The Paradox of Effort and Grace

by Arthur Osborne

The essence of a man is pure Spirit, Being or Universal Consciousness.
This Spirit prowls in the lion, spreads its limbs in the trees, endures in the stone;
in man alone it not only lives but knows it lives.

It is said in various scriptures and by teachers that a spiritual seeker should make effort on the path but that grace is also necessary. It is also said that in the end Realization is bestowed by grace and not achieved by effort. In the Hindu scripture, the Upanishads, there . . .

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