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Bhagavan Lifts Up The Fallen With His Grace

Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994) reminds us that Bhagavan lifts up the fallen with his grace.

It is bad vasana that drags us again and again into wrongdoing. Unfortunately, we do not seem to harbor any fear on that score. People like us, indeed even those known to have sinned much, have become devotees of Bhagavan and obtained light and wisdom. How is Isvara qualified to be called great if he is not compassionate, and does not protect sinners also? It is because of sinners like us that he has come to have the title of "Patitapabana" [he who sanctifies or lifts up the fallen with his grace]. It is we who have brought him such a distinction.

"Come to me, your only refuge. I shall free you from all sins. Have no fear (sarvapapebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah).” The assurance that Bhagavan Sri Krishna gives to free us from sin is absolute.

So let us learn to be courageous. To tie up an object you wind a string round it again and again. If it is to be untied you will have to do the unwinding in a similar manner. To eradicate the vasana or sinning you must develop the vasana of doing good to an equal degree. In between there ought to be neither haste nor anger. With haste and anger the thread you keep unwinding will get tangled again. Isvara will come to our help if we have patience, if we have faith in him and if we are rooted in dharma.


The goal of all religions is to wean away man - his mind, his speech and his body - from sensual pleasure and lead him towards Bhagavan. Great men have appeared from time to time and established their religions with the goal of releasing people from attachment to their senses, for it is our senses that impel us to sin. "Transitory is the joy derived from sinful action, from sensual pleasure. Bliss is union with the Paramatman.” Such is the teaching of all religions and their goal is to free man from worldly existence by leading him towards Bhagavan.