Grace happens not because of one’s efforts, but on its own. It cannot be created or controlled in any way. It is like a glimpse of the aspirant’s goal that’s meant to motivate him to keep treading the path, to keep internalising it, to keep eradicating vasanas and so on. But often people think they have worked at getting this grace. If so, it should be under their command to create it again, which is actually not possible. So, one should receive grace with all humility and gratitude for nothing of your doing can ever be credited for the grace. All one can do is strive to make the mind more humble and get rid of bondages, the shackles of ignorance. The mind that is filled with bondages and ego, is not a pure enough place for God to be.
So, whenever grace happens, be thankful and prepare your mind to be more pure, clean, humble, loving, dispassionate and unshackled. It doesn’t take much to desire anything big but one needs to become deserving to receive it. One needs to prepare oneself rather than complaining to God for not bestowing grace.
Just imagine, if everyone who meditates was to experience samadhi, how wonderful would that be! But it doesn’t happen like that, simply because the mind is cluttered. How can samadhi happen in such a mind? Be grateful to God – we didn’t deserve it, yet we got it. Such beautiful moments do happen, without being deserving enough, and leave fragrance behind. But such moments don’t happen everyday!
Keep seeking, keep yearning, for one day Lord will bestow bliss and you will receive divine grace! But you give up soon enough. Keep seeking until you attain. Now, when the mind is filled with attachments, how are you going to seek the Supreme? When the mind hankers after money, how will it yearn for the Divine? It’s only on a clean canvas that a good painting can be made. If a canvas is dirty, then no painting can be made on it. So even if you go to the most sought after painter with a dirty, greasy, soiled paper, the painter will refuse to do anything on that. He will say, please get me a clean sheet, then only I can do something. So, try to clean up the sheet of your mind to let the Guru add some colours onto that.
If your mind sheet is dirty, murky, greasy and torn – pulled in different directions due to attachments – you are neither here nor there. What can a Guru do with the torn, broken, dissipated mind? Nothing! Guru would say, ‘Purify your mind first, only then can I colour it, for how can a soiled cloth be coloured?’
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