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Grace of the Divine

CHENNAI: Given its fickle minded nature and its propensity to succumb to distractions and temptations of this material world, it is not easy to direct the human mind towards the spiritual. Though it is suggested that by physically removing oneself from the pulls of the world and retreating to the forest can help in meditation, this alone cannot ensure concentration. What really matters is the conditioning of the mind. More than where we live, it is what we do and what we think, that is important.

Conversely, for an evolved person, it is also possible to meditate on the spiritual even while living in the midst of worldly distractions with family, kith and kin. The case of Bharata is an illustration of such a person, who was able to renounce the comforts of the palace and adopt the ascetic way of life in Ayodhya, during the fourteen years of Rama's exile, said Sri Raguveera Bhattachari in his lecture.

Basically God's grace is necessary for our every effort to meditate on Him, for directing our thoughts towards Him. We have to petition to God to make our efforts to think of Him effective. Effort and practice, with the thought that it is He who is responsible for all, can be the best method.

It is important to be aware that the grace of the Divine is the cause of all achievements, accomplishments and success, and that this alone is the guiding force of all existence. Though this truth is felt, it goes unacknowledged many a time, because it is tempting to think that achievements are the result of one's personal efforts.

The animal and plant world constantly affirm the presence of the grace of the divine. Does not the pig display such motherly instincts when it prepares the soft earth for the little ones it is going to litter?

Who has lent the high-flying eagle the sharpness of sight to spot the prey in the deep waters even from an extraordinary height?

The rakshasa Viradha, after he was killed by Rama, realises his liberated state and identity, and ponders on the Maya that prevents the fettered people from identifying their creator the Lord, when even a calf can find its mother.

Constant meditation on the infinite all pervading God confers a peace of mind in this world and ensures a better future in the next.

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