The World of the Mind - God's Grace - The Self-experience

Josef Fric

The World of the Mind

Content

The book The World of the Mind
• Dedication
• Introduction
• The Fundamental Mistakes in One's Perception of the World
• Three Types of People According to Their State of Mind
• Ego - the Constructed Idea of the Mind "I Am a Body"
• The Main Sources of the Ego
• Is There a God in This View of the World?
• Dreams
• Miracles
• Happiness
• Love
• Is My Life Directed by Fate or My Own Will?
• Doubts
• Path to the Freedom
• Yoga
• Dhyana-yoga - The Path of Meditation
• Jnana-yoga - The Path of Knowledge
• Karma-yoga - The Path of Renunciation of Results of Actions
• Bhakti-yoga - The Path of Devotion
• God's Grace - The Self-experience
• The Guru
• The Properties of a Seeker
• Summary
• Recommended Methods and Literature
• Self-enquiry
• The Age of Demon Kali
• In Conclusion
• Literature
The book Siva and Parvati
The book Strange Dream
Links

• Sri Ramana Asramam
• Sri Brahmam
• Athithi Asram
• Gurujee Ojaswee Sharma
• Sri Nanna Garu
• Amma
• Mahatma Gandhi
• Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
• Yoga in daily life
• AHAM
• ISKCON - Hare Krishna
• Yatharth Gita
• Bhagavad Gita
Publishers
• Volvox Globator
• Sri Ramana Asramam
Webhosting
• TANGER computersystems


God's Grace - The Self-experience

"And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt." Mark 14.36

     The first Self-experience is a really God's Grace and the first real step towards total liberation. Without this experience, all activity is like tidying up a crammed room in total darkness. The first experience is like finding a torchlight that will light up the room briefly before its batteries run out. Suddenly, you can see all the objects that you have been picking up, moving, turning and feeling by touch. You adore the high ceiling, the spacious room and the furnishings. You do not have an idea, however, how much work is waiting for you in order to turn the room into a place full of happiness, freedom and sunshine.
     When the Grace is gone, the room is re-captured by darkness. Desperate, you try to figure out how to turn on the flashlight again, or another source of light. This moment is very important. You must comprehend why you are still not as happy as you were in God's Grace. You must remind yourself of the true knowledge. God's Grace is always present in you, but the ego - the feeling "I am the body, the doer and the owner" - separates you from God, thus concealing God's Grace. Remove these constructions of the mind, and you will merge into the happiness of God's Grace again.
     How to receive God's Grace? There are many methods that examine, recognise and calm the mind. By applying them honestly for months or years, each seeker can receive the Grace. Religious ecstasy, achieved by repeating God's name, directing the mind towards God and total submission, is another way. After repeated several-hour-long total concentration, preferably in a spiritual centre, an identical experience can arrive. Fundamentally, it is an interruption of logical rational thinking under the influence of the ego, and opening up the heart, the residence of the Self. You cannot escape purification and recognition of the mind anyway, but you will possess partial knowledge of the goal, and therefore will be able to concentrate your efforts better. The question is whether, in the state you will find yourself in, you will be able to use God's Grace effectively. In my opinion, it is always better to have this experience than not have one.
     The real spiritual purification begins after the obtaining of God's Grace, removing all that obstructs you from permanently abiding in God's Grace and achieving the ultimate goal of liberation and enlightenment.

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