Imagine that the same thing occurred while you were on the moon. Even though the bottle that flies out of you hands is the same one and the force with which it is accidentally thrown is the same, the end result is different because the atmospheric conditions on the moon are different and the force of gravity is six times less than it is on earth. So the bottle will move in slow motion, floating gently through the intervening space. It will descend to the ground as gently as a feather and will remain completely undamaged.
The conditions around the moon protected the bottle from breaking. Divine Grace is like that. It shelters and protects you from adversities. It also wraps you in a soft cocoon that cushions you from the blows of life. For instance if someone speaks harshly to you or hurls insults at you, the harshness does not touch you. Your responses are very appropriate and defuse tense situations, instead of being egoistic and aggravating them.”
Recognise divinity, blow it like a balloon
Shri Nimishananda Guruji turned towards Anand and Bharathi, a gentle couple, who had begun to visit the Ashram a few months ago. Today they had brought their fifteen year old son to meet Shri Nimishananda Guruji for the first time.
After enquiring about their well-being, Shri Nimishananda Guruji said, “This is the first time you are attending an informal satsangh here, though you have participated in many formal ones till now. Feel free to clarify your doubts.”
Their son Chetan asked looked at Shri Nimishananda Guruji and asked, “Pujya Guruji, you explained to us that God exists everywhere. You also asked us to invite Him home when we visit a temple. If God is already everywhere, why should we ask
Him to come home with us?”: Shri Nimishananda Guruji laughed and said, “Yes, God is everywhere, but we can’t see Him. We are asking the deity in the temple whom we can see, to reveal the Divinity present everywhere so that it becomes visible to us. When you see a balloon that is not inflated, it looks like a waste scrap of rubber. But when you fill it with air, it acquires a huge volume and looks so festive and colourful. The beautiful patterns on it are now revealed. You can throw it, catch it and play with it.
Likewise, to intellectually accept that God exists everywhere is like seeing the balloon before it is blown up.
When we actually perceive this for ourselves, then the world around us acquires a completely new dimension, like the huge inflated balloon. When we invite God home, it is this reality that we are seeking. Do you understand?”
This article is taken from the book Wisdom Through the Eyes of Nimishananda by His Holiness Shri Shri Nimishananda Guruji