If you look carefully enough to history, there are people, who have been born into conditioning circumstances, yet by not allowing themselves to be hypnotised into thinking that they cannot achieve, have managed to soar to great heights of achievement. Great yogis, the great rishis, the great scientists, the greatest in all fields—let us say—are those who are not satisfied in believing the conditioning of the mind and try hard to break through the shell and soar to great heights in whatever field they are involved in.
That is where meditation helps. There are different ways of going about it.
Among different disciplines and different schools of thought, one is the traditional way of prayer, of course. There are people who would say—well, I don’t want to pray, I am not a beggar.
Believe me, praying is not begging. Praying is a beautiful, psychological exercise where deep down you seek to emerge from the circumstances that limit your progress and upon finding that the mind with its present, conditioned capacity cannot help do it, you appeal to the higher mind to bring about a breakthrough so that you can reach what normally cannot be reached. This is prayer.
Well, you can call that higher potential of the mind, God, or if you don’t want to call it God, that is fine. What you are trying to do is break the limitations and move towards the limitless, to grow rather than to be satisfied with the decay.
How do we do that? Is there a way to pray? Yes, there is a way. There are many ways to pray.
There is one capacity in the human being that is not found in the animals, which is imagination.