A prayer is an act, and prayerfulness is an attitude. The right attitude serves like a shock absorber against a sense of disappointment and failure. Seeing through the complexities of a situation to choose the right course of action is possible if one has adequate grace; and grace is earned by prayer. Mature, objective response to both pleasant and unpleasant situation comes from prayerful attitude.
The act of prayer serves to make one prayerful. Being prayerful, one's response to varying situations would be effective without one being in anyway affected. This attitude also helps one to accept one's past, as well as the present situation. The more prayerful one is, the freer one becomes from guilt, hurt, and from self-loath. In the wake of graceful acceptance, there is serenity.
About the Author:
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati likes to call himself a traditional teacher of Vedanta, a link in a long unbroken tradition, from Adi Shankara to the present day. Rooted in the richness of tradition, yet contemporary in his thinking and approach, he continuously edits his teaching style to ensure that the vision of Vedanta is communicated with clarity. Impeccable logic, brilliant analysis, erudition, precise use of language, together with a child like humour, make him the greatest living master of Advaita Vedanta. There is none to match his ability to make the audience see as clearly as he does.