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Self-Effort, Too, Is Needed

Nayaswami Maria
July 15, 2012

What place does self-effort have on the spiritual path? Is it more important, or is faith?

In this talk Maria tells the story of how Ananda Sacramento acquired its first temple after 20 years, and the sustained effort that was required. She also shares an inspiring story of Garret (Arjuna) Stanley, an Ananda Village resident who passed away very recently.

Finally, she quotes Yogananda, who said that with the spiritual path, 25 percent is our effort, 25 percent is the effort of the Guru on our behalf, and 50 percent is God’s grace.

But, she explains, the 25 percent that is our effort takes everything we have to give.