on the Environment during Prayer

- Mother, I wanted to ask if the environment plays any role in Prayer.

"Yes. Up to a certain point it does. Beyond this point however, it doesn't. As I said to that Swami up in the Himalayas (note: in Uttar Kashi), who was choosing sites with fine views etc.: "Swami, why do you choose such beautiful places, since when you pray you keep your eyes shut and see nothing but God inside you? So? What are you doing? Doesn't a blind man pray?" He remained silent for a while and then told me: "You are right"! Perhaps out of politeness..."