God’s Grace Is All You Need
It was the
battlefield of the Great Mahabharata War (an ancient battle that
was fought between Pandavas—a clan of five brothers, symbolizing
righteousness; and Kauravas—a clan of hundred brothers,
symbolizing evil). When the Pandavas were emerging victorious,
Ashwathamma, a great warrior in the Kaurava army, out of
desperation, released the unfailing “Narayanastra”—a weapon that
can never fail in causing complete destruction. The divine weapon
was such that there was no remedy, nor any protection against its
fury. The weapon created havoc in the Pandava army. Soldiers were
dying by the millions; it appeared as if the entire Pandava
dynasty was in the brink of extinction.
themselves completely helpless, the Pandavas surrendered to Lord
Krishna, their protector and sole refuge. In times of adversity,
it is only the Lord who comes to the rescue of his devotees. In
response to their heartfelt prayers, Lord Krishna advised the
Pandavas to follow the most unusual strategy. He advised them to
drop all weapons and humbly surrender to the weapon. Ordinary
individuals would have never followed such advice, but the
Pandavas were no such. With implicit obedience, they immediately
complied with God’s command. The weapon, though destructive, was
one of divine origin. As soon as the Pandavas bowed to it in
reverence, it immediately calmed down and disappeared.
Lord’s grace had saved the entire Pandava army from destruction.
The Lord’s “will” must manifest and even nature will obey the
command of divinity with utmost reverence. Such is the power of
beginning of the Mahabharata War, Lord Krishna gave an option to
both Duryodhana, the Kuarava king, and Arjuna, a Pandava prince.
One would get Krishna’s huge army and the other, Lord Krishna
Himself—unarmed, though. Arjuna chose Krishna, whereas Duryodhana,
His mighty army. Arjuna was wise in choosing the Lord and hence he
won despite the mighty forces and wicked strategies deployed by
the Kauravas. It was only the Lord’s grace that helped Pandavas
achieve victory. Following Arjuna’s example, in the battle of
life, the wise man always chooses God, and not his mighty army—a
mere illusion of worldly pleasures. The one who chooses God and
wins his grace will always emerge victorious in the battle of life
and attain the final goal of liberation.
According to a divine boon, Markandeya, an ancient sage, was
allotted a lifespan of only 16 years. The parents of this young
boy were very perturbed on the arrival of the sixteenth year of
this boy. On his sixteenth birthday, the parents revealed to the
young boy the truth about his short lifespan.
lad was not disturbed. He had firm faith in the Lords’ grace and
knew that His sankalpa [will] could alter the writ of destiny
itself. With this faith in his chosen deity, Shiva, Markandeya, on
his sixteenth, and supposedly last birthday, visited the temple of
Lord Shiva. At the temple, he immersed himself in deep prayer and
clung to the Shivalinga [a symbol of Shiva]. At the allotted time,
Yama, the God of Death, appeared on the scene and cast his noose
around the young boy’s neck. The lad, however, did not yield and
prayed to Lord Shiva to such an extent that he literally became
one with Shiva. Pleased with his devotion, Maheshwara [Shiva]
appeared on the scene and rescued his beloved devotee from the
jaws of death. Not only did he save Markandeya’s life, he also
bestowed on him the boon of immortality—thus overruling the writ
of destiny itself. God’s grace had saved the boy.
confers all else.
mother-in-law was complaining against her new daughter-in-law that
she consumed large quantities of milk, curds, cream, butter, and
ghee. The girl’s brother, on hearing the story, called her, and
after reprimanding her, advised her to give up stealing all the
items, except milk. “Milk, you can drink any quantity you like but
why steal these other by-products of milk.” (Prashanti
Vidwanmahaasabha, Ananthpur, 07/31/1967). Milk is nothing but the
Lord’s grace and once you have it, all other byproducts will
naturally follow it.
story comes to mind: A man who had four wives was once traveling
on business. When the time to return home came, he sent a word to
his wives, asking each what they desired. The three oldest wives
sent a long list of desired things. The youngest, on the other
hand, only asked for the husband to return. On his arrival, the
husband, sent each of the three wives what they desired but,
personally, with all his wealth, visited the youngest wife. God’s
grace is like that. It will confer on you whatever you choose, but
you must ask for the Lord Himself, all else will follow him like
Hanuman, the great protagonist of Ramayana was born among the
species of monkeys. Despite the birth among monkeys, Hanuman’s
devotion, purity of heart, and surrender, won Rama’s heart, and
hence his grace. With this grace, Hanuman performed the most
impossible of feats as if they were mere child’s play. Hanuman
lifted and transported an entire mountain from Sri Lanka to
Ayodhya, made rocks float on water, and destroyed the most
terrifying demons—all because of Rama’s grace.
is for everyone.
grace, contrary to human fancies, is not reserved for a chosen
few. He is the most generous of givers and confers His grace on
one and all.
will be opened, but did we knock yet? When we knock someone’s
door, don’t we wait patiently till it is opened? If there is a
delay, don’t we keep knocking till the call is answered? God’s
door is like that. We must knock and wait till He answers the
call. Till the call is answered, we must pray without giving up,
as He has promised to answer every knock on His door. Patience and
faith are the twin virtues that Shirdi Sai Baba, Swami’s previous
incarnation, taught to all His followers.
karma, no sin, no imaginary shortcoming of ours, can come in the
way of God’s grace. His grace will spare no barriers and change
our lives once and for all. Remember, our Swami can alter the writ
of destiny itself. Why fear and despair then? He is always with
us. Let us strive for nothing short of God’s grace. God’s grace is
all you need. All else will follow.
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