ॐ તત સત શ્રી નારાયણ તું પુરૂષોત્તમ ગુરૂ તું.
સિધ્ધ બુધ્ધ તું, સ્કંદ વિનાયક, સવિતા પાવક તું.
બ્રહ્મ મઝદ તું, યહવ શકિત તું, ઈસુ પિતા પ્રભુ તું.
રુદ્ર વિષ્ણુ તું, રામકૃષ્ણ તું, રહીમતાઓ તું.
વાસુદેવ ગૌ વિશ્વરુપ તું, ચિદાનંદ હરિ તું.
અદ્રિતીય તું, અકાલ નિર્ભય આત્માલિંગ શિવ તું.
ઓમ તત સત શ્રી નારાયણ તુ પુરૂષોતમ ગુરૂ તું.
– આચાર્ય વિનોબા ભાવે
A pious Muslim prayed to God every day asking him for a certain grace which was always the same. He would place himself daily in the same corner of the mosque, and so many years passed and so many times he repeated his prayer that they said the marks of his knees and his feet remained imprinted on the marble of the sacred grounds. But God did not seem to hear the prayer, not even to be aware that someone was praying.
Finally one day an angel of God did appear to the devout Muslim and told him: “God has decided not to grant what you are asking him.” When the good man heard the message, he began to shout for joy, to jump singing, and to tell all those that gathered around all that had happened to him. People were surprised and asked him: “How can you rejoice when God has refused your petition?” To which he answered with joy and sincerity in his accent: “It’s true that he has refused my petition, but at least I now know that my prayer has reached God. What more can I want?” And he went on sharing his joy with all.
Prayer is believing that my voice reached God. It is not the petition, the grace, the concession, the answer that count. All that is there, yes, but over and above all that the main point is that the message arrived, that my words reached divine hearing, that earth touched heaven. What really matters is not the “result” but the “contact”. I wrote the letter, and now I know that the letter reached destination, and the letter was read. That’s all that matters.
The good Muslim kept on going every day to the mosque, to the same corner, to give thanks to God because his prayer had reached him.
Father C. G. Valles sj
(Last change: 15.05.2014)
(Next change: 01.06.2014)