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Effort, Grace and Destiny - 2
« on: April 10, 2009, 01:21:36 PM »
The effort involves the will and emotions, as well as the understanding and therefore has to be persistent, determined and
skilful.  The ego has put out tentacles which cling to the world, and either these have to be lopped off or the ego itself is killed.  It craves
the admission or submission of other egos, and therefore humility is enjoined.  It craves enjoyment of creation, in its own right instead of being a channel through which the Spirit perceives and enjoys, and therefore celibacy and ascetism are sometimes prescribed and self-
indulgence is always, in all religions, forbidden.

The attempt to lop off the tantacles of ego has been compared in
mythology to a battle with a many-headed giant, who grew two
new heads for each one lopped off.*  The only way of disposing
of him was to strike at the heart and kill the entire being, not deal
with the heads individually.  The campaign must be skilful and intelligently planned as well as ruthless.  What wonder if differerent
Masters in different religions have prescribed different ways of conducting it.  The goal in all cases is the same.  The taming or destruction of the ego or the discovery that it never really existed!

(* Sri Devi Maahaatmyam or Sri Durga Sapta Sati.  Devi drinks the blood of the demon, since every drop that falls created more demons.)

All this is effort.  Then what about Grace?  Grace is the natural flow of the Spirit into and through the mind and faculties.  There is nothing capricious or erratic about it.  Bhagavan Ramana said:  "Grace is always there; it is only you have to make yourself receptive to it."
It is likened traditionally to the sunlight falling on a flower garden;
if one bud opens not another, it is not due to any partiality on the
side of the sun, but only to the maturity or immaturity of the buds.
Or if the sunlight penetrates one room and not another, it is simply because, the doors and windows are open in one and in another shut.   

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

Arunachala Siva.