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In Praise of the Lord, Painting by Pratiksha Apurv

Acrylic & oil on Canvas , 54 x 42 inches (137.16 x 106.68 cm)
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Paintings by Pratiksha Apurv - In Praise of the Lord
Pratiksha Apurv
Professional Artist

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17047

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Pratiksha Apurv

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In Praise of the Lord

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Acrylic & oil on Canvas

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54 x 42 inches (137.16 x 106.68 cm)

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Remarks

Since our childhood, we have been told to "tell God what you need". But, this suggestion is incomplete. It is only half the prayer. We rarely use the other half "thank him (God) for all he has done." And, this is the reason the prayer continues to remain on the surface, due to the baggage of desires embedded within it. There is no spirit of surrender to god. Surrender only comes when you drop that baggage pray: ‘I was not worthy but you have given me so much and filled my life with the richness of love. I was not worthy of this life, but see you have provided me with such a beautiful surrounding’. Drop the desire and let gratitude to god arise in you.



This simple but yet so beautiful a phenomenon are best described in Chapter 7, Verse 43 of Quran. “Alhamdu lillahil lathi hadana lihatha wama kunna linahtadiya laola an hadanallah.” The translation says “Praise be to Allah, who has guided us to this. Never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of Allah.” He is the creator of the world and when we are in prayer, it is not to ask for anything but to humbly give thanks to Allah for what he has done for us, for humankind. The prayer is a simple expression of our gratitude for all that he has showered upon us. And, when this gratitude descends in our heart, the Prayer becomes Meditation.



This thankfulness is also beautifully described in a prayer from Sunnah-records of the teaching and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad - which says: “Oh Allah, whatever blessings i or any of your creation rose up with, is only from you. So all grace and thanks are due to you.”



Osho says a real prayer has nothing to suggest to God except a deep gratitude of thankfulness. The prayer simply accepts whatsoever God is pouring. It is all about receiving that gift. There is a beautiful story about Rengetsu, a Zen woman. Rengetsu was on a pilgrimage during the winter season and one evening after the sunset she came to a village seeking a place to stay for the night. But villagers slammed their doors as they were against Zen. Not just that, they did not allow her to stay in the village and threw her out. Rengetsu in the cold winter night had no option but to make a cherry tree in the fields her shelter. But since it was cold she couldn’t have a deep sleep. Around midnight she opened her eyes looking at the sky of winter, she saw fully opened cherry blossoms laughing to the moon. She was mesmerized looking at the scene and suddenly got up and looked in the direction of the village from where she was thrown out just few hours ago.



Rengetsu thanked the villagers for their kindness in refusing her lodging which ultimately provided her the opportunity to witness this blessing where cherry blossoms and the misty moon were dancing together.



She felt grateful and in that moment her gratitude became real prayer. This prayer cannot be in return for something or seeking anything, but in a true sense is the state of thankfulness for whatever God has given to you.



The five daily prayers in Quran are about the expression of this gratitude. You are not asking for anything, neither thanking after your wishes are fulfilled. You are simply living in tremendous gratitude every moment of your life. This gratitude arises when you have discovered the hidden treasure of life, its beauty. That very moment you feel blissful. But your gratitude is not towards any particular being. It just simply arises in you and you feel grateful just for being alive, just for being able to love this world and enjoy its beauty with compassion. This gratefulness is not towards anybody in particular, but towards the whole.



Verse 66 of chapter 39 of Quran says "Balil-laha fa'bod wakum minash-shakireen”. Worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks." This is such a beautiful prayer.... “Be of those who give thanks”. You are not seeking any property, assets or richness. You are just being thankful for whatever you have. You are not worried about your possession and security in life. In Bhagvad Gita’s chapter 9, Krishna tells Arjuna: “Ananyascintayanto ma ye janah paryupaste, tesham nityabhiyuktanam, yogksemam vahamyaham” Those who always worship me with devotion, i give what they do not have in life, and i protect what they have in life.”



Every religion talks about the ultimate journey to the state of gratefulness. Psalm 131:1 (first book of the Ketuvim 3rd section of Hebrew Bible) says: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Our spiritual scriptures maintain that gratitude is natural and it is not something that can be practiced and taught. If you have learnt to be grateful, that will be just a conditioning.



Osho says gratitude arises whenever you start feeling God’s presence around you. Then your whole energy becomes gratitude, then your whole being becomes a thanksgiving, it becomes a prayer- because nothing is missing, and the world is so perfect, and everything is as it should be.

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