Worship or Prayer – Since time immemorial, people found ways, methods, practices, and customs to feel that they’re connecting or at least doing something to attach such things with God. Examples are plenty and all man-made religions have these things in common. Out of varied sorts of such practices prayers, worship, and animal sacrifice constitute the largest share. Of which I’m getting to write on prayer and worship.
In general, if you ask someone to differentiate between the two he or she may say ” it’s all same”.
In this world worship and prayer are interchangeably used to refer to religious practices because for doing this one got to visit a temple or church or mosque or any other place set for these things. (Sometimes these practices are done at home). Since the two look so similar that seekers feel it’s all same and begin to declare that “God is one”.
Nowadays this phrase is some sort of popular term to create a bridge between different orders and religions. These developments in the national and international arena have somewhat diluted the fact that the two- worship and prayers have very different ways which go or may not go for Param Brahma.
Worship or Puja Archana ( as we call it in India) is completed to a specific deity. The worship is completed no matter the very fact whether God is one or more. The one who does worship wishes to submit before param Brahma without worrying about its number.
Element of worship
The worship creates everlasting love and trust between the two ( God and Soul or we call in India atman and Paramatma ) as worship isn’t generally directed to a particular wish. It’s not required to worship God in mass or community gatherings. it’s especially done individually or with family.
If you happen to go to any temple you’ll find each devotee is in his or her way worshiping god. It follows that it’s not required to possess all sitting or standing together to start out this process. Every devotee has his or her own unique ways to connect with god. Worship may or may not constitute any personal or social wishes. The worship is more on bhakti, love, and keenness for God in a broader sense union with-param Brahma.
Prayer is a widely used and popular way of connecting with God. it’s mostly attributed with mass gathering at religious place or prayer hall and to pay reference to god together. Mass prayer is an extremely important part of prayer with God. However, prayer also can be done individually at home or any other place. Each prayer has a specific message, wishes, and respect for god and by doing this people send their wishes or prayer to God.
Elements and comparison
The most important aspect of prayer is one-way communication with God. whereas puja or worship is the devotion of the devotee for param Brahma.
Prayers are generally done at religious parlor and puja or worship individually mostly with relations. Prayer is like sending a message to god and Worship is like be one with god altogether counts.
Same wishes from many people together at prayer send a strong message to God. It means mass prayers are good where the aspirations of every member of the group are the same. However what happens if each has his or her own thinking or wishes. what is going to happen to the almighty when she hears an equivalent message from each of his devotees. God may accept it as a mass petition (I think).
In our real world, we observe worship and prayer alternatively. As students once we attend school very first thing we do together is prayer. We pray together to our society, our nation, and our god. However, once we reach our classroom no more prayer, and that we start to worship our studies and respect teachers. To ascertain teacher and his or her teaching in high esteem somewhat denotes devotion to studies. And this is often true even once we connect with God.
No path is true or wrong it’s just worship and prayer are two very distinct practices and one has got to feel it therein way.