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Effort, Grace and Destiny - 1
« on: April 10, 2009, 01:02:03 PM »
It is said in scriptures and by Gurus that an aspirant must make
effort on the path but that Grace also is necessary and that in the
end, Realization is bestowed by Grace, not achieved by effort. It
is said in the Upanishads that the Atma chooses whom It wills.

This is a hard staying.  Those in whom the spiritual urge is powerful do not worry their heads over it but strive because they must,
because they are drawn to without any thought of reward.  Those,
however, in whom the mind is too active and the Spirit is too weak
are apt to be puzzled and ask why they should make any effort if the
final achievement is not to be won by effort but bestowed by Grace.
They also ask why the Atma should choose one rather than another.
For such people I will try to clarify the saying.

Who is the 'you' that has to make effort, and who is the 'God' or
'Atma' that chooses and bestows Grace on the one rather than another?

The various religions express this simple truth through myth, allegory and doctrine and are apt to be puzzling.  In the Koran it is said that Allah offered the trust to the heavens and earth and do the mountains but all declined it.  Only man accepted and was untrue to it.  Religions assert that God gave man free will, which implies the freedom to rebel. In Christianity it is said that man is fallen on account of the original sin.  The Book of Genesis gives the story of how man fell into he domain of opposites, the differentiation of good and evil.  All these are allegories to the simple truth stated above.

The mind creates an ego, a seemingly complete, autonomous individual self, which, although illusory, seems to be the reality
of one.  This is the state known in Hinduism as 'ajnana' or ignorance, in Christianity as 'original sin', in Islam,  in its more violent form, as
'kufr' or 'denial', in its milder form, recognizing the Spirit as real but believing the ego also to be real, as 'shirk' or 'association' (of other
with God).

This is the obstruction to Self Realization.  Therefore, it has to be removed.  That is why the Masters say that Self-Realization is not
something new to be achieved but an eternally existent state to be
'discovered' or 'revealed'.  Therefore they compare it to an overcast
sky -- the clear sky does not have to be created, only the clouds covering to be blown away; or a pond overgrown with water lilies --
the water is there all time and only has to be revealed by clearing way the plants that have overgrown it.

To do this constitutes the effort of which the teachers and scriptures speak.  The mind has created the obstruction; the mind has to remove it.       

(Source: Be Still, it is the wind that sings.  Arthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Effort, Grace and Destiny - 1
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009, 08:26:05 AM »
Grace is a award/reward bestowed by Guru/God to people who toiled for perfection.

No pain no gain.

Awards are not given for under achievers.

It is our sincerity and earnestness that would fetch us the award.


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Re: Effort, Grace and Destiny - 1
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2009, 10:47:24 AM »
Efforts should be continued, without getting dismay, and the Self
will be realized, through conquest of ego, and this conquest is itself
the grace of god.

Arunachala Siva.