My school’s morning assembly used to be fun, lively, and dynamic. I can still recall the one-arm distance wala rule that used in forming a class line, Bhai-Bhai gesture with other section mates, watching my crush from the senior grade standing four rows away, enjoying the rhythmic PT day every Saturday, etc.
Though there was one annoying thing – the school’s monotonous morning prayers. No disrespect to those repetitive prayers, but back then I never understood the meanings of those prayers, neither had any enthusiasm attached to them. I remember this one prayer vividly that we used to recite regularly, “Itni shakti humein dena daata”
When I read this prayer now, I understand how relevant it was for us as children to understand and imbibe the values mentioned towards building our character. Each line is so meaningful: tells you to follow the right path, seek strength and knowledge, staying away from ignorance, hatred, and vengeful feelings. It also talks about the importance of compassion and spreading happiness, that brings peace to one’s heart and joy in other’s lives.
But if only there were someone to help a child understand these deep, meaningful lines, I wouldn’t be such detached to those prayers rather, it may have had a positive impact on me.
So I feel that as an adult, it’s my moral responsibility to make sure to explain these prayers to my nephews, nieces, and my kids, of course. I am not sure if it would make a big difference in them, but indeed, they would not recite the school prayers in an apathetic way like I did.
Do share your favorite monotonous prayer, in the comment section. 😊