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The definition of Supreme Godhead found in the Vedas states: 'One who possesses the following six attributes in absolute unlimited degree is Supreme, namely, opulence (aisvarya), fame (yasa), power (virya), beauty (sri), knowledge (jnana) and renunciation (vairagya). In other personalities, however powerful and qualified she /he may be, all these attributes can be found only to a limited number and marginal degree. Svetasvatara Upanished states that none is equal to the Supreme, nor superior to him and he is the source of everything, including himself, but himself has no source because he was eternally present even before anything was manifest and will remain without diminution or change after total dissolution of this creation.

Thus for the yogi, even a little help from the Supreme Godhead in the shape of blessings will go a long way in his spiritual development. We can make our best endeavour to rid us of bad habits, known in Sanskrit as hridaya daurbalyam, or weaknesses of the heart and mind, but they keep returning to torment the yogi. Their incorrigible tenacity to hound us and cling onto us like limpets is inexplicable, especially in the face of the fact that where other habits could be amended, these linger. Take for example psychotropic drugs, alcohol, sex or other forms of addiction which weaken our resolve and determination, and create disorientation in the mind. For the yogi this an insurmountable stumbling block on the path of progress. Thus, Providence's grace alone provides us with that singular succour which will enable one to overcome it.

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