Singapore Guan Yin Hall Consecration Discourse
April 21, 2016

HOW TO ENHANCE THE EFFICACIOUSNESS OF OUR PRAYER

I feel that all of you present here today are blessed immensely.  Many do not know the proper ritual when praying to Bodhisattva.  Usually, after offering incense, they will kneel down, start crying and wailing.  Please remember, should you have an important matter to pray for, after lighting up the incense, do not place the incense in the censer immediately.  Instead, hold it in your hands and with your most sincere heart, state your prayer, “Guan Yin Bodhisattva, please bless my child with good health.  Deepest gratitude to Guan Yin Bodhisattva”. Then, place the incense in the censer after saying the prayer.  When you are holding the incense, you are using your heart to connect to Bodhisattva, it is your “Initial Heart”.  When offering the first incense of the day, should you state your prayer in this manner, your heart and that of Buddha will be united as one.  Bodhisattva is able to hear the voice in your heart.  After stating that important prayer, you place the incense in the censer and perform prostration.  This shall enhance the efficaciousness of your prayer.

HOW TO ENHANCE THE EFFICACIOUSNESS OF OUR PRAYER