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That God's commitment to such ardent devotees who abide by His injunction and solely depend on Him can be illustrated by the example of a dwarf attempting his best to get a fruit in the top branch of a tree. When his endeavour proved in vain there appeared a tall person who could effortlessly pluck it and give it to him. That is God's grace. The Lord is also often compared to a charioteer who takes the vehicle with passengers inside safely. Scriptures point out the different paths available for aspirants, like devotion, action, duty and knowledge. Each of them, when practised, may seem to present certain obstacles. The best solution is to pray before a religious leader to guide him on the path of surrender.
In this connection, the Jeeyar Swami of the Ahobila Math, in a discourse, referred to the three factors governing the adoption of steps to reach their respective Gods. The first is to know who is the "Reality", viz. the Supreme with all powers, even to offer salvation (Moksha). Another is about the procedures to be taken. The third is the goal. Scriptures tell us that the body is entirely different from the soul that is seated within. The former perishes but the latter is immortal and continues from one body to another. Because of the knowledge gained in the previous life, a child, even at birth, is able to take its feed from its mother. The Srivaishnavites firmly believe in the Supreme's lordship and how He is full of auspicious attributes. The universe, consisting of sentient beings, souls and matter are all the body of the Lord and that He is their inner self or soul. Texts refer to the eagerness with which the Lord awaits the individual souls which had gone astray and how He feels happy at their return to His abode (Moksha).
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