“Human effort and Divine help belong to one only.” - Mother


We try for several things, succeed in getting some, and fail to get others. We feel satisfied for obtaining the former, and mark that the latter did not come. Sometimes we renew our efforts to get the latter, with different degrees of success. Still, some things evade us. New pursuits suggest to us and we forget our minor failures.


It does not always happen this way. We do not always forget our failures. We work with redoubled vigour, put other engines into operation and try to get the result we want. When at last we get it, we would wipe the sweat of our brow or thank a helpful friend and feel satisfied, though not very happy at getting it. The strain of the trial removes part of the happiness and puts in egoistic satisfaction. Where our worry for obtaining the prize pursued happens to be intense, we might say, ‘Through God's grace l got it’. The advantage itself may be small. It might be catching a train, quenching thirst or getting a book. Where there is worry for anything, gratification expresses itself as thanks and when the other party is God, we attribute it to His Grace.


Incidents in other's lives are also classified in our mind as resulting from their efforts or God's grace. Intelligent personal and effort and unexpected outside help interwine to produce the result and we decide that self effort and God's grace are the two essential forces which lead one to success. This is a neutral attitude, it does not take exclusive sides with human effort or with God's grace, and it changes sides according to opportunity. “He worked his way to success;” “Divine grace! Nothing of his effort;” “He worked hard and God helped him;” are the possible explanations which this attitude would pronounce as and when they are opportune.


And most us of are of this attitude. We certainly believe in our effort, and also in Divine grace and talk as if both work along the same line. Some percentage for this and remaining percentage to the other! Occasionally the whole length is due the one or the other! This satisfaction is alright, when we examine incidents of the past. But, when we attempt to generalize the trend of happenings and say the rule, we are faced with a difficulty. We accept two forces and recognize that they do not act along the same line. ‘Man proposes but God disposes’ is an oft-said proverb. Things do not happen just in the way we plan. Curves and deflections are more the order than straight lines on the field of human achievement. The Mother at Jlillellamudi asserts that there is no straight line at all! We may search for quoting stright instances but that does not the basic question; “How do things happen? What part do personal effort and (Divine Grace or) unseen hand play in shaping the ends?” The only answer we hear is “Both”.


What actually happens would then be the resultant of the action of two forces. Its course would not be along the line of action of personal effort of Divine intention, but along a third direction. For, however small the force of personal effort be supposed, it is certainly positive and DOES alter the direction of the unseen force in pushing incidents towards its end. This conclusion is inescapable and unacceptable. Can human effort, however united, deflect Divine intention? Or the laws of Nature?


An alternative explanation is that things happen in accordance with the laws of Nature only. The human being is part of Nature and it is only Nature that propels him according to HER laws. Nature manages all effects and human efforts as different from Nature’s, simply does not exist. “Human efforts and Divine help (or Nature’s action) belong to one only” says Mother. What the human being sees is only Nature’s cosmos (not confusion) and his effort is but a streamline in the three or n dimensional flux. It is as real as the flux, it is a thread of the cosmic fabric, not independent of it. A bubble on the surface of flood, moves about sideways, forward and backward sometimes. It has no independent movement, it is only the flood that makes it, moves it and breaks it.


Matrusri Monthly Journal (English) | Vol.06 | July - 1971 | No.04