A Time for Grace
In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru shows how one can make himself more receptive to Grace. “What should I do?” is always the question. If you don’t do anything of your own, if you are less of yourself, that is the best way to be receptive."
 
 
 
 

This is the time of year when the Adiyogi’s attention first fell upon the seven now celebrated disciples. We are in the month when an ascetic and yogi, who is completely uninvolved with what is around him, is beginning to get involved. Slowly, the intention of sharing his experience is beginning to blossom. From the last full moon day to the coming one, which is referred to as Guru Purnima, Shiva could not take his attention off the Sapta Rishis, who prepared for 84 long years without even a moment of attention from him. And now, his attention upon his disciples was undivided.

This month is seen as the best time to receive the Grace of the Guru. This is a good time to seek Grace. This is a good time to make yourself receptive.

This month is seen as one where even a completely heartless ascetic could not ignore the intensity of longing to blossom in the seven disciples and he became compassionate. Somebody who had hardened himself in such a way that the world could never touch him, loosened up, became compassionate and was compelled to become a teacher or a guru, for which he had no intention at all.

So this month is seen as the best time to receive the Grace of the Guru. This is a good time to seek Grace. This is a good time to make yourself receptive.

“What should I do?” is always the question. If you don’t do anything of your own, if you are less of yourself, that is the best way to be receptive. The sadhana is always structured like this; it absorbs you into activity in such a way that in the daily process of living, you forget who you are. You forget what you are. You forget what your life is about. You are just absorbed into what is happening.

There is a beautiful story in the Zen system of allowing human consciousness to grow. A disciple goes to a Zen master and asks:

‘What should I do for my spiritual growth?’

‘Sweep the floor, chop the wood, cook the food. That’s all.’

‘For that, why should I come here? I can do that at home!’

‘But if you are sweeping the floor at home, it’s your own floor. You will not sweep the neighbor’s floor if it is dirty, you will not. Chopping the wood and cooking would be for your own use and who you consider as yours. You are using every activity to enhance who you are instead of using every activity to dissolve who you are.’

This is all the difference between making our activity, or our karma, either into a bondage or into a process of liberation. Either you are acquiring karma, or your karma is becoming yoga. That’s all it is. You are doing your activity to enhance yourself or are you are doing your activity to dissolve yourself?

To make use of Grace, what should we do? Nothing to do. The less you do of what you consider as me and myself the more available you become to Grace.

Just sweeping the floor, cooking food and planting a tree – not on your property, not for you and your children to sit under its shade – simply planting it so that anybody, even your enemy, may sit under its shade and enjoy it. Is it okay? If you plant a mango tree, your enemy and his children may eat the mangoes. Now this activity becomes a process of dissolution. Otherwise, every activity is a way of imprisoning yourself.

It is activity which is entangling people. Human ability to do things, unfortunately, is being used to imprison themselves. Human intelligence is being used to cause misery to oneself. Once you start doing this, you will unknowingly become an enemy of any kind of capability. That’s a bad position to take. If you are against all capability and intelligence, you are asking for regression. You are not asking for progress. You are not asking to evolve. You are asking to regress into a lesser kind of life.

So this is the month of Grace. Grace is like manure for growth. With Grace, a human being can catapult himself to another dimension of existence, capability and possibility. And to make use of Grace, what should we do? Nothing to do. The less you do of what you consider as me and myself the more available you become to Grace.

Love & Grace

Editor's Note: Guru Purnima falls on July 9 this year. Join us at the Isha Yoga Center for a special satsang with Sadhguru (in-person or live webstream) or celebrate at your local Isha Center or at home.

Celebrate Guru Purnima

Excerpted from Darshan 3 July 2011

 
 
 
 
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6 years 11 months ago

My family and I  always feel the presence of Satguru. His inspirational words has energy which is transmitted each time we read or think about Him.

6 years 11 months ago

We seek the Grace of  Sadhguru in this month of Grace. He has all the answers.!

6 years 11 months ago

thank u sadhguru for this message.

6 years 11 months ago

Thank you very much guruji for sharing such a beautiuful words with us.v all need ur grace guruji.

6 years 11 months ago

I will sweep the floor, chop the wood, cook the food with heightened awareness....

6 years 11 months ago

There cannot be a better clarity of Guru Pournima than this. I'm sure after reading this many will start the process of seeking the blessings of the Guru.

6 years 11 months ago

Thanks sadguru

6 years 11 months ago

What a way to start the month of grace - Sadhguru Sannidhi consecrated at home on july 3rd. The ambience is so different. Reading this post is like the answer to me :) thanks sadhguru

1 year 11 months ago

I bow down, smiling, in speechlessness.

6 years 11 months ago

Blessed are those who will recieve Sadhguru's Grace!

1 year 11 months ago

Sadhguru???

6 years 11 months ago

Thanks sadhguru for being in my life.

6 years 11 months ago

im sure i disolve myself into nothingness
 

6 years 11 months ago

Sadhguru, by reading your spot itself makes me get vibration of your Grace! I know you are Graceful to every particle in this universe...I feel so great being a part of this universe because I'm also getting the Grace!

6 years 11 months ago

I want to dissolve myself & receive your Grace in this particular month.
In whatever activity I do, I will be less of myself & more of Yourself... Sadhguru.
Thank you so much

6 years 11 months ago

respeced gurji, it is very nice to share your valuable works, and expecting your blessings.