Open Forum Discussion on Divine Grace (1 of 4) – Br. Shankara

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Open Forum Discussion on Divine Grace (1 of 4)

Speaker: Br. Shankara

March 4, 2018

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Normally, March would be a month for our regular study of Raja Yoga. But, we did something quite different this month: Our congregation will studied, together, a truly remarkable short book by Swami Ranganathananda — Divine Grace.

What fun! As we did our reading in Divine Grace, we heard the Swami begin to explain a deep spiritual truth: to become fully human is to become fully divine. Based on a talk given in Perth, Australia in 1978, Divine Grace is a commentary on Bhagavad Gita. The Swami said, “That great book expounds a complete philosophy of life; and the more we understand it, the more we get an insight into, and grasp on, this complex phenomenon called human life …

“Spiritual life, according to Vedanta, … covers the whole range of man’s life, including its so-called worldly stage, when man is the sole and supreme agent of his life with no partner called God.”

According to Ranganathanandaji, the Gita’s first lesson for us is: “Gain physical and mental strength; develop your talents and capacities and work-efficiency; gain self-confidence, practice self-reliance; and earn knowledge and wealth by hard honest labour; and share your wealth and happiness with others and earn their good-will and appreciation. All this is part and parcel of the spiritual training of man in the early stages …”

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