Mrs. Harsha Galgali
Every day early morning a little girl would come to the temple & stand before the idol, close her eyes with folded hands, murmur something for a couple of minutes, then open her eyes bow down, smile and go out running. This was her daily affair.
The temple Poojari was observing her & was curious about what she was doing. He realized that she was too small to know the deeper meaning of religion & that she would hardly know any prayers. But then what was she doing every morning in the temple?
A few days past and Poojari now could not resist but to find out more about her behavior.
One morning, the Poojari reached there before the girl and was waiting for her to complete her ritual. He placed his hand on her head and said, “My child, I have been seeing you since the last few days. You come here regularly. What do you do?’’ “I pray,’’ She said spontaneously. “Do you know any prayers?’’ asked the Poojari with some suspicion in his voice. “No”, replied the girl. “Then what are you doing closing your eyes everyday?’’ He smiled.
Very innocently Girl said: “I don’t know any prayer, but I know “A, B, C, D …… up to Z.” I ‘recite it five times’ and tell God that, “I don’t know your prayer, but it cannot be outside of these letters. “Please arrange the letters as you wish and that is my prayer.” And she ran, jumping on her way out.
The Poojari stood there dumbstruck, staring at her for a long time as she disappeared running in the wilderness. This is the UNCONDITIONAL belief in God that we pray.