What is the Grail? For many the Grail or ”˜Holy Grail’ symbolises ”˜perfection’ or a ”˜state of excellence’ and primarily in the spiritual and mystical sense. The symbol for the Grail is often a cup, chalice or vessel that one drinks from. The meaning is simple and clear; in the spiritual context, the cup symbolises one’s own sustenance or nourishment. Taking things to the highest level, the Grail really symbolises ‘enlightenment’ and inner spiritual illumination ”“ and there really is such an experience ”“ an experience that has been behind the religious impulse of man throughout history.