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Becoming an Invitation to the Divine
Tking another person’s life into your hands is not a good thing because it sits on you in a certain way.
A doctor is constantly taking someone else’s life into his or her hands. It is a big thing to carry on your head. If you have sufficiently explored whichever system of medicine, you know your role is not even 50%.
The remaining percentage you don’t know what the hell! This is always the experience of the greatest doctors in the world.
If you are a believer in god it is very easy. You look up and say “Shiva, Rama.” Even if a patient dies, after all, they are going into god’s lap, so it’s okay! But when you cannot subscribe to these belief systems but you still see that your role is so small in making things happen, that’s when you realize the presence of grace.
The real question and struggle begins for someone who does not know whether to believe or not – someone whose intellect is struggling with both.
For someone struggling with the limitations of his own logic and capability, and struggling with the other dimension which doesn’t seem to be tangible, for such a person, the presence of grace becomes absolutely clear in his life.
He clearly understands that when he really wants to cross a narrow bridge, nothing can happen here without the help of the other dimension.
The question is, how to invite this presence? When we say we are doing sadhana, it means we are just trying to become an invitation to the divine. Something beyond yourself begins to function.
And allowing it to function – having the sense to do what you can, and to stand by with what you cannot and still be there alert and present, is the whole essence of yoga. That is how you become a receptacle or a doorway to grace.
Grace is subtle. If your presence is not there, its presence also will not be there.
This is the nature of the divine. This is why most people miss it, because they are mostly absent.
Either your thoughts, emotions or activity is ruling you; not your presence. This is the transformation that you are trying to bring about with a spiritual practice.
Your body, mind, and emotion can follow you but you want your presence to be the dominant thing. But right now, you have made your thought, emotion, and body far more important than yourself.
In this upside-down condition, you cannot feel grace.
If you reverse this condition within yourself, suddenly, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Every aspect of life is transported to a completely different experience of life.
This doesn’t happen because you believe something. With belief systems, you can imagine; this is the problem with believers. To have a solid logical base and still be open to grace is something that one has to do.
If you do not get established in your logical base, you are susceptible to fly off into imagination and think it’s grace.
The mystical and logical, both the realms are equally important. If your logical realm is well established, the mundane aspect of your life is well conducted.
If the mystical dimension of your life is open to you, your experience of life is indescribable. Once you have conducted your mundane pretty well, it’s time to be open to the mystical. Here, your logic will not work, it will only limit you.
“How do I fight my logic?” You just shun the produce, not the logic industry. You cannot kill the mind, but you can ignore the produce. It generates thought, you ignore it.
It generates emotion, you ignore it. It generates opinion, you ignore it. It churns up a whole ideology, ignore it.
If you do that, you will be in a natural state of devotion. Devotion does not mean adulation of someone.
Devotion is that which is devoid of yourself. What you call as “myself” right now is just a bundle of thought, emotion and opinion, isn’t it?
If you rest these three things, your personality will be absent. Then the life in you will be present. If this is present, you cannot miss grace..
(Ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, visionary and a New York Times bestselling author Sadhguru has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 2017, the highest annual civilian award, accorded for exceptional and distinguished service)
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