Mundakopanishad : Santi Mantram ( Peace Invocation ) -6.
Santi Mantram :
Discussion-2. Just before the study of Upanishads .....
thus each day, the Master and the disciple pray, and thus invoke the best in them to come out, through a complete surrender to the mighty powers of an Omniscient God-principle.
Every word in the Santi mantram is a declaration hinting at the vicious criminal instincts in ourselves.
We have started employing God, through prayers, as our advocate, commission agent, doctor and even an abetter in our murderous intentions.
This is not the fault of the technique.
A knife can be used in murdering the mother or protecting the family.
If one vicious man murders his mother in a moment of antagonism, because of that we cannot declare that the knife is a cruel weapon.
Similarly, the technique of prayer is a blessing; but it is we, who, by employing it for low purposes, vitiate the very "institution of prayer."
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