The Power Of Prayer

Sat, 12/01/2012

Bangalore, India

Audience: Gurudev, today is Kanakadas Jayati.

There was a great saint in India. He was a shepherd in the 12th century Karnataka. He was called Kanakadasa.

The 12th century was a time when there was a wave of devotion that swept through India, in fact the whole world. I think the Francesco d'Assisi (widely known as Saint Francis of Assisi, an Italian saint), they were all during that time only, between the 12th and 15th century.

Kanakadasa was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. He has written many beautiful songs in Kannada. So, everyone in Karnataka knows about these songs.

Whatever prayer we do, we do it for our own happiness. We pray to uplift our own selves. We do not pray to please God. People who think that they can please God by fasting are foolish.

The story goes that he was not allowed in a temple because he was poor and from a lower caste. So he stayed on the outside of the temple and prayed, because the temple was mainly for the rich and upper class people.

So what happened is that the wall (of the temple) broke and the statue of Lord Krishna turned and gave Kanakasada Darshan. And the people who were doing pooja on the other side, they were all startled. This is a very well known fact here.

Even today, in the Udupi Krishna Temple, you will find that when you enter the temple, the deity is facing the other way around. There is a broken wall, and it is from the broken wall only that you can see the deity. This is said to be The Window of Kanakadasa, from where he stood and prayed.

It is said that from then on the caste and class discrimination was done away with.

There are many people who have fought against class and caste discrimination. He was one of them, and he was adored by everybody.

That is the story.

Questions & Answers

Expand all Q & A Collapse all Q & A

Read earlier posts

  • Dealing With Emotions

    May 21, 2015
    • Superficiality Leads to Depression
    • Harbor Positive Emotions
    • What Self-realization Really Is
    • Meditation is Tranformational

    Being Responsible

    May 20, 2015
    • YLTP Bringing Good Change
    • Be Responsible & Sincere
    • Media's Role in Spreading Happiness
    • Where is Heaven & Hell?
  • Facts About Meditation

    May 19, 2015
    • What Meditation Is
    • Effects of Group Meditation
    • Sign of Enlightenment
    • Join Relief Work at Nepal

    The Power Of Yoga

    May 18, 2015
    • A Way to Erase the Unpleasant
    • 3 Causes of Anxiety
    • Cure Depression with Yoga
    • Meditation Impacts Our Genes
  • Nurturing Peace Through Yoga

    May 17, 2015
    • Yoga is not Just for the Body
    • Yoga Prevents Misery
    • Yoga Improves Communication Skills
    • Yoga Cures Depression

    Right Kind Of Education

    May 15, 2015
    • Choose Flowers Not Guns
    • Meditation is not Concentration
    • 3 Golden Rules for Meditation
    • Education Should Bring Intuition
    • Stress is the Cause of Conflict
  • My Birthday Gift

    May 14, 2015
    • My Birthday Gift
    • Keep Spreading Happiness
    • We Are All One
    • Keep Your Attention Inward

    Empowered By Yoga

    April 24, 2015
    • All Babies do Yoga
    • Yoga Is Natural
    • Act with Mindfulness
    • Stress is the Root of Conflict
    • Yoga Makes You Responsible
  • Life Is A Game

    April 21, 2015
    • Take Life as a Sport
    • Do All Acts with Mindfulness
    • Why Religion is Important
    • Intention Attention & Manifestation
    • Dealing with Bullies

    The Secrets Of Creation

    April 20, 2015
    • Origin Remains a Secret
    • Wonder is the Basis of Yoga
    • The Witness Inside You
    • Spirituality vs. Ethics
  • Being Effective Leaders

    April 17, 2015
    • When to be Compassionate
    • Commitment Comes First
    • Handling Negative Emotions
    • The Education Children Need

    God, Where Are You?

    April 15, 2015
    • Significance of Holi
    • We Are All One
    • We Must Honor Nature
    • Wanting Peace Brings Stress
    • The 4 Vedas