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Helplessness

So you pray when you are helpless. The Godmen and women, and everyone in God department know this too well and I suspect, want to keep you helpless as long as they can?

They tell you give 100 rupees to some temple. Do a puja for God xyz. Chant the prayers of God abc 100 times. None of them tell you, how exactly these devout actions by you will solve your problem. 

But hundreds tell us, that they pray to some temple, or some Godman and they got cured of so many ailments. Their financial condition improved. Their children got married/ got employment etc etc. How did that happen?

It is called faith. Faith brings some solace to mind. It gives people hope. And when there is hope, our brain changes and that bring about improvement in physical health.

I will end with a personal story. I used to get numb legs when driving a long distance. So much so that I used to feel that the entire leg will start shaking. It was dangerous, as I was traveling in a two wheeler in busy Bangalore roads. So I will start chanting "Om namashivaya" in my mind. And I will feel better after a while.

Would the numbness and discomfort go away if instead of God's name I chant "mara mara (tree)". May be yes. Because chanting anything takes the mind to those words and away from fear. So I should try praying to mara instead of rama next time.

Note: I am still feeling helpless and still want to go to temple. And feeling angry about this fact.

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