What is Divine Grace?

Question

What exactly does Divine grace or God’s grace mean? What are its spiritual components. Shall it be understood as an ever flowing energy that one needs to learn to receive, or perhaps to vibrate in the same wave length?

Many thanks in advance for your words!

—Oscar J, Venezuela

Answer

Dear Oscar,

Divine grace is God’s power and presence. One way of understanding grace in our own lives is the presence of God in His different aspects. These are peace, calmness, love, bliss, light, sound, energy, and wisdom.

And, yes, grace can be understood and experienced as you suggest, as “an ever flowing energy that one needs to learn or receive”. That is a very good description.

Here is a beautiful quote from Paramhansa Yogananda from the book, The Essence of Self-Realization:
“God’s grace flows into us, the more we open ourselves to Him. It doesn’t come to us from outside. It is the operation, from within, of our own higher reality. Grace comes, the more we live in soul-consciousness, and the less we live centered in the ego.”

Blessings on your spiritual journey,
Nayaswami Pranaba