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Divine grace

CHENNAI: : Intense and unflinching devotion that helps riveting the mind on God may be more rewarding than delving deep into esoteric spiritual texts. In the absence of devotion, an emotional bond, practice of austerities and pursuit of learning will not take one far in realising the Supreme, the ultimate goal of an embodied soul. It is possible for an individual to realise God and attain liberation even while leading the life of a householder, if only his mind is properly conditioned. The emphasis is on attunement of the mind rather than on breaking away from the day-to-day chores and duties in the physical sense. By virtue of his frame of mind, evolved through devotional practices, a true Bhakta is able to resist the pulls of worldly desires. To him, the blissful experience obtainable from God related-activities is superior to everything else the world can offer.

In this category of devotees is placed Kuchela, a fellow disciple of Lord Krishna during his days as a student in the hermitage of Sandipani, said Sri C. L. Ramakrishnan in his discourse. Later as a householder, Kuchela continued with the practice of wholehearted devotion to Lord Krishna, while his family continued to live in extreme poverty. When entreated by his wife to approach Lord Krishna to get some help for means of livelihood, Kuchela readily agreed to visit Krishna, relishing more the opportunity of seeing Krishna rather than wishing to get help from him.

The story of Kuchela, who visited Lord Krishna in Dwaraka, has a fairytale like quality about it. The manner in which God blessed Kuchela reveals God's compassionate nature that comprehends all the needs of His devotee. When a person asks for favours, what is asked may be granted. But when the nature of favour is not specified, then it is the wish of the donor. Kuchela was more than overwhelmed with the loving companionship of his dear friend, and of the divine hospitality of Lord Krishna and Rukmini. It was on his way home that he remembered he had forgotten his wife's promptings to ask for help. Astonished by the opulence that had taken possession of his house and family, he realised with gratitude the benign shower of Lord's grace. Such is the remarkable quality of divine grace that comes unasked, in a manner unimagined and at a time when it is unexpected.

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