This discourse expounds on the nature of devotion to God and the experience of grace that is tangibly felt by a devotee seeking to mature their meditation by way of Iśwara samāpatti (engrossment in godliness). His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda elaborates on the relationship between Iśwara-praṇidhāna (special devotion to God) and the tangible experience of abhidhyāna (grace received from God). The devotion herein is rooted in the sublimation that both happiness and misery from the results of actions is offered to Iśwara. Affiction is clearly explained and contrasted with the Being (Iśwara) who is free from all imprints of affliction. Finally, the name Om that denotes Iśwara is introduced as a mental rumination of internal sound. It is said that the promise of abhidyāna (grace) unfolds if the contemplator holds onto the idea behind why one is ruminating on Om.
Recorded live at the Hansacharaṇam Retreat held in Southern California on the occasion of Guru Purnima, 16th – 19th July 2016