TEACHINGS FROM THE ETERNAL SONG, THE BHAGVAD GITA
THE MANY WAYS TO PRAY TO THE LORD
Lord Krishna is infinitely merciful.
He accepts your prayers whatever be your way, or whomsoever you worship. Like the waters of all rivers leading to the Ocean, all prayers flow to Him alone. ( Rig Veda)
He says that you may, if you can, fix your mind and intellect on him and be always in His contemplation. That is the path of Knowledge or Jnana Yoga.
However, if you find it difficult, you may choose the path of Yoga practice. In this the mind can be trained to meditate on Him and be brought back again and again when it gets distracted. This is the path of Raja Yoga.
If you find the Yoga path cumbersome, you may resort to ritualistic worship as authorized by the sacred texts. This is the path of Karma Yoga. If your mind is not on rituals, you can take refuge in him, leading a self controlled life.
Then there is the Bhakti path, the path of total devotion and surrender to the Lord. Even here, the Lord says, you need not make elaborate offerings- A leaf, flower, fruit or even water will be acceptable to Him as Offering.
What more can you ask of the Merciful God Krishna?
All that He wants is that you live a life doing your designated duties without worry about the outcome, have compassion to all, live a pious life meditating on His Glory, being unaffected by the pair of opposites like, for example- praise and criticism.
Based totally on The Bhagvad Gita and mainly on chapter 12, ‘THE WAY OF DEVOTION’ .
HARI OM KRISHNA.