WHY DON’T WE PRAY?
“Make us ever remember Your name and forget all other things. Remove the restlessness of our mind, and make it steady and calm.” – Sri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. XXV.
A traveler arrived at a strange city. When he got off the train, he was struck by the strange sight that met his eyes – none of the people on the platform wore shoes! Passengers, porters, railway officials – everyone was barefooted.
“Perhaps footwear is prohibited on the railway station,” thought the man.
He went out of the station and hailed a cab. The taxi driver was barefooted.
“Why don’t you wear shoes?” asked the man in surprise.
“Yes, why don’t I wear shoes?” repeated the taxi driver.
When the man got out of the taxi, it began to snow. He saw people trudging on the snow with bare feet.
“Don’t you know how useful shoes can be?” he asked a passing stranger, “why don’t you wear shoes to protect your feet from the bitter cold?”
“That’s just it! Why don’t I wear shoes?” repeated the stranger. Getting more and more curious, the traveler asked the next man he met, “Isn’t there a factory making shoes in your city?”
“Oh, yes there is!” the man replied.
“Then why don’t any of you wear shoes?”
“We export all the shoes we make here. As for us, why don’t we wear shoes?” the man repeated.
Prayer is like shoe in this city. Everyone knows the value of prayer; everyone knows it is good to pray; and yet, why do not we pray?”