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A true prayer is never directed for the welfare of one but for all

In the battlefield of Mahabharata, Arjuna asks Sri Krishna to take his chariot in the middle of the war-field.

Arjuna fell into the despondency which is the premise on which Krishna mentors Arjuna to prepare for his duty which is known to us as “Bhagavad Gita.”

Frustrated with the wait for war to begin, Duryodhana quizzes Bhishma Pitamaha, “What are they doing in the middle of the war-field?”

Bhishma Replies, “Whatever they may be doing, wait for sometime for destruction to begin.”

Duryodhana says with arrogance, “They must be discussing the way to run away from the war-field feeling afraid of loosing the war.”

Bhishma replies, “Why you’re always eager to show of your arrogance?” And continues, “I never prayed for anything for myself in my whole life. Today, wholeheartedly, I wish to pray for a favour for myself; I wish the wind blows in such a way that I’d hear the divine words pouring out from Krishna’s lips may fall on my ears.”

Hinduism does not advocate for praying for the self but, for the holistic well-being of the entire universe.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामया। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दुःखभाग् भवेत्।।

(सभी सुखी होवें, सभी रोगमुक्त रहें, सभी मंगलमय घटनाओं के साक्षी बनें और किसी को भी दुःख का भागी न बनना पड़े।)

May all be filled with happiness, may all be free from all form of sickness, may all have the eye to see the goodness, and may none suffer from any form of misery.