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Wisdom Classification: Commandment 10 (PRAYER)


"At bed time, feeling the presence of God, repent for the wrongs committed. Beg forgiveness in a supplicant mood, resolving not to allow repetition of the same."

Sayings of Pujya Babuji Maharaj:

♦ The prayer must be offered in such a way as if some most miserable man is laying down his miseries with a deeply afflicted heart before the Supreme Master, imploring His mercy and grace, with tearful eyes. (SS 141)

♦ We must snatch a few minutes from our hours of rest (preferably at bed-time) and pray to God with a sincere heart for His guidance and support on the path of duty. (BWS 252)

♦ When one has accepted Him as the Master he can lay before Him every wrong committed unknowingly by him, or anything that might be against the principle, in the capacity of one feeling guilty. (BWS 167)

♦ The best method for that (shortening the distance between oneself and the Master) would be to maintain in our thought a constant feeling of His presence. (BWS 169)

♦ We acquire the state of highest purity by establishing the relationship of devotion.(BWS 168)

♦ The feeling of humility, which may as well be expressed as a state of supplicancy, covers within it the condition of innocence. (BWS 169)

♦ Meekness refers to that feeling of mind in which, on being rebuked by others, one feels his own self to be at fault, and for which he has to yield to what is meted out to him. (SS 420)

♦ Repentance is nothing but a jerk to the thought-waves which creates to a certain extent a state of vacuum within him. (BWS 168)

♦ Human perfection lies in realising the Master as Master in true sense, and oneself as His slave devoted entirely to His service. (BWS 167)

♦ When you begin to embrace the Reality, it echoes towards you also. (SDG 149)

Inspirational Quotes from Various Sources:

♦ Penance is that goodness which refrains from killing.
Perfection is that goodness which refuses to tell others' faults.
Humility is the strength of the strong and the weapon
With which the wise conquer their foes.

- Tirukkural 99:984-985

♦ Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.

- Henry David Thoreau

♦ While praying, listen to the words very carefully. When your heart is attentive, your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it.

- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

♦ How is one proved to be a true penitent? Said Rabbi Judah: If the opportunity to commit the same sin presents itself on two occasions, and he does not yield to it.

- Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b

♦ Keep in mind that the essence of your prayers is the faith you have in them that they will be answered.

- Rabbe Nachman of Breslov

♦ Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.

- Ken Blanchard

♦ Repentance: a fierce battle with the heart.

- Orhot Tzaddikim,

♦ The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is to follow the guidance I prayed for.

- Albert Schweitzer

♦ Repentance means that the sinner forsake his sins, cast them out of his mind, and resolve in his heart to sin no more.