Why should we have a prayer room
Most of Indian homes have a prayer room or altar. A lamp or diya is lit and the Lord worshipped every day. Other spiritual practices like Japa- the repetition of the Lord’s name, meditation, paaraayana- reading of the scriptures, prqyers, and devotional singing etc. are also done here. Special worship is done on auspicious occasions like birthday, anniversaries, festivals and the like. Each member of the family –young or old –communes with and worships the Divine here.
The Lord is the entire creation. He is therefore the true owner of the house we live in too.The prayer room is the actually master (of universe) room of the house. We are the earthly occupants of His property. This notion rides us of false pride and possessiveness.
The ideal attitude to take is to regard the Lord as the true owner of our homes and us as caretakers of His home. But if that is rather difficult, we could at least think of Him as a very welcome guest. Just as we would house an important guest in the best comfort, so too we felicitate the Lord’s presence in our home by having a prayer room or a altar, which is at all times, kept clean and well decorated.
Also the Lord is pervading. To remind us that He resides in our home with us, we have prayer room. Without the grace of the Lord, no task can be successfully or easily accomplished, We invoke his grace by communing with him in the prayer room each day and on special occasions.
Each room in a house is dedicated to a specific function like the berfroom for resting, the drawing room to receive guests, the kitchen for cooking etc. The furniture, decore and the atmosphere of each room are made conducive to the purpose it serves. So too for the purpose of meditation, worship and prayer, we should have a conducive atmosphere, hence the need for a prayer room.
Sacred thoughts and sound vibrations pervade the place and influence the minds of those who spend time there. Spiritual thoughts and vibrations accumulated through regular meditation, worship and chanting done there pervade the prayer room. Even when we are tired or pessimistic, by just sitting in the prayer room for a while, we feel calm, rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted.