On Grace

Among the many in intriguing aspects of the human experience is the fact that we have achieved different levels of understanding, awakening, and sensibilities. At the simplest level we may attribute this to different guiding factors, educational opportunities, healthy influences. Biologically one may trace aspects of them to genes and other biochemical influences.

But, as with God, one may still ask wherefrom are these salutary sources for individual lives? Why should I get the positives and someone else on the planet be subjected to less enriching or even the most awful mangling in life?

Some have tried to bring in stars and planets to account for such discrepancies.

Others speak of good karma, and yet others invoke terms like blessing and good luck.

It is equally fulfilling to speak of grace in this context: as a special favor granted by the unfathomable mystery that flings its favors in apparently random modes.

I recognize that these are but conceptual, sometimes even verbal, artifacts to explain away what is in essence a Grand Mystery.

So, for my part, I am as content with attributing my unsought bio-brownies to good luck as to Gemini, blessings, good karma or grace.

Whatever the source, even if it is only stochastic serendipity, as a  culturally  conditioned reflecting human, I express my gratitude to It. That way I avoid being an ungrateful wretch.

January 20, 2010


About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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