The Bhagavad Gita
Make every act an offering to me (God); regard me as your only protector. Relying on interior discipline, meditate on me always. Remembering me, you shall overcome all difficulties through my grace. But if you will not heed me in your self-will, nothing will avail you.
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.'
God doesn't easily appear in the heart of a man who feels himself to be his own master. But God can be seen the moment His grace descends.
The Self cannot be known through study of the scriptures, nor through the intellect, nor through hearing learned discourses. The Self can be attained only by those whom the Self chooses.
The Self reveals himself to the one who longs for the Self. Those who long for the Self with all their heart are chosen by the Self as his own.
Sages are granted all the help they need in everything they do to serve the Lord.
Brahman cannot be realized by those who are enmeshed in life's duality. But to all those who pierce this duality, whose hearts are given to the Lord of Love, He gives himself through his infinite grace.
The highest form of dispassion born of pure discrimination has arisen in your heart, O Rama, and it is superior to dispassion born of a circumstantial cause or an utter disgust. Such dispassion is surely due to the grace of God. This grace meets the maturity of discrimination at the exact moment when dispassion is generated in the heart.
The supreme is attained by one who through self-effort and right actions has earned the grace of the Lord. Past habits and tendencies are very strong. Hence mere self-effort is inadequate.
In the preliminary stages of meditation, the effort seems to come entirely from yourself; you keep forcing your mind to remain pointed at its object. But now you become aware of an outside force, a magnetic power of attraction which draws your mind in the desired direction, so that effort is no longer your own. This is what is known as grace.
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