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Won’t God listen to us if we pray to him silently?

September 18, 2010

I am sitting in my husband’s office; time is 6 in the evening.

Prime time for his work, lots of clients sitting, discussions, meetings and typing going on but suddenly the work came to a stand still.

Reason being the Satyanaraayn Puja in the Ganpati Pandal next to office on one side and Kirtan going on the other Pandal and both the Pandals outdoing each other in the field of volume.

Each one is playing the Loudspeakers on full volume

And suddenly the Gurudwara behind his office has started with their evening Vahe Guru prayer that too again on loud speakers.

It is so difficult to hear any thing – not even the bhajans and the shlokas being chanted downstairs.

It is such a chaos here

Even we are speaking on top of our voice to make us audible to people sitting in the office.

We are not the only ones whose work is getting affected by it

Patients in a nursing home near by are also suffering because of this noise pollution. The doctor came out cribbing about the noise.

We came out of the office and there is a young boy on the verge of tears “I have an exam tomorrow and cannot concentrate with so much noise around”.

Some people from the other offices mustered up courage and requested the organizers of the Pujas to lower the volume. Pat came the reply, “It is only for 4 hours, and it is once in a year event. Please bear with us. After all it is Bhagwan ki Puja, you also hear the pleasing bhajans and pray to God. Even you will be benefited.”

What an explanation and justification !!!!!!!!!

What about the performance of the student in the exam next day,  Can he write in the Exams next day , “ because of Puja and Bhajan going on near my place I could not concentrate  Please consider my case and give me marks “Or will God come to his rescue and miraculously help him score good marks.

And what about the patients it the nursing home who are advised complete rest?

I just fail to understand if God is every where then what is the need to pray at top of voice. He can hear it even if we pray silently.

Or is it the more we shout, happier he will be and will shower more blessings on us.

We are funny people, it is Ganpati time now, and then it will be Navratri time, then the time for Mata ka Jagrata. or any other Puja in the temple. use of loudspeakers has become a must to show our dedication to God.

Cannot we pray to God without causing noise pollution and disturbing others?

People who want to pray or indulge in Bhakti why cannot they do silently, why do they have to make such a big hue and cry about it and be such show offs.

Will God not listen to our prayers if we pray with low volumes?

The only good thing that came out of all this noise and show off of faith is that the staff of the office got to leave early as it has become impossible to work so it is party time for the staff .

15 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2010 8:27 pm

    Good post.. but y is it targetting only hindus and sikhs?? Even mosques pray loudly every tuesday and friday! Think about it!! 🙂

  2. September 18, 2010 9:00 pm

    Religious festivals have less to do with God and more to do with humans. Festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi were created for bringing people together for celebration as a community. However we Indians have a tendency to reduce everything to fun, dance, noise and showmanship regardless of how it may affect others.

    The “Saal mei ek baar hota hai bura mat maano” clause is applicable for every festival and it just gets worse with the Maharashtra government increasing the deadline for loudspeakers. Not that it matters too much because we are so ignorant that we never followed it anyways.

    We Indians have never been too big on civic sense and responsibility so long as we can have our dose of fun, dance and celebrations. So rather the solution for those who want a peaceful study/sleep/work is to have noise cancelling headphones and noise blocking glass panes.

    • September 18, 2010 11:25 pm

      Nice observation..!! Indians have always been like that, boisterous….!! Being a good human is more important than being religious.

  3. September 19, 2010 7:29 am

    well this is true… prayers should be silent.. the bhajans and all should be played on loud speakers on acceptable levels if required.. in the name of prayers one should disturb the work of others…

  4. September 19, 2010 9:27 am

    We are a noisy breed/race of people!

  5. September 19, 2010 11:23 am

    True, but, ask anyone and the answer will be the customs and what their parents did during such festivals.
    There is no answer to your question,except that we must do a bit of self search on this relevant issue

  6. September 20, 2010 8:36 am

    It’s a good strategy to put off God for life.

  7. September 20, 2010 11:16 am

    Good one..we like everything in extremes 😦

  8. September 20, 2010 2:35 pm

    Such a touchy situation… i can only feel for the boy having his exams and the clients from various parts of the world! I am sorry to hear such things but this is common everywhere across our great country. Praying has become more of a show off than anything else. Religious sentiments attached to it makes even more pathetic. Wish I had the decision making power to bring these to a FULL Stop.

  9. September 20, 2010 5:18 pm

    The plight of the patients in nearby hospital and the students having exams can easily be felt. Hope that God will first give some sense to these organiser so that they don’t end up saying – “Please bear with us. After all it is Bhagwan ki Puja, you also hear the pleasing bhajans and pray to God. Even you will be benefited.”

  10. September 20, 2010 6:42 pm

    I couldn’t agree more.
    I’m sure even God himself would be wearing earplugs in some part of his celestial dwelling..
    I pity people who think that they need noise to make God happy and make their wishes come true..
    And it’s a fact that, we don’t even need an idol to pray, leave alone all the noise and hysteria..

  11. September 20, 2010 7:24 pm

    Nice try, but you need have more people attached with such thoughts

  12. September 21, 2010 2:07 pm

    Well… India is a land of loudspeakers… where even the animals, birds and insects have learnt to make themselves heard… above all the din…

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  14. NeWyOrK permalink
    January 10, 2011 9:23 am

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