From the book “May I Answer That,” Swami Sivananda answers the questions: The Lord’s grace will do everything for me. Why should I do any Sadhana (spiritual practice)?
This is wrong philosophy. God helps those who help themselves. God’s grace will descend only on those persons who exert. The Lord’s grace will descend in proportion to the degree of surrender. The more the surrender, the more the grace. You cannot expect the Lord to do self-surrender for you. Be up and doing. Strive. Plod. Persevere. The Lord will shower His grace upon you. ~ Swami Sivananda