Genuine prayer seeks no reward ~ 31 Oct 2012

Nandana SGS MMS 154

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  1. She (Rājēśvarī) is the cause, source (sambhāvayē) of all creation. When you pray to her, she makes royal divine grace (rājatkr̥pāṁ) a possibility (sambhāvayē). Why waste the chance by reducing that prayer to a petition for lower level (material) benefits?

    We know what goes up comes down & vice versa, The pendulum swings both ways as the lamps swing here. That impermanence is Her way of dissuading us from being carried away by our lower nature. We don’t seem to understand this.. inspite of MMS 62, 65, 69 & 126.. because our minds are possessed with self-interest: What is in it for me? So, our prayers remain mundane

    Pranams Gurudeva ! We’ll learn to smile at the punishing winters of life like those flowers do. With such resilience, we’ll practice Nishkamya Bhakti like that little child does. If Prahlada could do it, even we can. Being able to do so will be our practice & our prayer to you our Kalikamba in this festival of lights. Jaya Guru Datta, Your Puttuji.

    • on October 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Madahankara garvena tapo vidya balanvitah
    Samsara kuharavarte patita ghata yantravat !!

    Miillions of humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Sri Raja Rajeswari Swaroopa Sadgurumatha !!

    • dariashakti on October 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Jaya Guru Datta, Swamiji, when we surrender the results of our prayers to God, or we pray without concern for ourselves, God so often rewards us in ways we never anticipated. Several years ago, I was feeling great concern for those without food in the world. I had been praying fervently for help for those who were hungry. It was a deep heartfelt prayer. Suddenly, the strangest thing began to happen. People began to feed me! First, I stopped at a restaurant where I had never been one day while I was out shopping to have lunch. When it came time for the bill, the owner told me lunch was free! I didn’t understand and wanted to pay, but he said, no.. A few days later, I wasn’t feeling well and stopped by a local Indian place on the way home from teaching to get a Mango Lassi. I reached in my purse for change and the owner said, “No, we love you. It’s free today.” Then I went home to rest, talked briefly to a friend on the phone and mentioned I wasn’t feeling well. A few hours later, I heard a knock on my door and when I went to open it, there was no one there, but there was a bag full of home made dishes so I wouldn’t have to cook while I was sick….I never forgot that lesson. It taught me that when we pray selflessly, the Divine Mother cares for us in ways we can never anticipate…Sri Guru Datta!

  2. Jaya guru datta Puttuji!

    • Indumati on October 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Jai Guru Datta
    Dear Swami AVADHOTTA,
    Beautiful energy :-)))) in this MMS… it is so difficult to pray with out reward, there is my ego inside which want to have always something, APPAJI.
    Sri Guru Datta and much love

    • Stephanie Russell on October 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Genuine Prayer Seeks No Reward

    I understand this as a description of the deepest state of prayer, where there can exist no thoughts of any kind whether thoughts of asking for good fortune, or indeed for any circumstances to change according to our wishes. We all see things differently from our own level of human consciousness. How can we presume we know at any time what is best for ourselves, our loved ones, or the world? But we start with our human mind which is so hard to settle, because thoughts race around our heads. I think this could be a good starting affirmation when beginning to meditate, and perhaps if we start with this openness in “seeking no reward”, we would open up ourselves to limitless possibilities for growth of our own consciousness. And this links also to yesterday’s message (30.10.2012) which was: “Follow spiritual practice with complete trust in the Guru “ – because if we sit to meditate with complete trust in the Guru, we would then be truly “seeking no reward”.

    • dr.satyanarayana and Uma devi,SGS Hospital, Mysore. on October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Jaya Guru Datta.When every thing is polluted as in a city of Hyderabad, the MMs of today comes like a fresh breeze..

    • Praveen Nidumolu on October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Datta Appaji! Our minds are vacillating because we have lost our sense of direction and our sense of destination in this KaliYuga as We firmly believed in the society’s definition of progress & success – measured by material wealth/assets, Career progress, Family status etc. Naturally our prayers center around these lower level aspirations.
    Appaji’s teachings help us ‘unlearn’ these definitions and realize that our existence should be based on Service without selfish expectations, Prayers seeking no material gain, Devotion seeking nothing but the Lotus Feet of SadhGuru.
    … and we realize that our spiritual ‘progress’ ironically depends on what we give up rather than what we accumulate (material acquisitions).
    Pujya Gurudeva – Please make our Hearts your permanent home, so we don’t stray from our paths ever. Sri Guru Datta.

    • Shanthi Anupindi on October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Great reminder to develop ‘nishkama bhakthi’. Pujya Appaji has said many times that if we pray asking for certain things and wishes to be fulfilled, God will grant ONLY those wishes and we also have to face the consequences that come along with that wish. But if we simply pray without seeking any reward, God will grant everything that we need at a time that is appropriate. A very powerful message by Appaji and a very hard one to practice also as we live in this materialistic world. My dear Appaji, please bless me to develop the nishkama bhakthi towards YOU.

    Visuals and the background music/bhajan in the video are awesome!! Jaya Guru Deva Datta!!!

    • Joseph on October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Absolutely true…. Genuine prayer is essential for the well being of the entire universe where in we are part of it. Only if our surroundings are fine all of us can be happy, if part of the world is suffering from calamity like Hurricane Sandy, obviously all of us are anxious. Apt MMS, all of us should pray together that the environment should be stable at all places and everyone should be safe and fine. May Lord bless us all to be safe from calamity and bestow His love and affection on all of us with health and wealth.

    • on October 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Jai Guru Datta O most pure divine messenger of the love-filled cosmos ! That connection with you is all that I seek…to go home to this rightful truth and BE with in and of the love that is everywhere always! This means dropping ALL desires, be they material or spiritual, doesn’t it? Ah,the irony of Sadhana! Thank you Appaji for ever illuminating the Way to achieve the highest! Meanwhile I will focus only on You and blissfully swing like those ornaments in all the Grace and love radiating from your Sachchidanda! Sri Guru Datta

    • annessa on October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Appaji, this is indeed a beautiful reminder… thank you. Jaya Guru Datta…..

    • Savitri & Gargi on October 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

    It reminds us at the deeper truth. To expect and wish things is always a problem: Emptyness is the solution of freedom and peace.

    • lalithabalaji on October 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

    sri bhagavaanu uvaach:
    myyaavesya mano ye maam nithyayukthaa upaasathe
    sradhayaa paryopethaah the may youkthamaa mthaah

    • prakashbabu bhadra on October 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

    sri bhagavanu uvacha:
    sarwdharman parithyjya maamekum saranum vraja |
    auhum thwaa sarwa paapeebhyo mokshaeshyami maasuchah ||

    • venkateswrudu bhdra on October 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

    sri bhagavaanu uvacha,
    sarwasya thaahum hrudi sannivisto
    mathaah smruthir jgna mapoohnum cha |
    vediescha sarie rahameva vedyo
    vedhanthakru dwedavidewachaahum ||

    • Vanaja on October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    yes, if I am praying it should be out of genuine love for the Almighty, for my Sadguru. If I do it out of love then I will not expect anything in return! Please let me daily pray and know that there is this great wonder: God is always listening!
    Sri Guru Datta

    • dr.kodanda ram reddy on October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    jayagurudatta puttuji, we have to pray at lotus feet of poojya swamiji, to do more sadguruseva with out
    expecting any thing, no needs to ask ,mother knows what child requirs, poojya swamiji knows what we require when we require surrendering totally at his lotus feet only the option

    • Madhu Talwar on October 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    jgd pranaams Swami ji, sach hei Asali Praarthanaa to dhanyavaad tathaa nisswaarth prem se purna honi chaahiye. Maanganaa to vyaapaar ho jaataa hei. Sneha, Samarpana Seva Sachchi Praarthanaa ke lakshan hein Parmaatmaa Satguru usi se prassanna hotey hein Unaki prassannataaa main hi sub kuch hei, har pal sahaayataa ke liye dhanyavaad onhn sgd

  3. JGD.Hari: om TatSat.When this is remaining what else could be one’s separately for a seeking in the name of a prayer,where the antaratma is merged with the Divinity,as guided my the Sadguru.SGD

    • sai shyam on October 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    this is such a beautiful message, with a beautiful song in it.

    • Venkat on October 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta – Amma’s grace is complete. The invocation is so very appropriate particularly for all of us in the East Coast of the US praying for her to grace us with Shanti – and praying for her to be SHAANTAA…(after the mayhem created by Sandy). Thanks a lot Appaji for reminding the quality of our prayers.

    • Nithin Dattu on October 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Jaya guru datta Appaji! Om Sri matre namaha.

    • lilashah on October 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. To seek a reward is foolishness. Only God knows what we need at any given time. I have seen people “blessed” with great sums of money only for this supposed blessing to lead to their downfall. I am too ignorant to know which kind of reward would be best or if I deserve any kind of reward at all. Please let me remember to leave this up to Divine Mother Sri Swamiji. I sometimes forget and wish for this or that. Please forgive me. I love you so very much beloved Satgurudeva. Sri Guru Datta.

    • rose sheppard webster on October 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Jai Guru Datta
    Please make mind worthy to receive Your grace- only You can bring me to the state of desirelessness, Appaji.
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Kambhoji on October 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Heart to heart
    with the source
    our desires fade away
    OM OM OM
    Yours Kambhoji

    • on October 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! How relaxing this MMS is. As relaxed as one can be when not expecting anything in reward. It is challenging for me not to think of any reward at all. The desire does crop up sometimes. And isn’t it easy to deceive oneself that one didn’t expect any reward, but somehow still does (secretly)? And again, there might still be an expectation of reward that one has not expected something, for example by being a ‘good boy’. Thank you, Appaji, for showering your love and patience on us and forgiving our desires (and even washing them out). Sri Guru Datta!

    • on October 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Sri Swamiji bestows on us so much. He really cares for each of us genuinely. We are so blessed by Sri Swamiji’s grace. He knows so much better what is appropriate for us as we do. He even comes in dreams and tells that i have forgotten some food in my backpack and i should take it out – like it happened today. It was really a necessary hint!
    Koti pranams to the Divine Lotus Feet of Sadgurudeva.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Santaya Namah
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

    • on October 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Jai Guru Datta !!

    Miillions of humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Sri Raja Rajeswari Swaroopa Sadgurumatha !!
    Sri Swamiji knows everything. Sadgurudeva knows what is best for us. Appaji is the biggest director. Whatever happens to us happens for the good and happens at the will of Sadgurudeva. We are blessed to have Sadgurudeva in our lives..
    Dear Swamiji, All I will ask for is your company in my heart and mind, and Your grace. You are our Kali Mata. You destroy the evil within us and lift us from lower beings. Only You and devotion towards You is permanent. Everything else is a big drama which in Your timescale is a millionth of a second.

    Pujya Puttuji,Thank you for showing us the mundane-ness of self-interest possessed prayers and for explaining the insignificance of the pendulum of life from Sri Mata’s perspective. We will strive to have Nishkamya Bhakti and focus and pray to our Sadgurudeva without desires in mind. Sadgurudeva is already controlling the ship of our life.

    Sri Jayalakshmi mathre namah !! Sri Guru Datta Hanuman ki Jai !! Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha !!

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on October 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    JGD Appaji
    If we know that Appaji is with us every step of the way, do we really need to desire for something in life? He knows what we need and what we can bear..He will give us the rightly deserved thing at the right time.. whatever He bestows upon us is the Prasada/Blessing obtained from our true prayers. Appaji bless me that I am able to follow Your teachings and can pray joyously with no desires.

    • srinivas mullapudi on November 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Jaya Guru Datta:

    This message reminds me of Nishkama-karma where in the one prays without any return. This practice ultimately leads to salvation.

    • on November 1, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Very very true. I have experienced the power of a selfless prayer. When I pray for someone’s upliftment, I feel uplifted myself. I end up learning so much when I make a selfless prayer. I ask for strength to face something and that prayer is answered with the strength of a thousand elephants. I would have got some inexplicable confidence to take on any challenge. It is all Sadguru’s grace. Appaji knows who needs what and at what time. He will give it to us and even take it back. Leave it all to HIM, but at the same time, put in our human efforts. Pray for knowledge to do a task, pray for strength to bear the result, pray for His grace. This is all it needs to make our own lives enriched with happiness and contentment.
    Following these MMSs reliegiously and diligently makes life so much more stable and uncomplicated. WE OWE IT ALL TO HIM, JGD!!

    • T.r.sethuraman, Cochin on November 1, 2012 at 5:11 am

    In today’s MMS , Appaji has stated that ( Genuine prayer seeks no reward). Here I note that Even Appaji has spoken in Malayalam language very clearly also. According to me here Appaji has further filtered the MMS 62, 65, 69 , 126 and given the importance of prayer. Now I remember Appaji’s words saying that when you pray to God don’t wait or expect for any result. In other words your duty is only to pray to God and rest He will take care of you. Further He knows what is to be given and not to be given. This is because it is already written by Him when you have taken this birth. Therefore Appaji says when you pray to God, you always praise him and don’tdemandfor any unwanted desires and at the end we should pray not to have any Ego in our life and further we should have the will power to withstand any bad karmas also. But in this Kaliyuga it is very difficult to make understand people for which we have to follow a spiritual path through a Master. Hence Appaji we are so fortunate to get You as our Sadguru and we follow your words and teachings and do all our best to develop your mission.   JGD.

    In today’s MMS , Appaji has stated that ( Genuine prayer seeks no reward). Here I note that Even Appaji has spoken in Malayalam language very clearly also. According to me here Appaji has further filtered the MMS 62, 65, 69 , 126 and given the importance of prayer. Now I remember Appaji’s words saying that when you pray to God don’t wait or expect for any result. In other words your duty is only to pray to God and rest He will take care of you. Further He knows what is to be given and not to be given. This is because it is already written by Him when you have taken this birth. Therefore Appaji says when you pray to God, you always praise him and don’tdemandfor any unwanted desires and at the end we should pray not to have any Ego in our life and further we should have the will power to withstand any bad karmas also. But in this Kaliyuga it is very difficult to make understand people for which we have to follow a spiritual path through a Master. Hence Appaji we are so fortunate to get You as our Sadguru and we follow your words and teachings and do all our best to develop your mission.   JGD.

    • Maurice Clarke on November 1, 2012 at 5:53 am

    JGD. Again, this seems to say that ego must be completely minimized and surrender to God’s will completely maximized. Then prayer then seems only to be a communion of love with the Almighty. May this love find maximum expression under the will of God.

    • padmamadala on November 1, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Jaya Guru Datta, Sri Guru Datta, Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha !
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namaha !

    • tunga on November 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

    JGD
    sometimes I feel praying as a flowing from the heart. how could there be any seeking in a river that flows in the joy of flowing?
    OM SRI KALIKAMBAYAI NAMAHA
    OM SANTAYA NAMAHA

    • Radha from on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

    JAYA GURU DATTA! Please, beloved Appaji, let me become really humble – so that I can offer only genuine prayers to Your holy Lotusfeet. S.G.D.!

    • pushpa on November 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Doing actions without reward is pure creation so no attachment, no disappointment, only the joy of creation. Prostrations to my beloved Gurudeva. Om namo hanumate namaha.

    • on November 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta

    Very true and looks easy, but not that easy to practice. Most of our prayers consciously or unconsciously are for a reason and towards materialistic benefit.
    Thank you Appaji for this beautiful MMS message. Under Pujya Sri Swamiji’s guidance we will practice nishkamya prayers for the welfare of the universe.
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Hira Duvvuri on November 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    ‘Korika leni pilupe prarthana’ – is posted in the Mysore ashrama – ‘Calling out (to God) without any desire is prayer’. So many wonderful prayers I have been taught by God’s grace alone, ‘Sab ko sanmati de bhagavan’ – ‘Please bless everyone with a pure heart, O God!’ is one. Mayyanuraagamudeeraya Datta!’ – ‘Increase my love for you Datta!’ is another. ‘Ella roopu taanaina Guruve mangalam’ – ‘May God, who has taken every one of these different forms, flourish!’ is one more. Each is a priceless gem. The saddest fate of a human, in my opinion, is losing faith in God, not having love for God, and being angry with God because of personal inconvenience, disappointment, loss, or tragedy. Having experienced such a miserable state before, I pray that such a fate does not befall anyone at anytime. God knows best. He makes everything happen for a good reason, whether we, in our ignorance, judge it as being good or bad. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Neelam Bhambri Nayyar, USA on November 2, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Jai Guru Datta, my humble Pranams for nudging us towards Nishkamya Bhaki and Nishkamya prayers.
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

  4. Praying / Sadhana without expecting or asking reward, will effect and automatically becomes Jeeva to Shiva or Manava to Madhava. e.g. Prahladha, Tukkaram

    • on November 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Diese Botschaft ist so wundervoll, Appaji! Ohne Worte. Sie geht sehr tief und lässt uns spüren, wo die Reise hingeht. Hilf uns, uns mehr und mehr selbst zu erforschen, durch alle Schichten und Facetten unseres Seins zu gehen, sie nach Hause zu holen und zu merken, dass wir alles sind, groß und klein, schwach und stark, gut und böse, schön und hässlich – dass wir alles und nichts sind – dass wir einfach sind. Führe uns zu unserem wahren Selbst. Lass uns wiedererkennen wer wir wirklich sind und immer sein werden. JGD Rajeshi

    • Vidya Sagar Reddy on November 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji !!!! KRISHNAM VANDE JAGATGURUM !!!! OM NAMO HANUMATE NAMAH !!!! Sri Guru Datta !!!!

    • on November 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Sri Swamiji has explained clearly why no reward should be sought through prayer. I pray for the strength to let go and let God. His Grace being that result. Sri Guru Datta

    • svetha on January 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Dieses wunderschön ästhetisch gestaltete MMS gibt mir einen Zauberglanz und Frieden ins Herz. Ich möchte sein wie das Kind und mit dem Gebet einfach in Kontakt treten zu Gott, zu meinem GURU.
    OM GURU DATTA
    OM GURU MATA

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