Chapter XIX

Prayer or Supplication

What is supplication?

Prayer (Prarthana) is called in Persian, Dua, which means to call. It means calling on the Lord or some other person for help. 

A materialist considers this life to be a machine, the parts of which are being run by the blind forces of cause and effect, and he does not admit that there is an ultimate Being who is directing it. 

But one who knows the reality, while agreeing that the law of cause and effect is working, further knows that this is being done under the orders and directions of a Supreme Being. He, therefore, while keeping an eye on the causes-and their effects, appeals to the Lord, the Supreme Cause, for help.