Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “Let us say that you have the habit of performing Puja at a certain time everyday. Suppose you invite your neighbour to come to your house everyday and take tirtha (holy water), he will come on one or two days just to oblige you. On third day he will say, “I’m sorry I can’t come. I’m too busy today.”
However if you invite the same person for the other tirtha (alcohol), he will come punctually, without fail everyday. You can’t force spirituality upon anybody till they are ready for it.”
Venkatram seemed to be on a question spree today. He asked, “If we pass on our spiritual tradition to the next generation, how many future generations will it protect?”
Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “Every Puja that you perform is like the sowing of a seed. If a seed is to sprout and yield fruits, it needs to be watered. When you perform puja regularly for several years, you are watering the seed. As you pass on the tradition to the next generation, it begins to yield fruits. These fruits protect at least seven forthcoming generations. We are protected today because of the sadhana that our forefathers have done. It is our utmost duty to continue this chain. Each generation is a link in the chain. The longer the chain and the stronger the links, the more it can accomplish.”
Divine grace cushions you from the blows
Venkatram asked, “Sometimes people experience a strong aversion towards us, though they hardly know us. Why does this happen, Pujya Guruji?”
Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “All of us carry a huge load of Karma from our past lives which is constantly modified by the way we live in the present lifetime. Though this Karma is not visible to our physical eyes, it moulds our life and other people’s reactions to us. It is responsible for making others think well or ill of us.
To nullify the effect of Karma on our lives and to dissolve it, we must perform spiritual sadhana.
"Also each day offer all the actions that you have performed at the feet of the Lord saying, 'I renounce all my Karma phala (fruits of Karma) — both good and bad.'”
Even as Shri Nimishananda Guruji finished, Venkatram had his next question ready, “Pujya Guruji, why are good deeds beset by so many obstacles at times?”
Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “This happens because of a lack of Divine Grace. As I have told all of you before, Grace works in subtle ways to create an environment where everything moves with effortless ease. The action remains the same but the conditions under which it is performed vary.
We can understand this if we take a simple example. Let us say that you have a glass bottle in your hand. As you are gesturing, it accidentally flies out of your hands and gets smashed into smithereens.
Even with the best intentions in the world, you cannot stick all the splinters together again to re-form the bottle.
This article has been taken from the book Wisdom Through the Eyes of Shri Nimishananda by His Holiness Shri Shri Nimishananda Guruji