What is the true test of faith in Bhagawan’s words and how can we earn His grace? Bhagawan lovingly reveals to us.
The test that will reveal the quality of your faith is whether you are practising sincerely the injunctions laid down by God. Your beliefs and actions must be expressions of faith. They must have holiness as their core. They must be so full of love and compassion that they attract to you the grace of God. Activity emanating from such sacred belief and faith is the goal of the Karma segment of Vedic scriptures. It is the taproot of human progress; it is the very breath of happy human existence; it is the food that alone can allay the hunger of people; it is the life-sustaining water that can cure their thirst. Activity (karma) is as essentially bound with people as their need to discover and realize their own reality. Therefore, the first and continuing duty is to engage oneself in activities that are taught in the Vedas or approved therein. Three types of activity reach God and earn His grace: (1) Activity not prompted by personal desire (2) Activity emanating from unselfish love, and (3) Prayer arising from pure hearts. These are the items to which the Lord pays heed; they reach God directly.
– Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 19.