Mark Rothko and Grace – “Never Despair”

Mark Rothko Red, Orange, Tan and Purple, 1954 Oil on canvas 84 1/2 x 68 1/2 inches (214.5 x 174 cm) Private collection

Mark Rothko Red, Orange, Tan and Purple, 1954 Oil on canvas 84 1/2 x 68 1/2 inches (214.5 x 174 cm) Private collection

Considering the way of the passing of Mark Rothko, and the spiritual beauty inherent in his work, I would like to invite some words by a man of holy wisdom.

Never Despair

Nil desperandum! – Never despair!” Never despair because grace is at hand. God will never abandon you. Even when you think that you are finished, your spiritual life is ruined, you have lost everything, all your efforts to overcome yourself have been to no purpose, you are defeated, beaten, routed, even when you are in such a condition, God’s grace comes and saves the situation and raises you up from defeat to victory.

… the absolute, the transcendental Universal Spirit. He is also all-pervading, indwelling and ever-present. His grace manifests within your own heart as right enquiry and right discrimination. When you are in great extremity, suddenly an idea flashes in your heart: “This is what I must do at this moment.” This is grace actively working within you. Grace is ever at hand. Hence the expression of the Holy Master: “Never despair!” Struggle on! Never give up!”

I came across a poem “Don’t Quit!” It says, when you think that you are about to fail, it is only then that help is nearest at hand in a trice. The so-called defeat will immediately become victory. You will come out successful, for grace is always at hand. Therefore, don’t quit. Arise, awake and attain Illumination, become liberated. That is why you are here. Fulfill your divine destiny! Grace is ever at hand.

Sri Swami Chidananda

Never Despair, Sri Swami Chidananda

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2 Responses to Mark Rothko and Grace – “Never Despair”

  1. andrei says:

    who wrote those words? Love them. Love the site too.

  2. yerbamatte says:

    Thank you. The words are by Sri Swami Chidananda.

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