I was reminded of the quote below, by Mohandas Ghandi, during an online discussion of the use of prayer beads–a discussion prompted by someone who wasn’t Catholic but decided to use a rosary after reading John Edward’s Practical Praying: Using The Rosary To Enhance Your Life. Not only can one conversation lead to another, one person’s practice can lead to another’s. The use of prayer beads spans many religious faiths.
“I came to the conclusion long ago â€¦ that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu â€¦ But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.” ~~Mahatma Ghandi (Young India: January 19, 1928)
Prayer beads are a special interest of mine—though I don’t own any at the moment—since reading an article titled “A String and a Prayer“ in Spirituality & Health magazine a couple of years ago, which might have been an excerpt from the book by the same title, A String and a Prayer. I just don’t remember for sure.
Do any readers here use prayer beads? I’d love to have you share your thoughts.
03-14-2008 note: If you’re interested in reading more about prayer beads, see my later article, Prayer beads II.