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Finding God Through Grace

Finding God Through Grace

We make our choices, some of which are good for us, some bad, and then grace shapes the results. To express this another way, each of us does things that have unexpected consequences. Our foresight is limited; therefore our actions are always subject to blindness about what will happen next.

The word karma includes both the action and the unpredictable results. Five people can make a fortune, yet for each one the money creates different consequences, which can range from misery to contentment. The same holds true for any action.

Why isn’t karma mechanical? If karma were mechanical, we would plan out our actions, let them go, and be sure of a certain result. Theoretically nothing prevents this. In actuality we are stymied by the sheer complexity of what needs to be calculated. Everyone performs millions of actions every day – strictly speaking, every thought is a karma, along with every breath, every bite of food, etc. But something unfathomable is at work here: grace.

With his supreme intelligence, God has no trouble calculating an infinite number of karmas. God loves his creation and wants to be joined with it as intimately as possible, so he throws into his calculation the following special instructions: Let all of a person’s actions bounce and collide any way they have to, but leave a clue that spirit is watching.

When you feel you have been touched by grace, that is your clue that God exists and cares about what happens to you. Whether operating on the level of a saint or a criminal, grace is the ingredient that saves karma from being heartlessly mechanical. Grace is thus linked to free will. Grace can take the form of a simple thought, “Maybe I should quit,” or it can be an overwhelming transformation. In either case, the impulse to move forward is the result of grace.

Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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10:53AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:43AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

interesting

1:00AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Nice post.

9:26AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

But something unfathomable is at work here: grace.

... , the impulse to move forward is the result of grace.

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I have experienced this:

With his supreme intelligence, God has no trouble calculating an infinite number of karmas. God loves his creation and wants to be joined with it as intimately as possible, so he throws into his calculation the following special instructions: Let all of a person’s actions bounce and collide any way they have to, but leave a clue that spirit is watching.

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Once a person feels the 'watchfulness' of the Divine Creator, all of life takes on a greater sense of 'Oneness' and the importance of all things.

It humbles and elevates the soul.
Even while the mystery of God remains,....


9:13AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

beautifully put thank you!

9:57AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

worth contemplating

6:19PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Many beautiful comments. faith + grace = love of God and ourselves. thanks for posting

8:38AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Love the pic of the butterfly on the child's hand.reminds me....

If you are on a large beach and you see a butterfly..PUT YOUR ARM STRAIGHT UP SO THE BUTTERFLY CAN REST at least for a minute or twoon your hand or fingers.

1:07AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:54AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

No one will come to G-d but by Jesus Christ. Amen

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