Does God Change?


I have heard God described as "unconditional love, pure positive energy," etc. I have also heard various teachers say that as we grow and expand through our experiences here, God also grows & expands. My question is - for something that is already pure, positive energy & unconditional love, what would growth or expansion mean? What would it look like?

—Lee, US


Dear Lee,

Here’s what the teachings of yoga express: God is omnipresence, which not only describes the concept of vastness, but also reveals that God is in every fabric of creation. Another helpful concept of God is satchidananda, which Yogananda translated as “ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss”.

So, from this understanding, it is clear that God does not grow and expand; He is omnipresence. What happens is that as we grow, our perception and experience of God makes it appear that God changes. But in reality, we’ve simply come to realize the truth of our own oneness in God’s omnipresence.

Blessings on your spiritual journey.

In joy,
Nayaswami Pranaba