The True Meaning of Grace
(The following is a transcription of a spoken discourse. To maintain the style and authenticity of Sadhguru’s spoken words, we have retained the original language instead of conforming it to our standard style book.)
Energy functions in various manifestations in existence: as sunlight, breeze, gravity, and it also functions as grace. Gravity is trying to pull you down; the breeze is trying to blow you away; the Sun is trying to burn you up; grace is trying to pluck you off the planet. This is using negative terminology. If you want to express the same in positive terminology, the Earth is trying to hug you; the breeze is trying to cool you; the Sun is trying to warm you; grace is trying to make you grow. Let us go by the negative terminology because you will not get attached to it. Grace is trying to pluck you out of the limitations in which you are stuck right now.
What we can do with our strength, intelligence and knowledge is very limited. If you open the window of grace, then life will happen in ways that you have not imagined possible. “How do I do this?” is always the question. It is not something that you do; it is something that you do not do. If you leave a certain space within you where your thoughts, emotions, ideas, philosophies, ideologies and prejudices do not enter, then grace will be a torrential force in your life.
If you are full of your own stuff, then grace floats around you. This is the tragedy of most human life that a tremendous possibility hangs around them all the time, but they never allow it to happen. The idea, focus and methodology for all spiritual process is just to tear down your persona so that there is an empty presence within you which will become a doorway to grace and possibilities that you yourself could never imagine possible.
Are You Exuding Grace?
The question is not whether you are in grace or not. You are, otherwise you cannot exist. The question is only about are you exuding grace or are you transforming this into something nasty and letting it out on everyone?
Whether you eat food or breathe or drink water, it is grace. Two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen becomes life-making water – this is grace. You can give it an explanation but you do not know why this should happen. All that is happening is grace. Now if you drink this or you eat this or you breathe this, you should also exude grace, isn’t it? But unfortunately, people take in fantastic things and turn it into nasty nonsense and let it out. Look at the tree – you give it filth, it gives out fragrance. If you learn the way of the tree, you will exude grace. Once you are exuding grace, everyone wants to nurture it, promote it and be a part of it.
|Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, and visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru is the founder of Isha Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to human wellbeing. (www.isha.sadhguru.org)
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