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"The Grace of God"

Compiled by Rev. Mikail Davenport

Hindu:" Bhagavad Gita, XVIII. 58

"Fixing thy heart on Me, thou shalt, by My Grace, overcome all obstacles; but if, through egoism, thou wilt not hear Me, thou shalt perish." 

Buddhist: Amit~yur-Dhy~na-S~tra

"It is by the power of the Buddha only that one can see that pure land of Buddha as clear as one sees the image of one's face in thetransparent mirror held up before one." 

Zoroastrian: Zend Avesta, Gathas 2. Yasna XXVII. 7

"And do Thou, O Mazda, O Great Creator, come to me with Thy Creative Mind, and do Thou, who bestoweth all gifts through Thy Cosmic Order, bestow alike, long-lasting gifts upon us, and that this life may be spent aright." 

Native Peoples: Black Elk, The Sacred Pipe

"The Sun, the Light of the world, I hear Him coming. I see His face as He comes. He makes the beings on earth happy, and they rejoice. O Wakan-Tanka, I offer you this world of Light. The Light of Wakan-Tanka is upon my people; it is making the whole Earth bright. My people are now happy! All beings that move are rejoicing!" 

Judaism: Psalm 84. 9-13

"O Lord of Hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Behold, O God, our shield and look on the face of Thy anointed. Truly one day in Thy courts is better than a thousand others; I would rather stand upon the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tent of sinners. For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord grants grace and glory; He refuses not good things to them who walk in innocence. O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the woman and man who trust in Thee." 

Christianity: Luke, 12. 27-31

" Consider how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I say to you that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which flourishes in the field today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more you, o ye of little faith. And as for you, do not seek what you shall eat or what you shall drink,...your Father knows that you need these things. Seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be given to you." 

Islam: Quran, XLII. 19

"Gracious is Allah to His servants; He gives Sustenance to whom He pleases; and He has the Power and can carry out His Will." 

Ba'ha'i: Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah

"My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My Grace to thee is plenteous, it cannot be veiled. My Love has made in thee its home, it cannot be concealed. My Light is manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured." 


" I cling to Thee with a child's faith, bearing Thy most lovely image in my heart. I sought refuge in Thy bosom, Beloved, and I am safe, feeling Thine arms around me." 

"How shall I thank Thee, my King, for Thy bountiful gifts? Every gift Thou givest me, my generous Lord, is invaluable. A tongue of flame arose from the spark in my heart by Thy gentle blowing. Thou dost hear my softest whisper; Thou hast taught me Thine own tongue and to read the character written by Thy pen." 

"Thy music causeth my soul to dance; in the murmur of the wind I hear Thy flute; the waves of the sea keep the rhythm of my dancing steps. Through the whole of nature I hear Thy music played, my Beloved; my soul while dancing speaketh of its joy in song."

Quotations from the Sermon:

"The Sufis ... teach that the initiate can do nothing without the initial 

grace of All~h (tawfiq, the help of God), and that the spiritual states (ahwal) 

could never be the "productions" of any human industry.... a state of grace 

must be fixed in the soul by an effort at once intellectual, moral & technical, 

or rather, it is the soul which must be fixed in a state of grace ~ a fixation 

which the Sufis call a "station (maqam)..." 

~ Arberry, The Doctrine of the Sufis 

"For thirty years I went in search of God, and when I opened my eyes at the 

end of this time I discovered that it was really He who sought me." 

~ B~yazid al-Bistami 

"The contemplation of Divine Grace widens the outlook of the devotee and 

enables him or her to view in life the mercy of God in all aspects; and this 

produces in him or her a thankful, contented, resigned, and peaceful nature, 

which is most essential on this path. " 

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan, Githas 


Divine Grace - Hazrat Inayat Khan 

There is a saying that the one who troubles much about the cause is far removed from the cause. Many wonder: "If I am happy in life, what is the cause of it? If I am sorry in life, what is the cause of it? Is it my past life from where I have brought something which brings me happiness or unhappiness, or is it my action in this life which is the cause of my happiness or unhappiness?" And one can give a thousand answers and at the same time one cannot satisfy the questioner fully. When people think much about the law, they forget about love. When they think that the world is constructed according to a certain law, then they forget the Constructor Who is called in the Bible Love; God is Love. 

In the first place, when we see from morning till evening man's selfish actions, whether good or bad actions, we see that he is not entitled to any happiness or anything good coming to him. And that shows that God does not always exact according to a certain law. He does not weigh your virtue on one side of the scale and His grace on the other, and exchange His grace for man's virtues. The Divine Being apart, man in his friendship, in his kindness, in his favor and disfavor, does he always exact what the other one is, or is doing? No. A friend admires his friend for his goodness and defends him for his wrongdoings. Does he not forget the law when there comes friendship? He forgets it. So man, instead of using justice and reason, overlooks all that is lacking and wrong. 

Something right comes forward to cover it all, to forget it all, to forgive it all. A mother whose son is accused of having done something wrong, she knows he has done wrong and she knows he is against the law. At the same time there is something else in her which wishes to lift up, to clear away. She would spend anything, lose anything, sacrifice anything in order that her son might not be punished. When we see that in everyday life, according to his evolution, man has a tendency to forget, to forgive, to look at things favorably, to cover all that is ugly; if this tendency is in man, from where does it come? It comes from the source which is Perfection. There is God. It is most amusing to see how people make God and His actions mechanical and how for themselves they claim free will. They say: "I choose to do this," or "I choose to do that," and "I have the free will to choose." This is man's claim. And at the same time he thinks that God and all His works and the universe are a mechanism. It is all running automatically. Man denies that God has a free will, and he himself claims it. 

People look at it in two ways. They say: "ALL that man does is recorded, and in accordance to that it is adjusted. On the Judgment Day, either he has the reward of his good deeds or the punishment for his wrong deeds." Others who are more philosophical and intellectual say: "It is not God but it is the law, the automatic working which brings about a result in accordance to the cause, and therefore, what man has done in his past life, he experiences in this life." And there is a third point of view, that it need not be the hereafter and that it need not be the life ahead, in which man can have the experience and the result of his deeds, but that every day is his Judgment Day and that every day brings the result of his deeds. That is true also. 

There is no doubt that the world is constructed on a certain law, that the whole creation works according to a certain law. And yet it is not all. There is love beyond it, and it is the Prophets of all ages who have recognized that part of God's working and have given man that consolation and hope that in spite of our faults and shortcomings we will reach heaven. There is the Grace of God. Many know the Grace of God. and what does it mean? It means a wave of favor, a rising of love, a manifestation of compassion which sees no particular reason. One may say: "Does God close His eyes? Why must it be like this?" But in human nature we see the same thing. The divine nature can be recognized by human nature. Ask a lover who loves someone: "What is the beauty of that person? What is in that person that makes you love her?" 

He may try to explain: "It is because this person is kind, or because this person is beautiful, or because this person is good, or because this person is compassionate, or intellectual, or learned." But that is not the real cause. If really he knows what makes him love, he will say: "Because my beloved is beloved; that is the reason. There is no other reason." One can give a reason for everything. One can say: "I pay this person because he is good in his work; I pay for this stone because it is beautiful; but I cannot give a reason why I love; there is no reason for it." Love stands beyond law, beyond reason. The love of God works beyond reason, that Divine Love which is called the Grace of God; no piety, no spirituality, no devotion can attract it. No one can say: "I will draw the Divine Grace." God apart, can anyone say in this world: "I shall draw the friendship of someone." No one can say this. This is something which comes by itself. No one can command or attract it, or compel anyone to be his friend. It is natural. God's Grace is God's Friendship, God's Grace is God's Love, God's Compassion. No one has the power to draw it, to attract it; no meditation, no spirituality, no good action can attract it. There is no commercial business between God and man; God stands free from rules which humanity recognizes. That aspect makes him the Lord of his own creation, as the wind blows, as the wind comes when it comes, so the Grace of God comes when it is its time to come. 

I have heard people say, "I am ill," or "I am suffering," or "I am going through a difficulty," or "Things go wrong because of my Karma of the past." I say: "If it is so or if it is not so, your thinking about it makes it still worse; everything that one acknowledges to be, it becomes worse because one acknowledges it." That Karma which could be thrown away in one day's time, by acknowledging it, will keep with a person all his life. Some people think that they suffer or that they go through pain according to the law of Karma. But when the thought of the Grace of God comes and when one realizes the real meaning of the Grace of God, one begins to rise above it, and one begins to know that, "My little actions, my good deeds, all my good deeds I must collect in order to make them equal to God's mercy and compassion, His grace and His love, which He gives at every moment." God's compassion cannot be returned by all life's good actions. The relation of God and man apart, can one return a real thought of love, all a friend has done for us? We can love that friend, his loving kindness and his compassion. But we can never repay it. In all our life we cannot repay it. 

Then we see the kindness and the compassion of God, which is always hidden from our view because we are always seeing what is lacking, the pain, the suffering, the difficulties. Man is so absorbed in them that he loses the vision of all the good that is there. We can never be grateful enough if we see like this, that it is not the law, but that it is the Grace of God which governs our life. And it is the trust and confidence in this Grace which not only consoles a person, but which lifts him and brings him nearer and nearer to the Grace of God. 

Divine Grace is a loving impulse of God which manifests in every form, in the form of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, beneficence, and revelation. No action, however good, can command it; no meditation, however great, can attract it. It comes naturally, as a wave rising from the Heart of God, unrestricted or unlimited by any law. It is a natural impulse of God. When it comes, it comes without reason. Neither its coming nor its absence has any particular reason. It comes because it comes; it does not come because it does not come. 

It is in Grace that God's Highest Majesty is manifested. While pouring out His Grace He stands on such a high pedestal, that neither law nor reason can touch it. Every blessing has a certain aspect, but Grace is a blessing which is not limited to a certain aspect, but manifests through all aspects. Grace is all-sided: health, providence, love coming from all those around you, inspiration, joy, peace.