghosha's personal prayer become part of RigVeda?

from wikipedia : Ghosha was born during the Vedic period in India. Her father was Kakshivat and grandfather was Dīrghatamas and both of them had written hymns in the Rigveda. She was suffering from a ...
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Why should god bless us & fulfil our wishes?

Whenever we wish for something to God, why should god provide us with what we ask? What does god get by giving, whatever we wish for? Does god fulfilling our wishes is also part of the plan of God?
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The way we are praying God is it correct? [closed]

I am not an Atheist. After reading Bhavath Geetha, I thought of spreading these wonderful things to my friends. But the problem with our generation is they seek scientific reasoning. So I researched ...
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Are there any eulogies and prayers to Brahma?

Brahma is doubtlessly a most important God in Hinduism. He is the Creator of the Universe in the Trinity of Shiva Vishnu Brahma. Just because Shiva banished Brahma's worship, and it is said that ...
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Why do we give shankha dhwani at the beginning of the pray?

What are the important rules to follow up if we keep a shankha at home? What can we do/get from a shankha?
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For what reasons do prayers go unanswered?

If a devotee comes forward with a claim that his prayers were unanswered, I keep hearing one of the following reasons from the other devotees: You are not praying hard enough. You are not destined to ...
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If Brahman is unattached, why does It remain attached to a devotee?

This answer to the Riddle of Epicurus says: These activities do not in any way bind Me, because I remain detached like one unconcerned in their midst. Gita 9.9 There is, however, one ...
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If God is both omniscient and omnibenevolent, then, why do we need to pray?

The question I asked earlier on the Riddle of Epicurus was really a question on God's omnipotence and omnibenevolence, but here, I want to ask about God's omniscience and omnibenevolence. If God is ...
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Have any Hindu philosophers attempted to solve the Riddle of Epicurus?

The Epicurean Paradox or the Riddle of Epicurus goes something like this: If God is willing to prevent evil but not able, then He is not omnipotent. If He is able (to prevent evil) but not ...
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How is Tapas performed? [duplicate]

If a pure hearted soul wished to undertake it, how is a Tapas performed? Is a manthric procedure laid down in the scriptures aimed towards visible visitation of deity penanced to grant boons. Is the ...
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Is flower falling from photo towards left side a bad omen? [closed]

Today when I was praying to God, I saw flower which was tucked to the left side of the photo (Lakshmi-venkateshwara) fell down. Is it a good or bad omen, if it is falling towards left side?
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Which mantra or shloka to be chanted while taking a bath?

In Hinduism, there is importance of taking bath before doing rituals, and an important part of ritual purification in Hinduism is the bathing of the entire body. It is considered auspicious to ...
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What should a Hindu son do after the death of his father? [duplicate]

I am the youngest son of 3 brothers and my father passed away yesterday. I went to the temple yesterday to seek the help of a pandit for funeral and cremation, when at the temple he mentioned that I ...
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What is the source of “śāntākāraṃ bhujagaśayanaṃ padmanābhaṃ sureśaṃ” sloka of Lord Vishnu?

शान्ताकारं भुजगशयनं पद्मनाभं सुरेशं विश्वाधारं गगनसदृशं मेघवर्ण शुभाङ्गम् । लक्ष्मीकान्तं कमलनयनं योगिभिर्ध्यानगम्यम् वन्दे विष्णुं भवभयहरं सर्वलोकैकनाथम् ॥ śāntākāraṃ ...
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Is it sin to eat non veg in hindu religion.? [duplicate]

I have hindu friend who eats non vegetarian but also a good follower of Lord Krishna. By the term good follower, I mean to say he prays to krishna and sometime goes to temple to attend prayers and ...
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By what prayer Arjuna prayed Lord Shiva while obtaining Pashupatastra?

Lord Shiva provides Pashupatastra to Arjuna as described in this chapter of the Mahabharata. While giving Pasupatastra Lord Shiva states: न त्वेतत् सहसा पार्थ मोक्तव्य पुरुषे कचित् । जगद विनाशयत् ...
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How to read Hindu Scriptures

Ok, I understand there are lot of Hindu scriptures. How to read them? I wish to read them for meditation to gain wisdom/knowledge raise positive vibrational energy but most importantly break out ...
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Why do we rely on god so much? [closed]

This question for me is a confusion. Why do we rely on god to get good grades, money or good life? Logically if I have worked hard to earn, I will earn. The only reason that I would talk to god is ...
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What are the benefits of chanting the Shiva Mahimna Strotram?

Pushhpadanta was a Gandharva singer, in the court of Indra{the Lord of Heaven}.It is said that Pushhpadanta composed a prayer praising the greatness of Lord Shiva. This prayer later became well ...
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Mantra Rajapada Stotram

Lord Siva penned this stotram on Lord Narasimha and said that if this is recited in the morning, afternoon and evening with devotion they will attain peace, blissful and healthy life.In total there ...
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Does Hinduism allow chanting translated Vedic mantras?

A fella gave me an idea about translating Hindu texts to Chinese and others for preaching. Chinese chanting mantras in their native Chinese. Does Hinduism allow or recommend this practice? E.g., this ...
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Shri Krishna arpan mastu [duplicate]

Why at end of all rituals and prayers we chant श्री कृष्ण अर्पण अस्तु (Sri Krishna arpan mastu)? Can Rama or Shiva names replace Krishna's name? From which scripture is this phrase taken?
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Why do we join our hands in the way we do, when we pray? [duplicate]

Whenever we pray, we tend to keep our hands together. Is there a reason why we do so ??
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Postures of body while worship the god or during prayer?

What is right way to hold the hand while doing the prayer? I found some images from http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-practice/prayer/how-to-pray/ But this blog is too long. Can ...
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Any mantras that are not of Sanskrit origin?

Are there any spells (mantras) in Hinduism which are not in Sanskrit, but in other languages. I came across a mantra in Awadhi dialect of Hindi, it's something about blessings for studying and was ...
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Why are women not allowed to chant the Gayatri mantra?

Many say that girls/women are not supposed to chant the Gayatri mantra. Is there any specific reason for this? Since it is one of the most powerful mantras, would it be good if women also chant the ...
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Relationships between prayers and devotion [duplicate]

What do the Gods do every time? How do they spend their leisure time? Does God watch us everyone and listen to each of our prayers? God's complete satisfaction is the prayers and devotion we ...
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Is cutting vegetables sin according to Sanatana dharma?

Is cutting vegetables treated as sin according to Sanatana dharma? If so, how can one purify oneself of the sin? Is there some sort of prayer or respect one needs to offer the vegetables before we cut ...
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What is the reason for whispering a wish in God's ear?

We often see people whispering in a deity's ear like in the image below: Normally, when we visit the temple we simply close our eyes and pray or tell our wish to God. But some people do the above ...
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Why praying is not a compulsion in Hinduism?

In some religions like Christanity and Islam there are some forced praying time. Christians have to attend mass in weekends (sundays) whereas muslims congregates on fridays in mosques. As far I know ...