every Hindu seeks is the Realization of the Supreme Nirguna Brahman.
Everyone gets this desire of the Dharshan of the Supreme. Each
individual Athma has to pass through some effects of its own past
Karma and also fulfill the karmas for which it has been created.
This passage is determined by the level of elevation of the soul
in its own evolution. This is how each individual gets the desire,
or the lack of it, to perform the proper Karma and following the
to pray to God or to perform a ritual or a prayer, one needs the
proper blessing from the Supreme. To get an understanding of this
Reality, one needs a Spiritual Discipline, with proper actions
of Karma, real devotion with total surrender, concentration with
a calm mind through meditation along with full knowledge and wisdom.
Here, the performance of Karma Rituals and singing Bhajans of
Bhakthi will provide that state like Meditation and Jñãna.
rituals are just like the Soldier saluting in a parade gets the
strength of mind and unquestionable discipline that is needed
to fight in a war. Walking in a parade and saluting does not really
teach them to use the weapons or to fight in a war but gives them
the needed mental strength and a sense of discipline required
for the path they have chosen. The military salute started with
the ancient Viking warriors wearing a face mask who opened the
covering over the face is still continued now without questioning
the reason or purpose. Similarly, the rituals and prayer routines
are to be performed as prescribed without confusing our thoughts
about the need for the same.
rituals and devotional prayers need to be done without expecting
or demanding any benefit but just as part of our Dharma. Expecting
benefits will make the action as a business or trade with the
effects of profit and loss. Here, performing the Dharma will offer
the protection and the benefits, not on its own will but at the
pleasure of the Supreme God as His blessings. In this, the unseen
force of the rules of Dharma, which serves at the will of the
Supreme God, is behind every action and every prayer that we perform
as our Dharma.
Bhagavan Sri Krishna again says in Gita [ChXVIII
- 66] - "Abandoning dependence on all dharmas
surrender to Me, and Me only, for spiritual elevation, come to
Me as the only refuge, I shall deliver you of all Sins".
So, total surrender to the Supreme Divine in all our prayers and
worship rituals is the only path to get this realization to reach
the True Divine abode. When we perform any part of the rituals
or prayers, if we question the need for the same it will defeat
the very purpose of the service. The desire for the realization
must be there. In our search for the Truth, we need to realize
the presence of the Supreme Divine Powers in our Rituals and Prayers
God is all pervading, and exists in all forms everywhere. This
is True Realization.