Quote for the Day
You might say that the karma of the previous birth has to be consumed in this birth and that no amount of grace can save man from that. Evidently, someone has taught you to believe so. But I assure you, you need not suffer from karma like that. When a severe pain torments you, the doctor gives you a morphine injection and you do not feel the pain, though it is there in the body. Grace is like the morphine; the pain is not felt, though you go through it! Grace takes away the malignity of the karma which you have to undergo. There are also dated drugs, which become ineffective after a certain time. Well, so too, with Grace, the effect of karma is rendered null, even though you go through the experience! Hence, it is wrong to say the ‘Lalata likhitam’ (fate written on the forehead) cannot be rendered ineffective. Grace can surpass anything; nothing can stand in its way. Remember, it is the grace of the ‘All-mighty’!
– Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1964
Summary of the Discussion
1. Grace is given by the almighty and namasmarana can help obtain the Grace, which can withstand any kind of suffering.
2. God writes/decides one’s destiny. The Airport looks chaotic with so many people. But the person traveling knows his destination. Similarly, people’s life look chaotic for an outsider. We can’t judge about other’s life, it is God’s will.
3. God knows, what to give and when to give. :
Story of 2 men one who was very rich but couldn’t walk. And there was a poor man who wanted to marry off his daughter. Both prayed intensely to God. Rich man does fasting for 41 days, on the last days he wished to offer Gold coins to the Lord. On the 40th day, God tells the poor man in his dream to take a bag of gold coins offered by the Rich man. Poor mans get the needed money. Rich man unknowingly chases the poor man and realizes that he could walk again.
4.God’s grace is like ocean unlimited, it depends on how big our vessel is to hold the grace.
5.When you have God’s grace, the effects of karma will not be felt as much like Anesthesia controls the pain during a surgery.
6.How to get Grace? Swami says service is the medicine for all the diseases.
7.Your deeds causes Karma. If you feel doing a certain task is good, don’t delay it. If you don’t feel good about a task do not embark on it. Noble deeds(like service) should not be delayed. Ravana had a sacred idea of converting all sea water around Lanka to drinking water. He delayed it and the task remained incomplete . He focused more on abducting Sita and his thoughts were centered around Sita, finally he was destroyed.
8.Swami says, if you are Christian be a better Christian, if you are a Hindu be a better Hindu, if you are a Muslim, be a better Muslim.