There is one way to know God without His Grace. What is that way? This injunction is not only given by the scriptures. The great Acharyas have reiterated the same thing. The propounder of Gyan Marg Jagadgru Shankaracharya says, Sanskrit verse Sanskrit verse Sanskrit verse Sanskrit verse He says, I have become eternally gratified. How my lord? How Shankaracharya ji? By Your Grace Nimbarkacharya, the second Jagadguru, He says, Sanskrit verse Sanskrit verse This Maya, which has been tormenting us since eternity, it will go when god bestows His mercy. Mahaprabhu Ballabhacharya says, Sanskrit verse Pusti marg That’s the path he propounded. The basis of it is “Anugrah” or Kripa (Grace) Abadhut Dattatreya says, Sanskrit verse Sanskrit verse Suresharacharya says, Sanskrit verse Sanskrit verse Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, the 5th original Jagadguru says, Hindi verse Hindi verse Hindi verse Hindi verse Hindi verse By your intellect, you never got to know Him. If the Lord bestowed His intellect, that fortunate Soul got to know the Lord. And this principle of Grace is not unique to our Vedic Sanatan dharma. It is universal concept. Th Koran sharif begins from here Allah miya is an ocean of Grace and Mercy And by His mercy, you will attain that perfect goal. The first part of this ayat is repeated in the beginning of every chapter of the Koran sharif. In the Name of Allah, who is an ocean of Grace and Mercy, And the Bible says, for by Grace you are saved through Faith and not of yourself. It is a gift of God. The Gurugranth Saheb says, So all the Saints, all the scriptures and all the religions have told us, if you wish to know God, there is only one way. You will have to receive His Grace. But Swamiji is there any other way? what do you mean, “other way”? You know, this concept of Grace is pinching my ego. For grace, I will have to become humble and beseech Him. My Lord, please grace me. Can’t I just do it on my own might? Supposing I do a big Ashwamedh Yagnya, supposing I do kalpabas and practice austerities for many yugas. Supposing I stop breathing and stop even doing pranayam in the cave in the Himalayas. Will I be able to attain the Lord? Hindi verse Hindi verse Hindi verse Hindi verse (Ramayan) Shree Krishna tells Arjun, Sanskrit verse (Bhagvad Gita) Sanskrit verse (Bhagvad Gita) Arjun, the Lord is saying, none of these techniques is going to work. Some people say, you know this Maya is mithya (false). So you just say, “I a m Brahm”, “I am Brahm” And Maya will go away. The Ramayan contradicts this. Hindi verse (Ramayan) Hindi verse (Ramayan) Hindi verse (Ramayan) Hindi verse (Ramayan) Hindi verse (Ramayan) You keep on calling Maya mithya (False) It is the energy of God. And until God withdraws it, your mere saying, “I am Brahma”, is not going to work. There is one way to know God without his grace. What is that way? Supposing we get a Guru. The Guru will help us know God. Now this is a path revealed by the Vedas. The Vedas themselves have told us, “Find a Guru” Sanskrit verse (Mundokopanishad) Sanskrit verse (Mundokopanishad) The Mundokopanishad says, if you can find such a Guru, who is Shrotriya and Brahmanishtha, knower of the scriptures and God-realized, such a perfected Saint will help you know God. There is no need of Grace. Sanskrit verse (Bhagavatam) Sanskrit verse (Bhagavatam) Sanskrit verse (Bhagavatam) The Bhagavatam says, if you get a Guru, who is “Shabde” and “Pare”, well-versed in scriptural knowledge and practically realized, situated in the platform of Brahm, that Guru will fix your problems. Hindi verse (Ramayan) Hindi verse (Ramayan) Sanskrit verse (Bhagavad Gita) Sanskrit verse (Bhagavad Gita) Sanskrit verse (Bhagavad Gita) Arjun, again Shree Krishna is saying, “Find a tattwadarshi.” A realized seer. Serve him. Enquire submissively. He shall impart knowledge of the truth to you Because he has seen it. So now we have found a path of reaching God without the Grace of God. Just get a Guru. However, there is a hitch in this path, which you have probably not thought about. How will you get a Guru? How will I get a Guru? Swamiji, in todays days and age, it is very easy. I will just Google “Guru” I will come up with 3.5 billion websites. Because now a days there is engineering guru, Marketing guru, Management guru And in India, the loafers tell each other, “how are you doing guru?” So their guru means loafer number 1. but let’s say you wish to find a true Guru. How will you find a Guru? It’s not that easy as you may think. You may go and stand in front of the Guru, the connection will not be established. You will not develop the faith. Then? When God bestows his Grace, He will not only lead you to a Guru, He, sitting in your heart, will inspire you, this is your Guru. You need to learn and surrender from Him That’s why when Vibhisan got darshan of Hanuman, he said, for long I had been saying Ram. Today Ram’s grace has descended upon me. How come? Why? Without His Grace, I would not have found a saint So it is correct that you need a Guru in order to know God. However, you will get a Guru by the Grace of God. it’s not in your capacity. Even if you come to satsang, you need that special inspiration See, why is it, Now there must be 200,000 Indians in Dallas, DFW metroplex Why is it that a few hundred come for the satsang? Is it that the others do not know? They do. Why do not they come? Swamiji, I am so busy. I have got that 7/11 shop. How can I come for the satsang? I will have to close my shop and come. I see, you do not have time for satsang.”Yes” But you have got time for everything else? That person who says, I do not have time If that person falls sick and the doctor says, you have got Hepatitis. You need complete bed rest, otherwise your liver will be damaged. Now that person has down the shutter of his shop and he is resting for 15 days. Your shop is not opened for 15 days? You know Swamiji, if I open my shop, my liver will get damaged. For the sake of the liver, you took out 15 days. And for the sake of your own soul, 2 hours was very heavy for you? When God notes your karmas of many life times, and bestows grace, then somebody develops faith in satsang Otherwise there are so many distractions Should we go for a picture? Picture? Let’s go. Every pore is exhilarated in the name of picture! And go for lecture? Lecture? Are you crazy? And that also one bearded Swamjii’s lecture? Something wrong with you? This Mukundanand keeps talking about Shastra and logic. It punctures my head Go for the picture, it will give all kind of entertainment That’s why the Ramayan is saying, God adds His grace. Think about it all of you who came. How did the inspiration come? The mind tried to play mischief. You know I am going to get tired from office. Then I will just take rest. But then God gave a push from inside, it’s alright. You have chairs, you can go and sit there Ya, but my back is paining. Then God pushed again, your back will pain at home also. Let it pain in the temple. But then the mind said, you know my favourite TV serial is coming “Koun banega Karorpati” God again gave a push. Listening to these serials, you have ruined your intellect. Now go and get some eternal benefit. In the mean time, your friend called you from Fortworth. “Are you going to be at home?” Then again God said, tell him to come and meet you at the temple. All these graces, He bestowed. That’s how you came. Without these graces, how difficult it would have been? So in the spiritual path any attainment requires grace. How do I come to satsang? Supreme Grace. How do I find a Guru? By His mercy. How do I reach God? Again by Grace.