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Why my prayer does not work sometimes?

Question:Why my prayer does not work sometimes?Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:Whether your prayers are working or not should not be decided by your own judgement. In fact, the Buddha just responds the instant you say a prayer. Such a response is certainly given in the timeliest way that suits you the best, though it may not come in the way you want. This is what we should understand. Do NOT think that a prayer does not work simply because our wishes are not fulfilled. In fact, what you wish for is not necessarily good for you. For example, will you always…

2017.12.11

Question:

Why my prayer does not work sometimes?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

Whether your prayers are working or not should not be decided by your own judgement. In fact, the Buddha just responds the instant you say a prayer. Such a response is certainly given in the timeliest way that suits you the best, though it may not come in the way you want. This is what we should understand.

Do NOT think that a prayer does not work simply because our wishes are not fulfilled. In fact, what you wish for is not necessarily good for you. For example, will you always give sweets to your child when he asks for them? Those wise parents will not grant every wish of their child, and the same is true for those wise teachers, not to mention the Buddha. Actually, you just don’t know what is really good for you. The Buddha, however, knows it because he is omniscient. So the Buddha will bestow the blessings that suit you the most. It is a fact that you must have faith in.  

The Buddha grants the blessings in such a way that can bring genuine benefits to the sentient beings temporarily and ultimately, rather than in a way that only satisfies your self-attachment as you wish.

If your wishes are always intended for building up your self-attachment in the hope of realizing your illusory expectations, then they will take you in the completely opposite direction to the awakening and enlightenment of life. You want to get  yourself messed up, while the Buddha wants to enlighten you. Then, do you think the Buddha will fulfill all your wishes?

So, you need to keep reading the sutras, practicing and praying and then accept everything calmly no matter what results may come out. You should firmly believe that everything is the best arrangement by the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. Never wonder why your prayers are still not answered and why your wishes are not fulfilled. You separate your mind from the blessings of the Buddha if you do think that way — a wrong way of thinking that many people usually have. In fact, your prayer really does not work if you think that way. Why? It is because you have doubts in your mind.

The Great Compassion Mantra has infinite merits. But why do some people fail to achieve anything after reciting it? The reason for this is explained in the Sutra of Thousand-Handed and Thousand-Eyed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva's Vast, Perfect, Unimpeded, Great-Compassionate Heart Dharani as follows: “The only exception is those who have doubts in the Mantra.” It is because of their doubts that these people cannot receive the blessings.

 

Why my prayer does not work sometimes?

Why my prayer does not work sometimes?

2017-12-10

Question:

Why my prayer does not work sometimes?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

Whether your prayers are working or not should not be decided by your own judgement. In fact, the Buddha just responds the instant you say a prayer. Such a response is certainly given in the timeliest way that suits you the best, though it may not come in the way you want. This is what we should understand.

Do NOT think that a prayer does not work simply because our wishes are not fulfilled. In fact, what you wish for is not necessarily good for you. For example, will you always give sweets to your child when he asks for them? Those wise parents will not grant every wish of their child, and the same is true for those wise teachers, not to mention the Buddha. Actually, you just don’t know what is really good for you. The Buddha, however, knows it because he is omniscient. So the Buddha will bestow the blessings that suit you the most. It is a fact that you must have faith in.  

The Buddha grants the blessings in such a way that can bring genuine benefits to the sentient beings temporarily and ultimately, rather than in a way that only satisfies your self-attachment as you wish.

If your wishes are always intended for building up your self-attachment in the hope of realizing your illusory expectations, then they will take you in the completely opposite direction to the awakening and enlightenment of life. You want to get  yourself messed up, while the Buddha wants to enlighten you. Then, do you think the Buddha will fulfill all your wishes?

So, you need to keep reading the sutras, practicing and praying and then accept everything calmly no matter what results may come out. You should firmly believe that everything is the best arrangement by the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. Never wonder why your prayers are still not answered and why your wishes are not fulfilled. You separate your mind from the blessings of the Buddha if you do think that way — a wrong way of thinking that many people usually have. In fact, your prayer really does not work if you think that way. Why? It is because you have doubts in your mind.

The Great Compassion Mantra has infinite merits. But why do some people fail to achieve anything after reciting it? The reason for this is explained in the Sutra of Thousand-Handed and Thousand-Eyed Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva's Vast, Perfect, Unimpeded, Great-Compassionate Heart Dharani as follows: “The only exception is those who have doubts in the Mantra.” It is because of their doubts that these people cannot receive the blessings.