Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Awaiting Grace is one kind of ‘mărga’ and taking up sădhana is another type of ‘mărga’. It is not wrong to do sădhana even while resorting to ‘kripa mărga’. The reason is that, when you attain ‘siddha shuddhi’ (clean mind) due to sădhana, you will be able to do true bhakti. You cannot do this (pure bhakti) now with the sort of ‘manas’ that you have. Now, this ‘manas’ is ‘heavy’ with all worldly affairs. So, you cannot possess true bhakti with such a ‘manas’. What should you do then? Do sădhana. What will you attain through sădhana? ‘Siddha shuddhi’. Then, you may also achieve the ‘prema bhakti’ that you desire. If you desire this you can then do bhakti in this way also. So, Sadhus’ association — Sadhus’ company — will make you pure (“pavithra’). Therefore, acquire boundless ‘ănanda’ and boundless ‘shakti’ in this janma itself.
How come Mahatmas do massive work? Because, they have earned such great ‘ătma bhala’. Not only ‘ănanda’ (joy) but ‘perătral’ (immense power) is also earned. So, there is nothing to get saddened. We have attained ‘manushya janma’ (human birth), a good Guru, a good mărga and are doing good sădhana. Why then feel saddened? We should only make effort. We should keep doing sădhana without wasting even a moment. Keep doing japa always.
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Having compassion of the Lord as the foundation, the one which has no rules, the one which can eradicate the force of Kali, Namakirtanam is the only resort. I think again and again about this with in Myself