From Karma to Grace

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My family came to UK from Gujarat in 1967 and settled in Leicester. As a Hindu born into a priestly caste, my father ensured all his children were instructed in the practice of yoga, meditation and
reciting mantras. The purpose of these religious disciplines was to help us attain Moksha - Salvation. Moksha is desired by all devote Hindus and represents the release from Samsara – ‘the cycle of
births and deaths’. My father was also a spiritualist and could divine answers for those who consulted him by engaging spirit entities from the other world. Although, I was a faithful Brahmin, at
19 when I left home for university, I was lured into a licentious and immoral life style, a contrast from my existence at home. Continuing in this reckless lifestyle for 3 years gave rise to what
the Bible calls ‘a conviction of sin’ – a conscious awareness of one’s sinful state. I tried to counteract this by fervently engaging in the spiritual disciplines my father had taught me but this
was to no avail. The conviction only grew stronger leaving me bewildered and disillusioned with religious pursuits. It was while I was in this frame of mind, that a beautiful Christian student
invited me to attend a Christian meeting. Being besotted by her, I attended the meeting only to be deeply impacted by the message which directly addressed my spiritual dilemma. The message was
about receiving forgiveness from God through Jesus, who had been crucified to make atonement for the sins of all humanity. I was so affected by this truth that in the night when I was alone in my
bedroom I wept before God confessing my sins and asking him to forgive me. That very night the Lord Jesus appeared to me in a dream. He was radiant and awesome. Light imbued with love was emanating
from him and penetrating my whole being. He presented the evidence of his nailed pierced hands to assured me of forgiveness. When I awoke from the dream, I felt like a new person, as if my soul had
been awakened. My conscience was wiped clean and a heavenly peace had settled upon me. This experienced occurred in 1986 but the peace that Jesus endowed me with has never left me. While I was
searching for salvation in the quagmire of religious disciplines, it was God who graciously directed my attention to Jesus, and uttered the words “behold your Saviour”.

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My family came to UK from Gujarat in 1967 and settled in Leicester. As a Hindu born into a priestly caste, my father ensured all his children were instructed in the practice of yoga, meditation and reciting mantras. The purpose of these religious disciplines was to help us attain Moksha - Salvation. Moksha is desired by all devote Hindus and represents the release from Samsara – ‘the cycle of births and deaths’. My father was also a spiritualist and could divine answers for those who consulted him by engaging spirit entities from the other world. Although, I was a faithful Brahmin, at 19 when I left home for university, I was lured into a licentious and immoral life style, a contrast from my existence at home. Continuing in this reckless lifestyle for 3 years gave rise to what the Bible calls ‘a conviction of sin’ – a conscious awareness of one’s sinful state. I tried to counteract this by fervently engaging in the spiritual disciplines my father had taught me but this was to no avail. The conviction only grew stronger leaving me bewildered and disillusioned with religious pursuits. It was while I was in this frame of mind, that a beautiful Christian student invited me to attend a Christian meeting. Being besotted by her, I attended the meeting only to be deeply impacted by the message which directly addressed my spiritual dilemma. The message was about receiving forgiveness from God through Jesus, who had been crucified to make atonement for the sins of all humanity. I was so affected by this truth that in the night when I was alone in my bedroom I wept before God confessing my sins and asking him to forgive me. That very night the Lord Jesus appeared to me in a dream. He was radiant and awesome. Light imbued with love was emanating from him and penetrating my whole being. He presented the evidence of his nailed pierced hands to assured me of forgiveness. When I awoke from the dream, I felt like a new person, as if my soul had been awakened. My conscience was wiped clean and a heavenly peace had settled upon me. This experienced occurred in 1986 but the peace that Jesus endowed me with has never left me. While I was searching for salvation in the quagmire of religious disciplines, it was God who graciously directed my attention to Jesus, and uttered the words “behold your Saviour”.


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