Worship

Many non-English speaking people get confused between worship and prayer.

Worship denotes religious praise and devotion. Worship is said to be an expression of love for God. Worship is said to be non-selfish as you are expressing gratitude to God.

Prayer refers to communication with God, talking to God thanking him. Prayer embodies one’s interest and is likely to be selfish.

English speaking people can correct me and guide me.

Worship of a different kind

Shoe-prayers

As you see this photo, you notice a compound wall with barbed wire as a fence and covered by an asbestos sheet from inside.

You can also observe that there is some space available between the asbestos sheet and the barbed wire.

What else do you see?

This space is utilized to keep photos of God.

What surprised me was the presence of shoes, worn out chappals and some leather straps along with the deities.

Footwear is never kept side by side with the photos of deities as per the tradition.

There is a pavement below and I see the cobbler busy with the work.

I asked the cobbler to explain why he is keeping footwear and Almighty photo side by side.

He said he gets his daily bread from his profession and the footwear is precious to him and thankful to both Almighty and Footwear for keeping him and his family alive and so he worships them daily thus respecting his sacred profession.

He is expressing gratitude.

“Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of His presence” Rick Warren

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philo

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