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  • jayita_2708
    Extract from Grace by Sri Chinmoy; There is no such thing as success. It is all the descent of Grace Two brothers were in the same class, and they used to
    Message 1 of 7 , Sep 9, 2004
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      Extract from "Grace" by Sri Chinmoy;

      "There is no such thing as success.
      It is all the descent of Grace"

      Two brothers were in the same class, and they used to study very
      hard together. Both of them were disciples of a particular spiritual
      Master. One day, the Master said to them, "You do not have to study
      so hard. Just pray to me and study a little. If you pray to me, your
      study will be more effective."
      The youger one said to himself, "No, merely by thinking of you, I
      will not pass." So he studied for nine or ten hours a day. The elder
      one had more faith. He only studied very few things, and the rest of
      the time he repeated the Master's name.
      What happened? The day the examination came, the very things the
      older brother studied were on the examination paper. And the one who
      had studied so many books failed. They started together with the
      same desire to do extremely well on the examination, but then there
      was someone, the Master, who offered them Grace. The one who studied
      for only a few hours and then meditated with devotion received the
      Grace that descended. The one who did not believe the Master studied
      so hard, but even then he failed.

      "A feeble prayer brings down
      God's omnipotent Grace.
      Such is the magnanimity
      Of God's Compassion"
    • jayita_2708
      Without the Grace-Power, Everything is out of reach. With the Grace-Power, Everything is within easy reach. - Sri Chinmoy (from God Is )
      Message 2 of 7 , Sep 13, 2004
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        "Without the Grace-Power,
        Everything is out of reach.
        With the Grace-Power,
        Everything is within easy reach."

        - Sri Chinmoy (from "God Is")
      • karina_ward
        Just recently my son became ill. Not life threateningly, but it was the climax of three years of fragile health. The symptoms were always the same: he was a
        Message 3 of 7 , Nov 2, 2004
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          Just recently my son became ill. Not life threateningly, but it was
          the climax of three years of fragile health. The symptoms were
          always the same: he was a cranky little boy who just would not eat.
          So one night I sat down in front of my meditation place and prayed
          and prayed and prayed. I have done this before, but it was not
          accompanied by this determination and faith. This was the only
          answer.

          Three days later I discovered that I needed to cut out wheat, dairy
          and sugar from his diet. This revelation was made by Rudrani who
          willingly and speedily helped me. Not only does Jack look incredibly
          healthy, but he is always asking me for more food - 'I'm hungry' has
          become his lovely little whine as opposed to 'No!'

          This Grace has not been confined to a single moment of diagnosis,
          but has permeated my whole life. I am astounded by my own discipline
          with his diet. I cannot ever remember having this kind of life
          change and coping so well. I am so relieved and grateful for this
          Grace because without it I am really quite useless.
        • nayaknayaknayak
          For no reason at all, I suddenly felt happier than usual for the last few days. I did not do anything different, but perhaps my visit to Sri Chinmoy in New
          Message 4 of 7 , Jul 27, 2005
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            For no reason at all, I suddenly felt happier than usual for the last
            few days. I did not do anything different, but perhaps my visit to Sri
            Chinmoy in New York finally kicked in.

            I was really puzzled. Oh, yes, I am usually pretty happy, because I am
            required to be so by myself (I read "Be Happy" every morning--it is a
            short poetic essay by Sri Chinmoy).

            This good mood persisted, and I had quite a nice, exceptional feeling
            about the universe.

            The only thing I can figure out is: that's Grace.

            Yours,

            Nayak
          • jogyata
            So far we have looked at three of the foundation stones of successful meditation practice – sincerity, effective technique and aspiration. In meditation,
            Message 5 of 7 , Dec 6, 2006
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              So far we have looked at three of the foundation stones of successful
              meditation practice – sincerity, effective technique and aspiration.
              In meditation, sincerity consecrates a part of our life to regular
              practice; our focus in the heart centre with its powerfully
              concentrated spiritual qualities ensures maximum progress; and the
              heart's awakening inner cry ignites our aspiration from tiny ember to
              mounting flame. This quickening in our inner journeying is an exciting
              time of palpable results – how different we are beginning to feel!

              But personal effort is only one reason for this blossoming of spirit –
              the second is the transformative power of grace, a recurring theme in
              the written and oral teachings of the great masters and spiritual
              teachers. Grace is the love and compassion of God responding to
              personal effort and falling unconditionally like rain on agnostic and
              believer alike. Personal effort, magnet-like, always attracts grace –
              and grace increases our hunger, deepens our meditation, clears away
              the blocks and obstacles and expedites our progress. Grace is the
              fourth secret of meditation, the key to the great alchemy that
              transforms ignorance into knowledge, disbelief into devotion, seeker
              into saint.

              "God is on the third floor and I am on the first floor. There
              should be a rendezvous, a meeting place. I have to go to God; I have
              to go to the second floor with my personal effort, that is to say,
              with my tears, my soulful cry. And then God will come down from the
              third floor to the second floor with His infinite Grace, Compassion,
              and there we meet together. He has to give what He has, His
              Compassion, the flood of Compassion, and I have to give my little
              personal effort and my tears, the flood of my tears. Then we come
              together, there we meet together." - Sri Chinmoy.

              For most of us beginning meditation, personal effort is required
              because the concept of grace with its assumption of the existence of
              God is simply not a reality. Either we do not believe in God or,
              overly conscious of our blemishes and wrong doings, we cannot believe
              that a God could love us constantly and unconditionally. Sri Chinmoy
              tells us that the opposite is true, that even our little personal
              effort is itself entirely due to God's loving grace. God is calling us
              – our meditation is our response.

              "Personal effort cannot live by itself even for a minute, because
              its inner nourishment is the Grace from Above. The grace is inside
              your personal effort. If grace is not there, personal effort will be
              very, very limited – after some time you will give up. God's Grace is
              responsible for everything... this moment it is using our hands, next
              minute it is using our legs, next moment it is using our mind, next
              moment our breath or our heart." - Sri Chinmoy.

              Grace especially permeates our being when we are in the field of
              aspiration, even to the point of nullifying or changing our karma. The
              law of karma refers to a cosmic law in which action and reactions,
              causes and effects are part of a chain of experiences given to us by a
              higher Power. Sri Chinmoy uses the analogy of a child who does
              something wrong then runs to the father to avoid the consequences. The
              father has compassion for the child. He knows the child has done
              something wrong but safeguards the child from the consequences.

              "If we have complete faith in God and we surrender to Him and we
              immediately run to Him with our wrong doing, our error or our defects,
              He will bless us and protect us from the karma which would have
              normally come back to us." - Sri Chinmoy.

              Belief or disbelief in grace does not alter it's reality any more than
              our expectation of a sunny day might stop a sudden downpour – and an
              open mind/open heart will gradually reveal it's existence. As we
              become more conscious of grace in our life, a direct personal
              experience, our faith and surrender and our feeling of being God's
              child deepen. Anxiety disappears, love and patience come, everything
              is being taken care of by God the infinitely loving parent. This is
              not a dogma or a philosophy or an idea but Reality – you know it, live
              it, you can feel it.

              Comments Sri Chinmoy: "God's greatest adamantine Power is His Grace.
              The moment God uses His Grace for an individual, He offers His very
              Life-Breath to the seeker. Grace does everything. Grace is like
              sunshine. If you keep your windows open, then only can the sunlight
              enter. But if you keep your hearts door closed, then how can sunlight
              enter? If we approach God with the heart and the soul, there can be no
              dryness, only a constant shower of love and Grace. We feel our love
              flowing to God and God's Grace constantly being showered on us."

              Sri Chinmoy mentions two important qualities that we need to better
              utilise the force of grace in our lives - the first is purity in the
              heart, mind and vital; the second is gratitude. "It is through
              gratitude, constant gratitude to the Supreme in us, that we expand our
              consciousness and come to know our higher vision and reality." With
              the Supreme's Grace always in our lives, everything becomes simple and
              clear and we know what our life's tasks and purposes are. At this time
              we are eager to show our love by serving God in the world. "God does
              not want an inactive body, a dead soul. He wants someone who is
              active, dynamic and aspiring; someone who wants to be energised so
              that he can do something for God; someone who wants to realise God and
              manifest all the divine qualities here on earth."

              But our inner wealth always starts with God's grace and compassion.
              This infinite wealth achieves "first, a free access to His inner
              Existence, then a most complete intimacy or oneness with His inner
              Will and finally, ecstasy or delight, which is the universal and
              transcendental Reality which God Himself is."

              - Jogyata.
            • kamalakanta47
              Dear friends, brothers and sisters, Today I feel inspired to share some of Sri Chinmoy s writings on Grace: Grace Grace is our true meal. A true devotee can
              Message 6 of 7 , Mar 27, 2010
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                Dear friends, brothers and sisters,

                Today I feel inspired to share some of Sri Chinmoy's writings on Grace:


                Grace

                "Grace is our true meal. A true devotee can really and truly live on God's Grace. The Bible has taught us, "Man does not live by bread alone." This is true; but I wish to say that man can live by God's Grace alone. If a spiritual person, an aspirant, really cares for God's Grace, then I wish to say that he can live by God's Grace constantly and eternally.
                God's Grace is God's self-revealing, self-fulfilling eternal Existence. We have to know that it is God's Grace that will give us illumination, liberation and realisation. The infinite life, the eternal life, God's infinite wealth will belong to the aspirant who really cares for the Supreme's Grace, which is our only meal."

                Excerpt from Life-Tree-Leaves by Sri Chinmoy
                http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/books/0157/1/12




                Question: Could you speak on Grace?

                Sri Chinmoy: "God has various kinds of power, but His most powerful adamantine power is His Grace. The moment He uses His Grace for a seeker, He offers His very Life-Breath to the seeker.
                God and God's Grace can never be separated. The divine Grace is constantly descending upon us. He who is aspiring sincerely is consciously aware of this divine Grace, whereas he who is not aspiring is keeping his heart's door permanently closed to the divine Grace.
                If we approach God through His Grace, then we are more successful. When we think of God, if we immediately feel that God is Grace within and without, then we will find it easier to approach God. The moment we think of God's Grace, we feel that His infinite Peace, Light and Bliss are already in the process of entering into us. But if we think of God as omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, then His divine qualities we do not see flowing through us. When we think of God as Grace, then all His divine, infinite qualities we feel entering into us. At that time, they become part and parcel of our inner and outer life.
                From now on, let us feel that it is through the Grace of God that we can go to God, not that by going to God we are going to have His Grace. Here is a subtle difference. Let us think of God's Grace, which is constantly flowing, and let the flow carry us into the Source."

                Excerpt from Flame Waves, Part 12 by Sri Chinmoy
                http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/books/0373/1/27





                21 July 1999 8:11 a.m. Before using seated double-arm machine

                "My Supreme, my Supreme!
                Your sustaining Grace;Is saving me
                From danger's destructive face.
                I am offering You
                My prayerful and soulful Gratitude-heart-tears.
                My Supreme, my Supreme!"

                Excerpt from My Morning Soul-Body Prayers, Part 7 by Sri Chinmoy
                http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/books/1321/1/48

                with gratitude, Kamalakanta
              • urdhacheta
                I dunno if it was Grace but how else can I explain how my chronic knee pain for more than 3-4 years was gone just because I prayed. For 3-4 years, I could not
                Message 7 of 7 , Mar 28, 2010
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                  I dunno if it was Grace but how else can I explain how my chronic knee pain for more than 3-4 years was gone just because I prayed.

                  For 3-4 years, I could not run, even walk or standing to brush my teeth was a painful experience. Trips to see hospital specialists were useless. So one night I decided to surrender and just pray to Guru to heal me. Strangely, I begun to massage the side of my thighs with some thigh stretching. And surprisingly, it worked. Guru's grace helped me to get rid of my knee pain which no doctor could help. Now I am running again without the help of knee guards or supplements.

                  I went on to help some friends at work ease their knee problems. One of my friends was told by doctor to go for an operation, but by sharing how to message and stretch, my friend need not go for a 10,000 dollars knee replacement operation.
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