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THE SACRED READINGS
Compiled by Rev. Mikail
Hindu:" Bhagavad Gita, XVIII.
"Fixing thy heart on Me, thou
shalt, by My Grace, overcome all obstacles; but if, through egoism, thou
wilt not hear Me, thou shalt perish."
"It is by the power of the Buddha
only that one can see that pure land of Buddha as clear as one sees the
image of one's face in thetransparent mirror held up before one."
Zoroastrian: Zend Avesta, Gathas
2. Yasna XXVII. 7
"And do Thou, O Mazda, O Great
Creator, come to me with Thy Creative Mind, and do Thou, who bestoweth
all gifts through Thy Cosmic Order, bestow alike, long-lasting gifts upon
us, and that this life may be spent aright."
Native Peoples: Black Elk, The
"The Sun, the Light of the world,
I hear Him coming. I see His face as He comes. He makes the beings on earth
happy, and they rejoice. O Wakan-Tanka, I offer you this world of Light.
The Light of Wakan-Tanka is upon my people; it is making the whole Earth
bright. My people are now happy! All beings that move are rejoicing!"
Judaism: Psalm 84. 9-13
"O Lord of Hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob. Behold, O God, our shield and look on the face
of Thy anointed. Truly one day in Thy courts is better than a thousand
others; I would rather stand upon the threshold of the house of my God
than to dwell in the tent of sinners. For the Lord God is a sun and a shield;
the Lord grants grace and glory; He refuses not good things to them who
walk in innocence. O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the woman and man who trust
Christianity: Luke, 12. 27-31
" Consider how the lilies of
the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that Solomon
in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes
the grass which flourishes in the field today but tomorrow is thrown into
the fire, how much more you, o ye of little faith. And as for you, do not
seek what you shall eat or what you shall drink,...your Father knows that
you need these things. Seek first the kingdom of God and all else will
be given to you."
Islam: Quran, XLII. 19
"Gracious is Allah to His servants;
He gives Sustenance to whom He pleases; and He has the Power and can carry
out His Will."
Ba'ha'i: Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah
"My claim on thee is great,
it cannot be forgotten. My Grace to thee is plenteous, it cannot be veiled.
My Love has made in thee its home, it cannot be concealed. My Light is
manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured."
" I cling to Thee with a child's
faith, bearing Thy most lovely image in my heart. I sought refuge in Thy
bosom, Beloved, and I am safe, feeling Thine arms around me."
"How shall I thank Thee,
my King, for Thy bountiful gifts? Every gift Thou givest me, my generous
Lord, is invaluable. A tongue of flame arose from the spark in my heart
by Thy gentle blowing. Thou dost hear my softest whisper; Thou hast taught
me Thine own tongue and to read the character written by Thy pen."
"Thy music causeth my soul
to dance; in the murmur of the wind I hear Thy flute; the waves of the
sea keep the rhythm of my dancing steps. Through the whole of nature I
hear Thy music played, my Beloved; my soul while dancing speaketh of its
joy in song."
Quotations from the Sermon:
"The Sufis ... teach that the
initiate can do nothing without the initial
grace of All~h (tawfiq, the
help of God), and that the spiritual states (ahwal)
could never be the "productions"
of any human industry.... a state of grace
must be fixed in the soul
by an effort at once intellectual, moral & technical,
or rather, it is the soul
which must be fixed in a state of grace ~ a fixation
which the Sufis call a "station
~ Arberry, The Doctrine of
"For thirty years I went
in search of God, and when I opened my eyes at the
end of this time I discovered
that it was really He who sought me."
~ B~yazid al-Bistami
"The contemplation of Divine
Grace widens the outlook of the devotee and
enables him or her to view
in life the mercy of God in all aspects; and this
produces in him or her a
thankful, contented, resigned, and peaceful nature,
which is most essential on
this path. "
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan, Githas
Divine Grace - Hazrat
There is a saying that the
one who troubles much about the cause is far removed from the cause. Many
wonder: "If I am happy in life, what is the cause of it? If I am sorry
in life, what is the cause of it? Is it my past life from where I have
brought something which brings me happiness or unhappiness, or is it my
action in this life which is the cause of my happiness or unhappiness?"
And one can give a thousand answers and at the same time one cannot satisfy
the questioner fully. When people think much about the law, they forget
about love. When they think that the world is constructed according to
a certain law, then they forget the Constructor Who is called in the Bible
Love; God is Love.
In the first place, when
we see from morning till evening man's selfish actions, whether good or
bad actions, we see that he is not entitled to any happiness or anything
good coming to him. And that shows that God does not always exact according
to a certain law. He does not weigh your virtue on one side of the scale
and His grace on the other, and exchange His grace for man's virtues. The
Divine Being apart, man in his friendship, in his kindness, in his favor
and disfavor, does he always exact what the other one is, or is doing?
No. A friend admires his friend for his goodness and defends him for his
wrongdoings. Does he not forget the law when there comes friendship? He
forgets it. So man, instead of using justice and reason, overlooks all
that is lacking and wrong.
Something right comes forward
to cover it all, to forget it all, to forgive it all. A mother whose son
is accused of having done something wrong, she knows he has done wrong
and she knows he is against the law. At the same time there is something
else in her which wishes to lift up, to clear away. She would spend anything,
lose anything, sacrifice anything in order that her son might not be punished.
When we see that in everyday life, according to his evolution, man has
a tendency to forget, to forgive, to look at things favorably, to cover
all that is ugly; if this tendency is in man, from where does it come?
It comes from the source which is Perfection. There is God. It is most
amusing to see how people make God and His actions mechanical and how for
themselves they claim free will. They say: "I choose to do this," or "I
choose to do that," and "I have the free will to choose." This is man's
claim. And at the same time he thinks that God and all His works and the
universe are a mechanism. It is all running automatically. Man denies that
God has a free will, and he himself claims it.
People look at it in two
ways. They say: "ALL that man does is recorded, and in accordance to that
it is adjusted. On the Judgment Day, either he has the reward of his good
deeds or the punishment for his wrong deeds." Others who are more philosophical
and intellectual say: "It is not God but it is the law, the automatic working
which brings about a result in accordance to the cause, and therefore,
what man has done in his past life, he experiences in this life." And there
is a third point of view, that it need not be the hereafter and that it
need not be the life ahead, in which man can have the experience and the
result of his deeds, but that every day is his Judgment Day and that every
day brings the result of his deeds. That is true also.
There is no doubt that the
world is constructed on a certain law, that the whole creation works according
to a certain law. And yet it is not all. There is love beyond it, and it
is the Prophets of all ages who have recognized that part of God's working
and have given man that consolation and hope that in spite of our faults
and shortcomings we will reach heaven. There is the Grace of God. Many
know the Grace of God. and what does it mean? It means a wave of favor,
a rising of love, a manifestation of compassion which sees no particular
reason. One may say: "Does God close His eyes? Why must it be like this?"
But in human nature we see the same thing. The divine nature can be recognized
by human nature. Ask a lover who loves someone: "What is the beauty of
that person? What is in that person that makes you love her?"
He may try to explain: "It
is because this person is kind, or because this person is beautiful, or
because this person is good, or because this person is compassionate, or
intellectual, or learned." But that is not the real cause. If really he
knows what makes him love, he will say: "Because my beloved is beloved;
that is the reason. There is no other reason." One can give a reason for
everything. One can say: "I pay this person because he is good in his work;
I pay for this stone because it is beautiful; but I cannot give a reason
why I love; there is no reason for it." Love stands beyond law, beyond
reason. The love of God works beyond reason, that Divine Love which is
called the Grace of God; no piety, no spirituality, no devotion can attract
it. No one can say: "I will draw the Divine Grace." God apart, can anyone
say in this world: "I shall draw the friendship of someone." No one can
say this. This is something which comes by itself. No one can command or
attract it, or compel anyone to be his friend. It is natural. God's Grace
is God's Friendship, God's Grace is God's Love, God's Compassion. No one
has the power to draw it, to attract it; no meditation, no spirituality,
no good action can attract it. There is no commercial business between
God and man; God stands free from rules which humanity recognizes. That
aspect makes him the Lord of his own creation, as the wind blows, as the
wind comes when it comes, so the Grace of God comes when it is its time
I have heard people say,
"I am ill," or "I am suffering," or "I am going through a difficulty,"
or "Things go wrong because of my Karma of the past." I say: "If it is
so or if it is not so, your thinking about it makes it still worse; everything
that one acknowledges to be, it becomes worse because one acknowledges
it." That Karma which could be thrown away in one day's time, by acknowledging
it, will keep with a person all his life. Some people think that they suffer
or that they go through pain according to the law of Karma. But when the
thought of the Grace of God comes and when one realizes the real meaning
of the Grace of God, one begins to rise above it, and one begins to know
that, "My little actions, my good deeds, all my good deeds I must collect
in order to make them equal to God's mercy and compassion, His grace and
His love, which He gives at every moment." God's compassion cannot be returned
by all life's good actions. The relation of God and man apart, can one
return a real thought of love, all a friend has done for us? We can love
that friend, his loving kindness and his compassion. But we can never repay
it. In all our life we cannot repay it.
Then we see the kindness
and the compassion of God, which is always hidden from our view because
we are always seeing what is lacking, the pain, the suffering, the difficulties.
Man is so absorbed in them that he loses the vision of all the good that
is there. We can never be grateful enough if we see like this, that it
is not the law, but that it is the Grace of God which governs our life.
And it is the trust and confidence in this Grace which not only consoles
a person, but which lifts him and brings him nearer and nearer to the Grace
Divine Grace is a loving
impulse of God which manifests in every form, in the form of mercy, compassion,
forgiveness, beneficence, and revelation. No action, however good, can
command it; no meditation, however great, can attract it. It comes naturally,
as a wave rising from the Heart of God, unrestricted or unlimited by any
law. It is a natural impulse of God. When it comes, it comes without reason.
Neither its coming nor its absence has any particular reason. It comes
because it comes; it does not come because it does not come.
It is in Grace that God's
Highest Majesty is manifested. While pouring out His Grace He stands on
such a high pedestal, that neither law nor reason can touch it. Every blessing
has a certain aspect, but Grace is a blessing which is not limited to a
certain aspect, but manifests through all aspects. Grace is all-sided:
health, providence, love coming from all those around you, inspiration,