The Grace of the Guru


The Grace of the Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup he will only get a cupful. It is no use complaining of the [inadequacy] of the ocean. The bigger the vessel the more one will be able to carry. It is entirely up to him.

—Ramana Maharshi

And what relevance, one might ask, does this quote about a Hindu Guru have for my Jewish Journey?

Well, Ramana Maharshi also explained:
Guru, God, and Self are One.

Thus, Maharshi’s quote about the Guru’s Grace reminds me that G-d’s Grace is unfathomably large, and if I am unable to feel it, that is not because G-d is unavailable. I must “clear out the clutter” within me so that I am capable of carrying G-d’s Grace, because — even if I were completely empty — G-d’s Grace is much much larger than I could ever carry . . .

shavua tov, jen

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