A silent prayer here, a quiet visit to temple there, thats how I have known worshipping to be. However in certain communities “Congregational Worship” is an important part of their religion.
In Muslim and Christian communities the prayer congregations are part of their religious texts itself. Jamm’at is when muslims gather to make salah in which one is the Imam who leads and the rest are muqtadee who follow him; there is great reward for jamm’at.
The Prophet also said: “The prayer of a man in congregation is twenty-five times more superior (in reward) to his prayer in his house or market.
The Bible says Reformed worship is built on the conviction that congregational worship is essentially a conversation with God.
Worshipping in religious groups headed by a clergy has its own benefits, it sets common religious goals and upholds religious commitments and sentiments in the community at large. Hindus do not worship in groups as a matter of ritual,which has proven to be a draw back.
We do not share the same passion for religion and young generations are seen drifting away from the rich traditions and customs of Sanatana Dharma.However , various gurus hold Satsangs, Bhagwads, Ramayan Katha where the community gathers and these leaders help to strengthen religious goals.
Such congregations are much popular and have a very festive atmosphere, which resonates with bhajans, discourses and healthy interactions. The growing popularity of such Satsangs amongst the younger generation is a welcome sign and one just wishes the power of such discourses are carried on by wise and intellectual gurus as the guiding light of the vast treasure of Sanatana Dharma.
Hari Om Tatsat
Author: Sarita K Chamaria