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Quotations: Grace

by Clarity Magazine
Spring 2013 No Comment

Divine grace is forever impersonal. It is not, like the human will, dependent on personal choices or inclinations. It has no favorites. Like the sunlight, it shines impartially everywhere.

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Divine grace is like the most precious of those rare diamonds. It is there to be found by all who will seek it diligently.

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Divine grace can make fertile the most arid heart, transforming its brown desert into a verdant garden of inner happiness and peace

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The river of grace forever flows in the hidden depths of our being. There is no need to cry out to God for help. He is forever near us—nearer than our most secret thoughts and feelings.

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Affirmation is man’s part of the labor of self-transformation. United to the flow of divine grace, affirmation becomes the sort of prayer that alone achieves results.

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God’s grace flows constantly in our lives. Prayer and meditation are the best ways to part the curtains of the mind, making it receptive. So also is an attitude of willingness.

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The goal of yoga practice is simply to deepen one’s receptivity by stilling the body, mind, and emotions, thereby making oneself more aware of the movement of divine grace within.

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Divine grace must be received not only inwardly, in meditation, but also outwardly, through a true spiritual channel. Such a channel will be sent to every sincere seeker by God.

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The differences that we see in the religions of the world are only “colorations” given by the human mind. Whatever differences exist in the flow of grace and power depend on the individual’s sincerity, and not on the outer forms of worship.

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To think of God as the Doer doesn’t make a person passive. It takes a great effort of will to be receptive to Him. The devotee must offer himself positively and joyfully into the flow of inner grace.

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The degree of faith, and of the flow of divine grace in your life, is determined by your depth of Self-realization. What you attempt to accomplish by grace should be tempered by what you have received of God’s power in your life.

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The essence of spiritual development is a steadily increasing receptivity to God’s light and grace, through deep, humble love for the Lord.

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Ultimately, what liberates the soul is divine grace. It is unrealistic, however, to claim that man plays no part in the process. One must cooperate consciously with grace.

From the works of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.

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