Why our whole life is a form of worship – The New Indian Express

Some of you may have read the title of this article and thought that the author probably meant “worship is life” as an exhortation to pray more. But I want to argue the opposite – it is not just our prayer that is worship but our whole life is a form of worship. We sometimes tend to take a very narrow view of God as an entity that must be satisfied by spending time in prayer. Sometimes prayers are said only with the lips while the mind is occupied with the pressing concerns of the moment. This is a great wrong done to the omnipotent and omnipresent God.

In the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9, Verse 27, Sri Krishna says: yatkaroshi yad ashnasiyajjuhoshidadasiyat |
yattapasyasikaunteya tat kurushva mad-arpanam ||

Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer as an offering to the sacred fire, whatever you offer as a gift and whatever austerities you perform, O son of Kunti, make it an offering to Me.

Here, Sri Krishna explains to Arjuna that the relationship between us and God is not limited to when prayers or sacrifices are offered. On the contrary, it extends to everything we do. Some people think that once they have said their daily quota of prayers, their account with God is balanced for the time being. It doesn’t matter what they do for the rest of the day. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every bad deed we do is done against God. If we kick a stray puppy, we are kicking God himself. No amount of prayer can cover it unless we sincerely regret our mistake. Praying is easy; seeing everyone and everything as a manifestation of God and treating them with respect is difficult.

On the other hand, a person who strives to be fair and just in everything he does, need not worry too much about prayers, because his every deed is a prayer. If a student studies, his sincerity and hard work is also a form of devotion to God. If someone who works in an office does their job with love and care and not as a burden, that is a kind of prayer. If we treat our fellow human beings with kindness, we offer our respect to the God who created them. If we admire the wonders of nature – the rivers, the seas, the sky, the mountains, the trees, the animals; we are in the company of God. In our everyday life, if we always try to do the right thing and strive to make the world a better place, we are offering worship.

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