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Grace defined

“The Grace of the Lord flows down unceasingly and at all times. A person who has made God-realization the one and exclusive goal of his life, has already found refuge in Him – even though He may, for the time being, declare Himself by His absence.”

“You want to know whether Grace is without cause or reason? Certainly, for Grace is by it’s very nature beyond cause or reason…. the eternal relationship which by nature exists between father and son does surely not depend on any action. The Supreme Father, the Supreme Mother and the Supreme Friend – verily, God is all of these. Consequently how
can there be a cause or reason for His Grace? You are His and in
whatever way He may draw you to Him, it is for the sake of revealing
Himself to you.”

“The ceaseless,  never-ending current of divine Mercy and Compassion ever flows forth; in that current one should bathe.”

“That you have become aware of not knowing is also God’s grace, and your aspiration is equally God’s grace.”

Anandamayee Ma

“The spiritual path is a question of supply and demand. If the demand is there in the form of constant aspiration and remembrance of God, the supply in the form of guidance, protection and peace is
bound to manifest itself. God, who is an ocean of mercy and love is
waiting with outstretched arms to receive His children. So let us turn
to Him now.” – Swami Sivananda

“That is the mystery of grace: it never comes too late.”  -François Mauriac

“You may try thousands of times, but nothing can be achieved without God’s grace. One cannot see God without His grace. Is it an easy thing to receive grace? One must altogether renounce egotism; one cannot see God as long as one feels, `I am the doer.’ Ramakrishna, `The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna’

“Caroline Myss says grace is what heals us, the grace that comes abundantly through prayer.  She knows we cannot define grace with our minds.  While it is closely associated with Christianity and Catholicism, it is also found in Hinduism and other traditions.  It is a subtle, divine force beyond the grasp of reason; the laws of nature are often subject to grace, instead of the other way around.

To understand grace, we have to experience it. That does not mean
it will deliver an event like “an ocean parting in front of you”, she
explains.  Instead, it generally arrives in small packages we may not
even recognize.  For instance, grace can come to us in those angry
moments when we’re ready to let loose with terrible words.

“Then, this instinct comes up, a voice, and you hear, ‘Do you really want to
say that ?  Do you really want to do that ?  Do you really want to play
that card ? ” Myss says.  “That’s grace, because in that instant, wha’t
really happening is a divine intervention that’s stopping you from
destroying a whole part of your life, and you don’t even know it.  You
are thinking only about yourself and winning, or destroying another
human being and getting your way and being right, or whatever pettiness
is motivating you.  You have no idea that you’re about to destroy
yourself and another human being just for the sake of saying one
sentence in a moment of madness.  Then something comes in and says to
get a grip on yourself: that’s grace.  Because only grace can hold you
back from the madness of an ego out of control.”

To truly know grace, we must turn inward with prayer, and then grace can arrive, announced by a deep, full sense of tranquility”.

SourceScience of Mind magazine – March 2010 issue – pgs 9-10“Navigating the Weightless Territory of the Mystical Realm” by Barbara Stahura Passage based upon this review of Caroline Myss‘s book Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason

“The divine grace is life’s greatest treasure. If there is self- surrender, there is the inflow of grace. Lord’s grace will descend in proportion to the degree of surrender. The more the surrender, the more the grace.” Swami Sivananda

“The minimum qualification for Grace is surrender of ego.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“JEWELS give Joy, not Gold. You can experience the Name, you can imbibe the Form; you can take them to heart and dwell upon them and fill yourself with the joy that they evoke. That is why Jayadeva, Gomanka, Ramakrishna and others wished to remain ants, tasting Sugar rather than becoming sugar itself. The Name is like the seed, implanted in your heart; when the shower of His Grace falls upon it; it sprouts into a lovely tree. All trees that sprout from the Name are equally lovely and shady” Sri Sathya Sai Baba





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