Online stores by location:     UNITED STATES    |    UK / EU    |    CANADA 

 

 

Joel Goldsmith, Nikos Kazantzakis, Sri Nisargaddata Maharaj, and infinite God

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas

 

                 

           

“Where he’s concerned there are no boundaries.

You walk all your life, this one and the next, trying to reach him, but the blessed fellow has no end.”

Nikos Kazantzakis

 

 

            As we have seen, it is the original innocence (not original sin), and wondering vision of children that finds the ever-present connection with God, devoid of the hindrance of learned ideas, and the mist of rules.

This ‘shedding bits’, as little Anna called it, is the essence of the art of forgetting- the continual removing of obstacles until nothing is left. Sri Nisargaddata Maharaj furthers this ‘shedding’, stating: “Whoever goes there, disappears. It is unreachable by words, or mind. You may call it God, or Parabrahman, or Supreme Reality, but these are names given by the mind. It is the nameless, contentless, effortless and spontaneous state, beyond being and not being.”

Joel Goldsmith expands on this, stating: “No one is ever going to find God until he is stripped of all his concepts of God, until he leaves behind every synonym for God he has ever heard and launches forth into the unknown to discover the Unknowable. There is no such thing as a thought about God or a concept of God that is correct... Nothing we can think about God is truth; nothing we can read in a book about God is truth, because these represent merely limited human opinions about God.”

 

 

“There is nothing you can know about God that is God. There is no idea of God that you can entertain that is God. There is no possible thought that you can have about God that is God.”

Joel Goldsmith

 

 

Here we meet with Goldsmith’s sedulous refusal to grant God any knowable attributes, which he so categorically assimilated into his occasional exegeses on Divine Unknowability.

            Similarly, quoting an ancient hymn, Stepan Stulginsky writes: “Thou art One and in the secret of Thy unity the wisest of men are lost, because they know it not. ...Thou art existent; but the understanding and vision of mortals cannot attain to Thy existence, nor determine for Thee the Where, the How, and the Why. ...Thou art existent, and Thy existence is so profound and secret that none can penetrate and discover Thy secrecy.” Stulginsky then goes on to state: “In all legends and hymns it is pointed that an Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable Principle transcends the power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude. Therefore it is considered that any reasoning about That is impossible... any judgments about That will inevitably be but a limitation of It. Grandeur and beauty of Infinity do not fit in our limited imagination or terms. They must stay in the limits of the ineffable. ...Let's find our place in the Great Cosmic Reality, which is not perverted with a mirage of the obviousity.”

             Only the finite can be known, not the infinite; we may be able to identify certain aspects of the infinite, which are its finitudes, but that should not trick us into believing we know the whole of it. How could we? It is limitless. No matter how much we know (and we know very little) there is always a limitless amount we do not know, for even if we take away from infinity all that we know, there is no less of the infinity that we still do not know (i.e. ∞-1= ∞).

Hence reductionism (by which I mean reason, logic, or the knowing of ‘separate’ things) must necessarily fail to grasp the full picture, for, as we all know from the study of complete systems, as stated earlier: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Therefore we cannot look at a piece of the puzzle and claim to understand the puzzle; we must look not at the parts and say “these are only parts” we must look at the parts and say “there are no parts”, there is only an unknowable whole.

The realization of this would lead Goldsmith into a respectable attempt at defining what in fact cannot be defined. He offers: “When every concept had been brushed aside, I was left with the term ‘the Infinite Invisible’. Why ‘the Infinite Invisible?’ Because the Infinite Invisible did not mean anything that I could understand. Neither you nor I can grasp the Infinite; neither you nor I can see the Invisible. The Infinite Invisible is a term that denotes something which cannot be comprehended by the finite mind. That does not mean, however, that the Infinite Invisible is the correct term for God. It is correct for me, because it provides me with a term which my mind can encompass. That satisfies me. If I could grasp the meaning of the Infinite Invisible, it would be within range of my human comprehension, and I do not want that kind of God.”

  

excerpted from:

 

way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra

 

 

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

 

 

 

      

*

 

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online stores by location:     UNITED STATES    |    UK / EU    |    CANADA