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- #574887While conversation if a person looks down or not looking properly the opposite person, it indicates a sense of panic or hesitant about the matter they're discussing about. This is same in case of prayer too; when a person prayer without any solicit s/he will look forward the God/Goddess, otherwise I've seen some people fear to eye contact with God. There may be some lack of self-doubting or disbelief on God.
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- #574888If we take the thread as a word game, then there are many idioms and phrases containing the word 'look'. Some examples are as follows -
1. Look in
2. Look on
3. Look ahead
4. Look out
5. Look up
6. Look down
7. Look back
8. Look like
9. Look for
10. Look ahead
The list is very long.
Looking down or avoiding eye contact is interpreted as a sign of submission or fear. It also indicates that the individyal is feeling guilt. However, in the Japanese culture it is considered as a gesture of showing respect to the elders. In Muslim culture also it is considered a bad gesture to gaze on the facial features of the opposite gender. On the contrary in the western culture, it is considered as being 'shifty eyed' . Such 'shifty eyed' behaviour is liable to be interpreted as being suspicions regarding an individual's unrevealed intentions or thoughts.
It is true that while offering the prayers to the God, one should be courageous enough to look straight instead of being either 'shifty eyed' or lowering the gaze as a mark of respect. However, there should not be any sign of defiance.
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- #575010I agree with you Mr. Mohan. A person's inner feelings can be understood by his/her looks. Only a few people can hide their inner feelings. For example, our body behaves in one way when telling the truth and in an other way when we are lying. It is involuntary. As everyone requests God for money, job etc., everyone will look down in front of god. That too is an involuntary gesture. A person who visits a temple to thank God for what he/she was given will see the God straightly and ask for his/her blessings. In my opinion, such persons are the real devotees.